Skip to main content

There's a lot that can go wrong in a Nissan

What’s most likely to break in a Nissan? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

Updated

Deployed airbag

Is Your Nissan Part of the Takata Recalls?

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

Continue Reading

Updated

View of Nissan engine with coolant leak

Coolant Leaks are Destroying Nissan Transmissions

Automatic transmissions in certain 2005-2010 Nissan SUVs and Trucks are under attack from their radiators. Leaking coolant is mixing with transmission fluid through the cooler lines to create a toxic hell stew that irreversibly damages everything around it.

Continue Reading

Updated

Overhead view of a busted timing chain

Timing Chain Tensioning System Defects

Nissan says their timing chains are just noisy, but not defective. Try telling that to the owners who have seen loose timing chains rattled their engines apart, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.

Continue Reading

View All Trends Suggest a Trend

The Most Recalled Models

Nissan generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Nissan News

Versa Recalled For Another Round of Takata Fixes

Anyone else remember what the world felt like before all these Takata recalls? I’m starting to forget considering the first one came all the way back in May of 2013. I’m pretty sure the air smelled sweeter, the birds all sang in harmony, and I didn’t cry overtime I heard a word ending in “ata.”

Anyway, I guess these batch recalls are our new reality. Nissan announced they’re pulling back 53,000 Versa sedans and hatchbacks to replace the passenger-side airbag inflators.

Takata has been in the news a lot lately, and none of it has been good – more confirmed casualties and stop-driving orders have prompted questions from our much-maligned Senators. Ooo, I have a question – what the heck took them so long?

Continue reading

Timing Chain Settlement Provides Reimbursements to Owners in CA and WA

West-coast Nissan owners may soon be getting reimbursed for timing chain repairs thanks to a recent settlement.

Under the settlement, affected owners and lessees are entitled to partial reimbursement for money spent in connection with the diagnosis of, repair to, or replacement of the primary or secondary timing chain systems or components. Alternatively, those owners and lessees may receive a voucher to be used toward the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle. Reimbursement percentages are based on the mileage of the vehicle at the time of repair, and a vehicle with more than 120,000 miles at the time of repair is not entitled to reimbursement.

The settlement covers owners of the following in California or Washington State (sorry Oregon):

  • 2004-2008 Nissan Maxima
  • 2004-2009 Nissan Quest
  • 2004-2006 Nissan Altima (VQ35 engine)
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Xterra
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Frontier (VQ40 engine)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the offer stops at 120,000 miles, court documents reveal that’s the full life expectancy of vehicles, according to Nissan.

Between that revelation, timing chain problems, and transmissions choking on coolant, any 2005-2007 Frontier, Pathfinder, or Xterra owner that makes it past 120,000 miles should probably go play the lottery.

Continue reading

Nissan Sued for Altima Floorboards That Rust So Badly Owners Can Poke Holes Through The Floor With Their Toes

There is a serious danger lurking beneath the feet of 3rd-generation Altima owners. And since Nissan refuses to do anything about it, the issue has made its way to court.

Plaintiff Marie DeMaria filed the proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges rust and corrosion can cause the floorboards to rust so severely the occupants can see the road. Additionally, the holes are deceptively dangerous because the interior carpet can hide the rust and corrosion from Altima owners.

The problem is often concealed by the interior carpet and isn’t noticed until it’s too late. The rust often gets so bad that these vehicles can no longer pass state inspections without expensive repairs.

Continue reading

What's Your Problem?

Car problems are the worst, amirite? If you're having trouble with your Nissan, help us keep the pressure on by adding a complaint to CarComplaints.com. You can also signup for free vehicle email alerts that will notify you of new problems or upcoming recalls, sometimes months ahead of manufacturers.

Share Your Story

Problems with other brands

Topic sites