Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,901 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.

2005 Nissan Altima brakes problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #17

Jan 192016

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,200 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the brakes failed and the vehicle crashed into a pole. No warning indicators illuminated. The driver side air bag deployed. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck, chest, and back injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown. Updated 04/08/16 updated 04/28/16.

- River Edge, NJ, USA

problem #16

Nov 152011

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact had taken the vehicle to an authorized dealer for an unrelated repair and the technician noticed that the front driver and passenger side floorboards were completely rusted. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic for repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 02/22/12 the brakes were replaced, as well as the ac line that was leaking. Updated 03.05.12

- Middleburg Heights, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 142012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,200 miles
The car was parked in a driveway for 6 hours in 10 degre weather. It was required to move the car to allow another vehicle to leave when the Nissan was driven forward to re-park the vehicle and the brakes were applied the peddle was rock hard and no brakes were available causing a collision with a garage door. The dealership diagnosed the problem as a vacuum valve, integral with a vacuum hose. The dealer tested the car at 7:30am on 1/16/2012 when the car had been sitting for over 24 hours in 23 degree weather, the brake pedal was hard (however not rock solid) once the pedal was pumped twice the brakes worked accordingly. The theory was the valve was not functioing in the cold weather. The dealer tested the theory by removing the faulty part and placing it in the cold weather for approximatley 30 minutes and reinstalled part back intot he car and created a similar scenario where the brake pedal was hard with limited brakes (temperature was 22 degrees). The part has been replaced and appears to have solved the issue. I am dissapointed that the Nissan Altima can potentially have brakes in extreme cold weather as I live in a cold climate.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 012011


  • miles


2005 Nissan Altima 2.5. consumer writes in regards to problems with brakes the consumer stated the vehicle was difficult to stop and the problem typically occurred in the morning time and in the driveway on extremely cold days.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012011


  • miles
2005 Nissan Altima. Consumer states several problems with vehicle to include brakes, trunk leak, relay switch the consumer stated when he purchased the vehicle, it had been traded two days prior, and the safety inspection had not been performed. The dealer told the consumer, he could keep it over the weekend and bring it back the next business day for the safety inspection so they could repair any problems. When the consumer arrived home with the vehicle, he noticed a cover for the seat belt connector was not attached and there was standing water in the spare tire wheel well. The consumer was informed the trunk problem was fixed. However, water was found in the spare wheel well again. Also, the check engine light illuminated due to a faulty gas relay switch. The consumer stated two weeks later, the brakes started squealing. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the rear wheel bearings replaced. However, the warranty company stated the bearings were not covered under warranty. The warranty company stated their denial of coverage was based on the fact, the vehicle was front-wheel drive. Updated 07/19/12

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #12

Dec 062010

Altima 6-cyl

  • 56,500 miles
In cold temperatures (20F), upon driving the car for the first time in the day, there is no play in the brake pedal and complete brake failure. After coasting to a stop and pumping the brakes several times after the car is warmed up, the brakes operate normally. Repair shops have been unable to determine the cause and found no problems with the brake fluid or brake systems. This occurred three days in a row and counting.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Sep 102010


  • 100,000 miles


The ABS system on the vehicle activates at low speeds. ABS light turns on dashboard. Buzzing sound heard from engine bay while ABS engages. This causes the vehicle to skid when applying moderate pressure on the brake pedal while at low speed. This can be dangerous because if you are forced to suddenly stop the car will keep moving/skidding forward instead of coming to a quick complete stop. I have no air in my brake lines as I had it professionally bled. I also have new brake pads. And my brake fluid is up to the maximum line in the reservoir and clear. I cleaned all four ABS sensors and replaced the one sensor that is common to malfunction on this vehicle. Turns out it is the ABS actuator that has to be replaced which is a $1,200+ part from Nissan. This seems to be a very common problem on the 2004-2007 maxima and 2005-2006 Nissan Altima, as per research performed on public forums in reference to the aforementioned vehicles. This is of a major safety concern since the vehicle is not able to stop how it is meant to stop. On the contrary, vehicle feels like it is braking on a road filled with pebbles.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 012007

