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:
4 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,815 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #171

Apr 302012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 105,026 miles


Summary: I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5L. The service engine soon light came on and the car was hard starting. I read the code (PO335) and it shows it is a problem with my crankshaft position sensor. I check it online, and found there is a recall for this problem on 2007 (the campaign number is 07V527000) of course the dealership said my VIN# was not included how convenient. My next car will be a Toyota

- Yardville, NJ, USA

problem #170

Apr 122012


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted after several moments. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who advised the contact that the malfunction was contributed to the crank shaft position sensor. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Bakersville, CA, USA

problem #169

Apr 092012


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 40 mph. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after approximately thirty minutes. The failure had since recurred twice. The contact also stated that the vehicle shook when he drove the vehicle after the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the engine needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Rolling Heights, CA, USA

problem #168

Mar 262012


  • 127,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the check engine light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who performed a diagnostic test. The failure was located at the fuel sensor and the fuel pressure regulator. The manufacturer would not assist with the repairs because the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- New York New York , NY, USA

problem #167

Apr 182012


  • 78,000 miles
Crankshaft position sensor bad, part has a known defect from the supplier yet Nissan will not replace or call recall notice. Car can shut down while driving, high risk for fatality.

- Newtown Square, PA, USA

problem #166

Oct 012011


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the vehicle lost acceleration and stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced the alternator and battery, but the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to lose power and stall. The was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 86,000.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #165

Apr 102012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


Make: Nissan model: Altima model year(s): 2005 NHTSA campaign id number : 07V527000 component: Engine and engine cooling my car started having problems and it would not pass inspection because of the engine light alert. The reason was due to the crankshafts which I replaced but kept having the problem. The mechanic suggest to look up any outstanding recalls and I found the above campaign which describes my problem exactly. All I need to do is take it to the dealer to reprogram the ECM. The dealers states that my car is not part of the recall and want to charge to get it reprogram. Why should I pay for a manufacture defect when there is an outstanding recall on this problem. The cars has no other problems and the only reason why it won't pass inspection is because of the problem described above. I don't see why this should be and I need a recall notice to take to the dealer to get the car ECM programmed. Or do I have to be involved in accident before the problem can be corrected. Thank you

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #164

Mar 302012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 111,500 miles
My car would not start normally. Immediately the check engine light turned on. Had a code with a failed crankshaft sensor. Nissan was informed and rudely refused to help with the replacement even though it had a recall on it. Said my VIN number was not included. Seems like nobody's VIN # was included in this recall. This is a safety hazard. I replaced the sensor but it cost me $170 for something that Nissan should have happily handled. Never buy a Nissan. My floorboard on the passenger side is also completely rusted out. There is a hole in my floorboard. Same story page after page of complaints can been seen online with this problem. Car has been serviced at uftring Nissan in peoria, Illinois and not once did anyone bring my attention to the fact that this car had rusted all the way through from the inside out. Nissan refuses to handle this issue either.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #163

Dec 132011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 84,012 miles
One morning I stated the car and stated hearing strange noise from the engine compartment. Apparently it's the timing chain noise. Car only had 84000, had a 02 maxima same engine over 100K never had a problem reading review looks like a lot of people have the same issue with 05 Nissan with 3.5 timing chain should be good at least for 100K, that's why it's not a belt suppose to be more reliable. NHTSA should look at having Nissan offer a recall on the 3.5 made in 05.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #162

Jun 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be started. The dealer was contacted and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number:07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but failed to offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who repaired the crank shaft position sensor. The current mileage was 93,000 and the failure mileage was 75,000.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #161

Feb 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,932 miles


My car's "service engine soon" light initially came on Sunday, January 29th. Shortly after, my car was beginning to jerk while driving on the highway and felt as if the engine was sputtering while on local roads. We took it to auto zone for a diagnostic and two issues were discovered: The speed signal circuit as well as the crankshaft position sensor has been malfunctioning and needed to be replaced. After some research, we found that several thousand 2005 Nissan Altima were recalled due to the crankshaft position sensor malfunctioning with a possibility of damage and injury. We contacted Nissan village and were informed that my VIN number was not on the list of recalled vehicles. I have owned quite a few cars and I have never heard of this part needing to be replaced. My local Nissan dealer wants to charge $300-$400 to repair this issue and I believe, even though this recall was initiated back in December 2007, these repairs should be covered as this is not a maintenance issue but rather a serious overall defect in this particular make, model and year. We have no choice but to get the vehicle repaired as we have children but wanted to make sure this complaint was lodged for reporting purposes. We will also be contacting Nissan to inform them of this issue and our dissatisfaction with the fact that the Nissan dealership wants to charge us for a repair that should be covered under a past recall. Thank you.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #160

Sep 072011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact started the vehicle while shifting in reverse gear and the vehicle began to jerk excessively. The similar failure also occurred when the vehicle was idle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic twice who replaced the oxygen and wheel speed sensors at different times for the similar failure. The defect recurred three months after the repair. The contact will have the vehicle repaired again. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000. Rvk

- Spencer, VA, USA

problem #159

Sep 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the I-95 I began to approach slower traffic. As I proceeded to slow down, all the dash lights came on, my steering got stiff, and the car was completely off. When I pulled over and attempted to start the car again it hesitated but eventually it started. However, the most recent incident that has occur, the car no longer starts at all and only cranks but won't turn over.

