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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2014 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 Altima, prompting us to give it our "beware of this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,950 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.

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2014 Nissan Altima brakes problems

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 102016

Altima

  • 39,851 miles

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

I parked the car on a slight incline, placed the shifter in park and stepped on the emergency brake. I exited the vehicle, left the driver door open. I opened the left rear door, removed my dog and closed the door. I looked up just in time as I was struck by the open front door of my car, knocked to the ground and it rolled over my leg. It rolled for approximately 30 feet and struck a tree.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #12

May 162016

Altima

  • 63,000 miles
Two complaints: One: The airbag warning light on the instrument panel intermittently and randomly comes on while driving. When taken to the dealer, they said the plug under the drivers seat was loose. They "fixed it". this problem has occurred 3 times since I bought the car new and is currently doing it again, but it is now out of warranty because of mileage and they are going to charge me to fix a problem that should never happen, yet has reoccurred regularly since new. Two: When depressing the brake pedal and near a complete stop, the pedal becomes "soft" for about a half second, the car stops decelerating for that half second then continues to stop normally, thereafter. Each time I mention this at a service interval at the dealer, they say they will look into it. Nothing is noted on my invoice and nothing is mentioned when the car is picked up. It is unsettling and it causes the car to stop several feet further than if this didn't happen.

- Rising Fawn, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 012016

Altima

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the brakes began to squeak and the vehicle was out of alignment. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches, locks, linkages). The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Casper, WY, USA

problem #10

Sep 012015

Altima

  • 55,210 miles

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

Right front brake hose (flex line) failed due to rubbing on the tire. Total loss of front brakes... root cause-- hose hold down came loose...

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 272015

Altima

  • 55,201 miles
Started my car backed out the driveway and my brake pedal went to the floor. I had no brakes at all. It was towed to a Nissan dealership on 8/27/2015 at 13:00. The dealer called me at 10:00 am on 8/28/2015 to inform me the bracket that holds the brake hose had "broke, fell off or rusted off" its a 2014. Its a year old. That is a huge safety concern to me. They did not have the car repaired until Monday 8/31/2015 14:09. Parts billed was 46206-2J00A spring lock bracket, 46211-3ta0A brake hose rear, 46237-A4600 gasket-brake ho, and 99mp-A4100P brake fluid. This repair was not covered and I paid for it and of course for 3 days of a rental car.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #8

Mar 122015

Altima

  • 8,696 miles
Brakes make a loud noise when pressed. Dealership replaced rotor brake, caliper assy - rear rh, w/O pads or shims, pad kit - disc br, brake fluid, hardware kit - rear disc brake pad.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 232014

Altima

  • 4,300 miles

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

The rear passenger side brakes were making grinding and squealing noises. The rear caliber on the car was stuck and was grinding away at the brake pads. The rotor and the brake pads on the car were ruined. What is upsetting about the situation is that the car has 4300 miles.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Shortly after purchasing my 2014 Nissan Altima my wife had pulled into our driveway and "pushed" the stop engine button while the shift lever was in drive and the engine shut off. The car immediately started to roll backwards out into the street into oncoming traffic. We were lucky it didn't cause a serious accident! this cars gear shift "does not" have to be in park in order to "push" the button that stops the engine it can be in drive and the engine will shut off and the car will start rolling if it is on a hill!. this is very dangerous because with-out the engine running you lose all your power steering and brakes! if this happened on a hill or steep mountain grade the car could roll over a cliff or out into oncoming traffic! I called Nissan about this malfunction many times and each time I was told "the car is operating as designed" please have them correct this problem asap before it causes an accident and someone is killed! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Deptford, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Shortly after purchasing my 2014 Nissan Altima my wife had pulled into our driveway and "pushed" the stop engine button while the shift lever was in drive and the engine shut off. The car immediately started to roll backwards out into the street into oncoming traffic. We were lucky it didn't cause a serious accident! this cars gear shift "does not" have to be in park in order to "push" the button that stops the engine it can be in drive and the engine will shut off and the car will start rolling if it is on a hill!. this is very dangerous because with-out the engine running you lose all your power steering and brakes! if this happened on a hill or steep mountain grade the car could roll over a cliff or out into oncoming traffic! I called Nissan about this malfunction many times and each time I was told "the car is operating as designed" please have them correct this problem asap before it causes an accident and someone is killed! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Deptford, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 012014

