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.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Nissan Altima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 53,200 miles


My brake switch and harness shorted out. I did not know it happened until after I stopped for gas. If they both shorted out while I was driving, that means the brake lights were not responding to the brake pedal which made it very unsafe driving conditions without my knowledge. I could have been rear ended or caused an accident. I found so many other similar customer complaints, this is a big problem Nissan is doing nothing about. There should be a recall. Not to mention, its a very expensive $500 fix only they can do. Please look into it before someone gets hurt.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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