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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!

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,132 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #23

Jan 152007

Altima

  • 1,100 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and was repaired. After the repair was performed, the contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the fuel pump, alternator and battery terminal cables would have to be replaced. The contact believed that the failure was caused by the ECM but the technician disagreed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,100.

- Westwood, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 132012

Altima

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph in inclement weather, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technicians advised him that the catalytic converter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 149,000.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 292012

Altima

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle stalled. The contact was successfully able to maneuver the vehicle out of traffic. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle but to no avail. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer informed him they were unsure what was causing the failure. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would investigate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 272012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and was informed that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. She was referred to a dealer and informed of the recall for NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). A few weeks later the vehicle failed to start. The dealer was notified and informed the contact her VIN was not part of the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000. Updated 01/05/13 updated 2/4/2013

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #19

Nov 182012

Altima 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
While driving in the highway vehicle lost power and engine shut off, was barely able to get to the side of the freeway before the car came to a complete stop. It was the most scary experience I have ever had in my life. The ses light came on only after loosing all control. I was told at the shop that this is a common issue with some Altima and that they had a recall.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 162012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 4 cyl qrd25 engine has had constant problems including excessive oil consumption which lead to cylinder 1 throwing a rod. Researched this problems and found 1000's of other people with the same problem. Purchased a replacement engine with 60,000 miles and the same thing is happening. No oil leaks, just uses a quart of oil/per 60 to 100 miles. Nissan is aware of this situation and has replaced several engines. I see that they are now offering an extended warranty but does not wish to help. Would like to participate in a class action lawsuit if one has begun.

- Biwabik, MN, USA

problem #17

Sep 062012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Rattling noise in engine, unusual engine vibration and muffler sound coming from engine. This can be dangerous this screw is located in the engine and could cause $7500 dollars of damage. If this screw was to come loose it could ruin engine compressor, destroy the exhaust manifold, O2 sensor and power valve plates. I search to see if there was a recall on this and it seem to be or talk of it. Call dealership to see if a recall was issued. Some website suggest there was one, what has happen to quality products. If there was one they are not upholding it. Recall should never expire, for public safety...updated 10/24/12 the consumer would like to retract her complaint. The vehicle has since been repaired. Updated 10/25/12

- Trenton, NC, USA

problem #16

Jul 132012

Altima

  • 35,821 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle began to squeal. The vehicle stalled several times before reaching the intended destination. The vehicle was driven to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the idle control sensor had failed. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 35,821 and the current mileage was 36,300.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #15

Aug 242012

Altima

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact heard a loud bang coming from the engine. The vehicle stalled and suddenly restarted independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic advised that the crank shaft position sensor would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 082012

Altima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
After 20 min or so of idling in traffic, then a 10 minute freeway drive at legal speeds I was approaching the off ramp and the clutch went to the floor, no hydraulic pressure. I was able to move out of the way of traffic without incident and pull over. After 10 min of talking to my insurance company for a tow, I noticed partial pressure restored and drove slowly home. Now, with research, I have seen this is extremely common and dangerous. Too many complaints have been filed online and with Nissan, yet there is no resolution and what's worse, no specific answer to the problem. I hope NHTSA doesn't wait for a serious injury or death to occur before this is looked into, a google search of Altima clutch recall brings up over a dozen forums with numerous complaints of the same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012012

Altima

  • 86,981 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the failure was with the crank shaft position sensor. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the crank shaft position sensor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure; however no further assistance was provided. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling); however the contact's VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 86,981. The current mileage was 140,000.

- Eastport , NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 052012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
I bought a car, sold "as is", because the dealership advertised the car saying "everything under the hood is in perfect working condition." This was my first time buying a car and they took advantage of it. The car is missing 2 lug nuts on the front driver side, and back passenger side wheel(I don't know how the car passed inspection) it was sold to me with no transmission fluid, when I put some in it began to leak badly(I have pictures) the very next day after purchasing the car I noticed a knocking noise in the engine and everytime I started the car it began to shake for about 10 seconds. Everyday the cars engine would make new noises, by day four the car wouldn't start. Day five it started up but it was overheating within 5 minutes of being on(I didn't know how to read the hot/cold gauge yet being that this was my first car) I tried taking it back but the dealership will not take it back. I took it to a mechanic, they said the transmission is leaking severly, the head gasket is overheating and its warped 4.0.. its missing lug nuts, the brakes are bad, and has moisture in the oil. I stopped driving the car unless it was a emergency and while I was on the freeway oneday, the car began to shake violently and started to jump back N forth and I couldn't press the gas because it would not go. I could have been killed on the freeway. I just recently took it to another mechanic shop called arrow's transmission. They declared the entire engine a total fail and unsafe.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Motor mounts failed. Replaced rt front in 2011. Replaced front and right in June 2012, now I am told all 4 need replacing 6 weeks after replacing two.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012012

Altima

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving 25 mph when he noticed that the vehicle had surged abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 138,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Richmond , VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 162012

Altima

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle stalled. The contact had to pump the accelerator pedal in order to get the vehicle to start. The contact diagnosed the vehicle and received a code that stated that the shaft sensor was over heating and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that the vehicle needed to be taken to the dealer for a second diagnosis. The failure mileage was 98,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #8

May 312012

Altima

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor and electronic control module were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 91,000.

- De Forest, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 082012

Altima

  • 49,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would become resistant to starting attempts. She later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The failure progressively became worse after the recall repairs. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer advised that the crankshaft sensor would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that a remedy was not available for the failure. The failure mileage was 49,500 and the current mileage was 50,545.

- Kenner , LA, USA

problem #6

Mar 152012

Altima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving the clutch pedal will loose all pressure and will fall to the floor. The vehicle must be shut off and left prior the pressure building back up in the clutch. This is extremely dangerous as the driver is unable to shift gears or put the vehicle in neutral. This is a notorious problem with all Nissan Altima SE-R with manual gear boxes. This problem will cause an accident and get someone killed.

- Calgary, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 212012

Altima

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was unable to start the vehicle until after several attempts. The failure recurred intermittently. Approximately two months later while stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised that the crank shaft position sensor and the speed sensor would have to be replaced. The contact stated that he replaced the crank shaft position sensor himself but the failure continued. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #4

May 122012

Altima

  • 100,730 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the vehicle stalled in the middle of the road. The contact made several unsuccessful attempts to restart the vehicle and move it onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to the residence and then to pep boys. The mechanic performed a diagnostic test and stated the crankshaft position caused the failure to occur. The mechanic stated there was a recall on the crankshaft position and it should be taken to an authorized dealer. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 07V527000, engine and engine cooling was related to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the crankshaft position at the contacts expense for $486. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle could not be repaired under the recall due to the high mileage. The manufacturer was notified who stated due to the high mileage they will not repair the vehicle per the recall. The contact filed complaint#7925515 with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 100,730.

- Houston, TX, USA

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