The 11 Most Common Altima Problems

We've pulled together a list of the most widespread problems that Altima owners have to deal with.

Nissan Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Problems

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Malfunctions in Nissan’s AEB are causing vehicles to suddenly brake even when there’s no obstructions on the road ahead. The sudden stops are creating dangerous situations that often lead to rear-end collisions.

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Altima Rusted Floorboards

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Altima owners have a dangerous problem lurking beneath their feet. The 3rd generation (2002-06) sedan has floorboards that seem particularly susceptible to corrosion. The result? Widespread rust that’s often concealed by the interior carpet…

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Sunroof Rattles and Explodes

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Heads up, Nissan owners! That giant piece of glass above your head may soon be on its way down in a thousand little pieces. Lawsuits accuse Nissan of using a faulty tempering process for their sunroofs since 2008.

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Altima's Dim Headlights

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The low-beam headlights in the 5th generation Altima are dangerously dim, and it has nothing to do with the bulb. The problem is worst in the 2013-2015 model years as material inside the assembly breaks down creating a less effective headla…

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Should You Trust Nissan's CVT?

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For a while cracked radiators were the number one enemy of Nissan transmissions, but these days it appears the transmissions are their own worst enemy.

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Timing Chain Defects

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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.

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Inaccurate Fuel Gauge

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That's because a wide swath of Nissan vehicles have gas gauges that never read full even after filling up, stop working below 1/4 of a tank, or show a low fuel warning even when there's plenty of miles to go. In other words, they're complet…

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Steering Wheel Locked

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Nissan owners are fed up with not being able to start their cars due to a ESCL defect. A new service campaign means defective steering locks will be fixed (at least in some models)…

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OCS Warning and Airbag Problems

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The occupant classification system (OCS) in many Nissan vehicles is so unreliable for the front passenger seat that you should probably think twice before calling 'shotgun.'…

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EVAP Clogs and Gas Spills

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Nissan owners are experiencing 'gas splash back' at the pump and it's likely because of a clog in the EVAP system.

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Premature Automatic Transmission Failure

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Whether it's hesitation between gears, rough shifting, sudden stops or diminished acceleration, there's absolutely nothing good about these garbage transmissions.

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What Altima Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

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Worst Years

Altima Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The Altima has 6 generations available in North American markets.

By the Numbers

  1. 4,814 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 589 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 55 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

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