2003 Nissan Altima consumer reviews

$16,749–$17,249 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Altima Nissan
78% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.9
Explore the 2003 Nissan Altima

I got my moneys worth.

I bought a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5s while in college. It had 104k when I bought it. Currently has 155k 5 years later. What I fixed along the way was 2 break calibers, a crankshaft position sensor, a gasket, a transition flush that didn't help, and a muffler that fell off. What I haven't fixed is the Check engine light (evap system) has been been on 3 years, but that's not a problem, the car shakes at idle (Motor mounts), and it shifts hard into 2nd gear and sqeeks into 3rd while whining in reverse (transmission issues). Interior materials are cheap, the plastic dash cracked long ago, and the glovebox doesn't like to stay hinged. The outside paint has rust forming around the rear wheels, the front bumper is pealing paint, and the hubcaps are pealing paint. However, the A/C and Heat work like a charm. The car always starts, and once it is up to speed (0-60 is like 20 seconds) it runs so comfortably on the highway. I consider it a great value for $6,500 close to 5 years ago because it always gets me to where I'm going and is a great car to run into the ground. I will be selling for $1k tomorrow. Thank you for the 51k miles for a net $5500.


I can say it is completely reliable.

The car is getting me to where I need to go. It was very clean and still has no problems. Would buy from here again.


awesome car

beyond all expectations great good perfect wonderful comfort smooth glides flies rocks rolls and sings. colorful stylish clean attractive and very ,very quick thank you so much


Decent car gets you from point A to B

Great ride gets you going wherever you need to go. Reliable, comfortable and a gas saver . Gets you from point A to Point B


2003 Nissan Altima with 38k miles!!!

2003 Nissan Altima, belongs to my grandfather. He purchased this car in 2003 from a Nissan Dealership. Always serviced it at the dealer and kept it parked in the garage. Very low miles , the car was never involved in an accident. Drives like a brand new car.


Great First Car! Very reliable

Very spacious sedan and well loved car, drove this car to work and home. Very comfortable car. Only filled car every 2 weeks. Great with gas.


Good Car if you can make the necessary repairs

clean inside and out. Gasket repair been quoted at 1250. Handles @ 50 each + repair labor--But they still work. Car drives but need to add coolant weekly


This car was not good

When i went to the parkway to go to the car dealler ship it turned off on me 2 times and i got scared because my daughter was in the car with me


Durable and less expensive to maintain.

The vehicle has never given me any major problem and it is durable, effective and cheaper to maintain. The vehicle was purchased used in 2015 and since then I never had any major problems.


The biggest xxx i've ever driven in my life

The 2002 through 2007 Altimas have a problem where the cheaply made catalytic converter breaks down due to excessive heat from the motor, and because the 2.5 engine has an overlapping valve system instead of a typical EGR that most cars have , the cat material gets sucked into the motor, causing extensive oil use that will eventually lead to catastrophic engine failure.