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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,576 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.

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2004 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

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2004 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 282014


  • 131,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the engine stalled and the check engine light warning illuminated. The vehicle restarted immediately but the check engine light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an auto part store for a computerized reading where it was diagnosed that the crank angle sensor, speed sensor and the cam shaft angle sensor needed to be replaced. The manufactured was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Bolton, MA, USA

problem #6

May 092014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 200,600 miles
On my way home I was going about 25mph, the car started losing power and started to stall. I pulled over and took about 15 minutes and started it back up and it started fine. I made it to Napa and one of the guys took a look at it and said it was the accelerator pedal because obviously it wasn't moving. So I got that and had my father put that part on and put it into drive and it still did nothing. I park it back in the driveway as I normally would with the little power that it did have, and the transmission just made a loud thump. My father tells me to start it up and I started it up again as I normally would and the transmission starts whining. This just happened out of nowhere, there were no signs of anything about to happen. No lights were on, no weird noises, and the power was doing completely fine.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 042011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 87,433 miles
Car was back to dealer about 16 months ago for recall ntb06-051A. At that time crank angle sensor was replaced and ECM was reprogrammed. This month August 2011 same symptoms bucking hard to start stalling. Taken to and independent shop and confirmed another crank sensor failure.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 162010


  • 50,000 miles


2004 Nissan Altima 5 spd manual clutch. Last Wednesday I was driving my car and noticed the clutch was getting lower and lower to the floor. I made it to my destination but when I returned to my car to leave, I pressed on the clutch and it just stay down on the floor. After the car cool it seemed to work properly the next day but now it is hard to go into 1st gear and there is a grinding noise to go into 2nd all other gears seem okay. Currently I have only searched online to see if anyone else was having this problem and there appears to be many. I do not have thousands of dollars for a mechanic bill, actually today I only have $15 to my name. This is my only means to get to my job that pays half my bills and at this time I don't know what to do.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #3

May 112010


  • miles
2004 Altima clutch looses pressure and unable to shift gears.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

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problem #2

Feb 232009


  • 58,000 miles
We purchased a 2004 Nissan Altima from crate lake Mazda, medford, or Jan 31,2009. Two weeks after we had the vehicle it started to buck and act like it wanted die when you stopped at a light. We went back to the dealer and the sales person that sold us the car and were told there was no warranty we had to pay. We took it ta a mechanic and then went back to dealer and he didn't seem interested in helping we were made to feel it was our fault. I then called Nissan and found out that were 2 recalls out on this car. The one was for a power valve failure which is exactly what was wrong with our vehicle. This ended up costing us $785. We had not even made the first payment on this car. We thought we had purchased a good car and were very disappointed with this whole mess. We are seniors and on a limited income this repair was rather devastating to us. Our mechanic used all Nissan factory parts and to their specs. This has been verified by the Nissan dealer in grants pass, or. Someone should have checked to see if there was any outstanding recalls on the vehicle and all of this could have been eliminated.

- Gold Hill, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. On a few occasions, while driving at any speed, the gears slipped and jolted when shifting between first and second gears. While idling at a traffic light, the vehicle shut off. The check engine light illuminated, dimmed briefly, and has remained illuminated ever since. Her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Shirley, NY, USA

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