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
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 2009 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The steering wheel lock failed and had to be replaced. This is an anti-theft device. Car would not start and had to be towed to a Nissan dealer for a $1,000 repair"

Donald B., CO (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2009 Altima has a massive problem with the electronic security module failing. This disables the car and it will not recognize the key fob. Look this up online and you will see everyone calling for a recall on this. Mine was covered under warr"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was a security system steering lock out. Had replaced and then Nissan reimbursed me the $1100"

Stephanie R., AZ (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electric locks started locking and unlock rapidly, i couldnt open door between unlocks,even driving down road, electric windows went up and down rapidly every 3 seconds and i have come out of a store in pouring rain and windows would be down and enire inside of car soaked.had ignition steering wheel lock replace under. Nissan recall, and now it radomly WONT start even, battery not dead as all lights work.sometimes jump staerting car would make it start sometimes it doesnt"

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left backup light out 2x on last 12 months"

Thomas H., PA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Clouding of lenses"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement of driver side ballast igniter at a cost of around $900"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Both Headlights don't always turn on at the same, I have to turn off and on a couple of times"

Jose M., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Gets wet and lowers sound"

Doyle W., TX (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Interior lights wouldn't work, had new fuse put in, worked for 1 day and then lights out again"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All electrical systems were down. Total. Due to some kind of ignition switch covered by warranty"

Douglas B., NE (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Remote batteries only last a couple of months"

James H., FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had trouble programing a new key. Nissan dealer would even talk to me about it or even check it"

Doyle W., TX (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All four door lock actuators failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless ignition would not start car. Had to be towed to dealer who replaced steering lock and screw for $738"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After changing battery in keyless remote twice to make sure it wasn't the battery. I was unable to lock my driver side and passenger doors. Since I work late at my job, I don't like the idea of coming out in the dark to an unlocked car. Therefore"

Rhonda O., MO (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor in car for push button start stopped working. Had to get car towed and spend $900 replacing a tiny antenna in the steering wheel"

John T., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not start. Vehicle towed..replacement part over $ 600.00 OUCH"

A W., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Has gone out on us 3 times. Has been a sensor under the brake pedal. fixed once under warranty and twice at my expense"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wouldn't start,had to be towed,system reprogramed at the dealership"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Low tire pressure indicator is on for one tire, but tire is fine"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Indicates on dash of tire problem"

P P., PA (2009 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"indicates malfunction since new tires installed"

L H., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stayed on after tires inflated to proper pressure"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tire pressure light is on all the time"

Donald B., CO (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure monitor (symbol) is on, the dealer said that is not covered. Other similar Nissan s have the same issue, and a recall should have taken place"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low Tire Pressure warning light kept turning on. Sensor and valve had to be replaced. Took multiple trips to Nissan dealer"

Jorge V., CA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"They failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A TPMS sensor failed. Nissan charged me $35.00 to determine which one and then wanted $150.00 more to replace it. As I found on the internet that all 5 (including spare tire) TPMS sensors will eventually fail within 5 years, representing a cost of"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are individual monitors on each tire, and THREE of them died over the past year....at $250 + tax per fix, it got expensive and very inconvenient to keep taking the car back to the dealership. The fix always took the entire day"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed despite the car having less than 60,000 miles on it and only a few years old"

Donald R., LA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure sensor valve stem cracked on two occasions on two separate tires and resulted in slow leaking tires"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pressure monitor won't reset"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors failed, supposedly due to normal discharge of the TPS Batteries. Need to replace all 4 at substantial cost"

James H., MN (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gives false readings"

A K., CA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery died. Have to replace whole unit which is expensive"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"failed"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Error warning from TPM system"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake warning light constantly on with no problems. A non-dealer service center has reset it and it immediately denotes a problem"

L H., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light on"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Nissan Altima 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

"Worn to point of making a grinding noise"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Worn out"

Joe D., ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

"Keyless starter did not work. Nissan knows it has this problem"

Pam T., MN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Line was chafed by drive belt... total fluid loss. However I was able to drive about 6 km to a garage."

