2003 Nissan Altima Reviews - Page 8 of 17

2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Faults:

I purchased a 2003 Altima (like new) in Nov 2006. I keep up with all my servicing. But only a week after I completed my oil change and 360 check with my local dealer, my car would not start! We were eventually able to get it started by pumping the gas then holding the pedal to the floor. I thought this was an isolated problem, but after reading the comments posted by other frustrated owners I quickly see that I am not alone : (

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2008

2003 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired185 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Excellent value for style and performance

Faults:

Pin hole leak in the radiator.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a previous Honda owner, and was I surprised when I did the test drive comparison to the Accord.

Very peppy with acceleration.

Braking very solid.

I love the 17 inch tires, as they give a much smoother ride than the Accord.

I love the interior and the styling of it.

The only problem has been that there was a pin-hole leak in the radiator at about 45,000, but I purchased the extended warranty and it cost me $25.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2007

2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired150 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

It sucks so bad

Faults:

I bought my car brand new and after 60K miles I had problems with the car. I had the cat replaced and I still had problems. I have been into service my car so many times for the same problem. The car makes noise, it stops, etc. I am having the cat and engine replaced right now and I am waiting to hear from Nissan. I have been told that my car has over 80K miles so they cannot help me and my vin number is not included in the recall. I am sick of Nissan and I will never buy another one. I would love to be included in a class action suit. I feel that Nissan should pay me for the repairs, and rentals. This car was poorly built and Nissan knows this. Anyone who is considering buying a Nissan should really think it over. I hope Nissan pays everyone for the damages, but I am not sure. Good Luck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2007

6th Nov 2008, 22:11

I have an 04 Altima and suffered from complete engine failure, previously I also had trouble with the catalytic converter like you.

These common problems were mentioned in the reviews, which I never read prior to purchase.

I usually read reviews before buying other brands but I have always been loyal to Nissan (my previous car was a 98 Altima which ran perfect!) and the 4 other vehicles I owned from them were problem free, so I bought without thought.

I will give Nissan another try, but will be reading and doing research first!

2003 Nissan Altima from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

Average car with less than average reliability

Faults:

Center console latch has broken so console won't stay closed.

Engine will stall at idle or while driving.

Difficult to start engine at various times.

General Comments:

Overall the car has held up pretty well with the major exception of the engine randomly quitting on me and the fact that it won't start every time. I live in So. Cal. so the temperature is not an issue. Dealership told me that there was an "ECM" recall that might be the problem and that I had a faulty "Cam sensor" and faulty "Crank sensor" and it would cost me $205 to replace. Sounds like other people are having the same problem??

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

Review Date: 12th October, 2007

2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S 2.5L Gas from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L Gas Automatic
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance30102 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Faults:

Crank Position Sensor failed at 30,000. The engine shut off without warning three times in one month while my wife was driving in traffic. Luckily, she was able to avoid collisions and injury. The Nissan service department knew what it was without even diagnosing it first. This should be a safety recall as it was for the 2002 Altima.

General Comments:

This has been a good car otherwise with no other problems so far.

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

Review Date: 2nd October, 2007

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 57 reviews