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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,167 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Nissan Altima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 022004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


When the consumer turned on the engine the battery exploded. The consumer saw smoke coming from under the hood. The entire engine compartment was splashed with battery acid. There was no evidence that there was a problem. The consumer simply turned the key and the battery exploded.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 082003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
Battery exploded when key turned to "on" position. Car was in garage. It was initial cranking of engine that day. A loud "boom" was heard. Upon investigation discovered top of battery in three pieces and a split in case next to neg terminal. Acid on underside of hood and surrounding area of battery. Pool of acid collected on garage floor.

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 032002


  • miles
While starting the engine there was a very loud boom, consumer stated smoke came from under hood, battery had exploded, dented the hood of vehicle and battery acid was inside and outside of vehicle. Cause is unknown. Took to mechanic and they replaced battery.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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