really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,975 miles

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2007 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Apr 092014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I attempted to pass another vehicle and my car began stalling and I had to immediately pull over on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic.had I been on a bridge or been followed closely by another car it could have caused an accident. I placed in park and attempted to restart the car several times before it started.I called petro Nissan and they said it sounded as if the cam or drive sensor was going out. I drove cautiously to the nearest Nissan dealer(mossey) in houston. They did diagnostics on it but could not find the cause. When I arrived at the Mississippi river bridge in baton rouge I approached at 70mph but on the bridge I could not get the accelerator to respond to keep me above 50 mph. I felt I would have stalled had the bridge been any steeper or longer. It was very scary but I managed to make it over and experienced no further problems. I took it to petro the next morning on Thursday and it has been there since. They have not been able to diagnose or re produce the symptoms. Today, they are consulting Nissan factory engineer.

- Purvis, MS, USA

problem #8

Oct 052013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 121,918 miles
I was driving on the interstate and I put the car in cruise control. The car comes off cruise control and I enter it into cruise control again. The same results happen. Then I notice my RPM accelerating and my mph decelerating. I knew I had to pull my vehicle over to the side of the road immediately. As I'm switching lanes my car starts to smoke profusely and I say small flames from the front of the vehicle. Nissan affairs refuses to fix my vehicle because it is exactly 1, 918 miles outside of the warranty. Although, my transmission blew prematurely.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 082011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Starting in 2011 every once in a while the cruise control lights started blinking which disabled the ability to use the cruise control. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted to reset the lights and be able to use cruise control. This became more frequent as time went on. Now in 2013 the cruise control lights blink 99.99% of the time and cannot be reset by turning vehicle off. The cruise control now does not work at all even on the rare occasion when the light is not blinking.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 232012


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while attempting to park the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward. The vehicle jumped a curve and hit a tree. The air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained chest injuries do to the crash. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer manufatcurer was made aware of the failure who decided to send out an engineer to inspect the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 76,141.

- Golf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jul 272011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,704 miles


Scanned vehicle codes were: P1715, P1574 and P720. All three codes are for the transmission speed sensors. Primary and secondary speed sensors. Both were replaced because of burnning or rubbing due to improper spacing. New spacers were added along with new sensors. Total cost for parts only were- $445.13! additional fees were the labor and sensor washer, bringing the whole invoice to $762.83! this was a fault from the manufacturer.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Mar 252011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving 2 mph, the rpms started to increase and the vehicle accelerated while the trying to park. The contact was applying pressure to the brake pedal when this occurred causing the contact to crash into a pole. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was inspected by an engineer from Nissan who stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The engineer also stated the contact may not have had enough time to stop the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 35,000. Updated 05/24/11 updated 05/25/11

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 252010


  • 32,000 miles
On 01/25/2010, I was driving from work and while I attempted to stop to a light, the brakes failed to respond. I couldn't control the car anymore. The car slid, and hit another car in the back, but because the speed was low, the damage was minor. After that, the car was frozen ; the police came and the car was towed to a nearby autobody shop; after the outside damage was fixed, the car was transported to a Nissan dealership because the car was not drivable.(the soft ware was messed up, as the dealer told me).at the Nissan dealership, the software was reset. They couldn't guarantee though that this incident will not happen again. I contacted the manufacturer and explained that this car had a general inspection less than 2 months prior the accident and the annual revision less than3 weeks prior the accident, and now, even the car was fixed the Nissan dealer cannot guarantee that the system will not fail again. The manufacturer decided to sent the car for another inspection to the same Nissan dealer that couldn't guarantee the safety of my car. At this point, I am afraid driving the car.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 192007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,178 miles
While driving 60 mph the car jerked forward as if there was a hard shift, the rpms dropped, and vehicle started to decelerate. I thought the cruise control disengaged so I pressed the gas pedal and I was still decelerating. I pulled to the side of the highway. Within 30 smoke started coming out from underneath the hood on the drivers side and through the vents. I got out of the car and went to safe place on the side of the road and turned to see the inside of the car completely filled with black smoke. Within a minute the flames came out from under the hood of the car. Within 10 minutes the car was completely engulfed in flames. This was a rental vehicle that was just completing a round trip of 180 miles. It was approximately 93 degrees with a heat index of 100. He vehicle was rented through enterprise rent-A-car. The agreement number id D-590774 with claim number 76J52.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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