The Nissan Altima is among our better rated family sedans. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder delivers better performance than some six-cylinder engines and an impressive 25 mpg overall. The 3.5-liter V6 is very powerful yet delivers 23 mpg overall. The 2.5 S has good handling and absorbs bumps better than the 3.5 SE, which is stiff and jittery, but corners better. Interior quality is very good, but rear-seat room is a bit tight.
Alerts
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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 2008 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just needed new brakes front and back"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"See my problem with the brakes"

Jim D., ON (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Took to dealership. They advised battery needed replacement and mastercylider needed replacement, at company cost"

Dirk W., TN (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blinking brake light. Traced to master cylinder leaking internally"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Just the brake pads in the rear"

C L., PE (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and rear brakes need to be serviced due to normal wear."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stared squeeking and once new pads and rotors were replaced it was fine"

Anonymous, PE (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake replace due to age & recent brake pads have been recommended"

Anonymous, (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front disc brakes need replacing after so many miles driven."

Richard F., FL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"new brakes and rotors"

James F., IL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Had 98000 miles on car. Noticed grinding sound when using breaks. Had all 4 break pads replaced"

Pam H., CA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete brake job in last 12 months"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brakes with only 108000 Km"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brakes replaced at 100000 miles. Rear brakes are close to needing replacement"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Pulsing brake pedal"

Zita W., NV (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"routine break maintenance/allignment"

Geronimo B., NM (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake drum pads are constantly having to be adjusted. Get a click-clack sound periodicly when under light braking. Still havent determined if this has to do with the parking brake pads or regular pads"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Parking brake seized on one size locking wheel"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Complete brake replacement every 5 years, each time cost over $1,000."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake rotors and pads should last much longer than 25000 miiles, especially since the car is not driven hard."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Every other year it seems that I'm spending ~$600 on brake repairs"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First set of pads barely lasted 20000 miles. Terrible. Second set set have been much better so far"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes seemed to wear more quickly than normal requiring early replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I HAVE HAD THE BRAKE PAD REPLACED 2 TIMES"

James A., NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads replaced because worn at 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes locked up requiring replacement of most parts. Dealer paid"

Gregory V., IL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes do not seem to be reliable, perhaps undersized for the weight of the car"

Jim D., ON (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"there is no brake problem just normal maint."

Lester L., IN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Twice I have had rotors and brake pads replaced due to warped rotors and squeaky. I saw in the consumer reports that this was the only problem on 2008 Altima."

Lawrence K., PA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have noticed that rotors of the wheels have to be replaced very 18-24 months for the 8 years I owned Altima. When I Owned a Civic, Honda was Servicing the rotors and I had to replace only once in 6 years."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just needed new brakes front and back"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"THE ROTORS HAD TO BE RESURFACED ONCE"

James A., NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pulsing brake pedal"

Zita W., NV (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Off and on issue when braking. Not consistent, but appears now and then."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes have squeaked since about 20,000 miles with the car. Recent rotor and pad change from non Nissan shop within 2,000 miles. Squeaking returns. While getting car service at Nissan Dealer, service tech very common problem with Altima. Keep searching for the right pads is only solution"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake have made a grinding noise for the last 3 years; dealer did nothing because I still have enough depth on my pads;"

Mccaig G., WA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Adjust loose heat shields: cause: broken clamps. Replace 4 spark plugs and replace left front stab link. Also resecure loose heat sheilds"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The breaks would squeak, even tho they were not worn and they would also catch a little too"

Patrick C., NC (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

"It feels like the car goes out of alignment a lot. I constantly have to have it aligned and the slightest bump in the road sets it off."

Adam F., NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheels go out of alignment very easily. To date, alignment work has been done to my car four times"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Problem because I hit the curb hard and put car out of alignment"

James E., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Motor mounts were broken, was causing engine movement."

Anonymous, (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replace loose rear bar bushings"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

"the dang tire pressure sensors all went bad, very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Small leak. Had the hose replaced. Car reliability has been excellant"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"A common problem that mechanics were having was that the rear shocks were frozen to the carriage, supposedly a common problem. They had to rip them out and drill new holes to make them fit. a $400 job turned into $1000."

