2003 Nissan Altima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2003 Nissan Altima

1,066 problems have been reported for the 2003 Nissan Altima. The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for 2003 Nissan Altima. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling with 568 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (117 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2003 Nissan Altima

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2003 Nissan Altima in the United States are 225,702 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Nissan Altima owners in the last 16 years is 1066, and the age of the vehicle is 16, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 1066 / 225,702 / 16 * 1000 = 0.30.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Nissan Altima model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2003 Nissan Altima in 2003.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
0
  2018
11
  2017
26
  2016
33
  2015
78
  2014
32
  2013
70
  2012
69
  2011
66
  2010
96
  2009
107
  2008
97
  2007
108
  2006
136
  2005
46
  2004
29
  2003
6

small car iamge Compare the 2003 Nissan Altima with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Nissan Altima, the following table can be used to compare the 2003 Nissan Altima with the Nissan Altima from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2003 Altima is 1,066 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Nissan Altima is 555.

Table 3. Compare the 2003 Nissan Altima with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Altima
11
  2018 Altima
25
  2017 Altima
50
  2016 Altima
160
  2015 Altima
413
  2014 Altima
640
  2013 Altima
1,712
  2012 Altima
383
  2011 Altima
212
  2010 Altima
381
  2009 Altima
1,884
  2008 Altima
1,135
  2007 Altima
531
  2006 Altima
953
  2005 Altima
1,272
  2004 Altima
324
  2003 Altima
1,066
  2002 Altima
1,281
  2001 Altima
194
  2000 Altima
199
  1999 Altima
108
  1998 Altima
142
  1997 Altima
139
  1996 Altima
117


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