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

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2008 Nissan Altima brakes problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 122016


  • 91,000 miles


Brakes felt as if the emergency brake was on all the time and vehicle would only go in first gear and if I let off the gas the car would come to a halt. Car was towed to dealer for master cylinder changeout. Nissan claims my vehicle id was not a part of a known service bulletin for this vehicle 2007-2012. I think this matter warrants further looking into as my son is the primary driver

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #24

Mar 232016


  • 91,000 miles
I was driving home from work, and suddenly the ABS vdc and slip illuminated. Then I almost got rear ended. That guy told me that my braking light is not working. Luckily I was inside military base and people were alert. It happened on the street while I was driving.

- Fort Hood, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 012015


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start until after several attempts. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pedal was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. MA 10/2

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #22

May 302015


  • 52,800 miles


Vehicle, is making a rubberish noise in the brake booster when the brake pedal is pushed down, brakes in the vehicle are relatively new and when required to a hard brake vehicle does not respond well. I had to refill the brake fluid reservoir with a little bit of fluid not much. I believe it might be leacking small amounts of fluid to the booster over time, I bought the vehicle from someone else known to me, so I have known the car for quite some time and its being having this issue for a while now. I have seen many threads about this problem, which must be solved with Nissan. This should not be a problem at 53 000 miles.

- Hialeah , FL, USA

problem #21

Oct 012014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Purchase car 2010 ABS brake came on all time dealer try to reset ABS light it would turn off for few days and come make on they dont no why it doing it :( its 2015 and light still on. 2014 I was on interstate going 65 mph then all sudden my Nissan started losing power fast when I pushed on gas was not reading. Had to pull to side of road and we had checked all fluids and looked for any leaks which all was good. I had gotten and my oil changed before my trip. Sat on side interstate for 20 mins try to restart it started ok just had no power like gas was nit flowing right. Waiting another 10 mins trying again. Finally gain power and was able to get to my destination. Had it checked by shop couldn't fine problem. The car sometime don't turn over on push start and I have to slam down on my break to start it about 5 times took to Nissan dealer said they have no idea why it keeps sticking and not turning over I also had to change my battery 3 times from 2010 to 2014. Which that's not good. I see all these 2008 Nissan getting recalled then I look at the my car and how much money I had to pay out pocket for the same recalls on other Nissan. Found out exhaust manifold has been recalled on many 2008 Nissan but mine and that is one of problems wrong !

- Valley, NE, USA

problem #20

Nov 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,001 miles
Car will not start even though there is power. This is the fifth time this has happened. Dealer has replaced battery. Problem occurred 1 month later. Brake switch appears to be the problem. Have been able to start after "playing" with the brake switch. Dealer replaced switch but the car wont start again 5 weeks later.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #19

Mar 162014


  • miles


It all started a couple months prior when my brake light was on and I could not find a leak or figure out what was going on. Then I noticed the brake fluid was leaking just couldn't find where. We realized it was the master cylinder and replaced that as well as the booster box (where it was leaking.) that master cylinder was faulty and we had it replaced again. In March I was driving 12 hours back to my hometown for vacation after being told my car was okay and mid trip I lost my brakes getting off the highway. I was able to make it to my town using the little brake I had left since this happened in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere. The shop then does my pads, calipers, rotors thinking that is the issue seeing as I've been through 2 master cylinders; that was not the problem it was another faulty master cylinder. That finally was replaced and so far so good. Thankfully nothing happened to me but I could have gotten into a bad accident. I also called Nissan to be reimbursed like the campaign says and was denied. Everything about my situation fits the campaign and seeing as the situation could have been a lot worse I should at least be reimbursed for the repairs.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #18

