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

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May 252010


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The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that she rented the vehicle and while driving in a flash flood. The vehicle was swept into water and submerged. All of the power in the vehicle shut off and there was no way to open the doors or windows from the inside. The contact called the police and was advised to push on the brake, shift into park and the doors would unlock; however, when she performed the procdure, the doors did not unlock. A bystander opened the front door from the outside. None of the other doors would open from the outside. One of the passengers suffered a back injury. The current and failure mileages were unknown. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint.

- Marion , KS, USA

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