2003 Nissan Altima User Reviews

2003 Nissan Altima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 47 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"power" 18 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"comfortable car" 8 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"radius" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews

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truefix writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 Review
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4

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good on gas

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no leather

truefix
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Great Car — good car, great on gas, it wasnt the fully loaded one, but it was amazing on maintennce, parts were affordable, i highly recomend getting one if you are looking to getting a four door sedan, over all great great great

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reginald writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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5

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Fast
Black
BOSE system
Leather interior
Sunroof

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Car Alarm keeps ringing off the hook
People keep rubbing up against my bumpers

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Fast And Sleek — Vehicle 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M) Review The power of the 4 cyl engine is like other 6 cyl. The gas mileage, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg city with the a/c on, is unbelievable. It's comfortable. The sound system sounds great and the only time it's been in the shop was to have a fan belt replaced. Favorite Features Power with great gas mileage. Suggested Improvements None.

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James writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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Sturdy and fun, yet at the same time responsible.

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Not for those who enjoy breaking speed laws.

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If You Want A Car That Your Kid Wants To Drive And Is Safe, Get The Altima. — The 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S is an all around good performer when it comes to completing the task at hand. The four cylinder engine may not carry the grunt of the larger 3.5 liter V6, but it accelerates better than most of the other small engined, mid-sized sedans. With enough room for taller members of the family, the Altima is comfy for long trips. It's fuel efficient, and these days that means so much. Not to mention, it's sleek bullet type design is easy on the eyes. There aren't many negatives about this car, except for the occasional tail light issue. But, that's an easy fix, even for a novice. All in all, the 2003 Nissan Altima is at the head of the pack in its class.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Luisfrivas0404 writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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Spacious

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Nothing

Luisfrivas0404
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Great For The Price — Great and clean car,good on gas, cheap on parts ,and oil change is cheap , is just a Greta car no problems. My family loves it ,,,and sister drives it around ..with me mon and dad , great trunk space . Great

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alowettabell writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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comfort

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nothing really

alowettabell
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No Problems — i can say this has been a great car for me as a traveling mother I travel from time to time gas mileage has been great It has enough room in back seat for 3 ppl to sit w/o being all over each other

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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joeywgreer writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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The front seats are fairly comfortable and the spacious rear seats offer plentiful legroom and support. Lots of room, smooth ride, huge trunk. Altima is comfortable, reliable, good stereo.The four-cylinder 2.5 S model performed better than some V6s and averaged 25 mpg

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joeywgreer
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Comfortable, Reiable Ride — This is a great car for the money. The front seats are fairly comfortable and the spacious rear seats offer plentiful legroom and support. Lots of room, smooth ride, huge trunk. Altima is comfortable, reliable, good stereo.The four-cylinder 2.5 S model performed better than some V6s and averaged 25 mpg. SeaScape exterior and frost interior

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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pspash writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 Review
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Very roomy. Easy handling and very smooth.

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I find the front end to be difficult to see over.

pspash
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Want A Smooth Ride — The Altima is a fun car to own and drive. It provides a great look while offering a very comfortable ride. Overall I really like the look of this car. I find its overall look to be sporty and sleek. The Altima provides surprisly good gas milage for its size.

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Frosty2188 writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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3

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Perfect for roadtrips

Cons

Does not have much power

Frosty2188
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Best Car Yet — I was not impressed with its power when up in the mountains. I really enjoyed it for everything else though. I took this vehicle to and from work and on trips and everywhere else without a major problem ever occurring.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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blackdogg6164 writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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great power, color

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getting a little long in the tooth!

blackdogg6164
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My Altima — with maintenance, reliability is good. love the color, options, and the way it performs. added a spoiler, custom wheels and hopefully a stereo soon. great summer car. soon it will be time to upgrade to a newer Nissan but for now, it is all good!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeffery writes:
2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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- Fuel Economy
- Reliability  
- Base Price

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- Major oil consumption
- FWD. Should be RWD or AWD. (I guess that is why Nissan made the Infiniti G35/G37 which are RWD and AWD.)
- Automatic version is a 4-Speed. Should be at least 5 or 6-Speed.
- If you do not like fast cars, this isn't the one for you.
- Repair costs can become rather expensive.
- Poor turning radius
- Road noises >>>ANNOYING!

