hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,343 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #82

Apr 152015


  • 155,000 miles


Dashboard has begun to melt, leaving a sticky residue that is highly reflective. In direct sunlight, it will reflect onto windshield causing reduced visibility. Residue will not wipe off. Attracts loose fibers, dirt, and debris. Inner dashboard toward airbag and steering wheel is also pitting due to a tacky texture from melting....updated 07/13/16

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #81

May 182015


  • 72,500 miles
The dashboard in my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe is giving off a strong chemical smell, is very sticky to the touch, and is so shiny that it generates an intense glare on the windshield when in direct sunlight. The windshield glare is a huge safety hazard that is only getting worse -- it used to be that I could get by with wearing sunglasses but now the glare is so intense that even with polarized sunglasses on, I have to lean this way and that in order to see what's in front of me. If I were to lose my sunglasses while out and about, I would absolutely be unable to drive until after sunset. It's unsafe for me and everyone on the road to operate a vehicle with such bad windshield obstruction. Any bugs or debris that come in contact with the areas of the dashboard that are melting instantly become stuck. It looks a lot like a tar pit and if you touch it, a tar-like substances comes off and is very hard to remove from your skin. The fumes it gives off are nauseating and seem to make the windshield foggy. When trying to clean the weird chemical fog off, I have to be extra careful not to let the cleaning rags touch any part of the dash because it will literally pull the rag apart, leaving behind distracting pieces of cloth all over the dash. I asked Nissan Consumer Affairs to help remedy my situation but they refused to help because the vehicle is no longer in warranty. It seems that as time goes on and the weather gets hotter, the dashboard only gets worse and worse. I cannot afford to fix the problem on my own (the dealership estimates that the repair will cost over $2,000) but I also don't feel safe driving in the sunlight.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #80

Jan 012011


  • 45,000 miles
Dashboard meltdown - causing dangerous glare when driving Nissan states not apart of recall" "

- Zephyrhills , FL, USA

problem #79

Apr 232014


  • 60,000 miles


Dashboard has melted. The glare has bricks so bad that it S a safety concern when driving in daylight. Sunlight reflects and makes it difficult to see traffic ahead.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #78

Apr 012014

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 showing a residue on front dash about 2 years ago. It has worsened to point where a glare from sunlight reflection disrupts field of vision while driving. I've seen numerous other complaints about the dashboard melting in warmer climates with higher quantity of sunlight.

- Bossier, LA, USA

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problem #77

Apr 152015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima needs to be recalled due to dashboard melting. The dashboard is sticky and gives off a glare during the daytime while driving. This issue is extremely hazardous and blinds my vision when I drive during the day. Please Nissan fix this issue. Take responsibility for the materials used when manufacturing a vehicle. Care about your customers concerns and fix my dashboard.

- Sunrise , FL, USA

problem #76

Jun 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


The dashboard of my 2008 Nissan Altima has been melting for over a year and a half and is now causing such a large and intense glare on the windshield that it is difficult to see during daytime hours and at night when driving under lights. The dashboard is constantly sticky and comes off in chunks when you touch it. I have searched for information about this issue and found several people with the same problem. Some have even reported issues/possible issues with the airbags. It wasn't until today when I searched again, hoping others may have come up with a solution, that I found a thread on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nissanusa/posts/10152938385130375) discussing actions to take to better this situation. One Nissan owner suggested filing a complaint here. Some owners have reported quotes from Nissan dealerships ranging from $300 to over $2500 when Nissan knows of this defect and it is not in any way caused by the car owners. Please help us fix this situation. Updated 5/4/2016

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #75

Feb 152015


  • 84,000 miles
I live in jacksonville, fl and the dashboard in my car appears to be melting. The glare this causes can be very bad and dangerous. I've had to struggle with seeing out of the car in the evenings because of the glare.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #74

Aug 122014


  • 120,000 miles
Dashboard is shiny from plasticizers (?) leaching out or breaking down causing glare that is obstructing vision causing an unsafe driving condition. This glare obstructs the drivers view enough to make driving unsafe to pedestrians, bicyclists, other motorists and occupant of this vehicle.

- St Pete Beach, FL, USA

problem #73

Feb 012012


  • miles
Nearly 1/3 of the dashboard has melted, leaving a sticky residue that causes extreme and sudden reflection of sunlight, including during high speed driving. This is not cosmetic - it is simply a safety issue. My mechanic, with more than 20 years experience, has stated that he has never seen a vehicle (even old vehicles) with melting as extensive. Please address this before it causes a major accident.

- St Petersburg , FL, USA

problem #72

May 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


My wife and I started to notice that the dashboard of our car is melting. We are extremely concerned about safety because the glare off of the shiny melted surface can decrease the driver's ability to see perfectly clear. It is a hazard, especially during sunny days. I have done some research online, and I notice many other car's owner experiencing the same safety issue. The melting is getting worse and Nissan don't want to be held accountable. This should be a recall for the safety of public transportation and everyone around.

