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:
38,250 miles

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2009 Nissan Altima windows / windshield problems

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 182013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 69,500 miles


Driving on street when moonroof shattered. No apparent cause determined, but was raining at the time of the failure. Break of moonroof sounded like a gun shot with glass fragments going both inside and outside of vehicle. Driver and front seat passenger covered in glass, but no injuries. However, roof and trunk had paint damage from broken glass.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 212010


  • 7,000 miles
At regular driving, brakes failed at 7500 miles (while driving approximately 47 mph on the 5 freeway southbound). Tustin Nissan dealership found all 4 rotors warped and brakes defective. Replaced all rotors and all brakes. Also defective: Driver's side rear view mirror (replaced at 8000 miles), paint trim peeling (upon new vehicle delivery).

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

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