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.

1.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles

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2009 Nissan Altima exhaust system problems

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 152015

Altima

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 55 mph, there was a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that there was an abnormal smell inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intake manifold needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Port Gibson, MS, USA

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