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2002 Nissan Altima Overview

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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2002 Nissan Alton's Spark Plug Unable To Be Removed?

I have removed all spark plugs, but the #3 plug seems to be blocked by a squishy substance or is recessed down to far to get the socket on the plug itself. (lots of oil down inside all plug wells)


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I Got A Duplicate Key Made Because I Lost Mine And Now My Car Is Not Starti...

Car not starting after I lost my key and got a new one

Code 1122 For Nissan Altima

Disconnected Hose

My 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L has been running poorly. In my exploration of the engine compartment I found a hose that is not connected to anything. I’m hoping someone ca help me find where to reconn...