Adam F., NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wear and tear on the system first repair 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"loud squeeking. same problem several times"

J S., TX (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement and tire sensor defective"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear shocks were leaking and were replaced"

John L., AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tires were wearing unevenly due to worn struts and shocks. They were rep;aced along with a new set of tires"

Richard C., LA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front struts and strut mounts at 67000"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The shocks may be victims or our rough local road and highway conditions but I have never had problems with any of the other cars that I have owned here"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It costs us nearly 1000.00 dollars tyo repair"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shock/strut needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Front spring broke, probably from hitting a pothole. Dealer wanted to replace both front springs, but due to cost and value of the 11 year old car, I replaced only the broken spring for $500."

Paul W., NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At freeway speeds car tends to wander, especially when rear seat and trunk were loaded. All compoents were checked at dealer twice. Ended up replacing rear sway bay with heavy duty raceing sway bar, installing air bags inside existing coil springs and installing new shocks. It has helped"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front driver side spring snapped"

John P., OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear coil over broken after only 48000 plus miles. Repair shop had difficulty locating replacement parts in the area"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front spring was broken. Replaced both"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broken right front spring"

Scott E., IL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and Pinion began leaking power steering fluid. Had to have Rack and Pinion replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"My suspension system needed struts, sway bars, and tie rods. They need to be replaced otherwise it was dangerous to drive on the highway."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"slipped belt and cupping due to worn shocks and struts"

Richard C., LA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to by our new tires"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused by the mis-alignment"

James E., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Right front bearing went out. Entire hub had to be replaced as cannot replace a bearing only."

Clint T., TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheel bearings were shot at 70k miles forcing replacement. Very Poor manufacturer quality"

Matt E., CO (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear wheel bearing hub assembly needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel bearings were replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all wheel bearing/hubs in last 12 months. Thought this was way too premature for age of vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repairs $544"

Jim S., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel bearings are sealed so they can't be greased. I had to replace both front bearing with only 70k miles on car"

Luke D., TN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"These are due to light accidents"

Anonymous, (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash has become sticky and is cracking"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the roof has no shine or finish."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is black and is parked outside. The clear coat on the horizontal surfaces (hood, roof, trunk lid) is gone and the paint is fading terribly. I will be getting rid of this car due to this problem. I'm not willing to pay the cost for new paint."

William H., WV (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to repaint"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Black trim around the windows is faded. Told no way to paint over it because of the way the color was applied."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nissan is black and paint is already faded on the hood and the back of the roof. Not so, on my '08 Honda. Within the next couple of years, I will have to investigate painting the vehicle."

Kevin H., TN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"The car is not aging well at all. I realize I live in a northern climate (salt) but this is the worst car I have ever had with this issue. Rusted through in a few spots, with rattles, etc. Aside from little things such as failed power window switches, etc. Just aging very poorly."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Many altimas I see on the road have this issue, but for me the paint on the hood, roof, and rear trunk lid is fading/failing, and is some spots there's no paint left, just rust or metal. The mechanics of the car are fine, but I'm embarrassed to drive it. I called Nissan and they hung up on me several times, refusing to stand behind their product."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint was always a bit soft. Easily picked up rock chips on the hood. In last year noticing a very dull, hazy, faded appearance on the hood and a little on the roof. Tried polishing it out with compounds and waxes but nothing seems to work"

John G., IA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is fading very bad in the hood and roof of my car. It takes away from the look of the car"

Deirdre H., AL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several years ago the clear coat began failing, it has continued and worsened. We will eventually have to have the vehicle repainted"

Fred S., GA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started to fade and expose clear coat on top of vehicle about 18 months ago even though a fresh coat of paste wax was applied twice. In the last 6 months, severe fading has occurred on hood and trunk lid. Vehicle color is onyx black"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat faded away. Therefore in order to restore the car's appearance, I had my car completely repainted at the local Maaco for about $800 plus about $200 for a car rental"

David S., CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"The bumpers are beginning to show some paint cracking."

Laura G., CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The color coat is fading and the clear coat is cracking and flaking off."

William H., WV (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"6-8 long by 3' wide piece rusted over front tire well on passenger side."

