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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Nissan Altima has two fairly significant problems with the floor pan rusting through & motor mounts breaking.

Altima owners report that up to a basketball-size hole develops under the floor mats where the floor pan metal rusts through. Average repair cost is over $1,000.

The broken motor mounts are less of a problem - they break at ~75,000 miles average & it's $400 to fix. Still, motor mounts should not break!


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
143,401 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace door handle (5 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. nissan replaced door handle (1 reports)
2005 Nissan Altima accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 112015

Altima E V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


Things went from bad to terrible, this is the 2nd handle that got broke while opening the door. Can't believe Nissan sold such low quality cheap handles. I mean 50 year old cars still have their handles.

- , Columbus, USA

problem #7

Sep 072015

Altima SE-R 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,800 miles

This is the second door handle that has broken off of my car. The first one was a couple of years ago, same thing happened. It snapped off when attempting to open the door while it was locked, NO EXCESSIVE force was used.

- , Deland, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102013

Altima SE-R 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,168 miles

2 Down and 2 left to snap off, awesome. It wouldn't be so bad if you could buy the door handle already painted for the same price they are unpainted. PLASTIC door handles, REALLY???

- , Deland, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 132014

Altima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles


I have had 3 doors handles all break within 2 months. At first I thought someone is messing with my car. Then I go to a body shop and they tell me that this is a common thing to happen on the Nissan's. If this is the case they definitely need to do a recall on these plastic cheap door handles. It's going to cost around $300 bucks to repair. I feel Nissan should be sending me a check to get this fixed. Even though I have one door handle left on the passenger side, I feel that I may go ahead and have that fixed as well cause I know it's coming. SMH...

- , Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 302014

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Again another door handle broke off while trying to open a locked door. Not much pressure was exerted on the handle. My best guess is the handle is made of cheap plastic.

- , Waycross, GA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 072013

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

Just disappointed in the handle on the car being plastic .. Nissan should know better.

- , Laurel, MS, USA

problem #2

Dec 152012

Altima 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles

Within 1 week both front door handles just snapped off in my hand. I wasn't using a great amount of force, just opening like normal. I have since seen over a dozen Altima's with the same problem. This has to be some sort of defect. It sucks trying to get the doors open without breaking a nail, not to mention a little embarrassing at times.

- , Willis, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Altima 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,242 miles

I am down 3 door handles just napping off- it is a 2005 Nissan and I was told by the service department that the handles are plastic and after 5 years they get brittle and snap off- not a defect and i would cost me $200 door to repair. I am able to slip my finger under the latch to open the door and will have to deal with it as I cannot afford to fix it. I will never buy another Nissan as they do not own up to their defects in manufacturing the car.

- , Viera, FL, USA

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