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Nissan Altima



  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I stand corrected. Looking back at the posts, afty is indeed correct... it is the 2.5L and not the V6. It seems to be very rare, though, at least when judging by complaints on these boards.
  • gasman1gasman1 Posts: 321
    My 2.5S now has 12,680 miles. The last oil change was at 9,999 miles. It was 0.5 quart low so I topped it off. I use Mobil 1 5W-30 and Mobil 1 filter and use 5k change intervals.

    I've had cars that used less than 1 quart between 5k oil changes, but consider 1.0 quart acceptable. I've heard about the dealer or manufacturer "story" that 1 quart per 1k miles is acceptable. I don't buy it and would be extremely unhappy with that type of oil usage.

    Anyway, I'm very pleased with my '02 Alti.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    the glaring flaws people are willing to overlook.

    The 2.0l Jetta also burns oil, and the owners and dealers insist its 'normal'

    Manufacturers should be forced to recall their oil-burning cars!
  • zoomzoom79zoomzoom79 Posts: 272
    Everybody has different definitions of reliability.
  • brad45brad45 Posts: 27
    Some of you may remember me from last fall. I purchased a 2002 2.5S 5sp in September. I posted quite a bit before the new year and then lost interest for a while. Posts on burning oil have peaked my interest again.

    I have experienced burning oil and some engine noise. I don't know if they're related. The burning oil was as follows:

    at 1400 miles I checked the oil and it was 1/2 quart low. I filled the oil and (stupid me didn't change it) drove the car 1100 more miles. At 2500 miles I checked it again and it was 1qt low. At this point I changed the oil. I then monitored the oil. If I remember correctly at 4000 mi it was okay, but at 5000 it was 1/2 qt low again so I changed it.

    The noise is a slight rapping at cold start-up and lasts until the engine warms up. It gets louder and faster with RPM and usually only happens when driving (when the engine is under load). As a somewhat knowledgeable wrenchhead this smacks of valve trouble. Unfortunately this only happens regularly when the temperature is below freezing so it was impossible to get into the garage (darn mild winter) It happened once or twice when the temp was over 40. I can keep it from happening at any temp by letting the engine idle for a minute or two at start-up. I will monitor the situation and get it to the dealer when I can predict it will make the noise.

    I don't know if I damaged the engine by not changing the oil at 1000 miles, but the book told me not to, so the warranty should hold. I'll just have to wait and see.

    BTW - the 5 speed is very disappointing. I'm not happy with the clutch at 9k miles it has very long motion with only an inch of which is useful and it engages very high. The shifter is notchy too, especially when cold. Other than that I love the car. The interior has never bothered me.
  • bqwaietbqwaiet Posts: 8
    Brad, have you thought of checking out There's a forum there for 2002 Altimas, and 2 topics I am aware of addressing issues that are showing up over time. You do need to register to post, takes a day, but reading is accessible. I haven't been reading enough yet to see if this is a common issue there
  • lgoldinlgoldin Posts: 90
    Does anybody has 2.5L Altima with 5000+ miles on it? What is a gas milage you get?
    Thanks in advance for answers.
  • elmoblatch1elmoblatch1 Posts: 134
    The Altima was interesting, but in the end, the Regal had more standard features ( ABS, V-6, bigger, etc. ) for less money.

    I think Nissan needs to make the Altima S available with in a V-6 and not make ABS a $900 option.

    Too much of a price gap between base model & SE.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Friends came over with a rental last weekend, and it was a Regal. The articulating-hinged trunk really surprised me. Also, it was able to carry 6 of us.

    Not my type of car, but thought I'd share those tidbits.

  • I have a 2001 Altima GXE Limited Edition with less than 6,000 miles. I have replaced the rear sway bar bushings twice. Both times the dealer said the bushings were missing. Anyone else having this problem?
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    My wife is hard on her car. The Generals were replaced at 16k and she needed new front brakes at 14.5k. Yikes! But she still loves her ride, go figure!!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Are they using the wrong size bushings? This is something you can install/check yourself. Sway bars usually have just 4 bolts holding them in place. Bushings should be greased, but I can't imagine them slipping off unless they are the wrong size.

    Sandman: brake pads are cheap. Just hope the rotors are OK.