Linda W., TN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the 'top' layer of coat/paint started to deteriorate after I had the car about 18 months and continues to do so on the car slowly creeping all over the car"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood paint cracked regardless of waxing constantly"

Paul G., FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After extended waranty period expired began to notice several bubbles under the paint on the drivers side of the hood on the edge in three locations. Also some fading of paint on roof top near the windshield area in two seperate locations"

Estle G., LA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Cracks and fading over sun exposed sections, I don't know if we just got a bad finish or if this is a defect"

Fred S., GA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer added spoiler when car was purchased. Spoiler clear coat started peeling after 6 years and factory would not cover. Paint/celarcoat handled locally near dealership"

Keith B., PA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint crackled, looked burned in spots. - on the rear spoiler. My previous Nissan, that I had for 13 years, only problem was with paint fading & rear spoiler eventually falling apart. I just remembered the style of my Altima is S"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Peel rust on roof"

William D., FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"There are rust on the roof by the driver side windshield, both rear wheel arches, lower front corner of front passenger door. I had multiple repairs and rust protection but rust keep coming up after car was 5 years old. Now rear wheel arches have perforation. Roof rust caused windshield crack. I had to replace windshield. I am not sure if rust is due to the white body color."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Where the paint has faded, in some spots there is rust forming"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is rusting in one area one side of the car. This has been happening for about 2 years. While I reside in an area that induces rust to cars (road salt), I have not had rust set this early and to this degree on previously owned vehicles"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle seems to have rusted prematurely"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Despite keeping the car clean, the passenger side rear fender has perforating rust."

David M., NE (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust inside the gas tank opening"

Estle G., LA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"On roof"

William D., FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Almost from the start, the drains from the moonroof clogged up and water leaked onto the headliner and down into the car, soaking the floor mats and carpet. This has recurred frequently for the last 9 or so years."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Water leak in the trunk"

Robert M., NY (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clogged drain lines from sun roof"

Dennis S., SC (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We no longer use the sun roof because there's no easy way to determine if the sun roof drains are plugged except unpleasantly discovering the driver and passenger front carpets are soaking wet. The dealer has unplugged the drains several times but it never lasts"

Dennis T., UT (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"There is a leak somewhere (as yet undetermined) that permits water to enter and pool on the floor behind the driver's seat."

Bruce B., PA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water filling floor on drivers side. Coming from either sunroof drain or windshield not being properly sealed from factory."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In heavy rains inside front passenger compartment carpet became soaked with water coming in. Fixed by dealer who claimed a heater hose was not installed right and the drain led inside. Happened every time until corrected. Was obviously installed in"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water collects inside passenger front door"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sun roof drain keeps getting plugged and water soaks the drivers floor when it rains. Have now stopped opening the sun roof after dealer has cleaned the drain several times and it continues to get re-plugged"

Dennis T., UT (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Kinked drain line from the moon roof expensive and annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Within the door panels, water collects on the right side of the vehicle. Mechanics service appear to be aware of this & open a plug at the bottom of the door panel."

Renee G., KS (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is much more noisy than it was even a year ago. The sealing around windows is very noisy."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water leaking into front passenger door when it rains. The door literally starts to fill up with water. It took me a while to figure out where the sloshing sound was coming from. I can’t figure out how it’s getting in or how it gets out."

Mark W., CA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber gasket that is supposed to seal the car's trunk had an opening and allowed outside water to leak inside, whether due to rain or car wash. This resulted in the interior insulation around the trunk to get wet, and the spare tire well to get flooded. I needed to pay over $250 for the shop to replace the weather stripping and dry out the interior of the trunk"

David S., CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Sky light window leaks"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Antifreeze/coolant head gaskets cracked. Required complete replacement which required removal of engine from engine compartment. Radiator leak as well. Major cost of repair ($3800) and downtime (2 weeks)."

Todd K., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"What began as a quiet car has now morphed into noisy on the road. I've treated the weather stripping and seals several times and helped for awhile. But they are not tight any longer"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1. DOOR SEALS, HAVE TO PULL BACK FLAP TO RELEASE THE WATER RETAINED THERE. 2. JUST DISCOVERED NEW LEAK NEAR BRAKE PEDAL, NOT SURE OF POINT OF ORIGIN"

James S., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have car unlocked when battery died and key fob was not available. I believe the window frame needs adjustment since it was flexed to get into the car"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The interior trim is cheaply made and cheaply installed. The front and passenger door panels feel like they could pop off. The interior trim rattles, and there are lots of noises due to poorly fitting trim."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Spring in trunk becomes undone. Recurring problem"

