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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,445 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Aug 012014


  • miles


Vehicle briefly shut down while driving beginning 2014, like a hick-up, interruption of power. However it would continue. No real problems at first. Then, began to completely power off, difficult to restart and I'd lose auto transmission function and have to manually shift which bucked every gear. Park it for a while, restart and it'd drive just fine until the engine was warm then it'd power off...all over again.. mechanic stated it was the tcm. Replaced it, service engine light went off, seemed fine. Now it's stalling and same issues with tranny. Now pulling a camshaft sensor code. Ugh! I bought this car used in 2014 and it's only been drivable for 3 months. The biggest pain in my [xxx]. should've bought a horse instead. Nissan you manufacture [xxx]poor products knowingly and hide!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #49

Jun 052007


  • 90,000 miles
An existing recall on this vehicle should include the 3.5L engine as well as camshaft/crankshaft and tcm. All cause similar life-threatening symptoms while driving the vehicle suddenly powers completely off briefly losing all power to lights etc, decelerate rapidly and you lose steering control and speed control. Vehicles come up on you quickly at night and even if you get the vehicle restarted you have no power in transmission and merely limp on at an idle speed. Very very dangerous. Why it wasn't included in the original 2007 recall is Nissan trying to save a buck. They used the same mfg & same parts as in the 2.5L. They knowingly withheld it from being included. I also contacted them about the tcm. Keep in mind the were biting their nails after being presented with a class action suite regarding the defective tcm. Luckily for them it was dismissed temporarily. But they never mentioned any similar complaints when they responded to me and never offered any resolution to the problem.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #48

Apr 122015


  • 115,000 miles
Takata recall. I bought my car exactly 11 months ago on February 2015. I first noticed when I bought my car that it jerked when putting it in drive and reverse, I talked to the dealership and the salesman convinced me it is nothing. It got worse over time. I finally took the car to a transmission shop who said motor mounts need replacing. I then found a Nissan thread about the defective transmission and automatically was able to see that my car is doing 90% of the issues listed. It now jerks when I put in drive, reverse, when I'm coming to a stop, when I push the break, and when I exceed more then 60 mph it jerks. After reading tons of threads about this problem it seems to be very common amongst the Nissan Altima 05S. I am scared my transmission will go out and I don't know what to do, I was told this problem was nothing but now it definitely seems like an issue that Nissan judged pushed under the rug and kept telling me was nothing.

- Apple Springs, TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 032015


  • 125,000 miles


Last year, I noticed my service engine light had appeared. I had the code checked and it was the crank shaft sensor. I had this part replaced and it drove fine for a while. About two months ago, this light came back on and the sensor had gone bad again. This causes my car so drive very sluggish and go dead when driving at a low rate of speed. I did some research and saw where Nissan had a recall campaign for this part on the same year/make/model of my car. I contacted them and they said my car wasn't covered under their recall and they refuse to help me. This is the 2nd time this has gone bad. I think my car should be covered as well. They told me to report this issue to NHTSA.

- Sterrett, AL, USA

problem #46

Jun 112015


  • 127,695 miles
The car had been shifting erratically for a while now and, though the transmission has been regularly service it now has failed. It began banging into gear when trying to put it into forward or will not go into filth gear and Nissan is aware of the problem with most of these transmission they have not voluntarily re-called them. There needs to be intervention via the government & a class action suit that will actually go forward as it seems like the last one was voluntarily dis-banned. It makes me wonder if the initiators were paid off.

- Shelby, NC, USA

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problem #45

Jun 172014


  • 50,167 miles
My transmission slips and sometimes clunking noise when it shifts at low speed.

- Hollis, NY, USA

problem #44

May 142015


  • 99,992 miles


Car shuddered and RPM dropped and then came back up to current RPM level. Came to stop light and vehicle was then put into limp mode. Would not accelerate and RPM's would not go over 2000. Pulled over and turned car off. Restarted car and began to try and drive it again. Service engine light came on and vehicle would not shift gears. Tried to manually shift the automatic trans and it would hit hard upon gear shifts but was able to make it home the remaining few miles.. brought vehicle in to a mechanics shop the next morning and the codes indicate cam position sensor failures. I see numerous complaints and a recall for this under R2022 but of course my vehicle is not listed. This appears to be a common problem and all vehicles should be included in this recall as it is completely dangerous issue that comes out of nowhere while driving the vehicle. I am waiting for the vehicle to be repaired to see if the problem is completely resolved at my expense. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #43

Sep 142014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 93,567 miles
The clutch will go to the floor. It will happen whenever it wants to. Then it will go back to normal. It happens when you start it or in the middle of driving. No warning signs. It just happens.

- Vandenberg Afb, AA, USA

problem #42

Aug 012013


  • 49,875 miles
1. precat failure which led to needing of a complete long block replacement. @ 49875 miles 2. clutch pedal assembly caused premature clutch failure and replacement of manual transmission.@ 94571 miles 3. passenger side floor has completely rotted thru!!!! @ 100000 miles, this cuts the cake! car is junk!

