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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,949 miles

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2012 Nissan Altima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2012 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 172015


  • 68,000 miles


On the above date, my vehicle was involved in an accident which after thorough assessment by the body shop and by the insurance company's field adjusters, was deemed a total loss. My vehicle's steering suddenly became very difficult due to the front wheels becoming seemingly locked and steering in the right direction was impossible. Steering wheel was extremely hard to turn as well. The airbags did not deploy either. Everything happened so fast. There was a loss of control which caused the vehicle to overturn or "flip". the vehicle was still upside down when passersby and law official arrived.this accident could have been avoided if we'd received prior notification. We know there were recalls for this year, make and model vehicle and those similar, however we were never notified by anyone of said recalls.this accident could have been fatal, that's how bad it the grace of god it wasn't.

- Gaston, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 182014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
My son was driving, lost control of the vehicle, the vehicle veered off of the road and hit a tree, went through a residential backyard fence and came to rest 3ft. Before an 8ft. Embankment into a creek. The airbags deployed and he had to be extricated from the vehicle. He suffered the following injuries: - 2 broken vertebra in his neck - broken clavicle - 4 broken ribs - collapsed lungs - laceration on his upper left arm.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 272014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 57,998 miles
While in operation climbing up and inclines this vehicle engine lose power to approx: 40 - 50 miles and hour, along with a whining in the transmission, also the front suspension appears to be shaking. Windows refuse to go up and down.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 072012


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while traveling at various speeds, the vehicle veered from left to right. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the technician stated that the suspension needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 74,331.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 212013

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,509 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the rear tires became worn. The contact took the vehicle to a local tire dealer to have the tires replaced. However, the tires could not be aligned correctly due to faulty calipers. The contacted stated that the vehicle would shake abnormally when driving at least 55 mph due to not having the wheel properly aligned. The failure mileage was 29,509. Updated 12/23/13

- Sarcoxie, MO, USA

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problem #3

Jun 042012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Headliner was made incorrect for all 2012 models and Nissan is aware and refuses to issue a recall. We have two of the same year Altima purchased on the same date. Also there is something wrong with the suspension still and when I turn to left it makes a popping sound. Went in to get oil changed and was told I had an oil leak that was going back into my engine and blew one of my cylinders and tore an O-ring so had to have that replaced. Also something wrong with rear defroster that required back windshield to be replaced. Horrible control issues when going over 50 mph. Also sunroof repaired several times due to repeatedly breaking on the track piece. This car as very poorly made and Nissan will not own up to their mistakes. Also breaks squeak non stop and grind and have since cars were purchased, Nissan informed us this was normal since they have metal break pads on the 2012 models. If I could give cars back I would in a heartbeat. Huge lemons on the 2012 hence the entire remake of the 2013's, they knew they messed up.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30,350 miles
I purchased a 2012 Nissan Altima. While driving 35-40 mph the car began rattling, noise, bing like and vibration. When I reached the speed of 60mph, it began to shake and jerk. It's really hard to explain what it feels like, but I know it's not normal, I took it to the dealership, they said the front tires need rotated. The tires were rotated and the problem still exist. This car was a certified/used purchase on Feb. 5,2013.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 102012


  • 736 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph he heard a rattling noise and vibration. The contact was notified of a recall for NHTSA campaign id number: 11V371000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 736.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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