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).


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,450 miles
Total Complaints:
50 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (30 reports)
  2. replace both headlight assemblies (20 reports)
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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Oct 012017

Altima SV 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


We purchased a 2014 Nissan Altima in 2017. It was only 3 years old. Shortly after, we noticed the low beams getting dimmer and dimmer. I assumed it was just the bulbs needing to be replaced and bought new ones. It was about the same. I then assumed it was just because the lights needed to be adjusted. It only marginally improved. I then thought maybe I just needed to have the lights scrubbed to clear up the light haze on the plastic. That also did not help.

I upgraded to some 6000k super bright LED bulbs. It improved but was still exponentially dimmer than people with old school halogen lights. I finally realized it must be the projectors. After researching online, I discovered it is an almost universal problem with the 5th gen Altima. The reflective coating disappears off the projector bowls!

At this point, we have to drive with brights on at nighttime, otherwise it is dangerously dim to where there is almost no difference if I turn the lights all the way off. That is obviously a clear safety issue and one that should immediately be addressed with a recall. I don't really have the money to drop on new headlight assemblies right now. Otherwise the car is running great and I enjoy it a lot. Nissan needs to step up and do the right thing here.

- Michael D., Mobile, AL, US

problem #49

May 192020

Altima S

  • CVT transmission
  • 198,800 miles

I purchased the car at a used car lot for my daughter. I told them about it and they never would do anything about it. I have changed the lights on it with every type it still did change it. She has been pulled over multiple times for having her high beams on so she can see, Then pulled over for having her low beams on and them saying her lights aren't on. Then I have recently got something in the mail for her year and make and model for a action lawsuit for the the low beams. So I want to see about what it consist of.

- Marsha B., Westminster, US

problem #48

Dec 012020

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 110,000 miles

The low beam lights are so bad I have to get out of car and look at the front of car to see if the low beams are on. The high beams seem to be doing okay as far as seeing ahead. However, sometimes I meet other cars coming at me and I forget to lower my high beam headlights and they don't blink at me. Makes me wonder if the high beams may also be going bad...

I now have received several mailings about this problem. It is the reflector material inside the unit that is defective through deterioration and will only get worse. This is a safety concern when you want to get the car inspected here in Pa.

- wdprrret, Marysville, US

problem #47

Aug 242018

Altima LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,765 miles


The headlights are almost non-existent when on low beam causing visibility problems and hazardous conditions. This should be fixed at no cost to me.

- JoAnn P., Calhoun, US

problem #46

Mar 012021

Altima SV 2.5L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 47,000 miles

I was pulled over by law enforcement because he thought my light was out. Then he noticed it was on but could barely see it. It's like driving blind at night with the low beams. We live in a rural area and it's extremely unsafe.

- Tina M., Pardeeville, WI, US

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problem #45

Sep 012019


  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I cannot see and I have almost been in 3 accidents due to this problem.

- Rebel W., Glen Arm, MD, US

problem #44

Jul 302019

Altima SV 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,700 miles


The headlights on both sides under low beam become extremely dim over time. It is difficult to see the road at night, and several times I got beeped from incoming cars to alert me, as the headlights were so dim as if the switch was not turned on. It becomes really dangerous and hazardous driving at night. I went to the Nissan dealer who told me this is a known problem in Altima and no recall has been ordered. They were not sure of any solution but told the whole assembly change on both sides may solve the issue.

- Chang L., Center Valley, PA, US

problem #43

Jan 152019

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,000 miles

My headlights low beam is fairly close to having no lighting on the highway. After research, this is a bigger issue than I thought. I'm not the only one with this same issue.

- Latoya J., Blackville, US

problem #42

May 012015

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

My dim lights are very dim. I called Nissan and was told to change the headlights. I did that and they are still dim. My blinkers are brighter than my dim lights. And driving with the brights on is a hazard too. They need to have a recall on these, being each one is so expensive, and nowadays it's hard for anyone to be able to afford anything extra like this. It was hard enough coming up with an extra 50 bucks to change the bulbs and to find out that wouldn't even work really makes me ill. I loved my old 94 Altima but this one has been nothing but a headache and I am the only owner of this car, and do my best to take care of it.

- Crystal S., Beebe, AR, US

problem #41

Sep 212021

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 86,456 miles

Why hasn't Nissan recalled these vehicles and repaired this problem? This will be the second time I have had to fix this problem. This time it is only the right side. The first time it was both low beams bad.

