A freshening for 2005 brought a small improvement in fuel economy, along with improved interior fit and finish. The cabin remained roomy and the seats supportive. The four-cylinder engine makes the Altima quick, but noisy under acceleration. Handling is sound, but not nimble and ride is somewhat stiff. It also has a wide turning circle.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim on roof, above door was lost while driving. It was after 200000 miles."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim band between ceiling and doors - flew up in carwash"

Robert H., NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim on roof was knocked loose when going through brushless car wash"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"too much rattle and loose moldings"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The molding from the windshield to the roof panel came off and was beating the car in the wind while driving"

Blackmon K., GA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Protective undercoverings for front drive, loose, falling off several times"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Plastic parts are broken"

K M., PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE)

"the center console trim around the opening and climate control dials is cracking all over the place.To the point I can't pull it out to fix it. I am currently looking for a used one online to replace it"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Fading peeling paint"

Michael C., NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint started peeling on the hood, the top and the trunk. The rest of the car paint is still good. the repainting if those parts was $7000."

Richard Z., CA (2005 Nissan Altima)

"paint fading"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Top and trunk (only) are fading and chalking. Rest of the paint is fine, including hood. I realize this car is 11 years old and has been out in the sun, but it looks like problems with the paint"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on all top surfaces were failing. The clear coat was coming off and I had to repaint the car last year. We bought the car because everyone else had a camry and it was a little cheaper. I guess we know why. The materials used are inferior in quality"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading and coming off horizontal surfaces"

Stacy K., TN (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"car is washed regularly"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Florida sun is hard on paint !"

Mike C., FL (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Drivers Side Rear wheel well is rusting thru."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front floor boards on the outer sides of the middle support on both sides had rusted open through to the carpet a deep crack over a foot long on both sides. when the rust was removed the holes on both sides were about 8x 15. this is a known defect."

Steve L., MN (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole rusted thru passenger side floor"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Rust spot appear in various places on the vehicle before the 5 yr mark"

Blackmon K., GA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Floor boards on both drivers side and passenger side had to be replaced"

Richard B., NH (2005 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on both rear back sides above the rear wheels on the panels"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noted car prone to metal perforation. Had this same problem with a 2000 frontier I owned as well"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine cradle severely rusted/ corroded and needs replacement. Parts and labor estimate from Marlboro Nissan, Marlborough, MA is $1600. This and many other unexpected repairs at 90k miles will be $7.5K to $10k, so I will be junking this car"

Steven R., MA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bottom of the car has holes, that we had to see that rusted all the way through. This is poor quality"

Jonathan C., CT (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small approximately 6''x2'' area of rust on the front passenger floorboard. There is a narrow perforation into the passenger compartment through which one can barely fit a finger and feel the interior soundproofing material. I am currently taking est"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Major damage under the car and around the engine block. Had to repair/replace the bottom of the car as it was about to rust through the floor. Had to repair/replace the support around the engine"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Nissan Altima)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I notice a squealing when I jam on the break instead of the studded if a working antilock brake"

John N., TN (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"The car is not used much so the brake parts needed cleaning and adjustmernts"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"another frozen brake"

Kevin H., VT (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front calipers stuck in open position causing squealing and grinding. Rear caliper seized requiring replacement and a new rotor on driver side, new pads on other side."

Robert H., NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1 caliper failed, and locked up"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Require service every 12 - 18 months or they seize up"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting and accelerated wear of calipers"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"no problem-took it in for lube & oil change-brake check showed it needed front brakes-they were down to less than 1/3-think they relined them"

Naomi E., CA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 110,000 miles I normally perform major maintenance on all my cars - plugs, all hoses, all aux. belts, flush cooling system, flush transmission system, clean fuel system and injectors. Replace brakes-rotors-spindles if required"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic had to replace rotors and pads on all 4 wheels. I consider this normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was time to replace, down to metal on metal"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Altima needed replacement of pads and rotors"