  • seldondgseldondg Posts: 17
    I have over 6k miles now and get around 25 mpg over a whole tank. If I'm on the highway and keet it around 65 mph I get around 32mpg.
  • The interior will indeed be different for '03. I am being rushed to get tooling modifications completed on some of my parts for the Altima. THey are really taking the press reviews to heart and working double time to correct them.

    I have a pathfinder with a 3.5 and I am changing oil every 10k miles using Amsoil. My truck has drank almost 2 quarts in 8k miles.
  • Do you have any detail on how will the interior be different in 03? Thanks!
  • wackawacka Posts: 16
    when would these hypotheticaly be coming out ??
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Have been out for a few days, including results for the Altima (side-impact only).

    The Altima gets 3 stars for the front, 4 stars for the rear.

    I must admit that I am disappointed in this result. I love the Altima SE's sportiness but also want it as a family car, and a 3/4 rating is not that great for a newer design. By comparison, older designs like the Acura TL and Accord EX-V6 get a 4/5. The Passat has a 4/4. The new Camry hasn't been tested yet.

    Hopefully the Altima's NHTSA and IIHS frontal crash test results will come back better.

  • green23green23 Posts: 2
    I have a 3.5SE with about 5,000 miles on it. It only gets about 21-22 miles per gallon in average driving (combination of city and highway). It is supposed to get 21 city and 26 highway. Has anyone else noticed low economy on their 3.5? Also the trip computer says that I am getting 24-25 miles per gallon, a good 2-3 mpg more than what I get by actually calculating the mpg. Anyone else notice this? Should I take my car in and have it looked at, or will the dealer just look at me funny?
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    These are NOT good numbers. Nissan had better address these with equal urgency as the interior if they want to keep sales up. A strong engine and nice exterior will get people in the showroom but they need the interior and the safety numbers to close the deal. Nissan should be veeeery nervous about this.

    Grand High Poobah
    The Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Over a longer period of time, say 6-9 months and 6-9k miles, I have always noticed that the trip computer on cars so equipped overstates fuel economy vs what my logbook shows. The differences were anywhere from 5-10% on the last BMW I had with a trip computer. No, I have no reasonable explanation, but your experience matches mine.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I think the scores are very low for an all new design. The car didn't even do as well as my 2002 Jetta, and it debuted in 1999. That makes no sense.
  • auerbachauerbach Posts: 110
    Nissan has a problem now.

    Two strikes against the Altima - substandard interior and mediocre side crash results.

    I still like the way it looks and the price is attractive. I hope the frontal impact results are much better. If so, I will keep it on my shopping list. I don't know if they can incorporate any improvements now for 2003, but it might be worth the effort. The interior is getting a re-do because of consumer backlash.

    This might lead to some serious discounting for the 2002 models. Especially considering that the new Mazda6 will be released in late August.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a shame. We just pushed up our "buy date" for our next new sedan, and that rules it out for me. It was on the edge, but a contender for us. I was OK with the interior, however.

  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    I guess you are gonna have to save your pennies for an Infiniti G35 (great crash tests results in Japan). Test drove it twice, and still can't get that car out of my mind.

    PS- Less than 40 days till the World Cup...can't wait.
  • In spite of the interior complaints and crash test results, Nissan has just announced a price increase averaging $200-$300. I guess marketing is more important for sales than the other factors since they are still selling well. I, personally, will be ordering mine(wife's) in June.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd love a G35, but the wife slashed the budget significantly. We'd be looking at a 2.5 S, that price range.

  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    Well, at that price range you have a few options. We'll see what the Accord looks like (looks nice in drawings). The Mazda 6 is a really nice looking car. Then you got the Camry and the Passat 1.8T.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You basically listed the cars we are considering, just add the Subaru Legacy.

  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650

    Legacy?...I thought you would be WRX kinda of guy.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    The numbers are confirm the feeling when I'm driving the car...that's it's not very sturdy. I'm afraid to get into to an accident now.

    My brother Acura TL seems a lot more solid.

    That and the interior have been read downers. The engine is still awesome as the car pulls super strong up to 90 mph or more. The best in on the tollway after you pay...I am flying outta there!
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