2002 Nissan Altima Overview


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2.5 S
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2.5 SL
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3.5 SE
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3.85 stars

Based on 26 reviews

2002 Altima 2.5 Sl by Michael
 — I love my car! It's better than some of the luxury sedans I've ridden in. It has a driver's power seat, 6 disc changer, Bose system, and power everything else. This car is AWESOME! You should get one.... Read More
My Best Car In 5 Years by Harry
 — This car is on the average of for the performances (6cyl) I never had trouble with the mechanic exept for maintenance. Now I have 130 000 kms and It's a 2002. I bought it for 16k in 2006. I invested 6... Read More
If You Want Something Luxurious And Spacious That Looks Classy I Recommend The Nissan Altima Lineup by Fabia_1290
 — fast smooth ride leather interior heated seats BOSE soundsystem good repsonse time with the engine and horespower. Subwoofers in the back large trunk space cant complain its a fun car to drive nice an... Read More

2002 Nissan Altima Overview

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Based on 26 reviews

2002 Nissan Altima

The Altima was redesigned for 2002. It grew significantly, bumping it out of the compact car class and into the midsized sedan range. It was even larger than Nissan's flagship Maxima. For the first time, a V6 engine was available.

The 2002 Altima came in four trims: the base model, the midrange S, the plush SL, and the top-of-the-line SE. The SE came standard with a 3.5-liter, 240-horsepower V6, and the others had a 2.5-liter, 175-horsepower four cylinder engine.  All models came with a folding rear seat, power doors, and a tilting steering wheel. Upgrading to the S got air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and a CD player. The SL included a power driver's seat and an upgraded sound system. Upgrading to the SE got the bigger engine, foglamps, and bigger wheels.

Drivers found the new Nissan Altima to be much better looking than the previous version. Owners still praise the car's value and reliability, and say that while the V6 engine is a nice addition, the four cylinder offers so much pep a bigger one isn't necessary. Many find the interior to be unpolished, and the addition of optional features can cause the Altima's price to approach that of the Maxima.


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My 2002 Altima Will Not Crank Completly Up. It Will Turn Over But Not Crank...

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I Was Wondering How Many Ignition Coil Are On A 2002 Nissan Altima?

I went to auto zone and got my car put on the machine to see what was wrong with it and a worker told me it was my igniton coil . well i bought the part and it seems like it has more than one igniti...

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The Water Pump Just Went Out On My 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5, Do I Have To Rep...

Someone told me that when you replace the water pump on the 3.5 Nissan Altima, you have to replace the timing chain too. Is that true?

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Can I Buy A New Engine And Replace My Old Engine? My Car Is A Nissan 2002 A...

I'm working on getting my mom's Nissan Altima fixed up, so I can use it. I like to replace all parts that is under the hood of the car. The Altima is a 2002. Would it be best to just get one from the ...

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I Have A Nissan Altima 2002 3.5se , I Got The Val Cover Done , New Spark P...

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