really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,470 miles

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2007 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 012016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning indicator remained illuminated. In addition, there was a strong vibration, a loud noise near the engine, and the engine moved while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where it was confirmed that the vehicle was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced two of the engine mounts. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, stated that they no longer used the provider before to the engine mounts and had a new provider who supplied the parts which provided no solution for the contact because they also stated that the vehicle was excluded from the manufacturer recall. The failure mileage was not available.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 182016


  • 121,000 miles
I was driving northbound on western avenue busy main street in Chicago all the sudden my car started shaking and vibrating as I approach the lighti had to turn my car off put it in park first turn it off and then try to turn it back on to accelerate it only works once until I got to the second main light and my car would not move or accelerate and I was stuck in the middle of a busy main street with cars behind me beeping and driving past me. Not to mention my RPM's we're going all over the place and I could not drive past 20 miles per hour and the car would speed up and slow down on its own and it felt like it was over working itself. Prior to this ionly a week ago that I heard a rattling noise and took it into my mechanic to see what the problem was and the computer told him it was a transmission issue which at this time Nissan had refused to repair and replace based on the warranty because I was over a thousand miles which at that point I never knew or was notified there was an extended warranty otherwise I would have taken in the car a lot sooner thousand miles is only two weeks more of driving for me. Also my RPM's were going all over the place I couldn't even drive past 20 miles per hour and then the car would speed up with the RPM's increasing not only does this present a problem need driving the car but it also created a safety issue I could have gotten hit from behind with my 1 year old child in the backseat crying hysterically and I could have gotten hit moving my own car to safety because I had to get it out of the main busy street and no one came out to help me and I was pushing my car by myself in 20 below freezing weather in Chicago.now it's going to cost me $2,000 to fix this problem that Nissan already knew was an issue never notified me of even with the extended warranty and did not want to cover it because I was over the mileage.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Oct 222015


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. In addition, the vehicle vibrated violently. The contact mentioned that the check engine warning light stopped illuminating and the failure stopped. The failure occurred once. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #15

Jun 022014


  • 94,520 miles


My complaint is for oil leak and electrical system problem. 1 year after purchasing my 2007 Nissan Altima, I took it for oil change were they stated we think there might be a leak somewhere. 3 months later I took the car for another oil change and all of a sudden it was a major oil leak. This just one incident and I have read several complaint forum where people are having the same problem and some resulted in there cars catching on fire. Then on approximately April 22, 2015 I was driving my vehicle and it randomly shut off, none the car would start, the key entry wouldn't work, the radio would come on and the heating/air unit would work nor would the truck open and actually the truck stopped opening a month before the car shut off while I was driving. Nissan refuses to fix any of these problems and I really feel that they should fix this problem since it is a multitude of cars with this same problem. Also, my car has been sitting since April 22, 2015 down the street from my home

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #14

Feb 022013


  • 126,000 miles
We were driving to tampa and car suddenly stopped and had to go on the side of the road and will not start. Had to be towed to the closer transmission repair shop. They checked the engine and had a hole in it and could not figure what the cause of the hole, it took two weeks to get the diagnosis and told us we need to get a new transmission, we paid $5000 for it and had no choice as that was the only car between me and my husband to go to work. I contacted Nissan and they said it was not under warranty and could not help me even if I told them there were other complaints about the car. Even the repair guy told us that Nissan had so many problems. After 2 months there were more problems, seems every few months something is wrong and now my car is sitting again in the repair shop just after 2 yrs and they said I need another transmission!!!!! this is crazy, I wish I had trade in the car before this happened as this is a piece of junk. I will never buy Nissan before and hopefully I can get the word out not to buy Nissan.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 212015


