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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,200 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.

2004 Nissan Altima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 272009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


When car sits in cold weather climate brake pedal gets hard and locks up. Loosing the ability to come to a stop. It usually happens when car has been sitting for a few hours in weather below 20 degrees. It's a common issue with Nissan owners having problem with Nissan faulty brake vacuum valve.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
When temperature drops below 32 degrees, when care is first started power brakes do not work until care warms up, taking care to dealer they said this is normal and you have to wait for car to warm up because of a check valve on brake booster having moisture inside.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 232008


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The braking system failed without warning. While driving at various speeds and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes would screech and the vehicle would not slow down. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they reset the brake sensors, which should have corrected the failure. Less than a week after the vehicle was repaired, while driving 25 mph, the contact approached a stop sign. He depressed the brake pedal and, instead of the vehicle losing speed and eventually coming to a stop, it just made a screeching noise and continued to move. The vehicle rear ended a parked vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact drove to the Nissan dealer, where it is currently located. The vehicle is currently being serviced by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 74,000.

- Cheesapeak, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282007

Altima 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph, the contact heard a loud crunching noise coming from the front of the vehicle. As a result, the stopping distance increased. The dealer reprogrammed the vdc and stated that the failure could be due to the brake booster. Approximately five days later, the failure recurred. As of October 4, 2007, the dealer had not inspected or repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 59,800.

- Clinton, MS, USA

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