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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2009 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 152009

Altima 6-cyl

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My 2009 Nissan Altima coupe passenger side air bag will go off and on when an adult is sitting in the seat. This has been an intermittent problem. I have had it in to the Nissan dealer to fix the problem on two different occasions and both times they tell me there is nothing wrong. (it has always done this - every time a passenger is in my vehicle) my research indicates the 2007/2008 coupes were recalled for what appears to be same issue (08V521000). I can't get the dealer to fix the problem. I don't want to die in the crash or someone else to die in a crash because the airbag didn't inflate. Help! updated IVOQ 05/25/11

- Maize, KS, USA

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