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:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,775 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #64

Aug 082014


  • 58,000 miles


Engine shut down while driving home and making a left turn in rush hour traffic. "service engine soon" light came on. We are only fortunate not to have been hit by oncoming vehicles! long beach hooman Nissan said there was no code when the diagnostic test was performed and although the same thing happened to the technician the next day when they test drove my car, they've washed their hands from it. Service rep said we can contact Nissan North America. We called and got a call center in the philippines. Nissan was supposed to call me on an expedited basis but I have not received a call after leaving 3 messages for tel. 615-725-7569. I am without a drivable safe car and stuck in a phone messaging black hole! what am I to do after only 58,000 miles" do I have to be in an accident and injured before Nissan will pay attention" in addition, the dealer replaced my transmission at the tune of $4000 in July 2013 because of a similar engine stall issue when the service engine soon light came on. This car is still unsafe and not drivable and we wasted $4000 for a transmission unnecessarily, since the same issue is recurring. This car has original manufacturer defects. Various dealers concluded different diagnoses at different times but no dealer has been able to fix it permanently. Nissan North America not only put out an unsafe vehicle, but also deceived me as a loyal customer all these years paying the dealers for bogus repairs. Please help me.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #63

Aug 052014


  • 10,700 miles
Vehicle engine stops. Nissan will only fix part of the cause. Expects clients to fix the actual sensor. Wouldn't recommend another Nissan.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #62

Jul 242014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 12 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and was able to resume to normal. The failure recurred five times. The contact stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #61

Nov 212013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact also stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle and smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. The vehicle restarted however, the vehicle would not restart the day after the initial failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where it was diagnosed that there was antifreeze on the spark plugs, which indicated that the cylinders under the timing belt were cracked as a result, the head gasket needed to be replaced. The mechanic also stated that the catalytic converter failed and that the debris from the catalytic converter was drawn up into the engine causing damage to the cylinders in the motor, which caused the vehicle to have a blown head gasket. The catalytic converter was replaced, however the motor was not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 80,000.....updated 04/08/15

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #60

Jun 022014


  • 93,000 miles
Engine cut off all by itself and the check engine light went on. Mechanic said the problem was with my camshaft position sensor and crankshaft position sensor. I've had problems with those same parts two years ago as well.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #59

Jun 042014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start once the key was turned in the ignition. The key needed to be turned at least ten times before the vehicle would start. The check engine indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, when the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle stalled before resuming normal acceleration. The failure occurred daily. A local mechanic stated that the crank shaft and engine sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #58

Jun 232014


  • 126,347 miles


The car started hesitating while driving and the head gasket was blown due to the pre cat system clogging up this is a very high cost repair for this vehicle and all these vehicles should be repaired at Nissan cost due to the amount of vehicles this has happened to and there being class action law suites over it. This is their fault not mine why should I be responsible for this cost when it has happened to numerous 05 Altima. They should man up and fix this issue. I have owned 3 other Nissan vehicles with no problems besides maintenance, but this is the last Nissan I will ever own, I was going to get an infinity but since Nissan makes those I will not be purchasing one of those either and will research before I purchase any vehicle to make sure Nissan doesn't have anything to do with the vehicle name. I'm done with Nissan and would not recommend anyone to purchase one they do not stand behind their name anymore. Also the vehicle has always been services at a Nissan dealership.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

problem #57

Mar 142013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
The vehicle would overheat causes the radiator to leak, while driving vehicle would stall for few minutes, vehicle would hard turn the starter and the engine light check would flash off and on while driving. Nissan dealership tends to try erase the code but has not fix the crankshaft position of the vehicle in June 2012.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #56

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 #55

May 132008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Was driving at about 45mph when the engine stalled as I was about to take a turn. The steering locked up, and I had to brake hard to avoid going off the road. Luckily there was no fatal injury. Had to get car towed to dealer where they replaced the crankshaft, cam sensor.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #54

Dec 102012


  • 171,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle did restart after numerous attempts. This failure has occurred intermittently four times over a period of a six months. The vehicle was taken in for diagnostic testing but no results were given as contact did not want to pay for the testing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling), but the VIN was included in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #53

May 122014


  • 91,002 miles
During other service work mechanic found the engine cradle is rotting away.

- Norton, OH, USA

problem #52

May 062011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 65,498 miles
Premature transmission failure X2.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #51

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

problem #50

Feb 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
About 2 yrs ago the engine light came on in my Nissan. I took it for a diagnostic and it came up with two codes that at this point I don't remember. However, what I was told is that I needed my crankshaft sensor replaced. I checked online for information about this sensor and I came across a recall for this sensor. Around the same time my headlights started burning out bulbs also. I also noticed there was a recall on a headlight issue. I contacted a local dealership to check my VIN to see if I qualified for the recall and I was told my VIN was supposedly one of the impacted ones. Which is too coincidental. My car stalls while running and at times will not start. And I say will, because, I brought it in to 2 different shops for replacement and neither could find a compatible sensor. They even ordered one from Nissan and it did not fit and were unable to fix it. They apologized and said that I would be able to drive it but would eventually need to somehow replace it. I have since continued driving it, as it is the only vehicle I have. It has gotten worse and turns off my often. I am asking for some type of help. I am out of options. I am afraid it will one day shut off as I driving and cause a catastrophe.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #49

Sep 182013


  • 50,000 miles
Nissan said my VIN was not part of the recall for the camshaft and sensor..which had to be replaced..due to the vechile just stalling all of a sudden...very dangerous..if there is a recall for a part...then there is a cannot be either or. Please respond

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #48

Mar 272014


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft sensor had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 109,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 042013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
Erratic idle, random misfire, bad mpg, car is sluggish I believe the power valve is the issue.

- Port Huron , MI, USA

problem #46

Feb 082014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Hi, I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima. I have owned this car since 2008. I reviewed service records from 2005 prior to my purchase. There has been an extremely large amount of issues with this vehicle. The most recent of which is the "grey" area of the ECM issue in coordination with famous the camshaft crankshaft fault P0355 & P0131. I'm an engineer and fully understand the mechanics of a vehicle. This sensor was a faulty design from the beginning in which oil could enter inside the sensor, therefore causing a short and disabling the entire vehicle while in motion. This actually happened to me and was a terrifying experience. To fix the issue cheaply, Nissan issued a recall to reprogram the ECM in order to recognize the "faulty" crankshaft sensor part. But in order to save millions of dollars, Nissan would not include the warrantied replacement of the faulty crankshaft sensor design (magnet sensor). Instead, the consumer (myself) would have to pay between $300 & $450 to have the sensor replaced with the "new & improved version?. new and improved means the properly designed version. The initial design should have been recalled but it wasn't. it doesn't take an engineer to figure this out but I am one and fully understand the ?big picture? of the recall and lack of inclusion of the crankshaft sensor repairs. I am requesting Nissan to cover the full cost of the camshaft & crankshaft sensor & the associated labor. I was put in harm"S way during the initial recall issue in which my car shut off while on the highway. That is a bad enough experience. I am not willing to also pay Nissan $400 to repair the faulty sensor which was a large part of why this occurred in the first place.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #45

Nov 052013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Driving to 25 mph.... the engine came on.....along with the oil light....and all of the light on the dashboard....and then the car came to a complete stop I the middle of street. There were five cars behind that had to swerve to avoid hitting my car.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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