2002 Nissan Altima SL 2.4 from North America


Worst car. Don't buy used. Don't buy Nissan unless you want to burn your money


Engine replaced in 2007 due to cat converter damage to cylinder.

Rad fluid disappeared.

Heater has not worked since 2004.

General Comments:

Worst car I have ever owned. My Nissan dealer thought I was crazy when I said the engine was giving me problems. Apparently Nissan had a recall for the cat converter in the USA but not Canada. Paid for a new engine as I could not afford a new car, and the body was in mint condition.

Many times insisted I did something wrong with the car, so after the engine was put in (2007) I expected things to be fine. I have only put 15,000KM on this new engine and again no heat; AGAIN rad fluid disappeared; again it is sluggish.

NEVER will I purchase a Nissan again, nor will I recommend. Nissan Corporate and my Nissan dealer have both been unhelpful. This was my second Nissan Altima (had 98) and both were taken care 100%. As a student whom is finally about to finish Grad school, I will use my first pay to get something from another car company.

It's sad that this is the customer service of such a big company. I guess they know better on how to retain and assist customers when the economy is getting worse by the month and dealerships are desperate for business in terms of car sales and service. A recession would force many people to go to smaller shops to get work done to save a few $. What do I know?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th October, 2008

2002 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America


This car was a piece of junk


I bought the car at 92,000 miles for a decent price, couldn't argue.

Next thing I know, about a week later, the check engine light comes on, I bring it back to the dealership, the catalytic converter was shot, and got sucked up into the engine. Happened a second time, and the second time they rebuilt the engine.

Ran pretty good up until now at 105,000 miles. I started losing oil, and ran like crap. I was told by another mechanic that the oil was mixing with the gas, the car was running rich, it ate away the seals, the rings, and I've got a loose pistons now.

I recommend not ever buying a 2002 Nissan Altima, they're pieces of junk.

General Comments:

Other than mechanical problems, when operating correctly, it drove great, very comfortable, good sound system, plenty of room, and lots of trunk space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th October, 2008

2002 Nissan Altima SE 3.5 from North America


Best car I have ever owned or drove


I bought this car with 309,000 miles on it. A friend of mine had a car like it, but it was the cheaper version, and ever since then I have wanted one.

Well I found this one, and was kinda worried about the mileage on the car. All I have had to put into the car so far was a new radiator, and new tires and brakes. Other than that, just some other accessories.

This car is very quick. I am amazed - it topped out at 147mph.

I love this car, and plan on keeping it for a very long time.

The car is still worth around 9,000 with the miles it has on it, and trade in is 5,000.

I am amazed Nissan makes vehicles that last, and let me tell you this car is proof that their vehicles are good..

I highly recommend buying one, but make sure it is the six cylinder, not the trashy four.

I get 28 mpg city driving - you can't beat that..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2008

19th Sep 2008, 01:01

309K miles with a $9K blue book value??? $5K trade in? Both seem to me a bit extreme...

2002 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America


Good looking piece of junk


Bad catalytic converter.

Bad engine block below the head gasket.

Bad O2 sensor.

General Comments:

Did everything by the book. Out of five previous cars, this is the only one that left my kids and I stranded.

After two pages of recall fixes, the engine died. Dealer said the recalls had nothing to do with engine failure because they were fixed, and that the cat converter was the cause, which is not on the recall.

The cat converter is one the main complaints of Nissan Altima owners. I guess the cat converter will be the next recall in line.

Overall cost for repairs, which would probably not fix the problem, even after an engine change, is over $6000.00. The car is worth about $4000.00 to 6000.00, if that.

My advice is if you own an Altima, get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2008