fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,751 miles

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2012 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 102014


  • 71,000 miles


This vehicle has lost power at highway speeds 3 times now. Just driving along and it just starts slowing down on its own. Running 70mph and it just loses power and it slows to around 25mph. You mash the gas pedal to the floor and it has no effect, it will not increase speed. You pull over, shout the car off and restart and it runs fine again. You get no warning lights, no codes. This is a dangerous situation and should be looked into. Dealership said they have never heard of such a thing. I see someone else has filed a complaint with the same problem now maybe you will take a closer look at this very serious issue.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012014


  • miles
Driving long distances my car overheats, looses power going from 70 mph down to 40 mph in high speed traffic. I am forced to get off the highway and let it reset itself. It has always made a whining noise during acceleration, and the brakes have squeaked from day one. I have complained to Nissan several times and am always been given lame excuses. Now that my warranty is up they have a solution to my problems. New transmission or overheat converter to the tune of $1600. How convenient they have a solution not that my car is out of warranty!! they refuse to help me or fix my car unless I fork over the money. My car has had problems since I purchased it and there was never any resolve. I purchased an extended warranty as I do a lot of driving. My car was out of warranty 2,000 miles when they miraculously found a cause and solution for my problem.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052011


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the push to start button, which powered the vehicle on and off, was malfunctioning. The contact depressed the push-to-start button to shut the engine off but to no avail. The failure was experienced numerous times. The dealer vehicle was taken to the dealer but not repaired. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 12,500.

- Simivalley , CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 032012


  • miles
2012 Nissan Altima rental vehicle. Consumer states vehicle unexpectedly came to a near complete stop on the left- of- middle lane while driving on the highway the consumer stated with no warning, the vehicle rapidly slowed down from 60 mph to approximately 5 mph and began to shake and jerk. The consumer stated there was an odor of fumes indicating that something was burning or melting. The temperature gauge was as high as it could go, indication the engine had overheated.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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