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 this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount of low-mileage problems related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,480 miles

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2015 Nissan Altima steering problems

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2015 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jul 132015


  • miles


The power steering on my 2015 Altima is very hard to turn. The mechanic replaced the power steering pump twice and replaced the fluid and the steering wheel is still very hard to turn. The power steering indicator light is now on and I still can't turn the steering wheel. This is a very unsafe condition that Nissan should recall and repair. This car has 5200 miles on it and this is totally unacceptable. The car also has a very high pitched whine noise that is very annoying. We previously owned Toyota Camry and I'd Nissan don't take care if this problem I will not refer them to anybody and go back to Toyota.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #20

Sep 012015


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering was faulty and needed to be replaced. No further information was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 132016


  • 28,500 miles
Direction of car "wonders" slightly from side-to-side when driving at highway speeds. Need continuous small steering wheel correction in order to keep car in straight line. Very annoying and stressful to operate car.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #18

Apr 012016


  • 100 miles


Bought 2015 Nissan Altima brand new. From day one have had a problem with vehicle. Going above 60 vehicle wants to drift out of lane. Been in contact with Nissan corporation, and they are no help. Say that is how the vehicle is. This car is very unsafe. Nissan sent out a specialist for alitmas, and he said it was normal. He said he did something to help the driving, but it did not help at all. Horrible car. Really wish I could get out of this car, because of this issue. Will not buy another Nissan ever again!!!

- Townsend, GA, USA

problem #17

May 012015


  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle drifted left or right without warning, which made it difficult to keep the vehicle straight. The contact stated that the failure became more severe in windy conditions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The dealer stated that in order to steer the vehicle, their hands needed to be located on the bottom of the steering wheel in order to better steer the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,500....updated 09/14/16

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #16

Dec 042015


  • 12 miles
I agree with others about Nissan needing to repurchase/compensate for all the issues.this vehicle feels very unsafe and they just push it all off. The power steering makes varying loud, annoying, distracting, whining noises the entire time you drive it. The car hesitates and jerks while driving or trying to drive from a stop which feels very unsafe and makes me worry about being hit. There are so many problems that are unsafe with the 2015 Altima and Nissan refuses to admit them and constantly says "everything is normal" or 'its the way that transmission works". a huge waste of time and energy trying to deal with Nissan. They also kept insisting to me that the airbag light coming on while a grown adult was seated was "normal" as well until all of a sudden there was a recall...just to show how they lie and cover everything up.I bought this car brand new in December 2015 and have had these issues since. Have been to dealership many times for the issues as well as having a Nissan tech come to assess but of course everyone sticks together and states it "all normal".there are also problems that are not safety issues but value issues such as the xm service that is horrible but you pay for and the cheap build of the vehicle/paint.

- Shamokin, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 232016


  • 6,400 miles


First I was pulling out of my driveway and the car just stopped, I started the car back up and it went. I drove about 3 miles and it was like I couldn't steer the car and as I was pressing the brakes the car was like accelerating. I had to repeatedly push on brakes for the car to slow down and stop. I haven't had this car but 6 months and it's a new vehicle

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #14

May 282016


  • 2 miles
Car was brought brand new. Did not have any problems until one day my husband was driving to the dealership to have the car scheduled maintenance done at 3000miles. While driving, the steering wheel went stiff and hard to control. He managed to drive to the dealership without hurting himself and getting into an accident. The dealership stated that the electric steering pump was the problem and car has to stay for 4 days and they changed the steering pump. A few days after, I was driving the car to work which is about 2 miles or less away from home, the steering wheel went stiff on me while I was making a turn to the parking lot. I had to step on the break to avoid hitting the electric pole. Went to the dealership, they said that they needed to repair the wiring harness and something about a rust Y nut that they needed to polish so it would not lose contact with the electric system"?" im not sure about that part though. It was my husband and the service advisor who had that talk. My concern now is that we feel that we have a lemon car. Tried contacting Nissan Corp but they said that all repairs have been done and if it happens again that they will review the case. My point is, the car is unsafe to drive. The steering wheel will give out on you while driving and might cause an accident. Please advise us on what to do with this. I almost had one in this car, I don't feel safe hauling my two kids in this vehicle anymore but Nissan would not do anything about it- well I guess not until we have an accident. I could not even bear to trade the car in because the next owners might have the same problem... please help!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 232016


