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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,603 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Mar 122014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Dash is sticky and continuing to cover the seems to be getting larger each is very blinding to drive in sunlight.

- Highland City, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 182014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Dashboard is melting in all over, the material in the dashboard is now very shiny and makes it difficult to see on a sunny day (it's Florida). Dealership says car is out of warranty and there is no recall by Nissan. This is a huge safety issue as it causes a reflection on my windshield severely impairing my visibility and there is a somewhat hazardous smell coming from the melting material.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #25

Jun 232014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Regarding 2008 Nissan Altima: The air conditioning evaporator drain hose is poorly engineered leading to water draining back into the vehicle as opposed to outside of the vehicle. The water will pool in the back seat passenger side and continue to collect water until it moves forward toward the front seat passenger side. Without correcting this defect the water will lead to mold/fungus growth, rotted carpet, rusted floor wells, and potentially electrical damage as there is a main electrical wire that runs along the passenger side floor that parallels the evaporator drain hose.

- Selinsgrove, PA, USA

problem #24

Dec 162013


  • miles


The dashboard on my Nissan Altima is melting. The material has become very shiny and sticky creating a horrible glare on my windshield and I cannot see while I am driving. It is very dangerous and I was told by Nissan the melting material is emitting fumes. The windshield also has a constant film on it from the melting material, which combined with the glare is hazardous.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #23

Aug 022012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard is sticky and melting. Can't clean it. Glare on the windshield affects safe driving.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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problem #22

Jun 022014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard was melting and exposed an extremely shiny surface that reflected when the sun shone onto the vehicle which was creating a visibility hazard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who indicated that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 3/18/15 updated 10/19/2015

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 102012


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard was cracking causing the sun to glare from the dashboard to the front windshield, which made it difficult to see. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing however it was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The dash has begun melting and the matte finish has become very shiny and cast an extreme glare on the front windshield making it difficult to see in sunny conditions.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 192014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
My 2008 Altima also has a melting dash. I've contacted my local dealership and Nissan directly and they both told me there was nothing they could do to help me because the car is out of warranty. Are they not concerned at all that the glare from the shine is blinding and could cause an accident? it's a poor quality issue they should take responsibility for before someone is hurt or killed.

- Bossier, LA, USA

problem #18

Mar 032012

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
TL the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard in the vehicle was deteriorating. The dashboard was melting into other components in the vehicle and created a foul odor. In addition, the air conditioning was inoperable. The dealer stated that the dashboard and evaporator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown. Jcc updated 09/05/14 updated 09/10/2014 updated 9/8/14 updated 09/12/2014 updated 1/7/2014

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The dashboard is melting, getting shiny and sticky. The sun reflects off the dashboard onto the windshield, obscuring vision. This creates a serious safety hazard. The first time this occurred, my vision was pretty much blinded. Had the vehicle in front of me elected to stop or slow down at that time, there would have been an accident.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #16

Feb 092011


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard had a sticky residue on it and felt as if it was melting. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 54,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #15

May 072013


  • 40,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard had become sticky and was deteriorating. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 51,000.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #14

Aug 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Beginning in 2012 (less than 4 years after purchasing my car), I started to notice that portions of the dashboard were melting. In the years since, it has gotten progressively worse. My mechanic told me he's never seen anything like it, even in much, much older cars. From what I can tell, many others are experiencing this same problem. This is not a cosmetic issue, but rather a serious safety concern. The melting dashboard is shiny and reflects sunlight, causing sudden blinding glares while driving. I have experienced these sudden flashes of light several times on the highway. The reality of being unable to see while at speeds exceeding 60 miles is incredibly scary and dangerous.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 012012


  • miles
On February 2013 I had a frontal car accident due to the glare on my windshield of my melting dash board on my 08 Altima. My dashboard seems to be melting with out no reason. Dealer will not replace defective dashboard as it is not part of a recall. This is a serious issue which may cause a serious accident raven death to a motorist or pedestrian. Nissan needs to make a recall on this issue, it is obvious that this was a defect on their behalf for the majority of 08 Altima. *

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 022012


  • 31,000 miles
The dash of the vehicle has been continuously deteriorating. It is as if it is melting. Since we purchased the car it is progressively getting worse, and is now a serious safety issue, due to the light that reflects off of the melted parts of the dash. It reflects the sunlight during the day and the headlights at night directly into the drivers eyes... this is a documented issue with numerous Nissan Altima of the same year.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #11

Sep 102013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I noticed about 6 months ago, that there was a shiny sticky substance on my dashboard and it has been getting worse as the months go by. It has gotten to a point that it is dangerous for me to drive my car because of the glare that it produces off my windshield. I can't even put something over the dash, cause it will stick and tear the dash board apart, if it moves. This is not only a hazard to myself, but to anyone else in my car and to other drivers. I pointed it out to a representative at Nissan dealership months ago and he said he didn't know what was causing it, he couldn't help me. I feel its a defective type material and I'm sure its also not a healthy breathing environment for me.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 182013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dashboard had become sticky and was deteriorating. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Enola, AR, USA

problem #9

Dec 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Sometime in December 2013 I noticed the dashboard of my Nissan Altima 2008 melting causing a shiny substance the causes a tremendous glare on the windshield which makes it difficult to see when driving. This should not be happening...obviously defective materials by Nissan. I have researched and on one complaint forum alone found 196 pages of the same complaint and the same year and model.. I filed a complaint directly with Nissan on 2-17-14 I was told that I needed to get a diagnoses from a Nissan dealer so I did...Nissan clearly stated that the dashboard needed to be replaced...well on 2-21-14 a Nissan rep named [xxx] out of Tennessee called me back and said that Nissan will not pay for the replacement of the dashboard... I can supply you with photos of my issues and a list of 100's of others with the same complaint. I appreciate your assistance with this matter... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 172014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 80,090 miles
The dashboard on my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe has melted (possible plasticizer migration) and it has become very difficult to drive because of the glare it produces on the windshield, this lead to me to veer off the road and into the embankment. The Nissan dealer told us that they have seen a lot of dashes on the Altima with this problem in Florida, but there is nothing they can do because it is out of the initial factory warranty and they claim the Nissan extended warranty does not cover it. Several Florida residents who own 2008-Altima coupes are experiencing the same problem. This appears to be a manufacturers defect and has really become a serious safety hazard. I respectfully request you're help in this matter. I can provide pictures if necessary. Below are a few forums addressing the situation"T=15553"id=109390.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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