really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,596 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Jun 252013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The automatic door system in this car is non-functional, all 4 door do not lock or open. It has to be done manually.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 312012


  • miles
Driver door power window control panel not working to operate front passenger window at all.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #25

Jun 142013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 69,500 miles
I drove my car yesterday without any incidents. I have noticed this "key" symbol on dash warning light indicating I needed to insert the key into the car in order to start the car for the past several months. There is no diagnostic code and I was told by the dealership at Nissan that it was just indicating low battery on the key remote (even tho I just replaced the battery in November). I went to start my car this morning and although the dash lights up, the car will not start. I tried to jump start it and still wouldn't start. The brake lights come on and the dash lights up, but the car will not turn over at all. There isn't a fast clicking sound like it could be the starter. The key doesn't work to unlock the doors or the trunk either. Apparently this is as a result of a faulty steering lock unit.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #24

May 032013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


I had only one issue with my 08 Altima. The car would occasionally not recognize either of the key-fobs for what seemed like no reason. It did not seem to matter what time of day, temp., or weather. I even replaced the batteries of the key-fobs and the cars battery as well. (which was suggested as the first try to remedy this problem). On May 3, 2013 with about 66,000 miles or so (still a baby as far as car mileage goes) I had no issues starting the car or with it recognizing the key-fob. The 'issue" happened as I was making a lane change. The steering wheel locked making it impossible to control the car causing us (2 children and myself) to crash. My car was totaled... and after this experience I will not be purchasing or riding in another Nissan again. I'm certain had I been on a major hwy when this occurred we would have died and others injured/dead as well.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #23

Jun 012008


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact was unable to start vehicle with the keyless feature or by using the key in the ignition. The contact had to wait a certain period of time before being able to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to dealer for a diagnostic testing where the brake switch was replaced. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10. The current mileage was 27,750.

- Amity , OR, USA

problem #22

May 052013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the push-to-start system malfunctioned and the vehicle could not be started. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The contact ran an independent diagnostic test, which determined that there was a defect in the steering column, which needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 122013


  • 39,837 miles


Drove car to work. After 3 hours of work went to start car, was able to open door but could not start car. Changed batteries in smart key, still would not start. Had car towed to Nissan dealership. They informed us that it was the steering lock mechanism, a $1400 dollar repair. I called 1-800-nissan1 and argued with them for day's. they finally agreed to pay for the parts but I'm stuck with $311 in labor costs, and we lost our car for nine day's..Nissan refused to pay for a rental car. This needs to be a recall and people need to be reimbursed. Nissan will not guarantee me that this will not happen again as it is the same parts. Something needs to be done!!!!

- Newington, NH, USA

problem #20

Feb 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
The passenger airbag not on" light has been intermittently flashing. It now remains lit (passenger airbag off) when the seat is unoccupied and when a full grown adult or child sits in the passenger seat. I called Nissan and gave them all my information and they informed me that my car was not included in the recall of campaign 08V521000, even though the conditions for repair fit the description. I want Nissan to repair this malfunction so that no one his hurt in my car.

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

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 #17

Aug 312012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles


Vehicle was driving along with other normal traffic when it suddenly lost power and stalled on an incline. Driver carefully steered vehicle to a safe place downhill and called a towing company to tow vehicle to driver's residence. Upon visual inspection of engine compartment, a rubber seal on the ECM wiring harness was found buckled up. On trying to remove and re-insert the harness, it was found that ECM terminals had corroded and some pin contact had actually fallen off. Upon doing some research, this was found to be an issue covered under federal emissions warranty. Driver/owner called the local Nissan dealership who immediately, presumably at their own expense, towed the car to their facility, checked and found the ECM to be faulty but blamed the faulty wiring harness for the failure. And further, the dealer claimed since the harness carries a 3 year warranty and was the "cause" of the ECM failure, this was no longer covered under federal emissions warranty resulting in a bill of $2,000+ for replacing the faulty - corroded - wiring harness and the faulty ECM. Attempts to have the dealer do more research or contact Nissan usa for advise fell on deaf ears. If the car had stalled on high speed and caused fatalities on the highway, would these repairs then have been "part" of federal emissions warranty coverage for publicity purposes? it is out of sheer luck that 1. the car stalled while going downhill and, 2. the car was traveling at 40 miles per hour. I desperately need advise on this while I await for delivery of a special order for the ECM and harness. In the meantime, my rental car expenses are piling up and are not covered by any warranty.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #16

