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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:
4 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,815 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #131

Sep 042010

Altima

  • 99,000 miles

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

The problem occurred on a Nissan Altima, with a 2.5 L engine. The vehicle, surges sputters and loses power at highway speed. When it occurs it results in a fault code relating to the crankshaft position sensor. The vehicle was recalled to reprogram the electronics because of a similar problem, several years ago, but I was told by a mechanic the problem lies with the old style crankshaft sensor, which has since been "redesigned." I understand a similar problem is common with the camshaft position sensor which malfunction. The car bucks, surges, sputters and loses power, which can result in an accident, as it most frequently occurred at high speed. I understand the same problem can cause the car to be hard to start, which has also occurred on several occasions. I replaced the crankshaft sensor and the problem has not (yet) recurred. However, this is a $300 dealer fix. They will reprogram, but not replace this sensors free of charge.

- Pine, CO, USA

problem #130

Jul 182010

Altima

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving approximately 50-55 mph when the vehicle stalled and the engine overheated without warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer yet the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic and he was advised that the head gasket was blown. The local mechanic advised him of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) however, he was advised by an authorized dealer that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000. Updated 12/7/10

- North Chicago, IL, USA

problem #129

Oct 142008

Altima

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall intermittently with the illumination of the check engine light. The vehicle would restart almost immediately on most occasions. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the transmission and engine were replaced. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where the entire computer was replaced yet the failure recurred. The contact believed the failure to be associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but received no assistance from the manufacturer. The contact did not confirm if the VIN was included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000 and the current mileage was approximately 216,000.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #128

Aug 162010

Altima

  • 92,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph and the vehicle began to independently decelerate before stalling. The vehicle then independently restarted with hesitation. The dealer advised the contact that the crank shaft and cam shaft sensors would need replacing. The dealer also informed the contact that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number V2230000 (engine and engine cooling) but stated he would not perform the recall repairs until the failures were corrected. The contact stated she had not received any notification of the recall and stated the recall repairs could have potentially prevented the failures. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #127

Aug 172010

Altima

  • 87,947 miles
Car was stalling to start to begin with. Driving along and stopped with no warning. Turned back on, but it takes a while to start.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #126

Jul 162010

Altima

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently fail to start. In addition, while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would sporadically decelerate and stall without warning. The contact located NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but did not confirm if his VIN was included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 101,000 and the current mileage was 103,000.

- Cinncinatti, OH, USA

problem #125

Jan 242003

Altima 6-cyl

  • 0 miles

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

Oil consumption on 2005 V6 Nissan Altima.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #124

Aug 092010

Altima

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 35-40 mph the vehicle stalled. She was able to drive onto the emergency lane, turn the engine off and place the vehicle in park. She waited a few seconds and restarted the vehicle and it began to function normally. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised her that the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The local mechanic advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer regarding NHTSA recall campaign id number:07V527000, engine and engine cooling. The dealer advised her that she had to pay for the repairs since the recall was not associated with her VIN. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 98,068.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #123

Jul 102010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
Bought a 2005 Nissan Altima, 4 cy. 2.5L on June 18th 2010 I started having problems with the crankshaft sensor, the dealer gave me a discount to get this fix because they were aware of the problem dealer also told me if I get this fix the car would be working fine. I did replaced the crankshaft position sensor, but the service engine soon light kept coming on.. it reads the same error every time, crankshaft sensor. Recently (07/10/10) my car just stalled on highway made a loud knocking noise blew a big smoke --the fire men and police that showed up believe it threw a rod because it leaks oil everywhere..and is not drivable.Nissan states they reset the (ECM) but my VIN# isnt in the recall for the crankshaft position sensor so I would have had to pay for that.I then was able to get online and see that alot of Nissan owners were told the same exact information the (ECM) would be reset for free but you would have to come out of pocket for the crankshaft sensor to be fixed, if this amount of complaints are identical..then really it boils down to Nissan Corp is ignoring and doesn't care that their crankshaft sensor is failing along with the (ECM) and because of this some lives are gonna be lost..as me and my 2 kids faced a stall on highway I75 with many people going well over 70mph..we could have been killed!

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #122

Jul 292010

Altima

  • 48,950 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the vehicle would continuously stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the failure was located at the crank shaft sensor. The contact located a recall relative to the failure (NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000- engine and engine cooling) yet was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The manufacturer recommended having the dealer diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 48,950 and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #121

Aug 032010

Altima

  • 56,000 miles

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

Noticed intermittent issue when driving on hwy, car engine will stop/hesitate causing the card to decrease speed suddenly. After 10+ seconds the car will resume functioning normally, the check engine sensor will also come on. When diagnosing the code at a local autopart seller I receive a crankshaft position sensor issue. This issue cause the car to suddenly decelerate, which could cause significant injury. I have located an NHTSA campaign that describes a recall for 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5L, stating that the "crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor", the campaign continues with "the interruption in the signal from the crankshaft position sensor is so brief that the ECM logic does not have time to fix the issue which can cause the engine to stop suddenly. I have contacted the Nissan customer service dept and they will not even recognize NHTSA campaign id 07V527000. I have been quoted by the dealership for 350 dollars for the part.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #120

