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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,268 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

May 192018


  • 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 #37

Dec 132017


  • 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 #36

Mar 062017


  • 45,000 miles
Car accelerates in an uncontrolled fashion while driving.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #35

Feb 192017


  • 121,000 miles


Crankshaft and camshaft sensors are faulty. This is a very common problem with Nissan Altima's. this has been replaced two times already. Stalled on highway while going 65mph.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #34

Jul 072016


  • miles
The car pick up to slow and then start picking up little by little

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #33

Jun 052007


  • 90,000 miles
An existing recall on this vehicle should include the 3.5L engine as well as camshaft/crankshaft and tcm. All cause similar life-threatening symptoms while driving the vehicle suddenly powers completely off briefly losing all power to lights etc, decelerate rapidly and you lose steering control and speed control. Vehicles come up on you quickly at night and even if you get the vehicle restarted you have no power in transmission and merely limp on at an idle speed. Very very dangerous. Why it wasn't included in the original 2007 recall is Nissan trying to save a buck. They used the same mfg & same parts as in the 2.5L. They knowingly withheld it from being included. I also contacted them about the tcm. Keep in mind the were biting their nails after being presented with a class action suite regarding the defective tcm. Luckily for them it was dismissed temporarily. But they never mentioned any similar complaints when they responded to me and never offered any resolution to the problem.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #32

Mar 112016


  • 72,000 miles


Check engine light due to error code P0335 which is camshaft position sensor, my car hesitate to start, need more cranking, as per Nissan so many vehicles were recalled for this code but if I give my VIN # they said there is no recall, I am the original owner of this vehicle, all the maintenances are up to date and currently I have only 72000 miles, I am requesting to recall 2005 Nissan Altima as soon as possible

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #31

Aug 072015


  • 108,000 miles
Crankshaft position sensor same thing is happening to the 2005 summary: 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. Consequence: 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.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #30

May 142015


  • 99,992 miles
Car shuddered and RPM dropped and then came back up to current RPM level. Came to stop light and vehicle was then put into limp mode. Would not accelerate and RPM's would not go over 2000. Pulled over and turned car off. Restarted car and began to try and drive it again. Service engine light came on and vehicle would not shift gears. Tried to manually shift the automatic trans and it would hit hard upon gear shifts but was able to make it home the remaining few miles.. brought vehicle in to a mechanics shop the next morning and the codes indicate cam position sensor failures. I see numerous complaints and a recall for this under R2022 but of course my vehicle is not listed. This appears to be a common problem and all vehicles should be included in this recall as it is completely dangerous issue that comes out of nowhere while driving the vehicle. I am waiting for the vehicle to be repaired to see if the problem is completely resolved at my expense. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #29

Aug 182014

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
On August 18, 2014, after dropping my son off at school. I came to stop at a traffic light and when the light changed, I started to take off and noticed the car has shut down. I eventually made it home with the car going a very low speed and then speed up, but when car to a start the engine stalls. The vehicle was put on a computer to see what the diagnosis were and it was the camshaft sensors and crankshaft sensor costing $80 dollars for two and $70 for another, however these items has been changed along with a tune up and the car is doing the same. After doing some research on the computer, I noticed there were recalls on the crankshaft sensors and the ECM. I contacted Nissan dealer, an appointment was made and I was told that my VIN number is not showing so the problem had to been done, because I'm the second owner. It's funny how this problem comes about after 4 1/2 years of having this vehicle and the recall suppose to have been taking care of with the first owner. This is an inconvenience and it's frustrating. There is also rusting of the floor under the car, you can see the floor coming down from under the car on the passenger side. This is an outrage and something needs to be done at the cost of the dealers and not the owners. This is dangerous, you can be driving at a speed and the car just stop, which can cause a very bad accident.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #28

Jun 142014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,025,677 miles


After going to my destination for 35 min stopping a gas pump after getting back in the car in wouldn't crank only after 2 hours. After getting back on the highway within 5 miles in stopped on me in the middle of the highway going about 55. Sat on side of the road for 2 more hours before it started again.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

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 #25

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 #24

Aug 112009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Car will not accelerate and creeps along in limp home mode. Its vehicle speed control problem is exactly the same as NHTSA recall 13V43000 of Sept. 26, 2013, that affects Nissan infiniti models. After stopping and restarting once or twice the problem will disappear. In traffic this is very dangerous. It happens 2 or 3 times a year.

- Weatherby Lake, MO, USA

problem #23

Jun 202013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The car stalled out... almost got hit.... had the throttle body replaced..looked online and saw there was a recall for this year model and in touch with Nissan and they said there was no recall on this particular VIN..from what I read all Nissan Altima's were recalled for this part..I also did not receive notice. Can someone check this VIN ast and let me know...thank this car has very low mileage and is well maintained.

- Dumont , NJ, USA

problem #22

May 312013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 summary: 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 with regard to above recall details, when I provided the VIN to Nissan dealership, they don't see any recalls for it. But it is quite dangerous to drive with this mechanical problem in the car. Appreciate if appropriate safety care is taken by manufacturer.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #21

May 222013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 109,306 miles
The first time car stopped running while driving 35 mph. The second time it stopped running while turning and the steer got real stiff. Thank god there was no accident but it was real scary!!!

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #20

Mar 232013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 109,300 miles
I was starting my car on 03/23/2013 and it would not turn over at all so I tried three additional times and then the check engine light came on I called Nissan regarding the recall for the crankshaft issue only to be told that my car is not under warranty or a recall and I have read several post of people having the same issue and Nissan is not owning up to and taking care of the issue furthermore when I am driving the engine starts to want to stall but thankfully I was going at a decent speed for it not to do that I did go to have a test ran on the engine light coming on and it came back to be a speed control sensor and crankshaft I went to O'reilly's auto parts and when I told the Nissan rep he says that the machine at O'reilly's was only taking a guess but I dont believe that one bit.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #19

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

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