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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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,010 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.

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 302014


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. The contact that while driving 25 mph, the front passengers side tire became deflated. The contact mentioned that the tire sensor light illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the tire sensors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000. The VIN was not available.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 202014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to tire pressure sensor issues. The dealer informed the consumer the right front tire pressure sensor needed to be replaced. The consumer had it replaced at a cost of $ 174.75.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 152011


  • 33,000 miles
The tire pressure sensors (tire valves) have failed 4 times in 33,000 miles on my 2009 Nissan Altima. The material used to construct the vale corrodes and then fractures easily during snow tire removal process. This causes the valve to leak resulting in flat tires. So far replaced under warranty but will cost upwards of $110 each after warranty expires not to mention aaa calls & inconvenience.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 092009


  • 250 miles
Loosing air pressure on tires. Made light on dash to come on. Found out, using soap with water that it was leaking around the valve stems of two tires due to factory improper installation and torque procedures of the vehicle tire pressure monitors or bad O-ring.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 162009


  • 1,800 miles
4 week old Nissan Altima 2.5 sl, tires would lose air pressure in 1 week. Went to dealer, dealer inspected vehicle and stated the all the tire sensors were leaking. Dealer replaced all sensors. Dealer stated that this is not the first noted problem with the sensors.

- Bear, DE, USA

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