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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 072006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


While attempting to give my vehicle gas after stopping at a red light, I heard a hissing sound coming from the front passenger tire. When the light turned green and I began to give the vehicle gas, the steering wheel was incredibly hard to turn. I tried to turn the steering wheel to the left and as a result, I lost control of the vehicle. The steering column felt as though it did not have power steering at the time. When my vehicle came to rest, I was facing oncoming traffic in the middle of the median and had additionally taken out several roads signs. The vehicle was towed away and inspected by a mechanic for the cause of the accident. The mechanic discovered the right tie rod had broken. As a result of this failure, the radiator was busted, headlight busted and many other costly expenses. At present time, my vehicle remains in the body shop awaiting repairs. This has ended up a very costly defect in my vehicle and I am in the process of contacting the manufacturer for some reimbursement! this accident is still under investigation by the police.

- Flat Lick, KY, USA

problem #1

May 192005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Driving home on 202 freeway going East. All of a sudden something on the steering broke on the left drivers side of car. Car turned left and went into concrete divider of freeway. Totaled car. Examination shows broken ball joint of some kind and tire was distroyed on drivers front side.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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