Michael F., NY (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads required changing after less than 15000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"completely rusted out, and replaced. Over $1000"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"ha brakes replaced after 6000 miles"

R B., OH (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"the car eats brakes. always needing new ones"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Requires brake maintenance more than other vehicles I've owned"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"It seems like I have to replace the brakes every twelve to fourteen months, but do not need to do so on any other vehicle"

David K., MD (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear brake cylinder seized and prematurely wore out an expensive set of rear brake pads"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"After brake repairs we had a wheel noise. One front wheel bearing was replaced due to the noise and wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes fail when temp falls below freezing"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"When it is cold, the brake booster doesn't work...no power brakes. The car will stop, but it takes a very strong push on the pedal"

Anonymous, NB (2005 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Brake rotor warped after the first time they were turned. I just kept using them despite the vibrating brake pedal steering wheel until I finally decided to get it fixed."

Daniel N., CA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"I believe the Brakes on this care wear more than normal. I've now got rusted splash guards that a grooved the rotors, - and they squeak / make a scraping sound."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake shield on backside of rotor rusted away and dragged on inner wheel. Took long time to diagnose the source of sound. Dealer replaced rear rotors and calipers. Brake shield fell off"

Robert H., NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The items listed seem to require attention more often than usual"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C went out at 110000 miles. $1400 to replace"

Thomas H., VA (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No issue. After 140,000 miles I would expect the compressor to fail. Especially in Houston, TX"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"System would not cool. Compressor was totally nonfunctional and needed replacement"

Virginia P., CA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Clutch failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor hose became disconnected; was only blowing warm air"

David S., FL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I am is idoling the compressor spdowsnt keep up and if I put it n neutral sometimes the AC stops cooling. I have to stop the car, restart and then generally the cooling will work"

John N., TN (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan at maximum does not blow out air at high enough pressure"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fan went out but motor still worked. Could feel heat but the fan was unable to push it out in car average cost estimates were 250.00"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Leaking freon, had to be replaced"

Gerald P., FL (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"When I turn on the AC there seems to be an oder for a short period of time"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater core leaked water from the engine cooling system. The inside windows would fog up with a green mist, so I couldn't drive it. The entire dash area had to be removed in order to change the hearer core. It cost about $1200 at an independent repair shop. Note that this is the first repair the car has ever needed in 13 years/99,000 miles."

Larry B., IN (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Apparently the coolant plumbing into the heating system can become clogged and there is no good way to repair it other than changing the coolant after running some CLR through or something like that"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car will not warm up until you are driving down the road. not only is it cold, it will not defrost the windows or get warm enough to help get ice on the windows to melt. extremely frustrating during iowa winters"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If cold outside, heater will only work after engine has been at 2500 RPMs for 10-15 minutes"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent heating"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The plumbing where the liquid is heated apparently gets plugged up limiting circulation and not providing enough heat in the car"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car does not get warm enough in the winter. I've expressed this to the dealer. Found out via online research that this is one of the symptoms of the head gasket going bad"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Radiator had a leak, replaced radiator"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lower evaporator hose failed, leaked all the refrigerant out"

T H., OK (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AIR CONDITIONING JUST DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Slight refrigerant hose leak. Replaced hose and recharged system"

Sheree M., UT (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Passenger side lower ball joint went bad within under two years of being replaced. Bad roads!"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Only come available with lower arm, expensive. Replaced ball joints, tie rods, bushings, steering shaft with universal joint. Cleaned brake calipers. Four wheel alignment. $5,500"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose ball joint discovered when checking the steering problem"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Midas replaced shocks and didn't replace bushings. Midas is not getting any more business"

Gary P., OH (2005 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Fluid leak from the power steering rack. It costs about $800 to fix"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The front struts are beginning to fail and need to be replaced. It is not to the point of being unsafe, however the quality of the ride is diminished."