  • 160,500 miles
I took my niece to this crappy dealership today to get her car serviced because she has a recall to replace the exhaust manifold. I spoke with [xxx] on Feb 18 at 0245P to schedule an appointment. Well we arrived today at 0730hrs this morning. First off service person [xxx] spoke with her(niece) and convinced her she needed to have diagnostics ran on her vehicle. I cancelled that idea because we already had established on the 18th that there was a recall for the exhaust manifold(sulev emissions alt 07-08). That was $110 he wasn't making.. after we sat for 2.5 hrs., this joker returns to tell me that it took his mechanic 2 hours to find a recall on the vehicle. Mind you we knew about it and that's why we were there to begin with and two it was a bs line he was trying to get away with. I spoke with [xxx] (she too brushed me off) who informed me to speak with a stand in stupidvisor named [xxx]. well it didn't get any better because after being told by victor it would take 4-5 hours to do but only after they took care of the other afternoon customers that had later time slots, [xxx] said they were not going to do it. Now im heated after being jerked around all [xxx] day, you're telling me its not going to get done"?" I told the to bring my car out and I wanted paperwork. Victor [xxx] attempted tried cover his [xxx] by saying on the paperwork that we declined serviced after we were told by him and the supervisor [xxx] that it wasn't gonna happen. Tacky tacky tacky... ive purchased 4 cars from these clowns at this dealership since 2001. Well they just lost my business and my loyalty to the dealership. I wont send anyone there again.. very unprofessional and they are liars. My money will be well spent elsewhere. Not only do we have to find another Nissan dealer, she is forced to operate and unsafe vehicle with a six year old son. Shame on rt 22 Nissan.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 142013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


While driving down the expressway, all the warning lights on the dashboard lit up and the speedometer dropped to zero. I coasted and pulled off the side of the road, turning off the vehicle. I then restarted the vehicle and proceeded to drive off, only to experience this same problem several more times. It is currently at our mechanic's, but they are having difficulty troubleshooting the problem. This problem initially happened while my wife was driving home from work. She explained the problem, I took the vehicle out for a drive and it did the same thing.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #11

Feb 162011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate past approximately 30 mph. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but the failure was not diagnosed. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled and would not restart after several attempts. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Cherry Valley , IL, USA

problem #10

May 032011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
I purchased this vehicle used with an (Nissan certified) extended warranty with approximately 25,000 miles in 2010. I have had the automatic cvt transmission replaced (under warranty---cvt replaced with new transaxle assembly) on three separate occasions between 2011 and 2013. In early 2013, ross Nissan claimed there was nothing wrong with the transmission and did not replace it, one month later I took it too valley hi Nissan in victorville and they told me that it should have been replaced by ross. The problem is as follows: The car when driven over long periods of time in traffic (1 hour or more), the transmission begins to whine, especially when climbing up hills. On over five occasions the car speed topped out at about 45-55 mph on the freeway and could not go faster on steep inclines. I would have to pull the car over to the slow lane as it would not accelerate past the 45-55 mph until the incline in the freeway leveled off. This has happened several times and each time it has happened, the Nissan dealer would evaluate it and state that the transmission was faulty. The transmission were replaced approximately around 45K, 77K, 109K, in doing the research the following bulletins seem to match the problem that I've been having ntb-13-079 and ntb-12-057 and the one mentioned by the dealer which I couldn't find on this website tsb-ntb10-143A. They all seem to indicate a problem with the fail safe for the cvt transmission fluid protector. I don't understand why Nissan will not replace this issue as it has happened on so many cars. Although my warranty had expired, the problem was never solved correctly. I don't take the car on the freeway, because I am in fear that I will be rammed by another vehicle as the car will not accelerate on occasions when the car is running too hot. The car/transmission is defective.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 152014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle became disabled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed the riser on the serpentine belt snapped. As a result, the belt and riser needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Dec 092013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


While driving at approximately 30mph, the transmission started to kick or jerk, and eventually the transmission stopped working.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 162011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while sitting at a light, she heard a knocking noise. The contact checked the oil and noticed that it was empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the oil cooling assembly had a leak and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #6

Feb 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
First, no problems but at regular oil maintenance, they said we had an oil leak. Had it fixed. Engine started stalling. No warning lights. Said had an oil leak of some kind. Fixed it again (so we thought). Happened again two months later - car started stalling. Engine light came on that time. Towed it Nissan. Said had an oil leak. Fixed it (again we thought). Two months later riding down road at low speed, car caught on fire. Got it put out before engulfed because of a gentleman passing by had a cooler full of water. Engine is now totally no good and have another year to pay on this car.