Apr 282014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 215,000 miles
Was driving to work on the highway using cruise control and then I tried to get out of cruise and step on the gas pedal but it got stuck, I realized I wasn't able to get over to the first lane due to traffic, so I tried to slow down to pull over to the median closest to the third lane, however, the brakes stopped working and I wasn't able to stop the vehicle, I even tried to press the button to shut the car off but it wouldn't shut down, there was no smell of smoke or anything and than as the car begin slowing on its own, all of a sudden smoke just poofed up and I grabbed my purse and phone and jumped out of the moving car. Ran away from the car and realize that I had taken my wallet out of my purse previous and I turned to go back but the car was engulfed in flames. I called 911 to get assistance.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 172013


  • 105,000 miles
The switch that allows the car to start and lights the brake lights is sticking, this is a common problem that Nissan is aware of. The car not starting is annoying, if the switch sticks after the car is started then the brake lights will fail to illuminate, that is dangerous. The car fails to start with regularity, if the switch is manipulated it starts, I do not know if the break lights are failing but I assume this is occurring. These cars should be recalled for replacement of these switches.

- Mullica Hill, NJ, USA

problem #16

Aug 302013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I pulled in a parking space, foot on the brake, and before I could put it in park the car accelerated and took off. The brakes would not stop the car. I went about twenty feet, over curbs, sidewalk, another parking space, avoiding cars, skid marks made, and finally directed the car toward a dumpster and it stopped. It is a miracle that someone in my path wasn't killed. The engine was pushed back and so the body shop connected with Nissan considered it a total loss.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

problem #15

Aug 302013


  • 66,775 miles


The following had to be fixed all on one visit: My alternator replaced; top motor mount replaced, brake sensor replaced, battery replaced, and had an oil cooler leak fixed. All was covered with my extended warranty ($858 otherwise). It has had a total of 4 batteries, 2 alternators, 2 manna folds (a recall), new shocks and struts (I paid for) and my transmission warranty was extended to 120,000 miles. (there was also another recall to the fuel tank but can't remember any specifics). I take great care of my car, have it maintained regularly, and only use quality gas. This is my fourth Nissan and I am greatly disappointed in the quality. I am debating as to whether or not I should trade it in.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 152012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When I press on the brake to start the engine, it will not start and the light on the dash comes and says press the brake to start. The switch does not recognize that I am pressing the brake. This is an intermittent problem that may happen everyday for a week and then may not happen again for 3 weeks. If you press the brake in and press the buttons under the brake pedal, it helps to recognize the pedal is pressed. I have checked several on line forums where many car owners have posted the same exact problem with Altima of similar year models 2007 to 2010.

- Cadiz, KY, USA

problem #13

Jul 062012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes became unresponsive, causing the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the left hand and the vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. A police report was not filed. Prior to the crash, the contact received notification of a manufacturer's recall however she was unable to have the vehicle serviced because the dealer did not have the necessary parts to complete the recall repair. In addition, the brake lights had illuminated prior to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- San Benito, TX, USA

problem #12

May 152013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Ramsey Nissan service department replaced my worn rotors with "warped" rotors...I need replacement of both front and rear brakes and rotors, according to ramsey Nissan service department. The service department installed, allegedly, original equipment manufactured brakes and rotors to replace my worn parts. The day I picked my car back up from the service department, I drove out of the dealership parking lot onto the highway - it only took the first brake, literally, going at around 40-50 mph to notice that my car was shaking. Confused, I immediately called Nissan service to let them know what I was experiencing. They assured me that this was the normal "break in" period for the brakes and that I would likely experience this for the next 500-1000 miles; keep in mind that I had no reason to not believe them as I was confident they had at least tested the brakes/rotors before giving the car back to me. Approximately 5-6 weeks later, I was still experiencing this issue; Nissan service later confirmed that my front rotors were "warped". Nissan service had ultimately installed inadequate and faulty rotors in my car. According to a individual auto mechanic who runs inspections, my car would immediately fail inspection. Clearly, with these faulty rotors, my braking ability was severely diminished; in an emergency situation, the last thing I would want to be unsure of is my brakes/rotors, which should be working 100 out of 100 times in extreme situations. These were rotors would cause my car to fail inspection and thus put in danger the lives of me, my family, and the people around me. Had I known that these were faulty rotors, I immediately would have had them replaced. But I drove around for over a month with a braking system that would fail inspection.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 292013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
On several occasions I have tried to start the car but the brake resists being pressed in. I press the push to start button but the car does not start, only the dashboard lights and radio come on (as though I am not pushing the break in). I took my car to the dealership and they said I needed to replace my brake switch and harness for the low, low price of $500. The problem is intermittent so they cannot guarantee that it will fix the problem. This needs to be addressed by Nissan immediately, as I see all over the web that everyone with a 2007 or 2008 Altima is having this problem. What are recalls for except for precisely this type of issue??

