Notes: The 2015 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 & 2014 Altima, prompting us to give it our "Beware of the Clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about transmission problems related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,100 miles
Total Complaints:
57 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace both headlight assemblies (26 reports)
  2. not sure (21 reports)
  3. replace with high quailty bulbs (3 reports)
  4. projectors need to be replaced (2 reports)
  5. replace headlight assembly (2 reports)
  6. headlight conversion kit (1 reports)
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2015 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

Jul 012019

Altima S 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 39,000 miles


Poor lighting from headlamps on low beam. Dangerously poor in all weather especially fog.

- Paul B., Culdesac, ID, US

problem #56

Apr 012021


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,020 miles

I've been noticing over the past 3 to 4 yrs yrs that it's difficult to see at night with my lights on, The headlamps are very clouded/ frosted on the inside. This is a very dangerous situation for me.

I believe this to be a design flaw by Nissan. I want them to be replaced by Nissan with a nonfaulty product.

- Sarah S., Elyria, US

problem #55

Mar 292022

Altima S 2.5L 4-cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 78,000 miles

My headlights, especially the passenger side, are dangerously dim at night. It has gotten progressively worse over the year, conveniently after the deadline for headlight assembly replacement reimbursement, to where I barely see without high beams. The local dealership, claims, they don't have any parts to replace the headlight assemblies.

- Jason H., Kennesaw, GA, US

problem #54

Feb 012022

Altima S 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 108,000 miles


Low headlamp beams are too dim to project - this is extremely unsafe. I live on a road where there are lots of pedestrians crossing Hwy A1A and I can’t see them. Have to use high beams until oncoming traffic beams back at me to dim.

- Nathaniel E., Melbourne Beach, FL, US

problem #53

May 302019

Altima S 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

When the problem happened, I thought it was just cleaning, but at first nothing. Then when the night comes, it has become dangerous - you can't see if someone crosses, or if I'm riding on top of something that is on the track, there are times that my daughter has to go to the university and when it's dark it's dangerous.

- Marco C., Pembroke Pines, US

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problem #52

Sep 012021


  • CVT transmission
  • 50,000 miles

These headlights suck! We can barely see at night; the headlights are so dim, I fear we will have an accident or hit a deer or something.

I am sure Nissan can appreciate that as you age, your vision is not what it used to be, so this problem does NOT fare well for us older folks.

Please, Nissan, fix this at no charge!

PS: I am forced to use my fog lights as a supplement and toggle between high beams when no one is approaching, which I'm also sure you can appreciate that's hardly EVER, and using the fog lights regularly. (I have no idea if this blinds other drivers!)

- Lisa R., Middletown, US

problem #51

Aug 012019

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


It's very dangerous to drive a car with the headlights on, and you are not be able to see anything ahead of you because the headlights are dim.

- Joe J., Miami, FL, US

problem #50

May 232022

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Lo beam headlights are too dim to drive at night without the possibility of getting pulled over. Hi beams, turn signals, daytime running lights all work perfectly.

Found on a forum where the surface of the headlight mounts wear off and the bulbs arent able to project the lights effectively.

- Kevin C., Jacksonville, US

problem #49

Nov 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,557 miles

You have to drive with your high beams on if there are no lights on a road.

Very dangerous!

- Jay B., Brandon, US

problem #48

Jan 012021

Altima S

  • CVT transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My dealership is telling me that even thought I filed my paperwork, now I must bring in my car for an inspection and THEN they will order the parts for the replacement if needed. WHAT?!?!?!?!? This is ridiculous. They know the models, they should HAVE the inventory. I will now have to take time off from work 2 times in order to get this fixed. I can't drive at night because the headlights are so dim I can't see. This is a safety issue and I perceive this stall tactic as the dealership trying to mitigate it's losses.

- Susan A., Morganton, US

problem #47

Oct 152021

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


It is impossible to drive at night. I use my high beams but other motorists get annoyed.

It is like driving in the dark. On a trip to Boston, I had to pull over and wait for the sun to come up. My eyes were definitely exhausted trying to make out the road in front of me. This will ultimately end in deaths. The Altima death!!!

- Dan M., Wentzville, US

problem #46

Mar 152018

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The Nissan Altima headlight complaint has been registered with NHTSA. Nissan manufacturing has also been contacted about this issue. This complaint has been registered on this site as well. There now is a standing class action lawsuit over this issue. What has to happen before Nissan acknowledges this issue and take care of it?

- Clarence B., Nashville, US

problem #45

Sep 012020

Altima SL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,600 miles

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headlights are too dim headlights are too dim

Just would like new headlights installed, the headlights (ESPECIALLY LEFT ONE) are very dim!

- Pamela H., St. Cloud, US

problem #44

Mar 152021

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,142 miles

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headlights are too dim headlights are too dim

Bought this 2015 Nissan ALTIMA S on March 15 2021 and realized the headlights are very dim, so I start doing research on 2015 Nissan ALTIMA S dim headlights and found information. I also got a letter in the mail from SUAREZ V NISSAN SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR POBOX 43199 PROVIDENCE RI 02940-3199.

I WENT to the Quirk Nissan Dealer in Quincy Massachusetts Tuesday 25 January, an 11 am appointment for an oil change, and when I returned to pick up the car I spoke to the service guy. He said it would be $1100 to replace both headlights. They rotated the tires and changed a hood lock that they said was a recall issue where the hood could pop open while driving - can you imagine that happening down the highway?

So I would love to have this issue, the dim headlights, fixed. It totally is a safety hazard - when I drive with high beams on, people kept flashing their lights at me thinking I am just inconsiderate. But that's not the case -- I can't see when driving on low beams as the halogen bulbs are too dim due to desalination of reflective surface inside the headlamp. This is a HEADLAMP DEFECT FROM NISSAN.

- anna7701, Hyde Park, US

problem #43

Nov 252020

Altima S 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I have replaced the bulbs {expensive!!!} to no avail. I need to replace the headlight units - you cannot drive at night.

- Norman F., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US

problem #42

Feb 012019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,100 miles

I purchased my car brand new 4 years ago and had had very few issues with it until this year, I noticed a few months ago that my headlights were getting dim, so I assumed that the bulbs needed to be changed so we had the bulbs replaced, then I noticed the new bulbs we installed didn't improve the lighting, so we changed them again, and again, and again. Soon after that debacle we decided to take it to the dealer because at this point clearly its a manufacturing issue and not the bulbs, the dealer stated that this is a common issue for 2013-2015 Nissan Altima's and the only real remedy is to change the headlight assemblies.

I asked if this is known by Nissan, why is there NO RECALL on this, its clearly an issue and from the looks of it thousands of Nissan buyers have this same issue, no real answer was given. I am furious that Nissan has put profit over their buyers and other drivers' safety, what else could be the reason why they don't deem it necessary to have this obvious problem repaired for those of us who cannot drive our vehicles at night, or have to drive with high-beam lights on (which is a safety concern for not only me but other drivers). I plan on making a formal complaint with the better business bureau today regarding this issue.

- Tanya S., Austell, GA, US

problem #41

Sep 012019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Headlights are not working properly, due to a faulty Nissan-installed headlight assembly. Hmmm - not having headlights that adequately work would be a big safety issue in any normal persons estimation.

So a 4 year old vehicle without proper headlights I'm told is okay with Nissan, even though there are numerous complaints on this safety issue. Nissan, not standing by your product or the safety of your consumers WILL ultimately affect your bottom line. Do the right thing and do a recall!

- mkathleen, Jacksonville, US

problem #40

Jan 052020

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A year after I got this 2015 Altima, I started having problems with the low beam headlights looking too dim while I was driving at night. This problem is extremely dangerous and needs to be recalled. Every Altima I see like mine has the very same dim headlights. I have to burn my brights to see at night and do you all even care that doing so endangers oncoming traffic!!!! This is absolutely ridiculous and cheap that it hasn't been recalled! I have purchased a kit to clean the headlights, but it didn't work. Ordered Led lights, had them replaced TWICE, and still did not correct the problem. Nissan, I am very disappointed. I thought you guys were better than this. Stop being cheap and recall these lights before someone gets in a bad accident and gets hurt!

- Cynthia M., Tarboro, US

problem #39

Sep 012021

Altima S 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,000 miles

It is mad dangerous driving the 2015 Altima, especially in rain - you're blinded and visibility is 0, so night driving is by choice and sometimes you need to and it's scary risking your life to do something you need to but have no choice I have already replaced the bulbs and it did nothing so now I have to replace the housing unit so hopefully I get reimbursed for all of what I have done. Not happy with Nissan's ability to own there mistake.

- John D., Auburn, NY, US

problem #38

Sep 292019

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 110,500 miles

I tried getting Nissan to support an after warranty claim on this safety issue, but they declined. Pretty odd, as I have had them cover an older vehicle out of warranty by many more miles/years for a $900 throttle body. I am thinking it was due to having that old car at a dealer for actual service after they sold me a car with issues.

I have registered with an attorney group who are starting a class action suit. They requested I keep my old headlight assemblies (which I did anyway in case of recall).

LEDs greatly improve the lighting on this car, but you must use OEM headlight assemblies to get good High and Low beam projection and alignment.

- nhengst, York, US

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