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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,483 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

May 272009


  • 70,300 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5sl. Last year I got a recall to reprogram the ECM fixed on my car. My car was shutting down while driving and sometimes when I started the car it would not accelerate. After the recalled was supposedly fixed, this stopped happen until yesterday. I thought everything was fixed, then my car just randomly stopped in traffic and the service engine soon light came on. When I crank it back up and tried to give it gas it would not accelerate. I thought the reason for the recall was to prevent this from happening. I took it to the Nissan who advised me it was something crankshaft position sensor, I was told that this had nothing to do with the ECM reprogramming recall even though Nissan had a recall on crankshaft sensors in 2007. And after reading here and other places I find that this has been a problem from Nissan since 2002. So my question is what was the recall for if it did not fix the problem and why am I being charge to get a Nissan error repaired that apparently alot of other people are having. This is insane!!! does hundreds of people have to die because of this before they decide to do a recall to fix the real problem" will it take a law suit" I think the crankshaft sensors are faulty and need to be recalled. I could have been killed.

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #22

Feb 112009


  • 76,717 miles
Timing chain on my 2005 Nissan Altima is making a buzzing/whining noise at the engine area. This whole process started on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 when the Nissan service department found the issue and stated that it should be fixed to the amount of $1,578 (+tax). They even sent a "cpia - goodwill recommendation" request to which Nissan's message back was "goodwill is not recommended". at that time I explained to them that it did not make any sense to me why a timing chain that is meant to outlast the life of the engine would need to be replaced when my vehicle only has 76,717 miles on it. I have always ensured it is well maintained at the intervals recommended and I am a very safe and good driver and keep my vehicle in good working condition, it is not neglected in anyway. They suggested that I phone the Nissan customer care line to see if there was anything further that could be done. After 6 phone calls with Nissan customer care they too decided that they felt it was out of warranty and not their problem. So I went back to the dealership and received a recommendation to speak with the service manager. I sent him a very detailed email requesting assistance, he stated he'd look into my concerns. Unfortunately, he too received the same response that Nissan feels they are not obligated in anyway to repair the timing chain on my vehicle because it is out of the warranty period. At this time I plan to pursue this further by contacting the better business bureau and lemon law to see if they can assist in anyway. I believe that it is ridiculous for the consumer to pay the cost of replacing a part that should be replaced by the manufacturer since it is obviously a defective part, since it's designed to out live the life of the engine, last I checked 76,000+ miles on a Nissan is not the life of the engine. I hope that Nissan will finally realize they are responsible and assist in resolving this matter for me.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #21

Mar 172009


  • 37,210 miles
My wife was driving on the interstate when the car sputtered almost stalling. The check engine light appeared and stayed on. I took the car to a car parts store and borrowed their computer diagnosis device and found out the crankshaft sensor malfunctioned. There has been a recall on the esm, but nothing going to the root of the problem (the crankshaft sensor). Through my research I found the problems attributed to this part are not starting, sputtering while driving and/or shutting-off while driving. I took the car to Nissan on two previous occasions for not starting, but no diagnosis could be attained by Nissan. After speaking with different local Nissan dealer, the service tech admitted the problem is the crankshaft sensor failing. I feel Nissan is putting a band-aid on the real problem disguising it with the esm reprogram. The failure of this part can be very dangerous if you are driving and the car shuts off. After doing some research on forums, there have been a lot of complaints and apparently Nissan has had this problem with the Altima as far back as the '03 model year. It was also stated on the forums that multiple sensors have been replaced over and over. I am now worried about myself and my young child's safety as this car is our main source of transportation.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #20

Mar 062009


  • 82,000 miles


I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5sl. I received a recall notice that advised me the vehicle can stop running without notice which could result in a crash. The recall notice advised that the fix to this problem was the reprogramming of the ECM. To keep my daughter and I safe on the road, I took the car in for the recall as instructed. Before the recall, my service engine light never came on and my vehicle was running fine. Not to long after the recall was done, my service engine soon light came on. Last week I was driving my vehicle, with my 10 month old daughter in the car and the car stalled and shut down on us without warning. Thankfully another vehicle did not hit us. I took it to the dealership who advised me it was the crankshaft position sensor. After doing some reading I find that this has been a problem Nissan has been avoiding since 2002 and I was not the only owner whose vehicle shut down on them without warning. The events, patterns and failures I have experienced are the same sequence of events that so many Nissan Altima owners have reported and complained about. I contacted Nissan directly and was told that they are not responsible. I paid $285 to have the crankshaft sensor replaced. I thought responding to the recall would take care of everything and we would be safe; however, the recall did not stop my car from shutting down on me in the middle of traffic. I believe Nissan is recalling the wrong thing and dodging the responsibility of replacing the default crankshaft sensors that are causing these vehicles to shut down. A vehicle that is subject to shut down while driving without warning is very dangerous and should not be on the road. I saved the crankshaft sensor that was removed from my vehicle just in case someone decides to finally do something about this. An investigation needs to take place before someone is killed or seriously injured on the road or highway.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 182009


