Notes: The 2005 Nissan Altima has two fairly significant problems with the floor pan rusting through & motor mounts breaking.

Altima owners report that up to a basketball-size hole develops under the floor mats where the floor pan metal rusts through. Average repair cost is over $1,000.

The broken motor mounts are less of a problem - they break at ~75,000 miles average & it's $400 to fix. Still, motor mounts should not break!


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
116,861 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace door handle (11 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. nissan replaced door handle (2 reports)
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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 072017

Altima LS 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,265 miles


This is my wife's car & I ended up fixing it myself. Another door handle broke last week & 2 broke last year. this one is the RR passenger side & others were the DS & FP. There are great videos on You Tube that will walk you through the process of installation if you have a bit of mechanical ability. After market handles can be bought probably averaging $20.00 online. Caution, the DS handle is a real pain with the little rods & tight working conditions. All the replacements are black & if you want to avoid all the crap about matching paint colors buy the chrome covers that are available for around $25 $30 for all of the doors. Easy to apply, they stick on & cover all the door handle, dresses up the car a bit with the chrome accent. All the parts can be found on, you guessed it, Amazon when you run a search

Enough Bitchin', now some great advice, BUY A TOYOTA if you want a class company. they replaced the entire dash cover on a recall in 2013, yep, just sent the notice to take my 8 YO vehicle to a dealer to have it replaced at NO COST, dealer service man told me it cost around $1600 per vehicle. Toyota also did this on 3 other issues calling them warranty enhancements, the last one was this year on the same but now 12 YO TOYOTA vehicle. I'll rant more about the crappy Nissan AC systems failing on the 2005 Nissan car plus my daughter's 2008 Altima on another complaint.

- , Brandon, US

problem #15

Aug 062016

Altima ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

I'm really unhappy about all those door handles popping off the 2005 Nissan. How do you get in the car. Open the door on one side and climb over the seat. I'm to old for this ???? The recall needs to be sent out. The handles started falling off 3 years ago. Last one fell off last month 1/ 2017.

- , San Lorenzo, US

problem #14

Dec 272016

Altima ES 3,2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

This is awful. This is the second door handle to break. I am not a kid, I am 65 yrs old and do not mistreat my vehicle. I am done with Nissan!

- , Kodak, TN, USA

problem #13

Aug 182015

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


All my door handles broke. Can you believe all of them broken. Had to order in from the dealer and have them put on. I also notice my friend that has the same car has two broken. I just shook my head and told my self it a defect.

- , Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 172015

Altima 4S 2.5L S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,300 miles

I have been a Nissan owner since high school. This is the only make car that I have ever driven but that is about to change due to a recent issue with the driver’s door handle on my 2005 Altima. I was in the garage and opening the door when the handle broke in half. Shortly after that I noticed that there were other similar model cars in town with the same problem. I also researched on the internet and find that this problem is becoming more frequent with these cars.

I also found that there have been some customers that have had their handles replaced for free. I feel that what is done for one should be done for another. Customer service did not come to the same conclusion. I feel that I have been treated unfairly and asked for another consideration to fix this handle. Customer service said that the handle is under warranty for only three years. Well, I find that interesting as these handles generally don’t break until five years. There are plenty of different model and make cars older than mine in the parking lots and in the junk yard with working handles. I cannot believe they won’t stand behind such a glaring design defect in their vehicles. It is highly inconvenient and not safe to not be able to enter your car quickly.

- , Timmonsville, SC, USA

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problem #11

Dec 222014

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Second door handle to break off, nearly the same way as the first. Cold outside, no unusual strain or effort being exerted on the handle. Just POP!

- , Westfield, IN, USA

problem #10

Jan 102016

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


Third time I've had a door handle snap off in the cold. Has happened in each of the last 3 winters. Rear passenger 2 years ago, front passenger last year, front driver this year. No significant effort being exerted on the handles. It just happens to be cold (around 20 degrees or below). Handles snap almost the same way each time. I can still use a finger to lift one edge of the handle, but paying $200-300 to replace handles is NOT cool.

- , Westfield, IN, USA

problem #9

Feb 032014

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

First door handle to break off (have had 3 now in each of last 3 winters). No unusual force. Only cold air. Had this one replaced for $200-$300.

- , Westfield, IN, USA

problem #8

Jan 112015

Altima E V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

Things went from bad to terrible, this is the 2nd handle that got broke while opening the door. Can't believe Nissan sold such low quality cheap handles. I mean 50 year old cars still have their handles.

- , Columbus, USA

problem #7

Sep 072015

Altima SE-R 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,800 miles

This is the second door handle that has broken off of my car. The first one was a couple of years ago, same thing happened. It snapped off when attempting to open the door while it was locked, NO EXCESSIVE force was used.

- , Deland, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102013

Altima SE-R 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,168 miles


2 Down and 2 left to snap off, awesome. It wouldn't be so bad if you could buy the door handle already painted for the same price they are unpainted. PLASTIC door handles, REALLY???

- , Deland, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 132014

Altima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles

I have had 3 doors handles all break within 2 months. At first I thought someone is messing with my car. Then I go to a body shop and they tell me that this is a common thing to happen on the Nissan's. If this is the case they definitely need to do a recall on these plastic cheap door handles. It's going to cost around $300 bucks to repair. I feel Nissan should be sending me a check to get this fixed. Even though I have one door handle left on the passenger side, I feel that I may go ahead and have that fixed as well cause I know it's coming. SMH...

- , Waxhaw, NC, US

problem #4

Dec 302014

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Again another door handle broke off while trying to open a locked door. Not much pressure was exerted on the handle. My best guess is the handle is made of cheap plastic.

- , Waycross, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 072013

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

Just disappointed in the handle on the car being plastic .. Nissan should know better.

- , Laurel, MS, USA

problem #2

Dec 152012

Altima 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles

Within 1 week both front door handles just snapped off in my hand. I wasn't using a great amount of force, just opening like normal. I have since seen over a dozen Altima's with the same problem. This has to be some sort of defect. It sucks trying to get the doors open without breaking a nail, not to mention a little embarrassing at times.

- , Willis, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Altima 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,242 miles

I am down 3 door handles just napping off- it is a 2005 Nissan and I was told by the service department that the handles are plastic and after 5 years they get brittle and snap off- not a defect and i would cost me $200 door to repair. I am able to slip my finger under the latch to open the door and will have to deal with it as I cannot afford to fix it. I will never buy another Nissan as they do not own up to their defects in manufacturing the car.

- , Melbourne, FL, US

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