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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,516 miles

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2004 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2004 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Oct 202014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 136,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While I was pulling out from a parking lot, my car just cut off. I have not had the money to even take it to see what was wrong with it until recently and was told that both of my catalytic converters were going bad and that it would cost $1100 to get it fixed. So I checked online to see it was any recalls on it and it was several but was told it did not include my car. Since the first time that it cut off it has done it at least 6 more times. Once I was in the middle of the street and was almost rear ended by the car behind me. I don't understand how the recalls say my make and model and mileage of my Altima but it doesn't include my car.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #71

Jul 152010

Altima 4-cyl Diesel

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start until after several attempts were made. The check engine warning light then illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis, who stated that the crank and cam shaft would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was repaired eight different times but the failure persisted. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #70

Feb 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
2004 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to recall repairs related to replacement of sensors the consumer stated the check engine light illuminated. The consumer stated even though he had the recall notice and there was expiration date, the dealer informed him the warranty had expired. The crankshaft position sensor and camshaft position sensor were replaced. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #69

Oct 192011

Altima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The engine stalls while being driven at low speed due to an overheated crankshaft position sensor. Nissan says my VIN is not included in the recall even though this is the same problem.

- Kingsland, TX, USA

problem #68

Nov 192011

Altima

  • 92,665 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 5 mph. The vehicle restarted after the failure and was taken to a private mechanic. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN did not qualify for the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,665 and the current mileage was 92,700.

- Church Hill, TN, USA

problem #67

Jul 252011

Altima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima sl. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the failure was diagnosed as a crankshaft sensor failure. The dealer was contacted and they advised that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number 06V24200 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #66

Jul 172011

Altima

  • 105,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled and the ses light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The contact was able to restart the vehicle within a few minutes. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised him that the cam shaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the cam shaft position sensor. The failure and current mileage was approximately 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Still Water, OK, USA

problem #65

Jun 112011

Altima

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was turned off for a short time and failed to restart. The contact was only able to start the vehicle after shutting it off for a few hours. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the crank shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Salem, CT, USA

problem #64

Jun 062011

Altima

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that if the vehicle vehicle would not start unless it was turned off for at least two hours. A year ago the contact received a NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 06V242000 ( engine and engine cooling) recall and the crank angle sensor was replaced. The failure was directly related to the recall and the contact stated that the identical failure had recurred. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #63

Apr 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Nissan Altima. Consumer requests reimbursement for expenses incurred for recall repairs the consumer was told her vehicle identification number was not a part of the recall. The consumer stated the vehicle was stalling and hesitating at random.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #62

Oct 252010

Altima

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that when entering his vehicle in cold weather, the vehicle would crank but not actually start up. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that there were loose wires to the crank sensor. The vehicle was repaired. After he went to the dealer, they advised him that his motor had blown and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was towed to his home and the vehicle drove fine. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Creedmoore, NC, USA

problem #61

Dec 262010

Altima

  • 26,000 miles
2004 Nissan Altima. Car was hard to start and eventually wouldn't start. Camshaft position sensor failed. Many complaints posted online with a Nissan campaign for some years but not the 2004. Wider campaign should be done. Only 26,000 miles on auto.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #60

Apr 272010

Altima

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving 55 mph and attempting to accelerate yet the vehicle would not respond and began to lose engine power. The contact shut off the vehicle and when restarting, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a spark plug was replaced. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the butterfly screws fractured from the power valves and became lodged into the cylinders. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Polson, MT, USA

problem #59

Aug 162009

Altima

  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated when driving at any speed, the vehicle would stall without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle when the failure would occur. The dealer advised the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling) and repairs would fall at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 133,000.

