15th Feb 2005, 20:04
I bought a new 2002 Nissan Altima for reliability since my first car, a 1994 Nissan Altima, was getting old. I never had a problem with my first car besides the body deterioration. My new 2002 Nissan Altima has been nothing, but unreliable!
I had my car for just a few months before the battery died the first time. It died for no good reason 2 more times before there was a recall on a part that is supposed to fix that problem. No dead batteries since then, but there were at least 2 other unrelated recalls on my car.
Also, my driver side headlight stopped working two separate times, and who knows why because the dealerships couldn't give me a good reason.
My newest problem that the car has is associated with the driver side door that is very difficult to open and close. It has been cold lately, so maybe this is the cause since the car doesn't do well in the cold.
I would not buy another Altima.
11th Jun 2007, 08:59
Hello. The door problem is one I, too, have had. In fact, I just had the handle replaced in my Altima. So far, it is working--but it has only been two days. The car goes back in tomorrow for yet another problem with the Service Engine Soon light.
11th Jun 2007, 21:08
My mother has a 2003 altima and her door fell off recently so consider yourself lucky. How the door fell of I really wonder. Overall a good car she drives a lot the last time I seen the odometer she had 155,000 miles on it, that was about six months ago so I pretty sure it has a lot more. The only problems That I know of, are that her driver's side window stop working and that he a/c system has a leak (I recharged it). Good car overall in my opinion especially for the abuse she's given it (she deliveries newspapers) but she keeps up with her car maintains most of the time.
26th Mar 2008, 11:28
I totally agree with the comment submitted in March 08'. These cars were definitely made wrong and Nissan should be held accountable. I have had to take my car to the local dealership 3 times in the last 2 weeks for the same thing. Initially my car would not start and I had to have it towed to the dealership and they said the "computer reading" was Mass Airflow, so they had to keep it for 3dys and they replaced the sensor costing me $711.48. Needless to say the same thing has happened 2 more times since they took my money claiming it was fixed. Now they have it back and they are saying it could be the catalytic converter. This is totally ridiculous and my husband and I are also fighting this.