really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,714 miles

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2000 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2000 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 102016


  • 10 miles


Gauges shut off, freeze, and advance while in motion, confusing the drivers. Causing unknown speed, gas, temperature, and others metering. This is happening since I bought the car. Sometime work fine. Most of the time gages are down.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 062013


  • 160,000 miles
I just bought a 200 Nissan Altima. I was driving to hilton head and 2 hours into the trip the cruise control went off and then the air bag light came on. I kept giving it gas and it just started slowing down. We got hit from behind and spun around. I broke my nose and my girlfriend broke her hip in 3 places.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #14

Dec 112011


  • 178,000 miles
While going 75mph on cruise control all of a sudden all the gauges (RPM, mph, fuel, engine temp) dropped down to zero. Only the cruise control lights remained on. All while a combination of #'s and letters came up on the odometer (even the odometer went blank). It was a shock and I did not know how to react to this. My first reaction was to turn off the cruise control via the buttons on the steering wheel, as soon as I did it this caused all the gauges to come back to life including the odometer. Very weird issue.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #13

May 212010


  • 170,000 miles


The fuel level is not accurate. It first started doing this telling me I had a 1/4 tank left, when I ran out of gas in the middle of an interstate. I then put gas in it and sure enough that's what it was. Ever since then the car never gives accurate readings, I can fill all the way up and it will only show that it is 3/4 full or such but never is precise. This can be a very big issue for someone that does not have a gas station nearby like it happened to me.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

Feb 012011


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the gauges in the instrument panel would fail intermittently. Also, whenever the gauges did work, the vehicle would lose power abnormally. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #11

Jun 172010


  • 115,000 miles
While driving the dashboard goes out completely. You can not tell how fast you're going or what the RPM is or anything, including the gas gauge. When this happens, sometimes the car begins to lose power as if the gas pedal isn't working and then all of a sudden it comes back and you get propelled forward. This happens very frequently and I'm afraid that I am going to get a speeding ticket one day because there is no way for me to tell how fast I am going when the dashboard goes dead and even worse I'm afraid I'm either going to lose speed and get rear-ended or gain speed and be propelled into the vehicle in front of me. I have researched this, and this is a very common problem with this year, make, and model vehicle. In all the other complaints that I have found online, they all go to the mechanics and they can not figure out the problem. I believe this is a vehicle defect and the electrical unit on the dashboard needs to be recalled and fixed before someone gets injured or killed due to this malfunction. Also, this electrical issue causes the service engine light to turn on and gives a misread when you take it in to be diagnosed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 012007


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 60 mph, all the gauges except the fuel gauges stopped functioning; they displayed the last reading they indicated before the failure. Approximately five minutes later, all of the gauges dropped to a reading of 0 except the fuel gauges. The contact stated that after shutting the vehicle off for a few hours, the gauges began to function properly again. The failure continued intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop but the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The last time the failure occurred, the fuel gauge also malfunctioned. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000 and the current mileage was approximately 182,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #9

Jul 202008


  • miles
The dashboard display on my 2000 Nissan Altima gxe freezes intermittently. The odometer goes blank and the tachometer, speedometer, heat sensors, etc either freeze in place or drop to zero. There has been no damage, but the shop cannot seem to diagnose the issue.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #8

May 122007


  • 85,412 miles
The gauges all go dead in the dash on my 2000 Nissan Altima. This is really very scary as I have really no idea how fast I'm going and just try and go with the flow of traffic when this happens. Living in a very busy city and taking the expressway when necessary poses a threat to myself and other drivers. I have had to pull over and let the car cool and then complete my trip so as to have working gauges. No Nissan dealer or mechanic has been able to offer a solution to the problem and based on my research this seems to be a widespread issue with Nissan. Also, the O2 sensors and the gaskets are bad on this car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 032008


  • 96,000 miles
My car stalls while driving. It sputters, meaning I will have my foot on the gas, the rpms will drop to 500, then with my foot off the gas the rpms jump all the way to 2500! this sudden acceleration can plow me right into a car, pole, busy intersection, etc. It happens often. It has happened to me while driving on the freeway at 60 mph, and on local streets at 25 mph. This is very dangerous! if the car suddenly loses acceleration and my foot is still on the gas, the guy behind me is going to hit me. And when the car accelerates on its own all of a sudden, im going to rear end the guy in front of me. This is horrible!

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Sep 062005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


My 20000 Nissan Altima speedometer, odometer, tachometer and temp gauge all will quit working simultaneously while driving leaving me with no way to know if I am driving at a safe, legal speed. After diagnostic tests the speed sensor was replaced which did not fix the problem. I am afraid this will cause a wreck and after visiting several auto forums online have found this is a common problem with this make of car.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 302005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on I880 at the speed of 65 mph, the car completely shut down and spun in the middle of the road without any reason or warning. The shut down was instantaneous and included the electrical system. Once the car came to a halt, I was able to put the gear in "park" and restart it. The car then continued to function normally.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 042004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The instrument panel/gauges would intermittently go out while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer was unable to locate the problem.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 202003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
First, my altinator died at 37000 miles, and the dealer replaced it with a re-ferbished one. This was last summer, and now my car is just not starting at all sometimes. Also, one dealer said that my motor mounts were broken, and a different dealer said nothing about the motor mounts. I take the car in for it's inspections, and have not been in any kind of an accident. Because my warrenty is expired, I have to take care of it all out of pocket. This is the worst car I have ever bought!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 152003

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My odometer, heat gauge, rmp, and gas gauge goes out while driving and Nissan headquarters will do nothing about. There also has been other cases reported to Nissan.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005


  • miles
Heat dispay, speedometer/odometer/RPM meter fade out intermittently.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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