Brian T., NS (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"shop said that they needed to be replaced from wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Badly damaged struts and coils"

Eric J., MN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"its about time to replace them"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced shocks and struts"

Leonardo T., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I declined to replace at this time given cost and no apparent driving problems"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"REAR SHOCKS NEED REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts were worn due to age, affecting the ride of the car. We replaced them to improve ride and handling."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I took it in for routine maintenance, I was hearing a 'click'. They informed me that I needed to replace the front struts. So I did. I was not aware of any issues other than a sound that had started just prior to my taking the car in."

Karen O., BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"needed replacement due to normal wear."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Spring on strut cracked -rusted and then broke"

A H., MN (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken left front spring"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Spring broke and dealer required 6 visits to diagnose and fix"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Suspension front spring broke at the passengers side"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broken front springs & front tire pressure sensors needed replacing, $750 & $350"

William S., OH (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Precautionary repair to forward torsion bar attachment"

Jerry A., MN (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front coil spring broke in half. Had to replace strut & spring as a unit on driver side"

James L., MA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering lock mechanism failed and made the car inoperable. I have since been made aware of a recall for this problem, and I'm waiting for reimbursement from Nissan"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall on the steering that was corrected free of charge"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel vibration

"Shaking or steering wheel vibration at higher speeds"

Charles W., CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"It was an older car problem, they wore out gradually causing the tires to be misaligned. Found during regular maintenance"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Service personnel noticed problem on a previous tire change (summer to winter), suggested that a repair would be needed, although not immediately. So on the next tire change (winter to summer) we had them perform recommended repairs."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace them twice in the past 2 years. This last time I was just out of warranty from the previous installation"

Deryn P., NY (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced wheel bearing under warranty at 25,000 miles. tire pressure sensors went bad after 4 years"

F S., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a low hum started in the front. changed sound with turning wheel. Progressively got louder"

David D., NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left Front Wheel Bearing was making a whining noise and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced under silent recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both front wheel bearings/Axle assembly. Knew one was bad, dealer confirmed both had to be replaced. Not cheap but, also not unreasonable for a 10 year old vehicle."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front wheel bearings became noisy. Hybrid apparently uses same part as non-hybrid even though there is more weight on the front end"

Robert S., FL (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to repair both front end hub and bearings"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right front wheel bearing was defective"

Charles W., CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 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

"water in bottom of trunk under spare tire; unknown route of entry"

Anonymous, WV (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condensation builds up inside cover of both rear lights"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sun roof leaked the first time in rained, also water leaked around the driver's window and to the right side of the steering column wetting left leg. Heavy wind driven rain causes water to collect in the rear passenger door. Excessive water condenses and clouds the inside tail lights."

D N., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise due to the weather stripping and seals is bothersome on a daily basis."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sunroof drainage system has gotten stopped up, resulting in water flooding the driver's side floorboard."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This refers to the same comment re: the sun roof channels clogging allowing leakage into the car."

Anonymous, WV (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"water build up in door after heavy rain. drilled holes in bottom of door to release water after washing or rain storm, front passenger side only."

Michael P., MO (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaking onto the dirver's seat and into door cavities during or following heavy rain. Likely due to sun roof drain channel obstructions. More of a minor nuisance than anything."

James H., MN (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a problem with the drain for the sunroof. About every two years at least one of the four drains gets clogged causing water to leak into the cabin. Sometimes I can clear the blockage. Other times it has to be professionally done costing at least $100."