  • 65,333 miles
Car arbitrarily stalled and cut off at low speeds and began to also jerk intermittently as if attempting to shut down while traveling at highway speeds...easily this could lend to a collision!!! service engine soon indicator illuminated on dash and has remained lit. Dealer reprogrammed ECM only for stalling and jerking to continue, and service engine soon indicator to re-illuminate within 24-hours of initial "fix." Also of note, dealer repairman noted that P0420 was diagnosed stating that the catalyst system is failing and engine may need to be replace depending on oil consumption level to be determined after 1000 miles driven. Canadian recall campaign code: R86 calls for P0335 kgb sensor to be replaced by dealer whereas niacin North America's only "corrective" action is for dealers to reprogram the ecma free of charge--which, consequently, does not remedy the problem--and instead attempts to divert the computer from diagnosing the problem--a faulty crankshaft position sensor. Catalytic converter failure (and related engine failure) covered per the federal emissions warranty until 80,000 miles.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #18

Jan 222009


  • 44,946 miles
Nissan Altima equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor. Dealers will reprogram the electronic control module (ECM) free of charge. The dealer reprogrammed the ECM but now the crankshaft position sensor has gone bad.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 042009


  • 71,413 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The vehicle lost power and the engine shut off while idling at a stop light. The weather and road conditions were not a factor. The vehicle took approximately 15 seconds to restart with the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle stalled twice in two weeks. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and they printed out a recall on the crankshaft position sensor. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they reprogrammed the vehicle at the cost of $220. The dealer further stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 71,413.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #16

Aug 292008


  • 47,000 miles
I received a recall notice for my 2005 Nissan Altima. It warned of serious problems that might arise from a defect that makes the engine possibly shut off while driving. I had it fixed several weeks ago, but check engine light remained on and car otherwise was hiccuping in traffic. I returned today, and they charged me $250!! for fixing something called a crankshaft sensor. Such sensor was, as I understand it, part of the recall problem. Yet, it has been explained to me that even though this recall is related to the sensor issue, replacing the sensor itself is not considered part of what is covered by the recall. If that's the case, I don't get the point of the recall. It obviously is more about money making and/or saving face without paying to fix a dangerous problem. I have seen others with these same complaints on line. I'd just like to add my complaint to the many others so that something might be done.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #15

Jul 202008


  • 94,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Altima goes dead in traffic, often.

- Smithville, TN, USA

problem #14

Jul 042008


  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Altima. My car shuts off without warning and it is very dangerous to drive. I have not been injured yet, but it could still happen. I had the computer reprogrammed as defined in the recall information, but the car is still behaving badly. I am terrified to drive and I work 30 minutes away from my home. The ride to work is dangerous and my car's engine problem could cause an accident. Nissan refused to correct the problems other than reprogramming the computer which had no real impact on the problem. I have replaced the part that was described by a diagnostic test as faulty and there is still a problem. Nissan should be held responsible for putting people's lives in danger. This must stop.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #13

Apr 242008


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle shut off. The contact lost control of the vehicle, veered into the other lane, and struck another vehicle. The vehicle then turned slightly and crashed into the wall. The contact sustained head and knee injuries, and was transported to the local hospital. The vehicle is no longer able to be driven. She just received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) in the mail. The current and failure mileages were 53,000.

- Culvur City, CA, USA

problem #12

Apr 012008


  • 52,499 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact's vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) on April 1, 2007. One week later, after the repair, the vehicle would not start. In addition, the contact noticed that the odometer accumulated over 5,000 miles in one week, in which he did not generate. A representative from the dealer stated that he would have to pay over $100 for a diagnostic to determine the cause of the failure. He did not have the vehicle inspected. There were no failures prior to the vehicle being repaired. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 52,499 and current mileage was 56,000.