  • 14,500 miles
Brake issue, ABS, traction, while driving my car at 15 mph my brakes locked up and stopped my car in the middle of the road (with traffic) fairly forceful stop I might add. There has also been a grinding noise when applying the brakes at random time. 1 week prior to the issue with the brakes my driving assist sensors malfunctioned. After obtaining a rental car the Saturday that my brakes failed I was told that Monday morning that my car was fine and that my brakes failed when my driver assist sensors malfunctioned a week prior. Talk about scary and my family no longer feels safe in my car. Nissan told me this was a normal function of the car and there was nothing they could do about it. There is also according to Nissan rep an unknown clanking noise coming from the suspension and or steering. I truly believe that with all of these issues going on there is a huge risk of my family being in harms way.

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #12

Apr 082016


  • 325 miles
My car which was purchased less than a month ago, is back at the dealership for the third time. The car continues to have many issues. There is a shimmy/vibration in the steering column as well as vibration in the door, accelerator and floor boards. It often seems that there are problems with the suspension as well as the brakes. The most important issue is that the car continues to drive off the road to the right and you have to force it out of a right-hand turn. Although this problem also seems to occur to the left as well, it is not as apparent. What is apparent, is when you try to compensate for the drifting, it over-compensates to the other side and it never feels as though the tires are holding the road at all times. It is practically impossible to manage the car on the highway. This issue is a huge safety issue that is not only putting the lives of myself and my family in danger but the lives of the others on the road as well. I have absolutely no confidence that this car can be repaired to any level of safety.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 032016


  • 620 miles


My Altima is only 2 months old and did not start 4X already. It seems to do this first thing in the morning when the car is cold. My steering wheel is vibrating constantly and I can feel a vibration with my foot on the accelerator. There is a loud noise like a constant dentist drill under my hood that is louder every time I turn. The dealership just replaced my power steering pump and there is no change! my passenger airbag light is on when there is a passenger in the car. It will go off during drive time. It does not matter if I have my purse, a bag, heavy books or a person-it sporadically goes off and on while I am driving. I do not feel safe knowing the airbag will not deploy in a crash! lithia Nissan has checked the sensor, but it is still doing it. I owned a 2008 Altima and 2011 Altima that never required service other than oil changes and air in my tires. I am very disappointed with this 2015 piece of junk! I can hear wind noise no matter what speed I am driving. I feel like I am in a crash test every time I slow down. Nissan tech said it is the new cvt transmission. Honda, Lexus, Toyota, Mercedes and Audi have cvt and it is a smooth ride! why does Nissan cvt jerk you around? the car is so cheaply made the speakers are popped up and paint is chipping. I have reported my issues to Nissan Corp. And BBB. The newest issue is the RPM rev up as I sit at red lights. I want Nissan to rebuy this car back!

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #10

Dec 242015


  • miles
I feel while I'm driving the car want to go left or feel like it's about to loose control of the car. Trouble accelerating

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 112015


  • miles
Nissan Altima 4D sedan 2.5S felt and looked great at 17 odometer readings. Overtime it has lost power and has made me have a rough time on highway than usual. Going at speeds of 55-75+ all seats feel as if they're going to detach from the bottom compartment. Wheels on this sedan are at recommended psi 35-40 yet going at 55-75 speeds it feels as if I'm riding a horse with different types of measures on each side. Front window along with rear end window have both been dislocated from its original position. My car is slowly breaking down at 7.2K miles brand new. Recently went back to the dealership car loan was made and obviously everything was fine. I'm not going to deal with their little game. It's a matter of time until the body on this sedan breaks apart. I have had no car accidents, problems began as first oil change was performed Nov 11 2015. It's becoming very difficult to manage vehicle on highway as it goes left or right as wind hits front/rear. Have personally tried figuring out what the problem is have noticed a lot of black goo rear area by tires, front end, under back seats, under passenger and driver seat. At times I feel as if the right side is suspended a bit more than the left, and vise versa. Noise level has increased significantly with all windows and doors closed. Somethings definitely wrong with the structure of this vehicle NHTSA, I'm asking for an investigation helping me and others with this problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

May 052015


  • miles
Car was purchased new in late April 2015. When I opened the trunk of the vehicle for the first time, I noticed there was rust in the spot welds on the left side of the trunk. Front bumper also started to pop out on both sides after driving it the first day and is rubbing and peeling paint from frame of vehicle. Rear windshield was pushed all the way to the left with a large gap to the right. This is a big safety issue. Front fascia misaligned from factory and rust eating away at main frame of vehicle despite there being no scratches or damage to vehicle. Both side skirts misaligned. All doors significantly misaligned from factory. Power steering whines and transmission groans and shifts erratically. Car does not drive straight at speeds 55+ and wanders between lanes. It takes much effort to keep it straight. Trunk lid not aligned properly. BBB mandated Nissan to repurchase vehicle and brand it as a lemon due to serious safety defects & non-conformities. Nissan failed to fix rear windshield after one attempt and failed to fix other issues after 3 repair attempts. Car has been at dealership for 28+ days. Nissan failed to calculate correct repurchase numbers and Nissan still refuses to fix vehicle. After my protesting, Nissan repaired rear windshield but structurally, the rest of the car remains a safety issue. An investigation should be launched. I request nhsta to inspect the quality and build of this vehicle as it endangers my safety and those of other drivers around me. I am still in possession of this vehicle.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 172015


  • 26 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, there was an abnormally loud noise that came from the front passenger side of the vehicle. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The contact was informed that the abnormal noise was the electric power steering and that the vehicle was functioning as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 26.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Nov 022015


  • 8,000 miles
I bought a brand new Nissan Altima 2015 car. My car has been having issues. Right now, its mass air flow (maf) sensor failed which had caused safety concerns including drivability problems. The car at times dies in the middle of the road and its hard to control the car. I have infants in my car and I feel it is not safe for a brand new car to have issues. According to my dealer maf sensor is a known issue with Nissan cars. Two days ago I nearly had an accident because of this issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 122015


  • miles
The contact rented a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving at 10 mph, the contact was unable to control the steering wheel due to the front driver side tire. The vehicle veered to the left and crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the hands, face, wrists, and arms that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 182015


  • 20 miles
This car was purchased new in exchange for a 2015 Nissan Altima that had serious issues with the power steering components. This car seems one step worse than the one I just traded. Heated steering wheel does not work. Power steering growls when the transmission is put into gear and whines with a high-pitched noise that can be heard very clearly in the cabin when the wheel is turned. Engine is noisy. There is also a shimmy in the steering column when the car exceeds speeds over 40 mph. Appointment made with dealer with a Nissan representative (requested by me). Poor manufacture and design of vehicle. Nissan has innovation that is disappointing, to say the least. If Nissan is unable to repair vehicle properly, I will trade vehicle for a Subaru and never purchase another Nissan again due to poor design and safety issues.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 302015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
Purchased car new. I previously owned a 2014 Nissan Altima with no issues. Power steering on car was very noisy at all times. It sounded like a high-pitched dentist's drill that only gets worse when wheel is turned. Not sure how long electric power steering system will last. After three weeks, dealer agreed to accept car back and swap it for another one. Apparently, there is no fix for this. Degradation in quality and safety is noted on the 2015 Nissan Altima.will never purchase another Nissan again.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 222015


  • 45 miles
On Jan 22, 2015, I test drove a beautiful 2015 Nissan Altima, the speed during test drive did not exceed 45mph and the drive was smooth and without incident. I decided to buy the vehicle and trades a Nissan 2012 Altima with low mileage and no mechanical problems. On the way home, on the Florida turnpike I noticed a drifting from left to right with no easy transition back to center lane. The wheel was pulling to the left and then would sort of hang up when I tried to return to center lane. Each time it went left, when I tried to return to center lane it would over compensate and drift to the right. This shifting occurred throughout the ride home which is approximately 12 miles of turnpike at a speed of 70mph. I took the vehicle back right away and 2 more times after that, the last time the steering almost caused an accident at 70mph on the turnpike. I contacted the dealership and they again said vehicle is in tolerance and nothing can be done. I contacted Consumer Affairs for Nissan and they also could not help, since the dealership said the vehicle is in tolerance. Other family members have driven and confirm my fears that the vehicle is not safe.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

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