Jarzel W., LA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drain lines from sun roof clogged and backed up and leaked into the cabin of the vehicle totally saturating the carpet to the point where black mold formed and the entire (all in one piece) carpet had to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"every time it rains water runs down drivers side from sun roof"

Rodney R., PA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"On passenger side door, when it rains or is washed, water gets inside door and you can hear it sloshing around on stopping and take offs. I drain it by separating rubber on bottom of door"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Three times now the seal around the sun roof has been compromised and water has come into the car, pooling around the drivers side and passenger seat behind driver floor. Sometimes upward of an inch of water has come in."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wind noise due to the seals and weather-stripping on a 21 year old car is bothersome on a daily basis."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber gasket around the rear driver's door came loose. I had to glue it back on."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both the front and rear channels of the sun roof have clogged multiple times allowing water to leak into the car behind and below the rear seat and seat belt areas and also in the front seat belt channels."

Anonymous, WV (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From new: the car has water stains on the inside corners of the upper windshield and the car always has water in it's doors. I've had the sunroof looked at, had the windshield resealed and had the drains of the sunroof blown out. Still gets water in the door and on the floor of the drivers side. When I drive the air pressure in the cabin dramatically changes as I gain speed or if I go by a truck. It sounds like the sunroof is going to pop out. It is loud and changes pressure in the car and it ha"

Wayne B., MD (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dealer said noise was caused by front wheel bearings that needed replacement"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim in door pillars have rattles. Tried using trim putty to fix, still rattles after a while"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The brakes are squeaking, and they have been checked, and I have been told there is not a problem"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rubbing noise from front wheel. Several trips to Nissan before it finally stopped"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Something under the car is rattling and vibrating like metal on metal. Don’t really know what it is"

Brenda T., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles underneath car, possible catalytic converter"

Michael P., MO (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When driven there is a rattle underneath. Despite test drives and inspection nothing found"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a problem with the wheels (axle)"

Susan W., NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Makes a metallic rattling noise on the front passenger side when between 1500-2000 RPM"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a weird squeak that occurs in the front suspension when going over a speed bump. It only occurs in the winter, when the temperature is below freezing, but is becoming more prevalent at higher temperatures. In the summer, it is fine. Nissan has not been able to diagnose or correct the annoyance"

Dennis C., ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"I find the wind noise bothersome. My 2006 Camry is quieter"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There's an intermittent high-pitched whine that occurs when I accelerate ."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Altima)

"Passenger electric window sometime slips when going up or down. It sometimes is difficult to seal when going up."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I explained it all in my first response"

Wayne B., MD (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When traveling on the high way, there is a wind noise on the driver side where the door closes. Bought car used about 18 months ago"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Steering system lock activated. Fixed via recall"

Don M., OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Have had to replace them well before I should have."

R K., OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear caliper locks up"

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Leaking"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed new brake pads & adjustment"

Karen O., BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes lasted over 80000 miles given 95% highway driving"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brakes were too low"

Mark B., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"made noise when applying brake when backing up"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Many miles on auto, brakes need replacement."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing out of ordinary."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced pads,calipers and rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In a routine maintenance service, I was informed that it was time I relined my brakes. I did so as it was highly recommended. Did not feel any issues."

Karen O., BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"needed new brakes"

Mark B., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pads don't retract correctly due to rust & binding of the pad backing plate in the anti-rattle clips on the caliper"

Anonymous, WV (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 30000 miles, was told by Nissan service dept. that rear brakes needed replacement. At 49000 miles, was told front brakes needed replacement, AND rear brakes had so much rust they also should be replaced. The front and rear brakes were replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At less than 100000 kms, the brakes should not need replacement pads and rotors"

Jeannette H., NB (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Need new brakes too soon"

R K., OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"in reverse the car vibrates as the engine runs. It echos in the garage very loudly. It isn't as loud out in the open."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors and calipars were replaced less than two year ago. New rotors had to be re surfaced last month because they were warped causing vibration in the front end"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At least one rotor warped and needed replacement"

Jeannette H., NB (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front end and brakes"

R K., OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Began to squeal"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes wear unevenly, had a system flush and now appears fine. However brakes continue to squeak"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No matter what the repair people do we continue to have squeals from the front end with every reverse direction. It is loud and disconcerting."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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 clutch died. Since it comes in one assembly and cannot be replaced/purchased separately like other cars I had to buy an entire compressor - tripling the repair cost"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The a/c seems to work fine, but when it is turned off, the cabin smells like a swamp. The evaporative pad has been cleaned, changed, perfumed (which only lasts about 2 weeks) several times, and then it stinks again. I use deodorizers to mask the sme"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car blowing hot air appointment to repair in a few days actual cause is unknown now"