Altima

  • miles
I have noticed that if you apply the emergency brake with cruise control on, it does not cut out the cruise control. I have noticed this on trips up and down I-95 in a car with a hand emergency brake. I have had numerous knee operations and on long trips I tried to just pull the emergency brake on while holding the button in. I did this because of trouble with my knees. I noticed that although the car did slow enough for what I needed the cruise was still on when I took the brake off. I realized that if someone tried this in an emergency situation that the engine would try to accel and all sorts of bad things would happen. I tried this in every make car that my friends and I have. No one cuts out the cruise control under this situation. I know the cars systems know the brake is being applied because the like comes up on the dash. It would be 1 simple program change to include the cut out. I believe this to be an important issue. Please take steps to remedy this. I have emailed this to numerous auto makers. Thank you, I have a confirmation (ODI)#10585659 NHTSA and case#[xxx] NHTSA what do I have to do in order to get this looked at? I registered a complaint on 4-1-2014 and sent a letter to them. I haven't heard anything. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 252013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 8 miles

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

Purchased a brand new Nissan Altima 2014.the second day of ownership, at 8 miles, noticed a clunking/thumping sound as braking to full stop. This radiates underneath the vehicle and occurs a majority of the time when coming to a full stop. Also there is a strong gas sloshing sound from driver side rear. This happens when tank is half full to full. Returned to dealership the first time the first week of ownership and the department did not admit hearing the sounds until it was test driven with the owner. Returned two more times to the dealership with an Nissan engineer looking at it after many phone calls to Nissan. The sounds were heard by the engineer. Engineer stated that he would try to pack around the gas tank to reduce the noise. He did nothing. We also test drove two other 2014 Altima and a 2013 Altima and they all had the same noises!the car was ready by noon with nothing corrected. We have grave concerns with the braking system and gas tank. What is the immediate and long term effects of this clunking/thumping sound etc.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

May 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 7,180 miles
I stopped the car and believed I put it in park. I got out of the car--it did not move. I went to the rear passenger door and got my two year old out of her car seat. I placed her beside the car and shut the rear door. I walked around behind the car to the driver's door. I turned the car off like I always do. The car shut off--and suddenly without warning--began rapidly moving down my driveway. My baby was at the rear of the car and she usually follows me. I ran and had to jump in the moving car. The front left driver wheel nearly ran me over. I tried to gain control of this vehicle by desperately tried to stop it. I was rolling the speed of a skateboard released from the top of the driveway. The steering wheel had locked. I had to push hard on the brake. I stopped it and there were skidmarks on the asphalt. I stopped the car before it slammed into my neighbor's car. Had I not stopped it and risked personal injury there would have been a crash. I was scared to death to move and look. I thought my baby was dead. I thought the car had crushed her. My neighbor told me my daughter had been missed by inches. When I looked at the gearshift, it was in D. I have no idea how it shut off in drive. It almost killed my daughter, damaged personal property, and I am injured. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs: They stated that this happens "in all automatic cars." Which that is false. I called back to tell them I had friends and family with varying 2014 push button cars try and turn their cars off in D. none of them would turn off unless in park. What is someone was driving and accidentally hit the button on the freeway" loss of steering, brakes, control??" this is a fatal engineering problem. I know GM had a huge recall for similar. Nissan Consumer Affairs told me " there would be no recall" and that I should "be more careful."

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 182014

Altima

  • 9,100 miles
The driver in front of me suddenly stopped and when I applied hard pressure on the brakes they did not react quickly, causing the car to continue rolling and hit the car in front of me. This is the second time it happened - the first time being in early September. Both times the car was either stationary or barely moving and a hard brake didn't respond like it should. This is third Nissan I have had (07 Sentra, 99 Altima), and I have never had this problem and am familiar with the braking system.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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