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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,800 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 272009


  • 103,000 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 and in Nov of 2009 there was a recall on this car due to a ECM reprogram(crankshaft position sensor code R0712).on June 27 I was driving my car and when I went to turn the corner at 10mph the car shut off, it restarted back up rite away so I thought nothing of it.however the next day it happened again and it didn't restart right away.on Monday June 29th I called Nissan and made an appointment.I took my car in to Nissan of hayward ca on June 30th at 8:30am described the problem, the guy told me that my car was not affected in the recall(which I knew was untrue) but that there was a upgrade that had to be done on the cars computer but that it mite not fix the problem, because he thought it could be the crank shaft position sensor.after the reprogramming was complete I was informed that there were no other codes that came up and that reprogramming the ECM fixed the problem and that everything should be ok.unfortunately I was driving my husband to work and soon as we were taking off from the light the car shut off again and did not restart for 10 minutes.Nissan reprogrammed the computer in my car and probably in many other 2005 Nissan Altima's however just like in my case reprogramming theses computers isn't enough because obviously it doesn't solve the problem. I was sold a defective car and I feel like Nissan should take more concern and responsibility than just reprogramming the computer when it clearly isn't fixing the very dangerous problem that these vehicles impose. This is a serious problem to my family and others as my car is just shutting down without warning. Something needs to be done on behalf of Nissan to ensure that this problem is assisted in the proper manner.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042009


  • 125,000 miles
I purchased 2005 Nissan Altima used from long-lewis Ford in birmingham, al in 2006. In the fall of 2008 I was turning left onto a main hwy and my car died in the middle of the road causing another car to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting me. At the time I was 5 months pregnant with my 7 year old in the back. I had the car looked at and was told that it was the crank shaft sensor (I was not aware of a recall at the time). I replaced it and the car ran fine until April 4, 2009. On this day, I went to get in my car and it would not crank. I arrange for a tow the next day and just before they got there I asked my brother to try and crank it and it cranked right up. I had the car checked again and was told it was the camshaft position sensor this time. I was also informed of the recall on the crankshaft sensor. I called Nissan to check on the recall and was told my car was not affected. Well, evidently it is!!! I also did a search online and was surprised to find the thousands of other people with the same problems!!! they were also told after many expensive trips to the dealer that their car was not involved in the recall. I think there is a huge problem with the sensor recall. This is a problem that needs to be solved before someone gets killed. I can't afford to pay for this problem over and over again!!! thank you for your time and attention to the matter. Samantha ridley

- Gardendale, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle stopped running. The check engine warning indicator immediately illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained lit until the engine was turned off. After several attempts, the engine restarted. The vehicle hesitated excessively when accelerating. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the crankshaft sensor and electronic control module failed. The technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact was advised to have the crankshaft senor repaired prior to the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was displeased to learn that the crankshaft sensor defect was not included in the recall remedy. The failure mileage was 74,000 and current mileage was 74,400.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 142008


  • 67,000 miles
I rec'd letter stating 05 Nissan Altima are being recalled. I took vehicle in to dealership (North Texas Nissan in corinth, tx). They fixed it and stated everything was okay. Couple days later car just cut off on me at redlight and while I was driving. Check engine light came on took it back to dealership they said they couldn't help me and to make an appt. And bring in Monday. I did, came in at 9 am, service advisor told me it would cost $98 for diagnostic test. It came back stating it was crank and cam shaft sensor. Nissan Corp. Want pay for it; stating our vehicle wasn't the VIN #S that were recalled. So we have to pay for the sensors. I will never but another Nissan again. Nissan Corp weren't apologetic, couldn't ans. My questions. Something needs to be done this.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 282008


  • 100,000 miles
Check engine light will come on and cause the car to stall as well as cut off and will have a hard time restarting. The ride becomes very rough and the car is noisy. I was told that this problem is common with Nissan and that Nissan is aware of the engine failures and excessive oil consumption.

- Katy, TX, USA

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