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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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.

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


S10 appropriate handling- copy of a letter to Nissan re acceleration problems with his 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 sl the consumer stated when she merged onto a major highway, she applied the accelerator pedal, and soon discovered the vehicle was decreasing in speed, instead of increasing. The consumer stopped to a repair shop, but they were unable to find any problems. After approximately an hour and a half of driving at a constant speed of 60 mph, the acceleration problem returned. Going up hills, was extremely difficult and the top speed of going up a hill was 45 mph. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and the next day the consumer was informed they were unable to diagnose and fix the acceleration problem. The consumer continued to experience the same problems. The consumer took the vehicle to her local dealer, and they were unable to diagnose a problem as well.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

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