Notes: The 2014 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 Altima, prompting us to give it our "beware of this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,443 miles

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2014 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Oct 102015


  • 70,000 miles


I recently purchased a 2014 Nissan Altima S with 48,000 miles on it. After driving it for four months I recently started having an issue. At first I thought it was bad gas because the car started jerking and acting like it was not getting gas. I purchased the stuff for fuel that you use to increase the octane in the tank and filled up the tank. The car drove ok for a day or two, then it started with the following. When I depressed on the accelerator at a stop light, it would take about 30 seconds to pull off. At that time the light came on and I looked at the owners manual and it stated it was a fuel emission issue. Fill the tank with high octane gas and the light should go out in a few trips. The issue continued to get worse as I was driving sat, 10/10/15. I went from pulling off slowly, to when I depressed the accelerator it wouldn't go at all until I kept putting the car in park, then drive, then park, then drive many times until it decided to drive. At that point I decided to take the car home cause the issue was getting worse. Only I never made it home the car suddenly decided it would not go more than 35 in the middle of traffic. I was an accident waiting to happen. In the middle of driving it just slowed down immediately and made this loud whining noise. Had I not been in an area where I could pull over immediately my 72 year mother and I would have been toast.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #28

Jun 122014


  • 12,608 miles
I purchased a brand new 2014 Nissan Altima sv from baker Nissan North in houston, Texas (19630 northwest fwy, houston, tx 77065 (281) 890-5656). My transmission has failed twice (replaced the first time and now having to be replaced again) and I have been getting the run around from the dealership. This issue should not be occurring with a brand new vehicle. Then to top it off I have been a loyal customer and have purchased a total of four cars from this dealership now. I filed a Consumer Affairs report with Nissan corporation and have yet to hear something. I also called the dealership again to speak with someone in charge such as the general manager and they informed me to contact the consumers affairs department with Nissan corporation. They said they have a chain of command to follow and that would be my best bet of getting the situation resolved. I would like this situation to be investigated and justice. I do not spend my hard earned money to have a car that is not operating properly and could put my life and others in danger. It comes down to the fact that this car is a lemon and I should be given brand new transportation or the dealership should purchase the car and pay off the loan and let me take my business elsewhere....... I also have copies of my maintenance records for documentation purposes.....thank you in advance for your time and effort. I look forward to hearing from you soon...updated 11/05/15 the consumer also stated the ac was blowing out hot air, then cool air and the steering wheel was hard to turn. Updated 11/25/15.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 042015


  • 13,000 miles
Transmission fails on the highway this is the second time for a brand new car. I had my child in the car this time. The vehicle suddenly loses power. The first time it occurred was @ 3000 miles. The second time is at 13000 miles. The biggest risk is being rear ended by the vehicle behind due to the sudden loss of power and Nissan knows their cvt for Altima and rogue 2014 is an issue, no move from manufacturer to replace the car or recall all cars in question

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jun 302015


  • 30,645 miles


We took a trip to northern Michigan from asheville nc, our Altima began to die when idling in detroit. I thought we had bad gas so purchased lucas fuel system cleaner and filled the fuel tank. The vehicles performance improved we continued our trip to indian river mi. Once we reached our destination I parked the car and it sat from Saturday until the following Tuesday morning. I started the vehicle and put it in reverse the vehicle wouldn't move, I shifted the car back into park and then to reverse again depressed to fuel pedal and it began to move. We started on our day trip and about two miles down the road and the vehicle down shifted and would not go fast than 20mph, we called Nissan assistance and the sent a wrecker to get us. The wrecker to us to the nearest Nissan dealership two hours away, after spending another four hours at the dealership to find out our vehicle had to have another transmission. The dealership got us a rental car and we are currently on our way home. I will be talking to Nissan customer service on Monday to see how they plan on getting our vehicle back to us. We no warning lights or signals came on to warn us until the vehicle wouldn't move at all.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #25