- Chuck W., Jacksonville, OH, US

problem #40

Jun 062020

Altima SL 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,569 miles


It is very dangerous driving at night because of the headlight assembly.

- Tracey M., Oklahoma City, US

problem #39

May 012020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I've been reading several complaints about this, so I feel like this should be a recall on the vehicle, because this is a major issue.

- Mary W., Deridder, US

problem #38

Jan 302020

Altima SL 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 45,000 miles

For quite some time my spouse had complained about my ability to see the road when driving at night and wondered if my vision had deteriorated. After 2 visits to the ophthalmologist and testing, it appears that my vision is quite excellent in fact - and with data to prove it. When entering our neighborhood, we began to see less and less of it under low beam headlights at night, until a recent trip out of town where I had driven over an unseen low level and poorly highlighted median (translated - it means I did not see it because my lights just plain suck). The lights are so bad you can stand in front of them and they barely illuminate your body. My flashlight in the car is more powerful - literally.

Checking online I found that I am not alone - Nissan headlamps have deteriorated for many customers. After I ordered a TYC Genera replacement set from Rock Auto I recalled, I had the Nissan Gold Preferred Extended Warranty Package from the dealer. It is listed as being covered under #26023 Headlight Assembly. Will call before I tear the car apart myself to replace with what are likely the same assemblies made by the same manufacturer for Nissan.

- safeoperator, Syracuse, NY, US

problem #37

Feb 042018

Altima SL 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,676 miles

Right after I bought the car, I noticed the headlights getting dimmer and dimmer. After a few months I thought I would replace the headlight bulbs, they were over $50. I could tell immediately it did not fix the problem. The man at the auto parts store told me I should try LED headlights. Again, this did not fix the problem. My low beams seem to be getting dimmer and dimmer rapidly. I use my high beams as often as possible just so I can see where I’m going at night and in the early mornings. It is getting very dangerous to drive in the dark.

- Jay J., Sour Lake, TX, US

problem #36

Jan 012019

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The lights have been getting dimmer and dimmer. Now the Drivers (Left) Low Beam is so dim, its as if it isn't on. Driving at night requires the fog lights to be on, and they only illuminate the immediate front of the car, or with high beams on. If a car is behind me it is worse, because their lights make my car cast a shadow, drowning out the little bit of light I do have.

- HIMM N., Omaha, NE, US

problem #35

May 312020

Altima SV

  • CVT transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Really disappointed that Nissan hasn’t issued a recall to replace the whole headlight assembly as the low beams are basically useless to drive at night since you can’t really see the road/lanes ahead. This issue could result in an accident as the driver can’t see the road ahead causing them to get into the wrong lane. They shouldn’t make us pay to repair this issue since it’s their fault for using a part that wears out quickly, causing drivers not being able to see at night, since that is exactly what I’m experiencing.

- Jj G., Santa Ana, US

problem #34

Mar 012020

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

The low beam headlight for my Nissan Altima 2014 is so dangerous. My cousin got an accident last week because of the low beam headlight for his Nissan Altima. It's dangerous to drive at night. Nissan should make recall for this issue as soon as possible, otherwise they will lose more lives as we lose tenth of lives in accident because of this problem. I went to Nissan dealer yesterday they told me it's a factory issue, we cannot solve it. How insane is that?!

- Jamal O., Buffalo, US

problem #33

May 132020

Altima A2S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,745 miles

Nissan is already aware how bad & dangerous the headlights are. I can barely see at night on low beams. Have replaced the bulbs same problem. I am forced to drive with the high beam lights on at night. This has been an issue since I purchased the vehicle 5/13/20. With so much road construction in our area making it a extremely difficult to see and so dangerous it has compelled me to research & file a complaint. I also have a 2016 Nissan Juke with same issue. Was thinking about purchasing a Murano but I would rather drive a vehicle I am safe driving at night... so no more Nissans for me. Especially when they are aware of the problem & have not issued a recall!

- Wenry M., Denison, US

problem #32

Dec 042017

Altima S 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I have replaced the low beam bulbs two times, but didn't get any result.

- Shajimon J., Missouri City, US

problem #31

Jan 102017

Altima 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

Can't see at night with the low beams. Often times I use my high beams to see clearly.

- jaimeperez19, Waxahachie, US

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