- Corona , CA, USA

problem #58

Jun 172010

Altima

  • 35,466 miles
2004 Nissan Altima engine failure after only 35,000 miles. The engine consumes too much oil (leaving sludge and metal shavings in the pan). Took to dealer because the check engine light stayed on. Was initially told that the oil need to be changed (changed prior to this event approx. 3,500 miles before this event). Was charged $2,300 for oil change and other maintenance. Had to take the car back because the engine light came on and stayed on again. Was told the engine was no good and to get rid of the car. This could cause overheating and fire. My research has shown that some 2002 & other year Nissan Altima's had the same problem. Nissan Consumer Affairs offered absolutely no help or offers of any kind. Nissan Consumer Affairs strung me along for almost two months and then with a phone call (after I tried to contact them several times for updates to no avail, I was told they could not help me. Was told to either purchase new engine ($4,500) or get rid of the car by the dealer. Prior to this the car was well maintained, especially oil changes. The car is 1 year out of the warranty period.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #57

Apr 252007

Altima 4-cyl

  • 51,413 miles
2004 Nissan Altima. Consumer states vehicle stalled while driving the consumer stated there is still a major problem regarding the recall for the crank angle sensor and the reprogramming of the ECM. The consumer stated the crank sensor had to be replaced for the second time and the check engine light had illuminated on six separate occasions. The radiator was cracked and was leaking coolant. The passenger side mirror was loose, the sun roof had a rattle and the drivers side window would go up, but at times it would come back down on its own. The dealer replaced the regulator motor. Also, the alternator was replaced.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #56

Mar 032010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,885 miles
Just as dozens others have already filed as complaints I have had several issues with the camshaft/crank shaft position sensor. Originally this sensor went bad in June, 2008 at 49,000 miles. I had the sensor replaced and the ECM reprogrammed according recall 06V242000. I contacted Nissan North America and filed a complaint and after some back and forth they agreed to cover the cost of the repair (approx. $500). On March 3rd, 2010 at 70,885 the car would not start so I had it towed to a certified repair shop who diagnosed it with a bad camshaft position sensor again. The repair cost me $265. Clearly there is a consistent problem with these sensors and reprogramming the ECM is not a proper fix. Apparently even replacing the sensor once (by a Nissan dealer) does not fix the problem. Nissan needs to step up and take responsibility for their poor choice in components and provide a permanent solution and compensation for affected consumers. I will be contacting Nissan North America again.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #55

Dec 312009

Altima

  • miles
Nissan Altima 2004 with about 77,000 miles. Was part of recall for ECM and I had this done at the dealership winter of 2006. Was to prevent car from stalling. This recall did not fix the problem. 12/31/2009 service engine light came on was told it was the crank shaft sensor. Car stalled while at a stop light without warning. Numerous complaints on the internet about this issue Nissan Altima - 2002 to 2006. Many people have the sensor replaced only to have the same problem again. Very dangerous as the car appears to drive well and it just shuts off. Have not contacted dealership yet for repair, sent an email to Nissan. Recall for ECM to reprogram to prevent stalling, but the real issue seems to be the sensor that causes the car to stall. This is a real safety issue. Nissan should recall all Altima 2002-2006 and have this problem fixed before someone gets killed.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #54

May 212009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 46,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving, the vehicle completely shut off. The failure occurred 7 to 10 times, and occasionally while driving 50 mph in traffic. The failure almost caused another vehicle to crash into the rear of his vehicle. There were no warning lights during or prior to the failure. The dealer reprogrammed the computer according to recall 06V242000; however, in September of 2009, the failure recurred. He also occasionally had a difficult time starting the vehicle. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by the camshaft or crankshaft position. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense; although, he stated that the manufacturer should have been liable for the cost. The manufacturer confirmed that the contact was responsible for the repair cost. The current mileage was 48,627 and the failure mileage was 46,400. Updated 04/16/10. The dealer replaced the crankcase sensor at the consumers expense, but did not replace the camshaft sensor. Updated 07/14/10

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #53

Mar 112009

Altima

  • 78,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While backing out of the driveway at a low speed, the engine suddenly stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure occurred intermittently and progressed within the past two months. The vehicle also stalled on the highway on a separate occasion. Recently, the engine warning indicator illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 78,500 and current mileage was 79,280.

- Valatie, NY, USA

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