Joseph G., HI (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC would not function. Replaced all components"

William E., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped cooling, condenser replaced for $900. AC is almost a necessity in Arizona in the summer"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C didn't work - replaced the compressor"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of the compressor clutch. Replaced didn't sole issue. Replaced entire unit work for approximately 6 months. Continues to be a problem consistently over the last two years"

John B., MN (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed; Nissan was very helpful in assuming the repair cost"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just died and needed a costly replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was making a noise and mechanic suggested replacement before complete failure"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When used, it is fine, but when A/C is turned off and then I run the fan only, it smells like a swamp. There was also white liquid that spewed from under the dashboard onto the carpet."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working had to replace the compressor"

Jose C., TX (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"i havent confirmed it is broken down or that it is just freon leaking."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"Air compressor was about to fail and had to be replaced"

Bard R., TN (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sudden failure - open coil was the diagnosis.Replaced compressor $1200"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Quite working, bring to the dealer soon"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor went out at 100K miles"

Jose M., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C only worked intermittently. Nissan told me the compressor was not working"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Works intermittently, also having dealer look at"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Swampy smell coming from vents after using and then turning off the A/C. Took car in twice for service; first time dealer supposedly installed new pad. When problem persisted, dealer admitted they hadn't installed a new pad. Still smells stinky after running A/C."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had problems with AC shortly after purchase from Enterprise car sales. Last year the compressor was replaced due to leaks. It was covered by warranty insurance I purchased"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the hoses had a leak and had to be replaced. Cost $1200."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"mechanic has filled system with freon a couple times and several months later the a/c is not blowing cold or dehumidifying"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 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.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"On start-up, the screen remains blank and the radio will work but the clock and other control s can't be used, volume, speakers,etc."

Doyle W., TX (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurring issue over a few years: The display faded in/out, battery didn't charge up while driving, electronic system 'died'. Replaced battery 4 times in 3 years, once under warranty. in 2017 I got stuck at a shop when I came back and the car would not start. Initially the dealership treated the problem as if it was my issue as they couldn't find the problem. in the end, they replaced the computerized system. It made the Nissan unreliable."

Karen O., BC (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the display for the radio is on and other times it is off. The tire pressure light is chronically on as well but I didn't see where I was supposed to indicate that. The coast of fixing these electrical issues is not worth the money so I just live with it."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Without the display screen, I was unable to determine which radio station I was listening to. It caused me to replace the radio."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigation system will no longer read my map DVD. I don't use it anyway as I prefer Waze on my phone."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It will no longer read my navigation DVD. I think the DVD player is no longer working."

David M., GA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Blue tooth pairing does not work"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"dashboard lights and controls do not work reliably"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio control buttons do not work sometimes."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The Electronic Steering Column Lock failed and wouldn't allow my car to start. This is a commonly known problem with 2009 Altima's but there has been no recall. It was out of their warrant by time, but Nissan agreed to pay $250 towards repair + tow"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Couldn't start car due to faulty electronic steering lock.This is a problem that Nissan knows about & refuses to issue a recall.Check out the internet for the tremendous amount of complaints about this issue.Please call them out about this problem"

Ben A., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Start button suddenly wouldn't work. Ignition switch had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"steering wheel anti theft locking mechanism broke. Car would not start. repair cost $800.00"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Anti theft locking mech locked up for no reason. Nissan stuck me with the repair cost. There web site sad they had a manufactuing issue. They suck"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because the steering wheel would not unlock, the car refused to start. It had to be towed to the dealer who replaced a faulty part. Later, I was reimbursed because there was a recall."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Steering Lock failed. Could not start engine and could not turn steering wheel. This is a common problem in this model/year. Nissan issued a recall on this failure and replaced the steering lock at no cost to me."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to the mileage of the auto, brakes need to be replaced. My main problem in the last year was a failure of my windshields that stopped working during a rain."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer in the dash that has something to do with how the car is operated stopped working, and had to be replaced with a new one"