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Economical, Reliable, & Fun Family Sedan — 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. Really quick. I have had no major problems and I am very satisfied in my Nissan Altima. I have a heavy foot but still have no major problems though this is a FWD vehicle. The car is eleven years old with 132,000 miles at the time of this review (updated May 2014) and it's still going strong! Good acceleration and braking. The exterior is very nice, fast, and sporty looking. The interior is (cheap) sporty looking with wood grain accents but the dash started cracking about four years ago of the time of this review (updated May 2014) and I'm a person who keeps up with my possessions so I was kind of surprised when I noticed it. Fuel Economy is around 23 miles City and 36 miles Highway MPG. I use Premium Unleaded 93 Octane gas. I would say this car isn't all that expensive to keep up with as long as maintenance is maintained as scheduled; however I have had constant sensor & major oil consumption problems, which I think has finally been resolved. This is a nice car I would recommend it to anyone who wants a spiffy family sedan at a low price for what the car is capable of. (My Nissan Altima 3.5 SE was $31,000 brand new.)

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

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1993 Nissan Altima Reviews

I Would Definately Own This Car Again Because It Was So Good On Gas And Sounded Good. By Samson

This car had good acceleration, good braking, and good handling. It needed motors in all the windows they did not roll up or down. The interior was good it was kinda water stained. The exterior was gr... Read More

Great Starter Car By Nino

I bought it for $1200 and it was a great car. 5 speed manual, and for a compact car, it had good performance. AC could be colder but it's fine and it's R134, so its easy to refill. Good handling, fu... Read More

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1994 Nissan Altima Reviews

Great Car But Avg Less Than 30 Mpg. Need More Mpg. By hide5000

Replaced clutch, distributor, radiator, starter, alternator, right & left drive shafts exchanged (boots), new valve cover gasket, timing belt, oxygen sensor, batteries and tires, 190,000 miles. This i... Read More

Meh By Siraj

low maintenance cost, manual so fun to drive, acceleration is poor, braking is okay handlingi is decent. build quality is decent. styling is meh. cost of ownership is pretty low concidering that i ... Read More

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1995 Nissan Altima Reviews

Nissan Sss By Mark

This is the one car we used on most cross-island drives around Luzon. Manila to Bicolandia, Manila to Ilocandia, and the almost legendary trip over the top Ilocos to Pagudpud to Cagayan Valley. All... Read More

My Little Beater By Dennis

this car had potential when i got it but i started pushing it past its limits. performance wise, it had a coneair filter, muffler, and spark plug wires. i had a lot of fun in this car although it gave... Read More

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1996 Nissan Altima Reviews

Inexpensive, Comfortable, Roomy By Adam

Performance: Highest HP rating of any car in its class. Has plenty of power for what it is and somewhat surprisingly spunky for being a 4cyl. Build Quality: As you would expect, I suppose. I find i... Read More

Great, Reliable, Inexpensive To Maintain Car By Lydia_Bungalow

I bought this car car when it was 6 years old. I have it for almost 8 years now and I still love it. It still runs smoothly. The body is still clean with only tiny (less than 1/2 inch) rust spot... Read More

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1997 Nissan Altima Reviews

Fun Car By sdbrandonb

I like how quick it is and how much power it feels like it has, It handles very well and looks great especially when it was just washed!! I can drive forever without having to get gas and thats a good... Read More

Good Car By amora

I have owned this car since 1998 and it has been sturdy, reliable, and comfortable. The paint is crap after this long, but have only had to replace tires, battery, brakes, and radiator. I would have... Read More

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