2003 Nissan Altima Overview


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2.5 S
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4.25 stars

Based on 47 reviews

Inexpensive, "four-door Sports-car" Like Nissan Calls The Maxima Lol by J3R3L
 — The way this car drives, I feel like I'm in a high end sports car rather than a lower-end 245hp 3.5L V6. Nissan 350Z and this car drives very similar to me which is a plus for this car being that it i... Read More
Economical, Reliable, & Fun Family Sedan by Jeff
 — I feel like I'm in an actual sports car rather than a lower-end four-speed 245hp 3.5L V6 car (Aside from the torque-steer). 0-60 time is around 5.5 seconds, quarter of a mile time is around 14.2. Real... Read More
2003 Nissan Altima 3.5se by Nick
 — Well I bought this car for the motor. It's almost bullet proof. the vq35de motor is the vq30de evolved, think nissan 300zx. The Nissan V6 is in everything from their minivan to the 350z. Power is e... Read More

2003 Nissan Altima Overview

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Based on 47 reviews

2003 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima saw a few changes for the 2003 model year, despite the fact that it had just been redesigned the previous year, including some new option packages and faux wood and titanium accents in some models.

The 2003 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.

The Altima is Nissan's best-selling vehicle, and drivers like it because it is a good value and is very reliable. Owners also praise its good looks and ample trunk space. Some drivers complain about the front seats, and others caution that in the event that the car does need repairs, parts and labor can be expensive.


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Nissan Altima Questions


I Have A 2003 Nissan Altima And I Change The Ignition Coil And Spart Plugs....

And when it was running it made this ratterning noise by the timing

11 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)

Need Help With Throttle Problems

My cars been running sluggish lately but only after a few mins of start up. 3 throttle codes popped up but my cars not in limp mode at all. I'm not wanting to buy something that I don't need help...

22 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

Service Engine Soon Light Came On

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Nissan Altima 2003 Dies On Its Own And Doesn't Start

I have a 2003 3.5L Nissan Altima, Manual. I'm having two problems with my car. Problem #1, when I do a cold start, the car starts fine but the more stops I make (Stop as in when I need to gas up or ...

19 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
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I Have A 2003 Altima With A 2.5 Liter

The battery went bad so I put another battery in and within 2 days it wouldn't start unless I jumped it,also lost Radio,It seems like the alternator is spiking

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