CarComplaints.com 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!

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,152 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #126

Jun 012019

Altima

  • 2 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought the car with the car letting out alot of exhaust.doesnt go past 35mph

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #125

Jun 012019

Altima

  • 90,000 miles
Engine is having issues after having crank shaft position sensor and cam sensor replaced. The part that's having issues has been recalled.

- University Place, WA, USA

problem #124

Apr 032019

Altima

  • 150 miles
I have had two Altima and on both the heads consistently goes out on them.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #123

Apr 272017

Altima

  • 165,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Oil service turned into 3K out of pocket cost in crossville tn when J and R serviced my car. They insisted on cracking open the engine block to replace gaskets that did not need repair. Caused smoking-improper pressure and other problems. Burns massive amts of oil now. Did not before the service- cyl4 floods w oil- massive problems w oil flooding since. Repaired twice- both times I was taken for more $$.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #122

Nov 262018

Altima

  • 200,000 miles
Looses momentum occasionally when driving down the road. In the last 2weeks it started. Vehicle has always been fine. Recently it just dies as your driving.

- Montezuma, IN, USA

problem #121

Oct 042018

Altima

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the camshaft positioning sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #120

Aug 062018

Altima

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the warning indicators illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop, waited approximately 30 minutes, and restarted the vehicle. Once restarted, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who determined that the crankshaft position sensor failed and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided case number: 32409124. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #119

May 192018

Altima

  • 148,990 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan. I rely on my car daily to get to medical appointments. The car stalls in park all lights start blinking then dies. Has happened while driving as well the car will move but you cant accelerate on the pedal this happened in a traffic circle my fiance and two friends were with me at the time. This is very dangerous I could get into a bad accident and die or even kill my passengers. I have had a mechanic reset my ECM but this keeps happening I have tried to fix the problem on my own and have had no luck. I own a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5se V6 four door sedan and I feel unsafe driving. Something needs to be done I was hoping my experience would be awesome ive always liked the cars now honestly im scared to drive in it and wont reccomend anyone getting one. I havent had any accident or anything. Me having this car is required medically. Also check engine light came on one day stayed on for a month then just shut off so now I have no clue whats going on with my car.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #118

Apr 272017

Altima

  • 37,873 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While the contact's daughter was driving approximately 20-30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to middletown Nissan (1153 newfield St, middletown, ct 06457, (860) 632-6550) where it was diagnosed that the camshaft and crankshaft sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,873.

- Island Park, NY, USA

problem #117

Mar 132018

Altima

  • miles
Been having trouble with timing chain. Recently replaced it 2/6/2013 and I was just told that it went out again. Very frustrating cause it's not cheap to fix

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #116

Jan 112017

Altima

  • 57,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft sensor failed. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where the same failure was diagnosed. The dealer (Nissan of stockton, 3077 E hammer ln, stockton, ca 95212) stated that there was no recall associated with the VIN. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and opened case number: 29720363. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) as a possible solution. The failure mileage was 57,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #115

Oct 022017

Altima

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated without warning. In addition, the vehicle stalled on more than one occasion. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the crank sensor shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic, but the failure recurred. The crank sensor was replaced on the vehicle twice more, but the failure recurred. Burdick Nissan in cicero, New York was made aware of the failure and replaced the crank sensor with an oem crank sensor, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 147,000.

- East Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #114

Aug 012017

Altima

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. On several occasions, while driving various speeds, the check engine warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the upstream oxygen sensor and the camshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #113

Dec 132017

Altima

  • 121,500 miles
2005 Nissan altima1N4al11D... slow to accelerate after a turn or from a full stop. Slow to accelerate when speedometer goes to zero during drive time. Vehicle speeds up even when brake applied causing jerking motion.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #112

Nov 262017

Altima

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 65 mph, a warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle lost power and stalled. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Cove, OR, USA

problem #111

Nov 032017

Altima

  • 8,000 miles
Car shuts down no power will not start. Back up on the freeway it just shuts off with no warning this is not the first time this problem will kill me or ppl around me on the road. It will stop and you can¿T put on your brakes nor steer to move to a save place

- Americanfork, UT, USA

problem #110

May 152014

Altima

  • miles
Transmission control module; vehicle suddenly has an unexpected loss of power on highway and will not change gears. Camshaft sensors; sudden loss of power traveling at high rate of speed, unexpected stalling or engine to shut down and not restart. Both very dangerous because you almost get run over by the vehicle behind you. They come up on you too fast, continuing their normal highway speeds not realizing your vehicles loss of power until theyre right up on you then have to either slam on their brakes or make sudden lane change without properly signaling warning other drivers. Timing chain guide and timing chain tensioners; wear out prematurely causing loosening of the timing chain, makes a very loud clanking or ticking sound asbit hits the guide and can cause damage to the engine. Struts mounts; corrode and wear out creating a rough and unstable steering control and clanking sound as the struts hit when driving over uneven roadways, cracks, driveways and speed bumps. Makes it more difficult to steer cause the vibration and rattling in the front end. This occurs in the 3.5 liter engine. There has already been service bulletins and recalls on the 2.5 liter engine but not 3.5. the issues are the same for both engines. The same parts/manufacturers are used on both yet the 3.5 liter wasnt included. Problems are ongoing daily. Its very unsafe.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #109

Aug 282017

Altima

  • 2 miles
Car stalling while in motion due to crank shaft sensor defect, also car is not shifting properly due to speed input sensor defect. Service engine light is on, codes given during diagnostics are P0335 and P0725.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #108

May 132017

Altima

  • 150,000 miles
Nissan used parts in the timing chain system which prematurely fail and will not cover the repair after warranty. The issue was not able to be discovered until it had already failed and in this case, is not a repair the owner can perform on their own. Certain mechanics have even chose not to perform this repair and the ones which are able to, charge in the $2000+ range. When contacting Nissan about this issue, they were aware of this problem but had said it would have to have been repaired while under warranty. Once the timing is effected, the engine and drive train seem to have dropped in performance in which I have very sluggish acceleration and cannot ready speeds over 30 mph. There is no way I was able to even check if the timing chain system had signs of going bad, and if there was a recall, this issue could have been avoided for myself and others. This faulty system creates an unsafe, unreliable machine which Nissan should take full responsibility.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #107

Apr 232017

Altima

  • 116,000 miles
In 2008, my car stated having difficulty starting for a few weeks then my service engine light came on. My mechanic told me it was for the camshaft position sensor. I checked with Nissan and found that there was a recall for 2005 Altima but my car was not part of the recall. The camshaft was replace. Last week my car transmission started jerking and shortly after the service engine light came on. My mechanic told me it was the camshaft position sensor. I forwarded an E-mail to Nissan asking what was the parameters of the recall as this was the second time my car had this problem. They responded that my car is not part of the recall and to seek assistance from my local dealer. I have dealt with the local dealership in the past and there customer service is horrible. I have read that this senor can cause my car to stall while driving. I am in fear this will happen on a nyc highway, in a deserted or high crime area. Do I have any recourse that would make Nissan pay for this $400 plus repair?

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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