Jonathan P., WI (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the struts on the car. The second time I have since I've owned it. But the car has a little over 200k on it and it was time, so it's regular maintenance. It could use new shocks on the rear too"

John G., IA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks were replaced but the car was driven a lot"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the third replacement of struts or strut assemblies since the car was new"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks/struts worn"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hit pothole and damaged the shocks, struts, tire tie and ball joint"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Normal repair after 150000 miles"

Gary P., OH (2005 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"scrapping noise"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud noise from car every time we drove over a bump or pothole"

Arlene C., AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering box had come loose from anchor points or attachment bolts had come loose and almost fell off"

Stacy K., TN (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"lower steering nuckle developed a locking or stiffening which was worse as time went on. Did not feel safe going around corners. Dealer had a lot of these in stock must be a defective part,"

Paul S., MA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Steering became stiff when turning. Suspected u-joint issue. Car needed a new steering column, ball joint and alignment. Separate problem - hole in floor likely caused by rust"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)

"Steering wheel rattles and has excessive play. An attempt to tighten linkage was unsuccessful. Entire steering linkage and rod must be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"I had to change the rack and pinion for this problems"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel shakes. Probably due to worn out motor mounts"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"wear & tear"

Paul P., ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The belt tension pulley went bad"

John C., NY (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Check engine light. Code indicated a malfunction in crankshaft position sensor. Had to replace. $400"

R R., CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would occasionally stall while idling at stop lights despite being an automatic with a full tank of fuel. Attempts to restart lost effect over time. Camshaft position sensor and crankshaft position sensors were highlighted as problem by dealer and replaced, problem was solved. Car is showing similar signs again after nearly one year without the problem"

Jonathan C., NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine would just shut down while driving. Known issue with Altimas around this model year. Veh just out of warranty and dealer refused to take care of known issue with engine shutdown . Had to replace a sensor. Once again, a known issue for this veh"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"engine light goes on had car serviced for hard start still a problem"

Bill K., NY (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would stall out or shudder strongly and start to stall at intersections when idling. 2 engine sensors were the culprit though I don't know which ones they were"

Kristina D., WA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the crankshaft sensor"

Stephen G., MO (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Valve clatter is audible for minutes at a time especially during cold weather but is now noticeable in warm weather despite having the normal oil level"

Jonathan C., NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has burned oil for most of the time we've owned it"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Had to replace all 4 engine mounts over a 12 month period"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Banging noise every time car started. Engine mount was loose"

Arlene C., AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"The seal on the oil pan was leaking. The repair was easy and inexpensive but required the car to be in the garage overnight"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve Cover gaskets"

Robertt V., AL (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking from the oil cooler"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Engine oil cooler seal behind the oil filter. Went out at about 125k miles"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Uses 2 quarts to 3 quarts of oil per month. Have checked and tightened bolts and screws that would or should control or contain the oil to no avail, it just keeps losing oil"

Robert D., CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Code P0420 on OBDII. replaced downstream O2 sensor first. got the code again, replaced the upstream O2 sensor. replacing catalytic converter now."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have it replaced this year but given the year and mileage on my car I didn't consider it unreasonable. The repair was $1000"

Carol M., IA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Start and stop problems noise and over heating"

Craig W., GA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Evidently this is common item with 2005 Altima. Header pipe broke, cat converter needed replacement. Used aftermarket parts, vehicle fine now"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This year and model has 2 catalytic converters. If one goes and is replaced and it is not the defective cat, then you have to replace both. Mechanic usually replaces both"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Flexible pipe from manifold to the exhaust pipe rotted out requiring replacement. Incredibly noisy prior to repair!"