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Each winter since I purchased the car, during cold weather, when car is first started, brakes do not work. It is like they are frozen and the brake pedal will not depress unless forced. Once I get the pedal to go down, the pedal must be pumped numerous times to get them to work. Once car is warmed, they will work. This is a 3.5 SE model. The dealership cannot locate any problem.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 132010


  • miles
I was driving in the cold weather for about 5 min, using my brakes normally, and I went to apply the brakes on my 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE and the didn't move, once I started pumping them as hard as I could (was out of seat standing on them) they finally worked.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

problem #8

Jan 132008


  • 36,000 miles
During cold weather, I experienced what felt like a seized braking system. The weather was close to 0 and when I attempted to stop, the brake pedal would not depress to the floor and the car would not stop. After pressing with both legs as hard as I could, the pedal gave and the car stopped. Research led me to replace the brake vacuum assist line in this and my wifes 05 Altima. Purchased both items through the dealer and if there is a recall on this issue, I would love a refund as Nissan should take care of this issue.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, USA

problem #7

Feb 032009


  • miles


When the weather gets very cold the brakes on my Altima 3.5 will seem to lock up and not want to let me brake. Feels as if someone has stuck a brick under the pedal. I have heard many many complaints and people that have had the same problem. I would do something about this asap. I've replaced the part already for this. For the 3.5 part number is 47430-8J100. The 2.5 is 8J000.

- Offutt Afb, NE, USA

problem #6

Dec 282006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have had nothing but problems from my 2005 Altima that I purchased new in Sept 05. The first week I owned the vehicle my engine light came on and the vehicle was very sluggish from takeoff, I then called the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and was told that all Nissan are sluggish and need to be driven to get the "newness from the vehicle" what kind of crap is that. About 6 months ago, I noticed that my brakes are squealing and my tires needed to be replaced, I don't even have 20K miles on my vehicle so this is very mysterious to me. Nissan in my opinion does not listen to its customers and claims to be the very best towards their customers on the commercials but in reality they are just another big company making money at the expense of "use to be loyal" customers". every complaint on this board I can agree with which is sad for I to have experienced the seat belts, sharp bar under the passengers seat, engine and passenger seat air bag light so basically all we have is an expensive good looking non-working pieces of crap. So thank you very much Nissan. Signed - will never ever ever purchase another Nissan in my life.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #5

Oct 252006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
: the contact stated while taking the vehicle in for recall work, the dealership determined the rear brakes were corroded. The pads and rotors were replaced. The vehicle was located in a salt belt state.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #4

May 152006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
: the contact stated while accelerating the transmission hesitates to shift. And when it shifts, it is a rough transition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who changed the ground wire. This did not correct the problem therefore the dealer determined the transmission needed to be replaced. Also, while depressing the brake pedal the brakes squeaked and when driving at 10 mph the brakes made a squeaking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on four occasions. The first time dust was blown off the brakes. On the second and third visit the brake pads were replace. The fourth time, the brakes were determined to be 'glazed' and nothing could be done to repair the problem.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #3

May 012006


  • 22,000 miles
2005 Altima left driver side brakes and rotors wore out at 22,000 miles.

- Corinth, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 312005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,800 miles
I purchased a 05 Altima S in August and at 4000 mi the brakes started to grind and make noise, I took the vehicle into the dealer and they replaced the brakes and resurfaced the rotors. A week later the brakes began making noises again and grinding, I took the vehicle back and the dealer said that the factory said the have to show them something is wrong with the ca and that they couldn't duplicate the problem. I took the car back a week later and once again complained of the braked grinding and noise and this time I recorded the noise on my cell phone and played it for the service advisor to hear. The service manager told me that if it was dangerous it would be making the noise all the time an that everything looked fine. I called the manufacturer and filed a complaint and was advised to take the car to the purchasing dealer, or another dealer to get a second opinion as they purchasing dealer tends to take care of their "babies" I stated that that should be a company policy for Nissan not a dealer policy and that I am scared to drive the vehicle as brakes are a required safety feature.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #1

May 022005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110 miles
Since I got the vehicle I had problems with it. The vehicle does not want to turn on, the key does not turn I have to jiggle with it so it can turn on. The brakes are making a lot of noise at least that is what I think the noise is.for the time I have had the vehicle there is no reason for it to be doing what it is doing I don't want a car like this that is the reason I got a new vehicle to have no problems and that is all its given me.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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