Susan W., NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint severely fading on trunk and roof of vehicle - it appears as if the clear coat has completely disappeared"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"coating peeling off ( no paint but the polish coat)"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear pass door looks horrible"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood and roof of the car has significant paint fading"

Miriam C., MS (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof paint faded to the point that it is hard to tell the original color on the roof. In fact I had someone once place a funeral flag on the roof of the car and as they did so they hesitated, then when the magnet caught, they remarked, Oh it is metal. Paint on the hood and trunk is also scratched though the trunk is worse, but the roof paint completely disappeared."

Edward T., DE (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"peels off plastic bumper."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint faded on front bumper"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading off roof and trunk lid. Started 5 or more years ago. I didn’t do anything about it then because I thought my husband scratched it with broom, snow shovel etc. We recently took vehicle to body shop to see about repainting and were told that the car that I bought brand new-and paid close to $30,000 had been repainted. Overspray in the trunk and a poor quality clear coat, which faded right down to base medal were discussed. I called Nissan USA and took car to local dealer and was told they would call us when their district representative was at the dealership. It’s been at least 6 weeks and we have heard nothing. I will continue to pursue this issue."

Brenda T., NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint on the top of the car had started cracking and looking bad. Had the top repainted this year."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint pealing off of the window separators of the rear 2 windows. Each rear door has 2 side windows with a metal divider between the large window and small window at the back of the window. The metal divider's black paint is pealing off on both sides of the rear window. It looks horrible."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint in roof and hood fading even though car is typically parked in a garage or other covered area"

T S., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat on roof and hood cracked and chipped"

Ronald P., WI (2009 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"hThere are a couple of rust patches in the roof"

Bradford H., NS (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear passenger wheel well was rusting. Dealer repaired it under their "Goodwill" policy"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear pass. door panel is completely rusted out, caused paint to peel, within 5 yr warranty, Nissan and warranty refused the issue was a manufacture defect. Other side door is fine, along with front doors, so it's not environmental"

Anonymous, IL (2009 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

"Alternator was replaced at my expense"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery was inadequate needed 2 boosts"

Arnold K., AB (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery kept going dead in hot or cold weather, checked water levels, cells not low. After 5 times, had Nissan replace it. No problem since."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Had to replace the ignition coils"

Kevin B., VA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"The pushbutton start failed to start the vehicle. It was towed to the nearest NISSAN dealership. They advised that the warranty on this part had been extended for 5 years. So replacement and all related expenses including a rental vehicle were pai"

Doug K., BC (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car would not start - happened several times - was in shop several times - finally replaced engine computer module and it resolved the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't start"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic steering lock failed, leaving me stranded. Nothing could be done to start the car. Car had to be towed, repairs at $933 to replace part. Part was later recalled and change to another newer updated part and was reimbursed for the initial failure"

Tim B., MD (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

"Engine would not crank, hooked up 3 different code readers to read engine code problem, no code reader would work on this car. Cam Position Sensor went bad"

Michael H., AR (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"I went to start the car one day and got absolutely zero from the car. It appeared to be a dead battery but would not take a jump.Zero response even while hooked up. I had it towed to the dealer and did some research which found the ignition switch on the push button start sometimes becomes stuck and will not engage. At the dealer they confirmed this was the problem and luckily t had recently, as in months ago, been finally covered under a Service Advisory. The dealer repaired it for free."

