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:
41,365 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 192015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The drivers power lock has stopped working, both opening and closing. This leaves the drivers door lock in a different state than the others. This is a safety hazard because it gives a false sense of security.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #3

May 152014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 46,760 miles
When driving door come unlocked.. once car is parked and locked both windows are coming down and both doors are unlocked car wide open every hour or so... I am not pressing key fob or anything..

- Mabelvale, AR, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Door will close properly due to failed door lock actuator.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 072010


  • 700 miles
The contact owns 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph when the contact accidentally engaged the electronic control, causing the trunk to open. The contact stated there is no inner lock on the control to prevent the trunk from opening while driving. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs. The failure mileage was 700.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

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