1st Generation (1993—1997) Altima Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (39%), electrical (23%), and the brakes (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Stalls 2 complaints at an average of 140,000 miles in the 1993 Nissan Altima.
  2. Brakes Pads Wear Through Fast 1 complaints at an average of 74,781 miles in the 1995 Nissan Altima.
  3. Shakes at Idle 2 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1997 Nissan Altima.

What Altima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 1995 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 13 3 35 2.33
1996 6 2 28 1.17
1995 13 5 36 2.6
1994 8 4 23 1.54
1993 3 3 24 1.24

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