- 1200, NY, USA

problem #158

Dec 012010


  • 60,000 miles
This car was part of a recall due to a engine cooling defect, they claimed it was fixed. Then all of a sudden last year my heat wouldn't work, instead the air conditioner would just kick on, could not be fixed. I had no heat last winter. I had a friend who was a mechanic look at it this year take a look at it and made a temp fix and I have heat some of the time. He disconnected the A/C for now. This shouldn't happen to a 5 now 6 year old car. Try being in 0 degree weather with the air conditioner blowing at you and being told they don't know what's wrong. This has to be a defect because I have had many 10-15 year old cars and never have had this problem this needs to be addressed to that I can have heat, and now that my A/C is disconnected I would like to have my defroster working, but a small price to pay for not getting frost bite in the frigid temps.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #157

Aug 252011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
As I was driving from Delaware to New York, I hit the I-95 around 5pm; typical rush our time. As I began to approach heavy traffic I proceeded to slow down. By the time my speed decreased to 25mph, my steering wheel got stiff and the car felt light as if the car was completely off and left in neutral and rolling down a hill. Indeed the car had stalled, and all my dash lights switched on (alt, oil, brake and battery lights). I tried my best to steer into the emergency lane to avoid any possible accidents.

- 1200, NY, USA

problem #156

Oct 262011


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle began smoking and flames were coming from under the hood. The fire department was notified who came and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries but the vehicle was destroyed. The origin of the fire was unknown and a fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The manufacturer was notified of the fire who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #155

Sep 302011


  • 101,000 miles
My vehicle began exhibiting the famous Nissan VQ35 timing chain noises early on, mostly it was just a rattle which I was told was not a big deal. Later, at around 100K miles it became a very loud whining noise. I am concerned when driving my car because of the fact that the timing chain is a very important part of the vehicle, if damage occurs to it this could destroy my engine. Price quotes for repairing this are as high as $2500! the parts have been updated which proves Nissan knows of this issue and has had a plan of some sort to fix it for those that exhibit the problem. It's just too expensive to get done! Nissan should cover the bill for this!

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #154

May 012009


  • 36,500 miles
Cam shaft sensor failure. Similar in function to the recalled crankshaft senor, the cam shaft part can stall a car, or prevent from restarting due to overheating. It also is vital to engine timing and other items which pertain to engine performance. Sept 12, 2011 67000 miles replaced this the second time in under 3 years part needed to be replaced. Why is this not a recall like it's crankshaft counterpart.

- Roslyn Heights, NY, USA

problem #153

Sep 072011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
My "service engine soon" light came on and I later noticed that the engine was hard to start. While driving on the freeway there were two incidents where the motor almost died - I called and made an appointment with my local Nissan dealership. Meanwhile, I looked up any recalls for my year and model and there was one on the crankshaft position sensor from 2007 and I also noticed numerous complaints about this same issue. The dealership diagnosed a problem with this sensor and they replaced it but they also told me that my VIN was not on the recall list. I had to pay for the repair myself. I called Nissan and they won't do anything about it, stating that the recall was issued based on where the car was manufactured. The part failed regardless of where the car was assembled. I think Nissan should consider expanding this recall to include all models involving this problem. This is a safety issue.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #152

Aug 232011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My check engine light and airbag light came on last Monday, August 22, 2011. I was driving to work the next morning and had my cruise control set. After I went over a small hill, it felt like my car tried to downshift. As it did, it died. This was at 7:30 in the morning when traffic was high. I had cars all around me when the car died. I was almost hit. I was scared to death because I could"ve been killed or killed someone else. The brakes got tight as they do when you pump up brakes and the car isn?T running so I had no control of them either. Took my car to local mechanic he replaced crank and cam sensors. When this did not repair the issue, he suggested I take it to nearest Nissan mechanic. After trying nourse in chillicothe who was absolutely rude and absurd, I took it to taylor in athens, Ohio. They put a factory crank and cam sensor on and this did not resolve problem. They decided that the ECM is bad in the car. I have paid for this car to be towed twice, paid for cam and crank sensors twice, talked to Nissan, who was absolutely no help and rude. The man hung up on my husband when he asked to speak to someone else so he could understand what they were saying. Have to drive another 100 miles round trip to take other set of keys to dealer and is going to be atleast Friday before they get the parts in. So it will be almost 2 weeks that I am without a car. As it stands, my bill is now $1311.51. There was a recall on this exact part and did the exact same things as listed on recall. I bought this car used. This part was replaced in 2009 and are no ?outstanding campaigns? for my model car. I think this is completely unacceptable. I don?T care if the part is replaced 15 times, if it?S faulty, it"S faulty. I have dealt with the rude customer service of Nissan that you can't even understand, rude shop managers at Nissan dealerships, and I do not feel that I should have to pay for all of this. I feel that Nissan is still accountable for this issue.

- Jackson, OH, USA

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