really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,910 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

May 312016


  • 139,400 miles


I have been experiencing recurring issues involving the gas pedal failing to work in my 2008 Nissan Altima. Whether on the highway, at a stop sign, or merging onto a highway the gas pedal will unexpectedly fail to accelerate the vehicle. I will press the pedal with absolute no acceleration from the vehicle. I have to floor the pedal to get minimal exceleration before the car suddenly picks up speed. I have almsot been rear ended while awaiting for the car to accelerate to proper take off speed. I have had the transmission fluid checked and a tune up done... still trying to assess whats wrong with the vehicle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #21

Feb 282016


  • 120,200 miles
Recently, I faced a near death experience driving my Nissan Altima. I was heading back to kc from columbia. It was windy morning at 3 am on 70 w and suddenly my car's cruise control light started blinking, and my car started to lose its acceleration (while in motion on highway 70).with a double trailer truck behind my car a few other trucks lined behind it, my car lost acceleration and it fell under 40 miles in a few dreadful seconds on a national highway. My car continuously wiggled as it kept dropping speed with a whistling sound from the engine on the passenger side. As I pray to god to save me, it struck my mind to turn on the parking lights, the truck driver was quick to realize something was wrong with a car ahead of him and changed lanes and sped away and so did the others. I decided to keep driving until I reach safety. My car's speed dropped to 40 miles an hour as my heartbeat went up. With another 20 miles to an exit, I was praying and all of a sudden my car started accelerating again. I was not sure if I should hit the brakes and be stranded or take a chance and drive until I reach safety. My gas mileage fell rapidly, it went down from 100 miles remaining to 40 miles as I checked. As a miracle, my car started to respond after driving for not sure how long but it started to accelerate. I was both glad and terrified that my car is responding and with big fear that it may fail again. I maintained a uniform speed until I took an exit on the highway. My car started to lose its acceleration again, after running over a light in a failing car as I prayed with tens of cars on the road behind me, I reached a gas station and confident that none of my friends or family will find me dead on a highway. I will never ever trust my car again. After diagnostics at a Nissan service center, I found that a transmission failure was the root cause

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #20

Feb 102016


  • miles
Hola me llamo hector chavez tengoi un Nissan Altima 2008 cuyo lo comple con 81 millas E cual ah empesado a tener ploblema la pisarra esta deretida completa rajada tiene olor a plastico derretido cuando en la tarde salgo del trabjo tien un olor super fuerte no puedo andarcon mi nina en el auto me dirigi ala Nissan Y me trataron super mal que pagar 4.000 mil dolares creo que no ES justo cuando la culpa ES de ellos vi en telemundo lo casoo pero la marca de mi carro no esta incluida so por favor si pudieran ayudarme SE lo agradeseria SE le puedo enviare fotos sin ploblema estoy bastante dijustado con el fabrivcante altualmet estoy pagando el carro con el banco ES estresante andar asi en la calle eh visto barios modelo 2008 iguales con la pisarra deretida hable con lo dueno Y le comente que yo habia ido al dile que eras ploblema de factoria que el dile me avian tratdo super mal pero bueno espero quealguien lea esto gracias

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 122015


  • 83,300 miles


While I was driving on the street my car completely powered down, I was so scared, because there was moving traffic behind me. I tried stepping on the brakes and then hitting the gas again but the car would not move. I had to quickly put my parking lights on and pray that no one would hit me. Then I turned the car off and on a couple of times and it started moving, only to power down two blocks later. I was able to pull over to the side this time and I waited a while and then turned the car back on. This time the service engine light came on. I took my car to auto zone and codes came up for the speed sensor and throttle sensor. This was so scary and hazardous, thank god I got off the highway beforehand because there was too much traffic!

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 062014


  • 90,000 miles
My vehicle's transmission failed after only 90,000 miles. Nissan replaced the transmission for free under their extended cvt warranty program, however, less than a year later, the check engine light came on while making a long distance trip on the interstate. According to Nissan the cvt fluid required for the cvt transmission can become glue like and gunk up at high speeds or in hot weather, causing the engine to overheat and the car to stall. The solution for this problem is an external coolant system for the cvt fluid provided to the customer at their expense to keep the transmission fluid from becoming thick. I am extremely disgusted with my Nissan experience, they knowingly are making transmissions which fail after less than 100,000 miles and are requiring them to use Nissan cvt fluid which is a fail also.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 082015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
While driving on the highway, my cvt began to make a whining sound and decreased speed down form 70+ miles all the way down to 30-40 miles almost causing me to have an accident. This is not safe and can cause an accident or even death. Being afraid to drive your vehicle on the highway/freeway shouldn't be an issue.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 152010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


