hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,988 miles

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2001 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2001 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 182014


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After waiting a few moments, the vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred five times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to locate the failure. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic, who informed that the failure was contributed to the crank shaft sensor. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 182014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 137,086 miles
I was driving from work when I heard a cranking/squealing sound coming from the rear passenger side, I stopped and checked could not find anything, but noticed that anytime I stepped on the brakes/make a turn the sound will come on, took it to a mechanic who told me it was the motor mount and also that the brakes were been affected and I could not drive more than a certain mile on the highway. Also the engine light keeps coming on my dashboard, after several repairs to whatever the problem was, it's still on, now no one can tell if it is related to the issue car had or not, the headlights on the car hardly come on properly, even if I put them on full light, it's still looks dim and I can see with them at night when am driving, the heat suddenly comes on even without turning it on, am really scared now cause I don't want to get in an accident. Nissan needs to do something about all this complaints especially with such high recalls.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013


  • 130,000 miles
Car is idling rough and will stall at lights or anytime stopped while in gear. Has almost caused me to be rear ended on many occasions because it will idle then stall.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #2

May 062013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 102,855 miles
While stopped at a traffic signal the engines RPM would fall below 500 and at times would stall the engine making me vulnerable to a collision. It got so bad my daughter would not drive the vehicle. I took the car to several mechanics over the course of a year and no one could fix the problem tune ups and such did not fix the problem, I spent hundreds of dollars trying to eliminate the problem to no avail. I finally took it to a mechanic with a smoke machine and he found the intake manifold had a leak and that was the problem cost $850 plus tax. I researched intake manifold vacuum leak on the 2001 Nissan Altima and found that there were hundreds of Nissan owners with the same vacuum leak! several of the Nissan owners had to make the repair more than once, some people spent hundreds of dollars on various fixes that did not work, I was told by one mechanic that it was the catalytic converter luckily I did not go for it. I believe it is a safety defect because when the car stalls in the middle of the road unexpectedly it leaves you wide open for a crash or worse!! I think Nissan, North America should be responsible for the repair, it seems to be a defective intake manifold gasket or poor engine design which cause's the gasket to fail- it may also be too close to a heat source (the exhaust manifold) causing the gasket to fail. I think it is unfair to the consumer to pay for this repair because it happens to so many Nissan's.

- Great Neck, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 052010

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an unrelated repair when the technician advised the contact that both motor mounts were defective. The vehicle was repaired. The motor mounts were replaced three times on separate occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 11/27/12

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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