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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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 the Clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,125 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2014 Nissan Altima lights problems

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 152018


  • 80,000 miles


Front headlights very dim at night. Cannot see road.very poor visibility. Replaced bulbs and it did not improve the visibility.

- Walker, LA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152018


  • 80,000 miles
Front headlights are very dim at night. Very poor visibility. Cannot see the road. Replaced light bulbs and it did not improve the problem at all.

- Walker, LA, USA

problem #10

Jun 222018


  • 97,102 miles
My low beam headlights were getting dim, but I thought it was just the bulb going bad but both at the same time, took out the bulbs and they were as bright as ever. In reading on line, I found so many people with the same problems and Nissan knows about this. I almost killed someone last night because I could not see them because of the lights. Until someone actually gets killed, I don't think anyone will do anything about it, but Nissan knows and they will not recall.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 282013


  • 56 miles


Every since I bought the car it has had low visibility at night I complained about it to them it is going to end up costing over 1500 to fix it but they wait to the warranty is out to tell me this Nissan should have done put out a recall on them but won't due to the cost I can't even drive my car at night any more may let it go back the cars came out with bad parts in them when you tell them bout things wrong they push it off till warranty runs out that tells you they already knew bout

- Russellville, KY, USA

problem #8

Apr 062018


  • 40 miles
The low beam headlights all of a sudden went so dim tonight driving on highway...I almost wrecked 3 is like driving with no headlights at all....I even stopped at store to check if they were on. Yes they were on. This is very dangerous.

- Altoona, AL, USA

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problem #7

Jan 012018


  • 50,000 miles
Low beams on headlights no longer light up enough to safely drive above 25 mph. They have progressively gotten worse over time. It is a know fact that the film inside the projector lens is failing, but no recall has been issued. How many accidents or even deaths need to occur before this will be taken care of. My car only has 50,000 miles on it, so it would be considered a low mileage vehicle.

- Waseca, MN, USA

problem #6

Jul 012015


  • miles


The low beam on my Altima 2014 sv 4cy. 2.5L, is totally inadequate. There is minimal visibility at night with low beam, creating a very hazardous problem on the roadway. This is not a unique problem on my Altima, it is a major problem on most of the 2013, 2014, 2015, etc. Models. This is obviously a production problem with the Nissan Altima. Changing bulbs to a higher quality has not resolved the problem and Nissan dealership has quoted approx. $1000 to rectify the problem. This is a safety issue and I as well as others think the manufacturer should recall and address this problem since it is a serious safety hazard..

- Lake City, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 022017

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the headlights became very dim over time, which made it extremely difficult to see at night. The vehicle was taken to giles Nissan lafayette (6137 johnston St, lafayette, la 70503) where it was diagnosed that the projector lens needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was also contacted and was unable to provide assistance. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Breax Bridge, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 092017


  • 32,000 miles
Both of my headlamps are defective and Nissan has recognized this as a manufacture's defect but has refused to issue a recall. They are only covering the parts and not labor. By accepting to pay part is an admission of guilt on Nissan's part. The Nissan dealer's mechanic (coral springs Nissan 954-753-1700)has admitted this is a common issue in these type of vehicles. It is very difficult to see at nights with the headlamps and can cause a vehicular accident. An internet search will also confirm this is a common issue. Https:// reference tsb no. 03-074H.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012016


  • 35,000 miles
My low beam headlights have just gotten super dim that I feel very unsafe driving at night. I purchased the car new and over time the low beam headlight projection dimmed over time that I feel uncomfortable driving at night. I replaced the bulb and that didn't work. I then upgraded to led lighting and the lighting projection is still to dim to drive at night. I mentioned it to my dealer several times and called Nissan to report this and they said they did not have a recall for this matter. My car has 72,000 miles on it and has had this problem for over 2 years. Headlights don't light up no more than 15 ft which is no good while driving at 55mph.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Oct 302013


  • 300 miles
Rear taillight housings fog up badly, some dealerships didn't recognize problem then one did when I did not go back to dealership right away they sent the parts back! finally another dealership recognized the problem but when they changed them one had a mark inside of the fixture, part missing inside truck and a new scratch mark on the car, also put in incorrectly! this car is turning into a frankenstein car and exactly what and how everything being done to it to devalue this car is happening! factory seals are being broken and not being fixed at all is the outcome! the tail lights fog up more than the last ones! this car is a lemon!

- Centereach, NY, USA

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