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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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 112012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


When servicing the vehicle for a bad battery, I told the service rep that water would leak into the vehicle and drip down the door trim onto the drivers side of the vehicle. They said there was a problem with the drain lines with the sunroof. (this has been opened only a few times since we owned the vehicle) they said they cleaned the lines. Since that time, I have noticed water on the drivers right side carpet. They asked me to bring in the car for service. On 28 Aug 12, I went out to my vehicle and heard water in the passenger door. I called our local Nissan service center for an appointment on 30 Aug 12. Thanks in advance for looking into this for us.

- Navarre, FL, USA

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