3rd Generation (2002—2006) Altima Problems

This generations ranks 58th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (49%), body (12%), and the exhaust (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Catalytic Converter Failure 131 complaints at an average of 102,496 miles in the 2002 Nissan Altima.
  2. Transmission Slips and Jerks 24 complaints at an average of 116,440 miles in the 2006 Nissan Altima.
  3. Floor Pan Rusted Through 72 complaints at an average of 114,741 miles in the 2005 Nissan Altima.

What Altima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 196 4 31 36.14
2005 420 2 58 51.75
2004 87 5 52 11.28
2003 231 10 67 48.37
2002 623 12 108 53.73

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