Anonymous, (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine mounts need replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in the back passenger side that comes and goes"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"Rattles due to loos plastic parts in the car back window"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle on a cold start no one can find out what it is"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When starting on cold engine, there is a rattle in engine area until engine warms up"

William S., PA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The closed sun roof makes wind noise which is distracting enough that we close the top so you can't see out of the sun window,"

Dennis T., UT (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"was a quiet car now noisy"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"from the sun roof"

Dennis T., UT (2008 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 completely"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sorry was also part of last problem. Now fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor clutch failure"

Paul R., CA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning failed at 130000 miles. Computer module was replaced at dealership did not fix the problem; was told thereafter that remedy would cost an additional $2,000. Similar problems with 2 other Nissan automobiles--one a 1996 Infiniti and the other a 2006 Nissan 350Z"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"a/c stopped working."

Bruce P., CT (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since 2012 the air conditioner has failed 4 times."

Charles P., CT (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pin hole in the compressor. Had to replace the compressor"

Joseph L., IL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started blowing hot air...took 4 visits to dealer to get this fixed"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"When very hot, compressor shuts off and car does not cool"

Stephen D., NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"Bearing of A/C pulley noisy. Needed to replace compressor"

Anonymous, NB (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed and had to be replaced. It was an expensive fix"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Died suddenly, although it was at 124000 miles"

F M., FL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed and needed to be replaced for $1200!"

Deborah K., FL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC not blowing cold air. Proved to be AC compressor internally shorted out"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory A/C compressor went out with only 70k miles on car. Not happy with quality of car at all"

Luke D., TN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"It doesn't cool like it should."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My blend door actuator does not work. It is associated with the automatic climate control"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blend door motor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Related to previous answer... finally discovered the problem after 4 tries to dealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Water leaked on the interior floor"

Richard B., WA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant leaked after new compressor was installed."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"apparently in evaporator and will need periodic recharging."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No cold air not good for FL use so had it fixed at a local car repair shop. Works fine now"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped cooling. Coils, etc. beneath/behind dashboard had to be replaced at cost of $2,600.00"

D M., LA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"LEAKING AC HOSE"

John S., CT (2008 Nissan Altima SE 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

12V power plug

"The 12V power plug inside the dashboard storage bin fell out of place and needed to be re-attached"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Clock

"Clock and radio blurs to unreadable mass"

Dennis S., SC (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear bbrakelight connection failed which kept the car from starting"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"One headlight burned out, so the bulb was replaced in both"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"REQUIRED service to replace, unable to change myself; manual useless"

Mccaig G., WA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace headlight. Cost was over $300"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Failed headlight "ballast", which is the third ballast that has failed in this vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Dashboard and interior lights have not worked for several years. Mechanic says the cost of repair is not worth it. Very aggravating."

Anonymous, (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Three of the four automatic door locks don't work anymore. I need to use the key to unlock the door, and need to lock the locks by hand."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"An issue with the box that controls the keyless entry causes the car to periodically not start"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Over the past 3 years I have had to replace 2 monitors. The monitors stopped sending information to the system."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Always shows a flat tire! won't go off! Also the button that you use to control the side mirrors on the driver side fell into the door panel."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They were all faulty"

Julie B., NY (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"One of the tire pressure monitor stopped working and is very expensive to replace"

Margaret D., DE (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor warning light is always on. Not worth the cost to repair"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"TPMS valve failure"

Johnnie E., FL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"I replaced the tire pressure monitors twice one my 2008 Altima. Monitor indicated 'ow pressure even after 4 new tires were put on vehicle. Similar problems with 2006 Nissan 350Z. Dealer said--off the record--that there were similare issues with many Nissan vehicles"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tire pressure monitor light blinked and then stayed on. Took it to dealer and he replaced the left wheel monitor"

Louis W., PA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure light is always on even though tire pressures are fine. Reset of warning indicator at tire store does not fix the problem. They recommended to take the car into a dealership and have their more advanced computer diagnose the problem"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the past couple of years, the TPMS has increasingly indicated an air pressure problem to the point that it now stays on continuously. Finally getting it repaired at a tire shop because dealer wanted over $1200 to fix it. Wife got new tires and re"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Stayed on until local tire company reset"

