Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,029 - $3,828
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
175-245
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,029 - $3,828
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
175-245
Seats
5

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Nissan Altima Models & Trims

2003 Nissan Altima Owner Reviews

3.65
117 Reviews
26% 26% 34% 11% 2%
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My car is pretty regular. Unfortunately there are no fun features to mention.

2003 Nissan Altima Base

Nissan Altima is a very reliable car. Mine is an older model but it still runs great. There is a defect with all the models with the gas cap latch. It seems like every Altima I see has the gas latch open because it won't close and a lot of them have a front bumper replacement like mine as well. But overall she is very reliable and comfortable to ride in. Right now I'm having issues with my crankshaft position sensor but I think that problem only occurred because the guy I brought the car from actually gave me a different Altima engine with less miles. Just a little advice, buy the engine as is without prior modifications.

- Aretha K

Regular maintenance is key!

2003 Nissan Altima SE

When we got the vehicle, it required a bit of work. We had to put new struts and shocks, front and rear, new door handles, new front and back valve covers with spark plugs and wires, and fluid checks. When we're got the cat, it had 210,000 miles on it and wax getting about 21 miles to the gallon of gas. After all the work. We're are now getting 27-29 mpg. So. The prior maintenance that was conducted prior to our purchase, plus what we done, makes the cat drive like a brand new one!!

- Sheila C

The 2003 Nissan Altima is reliable.

2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 Base

It may be a 2004 model car but other than the normal wear and tear it should last me a year or two more. I've had to replace the radiator a couple weeks ago, since then it's driven okay, but not great. I had to add transmission fluid last week. Those are normal duties to owning a car, I assume. I'd recommend it to someone who knows how to work on cars and who finds it entertaining. If you don't like constantly having to service your car, I don't recommend.

- Alex T

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$17,249
$23,099

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 4
2.5L DOHC 4

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.9 in.
43.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.8 in.
40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.4 in.
36.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.6 cu. ft.
15.6 cu. ft.

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/65R16
P205/65R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.2 in.
110.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 ft.
37.4 ft.

Length

Length
191.5 in.
191.5 in.

Width

Width
70.4 in.
70.4 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3049 lbs.
3106 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 hp

Torque

Torque
180 ft. lbs.
180 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20 gal.
20 gal.

Combined

Combined
26 mpg
26 mpg

City

City
23 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 mpg
29 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety