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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,720 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #19

Nov 062016


  • 5,000 miles


Engine should've shut off or give warning sign that oil from the oil filler came out andsplattered all over engine causing a engine fire which could've injured or killed someone this happened because someone must've left the oil filler cap off or didn't tighten cap, all mechanics told me the car should've shut off or warning light should've came on. Also the location of oil filler is in a bad spot it's on the middle of the engine with lots of plastic covers over engine, most engines the oil filler is on side of engine so oil doesn't spill on top of engine.the engine is a 2.5 liter engine.the engine runs very hot and with all the plastic parts and any oil spilling it can easily catch fire.I think Nissan should install a oil filler cap sensor to avoid potential engine is being repaired now from insurance claim but Nissan refused to reimburse any fincancial offer or a replacement car, since I brought the car brand new 6 months ago.I think someone should investigate this, a simple fix like a oil cap sensor could prevent fires and save lives

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 082016


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The dealer diagnosed that the sensor for the camshaft failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #17

Jul 272016


  • miles
Since I have had my 2014 Nissan Altima it has faced several major issues such has two transmissions replacements, now the ac compressor, then the car display screen turned completely pink, and other numerous issues that have already been documented in your system. Please refer back to my previous complaints that I have submitted, my service records for the dealership, and so forth for documentation purposes. I truly believe that a car with only 7 miles on it when purchased should not have any of theses issues unless it was manufactured poorly. I am so fed up with dealing with the dealership and run arounds from the corporation that I may have to take legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely manner.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 222016


  • 65,000 miles


My car as at a stop sign off a highway. As I tried to excelerate, the car died. I put the car in park. I let it sit for a second, put it in drive, it moved less that a foot and died. I was able to make it to a service station where they told me I needed a new battery. One week later I was on the highway trying to excelerate and the car died, mid highway, I pulled over. Got it started and after not having any results at my Nissan dealer, made it to my home where it was diagnosed with a faulty transmission. The car is a 2014 with 65 thousand miles and Nissan will not help

- Croton On Hudson, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 172015


  • miles
I have to much throbble whit my carr hard to start I have more one monthy the not rrunig

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 102015


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving and attempting to accelerate, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact mentioned that the vehicle failed to accelerate over 25 mph, there was an loud abnormal noise and the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 292015


  • 19,000 miles


Since the first week we owned the car, occasionally the screen(back up cam, radio...) doesn't start, or fails within first mile of driving- maybe 10 times since purchase date. On July 29, 2015- morning- car upon start, no screen and no dashboard. Restarted twice and then fine. At 9:30 P.M. same day-- close to home, side mirror failure warning showed on dash- and a subsequent failure of systems- including but not limited to- gps, screen, turn signals, headlights, hazard lights, all dash information. I pulled into parking garage and attempted to open window to use key fob for gate and had no operating windows, including sunroof or locks. Put car in park and could not get it into another gear.trapped in car for 15 min. With car running- passenger door then unlocked. Aaa called. Car ran for 3 hrs. Aaa disabled the electrical operating the fuel pump. Car towed to cochran in pittsburgh. Since a restart resets the computer, no code on diagnostic would be found. Cochran considers the situation resolved. Nissan has a case # and several recorded (by Nissan) conversations have occurred with regional rep. And that rep. Will not send written findings of investigation (check the I key)as it is internal information and I will pay all diagnostic fees associated. Rep has no technical knowledge and has no explanation of what an I key is or how or for what it should be checked. There is a directive from Nissan regarding this problem as told to me by wright Nissan, but again nothing will be done without the code from diagnostic computer. This can't happen again- but it will and it could be catastrophic-the intermittent, random, systematic failure will happen- the extent and order of events unknown - leaving us an uncertain outcome and no plan for response in the given situation. We suspect the problem is the BCM as alerted by the internet research, the aaa driver and the cochran tech.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 182013


  • 2,000 miles
When im in traffic and try to speed up the car doesn't change gears. Ive taken it to the dealer four times and they do nothing about it. It has happened two times within the last three days, which is more frequently than before. I have had this problem since I bought the car. When I stop the car completely, lets say at a red light, then press the gas it takes a few seconds for the car to even start moving.

- La Puente , CA, USA

problem #11

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

problem #10

May 012015


  • miles
2014 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle oil leaks issue. Consumer sent additional correspondence. The consumer stated there was a smell of hydro-carbons when he started the engine. The dip stick showed a drop of at least 3/8 of oil on the dip stick. Also, the air bag issue was not address and the plastic protecting the bottom of the engine fell down.

