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:
27,000 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.

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2010 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 252013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the automatic push-to-start ignition would not operate when engaged. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Safe Robert , MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 282010


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the push button automatic start ignition would not operate when engaged. The engine failed to start after several attempts and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle remained at the dealer for further investigation. The contact had significant concerns with the potential safety hazard involved with the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Bersailles, KY, USA

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