hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,772 miles

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2004 Nissan Altima transmission problems

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2004 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 042011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 87,433 miles


Car was back to dealer about 16 months ago for recall ntb06-051A. At that time crank angle sensor was replaced and ECM was reprogrammed. This month August 2011 same symptoms bucking hard to start stalling. Taken to and independent shop and confirmed another crank sensor failure.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #9

Mar 042009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the transmission began slipping gears with hesitation and jerking intermittently. The failure progressed whenever the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the failure was related to the transmission and recommended the vehicle be diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a transmission flush. The failure continued and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for a second time, where they stated the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 202008


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan maxima. While driving 20 mph, the transmission intermittently slipped out of gear. Gear slippage has increased the risk of a vehicle crash. A local mechanic flushed the transmission; however, after the repair the vehicle unintentionally accelerated. No repairs have remedied the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 93,000. The current mileage was 104,000.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #7

May 082007

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. Intermittently, when shifting from first to second gear and vice versa, there is a hard jerk. It feels as if the front end of the vehicle is going to drop. The failure occurs once the vehicle has warmed up, especially in warm weather when the contact brings the vehicle to a stop. The dealer first suggested that a transmission flush was needed, but later stated that a brand new transmission was needed because the current one was failing. The VIN, purchase date, and engine size were unknown. The current mileage was 82,000 and failure mileage was 65,000.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 152007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,520 miles
Nissan Altima 2004. Has around 91,000 miles. Transmission jerk a little, like it was jumping into gear. Car shut off with no warning while going down a hill. I was able to put the car in neutral while coasting and restart the car. Three days later the engine shuts off again. The vehicle was at a light. This time it took several tries to start the vehicle. At a busy intersection it stopped again the same day but was able to restart. I took the car to a dealership (car is in germany due to military). They told me they would call me back. I have not received a call. I called Nissan North America and I was told that the car falls under 2 recalls. Both the valve screws and the sensor. I may end up having to pay for it all even though nna says they "should" handle it here.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #5

Sep 062006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,700 miles
Altima kept dying at random times and places. Engine would shut off while the car was in motion as the engine light would come on. Dealer traced problem to a bad sensor. Cam and crank sensors replaced and so far this has fixed the problem. $$$.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 052005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70 miles


I rented vehicle for the weekend and used it for 1 day. I drove it down state to champaign 250 miles and made a stop. When I got back in the car and started it up, it hesitated to change gears but did, so I turned and drove the car home to Chicago. The weather temperature was very fridget outside. When I got to Chicago the vehicle stopped I could start it up but it would go into gear. The engine sounded very fine there was nothing else noticeable, no loud noises in the car. I called enterprise aaa towed the car to the enterprise rental place. I rented a smoke color vehicle. My insurance company said that he is charging me $5,000 for a brand new transmission for a 2005 Nissan and for a serpentine belt and a oil change. The vehicle has already been repaired. I have not been given any information on anything or its whereabouts.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 212005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The automatic transmission failed while driving. It began to leak and smoke. The current mileage is 39,400 miles. There were no lights that came on prior to the failure. This occurred on September 21, 2005. This was the ninth time that the vehicle has been in the shop for various problems, transmission, fuel pump, and axle. This is the second transmission in the vehicle this new transmission has only about 5000 miles. The car has been in the shop for the transmission five times.

- Barbourville, KY, USA

problem #2

Feb 102005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Model: 2004 Altima-4 cylinder-auto problem: Problem: All of a sudden, car won't drive forward, pressing gas pedal do nothing. The car ignition had to be turned off and then turned on to solve the problem. The problem happens without warning. Very dangerous while driving in a busy road, accident will happen.

- Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving automatic transmission didn't shift properly from first to second gear. Dealer inspected vehicle several times, and could not duplicate or correct the problem. However, a technician indicated that transmission was leaking fluid.

- Conyers, GA, USA

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