- Afton, OK, USA

problem #9

Jun 302014


  • 200 miles


Since I leased my car in may2014 I forgot to turn the engine off 4 times. Twice it ran all night in my garage but fortunately the gas fumes did not enter my house while I was sleeping. I believe its because I'm not use to the keyless ignition system. At first I thought I mistakenly started the engine with the remote start capability while the key was in my pocket. I reported the problem to the car dealer and at my request they disengaged the remote start feature on the vehicle, recently the car was left running all night for the second time so I apparently forgot to turn it off, I am elderly and hard of hearing and can hardly hear the engine running, I wear a hearing aid. It runs very quietly. Once I loaned my daughter the car and she encountered the same problem of not turning off the engine, I learn from internet post that countless reports have been made and several deaths by carbon monoxide entering homes have occurred due to this problem, I understand the keyless ignition system has been around for many years and is installed in many different vehicles, I was not aware of it until I got my car. I feel a safety recall should be issued to correct the problem before more people get killed, the public should be made aware of it without further delay since countless reports have already been made. Please acknowledge receipt of my report. Thank you.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 242015


  • 8,300 miles
Pulling into a parking lot with brake on the car accelerated by itself and jumped the curb. When the back tires bounced over the curb the car stopped accelerating.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Nov 262014


  • 9,700 miles
Vehicle is driven several miles so the engine is warm. Three times the car has stalled when stopping at a light or slowing at an intersection to make a left turn. When moving from the waiting position the car will stall and as an oncoming car is coming poses a left threatening situation as it will not move forward immediately. Car has been taken to Nissan dealership 2 times and both times nothing shows on the computer. Also, the car was driven the last time and the stall is not replicated. Because the problem is not replicated nisaan refuses to admit there is a problem with the car although a life is in jeopardy due to the danger of making a left had turn in front of traffic when there is ample time to make the turn. I have spoken to the national office and they refuse to do anything since the computer says the car is not broken.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 172014


  • 3,100 miles
I purchased a brand new 2014 Nissan Altima S on 7/20/14. On 9/17/14 my cel began flashing, car shaking & losing power as I was driving on the freeway (which is under construction with no shoulders to pull over on). Brought car to service department and they tried to first tell me they couldn't find any issue. I forced them to continue testing & it happened again & they were able to pull 2 error codes (misfire & multiple misfire). After a week of driving my car and testing, they could not figure out how to fix it. I opened a case at that time to request a buy back or replacement of this vehicle as it is clear that something was done wrong on the assembly line & safety of vehicle has been compromised. On 9/26/14, the dealership called and told me to pick up my car as they "think they fixed the problem." I picked up the car, drove 5 miles & issues happened again & I noticed it was consuming large amounts of gasoline. Brought it back to dealership & told them that it was not fixed & it is not safe to drive this vehicle. On 9/29/14, Nissan corporate sent an engineer to pick up my car to test the issues & after driving it, the engineer said that all 4 coils needed to be changed. Coils were swapped out & I picked up the car 10/2/14 against my will. Full tank when I picked up the car stating I'd receive 540 miles (normal for an Altima) & 2 days later, it dropped all of a sudden by 100 miles for no reason. I only received 400 miles to full tank & the majority of my driving is highway miles. It is still consuming gasoline & is idling rougher. I am now 3 weeks in, 2 separate issues & my car still is not working. If my car has issues 52 days in and only 3K miles, I can only imagine what else is going to happen. I commute and drive with small children & it is not safe. It is clear that there is something wrong with my car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

May 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was an leak coming from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician replaced the oil pressure switch but the failure persisted. The authorized dealer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 072014


  • 1,851 miles
The whole exhaust system from the engine along to the rear of this cars exhaust tips is rusting away already! several dealerships say its normal!

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 292014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 210,000 miles
When I turn the ignition nothing happens. All I hear is a click where the car is trying to ignite. After trying several times it finally cranks up and start. I've had the battery checked and have taken it to Nissan for a diagnostic test and both came back negative. Not sure what the problem but it is happening more frequent now since the first time it happened in November 2013 and again in April 2014. If the issue isn't showing up after paying $85 for a diagnostic test at Nissan, I wonder if others are experiencing this issue.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,333 miles
On the way to get a cup of coffee (less than one mile from my home) a car started coming into my lane. I swerved slightly to avoid a collision and my car went into the ditch and hit a telephone pole. Over $22,000 in damage. Radiator bent into an "L" shape. Side frames and engine went into the firewall, which totaled the car completely. I have spoken with Nissan Corp. Air bag safety engineer, dealership owner, general manager, sales manager and they will not do anything about this $22,000 damage to the front end and none of the airbags deployed. Officer said driver airbag and side curtain and in seat airbags should have also deployed. They didn't and I was almost killed. The car was only 2 months old, no modifications, and very low miles. Kiro7 tv in seattle even did two stories on the crash and airbags not working and that Nissan had only recalled passenger airbags, not driver side airbags...updated 07/16/14

- Kent, WA, USA

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