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hardy worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,223 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Aug 242013

Altima

  • 111,000 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 at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without any warnings. The contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) however after receiving the recall service, the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 111,000 and the current mileage was 111,143.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #41

Sep 022013

Altima

  • 183,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph the vehicle was shaking and hesitating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the catalytic converter had detached and caused engine damage. The engine would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 183,300.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #40

Jun 202013

Altima

  • 60,000 miles
The car stalled out... almost got hit.... had the throttle body replaced..looked online and saw there was a recall for this year model and part...got in touch with Nissan and they said there was no recall on this particular VIN..from what I read all Nissan Altima's were recalled for this part..I also did not recieve notice. Can someone check this VIN ast safercar.gov and let me know...thank you...ps this car has very low milage and is well maintained.

- Dumont , NJ, USA

problem #39

Aug 012013

Altima

  • 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 while driving approximately 60 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and a grinding noise emitted. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The three occupants exit from the vehicle immediately. The driver noticed smoke coming from the engine and flames were not present; however, parts of the engine detached onto the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to excessive low oil consumption and the engine needed to be replaced. An independent mechanic stated the failure was related to the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #38

Jul 152013

Altima

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated after the brakes were applied, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated two coils had to be replaced. After the vehicle was repaired the failure continued and the contact noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood. The vehicle overheated and stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was informed that all of the coils and the wiring harness melted. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #37

Aug 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Got the "service engine soon" light on 07/31/2013 and the Nissan Altima 2005 suddenly stopped while waiting in the red signal. The local mechanic told the code P0335 was being returned which meant crankshaft position sensor has failed. Since there was a campaign for the same model and problem, I contacted the Nissan customer care and they said this VIN was not part of the campaign. Going to check with the local dealer to reprogram the ECM.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #36

Jul 212013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 54,000 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 the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the crankshaft position sensor had failed. The contact spoke with the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign id number:07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and was told that the vehicle was not included in the campaign. The failure mileage and current mileages were 54,000.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #35

Jul 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Dear sir/madam, I was checking outstanding recalls for Nissan Altima 2005 sl models and I found out that there is a recall for all Altima's built-in Jan'14 2004 - oct23 '2006. For crankshaft sensor issue. I see a letter in safercar.gov for 49 cfr part 573. I see correspondence letters between Nissan and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Can you please suggest Nissan to fix my car for this recall. I am seeing "service engine soon" and error code I am seeing is P0335 I.e for same recall. You can reach me at[xxx] [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #34

Jul 122013

Altima

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while sitting at a complete stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (crank shaft position sensor) however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

- Northfield, IL, USA

problem #33

Jun 122013

Altima

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle recurrently failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a private repair mechanic, who determined that failure was caused by the crankshaft position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling), however the VIN was not included. The failure and current mileage was 74,000.

- Powder Springs , GA, USA

problem #32

Jun 232013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 66,300 miles

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

I was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima (SE-R V6 with only 66,000 miles on it) at approximately 35-40 mph when all of a sudden the engine shut down without warning in the middle of the road with my wife and our 2 year old daughter in the back seat. I tried to start the engine right away. It's now hard to start unlike before and it sounds like starting a car with a weak battery on it but I know my battery is still good that's why I suspected something went wrong with the engine. Finally after 3 seconds the engine started but the "service engine soon" light turned on. When I hit the gas pedal, the car didn't accelerate as it did before this incident happened. The following day I brought my car to the dealership where I bought it. After running some diagnostics, they found out that the camshaft position sensors and crankshaft position sensor needs to be replaced. I ask if there was any recall issue regarding this problem and they said none. The calculated total cost was $631. After further negotiation the price went down to $550. While waiting for the service to be finished I browsed the net and found out that there were also the same problems encountered by other Nissan Altima owners. I asked the dealership again if there's really no recall for this despite of many consumer complaints and they even printed me a result that there have been no campaign for this issue. I went home wondering why there is no "recall" made to fix this serious safety issue. What if I was driving in a highway at 70 mph and the engine suddenly shut down?

