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2003 Nissan Altima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2003 Nissan Altima

1,056 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 563 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 15 years is 1056, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 1056 / 225,702 / 15 * 1000 = 0.31.

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
  2003
6
  2004
29
  2005
46
  2006
136
  2007
108
  2008
97
  2009
107
  2010
96
  2011
66
  2012
69
  2013
70
  2014
32
  2015
78
  2016
32
  2017
26
  2018
2

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 1,056 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Nissan Altima is 540.

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Altima
12
  2016 Altima
66
  2015 Altima
281
  2014 Altima
436
  2013 Altima
1,278
  2012 Altima
281
  2011 Altima
157
  2010 Altima
332
  2009 Altima
1,795
  2008 Altima
1,069
  2007 Altima
498
  2006 Altima
910
  2005 Altima
1,239
  2004 Altima
318
  2003 Altima
1,056
  2002 Altima
1,272
  2001 Altima
194
  2000 Altima
199
  1999 Altima
101
  1998 Altima
142
  1997 Altima
139
  1996 Altima
117


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