As I got off the interstate (driving 60 mph) then reduced my speed to 20 when I tried to accelerate it wouldn't go!! it would not accelerate and my RPM would climb up to 4 or 5! I had to drive all the way back home on interstate driving 20 mpg!!! it's happened only when I travel long distances!! I am highly dissatisfied with the Altima! everyone I encountered about the 2006-2008 Altima regrets getting one.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #15

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 #14

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 #13

Jul 152013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward without depressing the accelerator pedal. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The incident was the second occurrence of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure and the current mileages were 64,000.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 262012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


While accelerating from stopped traffic at a controlled intersection, accelerator pedal broke off at the hub. While coasting at idle, driver was able to cross lanes of moving traffic to shoulder and then into parking lot. Inspection revealed that brake pedal is mounted to a metal arm, but accelerator pivot hub, arm, and pedal is a single piece of plastic.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 252012


  • 15,000 miles
Purchased the vehicle, noticed from start that it had an issue with acceleration. At an easy(normal)acceleration the vehicle hesitates and/or surges between 25 -40 mph. Once passed 40mph or so it clears up. I have taken the vehicle to local Nissan dealership several times. I have even referenced technical service bulletin ntb10-121B, to the dealer. Work was supposedly performed per bulletin but made no difference. Have been told by service manager that it a normal operating characteristic. Bulletin states that this is "normal." I am sure that this was not stated to car buyer before purchase. This hesitation is unpredictable and has caused several near misses in regards to accidents because the vehicle fails to accelerate properly. This "normal operation" is a deficiency that Nissan is aware of and has provided little or no resolution. Have contacted Nissan corporate and have received little if any consideration or concern for issue. The response I receive is "if the service department says this is normal operation then it is normal operation." The "normal operation" causes this vehicle to be dangerous and unpredictably unreliable. It needs to be examined much further and a remedy needs to be created, designed, devised or developed.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #10

May 312011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
When I was driving in a high way. Suddenly my car started accelerating more and more. Then I noticed I did not have speed control of my car. I tried to stop, the car but it did not respond. I braked as hard as I could without success. I avoided to crash other vehicles going from right to left and viceversa. I guess I avoid to crash three or four vehicles, including a big trailer. In other words, it happens to me like the last Toyota recall for gas pedal issues. I felt like the gas pedal was stuck. Finally, my car out of control crashed other car.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 172011


  • miles
About one month ago I reviewed your speed control page and found 23 very similar complaints to mine. Since then my review shows only 3 of the complaints remain posted. Where did 20 go and why did they go away? please respond to [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 172011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 16,241 miles
2008 Nissan Altima. Consumer states while parking, with his foot on the brake and in drive and no contact with the gas pedal, the vehicle lurched forward and struck an unoccupied vehicle on two separate occasions. Updated 07/19/12

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 012010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. When attempting to accelerate from a stop, the contact noticed that the vehicle would stall or hesitate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer in March 2010 where they replaced the original transmission with a salvage transmission. The dealer made three attempts to duplicate the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was approximately 60,000. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Eunice, LA, USA

problem #6

Aug 242010


  • 39,881 miles
Gas pedal stops working, once or twice a week, started in August of this year, not in heavy traffic yet, Nissan shop could not find anything wrong, replaced master cylinder as brake light was coming on, its a 2008 Nissan Altima with 40,000 miles.

- Mission, KS, USA

problem #5

Aug 152010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. While the contact was driving in a parking lot approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle lurched forward with an unintended acceleration. The vehicle would not slow down and crashed into two unoccupied parked vehicles. There was no personal injury. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle sustained moderate damages to the front end. The vehicle was in the process of being inspected by the insurance company. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 022010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. While driving at 5 mph with pressure being applied to the brakes, the vehicle surged forward resulting in a crash. There were no injuries but a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop to be inspected. The failure and current mileages were approximately 35,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 12/01/10. Updated 12/09/10

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 192009


  • 25,000 miles
Wife was parking 2008 Nissan Altima coupe at a retail business. She had pulled into a parking space, stopped, had her foot on brake and was going to shift to park when the car suddenly accelerated forward jumping a curb and hit a retaining wall.

- Rockwood, TN, USA

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