Apr 122014


  • 2,200 miles
Purchased new 2014 Nissan Altima sl 3.5L at approximately 2200 miles when accelrating at a stop light the vehicle jerked (as if it could not change gears), happened intermittently at first. Took vehicle to repair shop at 2 dealers in 2 states who could not capture information at that time. By 12000 miles while returning from vacation (1/4/2015) the vehicle was undriveable. Took to local dealer and needed a completee transmission replacement. At this time, vehicle was jerking, missing gears, changing gears independently, trying to go in to a lower gear while breaked at a stop light and engine would rev to accelrate, vehicle shook, and was literally deteriorating each mile. Transmission was replaced, at approximately 14500 miles, the same vehicle symptoms have begun. Took to dealer while traveling, they were able to capture minimal data because as the vehicle began to jerk and shake, their battery died in the lap top. However, some data was recorded. Advised to drive home and file complaint with Nissan motors North America (which I have done, ) vehicle will be taken to local dealer for continual study and new transmission replacement. Was advised by repair manager, that transmissions are now being known to seize while being drove. I have requested Nissan purchase my vehicle back, pay off my loan and refund any trade in values and payments made on nmac loan because I refuse to replace a transmission every 2000 miles. At this time vehicle is shifting spuratically at any mileage. More at lower speeds but also at 70mph on highways.

- Camp Lejeune , NC, USA

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problem #24

Jun 142015

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles
We rented a 2014 Altima S from a local hertz rent-A-car and traveled roundtrip from Florida to New York. On the return trip we stopped at a rest area just entering South Carolina. When I restarted the vehicle and went to put the vehicle in reverse the car stalled out. I proceeded to put the vehicle in park and restarted the car. When I put the vehicle again in reverse, again it stalled; tried again to put it in drive, again it stalled. I then called hertz emergency roadside assistance to get a tow to the nearest hertz rental which turned out to be to the nearest airport. The tow came in 45 minutes since the nearest reliable tow was in North Carolina. Even the tow truck driver could not put the vehicle in gear without the vehicle stalling out even after cooling for almost an hour. The car rental gave us another vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, which was the largest vehicle they had available. Luckily we were able to finish our trip to Florida without any further incidence. The rental agent or his boss could not believe that this problem happened; that they're not responsible for mechanical problems with their rentals; that she'll give me a token dollars off my rental since no other places would even do what she did for us....updated 07/30/15 updated 9/24/2015

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #23

Mar 302015


  • miles


I have only had my car for about 15 months and I bought it brand new. So about a month ago I noticed that there was a jerk when I would push on the gas when coming from a complete stop. One time my car even slightly slid and the tire light came on. I took my car to the dealership once that happened but they said that the only issue they saw was that my wheels were unbalanced. I still experience this issue from time to time and I would like to know why. I bought a brand new car for a reason and that was to not have to deal with car issues for a while.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #22

May 202015


  • 32,144 miles
I bought the car last year and it has only been about 13 months. About three months ago, I noticed that there was a kind of jerk when I would start off a stop light and accelerate. First thinking it was not a great deal, I kept going however I noticed it that it was becoming more constant. One day about to reverse out of a parking lot, I put the car in reverse, and the car turned off. There was no response at all from the transmission. I then turned the ignition off and restarted it and it started working fine. Being late for work, I then continued on and until yesterday everything was okay. Yesterday, I got into my car, started it, switched to drive, and the engine shut off and there was no response from the transmission. I turned the ignition off, turned it on again, moved the shifter into reverse and the engine shut off again. I have since had it towed and it is being checked at the dealership. This being a one year old car, I do not expect it to give these issues.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #21

Feb 172015


  • 19,600 miles
While traveling at 65 mph on the highway, the rpms began jumping. It was acting like the transmission was slipping. Then after stopping, the transmission took several seconds to go into gear. A short time later, the car would not accelerate over 60mph. Took to the dealer and they said the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The car had under 20,000 miles on it. I have read that this is a very common problem with Nissan cvt transmissions and some owners have had their transmissions replaced 5 times.