- Lonaconing, MD, USA

problem #41

Mar 242015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I was backing into a space in a garage and the car just speed backwards on its own at high speed. The car was totaled. This is the second time this happened where the car seemed to go on its own. Last year it went forward and I could not stop it right away. This happened in the same garage. Luckily it finally stopped and I did not hit another car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #40

Mar 202015

Altima 6-cyl

  • 111,503 miles


Went to go start the car, pushed in clutch as normal, started fine, but when I went to go put the car in gear, it wouldn't go. I lifted the clutch and it was stuck on the floor. I had to manually lift it up with my hand. When I started it again it was fine. Then when I am driving it does not go up all the way it drops about 2 inches and stays which grinds the clutch and causes premature wear!

- Sycamore, IL, USA

problem #39

Sep 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Car starts and stalls/engine light on. Was told it is the crank and cam sensor as well as the transmission input speed sensor. We noticed this is a big issue and many cars have been recalled for this issue but not all, including ours. If this is such a major issue why are only some being repaired by dealer. Is there anything we can do to get the dealer to repair it. This is my father's car but it is my information below. He doesn't speak english. Thank you very much. Updated 4/13/2015

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #38

Dec 112014


  • 134,000 miles
While driving my 2005 Nissan Altima, it appears to have shifting issues that are known to Nissan. Nissan needs to step up to the plate and stand by their product. Hard shift from 1st to 2nd at initial start up. Also have shifting issues from 3rd to 4th. The shifting from 3/4 is when vehicle is at operating temps. There is a very hard shift and delay in shift. I have called several dealers, and all claim not to have any recalls or bulletins, or deny hearing of any shifting issues. Very poor customer service. Going into 4th from 3rd, vehicle seems to have a delay and stalls, unit revs, and finally kicks into gear.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #37

Jan 102005

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
I purchased my 2005 Altima 2.5 S December 2004 and within a couple of weeks I had taken it in to the dealer that I purchased it from for a clunking noise coming front the engine area and a feeling under my feet like someone was under my car striking it with a hammer, this occurs at take off, shifting gears and coming to a stop (still down shifting), I also felt as if the transmission shifted very rough for a new car, it just really always felt like my motor was about to drop on the ground. The dealership service advisor came out to me and said that the mechanic said he could not get the car to repeat it so it should be fine. As I drove away it happened again, I was heated and called the dealer when I got home, they made me another appt. And this repeated again and again and again and again, never being repaired. Now after hitting 100K my car is great except for this darn clunking, so I researched the internet and it seems to be a common issue, engine mounts broken, mainly passenger side. So I ordered parts and had them all replaced and sure enough, I am amazed I didn't loose my motor the passenger one was almost like nothing was there, obviously this is a part that has been broken for a really long time. With so many complaints and known issues, why has this not become a recall?

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #36

Jun 232014


  • miles
My 2005 Nissan maxima bought used didn't even have it for six months transmission failed. When ever it is driven for 15 or so minutes it wont shift gears and when coming to a stop it feels like someone slammed into me from behind. I feel very unsafe in this vehicle. I noticed that this is a common problem with this make and model. What is going to be done about this?

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #35

Aug 062014


  • miles
Trying to leave for work one morning and my car stops at a traffic light. I put my car in park and try to turn it on, and it does but as I start speeding up it turns off again (at the intersection) and now the check engine service light comes on. It almost caused the car behind me to rear end me but he swerved to avoid an accident. I found out it was a faulty crankshaft from the mechanic and told me to call the dealership because he thought there was a recall. L called the dealership and they said there was a recall but not on my car (different year), instead they said they could change the part for $350 with labor. So I could have seriously injured someone or vise versa and it's not their fault? I'm am so upset about how they are not at fault for making parts that don't work and at the end they aren't liable...updated 09-24-14

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 082014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My wife was driving the car at 25 mph and the car lost all speed as if the brakes were implied and almost caused a three car pile up. Now the car is stuck in 5th gear. I am really worried because my 2 year old daughter was in the car at the time. I have done research online and this is a major problem.

- Travis Afb, CA, USA

problem #33

Nov 182009

Altima 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
This issue has actually happened several times since I've had the car. The issue is with the clutch pedal bracket assembly and the clutch master cylinder in the 3.5 SE-R model of the car. The clutch pedal bracket since 2009 when I bought the car has broken 8 times. The clutch master cylinder has needed replacing 5 times. The most recent incident (May 2014) the master cylinder failed 2 months after getting it fixed and then again 3 days later after that. The last 2 times, it was replaced by the dealership, and when it failed I was in heavy traffic on the highway. When it fails it's impossible to put the car into gear. Honestly, I'm actually surprised I wasn't killed in traffic.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #32

May 062011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 65,498 miles
Premature transmission failure X2.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #31

May 052014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 100,677 miles
The transmission is stuck in 5th gear, even if you try to downshift it manually it wouldn't come out of 5th gear.

- East Patchogue, NY, USA

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