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #10

Nov 062012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
My brake light on the dashboard lights on and off. I had less than 25K miles on my car. I am reporting this because I have read of numerous complaints re this on the internet but no known recall by Nissan. Apparently this is a known issue and brake fluid is leaking.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #9

Apr 102013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
In December of 2012 my car started to give me problems with starting. (45000 miles)I push the brake and push to start button, but only the lights come on. I had it towed to the dealer, and they said it is a brake switch problems, and that others have come in with the same problem on the 2007 and 2008 Altima. They fix the problem for $268 which was a complete waste of money, because in April 2013 and the same problem happening again.(48000 miles) I had the car towed back to the dealer and they replace the brake switch for me for free this time, and said that it maybe a bigger problem such as the sub harness for the brake light switch. But I will have to pay $125 for the diagnosis charge and I told them to call the corporate office have the Altima recalled and some other "kind words". I read online from various posts that others Altima 2007 and 2008 are having this problem. So for now I am left to pay to fix the problem out my pocket which is a complete headache, because Nissan should be fully aware of this problem.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #8

Feb 022013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I had noticed months ago that the brake performance was not up to par, but as conditions were generally dry, it was not a problem. I did have new rotors and pads installed at 50,000 miles, but had no better brake performance. As soon as we experienced snowy/icy conditions it became a problem as the vehicle would then slide with the brakes locked, even though snow tires were installed. I then determined that the rear brakes were not working at all, and the hash marks from manufactures grinding on the new rear discs was virtually untouched. The rear brakes were bled, and there was no evidence of air in the line which pointed to a problem upstream. With the rear of the car raised and the brake pedal fully depressed, the rear wheels could still be turned by hand. There is evidence that the master cylinder is weeping at the booster.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 122012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
To whom it may concern, I wrote this letter to Consumer Affairs and to the CEO of Nissan: Dear [xxx], my name is [xxx]and I am a current owner of a 2008 Nissan Altima. For the past three weeks, I have been dealing with Nissan's West coast regional office in regards to issues I have been experiencing with my car. I have been treated very poorly and I am astonished and disgraced by both one of your Nissan dealerships here in los angeles and by your corporate representatives. As a leader myself for one of the most valuable company's in the world, I have found myself at a loss for words. [xxx], a man who has been empowered to make decisions for Nissan, stated by brett locher, his supervisor, has decided that Nissan should not fix the issue that I have been experiencing since the first day I leased the car. I was lied to by the sales representative that my vehicle had temporary battery issues. Later on in the year, I experienced similar issues. I was advised by your dealership in glendale, ca to pay for a new battery exchange. After purchasing the vehicle, I experienced the same issues until recently when my car became inactive to the the start/stop ignition switch not responding with the brake harness. Although I advised your representatives that I have been experiencing this problem way before my vehicle was out of warranty, they continued to explain to me that they would not be able to fix the car without charge because now its out of warranty. The car has around 29,000 miles and has never needed service. I am disappointed from an ethical standpoint and I would like to have my car fixed. It's time for Nissan to stop serving crackers and cheese and begin to serve caviar for customer retention. [xxx] class action lawsuit is needed! many people are experiencing these problems all over the net. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 052012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Pressed on the brake while pushing start button to start car. Car couldn't recognize pressure on brake and wouldn't start. This happened on 20+ occasions. After a period of 10-30 minutes each time, car would eventually start.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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