Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.

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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,746 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Nissan Altima suspension problems

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #13

Oct 122015


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the contact heard a grinding noise. There were no warning indicators illuminated. Shortly after, the contact drove over a pothole, which flattened the driver's side tire. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The contact stated that after a spare was installed on the vehicle, the noise grew louder. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger side alloy wheel, rear driver side alloy wheel, LK2 engine cradle 2.5, both top control arms and knuckles needed to be replaced. The insurance company declared the vehicle destroyed. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Mariette, GA, USA

problem #12

Mar 152016

Altima 4-cyl

  • 210,000 miles
My 2009 Nissan Altima VIN number [xxx] has many safety issues that are not being reported with my VIN number. The struts, steering lock box{which I paid $900 to repair], ABS speed control sensor, engine oil coolant and most of all the cvt transmission have went out on my car and Nissan will not help me repair. So I am forced to attempt this last try before joining a class action law suit. I have only had the car 2 years and now I am out $9000 and the repairs are more than the car is worth. It would take too long to give detail about all the events so I pray someone at Nissan is decent enough to stand behind their product and make this right I am a single mom of three and ride less. I have contacted att. General [xxx] and BBB. My car is at [xxx] my number is [xxx] my name is [xxx] I have opened 5 cases and been denied. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #11

Jun 202016


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the struts on the front passenger and driver sides of the vehicle detached without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was not diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V358000 (suspension). The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #10

May 302016


  • miles


Steering lock 48700-9N00B went out no warranty Nissan dealership said. We did not get any information on this issue. All they have been doing is giving us the runaround said we could bring it in and it would cost us $1K dollars after parts and labor. This is there issue don't see how they are not responsible to fix the issue. They said there was a warranty on the transmission and the noise while we drive don't know if I will ever buy an Nissan again after not receiving any information on recalls.

- Portland, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 152016


  • 90 miles
Having issues with car not starting frequently it seems a recall should be completed. Also searing at times is an issue.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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problem #8

Oct 012015


  • miles
Takata recall. My 2009 Nissan Altima has suspension problem might be the struts not exactly sure what it could be. Reading the press release by nthsa explained that 2009-2010 Nissan Altima and maxima has suspension or struts recall that was built out of spec and explained the feel of drive and I experience the same exact feeling that was described in the press release. The car seems like it slides and seems shaky when exceeding a certain speed. I feel the shake and sliding when I drive on the freeway and at freeway speeds. Not sure how it happened just drove down the freeway one day and felt a lot of shaking. Brought it to a Nissan service center and a Firestone as well but they couldn't pin point the problem. It was alot of " it could be's " and " I think". so please help me out not sure what is going on with my daily driver.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 142015


  • 80,700 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the vehicle vibrated. The contact also stated that while attempting to brake, the vehicle would make an abnormal grinding noise. The contact stated that the failure had gotten progressively worse. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the struts on the vehicle had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,700.

- Tipton, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I haven't been happy since I had my car, which I purchased in 2012 with 45, 0000 miles at the time of purchase. I complained about so many things every other month I was going to get it checked. When you hit a bump you can here something loose underneath the front end of course I seemed like the only crazy one hearing the noise. Then when I took it back again I was told the sway bar arms need to be replaced when this was a problem when I first purchased the car they just ignored now my warranty is expired. The steering lock was one issue and I was told through the dealership that there was not a recall on my car. Until I contacted you guys I was told that there was a recall. Now when I drive the car at a certain speed it starts wining and slows down to 60 mph with the gas pedal to the floor I am furious because I was traveling on the interstate 4 different times going out of town and this happened. Someone could have ran into the back of me. I changed out the air filter thinking that may have been the problem but no it continued. Also sometimes the car wouldn't start I was told by Nissan I needed a new battery and I had it checked by someone else they said the battery was fine. The passenger sensor light stays on when an adult is sitting there. Now my sister 2013 Nissan Altima transmission is gone and she only had the car almost two years and we were complaining about the issue with the car going a certain speed and making noise. I went to Nissan and they told me my car can be put on the machine, but I would have to pay to have it checked. Too many people having the same problems with these cars.

- Pleasant Grove, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 052015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving at 55 mph, the front of the vehicle began to shake. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the front insulator, struts, bearings and cv boots needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V358000 (suspension) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 72,822 miles
Have had several issues with my 2009 Nissan Altima. I bought it November 2012. By February 2013, I replaced tires. Was sold a car with incorrect license plates that owed registration fees to dmv. I almost got towed and didn't know why. Between February and November 2013, I replaced brakes, another set of tires, third brake light twice, and battery. May 2014, took it to rogers & rogers dealership for an oil change. Maintenance other light and tires on. (car was bought with a flashing tire maintenance light on) mounts and struts were replaced and was advised to replace sensors. August 2014, car wouldn't start again. Steering lock unit needs to be replaced. It's not covered under extended warranty. Rear left window doesn't work either. Everything adds up to over $3000.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 222014


  • 35,684 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was a rattling noise coming from the front end of the vehicle without warning. On another occasion, the contact stated that the passenger's side coil spring failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the driver and passenger side coil springs needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,684 and the current mileage was 36,649. Updated 06/10/14

- Mckees Rocks , PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092012


  • 38,000 miles
After about 37000 miles I started to hear a "whirring" or kind of "roaring" noise while driving. I noticed the noise sped up and got a bit louder as I accelerated. I asked a mechanic to check the brakes and those were fine. At the next oil change, I asked the mechanic to ride in the car because the noise had gotten louder. They found one of the front wheel bearings to be worn out. I took the car to a dealer, because the wheel bearings are covered under the power-train warranty until 60000 miles. The dealer found both front wheel bearings "completely worn out" (per their notes on the work order). Wheel bearings should not be wearing out this early.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 122010


  • 2,400 miles
Strut insulators, part of suspension. This could cause strut insulators to creak.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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