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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,030 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima miscellaneous problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #13

May 182015


  • 72,500 miles


The dashboard in my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe is giving off a strong chemical smell, is very sticky to the touch, and is so shiny that it generates an intense glare on the windshield when in direct sunlight. The windshield glare is a huge safety hazard that is only getting worse -- it used to be that I could get by with wearing sunglasses but now the glare is so intense that even with polarized sunglasses on, I have to lean this way and that in order to see what's in front of me. If I were to lose my sunglasses while out and about, I would absolutely be unable to drive until after sunset. It's unsafe for me and everyone on the road to operate a vehicle with such bad windshield obstruction. Any bugs or debris that come in contact with the areas of the dashboard that are melting instantly become stuck. It looks a lot like a tar pit and if you touch it, a tar-like substances comes off and is very hard to remove from your skin. The fumes it gives off are nauseating and seem to make the windshield foggy. When trying to clean the weird chemical fog off, I have to be extra careful not to let the cleaning rags touch any part of the dash because it will literally pull the rag apart, leaving behind distracting pieces of cloth all over the dash. I asked Nissan Consumer Affairs to help remedy my situation but they refused to help because the vehicle is no longer in warranty. It seems that as time goes on and the weather gets hotter, the dashboard only gets worse and worse. I cannot afford to fix the problem on my own (the dealership estimates that the repair will cost over $2,000) but I also don't feel safe driving in the sunlight.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 012012


  • miles
I am another very frustrated melting dashboard owner as this has been happening for some time and is getting worse. The dashboard is very sticky(if you leave something on the dashboard for any length of time it becomes stuck). The dashboard is also shiny and produces a glare. When you drive into the sun. The glare makes it very hard to see oncoming traffic. It is a definite safety hazard. I'm also concerned about the fumes and potential carcinogens being omitted that may pose additional health risks to myself and passengers. I stopped by my local South Florida dealership and was told that I was basically out of luck as it is past the warranty provided(?) by Nissan.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 282013


  • miles
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima. Around 2013 I noticed that my dashboard starting melting. I reached out to Nissan, did everything they required me to do to obtain a estimate from a local Nissan only to be told that it was not covered under warranty. I have since done some research and discovered that there are thousands of people with this same issue. There is even a page on facebook with this issue. Which I was blocked from by Nissan for complaining too much. Obviously this is a faulty material issue. This is a huge concern for me and I am afraid that this could cause and accident. I have no choice but to still drive my car because I have to get to work. Now 2015 the dashboard has gotten so bad and glares off of the windshield which make it difficult to see. Hopefully you can assist with this matter. Thank you

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

May 072015


  • 73,000 miles


As I was driving home on the interstate my 2008 Nissan Altima transmission made a loud noise and lost drive, I had to swerve to avoid getting run over by a 18 wheeler. I just made to the right shoulder. I was right next to an exit, the motor would rev but the car would not go more the 5 mph. Nissan says my car is not covered under warranty I had to pay $3000 to have the transmission replaced.

- Pembroke Pine, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 012013


  • miles
The dashboard on my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe has been melting and causing very dangerous glare for a couple of years. In 2013 Nissan evaluated my vehicle and advised me that nothing could be done because the vehicle was out of warranty and there has been no recall. It is getting significantly worse as time goes on and there is absolutley no way to clean it so now dust and debris collects and sticks and it is becoming a breathing hazard to me. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Pompano Beach , FL, USA

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problem #8

Jun 262014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Dashboard has melted to the point of being bare in some places. Over 40% of the dash is covered with a glossy substance making it extremely difficult to see through the windshield when the sun is overhead. Numerous times I have almost ran over a pedestrian due to this low visibility issue.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 152014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


Dash has melted causing sticky mess and glare causing lack of visibility while driving which could result in an accident. Contacted Nissan several times they were no help and said they would not help with cost of replacing dash.

- Decatur, TX, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Dec 012013


  • 60,000 miles
Dashboard is melting. It is sticky and shiny where the sun hits the dashboard. The dull part has burned away leaving a shiny part that causes a glare. The glare is right in my line of vision and makes it difficult to drive.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 232013


  • 53,000 miles
I am writing because I have a problem with my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe where my dashboard is melting in. I live in the Florida area and have noticed many other customers are having the same problem in this year alone all in Florida. Here is the forum which I found many having the similar problem the issue is causing a glare on my windshield making it very hard for me to drive and see. I went to my Nissan dealership where the vehicle was purchased and they stated changing the dash is a lot of work and very expensive that only giving a dash cover can be done. I dont like the way the dash cover looks and shouldnt be forced to cover a problem that is a safety hazard because of a defective product.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 252010


  • miles


Letter from congressman tiberi on behalf of constituent regarding Nissan dealership (dot/I#2010-2206) the consumer was unable to secure financing after loosing his job and wanted to return the vehicle to the dealership. However, Nissan stated they would finance the vehicle, even though the consumer stated he no longer has a job. Nissan stated the consumer is still responsible for the loan.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 122009


  • 23,400 miles
Brakes were making a noise for a 2nd time; already replaced once when I told abc Nissan phoenix, AZ (where purchased) that at speed less then 25 mph my brakes were making a noise. The other day went to brake at 14 mph in very heavy traffic on the freeway during rush hour and brakes locked up and had to use the emergency brake to avoid a collision (mind you I was one car length behind the car in front of me). I am afraid to drive my Nissan Altima now!! this is ridiculous.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 152009


  • 4,000 miles
To many recalls.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

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