really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,371 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #74

Mar 152015


  • miles


I purchased a 2008 Nissan Altima in March 2015 and shortly after that I noticed the dashboard appeared to be melting.

- Kemp, TX, USA

problem #73

May 022015


  • miles
The dashboard has a defect from glue surfacing to top and causing glare and sticky, shiny that reflects on window a hazard while driving. Nissan will not pay and not a recall. This really sad mistake and no one will take responsibility. Please look into this.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #72

May 102016


  • 90,279 miles
When driving vehicle I hear a loud whining noise when accelerating at B all times. And when I put the car into neutral the whining drivetrain noise from transmission goes away. I also hear a rattling noise from center exhaust at idol and notice catalytic converter pipe has rusted out near engine flex pipe.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #71

Jan 012014


  • 102,000 miles


The dashboard of my car has melted, presumably from the hot sun. It has become sticky and mess. However, it has also become very shiny. The shine refects dangerously into the windshield while driving, obscuring objects, including cars and pedestrians, on the road. The problem first began about two years ago but has gotten progressively worse. The attached photo, taken today, shows how the driver cannot see a large SUV right in front of his vehicle because of the glare on the windshield caused by the melted dashboard.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #70

Apr 182016


  • 69,000 miles
Upon my daughter arriving after a 300 mile drive, I see an excessive amount of chemical/glue?? seeping from her front dashboard. Its as if dashboard is melting. In turn the melted dashboard reflect a huge amount of sunlight up to windshield which in turn causes light blindness while driving not to mention possible toxicity issues. Very unsafe driving condition and environmentally harmful. Nissan Corp. Should be made to remedy this for life and health issues.

- Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA

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problem #69

Apr 222016


  • miles
The dashboard is melting and a sticky substance is causing a serious glare that obscures the visibility through the windshield. The melting dashboard is spreading due to sun slight exposure and heat. The defective dash boards has been reported widely by many auto owners and should be recalled for replacement due to faulty engineering and resulting is visibility glare/obstruction.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #68

Feb 162015


  • miles


I bought a 2008 Nissan altman coupe, in October 2014. My dashboard has started to melt in several areas. Not only is there a glare on the windshield caused by the dashboard, but my car has started to smell like burning rubber when I try and use my de frost. My car is kept in the garage, and I live in Illinois.

- Simpson, IL, USA

problem #67

Jan 242016


  • miles
Dash melting and splitting.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #66

Mar 012014


  • miles
The dash in the car is melting and creating a very bad glare when driving. It is very difficult to see and very dangerous.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #65

Jan 012013


  • miles
The vehicle dashboard has 'melted, ' becoming sticky and very shiny. It creates significant reflection in the windshield, reducing visibility.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #64

Jan 012015


  • miles


Melting dashboard that causes glare in the windshield and makes it unsafe to see and drive.

- Tellico Plains, TN, USA

problem #63

Mar 192016


  • miles
2008 Nissan Altima coupe 2.5S - dashboard is melting, to a point that the reflection of it on the glass is affecting by almost 90% my visibility. Putting myself, my four years old daughter, and other (pedestrians) at risk.

- Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA

problem #62

Jan 012015


  • miles
I own a 2008 Nissan Altima coupe and have a problem with my dashboard melting. The stickiness or shine from the tacky dashboard creates a bad glare when driving in sunlight and at times can be blinding. Quite frankly, driving my car when it's sunny is a safety hazard. I tried bringing my car in to Nissan and showing them my dash, but basically was told that they could not do anything. My only option was to replace the whole dash at my own expense. I went on line and was surprised to find that this was a common problem with the 2008 Nissan Altima coupe models. Even more surprising is that Nissan hasn't made this issue a recall due to the many complaints from owners of this make and model of Nissan cars. It is obviously a manufacturer's defect!! what can I do" can anyone help" on the bottom of this form it asks when this happened and I don't have an exact date but my dash started melting over a year ago and progressively has gotten worse. It started at the part nearest the windshield and now the sticky tackiness covers almost the entire dash.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #61

Mar 022015


  • 140,000 miles
Dash melting and cracking

- Malcolm, AL, USA

problem #60

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 #59

Mar 012014


  • 50,000 miles
Dashboard is melting, getting sticky and shiny and causing a very dangerous glare on the windshield.

- Blackshear, GA, USA

problem #58

Feb 182016


  • 36,000 miles
The dashboard on this car is melting and crumbling apart. In early 2012 it started getting shiny at the edges on the vents openings next to the windshield. It has developed into a sticky, semi-liquid, very shiny, soft rubber like substance that sticks to anything put on top of it and comes off as a black residue when separated. The dashboard also developed fine fracture lines that have since created deep ridges all along the part, its crumbling, and pieces of the black outer material are just falling apart, revealing a foam material beneath. The cracking, crumbling effect covers the whole dashboard, not just the section that is exposed to sunlight. The shiny sections of the dashboard reflect sunlight into the windshield, creating a blinding pattern in the windshield that prevents good visibility. In sunny days it is really prominent and blinding, which is a constant in South Florida. This is a serious safety hazard and could provoke an accident due to poor visibility. This problem started showing in early 2012 and has evolved since into a crumbling, melting, sticky, shiny dashboard. In hot days when the car is parked it smells like molten plastic. The chemical fumes from this decaying material can't be good to human health, these are most probably toxic.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #57

Feb 122016


  • 114,025 miles
Dashboard melting. It is extremely difficult to see the pedestrian, road, vehicles due to glare on the windshield when the sunlight reflects from the dashboard. The glare impairs the vision and we had many near miss incidents that could have cost lives, property damage. We request recall considering the safety of all on the road.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #56

Jan 022016


  • miles
I recently began to notice that the dashboard has been melting. There are several sections that are melting and have become sticky. It affects my visibility during the day to drive the car because of the glare reflected on the front wind shield. I have attached pictures of the damage.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #55

Jun 012015


  • 85,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima coupe has a melting dashboard. It has become incredibly sticky and is not able to be cleaned because of this. The "sheen" that is on the dashboard now causes a horrific reflection on the windshield reducing visibility drastically and causing a hazard while driving. Contact with Nissan has been completed and no action is being taken at this time. There are numerous reports of other owners having the same problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

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