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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,518 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Feb 012012


  • 105,000 miles


About 2 yrs ago the engine light came on in my Nissan. I took it for a diagnostic and it came up with two codes that at this point I dont remember. However, what I was told is that I needed my crankshaft sensor replaced. I checked online for information about this sensor and I came across a recall for this sensor. Around the same time my headlights started burning out bulbs also. I also noticed there was a recall on a headlight issue. I contacted a local dealership to check my VIN to see if I qualified for the recall and I was told my VIN was supposedly one of the impacted ones. Which is too coincidental. My car stalls while running and at times will not start. And I say will, because, I brought it in to 2 different shops for replacement and neither could find a compatible sensor. They even ordered one from Nissan and it did not fit and were unable to fix it. They appologized and said that I would be able to drive it but would eventually need to somehow replace it. I have since continued driving it, as it is the only vehicle I have. It has gotten worse and turns off my often. I am asking for some type of help. I am out of options. I am afraid it will one day shut off as I driving and cause a catastrophe.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #49

Sep 182013


  • 50,000 miles
Nissan said my VIN was not part of the recall for the camshaft and sensor..which had to be replaced..due to the vechile just stalling all of a sudden...very dangerous..if there is a recall for a part...then there is a recall..it cannot be either or. Please respond

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #48

Mar 272014


  • 109,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed with a crank shaft sensor defect. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 109,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 042013


  • 158,000 miles


Eratic idle, random misfire, bad mpg, car is sluggish I believe the power valve is the issue.

- Port Huron , MI, USA

problem #46

Feb 082014


  • miles
Hi, I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima. I have owned this car since 2008. I reviewed service records from 2005 prior to my purchase. There has been an extremely large amount of issues with this vehicle. The most recent of which is the "grey" area of the ECM issue in coordination with famous the camshaft crankshaft fault P0355 & P0131. I'm an engineer and fully understand the mechanics of a vehicle. This sensor was a faulty design from the beginning in which oil could enter inside the sensor, therefore causing a short and disabling the entire vehicle while in motion. This actually happened to me and was a terrifying experience. To fix the issue cheaply, Nissan issued a recall to reprogram the ECM in order to recognize the "faulty" crankshaft sensor part. But in order to save millions of dollars, Nissan would not include the warrantied replacement of the faulty crankshaft sensor design (magnet sensor). Instead, the consumer (myself) would have to pay between $300 & $450 to have the sensor replaced with the "new & improved version". new and improved means the properly designed version. The initial design should have been recalled but it wasn't. it doesn't take an engineer to figure this out but I am one and fully understand the "big picture" of the recall and lack of inclusion of the crankshaft sensor repairs. I am requesting Nissan to cover the full cost of the camshaft & crankshaft sensor & the associated labor. I was put in harm's way during the initial recall issue in which my car shut off while on the highway. That is a bad enough experience. I am not willing to also pay Nissan $400 to repair the faulty sensor which was a large part of why this occurred in the first place.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #45

Nov 052013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Driving to work...at 25 mph.... the engine came on.....along with the oil light....and all of the light on the dashboard....and then the car came to a complete stop I the middle of street. There were five cars behind that had to swerve to avoid hitting my car.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #44

Dec 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 46,500 miles


I recently experienced my vehicle stalling as I was driving. It took several minutes for me to restart leaving me venerable to a vehicle crash. The same evening I learned of recall# 07V527000. The following day I brought my vehicle to a Nissan dealership to have the recall resolved. They advised the recall only covers reprogramming computer not replacing defective crank sensor. I feel that reprogramming computer will not resolve safety issue as the sensor is defective and could fail even with reprogramming computer. I was charged $96 dollars to have problem diagnosed. Dealer refused to replace defective part. To my understanding many other Altima owners experience this same problem and are forced to pay for defective parts that fail.dealer did not offer to reprogram computer they insisted that only replacing the defective part would resolve my issue which was not covered by recall.

- Tickfaw, LA, USA

problem #43

Dec 102012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
This recall number, #03V084 describes my situation precisely. My vehicle currently has 97,000 miles on the odometer and I have been experiencing (over the last course of a year) severe oil consumption. Soon after I changed my oil in may of 2013, I began to notice unusual engine noise. I took my vehicle to a mechanic and he discovered that my motor was only running on a quart and a half of oil. The mechanic replenished my oil to its normal level and since then, the motor consumes oil at an abnormally rapid rate. According to the NHTSA"?S recall #03V084, the catalytic converter disintegrates and the particles of the converter are drawn back into the motor, which causes scaring on the cylinder walls. This problem is the only logical explanation for my vehicle's rapid oil consumption. It?"S my intention to approach Nissan of North America about this issue. I would greatly appreciate your support.

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #42

Aug 242013


  • 111,000 miles
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 6-cyl

  • 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 4-cyl

  • 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 receive notice. Can someone check this VIN ast safercar.gov and let me know...thank you...ps this car has very low mileage and is well maintained.

- Dumont , NJ, USA

problem #39

Aug 012013


  • 100,000 miles
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


  • 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
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


  • 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


  • 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
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

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