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2009 Nissan Altima
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: You don't want to get 2009 and 2010 Altima owners started about their cars. That is, unless, you know how to start their cars.
These vehicles can suddenly become impossible to start thanks to a faulty electronic steering column lock (ESCL). Nissan dealers will gladly replace it, but that will run you $1000.
It's one of the many reasons this car was named CarTalk's Turd of the Week and given our Beware of this Clunker badge. Two dubious honors.
More info & videos are available over at NissanProblems.com.
Worst 2009 Altima Problems by Category
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- steering problems423NHTSA complaints: 706
- transmission problems44NHTSA complaints: 3
- interior accessories problems25NHTSA complaints: 13
- electrical problems23NHTSA complaints: 393
- engine problems17NHTSA complaints: 111
- AC / heater problems9
- brakes problems8NHTSA complaints: 58
- body / paint problems6NHTSA complaints: 64
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 16
- exhaust system problems4NHTSA complaints: 2
- exterior accessories problems3NHTSA complaints: 31
- seat belts / air bags problems3NHTSA complaints: 55
- wheels / hubs problems3NHTSA complaints: 20
- windows / windshield problems3NHTSA complaints: 4
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 85
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 39
- lights problemsNHTSA: 8
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 4
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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