Jul 102010

Altima

  • 133,000 miles
Recently (07/10/10) my car just made a loud knocking noise blew a big smoke on the highway at 65mph--the fire men and police that showed up believe it threw a rod because it leaked oil everywhere, had the oil changed exactly 5 days prior.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #119

Jul 252010

Altima

  • 45,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 sl when all of a sudden, the engine turned off. Luckily I was going at a low speed on a road with little traffic, but if I hadn't noticed it, or if I was on a highway, I could have been in a serious life threatening accident.

- Silver Spring, Md, MD, USA

problem #118

Jul 102010

Altima

  • 111,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Altima and have been having problems with my car! I've taken it to a mechanic shop and it was put on a machine to see what was going on. And it came back my crankshaft position sensor has gone bad. So I went out and bought one and had it put in. And I would say about 3 days later the same thing started again. The car was idle up high then come down and I would start driving not even maybe a mile or less away from where I live it would just completely shut down. I would try to crank it several time and it would come on and then shut off. So I took it back to the shop and said oh maybe it was a bad sensor so I got another one and had that put in. So I'm thinking it's fixed well I could get to a very busy road and it would shut off doesn't matter where I was in the road or all the vehicles coming my way!! very scary thing to have to go through I've had so much stress cause of this problem I haven't been able to take my kids with me anywhere I go cause I didn't want them to be in the car! I have been having problems for like 2 months not ever thinking it could be Nissan's mistake.. when it would die I would just sit there trying to crank it and sometimes it would crank then maybe moving 5 feet die again. And then getting it cranked from that spot it would maybe go 20 feet and then die. I've had it to 2 mechanics and tested several times saying the same thing and also this crankshaft sensor can also cause other problems to the car. I've spent 300$ trying to fix this problem and to know it's been on a recall and I was never noticed kind of makes me so mad!! I have a family and kids that has to go everyday things and having this problem has been a pain. I think Nissan needs to try more to contact there customer and let them know. I know I've had the same address and was never noticed! so know I took it to Nissan and there telling me I have to pay 220$ for the crankshaft position sensor?? im like what.. the only thing there doing is reprogramming it!!

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #117

Jul 082010

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,864 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While approaching a stop light, the vehicle stalled. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and back on in order for it to function normally. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated. The failure occurred eight times. The dealer was notified and stated that there was a recall and that her vehicle identification number was not included. The vehicle was taken to a body shop who confirmed that the crankshaft position sensor failed and it was repaired at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 116864 and the current mileage was 116907. Updated 09/30/2010. Updated 10/04/10

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #116

Jul 132010

Altima

  • 83,000 miles
2005 Nissan Altima timing chain broke at 83,000 miles. The car began making a noise and the next day I was at a red light and when I tried to go the engine shut off. Luckily I did not cause an accident at 5:15 afternoon traffic. I had to have the car towed. The mechanic later told me that the timing chain broke. I have looked on many Nissan forums and this has been very common for '05 Altima. The chain broke into many pieces and invaded the engine. This is now a cost of thousands of dollars for my family. Nissan apparently fixed this problem in their Altima, but it still remains a problem in their 2005 models. I think the Nissan company should have to replace these belts and repay anyone for any damage it may have caused.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #115

Jul 052010

Altima

  • 98,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5L. The engine light is just on. I read the code and it shows it is a problem of my crankshaft position sensor. I check it online, and find there is a recall for this problem on 2007 (the campaign number is 07V527000). So I contacted Nissan company, and provided my VIN#. but they reply that my VIN# doesn't match the recall list. The fact is the vehicle model the recall mentioned and the problem happened on my car are exactly same with the description of that recall, however they just refuse it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #114

Jul 162010

Altima

  • 75,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated the failure occurred due to the crankshaft position sensor overheated and caused a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) which he believed to be associated with the failure yet the dealer and manufacturer both advised his VIN was not included with the recall. The failure and current mileages were 75,600.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #113

Jun 042010

Altima

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would stall and the check engine light would illuminate. After several minutes, the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The dealer performed a diagnostic and found the crank shaft position sensor had failed. The contact did not have the crankshaft position sensor replaced. The manufacturer advised there was a recall for the failure however, his VIN was not included (NHTSA campaign id number 06V223000: Engine and engine cooling). No further assistance was offered by the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 113,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- Sauhrita, AZ, USA

problem #112

May 072010

Altima

  • 83,400 miles
My vehicle stalls in traffic, and wont start for about 10 minutes, defective part, ECM, and crank position sensor.

- Manchester, GA, USA

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