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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 1 of 10)

problem #191

Aug 012013

Altima

  • 49,875 miles

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

1. precat failure which led to needing of a complete long block replacement. @ 49875 miles 2. clutch pedal assembly caused premature clutch failure and replacement of manual transmission.@ 94571 miles 3. passenger side floor has completely rotted thru!!!! @ 100000 miles, this cuts the cake! car is junk!

- Lonaconing, MD, USA

problem #190

Feb 042013

Altima

  • 76,000 miles
I purchased someone else lemon! extreme use of oil with no visible oil leaks. I have to add oil at least once a week. No one can find an oil leak. I have looked online and 1000's of people are having the same issues. It is a known Nissan problem that they refuse to address!

- Statham, GA, USA

problem #189

Feb 262015

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the engine stalled. In addition, the battery and the engine warning lights continuously illuminated. The vehicle restarted but the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that both cam shaft position sensors and the vias swirl control valves needed to be replaced. The dealer informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling).the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,500.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #188

Sep 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Car starts and stalls/engine light on. Was told it is the crank and cam sensor as well as the transmission input speed sensor. We noticed this is a big issue and many cars have been recalled for this issue but not all, including ours. If this is such a major issue why are only some being repaired by dealer. Is there anything we can do to get the dealer to repair it. This is my father's car but it is my information below. He doesn't speak english. Thank you very much. Updated 4/13/2015

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #187

Aug 062014

Altima

  • miles
Trying to leave for work one morning and my car stops at a traffic light. I put my car in park and try to turn it on, and it does but as I start speeding up it turns off again (at the intersection) and now the check engine service light comes on. It almost caused the car behind me to rear end me but he swerved to avoid an accident. I found out it was a faulty crankshaft from the mechanic and told me to call the dealership because he thought there was a recall. L called the dealership and they said there was a recall but not on my car (different year), instead they said they could change the part for $350 with labor. So I could have seriously injured someone or vise versa and it's not their fault? I'm am so upset about how they are not at fault for making parts that don't work and at the end they aren't liable...updated 09-24-14

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #186

May 292014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Catalytic converter has gone bad on low mileage, single owner, well maintained car. This is a widespread problem with 2002-2005 Nissan Altima. What makes the problem worse is that the converter disintegrates and gets sucked into the engine and cause engine damage and stalling. Spoke to Nissan customer care and escalated to executive response team at Nissan, and they are unwilling to accept responsibility for a faulty part for which they had issued 3 tsbs but refuse to accept responsibility for the defective part and subsequent damage to engine. This should be a recall or at least a warranty extension.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #185

Dec 102012

Altima

  • 171,000 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 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle did restart after numerous attempts. This failure has occurred intermittently four times over a period of a six months. The vehicle was taken in for diagnostic testing but no results were given as contact did not want to pay for the testing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling), but the VIN was included in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #184

Mar 262014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I see in 2007 Nissan recalled the crankshaft and I was never informed of this. I took my car to sears on March 31st and brought a battery because I thought this was the problem the check engine light was still on so I took my car to my mechanic today 4-1-14 and was told not only do I have to replace my crankshaft sensor, but my speed sensor and my fuel pump system which is going to cost me a total of $1395.66 to repair is there anything I can do about this since Nissan never informed me of the problem with the crankshaft in 2007?

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #183

Nov 302013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,948 miles
Crankshaft position sensor overheated causing brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor engine stoped running causing me to lose control.

- Wintergarden, FL, USA

problem #182

Nov 182013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
I have a 2005 Altima and I have been having problems. I repalced the senors based on the diagnostic reading from two reputable repair shops. My check engine light keeps coming back on. I googled and found out that several Altima owners have experienced the exact same problem. I called Nissan and was told based on my VIN #, I'm not part of the recall. That makes no sense. The dealer wants to charge me an arm and a leg and will only do it for free if Nissan says so. I'm so frustrated right now. I will never buy another Nissan.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #181

Sep 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 82,902 miles

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

In high traffic area, 4 lanes of traffic and in the far left lane moving about 45, the car dies. I can not get my car to start. Cars were flying on all sides of me even in the turning lane next to me on the left. I could not get out of my car. I called the police because I thought I could be killed. The police said that this was dangerous and managed to stop all lanes of traffic. They bumped my car off the road and called a tow truck. The tow truck took me and my car to Nissan dealership. I had to pay $634.35 for the tow truck and the crankshaft sensor replacement. No recall. Terrible experience with Nissan customer specialist in tn. Today on 10/9/13 after calling everyday since 9/13/13, I was told that the part is outside of warranty. They will not take responsibility. It is just what happens in maintaining the car. I had just spent almost $1000 in a regular maintenance. The team leader used the example of replacing the timing belt. Don't see why this is the same. I almost got killed and someone might have already lost their life. This is a major safety issue for Nissan! if I was on I 75 I would have been hit by another car. This is a safety issue!

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #180

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 #179

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 #178

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 #177

May 312013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted several minutes later and operated as designed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the crankshaft position sensor would need to replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 84,000. Updated 7/3/13

- Naugaduck, CT, USA

problem #176

May 182013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,470 miles
Car felt hot even after sitting and when weather was cool. Car cut off on me at a stoplight, and another time while stopped. Car seemed to slip gears a few times.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #175

Jul 072012

Altima

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds the vehicle stalled and the service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor failed. The dealer was made aware of the failure who stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

- Interlaken, NJ, USA

problem #174

May 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that he smelled a foul odor emitting from the vehicle and took the vehicle to his personal mechanic. The pre catalytic converter and two oxygen sensors were replaced by the mechanic. After the repair, the vehicle began to briefly pause when accelerating. The contact was informed of a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and the manufacturer was contacted. The manufacturer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 92,000. Updated 7/23/12

- Middle Island, NY, USA

problem #173

Jun 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Altima. Consumer requests recall reimbursement related to ECM replacement the consumer stated the crank sensor was replaced last June.

- Belmar, NJ, USA

problem #172

May 012012

Altima

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic test. The test results indicated a faulty ECU and crank position sensor. The contact also noticed a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle did not qualify for the recall due to the VIN. The failure mileage was 108,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

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