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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,483 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Aug 152011


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was taken to a local shop where it was diagnosed that the crank shaft sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Forth Worth , TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 272011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Vehicle stopped running without warning. Reference 07V527000. Stated by manufacturer VIN not included in recall. Repair and description of campaign id above reflect exact same issue. Extend recall to include all 2005 Altima.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #41

Nov 032010


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the service engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact restarted the vehicle and drove to an authorized dealer. The contact referenced recall 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) but was informed by the dealer that the vehicle was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 104,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #40

Oct 252010


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan altma. When the vehicle stopped at a traffic light the contact attempted to accelerate and noticed that the vehicle suddenly stalled and shut off. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the crankshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 86000.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #39

Aug 252010


  • 70,000 miles
A few years ago there was a recall on my car for the ECM, it needed to be reprogrammed, I took it in and supposedly got the recall fixed but the service engine soon light kept coming on. The issue kept occurring and I was almost in a few accidents because the car would suddenly shut off while I was driving in traffic. I later learned that the reprogramming caused my sensors to go out and that when it was reprogrammed the sensors should have been replaced also. Most owners including me cannot not afford this and Nissan is not taking on any responsibility, they want to fix half the problem and leave me to pay for the damage done to the vehicle from their malfunctions in the Altima computers. If I take my car to a Nissan dealership they are going to charge me 80 dollars to hook it up to the machine to turn the light off and tell me that the problem isn't their fault. Alot Nissan owners were told the same exact information the (ECM) would be reset for free but you would have to come out of pocket for the crankshaft sensor to be fixed, if this amount of complaints are identical, then it really means that Nissan Corp is ignoring the problem and does not care that their crankshaft sensor is failing along with the (ECM) and because of this some lives are gonna be lost, maybe mine also, cause I cannot not afford to get this fixed and I can't afford to not drive my car.

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #38

Apr 202010


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, there were unusual clouds of blue smoke coming from the tail pipe. In addition, the vehicle was consuming excessive amounts of oil. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic told the contact that there were no signs of an oil leak and could not determine the cause of the failure. The mechanic advised the contact to replace the engine and the catalytic converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer who was not able to determine the cause of the failure but recommended having the engine replaced at the contact's expense. The dealer also stated that there was a possibility of an internal engine failure where the carbon in the engine oil was damaging the pistons. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #37

Feb 042010


  • miles


November 14 2007653,910 vehicles recalled 2005 Nissan Altima -- on certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor. If the interruption in the signal from the crankshaft position sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ECM) logic does not have time to diagnose the condition, the engine may stop running without warning while the vehicle is driven at a low speed increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the ECM free of charge. Certain my 2006 Altima which have been previously remedied under recall campaign 06V223 (Nissan R0606) are not included in this recall since the reprogramming for 06V223 also included this reprogramming. The recall began on December 31, 2007. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07V527000 NHTSA campaign #07E087000 exterior lighting:headlights October 25 20074,654 vehicles recalled 2005 Nissan Altima -- certain tyc halogen type headlamp assemblies P/N 20-6644-00 sold as aftermarket equipment for 2005-2006 Nissan Altima passenger vehicles. The photometric were misaligned which does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Misalignment of the lights diminishes frontal illumination which could result in a vehicle crash. Genera will notify owners and offer to repurchase the noncompliant lamps. The recall began on October 25, 2007. Owners can contact genera at 714-522-6688. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07E087000 .

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #36

May 122010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 36,400 miles
2005 Altima 2.5L - 36400 miles. Crank position sensor failed and vehicle drops speed suddenly or hesitates while driving. Nissan have a crank position sensor recall ( 07V-527) but will not honor my issue due to the VIN number not falling in recall category. Dealer will not perform earlier recall service of ECM computer reprogramming without replacing the senor.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #35

Apr 282010


  • 42,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving at speeds of 70 mph, the vehicle abnormally began to decelerate. The contact moved the vehicle from the roadway and shut off the engine. He was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they advised the crankshaft position sensor seal had failed. The sensor was replaced at the owner's expense. The failure mileage was 42,800 and the current mileage was 42,914.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #34

Apr 272010


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. After the vehicle was turned on, she saw smoke under the hood. Within a few seconds, the engine was completely on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and concluded that the failure was caused by poor maintenance. The contact will call the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were approximately 103,000.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 112010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