- Daytona Beach , FL, USA

problem #71

Nov 272014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Dashboards melting and causing a glare on the windshield that impairs driving ability. This is completely unsafe on the road, I cannot see where I am driving.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5sl, I live in southeast Florida. My dash is "melting" and has become a shiny, sticky black mess that creates an incredible glare on the windshield. I'm aware that this problem has been under investigation for quite some time and I want to add my name to the list of complaints. I found it annoying that the dash was melting, I've had other car dashes crack in the heat, but not melt. The main problem is that the dash is so shiny now it can be nearly impossible to see through the windshield when the sun is out. I first noticed the issue a year or so ago. I've selected Jan 1, 2014 arbitrarily. It was around that time that the issue really started being a problem.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #69

Sep 152012


  • 75,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima dash is melting. It is impossible to see when facing the sun and a safety hazard. Nissan needs to recall this item.

- Lumberton, TX, USA

problem #68

Jan 012014


  • miles
During the past year or so, my 2008 Nissan Altima coupe has been developing a very sticky and extremely shiny surface on the dashboard which is unwashable and when sunlight is reflected off it, it makes it very difficult to see the road ahead and has nearly caused me to cause an accident on several occasions. I though I was the only one but reading up on it, this seems to be a problem with the 2008 Nissan Altima. Please help and do something about this as to fix this potentially life-threatening defect, not only for me but for other 2008 Altima drivers, passengers, and and fellow neighboring cars on the road. Thank you!

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #67

Jul 012008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima dash board is melting. I live in miami fl. And brought my 2008 Altima new from a local dealer. Around 2010, I started to notice the deterioration of the dash board. I thought the problem was related to a cleaning product. However, based on my recent research over the internet and personal observation of other 2008 Altima's own by others, the melting dash board is a pervasive problem. This problem is a real safety issue that Nissan should be resolving by recalling there vehicles that have this problem. The dash board is so shiny that it inter-fears with the driver's vision while driving. When the sun is shining, the dash reflex the sun directly in the face of the driver. I reached out to Nissan (case# [xxx]) they explained that it is nothing they can do because the car is out of warranty and refuse to repair or resolve the issues. However, since this is safety concern that has the potential of endangering the people lives, the warranty limitation should not apply. I am asking for Nissan to confirm a recall and replace my dash board. Case#[xxx] VIN#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #66

Jan 052015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2008 Nissan Altima, purchased in 2010. At purchase, the dash board appeared tacky, but was intact and the original color of flat/matt black. Over time the dashboard has become glossy black and viscous (as if it were melting). The glossy nature has become a glare issue, reflecting the light and at times impairing visibility. After a brief internet search, I see this has been an issue for the Altima model, especially 2007-2009, as well as other Nissan/infiniti models yet Nissan usa refuges to acknowledge culpability. I also have found that a class action suite has been files in southern district of Florida for this very problem ([xxx] V. Nissan North America, Inc.). there has been no recall of this issue as of yet, while Mazda and Toyota have issued recall notices for the same issue. This is a costly replacement ($2000+) and should be covered by a recall notice as it is clearly a defective plastic mixture and is an issue for passenger safety. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #65

Sep 222014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Sometime in the fall of 2014 I noticed an area on the dashboard of my 2008 Nissan Altima was beginning to appear "sticky" looking. My first thought was that a drink may have been spilled on the dash when entering/exiting the vehicle and the lingering residue had formed a coating. When I got home I tried wiping the affected area of the dashboard with water on a rag. Quickly the rag became stuck to the dashboard material itself and couldn't be moved in a wiping motion any further. The rag took some effort to be separated from the dashboard, and sticking to it was a thick rubbery substance that was the same color black as the dashboard. It was then I realized that the dashboard itself was melting. Since then the problem has gotten worse and the area of melted dashboard has increased in size. Large spots on the driver and passenger sides' dash are now melted, as well as small areas above the A/C vents. The melted areas have a very shiny appearance that creates significant glare on the windshield. At certain angles with sunlight the glare creates a large visual distraction/obstruction and it is a dangerous safety hazard. The reflection from the dashboard onto the windshield can make it very hard to see pedestrians, other cars, traffic signs; anything that is in the area of windshield with the reflected glare becomes very difficult to see. In addition to the safety concerns, I cannot put anything on the dashboard now. Everything I've placed on it will stick to the dash, and will come off with a sticky black rubber coating on it when removed from the dash. It's awful. And I fear that the substance melting could possibly be carcinogenic and making the air in the car toxic. This is a serious problem and there needs to be a recall from the manufacturer to fix it. It is 100% a manufacturer defect. Please make Nissan address this issue! please help with this! thank you

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #64

Jul 312011


  • miles
I bought a 2008 Nissan Altima in Florida. I first started to notice my dashboard had a sticky residue in July 2011. It has been progressively worse everyday. I have also begin to notice my dashboard is also cracking. I know this is not an isolated issue. The visibility has become a safety concern. There are times where I can't even see the road due to the glare. This issue needs to looked at if not recalled.

- Yigo, GU, USA

problem #63

May 012013

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
My dashboard is melting. When I drive, the sun hits the dashboard. It looks like a sheet of water because it is melted. The reflection hits my eyes and affects visibility. Everything that touches the dashboard gets sticky and black marks. I have tried to get this resolved with Nissan, but they refuse to cover all of the costs. I cannot afford to pay the huge labor costs and I do not fee that I should be liable for a factory defect. This is not only cosmetic, but a safety issue.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

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