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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,846 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.

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2001 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 092010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


Gasket starts shaking at stop signs and one has to push the gas pedal pretty hand. Can be dangerous. The part was repaired....but because it was 100K miles +....had to pay 1200 dollars to fix the issue. Looks like a scam by Nissan and dealers....several complaints on the same topic.

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 152009


  • 58,000 miles
2001 Nissan Altima, rough idle appears to act as if there is a dead miss. Checked out by mechanic and its the intake manifold and is a common occurrence. Nissan should take responsibility and recall this. Failure mileage 58,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #10

Oct 282009


  • 78,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket, which is a problem Nissan is aware of on most of the 2000-2004 Altima cars, makes the car shake and seem like it is going to stall while idle. Sometimes it does it while driving, and has in some cases made the car go dead which doesn't allow the car to be steered away from danger.

- Timonium, MD, USA

problem #9

May 012009


  • 95 miles


The intake manifold gasket on my 2001 Nissan Altima gxe is leaking. I had to pay over $480 to get it repaired. Several hundred other vehicles have had the same problem and Nissan should do a recall or reimburse my self and others for this defect in the pat or engineering flaw. This is a major emission problem and I would not pass inspection in Virginia.

- Woodbridge , VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 102009


  • 37,500 miles
Rpms jumping up and down at idle. Mechanic told me it was a misfire on cylinder 4 and I needed a intake manifold gasket. (he knew this because he sprayed carb cleaner by cylinder 4)a $500 job. Car maybe 8 years old but it only has 38,000 miles on it. No reason gasket should burn out on one side like that.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 282008


  • 110,000 miles
I own a 2001 Nissan Altima SE. It is a 5 speed manual transmission. My car started having low idle problems about 6 months ago. I had a tune up done which included new spark plugs, wires, distributor rotor and cap. The car still had low idle problems. I then researched the issue on the internet and found many people have the same problem with their 2000-2001 Nissan Altima. I own a 2001 Nissan Altima SE. The problem turns out to be a faulty intake manifold gasket that leaks and is very expensive to fix. ($600-$1000). I see where Nissan refuses to admit this is a design flaw and will not consider a recall. You can also reference case #10167168, 10145161,10100639, and 10163901. My car has not been fixed yet and the idle is getting to the point where my car is almost stalling when I come to a stop.

- Montgomery Village , MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 032008


  • 99,500 miles


2001 Nissan Altima getting P0304 code at 99,500 miles. Searched on a discussion board and there are many other users with this same code. The code is for intake manifold gasket. It seems that Nissan is also aware of this defect but is refusing to recall and pay for repairs. This is not an isolated case there are many others with the same exact problem.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
I have two persistent problems with my 2001 Altima. Issue #1: the car randomly stalls at low speeds (0-10mph) with no check engine light. This problem began in October 2006. This problem results in a loss of power steering and power brakes which has caused many near accidents. There is no pattern or symptom to forecast when stalling will occur. The car has been in the shop (dealership and others) numerous times with mechanics never able to "duplicate" the problem. After spending hundreds of dollars on a new battery, lead wires, new spark plugs and spark plug wires, my Nissan mechanic said that he didn't know what else to do except "throw parts at it until something sticks." Issue #2: the car idles roughly and shakes unless in neutral. The shop said the problem is the intake manifold gasket which is a $600 repair. A search on the internet provides an abundance of complaints about this problem. This should be a recall issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 132007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Car shaking while at idle (stopped). Probably cause intake manifold gasket as faced by many other Nissan owners. Some complaints reported heating of car leading to fire. I have not faced fire yet but will not take the car to far as well. Since many people faced this, it must be a Nissan design issue and should be recalled. This is a expensive fix and so many people have paid from their pockets for a defect which Nissan has introduced.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket failure at around 80000 miles causing rough engine idling, engine stalling, and an expensive repair. Found 9 similar complaints on the web.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 082003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,060 miles
While driving, the vehicle stopped in heavy traffic with the engine still running and without any warning, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer engaged from drive to neutral.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 062001


  • miles
Motor mount failed.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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