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 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,274 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #21

Feb 222010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Altima. When my car reaches approx 60 miles an hour it jerks as if it is going to cut off. One time it did cut off, just so happen I was able to pullover. Also the car will not crank at all, it will stall. We have replaced these parts on three times and I have only had the car going on three years. I went on the internet to see if others were having these issues and if you look you will see the same complaints from countless consumers. No accident has been reported as far as I know but why wait until one does.

- Palmetto, GA, USA

problem #20

Nov 212009


  • 75,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2005 Nissan Altima when it completely shut off on the interstate she was driving approximately 60 miles per hour. After I took it to the auto parts store and they diagnosed I wanted to research how I could fix the problem that is how I ran across this.

- Monroe, OH, USA

problem #19

Jul 272009


  • 75,000 miles
While driving my car down the road, the engine completely shut off. I pulled to the side of the road, and put the car into park. I attempted to start the car back up, and was unable to do so. I then had the battery replaced, and was able to get the car cranked again. The next day, I went into town, and the car did the same thing. I was able to restart it after a few tries, but it then drove funny the rest of the way home. There has been a recall on the car, but I was never informed of any recall. I found it after searching on the internet when I got home. I will be contacting the dealership tomorrow. Apparently the recall is for the crankshaft position sensor. This is a common problem in these cars. I am upset because I have never heard about this recall, and I am the only owner of this car. I bought it new. This is very dangerous, and could have resulted in a horrible accident. I am afraid to drive the car at all now, which means I have no means of transportation.

- Keystone Heights, FL, USA

problem #18

Mar 222009


  • 48,000 miles


My car fails to start on occasion. The frequency is monthly. The engine sounds like it's going to start but just doesn't. if I wait several seconds and try again, then the engine starts. From what I've been reading everyone seems to be complaining that it's the crankshaft sensor. I thought the recall fixed this issue but apparently not. So many owners are complaining yet Nissan is doing nothing. This is my first Nissan and my last. I'll stick to Honda next time.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 252009


  • 95,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5L engine. I had a recall on my car where they would reset ECM to keep the crankshaft position sensor from overheating and the car shutting off. After I take my car into the dealership to have this done 9months later my car has less than 100,000 miles and I am having to replace my crankshaft position sensor. Talked with Nissan numerous times they refuse to pay for the defective part. Nissan should have to pay for the mistakes they made not me. Oh and then they charged me to dispose of the old part which they left in my car. I contacted my dealership to find out what the charge was for and he said that osha made them charge it for disposal of the part and when I told him the part was still in my car he said well it is for paperwork fee as well.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #16

Mar 062009


  • 82,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5sl. I received a recall notice that advised me the vehicle can stop running without notice which could result in a crash. The recall notice advised that the fix to this problem was the reprogramming of the ECM. To keep my daughter and I safe on the road, I took the car in for the recall as instructed. Before the recall, my service engine light never came on and my vehicle was running fine. Not to long after the recall was done, my service engine soon light came on. Last week I was driving my vehicle, with my 10 month old daughter in the car and the car stalled and shut down on us without warning. Thankfully another vehicle did not hit us. I took it to the dealership who advised me it was the crankshaft position sensor. After doing some reading I find that this has been a problem Nissan has been avoiding since 2002 and I was not the only owner whose vehicle shut down on them without warning. The events, patterns and failures I have experienced are the same sequence of events that so many Nissan Altima owners have reported and complained about. I contacted Nissan directly and was told that they are not responsible. I paid $285 to have the crankshaft sensor replaced. I thought responding to the recall would take care of everything and we would be safe; however, the recall did not stop my car from shutting down on me in the middle of traffic. I believe Nissan is recalling the wrong thing and dodging the responsibility of replacing the default crankshaft sensors that are causing these vehicles to shut down. A vehicle that is subject to shut down while driving without warning is very dangerous and should not be on the road. I saved the crankshaft sensor that was removed from my vehicle just in case someone decides to finally do something about this. An investigation needs to take place before someone is killed or seriously injured on the road or highway.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #15

May 232008


  • 50,000 miles


I had several complaints about a electrical problems with a 2005 Nissan Altima ser model for some reason it keeps breaking down I a ready spoke with Nissan Consumer Affairs and made many complaints about the vehicle but they keep telling me they will find problem but no explanations was giving to me about this electrical problems.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 222008