- Lexington, TN, USA

problem #11

Jun 062008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact received a recall notice from Nissan for the engine and engine cooling:engine. When he called the dealer from where the vehicle was purchased, he learned that they had been bought out by another dealer. He did not attempt to call another dealer to see if they could perform the recall repair. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 022006


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine valve has been making a tapping noise since 2006. He stated that the engine tapping failure is a safety issue because it could lead to engine seizure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five times for this failure. After three of the five visits, the mechanic claimed that the failure was repaired; however, the tapping still occurs. The current mileage was 40,000 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- Summers Point, NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 012007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
On numerous occasions in October, 2007 my 2005 Nissan Altima would stall out while driving. This occurred mainly on the interstate causing a instantaneous slowing down of the vehicle, where vehicles behind me would come very close to hitting the rear of my car. Other times the car would stall completely at low speeds, loosing power to the steering and brakes putting myself in a situation harmful to those stopped in front of me. The stall occurs without warning to myself or others around me, creating a serious safety-related problem. I researched & found safety-related recalls for the '02, '03, '04 models but not 2005. My vehicle had 41,000 miles on it when I took it to the dealership. There was no recall yet for the 2005 model although I experienced the same problems the other recalls identified. The service personnel called me after my car was looked at and advised that the cam shaft position sensor and the crank shaft position sensor had failed due to experiencing hot conditions & the solder holding them in place melted (again consistent with previously issued tsbs and recalls). I pleaded, this should be under a recall, both with Nissan Consumer Affairs and with victory Nissan from whom I purchased the Altima. I was left paying the fee myself. The recall for the 2005 model was issued in December 2007 and I am trying to get a refund for having to pay for repairs that Nissan identified as safety-related. The recall lists reprogramming of the ECM, which needed to be completed, since the ECM would loose communication with the tcm. However the reason for the failure in communication stemmed from the failure of the position sensors. I feel let down and upset that Nissan continued to experience these problems with their 2.5 liter engines in years subsequent to issued recalls and failed to notify current owners of the safety-related problems. I am also upset that Nissan does not admit the crank position and cam position sensors played part in the stalling.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

May 092007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,365 miles
On three separate occasions, my vehicle has cut off on me. I have taken the car to the dealership two of the three times. The first time, it cut off as I prepared to accelerate after stopping at a traffic light. The dealership could not get a problem reading from the computer. The second time, I was slowing down to go around a curve in the highway and the car did not respond when I attempted to accelerate. It sputtered and cut off. Fortunately, there were no other cars behind me, as it was only a two lane highway and it was late at night. I was able to pull over to the shoulder and restart the car. The information about the recall came out shortly after, however morris Nissan refused to repair my car without me paying for the repair, as they stated that they had not gotten authorization from Nissan yet on the recall and could not do it free of charge. The third time was just today as, once again, I was accelerating from a stop.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #7

Sep 132007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving forward at various speeds, approaching a stop, or making a turn, the vehicle stalled and shut off completely. The failure was diagnosed as the crank shaft sensor. The vehicle will be repaired in a couple of days. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 54,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Sharps Chapel, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 142007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle began making a loud noise and the service engine light illuminated. She was able to drive to a service station and the mechanic stated that there was no oil or oil plugs in the vehicle. He refused to make the repair. She had the vehicle towed to Nissan, where it was regularly serviced every 3,000 miles. The dealer stated that she needed a new engine and that they were not responsible for the vehicle not having oil or oil plugs. They also informed her that someone had tampered with her vehicle. The contact has spoken with Nissan on several occasions and has been without her vehicle for two months. She believes they are giving her the run-around. The current and failure mileages were 41,000. * updated 12/12/07 the dealer stated passenger window makes noise, and remote switch is inoperable. Updated 12/12/07 updated 03-04-08

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #5

Jun 052007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5S and I am having problems with my engine going dead while traveling on the interstate highway. There is no set speed this happens, the car just drops power and cuts off. I travel 110 miles a day round trip and it happens at least three times a day. Nissan has informed me since there is no error code in the ECM there is nothing they can do. I have been told basically its my problem. In researching the internet there appears to be many owners experiencing the same problem.

- Eastaboga, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 282006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have had nothing but problems from my 2005 Altima that I purchased new in Sept 05. The first week I owned the vehicle my engine light came on and the vehicle was very sluggish from takeoff, I then called the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and was told that all Nissan are sluggish and need to be driven to get the "newness from the vehicle" what kind of crap is that. About 6 months ago, I noticed that my brakes are squealing and my tires needed to be replaced, I don't even have 20K miles on my vehicle so this is very mysterious to me. Nissan in my opinion does not listen to its customers and claims to be the very best towards their customers on the commercials but in reality they are just another big company making money at the expense of "use to be loyal" customers". every complaint on this board I can agree with which is sad for I to have experienced the seat belts, sharp bar under the passengers seat, engine and passenger seat air bag light so basically all we have is an expensive good looking non-working pieces of crap. So thank you very much Nissan. Signed - will never ever ever purchase another Nissan in my life.

- Weirton, WV, USA

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