Robert H., NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked so I got it patched up since it is an old car. After the patching it has been fine since. No more noise"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hole in exhaust system prior to sensor caused emissions issue and generate fault code"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Front flex pipe disintegrated, exhaust leaking into passenger compartment, and muffler rusted out. Estimated to replace entire exhaust from manifold back (RepairPAL) is $1370 to $1957. Will never consider or purchase a Nissan vehicle again"

Steven R., MA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Common problem. Cracked couple years ago, & had to be welded. Cat converter went out, so replaced whole deal with aftermarket parts"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted out"

K M., PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE)
Pipes

"Muffler has life-time warranty so there was no cost. Pipes were replaced after 5 years in northern New York winters with lots of salt on the road"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"I am on my 3rd catalytic converter in 45000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front catalytic converter failed. Through research found out this is a common problem, too close to engine block"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Gas gauge stopped working, realized it right before I ran out of gas. Replaced the whole unit in the gas tank (under the back seat)."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"clogged injector"

Craig W., GA (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"The car was having trouble starting. Changed the fuel pump and it works great now"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"both sensors replaced along with joint between them for leaks, springs broken, gasket seal"

Kevin H., VT (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front sensor is acting up and this causes the "service engine soon" light to be on. This, in turn, prevents acceptance at state inspection, which in turn prevents registration renewal. Estimated cost of repair: $500"

Lana G., TX (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't recall the exact situation but the car did not pass inspection until repair by Nissan garage"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)

"O2 Sensor and Transmission wire to computer"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Crank sensor bad"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I seem to have an ongoing problem with my onboard computer. The engine turns over but does not catch. My mechanic has been having problems chasing it down. He'll repair it, it will work for a few weeks, then the problem will repeat"

David W., PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died- replaced approx 4 yrs ago. Replaced same"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"Corrosion on cable. Had to replace. Minimal cost"

R R., CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"I've had to replace two engine coils"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Coil failure resulted in continual engine weakness/failure to start"

Michael F., NY (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Camshaft sensor failure"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine died at stoplight after highway driving"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hard starting replaced two sensors and still having problems with start up"

Bill K., NY (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"The ignition key got stuck in the keyhole and would not come out. I could start and stop the engine but not remove the key. It cost over $1000 to replace the system that controls this function"

Douglas C., TX (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"It cost $1600 to replace spark plugs at the dealers, $1200 at a local gas station/garage, because part of the engine has to be removed to change the sparkplugs. Any car I get in the future will not have this idiotic feature."

Robert Z., CT (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter went out at 140000 miles. Replacement installed"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"windshield, had to remove@reseal"

Michael O., AR (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks in engine air intake causing engine misfire. Difficulty in diagnosing led mechanics to replace a variety of other things before identifying the actual problem"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk leaks. I assume it is a seal problem"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sun/moon roof, seals leak and does not seal properly. Lots of wind noise"

Thomas H., VA (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Odd squeaky sound from body on bumpy roads and when closing the doors"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car runs good but sounds like a "bucket of bolts". Mechanic indicated it's the ac compressor"

Joseph R., CA (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the spring which assests the trunk lid lost a spacer and it rattled everytime I drove over a bump"

S R., MD (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car runs well;however, noise is very distracting. Seems to come from several areas of the dashboard and especially under and around the front wheel wells"

Robert D., CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"just a noisey car inside"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"For several years we experiences occasional cylinder misfires on starting or shortly after starting. Engine light would come on and flash, there was the smell of burnt fuel, and engine performance was poor. We saw a Nissan dealer, and two other mechanics before finding a mechanic that identified the problem as oil leaking into the cylinder and fouling the spark plugs. It has been fixed and there have been no further issues."

Jonathan P., WI (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked head @ 132,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Gasket was leaking oil into spark plugs, requiring both plugs and gasket to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced. ??? I don't drive fast, don't drive long distances, am not hard on the engine....at the time only had about 65000 miles...... and it wasn't covered by warranty. Doesn't make sense"

J S., CA (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket blew at 81,000 miles. Nissan is aware of faulty parts installed in some of their cars. Repair cost equals blue book value. Need approx $300 in maintenance every 3 months. Expensive upkeep and parts need replacing too soon"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Noise developed, analyzed by dealer and independent auto repair. Recommendation to replace chains, guides and tensioners. Dealer est: $4K, independent did the repairs for $2K."

