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2003 Nissan Altima Overview

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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Rough Idle, Bad Start, Jerks Into Gear, Maf Sensor

I was told a few diff things I ran tester on car maf and ecm we're bad on car but ecm only popped up once .very hard to crank rough pulsing idle hard shift and speed over 63 is making it buck

Body Control Module Programming 2003 Nissan Altima

Help if anyone can answer this. I need to replace the body control module in my 2003 Altima. Will it need to be programmed for the keys to work? Does anyone know this answer? If it does, any idea ho...

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Transmission Life Span

what is the life span of the transmission before changing it or how many miles can it go before it pack up


Had a 3rd cylinder misfire. Changed the coil pack on that cylinder. Ran great for two days. Started back to idle rough & check it engine light flashing when driving. Changed the spark plug on the 3...