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #31

May 312013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor with regard to above recall details, when I provided the VIN to Nissan dealership, they don't see any recalls for it. But it is quite dangerous to drive with this mechanical problem in the car. Appreciate if appropriate safety care is taken by manufacturer.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 172013

Altima

  • 107,800 miles
I have a 2005 Altima SE-R 3.5 V6 I was leaving a mcdonald's parking lot and as soon as I put the car in reverse there was a hard jerk and the transmission did not engage properly. The car reversed after a couple seconds and when I put it in drive a hard jerk and the car was in 5th gear. No other gears were available. I parked the car and shut if off...after a few seconds I started it back up and threw it in reverse and got the same result, I put it in drive then tiptronic and saw a 5 (5th gear). I called a couple friends and mechanics they said it a fail safe. So I waited again and tried to restart the car and it took a good 10-15 seconds to crank and after I reversed the car would die. I was only trying to get home (1 mike down the road) because I did not trust this car to bring me anywhere at this point. After a couple start then shut downs and letting the car sit for a few I was able to get the car running and driving in all the gears. I got on the boulevard and I was going about 20-30 and the car dies on me. Luckily it was the middle of the night and the was no traffic. I restart the car and its running in 5th gear for about 10-15 seconds and then I see my rpms going up as speed going down. The transmission was not engaging and I knew something was definitely wrong at this point. I pull to the side and pop the hood, the was so much heat but the car was not overheating. I call my mechanic and he says let it sit a bit. 20 minutes later, car cooled down a bit and a reliable friend and mechanic come help me push the car into a parking lot. We later find out the transmission failed. Fluid was still red, not burned but something else was going on inside. $2000+ later and a replacement tranny the car is up but still dying at random times, won't start. Diagnosis crank and camshaft sensors. The transmission also goes straight to 5th gear and car stalls in traffic.

- Port Saint Lucie , FL, USA

problem #29

Jun 262010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
After driving in stop and go traffic on a very hot day, the clutch pedal lost pressure and was very difficult to use and shift gears. The pedal lost all but the last amount of pressure. This has happened multiple times since the first incident. Always occurs in warm, humid weather and heavy usage. Could be very dangerous if all pressure is lost and shifting is impossible. This must be corrected!

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #28

Dec 062011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while braking to a stop, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but the recall had ended. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Parlen, NJ, USA

problem #27

May 222013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 109,306 miles
The first time car stopped running while driving 35 mph. The second time it stopped running while turning and the steer got real stiff. Thank god there was no accident but it was real scary!!!

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #26

May 312012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle suddenly turned off and dangerously stalled while driving at low speed without any warning. After several attempts of trying to start it, it finally did and I drove it for about 10 miles without no further incidents. Engine light came on and I took it to dealer who diagnosed it as the failure of the crank shaft position sensor which had earlier been reprogrammed in 2008 due to a recall to avoid such a sudden stall from happening. Nissan was not helpfull other than replacing the same sensor from and charge you a bomb for it. Nissan North America can a do a better job when addressing their recalls rather than providing a band aid solution to their recalls. During their recall campaign, they should have replaced this sensor from the get go rather than just reprogramming the ECM which still didnt address critical issue of safety for such a sensor failing without any warning.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #25

May 072008

Altima

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled and the warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The engine restarted after several attempts and resumed normally. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The crank shaft position sensor and cam shaft position sensor were both replaced. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jan 252013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Altima that I bought in 2008 and has had nothing but problems, first had to replace the steering knuckle because the steering was going out ($400) than had to replace the motor mounts, struts, inner/outer tie rods, I have no heat when at idle, while putting new tires on again, I also learned my floor boards are almost rusted through, and now I can not even drive my car because about 3 weeks ago it started sucking down oil ( 4 qts within a 3-6 hour time frame) and it's smoking bad out the tail pipe because of the head gasket/piston rings caused by a faulty pre-cat, and told I need to replace the engine. I see there is a recall for the 2.5L engine for this issue but on a 2006 model, what about my 2005 model with same engine?? searching the internet I find hundreds if not thousands of people having this same issues in 2002-2006 Altima's, obviously there is a problem with these engines and Nissan should be held accountable!!

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #23

Jan 152007

Altima

  • 1,100 miles
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

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