  • 47,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Altima had a recall for an electronic control module which I had replaced free of charge on reichert Nissan in wenenchee wa. On 10-22-2008. After driving 106 miles my engine failed. I called reichert motors and they responded to have the vehicle towed back to there dealership by a certain towing company; which I did. (by the way before this incident, this car had never had a problem ; this all happened after the recall) after the car was checked by reichert they stated that the problem was now a crank shaft position sensor which was not related to the original problem so I would now have to pay for the towing charge as well as the problem with the crank shaft sensor. This seems a little strange to me that a car with no problems prior would all of a sudden develop this problem after 106 miles which was the distance to my home in omak wa from wenechee. Within 3 hours after the car was picked up from the dealership. It was a danger for the car to loose power while driving down the highway. I called Nissan about the problem( file # 6327690) and they stated they are not at fault. If I would have caused a serious accident with this vehicle I think they would of been at fault. This company need to be reprimanded for an unsafe vehicle that could cause serious problems on our nations highways.

- Omak, WA, USA

problem #13

Apr 122008


  • miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 SE which is becoming increasingly more difficult to start. Symptoms: When the key is turned, it will just turn over but not start. After a few tries, it does start. The motor does not cut off unexpectedly after it's started.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #12

Dec 082007


  • 57,000 miles
Got a letter stating that there was a recall that could cause engine to stop and cause a crash which has already happened to my car, it was a total loss.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #11

Mar 262008


  • 73,000 miles


My wife wrecked her 2005 Altima. The car just all of sudden left the road and she couldn't control or stop it.

- Stanford, KY, USA

problem #10

Feb 182008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took my 2005 Altima in for the sensor recall on 2/18/2008. It's been a month now and they still have not been able to fix my car. The recall was fixed but the computer will not take back in the car and the part is on backorder. If Nissan isn't making the part I'm curious if they are covering up a huge computer problem with the cars. The service dept has gave me a complete run around and can't tell me nothing. They gave me a rental car with no power options at all nothing comparable to what I had on my car. Finally decided to switch me into something else which they gave me a cheverolet to drive. That should tell me something. The main headquarters was unable to repsond to my email they must respond by phone and since my phone number was not updated in their system they just overlooked my email. I can't call in and talk to the specialist assigned to my car because they don't allow that. The specialist must call you. I would recommend not buying a Nissan it's more of a hassle and they are having to many recalls.