Jan 202012


  • 24,000 miles
I have experienced several incidences where when pressing the brake & trying to start the car (by the push start ignition) the car will not turn over. All electrical components in the vehicle will turn on (radio, power windows, air, etc) but the car will not start. I've had the battery tested numerous times and it always passes as a good battery. After doing some research online, I found several forums where others have complained about the same problem with their 2008 Nissan Altima. From the sounds of it, it might be a problem with a brake cable. With as many other complaints that I've seen on this, how come there hasn't been a recall issued?

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #15

Nov 042011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 45,592 miles
This vehicle is a 2008, Nissan Altima with 45,500 miles driven at the time of failure. We purchased the car new in early 2008. The problem started when, on several occasions, my wife could not get the car to start. Then on Nov. 4, 2011, I witnessed the failure myself. After contacting the Texas aaa motor club and having them come and verify that the car's battery was fully charged and could run the starter, the car started without any corrective action being taken. The car was then driven to the local Nissan dealership and the service report complaint was entered as: "customer states vehicle will not start at times". on the invoice it states "cause: Brake lamp switch failed - not sending signal to BCM for start". the replacement part was listed as a "25320-ax00C switch asm". the cost of the switch was $39.17 with $52.50 labor. Prior to repair, I was given the choice of the $91.67 switch installation, or the installation of a different switch assembly and a replacement cable harness for approximately $250. I chose the replacement switch option because the first switch lasted 45,500 miles, and if the second switch lasted that many miles, it would not need to be replaced until around the 90 or 95 thousand mile mark.

- Hewitt, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 042009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Brake lamp switch malfunctioned at 10000 (April 2009) and 43000 (January 2012) miles, and replaced. When this occurs, the brake lights will not illuminate when the brake is applied, which is a hazard that could result in a crash. Because brake must be applied for engine ignition, the vehicle will also not start.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I recently having issue with my brake light coming on and off at random times. Which after researching online it appears to be a common issue for many others, with brake leaks. I have noticed a slight difference in the brake effectiveness, which causes concern for me. I have an 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 SE with roughly 56,000 miles. I bought this car used with only 22K miles roughly in 2009 and have other issues with electrical work in the radio. The radio has already been replaced by the dealership when it was still under warranty and now it is happening again where my volume dial doesn't turn the volume up or down it locks between three volume numbers and at times the screen fades in and out.

- New Braunfels , TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 112011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 49,437 miles
I recently had a service call with my Nissan dealer to fix a intermittent starting issue (push button start) on my 2008 Nissan Altima. It turns out that the brake light switch was defective and needed to be replaced. I believe that this is a safety issue that should be looked at since Nissan does not believe it warrants a recall. If it were not for the intermittent starting problem I would not have known that my brake lights were not working. Given that this is intermittent the vehicle does have the possibility to start yet later not have brake lights functioning. With the replacement of the switch the issue has gone away.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #11

Jul 192011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2008 Altima with push button start has failed to start twice. Once at 25,000 miles and again at 50,000 miles. Both times the dealer replaced the brake switch which solved the problem. The second time the dealer took the switch apart and the contacts were pitted.

- Winthrop, ME, USA

problem #10

Dec 202010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the keyless ignition push button start and remote keyless fob failed to operate approximately four times. In addition, both key and battery warning symbols illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The contact replaced two key fob batteries and the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing where they were unable to detect a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified which resulted in no resolution. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 092009


  • 10,000 miles
2008 Altima has push start button that won't work at random times. Dealer has not been able to resolve the issue. They have asked me to stomp on the brake pedal real hard when this happens to engage the brake sensor so the car would start. Still unresolved and I'm unhappy.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 172010


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving approximately between 10-15 mph on wet road conditions. When braking the anti-lock brake system failed to engage. The vehicle slid across the roadway and crashed into another vehicle. There were no personal injuries. The police was not called to the scene. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the residence. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for body damage repairs. In addition, the day before the failure the "vehicle dynamic control off" (vdc) and "slip" warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Sherman Oaks , CA, USA

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