Dirk W., TN (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors failed repeatedly"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one of them failed making the whole system unavailable"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The brake light and battery light come on simultaneously, and is believed to be a short. My mechanic could not locate the issue however, as it's intermittent"

Neilan H., VA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Warning light comes on but there are no issues with the actual car. To fix the warning light system would take several $100. Not worth the cost for a car that is 8 years old and with nearly 150,000 miles"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"I had managed to get 201000km on the same clutch of my 2001 Altima and I have had to replace two clutches on my 2008 Altima. My driving style has not changed from one vehicle to the other nor over the years, and I have driven about the same highway to city road ratio as well"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch on my last Altima lasted beyond the 201000km at which I had sold the car. I have not altered my driving style so I judge that this clutch had to be replaced prematurely. Dealer's original bill was double their estimate; dissatisfied"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"CVT overheating"

Jim L., MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started making grinding noise around 72,000 miles. Dealer rebuilt transmission and factory paid the full bill. Has worked fine since rebuild."

Paul W., NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission started slipping at about 165000 miles requiring replacement. The type of transmission on the Altima could not be repaired so required replacement. My understanding is that it is not uncommon for this vehicle."

Paul P., NE (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failure at 150000 miles which I was told was normal for CVT transmissions, at least from Nissan. Uop until then we have had no major problems with the Altima."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car is parked while I fight with Nissan about replacing the transmission the fourth time. There was a class action law suit and they had to replace the transmissions. They extended the mileage on the warranty. Mine is just out of that allowance. I cannot drive more than 50 miles when the trans gets hot it quits. I have nearly been ran over when this happens."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT required replacement after it went out. Repair of a CVT is not possible. Was done under the original factory warranty that had been extended by Nissan"

Richard O., CA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was making a squealing noise and kept getting worse. Need rebuilt"

Barry E., KS (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"covered by warranty for 10 years from previous owner who bought new. problem with transmission that year and company extended the warranty to 10 yrs from date of purchase"

Anonymous, NB (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Got letter from Nissan extending warranty to 120,000 miles, and transmission totally failed at 129,000 miles. Nissan refused any type of assistance"

Dale W., AL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was replaced around 60,000 miles and now at 96,000 it needs to be replaced again. It is under warranty until 120,000, so we won't have to pay"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission completely went out while on a road trip/vacation. To have it covered by warranty, I had to go to a dealership. The only one was in another state and my roadside service provider didn't cover the other state. The dealership only p"

Kerry H., AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission starting making a loud roaring noise. They replaced it for free under Nissan warranty"

John P., OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stuttering and total shutdown"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has had two new transmissions since we have owned it; both replacements were covered by warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced for free"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cvt transmission failure"

Timothy O., IL (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission overheated while we were on vacation, shifted down into 2nd and wouldn't shift up. After we let it cool down, we were able to drive it home (500 miles) with no problems, just taking it easy. This was a known problem with Nissan, an"

Melinda W., OK (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT transmission failure at 63000 miles"

Roibert F., NJ (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had 3 CVT transmissions in the Altima. It is not reliable!"

Steven G., VA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"loose-needed welding to reinforce attachment points"

Jim L., MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed and emitted exhaust fumes into the car when the heater or air conditioning was on."

Bruce B., PA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic advised that this was a common problem with my model. Was this a design problem with the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"vibration and noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The exhaust flex pipe has completely corroded away."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A leak between the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter required replacement of the front half of the exhaust system including the cat"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a hole/puncture in the exhaust pipe connecting the engine to the muffler."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pin hole in "flex" pipe. Welded a patch over it. Much cheaper than replacement. That will happen soon enough"

Robert J., IA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"Crack in pipe"

Dann M., AZ (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Weld broke loose in exhaust pipe"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Crack in seal in exhaust manifold"

Donald R., CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The flex pipe developed small leak that was welded shut"

George M., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Crack in Manifold"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak in exhaust manifold. Due to design must replace catalytic converter to fix. Price about $1000"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Muffler

"After taking the vehicle in for routine, the issue was brought to my attention that I will probably need to have the exhaust pipe replaced soon at about $600 dollars."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"This problem relates to the exhaust problem mentioned earlier."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fractured and split apart at collecter junction"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole In exhaust pipe at weld"

Scott E., IL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"the screen sometimes freezes or reverses itself"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"When starting the vehicle, the radio console goes blank every once in a while."