- Walnut Cove, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 212007

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,424 miles
I have had my car for 2 years and I purchased it at the baker jackson that I am referring to. In August I started to experience problems with the car shutting down with no warnings which is a safety hazard considering I drive mostly on the freeway. I took it into the shop and they claim they did a diagnosis and found that my battery was eroded so they had to cleaned the battery and fuel injection. Well after I paid and picked up my car the same thing happened a day later. To sum it up my car has been to the shop on the following dates 8/21/07,8/27/07,9/18/07 stayed there for days to weeks at a time and the problem is still unresolved. I am a teacher and a recent graduate student so I really don't have much money to be in and out of rental cars and get back a non-functioning car after every visit. The story I get when I speak to them is it runs fine when they drive it and they had it for two weeks at one time. I looked up my car online and many people have been having the same problem. I just want my car fixed so that I can go to work and come home safely with out endangering my life or anyone else. I did a little research on Altima"S 2004 ^ and found that many have been having engine problems and have the same symptoms that I am experiencing. "on certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, a variation in temperature occurs due to the unique location of the sensor in the engine. Under certain driving conditions, these variations in temperature can be large enough to cause a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor. If the interruption in the signal from the sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ECM) logic does not have time to diagnose the condition, the engine may stop running without warning while the vehicle is driven at a low speed increasing the risk of a crash." Could you please help me investigate this so I can get to the bottom of this" I really appreciate you taking the time out to read my story.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 282007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,350 miles
2005 Nissan Altima has defective crank sensor. The throttle stops working not allowing fuel to the engine therefore stalling the car even in motion. Nissan has redesigned replacements but are incorrectly redesigned. Even with warranty Nissan refuses to remedy leaving people without cars.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 142007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I drove a 2005 Altima 2.5S which I purchased new in April of 2005. It was maintained in accordance with Nissan recommendations. Current mileage approximately 21,000. No accidents, and was in excellent to good condition. While driving to work I exited the highway and approached a traffic light. As I approached the light, the car began to jerk and stalled. Prior to the stall there was no indication of any problem with the car and no warning lights to signal a problem. Upon stalling the oil light came on and then quickly shut off again. I tried to start the car. The car started right away and began the same jerking motion. As I came to the next light I was able to turn right and pull the car over to the side of the road just as the car came to a stall a second time. I called Nissan. While on the phone, I noticed smoke coming out of the hood of my vehicle. In a matter of seconds the smoke became darker. I realized that the car was on fire. I exited the vehicle. While on the phone with the 911 operator, flames came out of the hood. Over the course of the last three and one-half weeks I have been in contact with Nissan regarding the car fire and warranty. Nissan took two weeks to send an engineer to look at the car, and it has been over a week since the engineer visited, and I still have not been told what recourse was available other than the fact that I may have to go to arbitration with Nissan to seek any damages. I have seen nothing but a complete disregard for professionalism and service from a company which touted itself as a service-oriented organization. I hope this complaint drew your attention to the need for a serious inquiry into potential problems associated with the 2005 Altima. Car fires which occur in new vehicles were a dangerous matter, and I am disappointed that Nissan has not dealt with this issue in a more appropriate way. Everyone involved was fortunate no one was injured or killed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 012005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
New 2005 Altima 3.5 SE bought August 2005 1st month I had noticed a vibration in the steering at high speeds, and the vehicle pulling/drifting from left to right. This concern makes the vehicle unsafe to drive because you do not have a sense of control when driving, in addition when driving on a highway for a long period of time the vibration in the wheel makes your hands and arms fall asleep. It is always necessary after an hour or hour and a half to pull over and give your arms/ hands a rest. The dealer addressed this concern by balancing the wheels by road force balance (corrected specs - 21lbs road force down to 7lbs) no alignment issues were noticed. After 3 tips to the dealership for the vibrations I had noticed a clunk in the front end, it ended up being a strut that needed to be replaced. With the next trip the dealership the vibration in the steering was now evident at all speeds, it was still drifting, and a new "hum" had developed at random times while driving. The dealer unable to verify any of my concerns suggested that I go for a ride with the service manger. After that ride he suggested that I have my tires swapped for new ones of another brand. On my next trip to the dealer they swapped all 4 of my tires for another brand name and re-aligned the front suspension and front end. Throughout the winter the car ran ok other than some electrical problems that would kill my battery and the rear pillar airbags coming out. It was not until the spring that I was forced to bring my car down again for the vibration in the steering wheel and the clunk in the front end. The dealer could not verify any clunk in the front end but agreed that there is again a vibration and remedied the problem by adjusting the steering rack pre-load. Initially the vibration was reduced, but within a month it was back. The service manager admitted that adjusting the steering rack pre-load was only a "temporary fix" a "bandaid for the problem".

- New London, NH, USA

problem #5

Mar 272005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The car failed to start only two weeks after buying it, and the problem has recurred. The car acts as if it's flooded, cranking but not firing. Both failures occurred after recently purchasing gasoline (the same gasoline retailer is used fairly consistently) and driving the car immediately home in cold, but not severely cold, temperatures. The dealer said these circumstances shouldn't cause flooding, but has been unable to find any problems and now refuses to research it further. Nissan Consumer Affairs has advised of a recall that may be applicable, but the dealer doesn't seem to be aware of it and I'm in the process of following up on this point.

- Mcfarland, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 222005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,300 miles
Forth time in the service department for ignition and electrical problems. I purchased a 2.5 sl in June 2005. The air bag light would not turn off in the passenger seat 6/20/05, sensor replaced. Car would not start until trying 20 minutes later 7/4/05. Service department told me to jiggle the gear shift from now on. On 7/28/05 car would not start again until after 20 minutes, service department invoiced me for reprogramming $33.83 and $79.20 for new electronic keys. Now in Nov. 2005 car in service department for the same problems listed above. Service department is talking to Nissan engineering, I am driving a rental car for the 2nd time.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 102005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2005 Nissan Altima brand new last year. The car has been in for service up to six times. The past two times has me concerned. The car drops to 20 mph with no warning. I am a single mother with a 2yr old son and I compute 60 miles on way to work on 2 busy interstate everyday. The dealership is replacing the computer system in my car this time but makes me aware that this make not solve the problem.

- Greencastle, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 022004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
While driving down the highway I noticed my car was not accelerating when I stepped on the gas. My "service engine light" also went on. The car stalled, and had to be towed back to the dealer. This happened one week after purchasing the car. Since then I have had it back to the dealer six times for the same problem. The car is a 2005 Altima 2.5sl. As I'm writing this my car is back at the dealer....again towed in!!!

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

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