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:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,208 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #99

Aug 162016


  • miles


When I am at a light my car just turns off

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #98

Sep 092016


  • 230,000 miles
Takata recall my 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5S shuts off while driving.I almost got into an accident on a city street...

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #97

Aug 152016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was notified of the recall and stated that the statute expired to receive the repair, and refused to schedule a recall repair appointment. The contact was to check with the manufacturer. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #96

Jul 172016


  • 100,000 miles


As I was turning on a main road, car was in drive, started to turn right, gave little gas, car died immediately. No sputtering, just stopped. The person behind almost hit me.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #95

Mar 272016


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after some time. The service engine soon warning light illuminated. In addition, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Cambria, CA, USA

problem #94

Apr 292016


  • 204,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. After the vehicle was shifted into the drive position, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor failed and needed to replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 204,000.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #93

Mar 152016


  • miles


My engine started making a loud rattling noise. It was especially loud when it was not moving but became a little more silent once the car was moving. Took it to Nissan to find the problem and they told me my timing chain tensioners were failing and that it had to be fixed very soon before the chain snaps and damages the engine.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #92

Apr 102014


  • miles
My 2005 Nissan Altima uses about 3 quarts of oil between oil changes. I see no leaks so it is losing oil in the engine somewhere. There are thousands of complaints about this very problem, why is there nothing done about this?

- Oscar, LA, USA

problem #91

Mar 112016


  • 72,000 miles
Check engine light due to error code P0335 which is camshaft position sensor, my car hesitate to start, need more cranking, as per Nissan so many vehicles were recalled for this code but if I give my VIN # they said there is no recall, I am the original owner of this vehicle, all the maintenances are up to date and currently I have only 72000 miles, I am requesting to recall 2005 Nissan Altima as soon as possible

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #90

Feb 032016


  • 240,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While pulling over the vehicle, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine, engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 240,000.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #89

Apr 122015


  • 115,000 miles


Takata recall. I bought my car exactly 11 months ago on February 2015. I first noticed when I bought my car that it jerked when putting it in drive and reverse, I talked to the dealership and the salesman convinced me it is nothing. It got worse over time. I finally took the car to a transmission shop who said motor mounts need replacing. I then found a Nissan thread about the defective transmission and automatically was able to see that my car is doing 90% of the issues listed. It now jerks when I put in drive, reverse, when I'm coming to a stop, when I push the break, and when I exceed more then 60 mph it jerks. After reading tons of threads about this problem it seems to be very common amongst the Nissan Altima 05S. I am scared my transmission will go out and I don't know what to do, I was told this problem was nothing but now it definitely seems like an issue that Nissan judged pushed under the rug and kept telling me was nothing.

- Apple Springs, TX, USA

problem #88

Nov 112015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the check engine warning light remained illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #87

Nov 162015


  • 151,000 miles
The timing chain tensioner is failing/has failed, there is an engine knocking noise that causes the 3.5L V6 to sound like a diesel, as others have described. It comes directly from the location of the timing chain. I don't have the funds or hours and hours it requires to replace the tensioner just yet. The problem has been ongoing for at least 15,000 miles. If the timing chain jumps because the tensioner was not a quality part and broke, the engine will lock up, as has happened to others, and possibly cause a wreck if other cars are around. Nissan should issue a recall to investigate and fix this problem. That is all I ask. I wanted to report that I have the same issue for my vehicle as others of the same kind do, so it can get fixed before something dangerous happens to me or my wife.

- Triangle, VA, USA

problem #86

Aug 032015


  • 125,000 miles
Last year, I noticed my service engine light had appeared. I had the code checked and it was the crank shaft sensor. I had this part replaced and it drove fine for a while. About two months ago, this light came back on and the sensor had gone bad again. This causes my car so drive very sluggish and go dead when driving at a low rate of speed. I did some research and saw where Nissan had a recall campaign for this part on the same year/make/model of my car. I contacted them and they said my car wasn't covered under their recall and they refuse to help me. This is the 2nd time this has gone bad. I think my car should be covered as well. They told me to report this issue to NHTSA.

- Sterrett, AL, USA

problem #85

Jun 012015


  • 80,000 miles
My car started making an engine rattling noise as if I needed oil. I took my car to a mechanic and had the oil and filter changed several times, but the noise continued and my check engine light came on and will not go off. The noise has gotten louder and my car hesitates when I try to accelerate. Sometimes when I try to start my car, it hesitates and will not start. The mechanic stated that it sounded like my crankshaft was going bad. I looked on the internet for those kinds of problem with my car and saw that there was a recall on this item, but my VIN didn't show that mine was one of the ones that was recalled. I am not the original owner of this vehicle, I bought it used from a car dealership. I need for this problem to be repaired without cost to me because this is not my fault.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #84

Jul 142014


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning lamp flashed intermittently and the vehicle misfired and stalled more than once. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the coil packs were replaced a year ago, but the failure recently recurred. The vehicle was towed to the repair shop and the coil packs were replaced again. Within 20 minutes of leaving the repair shop, the contact stated that the service engine warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle was stalled. The vehicle was towed back to the repair shop where the contact was informed that they did not have the tools to perform the diagnostic testing. The contact was advised to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for further inspection and diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. Updated 10/06/15

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #83

Jul 012015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who indicated that the crank shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was not available.

- St. Petersberg, FL, USA

problem #82

Jul 062015


  • 72,000 miles
Front sub-fame severely rusted out, which supports engine and control arms, must be replaced. Safety is compromised.....updated10/20/15

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #81

May 212015


  • 183,000 miles
So besides the fact that my floor board on my drivers side has a huge hole in it, the crankshaft position sensor has cause me enough problems to where I believe Nissan should be responsible for fixing this issue. The vehicle idles rough, when accelerating it feels like the car is about to shut off, and the check engine light will not go off no matter how many times you change the sensor. I've had mine changed four times. I am actually sick of this vehicle now and will never buy another Nissan. To make it worse I can't take the car out of town because it will get hot then the clutch sticks to the floor. I have to lift it with my foot and it still won't engage, it loses all pressure. So driving long distance is out of the question. Someone needs to fix this before there is an accident. I almost got hit because I couldn't get my car to go into third gear. When I do get in an accident I will sue Nissan and anybody else who knew about these problems with this car and sat back and did nothing.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #80

May 012015


  • 115,000 miles
My vehicle is experiencing a whining noise at idle and also while driving. Upon further review and extensive online research at maxima forum, I have found out there's a design flaw on the timing chain tensioners on these V6 engines. If not repaired can result in extensive repairs and possible loss of engine. However, my vehicle is past the warranty mileage. I don't know if Nissan will grant the free repair since it is a design flaw by the manufacturer.

- Dracut, MA, USA

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