2003 Nissan Altima Overview


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2.5 S
Avg. Price: $5,295
2.5 SL
Avg. Price: $5,454
3.5 SE
Avg. Price: $5,912

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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 Jeffery
 — 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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Does A 2003 Altima S Have A Timing Chain Or Belt And At What Mileage Should...

I have a 132K and dealer has yet to bring it up when I go in for regular service

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The Drivers Side Window Got Off Track, My Boyfriend Took Apart The Door To ...

2003 Nissan Altima 4cyl drivers side window. I guess he needs a diagram maybe to put it back together? Or maybe wait until my nephew gets it since he works at Nissan.

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2003 Has No Power On Taking Off From A Standstill. ...fuel Pump Good New Up...

New tuneup replaced fuel pump and coil cam sensor replaced electronic acceleratorand replaced throttle control sensor and still has no power on takeoff

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Veronica Hernandez

I Have 03 Nissan Altima, It's Been Driving Good But Today When I Was Comin...

Turned it off and turned it back on and tried again and nothing. Shifter moves but car won't go anywhere

4 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Jose Serna

Why Does My Altima 2003 Cranks But Whont Start Right Away When I Leave It U...

3 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)