really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,248 miles

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2011 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 172016


  • 62,567 miles


After filling vehicle up after starting and sitting for 30sec engine stalls and have to restart engin

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 062016


  • 15 miles
I never will buy a Nissan

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 012011


  • 52 miles
I have a Nissan Altima (2011) and my sister has a Nissan murano (2013?). both cars remain running when the "smart key" is removed. My car beeps 3 times if I get out with the key when it is running, but not much notification. I have not had a problem yet, but my sister, in her 80's, has left her car running for hours frequently since she bought the murano (at least 5 times). We both keep our cars in a closed in basement and if left running could be deadly. Our bedrooms are directly over the garage. It seems like a simple timer could be used to turn the car off if the key is removed for more than 5 minutes. An over ride could be put on the option if the owner wants it to run longer for winter warm-ups or whatever. The sooner the auto complex fixes this the fewer recalls in the future. I really worry about my sister and others not as tech savvy or maybe with memory/attention issues. The incident date above is close to the date that I bought the car new, since this issue existed the day that I bought it. I was not aware of the danger until my sister repeatedly left hers running unknowingly. I'm sure that you are aware that this problem may not be Nissan specific and all companies will need to fix it. Thank you for your help.

- Brevard, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 182015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Altima. While driving at 65 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle jerked uncontrollably and shut off without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 152015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 86,069 miles
The check engine light lit on the dashboard. The associated engine code was P2A00 and both the upstream (air/fuel ratio) and downstream (oxygen) air sensors had to be replaced. The repair cost close to $1,000 please note: This is after many other costly repairs, including most recently another filing with the NHTSA regarding issues with the power steering system where the rack & pinion had to be replaced. While the car has a lot of miles, they're mainly highway miles and the car has been extremely well maintained. Additionally please note: The catalytic converter was replaced ~33K miles ago. During this replacement, supposedly, the aforementioned sensors should've been checked and possibly replaced.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 082014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 65 miles
I was in a bumper to bumper accident and the front end of my car was smooched in. My chest hit the steering wheel (my seat belt was buckled) knocking the air out of me, but my airbags did not deploy. We have taken our car into the dealership several times to complain about the passenger airbag sensor. Every time we get it back we get the same answer "we don't see anything wrong with the sensor". we recently took our car in 2 weeks prior to the accident and we asked them if our car was on the air bag recall list that was all over the news. They told us not to worry about anything because our car was not on that list. I ended up in urgent care after the accident with muscles spasms and a bruised chest. Why didn't my airbags go off?!

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 60,022 miles


While driving in city traffic, the car started to stall. Driver parked the car on the side of the road and walked to work to avoid having the car die in a busy intersection. None of the dashboard warning lights came on to indicate a problem. When attempting to retrieve the car that evening, it could not be started and had to be towed to a mechanic. Despite being only 3-years old and having gone just 60,022 miles, the mechanic discovered that the car had a cracked engine block! the engine had been well maintained including oil changes every 3,000 miles.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Apr 172013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I was driving 65 mph on the interstate when the car began to lose power. All warning lights came on, the steering became disabled and the car coasted to a stop. White smoke came out from under the hood, it immediately turned black and 60 seconds after the car lost power it was engulfed in flames.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 082012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 10,440 miles
When driver attempted to start vehicle, all warning lights came on, all interior lights and headlamps & running lights came on, and vehicle became totally unresponsive, stranding driver & running down battery due to inability to turn any lights off or turn vehicle off. No controls related to electrical system were controllable. Some examples include: 1. power door lock switches did not function (no effect from pressing). 2. power window switches did not function (no effect from pressing). 3. pressing the vehicle power / ignition button (modern equivalent of starting key switch) did not have any effect, whether short or long duration presses were used, and regardless of delay between key presses. 4. headlights & running lights were on regardless of the switch position of the headlight control switch. This resulted in the driver being stranded. Because the vehicle's lighting would not turn off, the battery ran down, disabling the vehicle further. Vehicle was towed to a Nissan dealer. Nissan serviceman initially refused to write the customer problem description as per the customer description of the problem. Later, customer called back to the dealership to request the customer description include specific and correct information already provided by the customer such as vehicle was "completely unresponsive while all the warning light came [remained turned] on the vehicle. Doors would not lock or unlock.", the dealer reported that the service technician found tsb ntb12-041. Dealer record reads: "reprogrammed [sic] BCM update as per tsb. Vehicle is now operating as designed [sic] after update." Vehicle has functioned normally since.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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