4th Generation (2007—2012) Altima Problems

Altima owners with a 2007—2012 model year have the most problems with the steering (37%), transmission (18%), and the interior (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Steering Wheel Lock Failure 459 complaints at an average of 89,116 miles in the 2009 Nissan Altima.
  2. Dashboard Is Melting 60 complaints at an average of 73,153 miles in the 2008 Nissan Altima.
  3. Transmission Failure 85 complaints at an average of 118,422 miles in the 2007 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 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 111 4 37 31.62
2011 72 1 46 22.84
2010 115 3 51 36.03
2009 621 4 49 48.38
2008 228 4 59 54.39
2007 100 3 62 26.74

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