Douglas S., CA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"ESC light kept going on. Dealership charged a great deal to fix it and never did"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"one headlight points up and sometimes does not come on, hitting the light cover with my hand will make it come on. Service department says whole head light has to be replaced not just the bulb and it is a very expensive repair."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"When i bought the car, I noticed that the LOW beams were way too high. the only adjustment lowered both the hi and low beams. The low beams were hitting the road 10 feet in front of the car, while the hi beams were now slightly below level with the headlights. I found blogs on the problem from back when the car was new (2005) from the factory. (Sunnyvale) Nissan told me this was NOT a recall item. I had to buy aftermarket headlights ($160) to fix the problem. And YES, I did write the NTSB but o"

Lou S., CA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulb for this car is $101.00 at O'Reilly's and it takes about 1.5 hours to install"

James D., IL (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Left headlight stopped working. Safety issue"

Kristina D., WA (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer car was bought from "mickey moused" wiring on lights"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Nissan Altima)
Warning lights

"check engine light repeatedly coming on and off"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"driver door handle needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear door handle broke off"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The door handles on this car are poorly made out of plastic. Have had to have 3 of them replaced so far & it costs about $100- in labor. They no longer come in colors from Nissan, have to purchase aftermarket which are made much stronger, about $30-"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear door handle broke off"

Paul S., MA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"I've had the mirrors crack and break off from regular winter wear twice"

Jonathan C., CT (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"I am not sure what the problem"

Albis R., PR (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Replaced engine monitoring sensor"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"electrical wiring failed which caused the car computer to fail, leaving the car stuck in 3rd gear"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Light kept going on. Dealership charged an inordinate amount of money and never did fix the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transmission is slipping when it first starts into drive and also hard shifting when it finally engages"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slippage began at around 150000 miles. Mechanic says it is not repairable and must be replaced. Too expensive, so will probably trade it in another car."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Our transmission is going on our car per our mechanic. We are still driving it, every once in a while it will stop running while we are at a stop but that is all at this point. We are looking for our next car. The driver side floor board rusted out and we had to get that fixed."

Shelley H., OH (2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"I seem to have a small antifreeze leak somewhere. I have had to refill the engine coolant several times in the last six months"

David W., PA (2005 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch has had problems since car was new. Have had it adjusted but replacing it was necessary. It often stopped working and could be quite dangerous"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Nov 14 2007
IF THE INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL FROM THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR IS SO BRIEF THAT THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM) LOGIC DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO DIAGNOSE THE CONDITION, THE ENGINE MAY STOP RUNNING WITHOUT WARNING WHILE THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN AT A LOW SPEED INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.5L ENGINE, THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR CAN OVERHEAT CAUSING A BRIEF INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM THE SENSOR.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ECM FREE OF CHARGE. CERTAIN MY 2006 ALTIMAS WHICH HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY REMEDIED UNDER RECALL CAMPAIGN 06V223 (NISSAN R0606) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL SINCE THE REPROGRAMMING FOR 06V223 ALSO INCLUDED THIS REPROGRAMMING. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 31, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF A PREVIOUS CAMPAIGN (06V223).CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07V527000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 653910
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Oct 25 2007
MISALIGNMENT OF THE LIGHTS DIMINISHES FRONTAL ILLUMINATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN TYC HALOGEN TYPE HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES P/N 20-6644-00 SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR 2005-2006 NISSAN ALTIMA PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE PHOTOMETRIC WERE MISALIGNED WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
GENERA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE NONCOMPLIANT LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 25, 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT GENERA AT 714-522-6688.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET TYC HEADLAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON NISSAN ALTIMA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY NISSAN.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E087000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4654
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