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).


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,650 miles

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

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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