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2009 Nissan Altima
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: You don't want to get 2009 and 2010 Altima owners started about their cars. That is, unless, you know how to start their cars.
These vehicles can suddenly become impossible to start thanks to a faulty electronic steering column lock (ESCL). Nissan dealers will gladly replace it, but that will run you $1000.
It's one of the many reasons this car was named CarTalk's Turd of the Week and given our Beware of this Clunker badge. Two dubious honors.
More info & videos are available over at NissanProblems.com.
Worst 2009 Altima Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems477NHTSA complaints: 13
- transmission problems46NHTSA complaints: 3
- engine problems21NHTSA complaints: 111
- brakes problems19NHTSA complaints: 58
- AC / heater problems9
- body / paint problems9NHTSA complaints: 64
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 16
- windows / windshield problems5NHTSA complaints: 4
- exhaust system problems4NHTSA complaints: 2
- seat belts / air bags problems3NHTSA complaints: 55
- wheels / hubs problems3NHTSA complaints: 20
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 31
- electrical problems2NHTSA complaints: 393
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 706
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 85
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 39
- lights problemsNHTSA: 8
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 4
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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