2nd Generation (1998—2001) Altima Problems

Altima owners with a 1998—2001 model year have the most problems with the engine (73%), interior (5%), and the electrical (3%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Shakes When Idling 105 complaints at an average of 85,860 miles in the 2001 Nissan Altima.
  2. Intake Manifold Gasket Leak, Car Shakes 77 complaints at an average of 90,458 miles in the 2000 Nissan Altima.
  3. Bad Intake Manifold Gasket 39 complaints at an average of 94,824 miles in the 2001 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 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2001 195 2 25 18.89
2000 158 2 33 16.38
1999 31 4 23 5.69
1998 28 4 45 3.92

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