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 9 of 10)

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problem #31

Apr 152008


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 70 mph, the engine wheel failed and the vehicle shut down completely. Occasionally, the vehicle would immediately restart and other times, it would take several minutes. NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) was referenced. The dealer reprogrammed the vehicle to run in safe mode instead of making the repair, in case the failure recurred. The contact was informed that the repair would cost $250. The current mileage was 55,000.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #30

Jan 102008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. Whenever the contact brakes at low speeds, the vehicle stalls and all of the warning lights illuminate afterwards. He did not notice any differences in the vehicle prior to the failure. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 48,500 and failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 10/14/08. The consumer was told his vehicle was not included in the recall. Updated 10/15/08

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #29

Jun 182008


  • 66,784 miles
Before I got the recall letter from Nissan about my computer chip, my car would die while it was running, it was hard to start it, and I kept having this crankshaft sensor problem I had to replaced it twice already, I finally got my computer reprogrammed today July 1st 2008.. came back home and thought everything was okay.. and what do I know it comes on again my service engine light... took it to the auto shop said it was my crankshaft again...I had to replace 2 crankshafts on the same week.. and now I have to replace it again... I was reading people's forums about how they were have the same problems before and after the recall reprogramming.... we're all have the crankshaft sensor and camshaft sensor problems... but Nissan is going to charge us alot of money to get it replaced... I heard it's been a problem ever since 2002 so why hasn't it gotten fixed? we shouldn't be paying for another defect that it seems like no one wants to admit to or even take a look into it at least....anyways does it need to take a person to die or to be injured in order for this problem to be fixed..... that's just not right.... thank you

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #28

Mar 272007


  • miles


I purchased a 2005 Nissan Altima in 2006, and in 2007 I started having trouble with the car just stopping when I was driving, this has happened several times, thank god I have not had any serious injuries because of this. My mechanic stated that this was a problem with something dealing with my engine computer resulting in circuit malfunction with my crankshaft, and engine speed sensor, the problem with the crankshaft resulted from me having to restart my car after just stopping on me. I don't feel like I should have to be responsible for repairs if there has been a recall on the very part of this vechicle that has resulted and lead up to the problem that I am having at this time. I have mentioned this to Nissan and explained the problem that I am having, and seems to me that the company is just trying to get out of their responsibility of the mistake that was made when building this vehicle. The recall letter clearly states that if the dealer fails, or is unable to make the necessary repairs free of charge, I may contact the national consumeraffairs department. Thank you for you time in this matter, and hope that it can be resolved in a timely matter.

- Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #27

Jun 142008


  • 28,000 miles
My vehicle was involved in a collision. The driver stated that the brakes weren't working and the car seemed to have shut off prior to impact. Rear ended another vehicle. Vehicle deemed a total loss. Accident occurred on June 14th. Received a recall notice on June 18 concerning the electronic control module and the vehicle could shut off and this cause an accident. This is what happened and because I was not aware of the recall the insurance payoff does not even cover the loan. I feel that Nissan was negligent because they sent this recall 7 months too late. I am currently without a vehicle.

- Hogansburg, NY, USA

problem #26

Jun 192008


  • 50,421 miles
The "check engine soon" light came on my vehicle on Monday so I contacted the Nissan dealership and made an appointment, at which time they told me it would cost $99 to do a diagnostic test. On Wednesday, I received in the mail a recall notice on the vehicle that had to do with the engine. On Thursday I contacted the dealer and they stated that they would have to perform the diagnostic test for $99 first and then do the recall inspection because it did not have anything to do with the engine light being on. However, it seems that since the recall is free, they should do that first and then perhaps that actually is the problem. I feel that the recall, having to do with the engine, might be the cause of the light turning on. I like having my vehicle serviced at the dealer where I purchased it, but feel they are not being forthright about the recall situation.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #25

May 172004


  • 150 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact experienced engine failure ever since the vehicle was purchased. The engine failed and had to be replaced twice. The first time, the contact heard something pop while driving 60 mph, and the vehicle began smoking. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was repaired under the extended warranty. When the vehicle was taken in for an oil change, the contact was informed that she needed another engine block. She had it replaced, but the vehicle still began to pull and hesitate as if it would lose power. The vehicle has yet to completely shut off. The current mileage was 73,866 and failure mileage was approximately 150.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #24

May 192008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 54,025 miles
I recently took my 2005 Nissan Altima to a local dealership for a tsb. The car was stalling at low speed. The tsb said the crank sensor would overheat and would not allow the ECM to read the sensor. The dealership reprogrammed the ECM, but told me I had to buy a new sensor, which I did. I believe the problem is created by the design/positioning of the sensor, causing it to overheat. I feel Nissan is charging to make repairs on a tsb at the expense of Nissan owners.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #23

May 232008


  • 43,500 miles
I had a recall on a part on my 2005 Altima and had it 'fixed' at the dealer in February. I drove it out of town for a holiday weekend, and it proceeded to die on five (5) occasions over two (2) days while I was driving it. The problem had no predicted onset, and the 'service engine soon' light did not come on until after it died the first time. I had to pay $240 to get it fixed (when it should have already been fixed).