- Schenevus, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 212015


  • 70,000 miles
Driving in middle lane on expressway in Chicago, when slowing down for traffic accident again I thought I was hit from behind because my car jumped. As I came to a complete stop, car jumped again and then died. Towed to the dealer, was first told it was an ECM defect and would replace under warranty. Then received a call that some other errors came up regarding my transmission. They are going to replace my transmission based off the error but will have to pay the deductible. The issue of the car jumping had been happening prior and they could not replicate the problem. Had they not found the other errors I would have picked up the car thinking it was fixed and this could have happened again while driving 60mph on the expressway and possible serious consequences from it! I have ready many reviews about the transmission they have a problem and they don't want to recall for it!

- Plano, IL, USA

problem #19

Dec 142014


  • miles


I have number of problems with my vehicle - 2014 Altima sl. Several times after stop and go traffic the transmission stops switching gears (speeds). It gets stuck on a first gear equivalent in cvt transmission. The fix is to restart the vehicle, obviously this could be dangerous on the road where there are no places to stop. Another major problem is a head unit (navigation, radio, etc). It restarts by itself now and than, sometimes right in a middle of the highway when I'm trying to figure out what exit to take and I need the gps guidance. Its absolutely unreliable. I'm not complaining about the quality of the software here that is terrible, by the way, but in any situation it should not restart by itself! another problem, as mentioned by others, is mileage. I get much less miles as advertised! this is my first and last Nissan!

- Hackensack , NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 042014


  • 120 miles
After slowing down or stopping, ie at an intersection waiting to turn or at a stop sign or light waiting to go, when you attempt to accelerate from the stop or slow down there is a hesitation before the car will accelerate properly. On numerous occasions, because of this hesitation, I was in danger of not getting through the intersection or of not completing a turn in time to avoid being hit by on coming traffic. I brought my car into dealer today (1600 miles on odometer), explained problem. They checked it out and confirmed that this happens as I explained; tech did not know why until he found service bulletin video. They checked service bulletin (service video) that described exactly what I was experiencing but Nissan indicates that this is not a "problem" and that is "normal" for this 2014 model "cvt shifting"; says it is a "normal characteristic" of this 2014 model cvt and not a "problem". I am reluctant now to keep this car for fear of getting into an accident. You might want to check your data base to see if 2014 Altima with this transmission has been involved in an unusual number of intersection accidents.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #17

Sep 172012

Altima 4WD

  • 10,000 miles
The vehicle has a push button start/stop. When the car is turned off the vehicle can be left in gear and the audible warning indicators are confusing and inconsistent. As I was walking away from the car it would not remote lock. I looked back and it was rolling across the parking lot. Any number of times I have left it in neutral by mistake. The audible warning system is terrible, inconsistent and this is dangerous. I called the dealer and was told there is no fix and you have to put the car in neutral and Nissan said they don't accept redesign suggestions over the phone. I had to jump in the car with a bad back and hip to stop it as it rolled across the parking lot. Very dangerous. Audible door open and lights on warnings are inconsistent as is the key recognition system. I would not have bought this car if I knew it had such a dangerous flaw and bad electronics. My phone message has not been returned. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 132014


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into third gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 300.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #15

