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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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,673 miles

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2010 Nissan Altima wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012013

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles


2010 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle tire failure. On June 12, 2012, the consumer had four new Michelin tires installed on the vehicle. However, around March 2013, he noticed the tires were cracking and splitting. At the time, the tires only had 5500 miles of wear on them. The consumer returned to the retailer, where the tires were purchased and they ordered new tires. Several weeks later, the consumer noticed the new tires were cracking again. The consumer returned to the retailer again, and they were replaced. The consumer returned to the retailer again on May 30, 2013, because the replacement tires were also cracking and splitting. The retailer informed the consumer, there was nothing else they could, and advised him to contact Michelin. When the consumer contacted Michelin, he was informed there was a six year defect with the tires and advised the consumer to take the vehicle and tires to a Michelin representative. The consumer was given two places to go and a reference number. Michelin agreed to pay 60% of the cost toward new tires.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

May 012010


  • 3,000 miles
2010 Nissan Altima 2.5sl has been experiencing vibration through the steering wheel, accelerator pedal and drivers seat when driving on highways above 60mph. I had the tires rebalanced, rotated and an independent shop wheel alignment to no avail. The tires are showing a choppy or feathering wear pattern. This vibration began soon after purchase after the break in period. The vehicle currently has under 8,000 miles on it. The dealer claims that they cannot duplicate the condition even though it is constantly felt.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 142010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 14,020 miles
I bought a 2010 Nissan Altima from pittsburgh East Nissan in monroeville, pa. After 14,000 miles the tires were worn out. I complained but I was told because they were performance tires that was about right on the mileage. I complained some more and they said that they would give me a 50% discount on the tires but only if I bought the same ones. I got tires from another place and will not be getting any other cars from this dealership.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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