2002 Nissan Altima User Reviews

2002 Nissan Altima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 11 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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Collin writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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3

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Good car for a family sedan.

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Recalls recalls recalls.

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Love It, Want Another. — There is some recall issues but other than that it is a good car. It has nice acceleration and the 5 speed transmission makes it fun to drive. It has good gas mileage and requires little work. The brakes work well and it handles like a small car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Owen writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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4

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very usable powercurve

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bad wet weather traction, clutch can be picky sometimes, installing headers a must

35

Altima Goodness — love it, looks great, and goes well. Had to replace the engine, but now she purrs. Installed a brand new engine, clutch, cold air intake, and exhaust, and a few other parts along the way. Car is great through the twisty roads, and perfect for long hauls( given you keep the stock exhaust on, mine is too loud!) oh and whatever you do, take the upper cat/manifold off IT WILL KILL YOUR ENGINE!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fernando writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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4

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chick magnet looks very luxurious when crusing around

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hardly anything but if i would have to choose the incabilities of add on for increased performance parts

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Awesome — performance is awesome more than u would expect from a family sedan...took it to the track did pretty good i think for the type of car ... really inexpensive car if you think about it... one bad thing is that if u get the se gas is kinda bad on it u get in the low 20's per gallon

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Melkoun1 writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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4

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starter car, no major problems

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outside noise ride comfort

Melkoun1
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Decent Starter Car — ok looks if you treat it like a sports car the ride is good but on rhode island roads its not that good road noise is loud but the stereo helped with that and the blind spots were average. it was not in the shop often only for a motor swap and that was because of the nature the job it had to perform. it averaged 26 but trip to maine it got 28, sadly in winter it dropped to about 21-23mpg. for this car the mechanic was my father so naturally costs were down but again other than the engine swap and routine maintenance the car was golden. performance wise i couldn't ask for more i love the car for that the most the only performance problem was in the snow even with new all season tires i could not go more than 25 mph with out the car fighting me

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RonelNISsan writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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3

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Good handle on the power stirring,

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always check you tired pressure, sometime the tired pressure are unlevel

RonelNISsan
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Pretty Good — my first car i bought when i was going to college. It rides very smoothly and if you changes you oil every month you shouldn't have any problems. This car is great if you travelling long distances. Its a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Travis writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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4

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for a 4 cylinder the has a high output and great acceleration for a large car.

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Top reason to avoid the car is that some engines are known to have high mechanical failures rates before 100k miles.

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The Car Is Great To Drive But Very Hard To Maintain. — First of all the car is very roomy, it can seat five passengers easily and comfortably. It has a telescoping steering wheel and a okay factory sound system. The car comes with a 2.5l 4 cylinder engine that puts out about 170+ horsepower. Even though it is such a large car it has great acceleration. The steering is super responsive which may make feel as if the car moves to suddenly sometimes. Overall this is a great car to have.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Adam writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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Acceleration, Brakes, Turning, MPG

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Not very sporty, blown head gasket

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My Altima — Performance - Great acceleration, fast brakes, smooth handling Build Quality - Blown head gasket recently Appearance - Clean inside and out Cost of ownership - 20+ mpg, Low maintenance cost Fun Factor - Fun to drive despite its tendency to look like an older car

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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Power everything and leather seats!

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4 cyl

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2002 Altima 2.5 Sl — 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. It's fun to drive, has fast acceleration, looks good inside and out, and doesn't cost much at all.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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Fast acceleration for a 4 Cylinder,

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head gasket blew, and alternator went $2,400.

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2002 North American Car Of The Year. — Great car, fast acceleration for a 4 cylinder, Great looks, Brakes are pretty solid, Interior could be better, cheep plastic and somewhat britle, With the way i drive i get about 25 miles to the gallon, i've gotten 30 at the most. Constant hard acceleration led to the head gasket being blow, and a month later the alternator went $2,400 all together, but a great car and the repair was worth it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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wildwilly_24_48_88_5 writes:
2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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4

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3.5L VQ Motor

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Build quality and poor materials used

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Fast, Great Looking, But Poorly And Cheaply Made. — Great Motor, the car pulls like a freight train. Excellent torque and decent MPG as long as you stay out of the pedal Very poor build quality and materials used by Nissan. Plenty of recalls and TSB's out on this car Need for Premium fuel is not a positive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2013 Nissan Altima Reviews

Good Value, Good Looks, Everyday Driver With No Frills Or Spills By Dusek

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My Altima For All Seasons! By excellentbutlerservice

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2012 Nissan Altima Reviews

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My Nissan Altima is great on gas, good pick up for a four cylinder, quiet and comfortable ride. Transmission noise took some getting used to but still has good power. Front seat are very comfortable, ... Read More

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2011 Nissan Altima Reviews

Best Decision Ever By gracie_sm22

it fits my needs perfectly while also staying within my budget :) The sound system is amazing it is so clear. We recently took a family vacation in it i was sooo impressed with the fuel mileage & over... Read More

Sleek Beautiful Superior Nissan Design And Luxury By Heather

Great for a family of 4 or single driver! Handling is smooth and acceleration is powerful enough you would never know it is a 4 cyl. Great variable transmission provides unique driving experience. ... Read More

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2010 Nissan Altima Reviews

Great Car By daniimcd

This is my second car, but the first car I have ever bought. I feel a though i made a great decision in purchasing this car as my first. The car has GREAT fuel economy which I was amazed with consider... Read More

Good Dependable Car By Tco0813

This is a very nice car. I have never had any trouble with it. Get decent gas mileage. Smooth and quite ride. The charcoal gray is a great color that barely shows dirty. I would recommend this car to ... Read More

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2009 Nissan Altima Reviews

Love It - Its Not Stock. By Jake

NOthing to dislike. Fun fast low profile car never have any issues. It is very reliable and recommend nissans to everyone. Especially there VQ35DE engine. A few Mods and you will be beating most ca... Read More

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The car is decent. Nissan seems to really push the maint packages and they aren't cheep. The best thing about the car is the trunk space. Interior is small. There is no room for more than 2 kids in th... Read More

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