really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,162 miles

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2004 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2004 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Sep 192012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 53,416 miles


I was driving at 35 mph and the engine shut off, the brake light came on, although the hand brake was not activated. The car would not steer or the foot brake would not work without a lot of pressure. Once I got stopped and put the car in park it started right up. I have noticed hesitation at times like it was going to shut off. The car has 3/4 tank of gas and has been serviced regularly. This is the third time it has shut off at low speed.

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 072011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
First of all I noticed on 06/07/11 that my 2004 Nissan altima3.5 SE passenger floor board has a big rust spot which is about 11 inches by 7 inches, but the rest of the floor board is in pristine condition. Huh. Also the timing tension chain tensioner went bad on 05/01/12, with 86000 miles and had to be repaired which was a very expensive to repair, and saw that this is a common problem on the Altima 3.5 L engine. Hmmmm. And then, the car kept on stalling out going down the road, was told it was the cam shaft sensors, and had to have them replaced, now my service engine light will not go off, but engine is running good now. I bought a new 2012 Altima 3.5 sl back in December 2011, kept the 04 Altima, most of these problems happened five months after buying the 2012 don't think.

- Lovespark, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012


  • 10,000 miles
Nissan Altima just died on the highway without warning. The vehicle was rear ended and we had to be taken to the hospital. We both sustained multiple surgeries and was admitted for about a week. Called nissanusa to inform them, but they don't care. There were suppose to get back to us and nobody did. Very disappointed in Nissan. They are crap cars!!!

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011


  • 91,524 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving at various speeds. The vehicle would not immediately restart on some occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the cam shaft positions sensors needed to be replaced. Both the dealer and manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 91,524.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

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