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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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,402 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 012009


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact noticed that the steering wheel was difficult to turn while driving 10 mph. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the steering coupler failed. The dealer will replace the steering coupler at the cost of $300, but it is currently on back order. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that the contact would receive a call back from a representative. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 062009


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact believes that she purchased the vehicle with a steering defect. She noticed that the steering wheel was difficult to turn while driving. The vehicle was towed to an auto collision repair shop and the mechanic stated that the lower steering shaft cupler failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer stated that they would not assist because the vehicle was purchased from a private dealer. The failure mileage was 87,000 and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 03/12/09. The inner tie rod was replaced and the front end was aligned. Updated 03/16/09.

- Wolcott, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 152008


  • 85,000 miles
While making a left turn my steering wheel rack failed, causing my vehicle to drift into other lanes. At that same moment I smelled this horrible burning. I was able to gain control of the vehicle and was able to drive a block to the nearest Nissan dealership. There is where I found out that my steering wheel rack went out and the cost to replace it would be $1700 for Nissan parts and $1296 for I believe refurbished parts.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 082008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 511,467 miles


Nissan part #480808J000 called the coupling shaft & column locked up on me, causing my steering to go out in my vehicle. Vehicle was not drivable as it was, tried to do a U-turn, steering went and all most hit a building. I was told this part was on back order nation wide and they had no idea when the part would be in. I do have the new part, kept the old part and if you try to move the bottom shaft portion, that should move freely, you have to wrench on it to move the part, it is rusted. If you are driving this vehicle it might go at 21,000 or 50,000 miles, I have 51,000 miles on my vehicle and it went, the shop had a vehicle that matched mine except for mileage 21,000 and the part went out 6 weeks before mine did and that owner was still waiting on the part.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Sep 012005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
New 2005 Altima 3.5 SE bought August 2005 1st month I had noticed a vibration in the steering at high speeds, and the vehicle pulling/drifting from left to right. This concern makes the vehicle unsafe to drive because you do not have a sense of control when driving, in addition when driving on a highway for a long period of time the vibration in the wheel makes your hands and arms fall asleep. It is always necessary after an hour or hour and a half to pull over and give your arms/ hands a rest. The dealer addressed this concern by balancing the wheels by road force balance (corrected specs - 21lbs road force down to 7lbs) no alignment issues were noticed. After 3 tips to the dealership for the vibrations I had noticed a clunk in the front end, it ended up being a strut that needed to be replaced. With the next trip the dealership the vibration in the steering was now evident at all speeds, it was still drifting, and a new "hum" had developed at random times while driving. The dealer unable to verify any of my concerns suggested that I go for a ride with the service manger. After that ride he suggested that I have my tires swapped for new ones of another brand. On my next trip to the dealer they swapped all 4 of my tires for another brand name and re-aligned the front suspension and front end. Throughout the winter the car ran ok other than some electrical problems that would kill my battery and the rear pillar airbags coming out. It was not until the spring that I was forced to bring my car down again for the vibration in the steering wheel and the clunk in the front end. The dealer could not verify any clunk in the front end but agreed that there is again a vibration and remedied the problem by adjusting the steering rack pre-load. Initially the vibration was reduced, but within a month it was back. The service manager admitted that adjusting the steering rack pre-load was only a "temporary fix" a "bandaid for the problem".

- New London, NH, USA

problem #3

Jan 302006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,750 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle pulls to the right at speeds above 35 mph. The dealership replaced the transfer links, spindles, and bushings, in an attempt to remedy the problem. The vehicle has been aligned by 2 dealerships. The district manager determined it to be a problem with the steering, but an engineer for the manufacturer determined this is normal operating conditions.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving about 10-15 mph. I was approaching a stop sign and I tried to apply the brakes. My brakes and steering wheel locked up and my car swerved to the left and hit a parked vehicle. My car was towed to the dealer and still remains there.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 152004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Car pulls to right and left hard to control steering...took to dealer four times, they say its the road.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

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