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:
3,000 miles

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2010 Nissan Altima wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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