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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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,750 miles

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2010 Nissan Altima windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2010 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022012


  • 24,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5S. The contact stated that while parked, the rear windshield detached from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 24,100.

- Riverdale, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 122010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
2010 Nissan Altima, approximately 9500 miles. Car was parked in driveway in the evening, first very cold night of the year, about 10 degrees. When I entered car at approximately 8am the next morning, the passenger's side window had completely shattered. The window was still whole, no areas pushed in, just fully spidered with cracks, but still in place. Upon inspection, it just collapsed into and outside of the car. Car was in private location, no chance that it was hit or otherwise impacted. Must have been mfg defect. Dealership no help, directed to contact insurance, Nissan customer service no help, just contact insurance.

- Andover, MA, USA

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