- Wesson, MS, USA

problem #5

May 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
I contact Nissan Corp and file a complaint pertaining to the engine oil cooler. Nissan had a recall on this part back in 2007. They call it the 2007 campaign. The results were giving to me on 6/11/2013 stating that they will not pay for the repairs. I paid 70 dollars to get the inspection at Nissan for them to tell me they will not repair my car. My car is dripping more oil than usually and the issue is the same issue they recall my model car back in 2007. My car is at great risk of catching fire because of the poor quality engine.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 142007

Altima 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I was driving my car heading home from work on the highway in steady traffic and the car wouldn't go just dropped down to zero, however the car was going about 35...I contacted my dealer and they said it was probably bad gas and to bring it in for a check..after going in and paying the 90 plus dollars I was told nothing was wrong..after time passed it didn't do it for a while and around 95thousand plus miles it did it all over again.. took car in and was told nothing was wrong..after driving and finally it wouldn't go anymore and my cars was at about 160 miles by now I took it in and was told that I need to maybe get a tune up after getting a tune up. It drove fine until I drove out of state and the car was driving but speedometer was @0. finally made it home safe after letting car cool on the highway every 50 miles and took back to shop and was told that when gettin a tune up if fluids look ok they aren't changed..so upon finding this out I was told I needed a new transmission @ a different shop put new transmission in and drove fine for 35 plus thousand miles and everything started all over again..took back and was told I needed a catalytic converter a new down flex pipe and a new transmission...I would like to know how to get a car transmission recalled or off the market cause I've never had to deal with a car like this before..I guess that's what I get for stepping out on the Acura and Honda family...:-) please look into this for me thank you!!

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Pulled off the highway and merged into a left hand turn lane. When I came to a stop I noticed black smoke coming from the engine block. My car then caught fire and it was later totaled by the insurance company. The previous day I had my car serviced at a Nissan dealership. They changed my oil/filter and changed a part that was recalled (dealing with leaking brake fluids).... coincidence (sarcasm meant)"?"

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Feb 092011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The engine cooling assembly on the Nissan Altima from 2007-2012 after they reach a certain amount of mileage they begin to start leaking oil. It starts off with just a couple of drips and over time it progressively gets worse. There are a numerous number of individuals online asking if others with the same type of vehicle are having the same problem. So obviously there is a faulty part that was installed on these vehicles that Nissan is avoiding the real significance of the issue. Which can cause your vehicle to lose all the engine oil without realizing it and damaging your engine. I am one of those individuals having the same issue on my vehicle, wanting Nissan to take responsibility for these costs. The replacement of the engine oil cooling assembly is quite costly. This part is a part that can't be damaged by human error, it is tucked away underneath the engine. Thank you

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112012

Altima 4-cyl Diesel

  • 25,948 miles
Slowly entering home garage. Braking. Vehicle abruptly accelerated into garage striking and destroying work bench and damaging rear garage wall. Left rubber burn marks where front (drive) wheels spun after impact and drag marks on floor where rear wheels were locked up and dragging. Filled garage and engine compartment of car with sheet rock dust from the impact with the interior wall. Do not recall when engine returned to idle but was able to shift into reverse and back away from damage area. Car was drivable and operated normally after restarting. Dealer estimated damage to car at $2667.99, reported incident to Nissan Consumer Affairs and was assigned case #[xxx]. I will now drive the car with extreme caution and discourage my wife from driving it. Waiting for response by Nissan representative, which was promised within two working days. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincoln, NE, USA

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