Renee G., KS (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Flaky stereo head unit display: sometimes blurs then goes blank while driving, other times it's blank on startup and never displays."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"progressively fading of lights throughout dashboard, nonoperation of radio buttons. Total dashboard may need replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio display works intermittently. It does not affect the radio or CD p[laying. It makes it interesting to tune the radio or to know which track the CD is playing. I have been told this is a common problem with this vehicle."

Jack R., AL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"although the phone works, some of the features like number storage doesn't work and other related features are effected by that. But the thing that annoys me the most is that Nissan can't and won't fix it even though is was still in warranty"

Henry P., CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Refused to pair with my Wife's then-new Samsung Galaxy S3. had to replace with a Motorola phone amd then successfully paired later with a new Samsung Note 4"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"complete failure"

Cecil W., VA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Bose stereo, passenger side, rear deck speaker has a vibration noise. Very annoying"

Mark W., CA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 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

"wheel bearing. It began as a noise that got louder and louder until it was diagnosed and repaired. I did not lose use of the vehicle."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"left front hub bearing went. replaced and good now"

Darcy R., MB (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All four wheel bearings have had to be replaced since new"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Blower motor would take several minutes to kick in after start up- electrical issue was discovered to be the cause."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hybrid battery complete failure at about 150000 miles (albeit more than 12 months ago). Dealer quoted over $6000 to replace, more than car's real FMV"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car starts with a push button. You have to step on brake and than push the start button, car should start. It does not work all the time. It`s rare but the car will simply not start. You can imagine how my wife feels when she is on a shopping trip and this happens."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had considerable difficulty starting the car. A special auxilliary battery had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"During troubleshooting of the A/C failure, the dealer shop determined that there was no electrical power to the compressor clutch due to a failure of a portion of the Integrated Power Distribution Module (IPDM). The compressor clutch was also failed."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionaly won't start. May be problem with push button start. New battery last year. Haven't had it looked at yet!"

Leonard B., CA (2008 Nissan Altima S 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

Alternator

"it broke down"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"it broke down"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Car started running very rough during a traffic tie-up on a long distance trip. I drove (very slowly) 2 miles to a gas station. AAA picked up the car and delivered it to a service station. Ignition coil for cylinder 1 had a pin hole and spark was arcing in the spark plug tube instead of through the spark plug. They replaced all four coils and spark plugs, since I couldn't take the chance that a single replacement would be sufficient, although that was their first suggestion"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"it wase the brake light switch car would not start"

Conrad L., ON (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The car would stall for no apparent reason. I would be able to start it again. I took it to dealer and they could not diagnose the problem. The problem went away when I changed the spark plugs"

Benjamin S., IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"needed a new starter"

James H., FL (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Car won't start. This is an intermittent problem that only happens occasionally, which makes it hard to diagnose"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Oil system check valves let oil drain into pan causing valve noise on strartup and, sometimes running. Dealership replaced block (only, rest of engine used with new short block), as they said the small check valves could not be repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"At 105K miles the engine failed. The dealer said something about a bearing. It was either replace the engine or throw the car away"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"The head gasket caused an odor of burning coolant, the smell went into the cabin. Otherwise, the engine Fran fine."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"The head gasket is leaking antifreeze fluid. I've noticed a slight drop in mpg"

Benjamin S., IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Gasket failure caused secondary problems with ignition coil"

George M., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"The engine was leaking coolant from the reservoir, and oil was leaking from the oil filter which was falling on the timing belt. This caused the timing belt to slip off on the highway. This caused the car to overheat and shake violently."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"I drive a lot in town, so it was losing power and a check engine light was coming on. Whenever I took it in they couldn't replicate the problem. I spent about $1000 on a variety of things. told to use higher octane gas. It works better now"

Von S., IA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

"Oil cooler leaked excessively."

Clint T., TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a small oil leak on the floor of my garage, it tool the auto mechanic a while to find it. Otherwise there was no performance issue."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pan gasket needed replacement. Almost all oil leaked out of the car"

Nicholas F., NJ (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Head gasket began leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car was leaking oil. there was a bad seal somewhere, which was repaired for ~$500"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant leak"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cool"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced engine oil cooler at 65000"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"Coolant leak"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"had to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

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

Glass defects

"Windshield cracked, in process of getting a replacement"

Fred S., GA (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The button that releases the trunk is rubber and it has rotted. I will have to replace it."

