definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,597 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima suspension problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


The dashboard has melted and is now a shiny sticky black surface that cannot be repaired. I did not use any chemicals on the dashboard before this started appearing. Also, the dashboard emits gases that fog the window and cannot be fixed by defrost.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

May 082013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Rear sway bar snapped on drivers side. Bar is hollow. Car is driven on freeways 90% of the time, so no hard turns.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Mar 022013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


I went to have my fluids changed and my mechanic told me that the rear sway bar on my car was snapped. I checked online and it looks like many other Nissan owners have had this same problem. This is definitely a defect in the part that Nissan should fix. This should part should be recalled. Thank you

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #4

May 312012

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
I took my car in for a regular oil change and the mechanic stated that the sway bar needed to be replaced because it was broken. He said that it had to have been broken for awhile because the ends were rusted and they normally do not corrode that quickly. He said that it was a clean break. Unfortunately, it is not covered by my extended warranty so I will have to pay out of pocket. This appears to be a common problem for the 2007 model. Well, mine was manufactured in 2007. I am a responsible driver and I have not been in an accident so it makes no sense to me why the part would break unless it was defective.

- Cameron, NC, USA

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problem #3

Jun 142012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The left rear torsion/ant-isway bar sustained complete fracture at the end. Nothing hit it. It appeared to be due to corrosion. It was inspected by conyers Nissan service and the advisor agreed this was probably due to manufacturing defect.

- Oxford, GA, USA

problem #2

May 012009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Car not stable. It wanders and pitches. Steering is all over the road. Requires constant correcting. Seems very unstable on the interstate at 60mph and higher. Seems to pitch from corner to corner.

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 262008


  • 1,000 miles
I purchased a new 2008 Nissan Altima from hanless hilltop Nissan, richmond, ca for myself on March 30, 2008. I drove the car one day and returned it to the dealer to inquire as to what vehicle was given to me, because is was not the vehicle that I test drove, I was told by my sale person that it was the vehicle that was test driven. The reason I went back to inquire about the vehicle was because of the way the car drove. Basically, the car drives like an old beat up 1955 vehicle. The cars steering is all over the road, it feels unsafe. The car bottomed out several times, even after I had it in the dealership. I had it looked at by another Nissan dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong with it.. well, after my continued complaints, hanless Nissan finally agreed there was a problem with the vehicle, the suspension had basically come apart. They replaced two bolts at the direction of Nissan.. well, this didn't fix the problem, because a day after the replacement of the bolts, the car bottomed out again while going over a safety road bump. I took the car back to the hanless Nissan, but they said, because they can not recreate the exact problem, Nissan will not honor the warranty, if they were to replace the shock or do any other work on the vehicle without them first agreeing to the work order. I have been in contact with a Nissan representative wayne neville at 866.799.1690 ext 1442 all the while, I was discussing this with the dealership. I thought Nissan had my best interest at heart, but now I see it was all an act, because he has not returned any of my phone call about the continued problem with the suspension of my vehicle.. I strongly believe I should be given another car. This is very serious suspension problem, that I believe one day will cause an accident. I can not believe Nissan is not concern about the safety of the buyers.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

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