really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,475 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Mar 092012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 19,752 miles


The push start engine ignition depends upon pressing the brake pedal to start the vehicle. The engine would not start because the brake pedal could not be pressed completely in order for the push start to operate correctly. This has since occurred multiple times. We must push the brake pedal a number of times in order for the vehicle to start. According to the auto dealer they are not aware of any problem but upon search of the internet I have found many cases of similar problem. Nissan dealer offers to replace the brake part at a fee. Request that Nissan take responsibility for faulty brake button that appears to be causing this problem on many Nissan Altima vehicles.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 022012


  • 53,000 miles
I have 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S which has push button start. I.e. person has to push button and press brake at same time to start the engine. There is a switch / sensor near brake pedal which sends signal that brake has been pressed (and also turns on rear brake lights). One day, all of sudden, when I tried to start car it didn't start. It keep saying press brake (accessories / radio etc all turn on). So the cycle of accessories - on- off kept on happening. I thought battery is weak and even tried jump start. So, after trying pushing brake + button for 30minutes, car finally started. This happened 2-3 times and I got very frustrated....finally I started reading online about this problem. Many people have posted same complain / issue. They suggested to check whether rear brake lights turn on when I press brake or not.. if not then the switch is bad.. I saw many people were able to fix problem by replacing switch ($50 expense). I did the same and car has been working fine since then (2-3 months). Dealer tries to charge $150 only for switch and then $500 for other stuff to eliminate root cause of issue.. as many people are effected by this issue, I firmly believe that Nissan should recall and fix this issue at their cost. Dealers are making tons of money off 2007-2008 Altima owners.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 202012


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The contact was able start the vehicle and took it to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the brake switch failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The current mileage was 61,310 and the failure mileage was 59,000.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 092012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that as she attempted to use the push button ignition start and applied the brakes, the brakes seized abnormally and the vehicle did not start. The contact played around with several wires above the brake pedal to get the vehicle to start however, the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and provided no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

May 262011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 66,536 miles
The master cylinder failed. It leaked fluid onto the brake booster causing the booster to fail. When released, the brake pedal would stay depressed momentarily and then pop up abruptly and then when depressed again the brakes would grab.

- Grant, AL, USA

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