Edward T., DE (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not start"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"In early 2014, I had a standard maintenance check on my Altima, during which I paid for the spark plugs to be replaced and the wires to be checked. Upon having some trouble with my engine at the beginning of 2015, I was told that the plugs looked as"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"coils expensive at dealership cheap online. Replaced and fixed"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"When hot the torque convertor does not convert power correctly. Unit has no power to accelerate or build speed. It will carry on and slows down. I pull over and let it sit for 30 minutes and then it's ok for awhile (2 hours) or until it heats back up (or some combination of heat and time). It's a known issue of which Nissan denies. Auto mechanics can tell me exactly the conditions and poor performance of the transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A Part in the CV transmission broke leaving us stranded in a shopping center parking lot. Required a tow to the local dealer. Resulted in a required $800 repair job. Fortunately the expense was covered under an extended warranty. This is one time that an extended warranty did pay off since this is the second repair covered by the warranty which expired two days after the breakdown"

Robert R., TX (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission replacement -$3,600. Nissan had already doubled the warranty because they knew of problems with the CVT transmission. I would past the double mileage however"

Steven R., CT (2009 Nissan Altima)

"Dealer replaced transmission. Still had a problem. Dealer said 1st transmission was defective. Replaced again"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Abnormal wear in transmission housing. Replacement only repair option"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"after a battery failure, mechanics were unable to get the car to shift without 5 to 10 second delay. battery was normal wear"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisey...slipping"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission disintegrated while driving. Nissan replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto Xmission went completely out at 70000 miles. Nissan had extended the warranty and it was replaced but ruined our trip"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission gave out on the highway and a valve was replaced under warranty and the entire transmission had to be replaced, again under warranty within 8 months"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Actually it was 24 months ago ... it happened just under the 120K warranty expiration for the CVT."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Without warning,going through a traffic intersection,car would not move.police almost impounded car for impeding traffic.some men pushed car to get rolling, it finally started to move, barely.it was in limp mode.at 20mph i got 4 blocks and it wasnt moving.it sat on side of road for months as im disabled and social security dont cover $3200 transmission replacement plus towing of $200.the car was vandalized, attempted grand thieft by prying doors, starter wires cut, and window tint and paint bubbled up and flaked some.ALL this was shortly after nissan dealership did my oil change."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuously Variable Transmission replaced just prior to expiration of warranty (120,000 miles) due to diagnostic failure"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Seems to have run its course. Dealer replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Former recall took in no leak from exhaust manifold now leaking"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"bad factory design replacement part was redesigned correctly should have been covered by recall"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked design flaw replacement manifold different heat shield"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust manifold is leaking. Smelling exhaust in car. Dealer could not find the leak."

Jerry S., PA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"two muffler shields have fallen off"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost some screws and rattling heard at startup"

D K., ON (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"The heat shields for the exhaust system rotted had to take it off"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Power Steering pump failure, belts and hoses had to be changed with the pump"

Ernie L., FL (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Light stays on when nothing wrong"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine knocking in the hybrid engine turned out to be a symptom of the cylinder head problem. Gas conditioner and high test gasolne solve the noise problem in the summer but not winter"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

"Oil engine leak from the bottom of the engine requires $800 repair"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission cooler leaked. Bad seal"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil Cooler plate warps. Expensive part to replace."

Alex B., GA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mild oil leak"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission (CVT) would go into "Limp mode" during a moderate road trip...LA to San Diego or LA to Las Vegas. Dealer under a tech bulletin, they installed an intercooler, but there still is a whine after driving those same distances"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch master stopped working. Ended replacing whole clutch system"

Jose M., FL (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Difficult to get out of Park"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The Altma had recall on transmission issues. The transmission was fixed for free under this recall"

Jim K., CA (2009 Nissan Altima SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"original transmission had a leak and failed repair so used transmission installed at 134000 miles in 2016. i have changed transmission fluid at 160000 miles, and recently at 217000 miles. i noticed slight occasional slipping with cold start at lower speeds. it had grown worse as the car needed more time to warm up before it would stop slipping. so 217000 miles transmission change was after i noticed slipping. it had not got any better with that fluid change. car is still operable. i would say after several minutes of driving it can be normal and accelerate fine. after most of a day not driving it i start it up, it may need several minutes of very light driving before i can try and accelerate onto a highway for example. car now is at 220000+ miles and transmission is work well enough to keep driving it. reverse works fine. its just cold starts that i need either a couple minutes of stationary warm up or several minutes of casual/light driving before i can accelerate moderately."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"hair line crack below radiator cap"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Altima SL 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 and passenger door retainers will not hold doors open."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical window operators in rear doors have been replaced under an extended warranty purchased at the time the car was bought. The retention mechanisms on the driver and passenger doors will not retain them in an open position when exiting the car/ According to dealer's service department the retainers would have to be replaced"

