definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 202016


  • 35,000 miles


On July 18, 2016, while parked at work on the side of a road, the right front passenger window shattered. The police determined it was not caused by anything hitting it. The window that shattered was facing a yard, not the street, so no projectile object hit it. The police thought it might be the heat (in the 80's, but in NY, and we had it for 18 months in nc where it's a lot hotter, with no incident). Then on August 20, 2016 the car was parked at a grocery store parking lot. When my son came out of the grocery store, there was a 14 inch crack in the windshield that was not there when he went into the store. No evidence of any projectile hitting the glass. The car is 3 years old and 35,000 miles. Temp outside: 85degrees. No reason why these windows (2 in 1 month) should be shattering spontaneously by themselves. No rocks or other projectiles involved. Both times the car was parked next to other cars, and nothing happened to the other cars.

- Pfafftown, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 082016


  • 89,000 miles
Im driving down the freeway taking the curve downtown dallas & my car stalls O power available. I cannot steer to coast, nor put can ion emergency flashers. Where it dies it sits. This is a major safety issue and Nissan cannot figure out why. I have only had car for 2 months. Very disappointed and scared.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #8

May 162016


  • 15,000 miles
Leaking sunroof. When we get a heavy rain, water leaks through the sunroof on the passenger side.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 032016


  • 105,000 miles


While driving on the interstate to fl from ky at around 65-75 mph the vehicle would not accelorate past 3000 RPM's. going up hills was the worst, cars would pass and our vehicle would slowly decline in speed. Pulled over to check the car out and after if cooled down it when back to working okay but after another hour on the road it done the same thing.

- Elkton, KY, USA

problem #6

Aug 012015


  • miles
Keylock issue. Car will not start. Sitting in driveway for 8 months so far. Cannot afford to fix. No warranty..no recall on issue. I've read this has happened many times to other Nissan owners. The fix costs 800 to 1000 & not including the tow fee 100$

- Independence, KY, USA

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problem #5

Sep 122015


  • miles
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problem #4

Oct 012015


  • miles


Paint is coming off the car from where the factory has repainted over a clear coated surface. Paint is also coming out of the jams of the car causing rust. Parts on the car are also starting to break down. The seats do not properly catch the gear holding them into place. Transmission makes a terrible winding noice

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072015


  • 68,000 miles
Today was the second time I've experienced this dangerous issue while driving on the freeway for about an hour and a half long. My car began to lose speed and would not accelerate above 60 mph. While I had the gas pedal down completely all the way to the floor, as the car could not gain speed. I could have been in a serious accident with all the traffic on the freeway, I had to merge over to the far right for safety. I drove my car immediately after to Nissan so they could verify this issue. They failed to help me in any way recommending I invest in a cvt cooler, due to not being covered under warranty anymore. A couple months back when the car was still under warranty I took it to Nissan with the same issue, at that time they stated they could not detect an issue. But now my warranty is up they're suggesting what the car needs. I'm very upset with how dangerous this can be and how careless Nissan is. It's like they are just waiting for someone to seriously be hurt in an accident to then do something about it.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 252015


  • 34,000 miles
I was driving home from work the morning of 6/25 on the highway. My sunroof was open and my driver side window was open. I heard a large bang that sounded like a gun shot and tiny pieces of shattered glass flew in through my open sunroof. There was no other damage to my car and nothing that hit my car. My sunroof spontaneously exploded. Because my sunroof was open at the time thousands of pieces of glass broke throughout the roof. I am bringing to Nissan tomorrow to assess damage to the actual sunroof but I believe this is a manufacturer defect and should be covered by the dealership.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #1

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

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