- Brentwood, MO, USA

problem #22

Feb 182008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle sporadically stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and had it repaired according to the recall for the ECM. Immediately after the repair, while driving 65 mph, the vehicle completely stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they repaired the engine throttle. The dealer still has possession of the vehicle because the contact is afraid to operate the vehicle. The failure mileage was 25,000 and current mileage was 26,000. Updated 07/07/08.

- West Hollywood Ca 90069, CA, USA

problem #21

May 072005


  • 74,000 miles


The car would suddenly stop while driving almost causing fatal accidents. Car was taken to Nissan to have a recall fixed for this exact problem. Nissan stated they would not reprogram the ECM under the recall until the crankshaft position sensors were replaced and was charged 350 dollars for parts and labor. The recall stated the sensors could overheat and cause brief interruption to the ECM and cause the car to stall. If the sensors are causing the problem why are they not recalled as well? further review online shows the original sensors were made from plastic and could crack and leak oil onto the sensor causing them to fail and the new revised ones are made from metal.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,339 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. After the vehicle was purchased, the air bag light illuminated while driving 45 mph. The dealer attempted to repair the failure on several occasions. There was also no oil in the vehicle at the time of purchase. The failure mileage was 9,339.

- Stanton Island , NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 072008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,999 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). He took the vehicle to a local dealer to have the recall remedied. The dealer stated that due to the location of the crankshaft position sensor, the entire component would need to be replaced. The repair is not covered under the recall and the contact paid out of pocket to have his vehicle serviced. The VIN and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage was 37,000 and failure mileage was 36,999.

- Scotrun, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 092007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 55 mph, the transmission would skip without warning. As of March 25, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 37790.

- Washington , NC, USA

problem #17

Nov 302007


  • miles
2005 Nissan Altima built in 2004 bad crank shaft sensor, was already recalled 2002 & 2003 models and Nissan is not recalling the 2004 built ones.

- Cooperstown, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 122007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted automatically after 20 minutes and the warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling), although the failure was identical. The manufacturer would not assist because the vehicle was excluded from the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 94,000 and current mileage was 100,000.

- Green Will Springs, LA, USA

problem #15

Feb 042008


  • miles
Nissan dealership refusing refund for recalled crankshaft position sensor in 2005 Altima.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #14

May 222006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,631 miles
Car would stall at low speeds or when stopped. I took the car to the dealership, they explained to me that my crankshaft position sensor was failing and that they would replace it for approximately $600. I then took the car to a private mechanic who replaced the sensor for $222.91. Car purchased in 2004. Additional work required: Engine replacement, wheel bearings replacement, transmission replacement, and interior panels replacement. I found information of this campaign (07V527000) through and I've contacted Nissan. Nissan claimed that there was no such campaign and they could not help me. The campaign that they show for the crankshaft position sensor is for the 2002-3 Altima models.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 142008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
2005 Nissan Altima 2.5S has left my wife stranded for hours because of a faulty crankshaft position sensor (engine code P0335). This faulty part has also disabled the car while driving on busy streets. As a result, we have been unable to trust the reliability of this vehicle and have rendered it completely unusable. The dealerships service department has performed a "reprogramming of the ECM" as required by a recall notice issued on December 10, 2007. This did not remedy the condition. There exists a recall that requires dealerships to replace the crankshaft position sensors on 2002 and 2003 Nissan Altima, but not for a 2005 Nissan Altima, which apparently suffers from the same problem. This is unacceptable. There is little to no difference between these model year vehicles as far as engine components are concerned. Please extend the recall notice so that owners of 2005 my Nissan Altima 2.5S vehicles may also have their crankshaft position sensors replaced to prevent dangerous accidents from occurring.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 072008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Altima stalled while driving, and "check engine soon" light came on. I was able to arrive home, however I could not start the vehicle again. I had it towed to the dealer who informed me that the crank position sensor needed to be replaced. When I called Nissan Consumer Affairs, they informed me my vehicle is not included in the recall to replace the crank position sensor. I do not understand why my vehicle is not included in this recall, since my problem is identical to the problem described in the recall.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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