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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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,100 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

Dec 172016


  • 86,500 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima equipped with Michelin primacy mxv4 TL tires, size: 215/55R17 (na). While the vehicle was stationary, the inner and outer walls of all four tires cracked. The tires were not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The tire and vehicle failure mileage was 86,500.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 282015


  • miles
Yokohama avid touring S tire recall. I am unable to decipher the dot code.

- Elizabethville , PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Dear sirs: On March 31st at aprox. 2pm I was heading to work in I-4 westbound when my car started to wobble. I was just past the off-ramp for the B-line, near sea world, but barely go to the side of the road before the construction zone narrowed the road. Without any warning sign or light, the left side rear tire had completely separated from the rim and was flopping around and caught the bumper tearing it partially loose. Through my insurance, geico, I was able to get a tow to universal Nissan a couple of hours later. I called my husband and he met me by the car. We went with the tow to universal and left the key in the drop box. I had to miss work that day. The next day Nissan called to tell us the car needed "body work" and we had to call geico to get another tow to universal autobody. We were very clear that the car had a warranty and we thought this repair should be covered. We had a geico representative inspect the car on 4-1 and he said it would be 3 days and $443 to fix it; the tires were not covered by geico and we did not meet our deductible. We spoke with universal several times to honor the warranties we are paying for. The papers were in the car and I assumed our records would be on file at universal Nissan. He kept insisting that the tires and damage were not covered. We were using my mom's and another older car to get to work, so we didn't go back to universal autobody until the repairs were done, April 8th. We agreed only to replace the pair of back tires with a used rim, and a "wheelhouse liner" and mounting and balancing. They said they had nothing to do with the warranty. I had to pay for the car and go to work; the bill was$725.47 which we are now disputing. The tires: 215/60R15 are incorrectly billed. The warranty papers were inside the car: Road hazard tire coverage (5 yrs) oil change & tire rotation plan, total loss protection addendum, royal protection plan, etc. We only had the car 9 months; I'm ready to return it.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 242010


  • miles
2009 Nissan Altima. Losing tire pressure.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 172010


  • 16,000 miles
My 2009 nissian Altima drove great unless it was raining. When there was just a slight drizzle my Altima would hydroplain uncontrollably. I was driving on interstate 40 in Tennessee and it started to rain. My Altima started hydroplaining really bad. I was driving at most 40 miles an hour in a 70 mph zone. It sounded like something was really wrong with the rear part of the car. The water from the road completely lifted the rear end of the car off the ground. I believe it was the tires that caused the problem. They were Continental conti pro contact tires size 215/60/R16. It was so bad I pulled over at a rest area for the night. The next morning I start my trip again. The car was fine until it started misting rain again. I was going about 40 mph when the car hydroplained and spun out of control. I ended up in the ditch with a totalled car. While I was getting out of the car a woman with the exact car except for the color did the exact same thing, but her car came a stop in the middle of the interstate. I have checkes several nissian lots and not many of there cars come out with these particular tires. I made a complaint to the nissian company, which inspected the car and said that nothing was wrong the car. I am worried that people are at risk of being hurt driving these cars. I have never seen a car drive like this before.

- Pangburn, AR, USA

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