My 2005 Nissan Altima shut off in the middle of traffic this morning almost causing me and my car to be smash by an 18 wheeler, and when I turn it back on and gave it gas it would not move. So I turn it off and back on a few times and I was finally able to drive to work. This has happen a few other times before, the first time it happen I took it to a dealer and they said there was a recall on my car that needed to be fixed, I left the car there for 3 days and the recall was supposedly the problem was fixed, but later the exact same thing happen again, luckily I was in a parking lot and a auto zone was near, so I got the guy to hook it up to his machine to check for codes and the problem that was supposedly fixed with the recall was one of the things that was problematic in my car. So I took it to Nissan again and told them I am have the exact same problem again and they tell me it's not the same problem and that I would have to pay over 800 dollars to get it fixed and that if I didn't the engine would just eventually die. This time I'm not going to Nissan, because it's kind of pointless, I don't have 800 dollars to spend on a problem that is cause by something they were suppose to fix and didn't. I don't a few searches on the internet and there are other people who have had this exact same problem and had to come out of their pockets. I'm just wondering to people have to die for them to recall the car for the actual problem? or maybe people have died and the accident was blamed on something else. The recall that was supposed to fix my problem is NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000.

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #32

Feb 172010


  • 74,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the check engine light came on. Shortly after that the car died. I pulled off the side of the road and after several attempts was able to restart the car. The check engine light has come on in the past and after having the computer cleared the problem goes away. This is the first time that car died on me while driving. The problem usually occurs when I shift from park to drive before the rpms drop below 1000.

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #31

Jan 262010


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 45 mph the contact heard a knocking sound in the engine and moments later the engine light appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the crank shaft sensor needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #30

Nov 022009


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated as she is driving her vehicle in traffic and it stalled and shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the cam shaft position needed to be replace. There are no recalls or warranties. The manufacture was called and they sent a $250 voucher to contact for future repairs. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #29

Dec 202009


  • 62,300 miles
My Nissan Altima 2005 is consuming excess of oil. 5 liters during 6 hours driving causing overheating the motor or possible fire. During my trip a had to reduce the speed and stop on the highway. My car had to toward to the dealer but they just say this issue was a design issue on this Altima motor model. This happen when car is driving to height speed. Oil can not flow properly through motor and it goes out through air duct. Cover of motor was disassembled in several holes were made internally to let oil flow properly.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #28

Oct 052009


  • 11,746 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving above 30 mph the vehicle will stall, and then restart. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility for inspection. A mechanic located the following diagnostic error codes: P0725 (engine speed sensor) and P0335 (crankshaft position center circuit). No repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 117,746.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #27

Aug 162009


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The crank position sensor failed. While driving approximately 20 to 25 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. There were no warning lights present prior to the vehicle shutting off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle within three minutes. An auto zone technician's diagnostic test indicated that the crank position sensor failed. The dealer informed her that she had to replace the computer sensor in her vehicle and that there was no related recall. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Prince Frederick, MD, USA

problem #26

Jul 172009


  • 47,000 miles
My complaint is similar to many others I have seen. I own a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 sl. It has approximately 47,000 miles. On a recent trip I noticed difficulty cranking and service engine light remained on. I was 5 hours from my home with my family in the car. It was a weekend, so no Nissan dealer was open or even in the vicinity of my location. After crossing all fingers and nursing the car home, I immediately took it to my normal dealer on Monday morning. I was told the "tech found a code for a failed crankshaft position sensor". the service manager checked my VIN for any bulletins or recalls and found none. I was charged $230 to replace the failed part. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs asking for reimbursement based on the failure frequency rate of this sensor. After many phone calls and voicemails I was told that Nissan would not reimburse the charges. I asked if the failure rate of the sensor was taken into consideration in their decision - the answer was no. I asked what the failure rate was for the sensor - my rep, the regional specialist, did not have that information. Based on my research, it appears there is a statistically significant rate of failure for the crankshaft position sensor along with several redesigns of the oem part. Nissan does not seem to be taking responsibility for the problem. I am disappointed as, up until now, I had been very pleased with the vehicle and with Nissan overall.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #25

Jun 042009


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle jerked and stalled several times. The manufacturer would not assist or assume liability for any repairs. There were recalls listed for the same failures for previous year vehicles (same make and model), but none for the 2005 Altima. The dealer stated that the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced at the cost of more than $200. The repair would have to be made at the contact's expense. She was concerned that the failure could lead to a crash. The failure and current mileages were less than 97,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #24

Jun 092009


  • 91,000 miles
The car failed to start after repeated tries, then finally started. The service engine light came on and stayed on. This happened every time I attempted to start the car. I had it repaired, and the repairman said the problem was with the crank shaft sensor. There has been a recall of some 2005 Nissan Altima for this problem, but according to the manufacturer, my vehicle is not one of them. The symptoms I experienced are exactly the same as those described in NHTSA recall notice 07V527000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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