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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2009-2010 Nissan Altima appears to have a defect where it occasionally refuses to start. We know the feeling, but it's just not acceptable in a car.

For the fix, Nissan dealers enjoy replacing the steering lock control unit for $800. Stranded Nissan owners have found that banging like hell on the steering lock unit at the base of the steering column will do the trick. Yes, the same unit that apparently has $800 worth of electronics.

How far do you have to drive to experience this? The average mileage at failure is just over 55,000 very short miles.

More info & videos are available over at NissanProblems.com.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
51,950 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
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2010 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 192012

Altima 2.5S V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles


In the past three months I have had to jump my car TWICE. It is a 2010, this should not be occurring. The battery has been checked on both occasions and it was fine and did not need to be replaced. I believe there is something wrong with the push button electrical start system which needs to be looked into.

- , Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #1

Apr 022013

Altima SL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,400 miles

When I turn off the ignition and leave the car, it will be dead when I I return for no apparent reason.

- , Danville, VA, USA

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