Jul 282014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,300 miles
As the speed reduces below 25 mph, when you leave gas pedal, even on a level road, the engine RPM appears to fall at or below 1000 RPM and then shoots up to 1300 RPM. It then struggles to find the correct gear ratio and fluctuates between 1000-1500 RPM without any intervention. This creates a jerky behavior and acceleration when none intended especially when one intends to slow down the vehicle. There is almost zero engine assist for deceleration. Instead of dropping to around 1000 or lower and then staying steady there, it drops and jumps up which creates dangerous driving situation especially in rain and snow. RPM appeared to drop and then shoot to stay above 1000 RPM instead of gradually dropping and staying steady. Took to the dealer and he reproduced the issue. However, other Altima in inventory showed similar behavior and the vehicle was not repaired. Nissan was contacted and was told this is a "feature". this is not right - in fact there have been similar reports as far back as 2007 Altima - and must be corrected. It appears that they fixed an issue with stalling vehicles in 2013 Altima and introduced new problem where you have to hit the brakes many times to achieve stable idle speed of 750 RPM. This is wearing my brakes prematurely and is a hazard in rain and snow when the vehicle accelerates without any intervention when it should really decelerate. I can not overstate the risk when one has to drive 10 mph or 20 mph in snow...

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #14

May 052014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Car will shudder at low speeds (15-35 mph) took car in to dealer, they updated the software but, the transmission "failed' the diag test. A new transmission was put in the car. The car still will shutter unexpectedly mostly at low speeds (however a couple of times have be documented by me at hi-way speeds) in general, when the motor rpms are around 1000 rpms and you give it a slight amount of acceleration, it will get in to the torque stall situation. So, coming to stop lights and then needing to go before coming to a complete stop, or turning on subdivision where slow speeds are required or turning into a parking lot or parking space. Have documented many many dates where this has happened. It was back to the dealer but, the have not had the issue happen to them. I have not let my teenaged drivers drive the cars as I do not feel it is safe for them to do so. This situation is not safe.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #13

May 032014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Making a left turn into shopping center and car started jerking, two days later going through a 25mph school zone and car started jerking, took car into dealer and I was told that they replaced the transmission when I picked car up, on the way home whenever I would slow down to stop the car would make a whining noise and it would come to a hard stop, took car back to dealer and was told that it was normal. It was not dointhat before they changed the transmission Nissan Consumer Affairs sent a specialist out to check the car out he drove the car and he felt the issue, I was told that it was the torque converter locking up and that was normal, took car to another dealer for a second opinion and he drove the car and experience the issue again I was told that it was the torque converter locking up, it makes this jerking at different speed levels and the whining and hard stopping is constant the second dealer told me that I may have a software problem because the computer that they hooked up to the car shows no problems I am still experiencing the problem. Something needs to be done to correct this was not making the whining noise and making the hard stops where it makes the car move.I am still dealing with these issues.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #12

Apr 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Shortly after purchasing my 2014 Nissan Altima my wife had pulled into our driveway and "pushed" the stop engine button while the shift lever was in drive and the engine shut off. The car immediately started to roll backwards out into the street into oncoming traffic. We were lucky it didn't cause a serious accident! this cars gear shift "does not" have to be in park in order to "push" the button that stops the engine it can be in drive and the engine will shut off and the car will start rolling if it is on a hill!. this is very dangerous because with-out the engine running you lose all your power steering and brakes! if this happened on a hill or steep mountain grade the car could roll over a cliff or out into oncoming traffic! I called Nissan about this malfunction many times and each time I was told "the car is operating as designed" please have them correct this problem asap before it causes an accident and someone is killed! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Deptford, NJ, USA

problem #11

Apr 302014

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that he was able to shut the engine off with the shifter being in drive. The dealer was contacted, who stated that the vehicle was performing as designed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 1,500. Updated 8/11/14 the consumer stated one should not be able to turn off the engine, while the vehicle is still in drive. Updated 08/26/14

- Deptford , NJ, USA

problem #10

May 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
Bought 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S brand new from dealer, same day noticed ticking/rattling sound when accelerating with slight vibration. Take car to dealer to get checked out on 05/24 and again on 05/27. Dealer confirmed the noise, service manager tells me noise come from the cvt transmission, but won't do anything. I believe the cvt transmission is defective and should be replaced. It does not feel safe to drive with a transmission making strange sound. Nissan dealer would not do anything and said it's normal.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

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