Laura G., CA (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seat belts

"The drivers seat belt wouldn't deploy. It was fixed under warranty."

David M., NE (2008 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Several window switches are fickle and do work reliably. Too cheap of parts perhaps."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side master switch for passenger side window inoperable. Too expensive to diagnose problem or replace master switch"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 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)

"Had to replace catyltic converter which was covered by Nissan"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Throttle body had to be cleaned and boot replaced."

Michael D., GA (2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor failure. Part cost very expensive and required a good deal of labor."

Todd K., MO (2008 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Sensors stopped working and the light indicating service needed stays illuminated"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"With 60,000 miles on a rebuilt transmission I was upset to have this Altima start to slip as I drive."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission starts whining and slipping when it gets hot. Manufacturers knew bout the problem but only extended the drive line Warranty to 125k miles. Mine is suffering and the CVT cannot be rebuilt forcing owners to buy new transmissions. Poor quality from nissan. Nothing like the reliability of the late 80's to 90's"

Matt E., CO (2008 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Outside temperatures above 80 degrees causes transmission problems that require prolonged cool down periods to maintain highway speeds. Known problem but too expensive to repair since car is no longer under warranty...."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EQUIPMENT
Sep 10, 2010
OVERHEATED BATTERIES COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN VEHICLES THAT WERE EQUIPPED WITH A GARMIN NUVI MODEL 750 NAVIGATION SYSTEM. THE BATTERIES CONTAINED IN THE AFFECTED GPS UNITS CAN OVERHEAT.
What should you do:
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND THE REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED BY GARMIN TECHNICIANS BY REPLACING THE BATTERY AND INSERTING A SPACER ON TOP OF THE BATTERY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GARMIN DIRECTLY AT 1-866-957-1981 OR NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY 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 <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V401000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7948
AIR BAGS, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 07, 2008
THIS COULD RESULT IN THE PASSENGER AIR BAG BEING SUPPRESSED WHICH COULD FAIL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 204,361 MY 2007-2008 ALTIMA, ALTIMA HYBRID, 350Z, 350Z ROADSTER, MY 2008 ALTIMA COUPE, ROGUE, MY 2009 MURANO, AND INFINITI MY 2007-2008 G35 SEDAN, MY 2008 G37 COUPE AND EX35 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS' OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) CONTROL UNITS. A VARISTOR IN THE OCS CONTROL UNIT LOCATED IN THE PASSENGER SEAT CUSHION MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, THIS COULD CAUSE AN INTERRUPTION OF SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT (ACU).
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL TEST THE SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND ACU SYSTEMS USING A SPECIAL TOOL TO CHECK THAT IT IS FUNCTIONING AS DESIGNED. IF NECESSARY, THE SEAT CUSHION (CONTAINING OCS HARDWARE) WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICATION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261 OR INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY 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: 08V521000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204361
SUSPENSION
Jul 31, 2008
IF THE BOLT WERE TO COME OUT, THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 1,018 MY 2008 ALTIMA VEHICLES. THE LEFT SIDE FRONT SUSPENSION TRANSVERSE LINK BOLT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO SPECIFICATION. THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE BOLT TO BECOME LOOSE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLT TO SPECIFICATION FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 11, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY 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: 08V363000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1018
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Dec 28, 2007
DRIVING ON UNDER-INFLATED TIRES IS UNSAFE AND COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES THAT HAVE HAD THE BODY CONTROL MODULE (BCM) REPLACED DURING SERVICE AT A DEALERSHIP, THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS) MAY HAVE BEEN INADVERTENTLY DEACTIVATED DUE TO AN ISSUE WITH THE DEALER SERVICE SOFTWARE. IF THE TPMS IS TURNED OFF, IT WOULD NOT ALERT THE DRIVER TO A DECREASE IN THE TIRE PRESSURE AS DESIGNED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL CHECK THE TPMS FUNCTION AND REACTIVATE IT IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 18, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
NISSAN RECALL NO. P7267.CUSTOMERS MAY 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: 07V599000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 114
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