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

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #93

Dec 282016


  • 93,000 miles


While driving my vehicle on a highway at about 60 mph the sunroof exploded. Shattered glass flew all over the interior of the vehicle. It was about 9pm. The road was smooth and only one other car was riding about 100 feet behind me. There were absolutely no overpasses.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #92

Jun 062016


  • miles
I have noticed that my dashboard is melting. There has not been any cleaning substance put on the dashboard. My car sits out in the sun as I do not have garage or carport. The glare from the dashboard creates a hazard as there is a glare while your are driving.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #91

Sep 032016


  • 110,000 miles
When driving on long and sometimes short trips, the air flow stops blowing, like a vent was closed. The blower fan motor is still working and the A/C is still working because it is still cold at the vent but there is no air flow.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #90

Jun 152013


  • 70,000 miles


The dashboard is melting. Started 3 years ago, was told by dealership repair shop to clean it. It has increased in size and nothing cleans it. The glare onto the window is terrible, dangerous. Has a strange smell to it.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #89

Jul 162016


  • 120,000 miles
My local service garage has located 2 holes in my exhaust system that allows fumes into the passenger compartment. The holes are a weld points. My mechanic thought that there was a warrenty recall. We repaired it once and will have to replace the whole exhaust this time.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

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problem #88

Oct 312016


  • miles
The dashboard seems to be melting. The material is becoming sticky and can easily be peeled off, almost like playdough. Also in some areas it produces a glare and is very bothersome and if it continues to get worse will even become quite dangerous as it sort of blinds the driver to some degree.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #87

Apr 182016


  • miles


Dashboard is cracking. Car has always been garage kept since new. Never sets outside during daytime in sun. Many other owners have same issue. Nissan denies there's any problem, won't do anything to help to fix the problem. Costs about $2000 to replace the dash. Happening mostly with 2008 & 2009 model years.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #86

Apr 022014


  • 60,000 miles
My dashboard has been melting for about two years and I cannot get Nissan to replace. I was told I need to pay to replace it for $1800. I feel this is faulty equipment and Nissan should stand behind their product and do the replacement. I live in tx and the glare it cause is very very dangerous when the sun is out and the sun is always out.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #85

Apr 012015


  • miles
Dashboard has outlining lines around the defroster that are tacky other spots on the dash also what gases are being released from this melting dashboard is it harmful I contacted Nissan they are not helpful sorry it's out of warranty I noticed the damage about a year ago spring of 2015 it is growing slowly on my dash

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #84

Sep 032012


  • 40,000 miles
My dash-board became shiner and when sun shines it is highly difficult to drive cause the sun rays it actually blinds me. I have spoke to Nissan and they would only furnish a new dash board but I must pay for the dash-board, which I find it very unfair. Please help??

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #83

Aug 162016


  • miles


Melting and sticky dash board & air bag light is

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #82

Jun 052016


  • miles
My Nissan Altima has the dashboard melting which makes it visible thru the windshield which makes it more difficult to drive the vehicle. I've almost had 4 near car accidents where the melting dashboard was the issue.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #81

Jul 252016


  • 93,000 miles
2008 Nissan Altima with a melting dashboard. Visibility is blinding by glare from shiny dashboard. Cost to replace dash is almost $2000.

- Sumrall, MS, USA

problem #80

Aug 012016


  • 91,000 miles
The factory sound system face plate is blistering. This may be caused by radio overheat or some type of short. The radio works fine

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #79

Aug 092016


  • 132,000 miles
While driving my car, it started to make "grinding" movements and stopped moving while I was driving. I was lucky that I didn't crash. I'm filing this complaint because of the various problems I've had with this cvt transmission -- including wheezing noises and shifting problems and now complete transmission failure. Called Nissan they refuse to help because my car has 132K miles and their extended warranty only goes to 120K. I've only had this car for 5 years. It's only 8 years old. They instituted this extended warranty due to so many complaining about the problems with the cvt. But I'm over the warranty and now I'm on the hook for 4K in transmission repair. I feel this is unfair as I have maintained my vehicle.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #78

Jun 122012


  • miles
" takata recall" my 2008 Nissan altiam dash is so sticky and cracking all the way down. I would really like for Nissan to replace it all with we parts!!!! it is hard to drive with the sun comimg in the widow hitting the dash. Please fix this for everyone. Also my car is always outside. Also I really love my car. I would hate to get away with it because of this.

- Arcadia, FL, USA

problem #77

Jul 072016


  • miles
Another melting dashboard; this time in North Alabama. It's starting from what I've seen in pictures the normal starting places, which is at the defrost air vents, the ledge between the instrument panel and defrost air vents (where the dash appears as a two piece comes together) and right above the three air vents. The glare it creates on my windshield is unbearable, and making visibility very poor.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #76

Jan 012016


  • 115,000 miles
Dash board is melting... causing extreme glare while driving.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #75

Apr 012013


  • miles
My wife has a 2008 Nissan Altima she bought 5 years ago. I have noticed over the years the dash seems to be meting. I have tried cleaning it with a damp rag. This only makes the dash gummy and sticky. Even after I allow it to dry for a bit it remains sticky and dirty. She bought it 5 years ago for just under $19,000. I told her if we ever wanted to sell it we would lose big time. The car has every amenity; leather, moonroof, heated seats, bose sound, et cetera. It's very demoralizing actually. Also, part of the steering wheel is sticky and falling apart. The leather part on the steering wheel is fine. One more thing... I have a 2006 Nissan Altima and my dash is solid with no problems. We both have always lived in Mississippi. It gets hot and humid here but never had a problem like this with my 2006 Nissan dash or any other vehicle I have owned. I am 40 years old and have owned plenty. Example: A month ago I sold my 1994 Ford truck that has been sitting in the sun for 3 years. Dash had a few cracks which is normal but didn't melt. *2008 Nissan Altima is used everyday and properly maintained seems strange to me daniel

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #74

Mar 152015


  • miles
I purchased a 2008 Nissan Altima in March 2015 and shortly after that I noticed the dashboard appeared to be melting.

- Kemp, TX, USA

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