Robert R., TX (2009 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Both rear electronic door locks have failed and no longer operate. We have to make sure we manually operate them"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof leaks to the Drivers side A pillar and onto the Drivers seat."

Anonymous, (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

"Mechanism broke so that I could wind down the rear windows from driver's seat but had to wind them up using controls on each individual rear door"

Anonymous, ON (2009 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

Cylinder head

"It was carboned up and they had a new style that would not allow for this to happen, it was replaced with the new style"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I took the car to the dealership because of rough idling and pinging noises with failure of the electric engine to start, especially in the cold weather. I was told it was a cylinder head problem--carbon build up, that will cost $5000 to repair and not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Cylinder block was cracked between the 2nd and 3rd cylinders; replaced under original warranty. Cause of problem unclear"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine rod put a hole in engine block. Dealer performed all maintenance over the years owned"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Losing anit-freeze at 29,000 miles, Dealer could not find any issues or leaks. Independent mechanic found issue of head gasket leaking. Covered under warranty at 57,000 miles"

Tim B., MD (2009 Nissan Altima SE 3.5-L V6)

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)

"Currently, Catalytic convertor sensors return a fault code. Reset and returns in a month or two."

Alex B., GA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle could not pass inspection but was operating normally. Replacement part installed by local garage solved the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fault code p0420"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Some coil that controlled the emissions - would not uncoil. So the car Would not start and had to be towed to the dealer, who replaced the part."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"check engine light indicated a problem. therefore the vehicle could not pass NYS vehicle inspection. There was no problem operating the vehicle. Repair was expensive."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Electrical failure

"Had to get it towed"

Eric J., MN (2009 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

"All warning lights lit up. Hybrid system shut"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dead battery. Battery failure has been an ongoing problem for the past 10 years."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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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
SUSPENSION
Sep 16, 2009
IF THE STRUT INSULATOR IS CRACKED, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT ROD TO COME OUT OF ITS MOUNTING POSITION, WHICH COULD AFFECT VEHICLE STABILITY AND INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 ALTIMA AND MAXIMA PASSENGER CARS. THE UPPER FRONT STRUT INSULATORS MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT INSULATOR TO CRACK.
What should you do:
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE FRONT STRUT INSULATORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN OCTOBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-NISSAN1 (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: 09V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26398
STRUCTURE
Jan 09, 2009
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 225 MY 2009 ALTIMA VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 214, "SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION." THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH AN OUT-OF-SPECIFICATION WELD ON THE DOOR ASSEMBLY.
What should you do:
ALL THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEALERSHIPS AND REMEDIED AT THE FACTORY. NO VEHICLES HAD BEEN RETAILED.
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 <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V006000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 225
WHEELS
Sep 15, 2008
IF THE LUG NUTS BECOME LOOSE, IT COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A LOSS OF CONTROL AND A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 3,403 MY 2009 ALTIMA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 16-INCH ALLOY WHEELS. SOME THESE WHEELS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICATION. THIS COULD CAUSE ONE OR MORE OF THE FIVE LUG NUTS ATTACHING THE WHEEL TO THE VEHICLE TO BECOME LOOSE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE VEHICLE TO DETERMINE IF IT IS EQUIPPED WITH ONE OF THE AFFECTED WHEELS. IF IT IS, THE WHEELS WILL BE REPLACED WITH NEW ONES THAT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO THE CORRECT SPECIFICATION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
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: 08V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3403
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