The Altima has good fuel economy and standard stability control. The first thing a driver will notice is the responsive engine and seamless transmission. Once under way, the composed ride and quiet cabin make another lasting impression. Although it's not a sports sedan, the Altima is responsive and pleasant to drive. Controls are easy to reach, simple to use and the interior is neatly finished.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side and head protection air bags available from 2000, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Altima has good fuel economy and standard stability control. The first thing a driver will notice is the responsive engine and seamless transmission. Once under way, the composed ride and quiet cabin make another lasting impression. Although it's not a sports sedan, the Altima is responsive and pleasant to drive. Controls are easy to reach, simple to use and the interior is neatly finished.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (198 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs light came on, was "fixed" by Nissan through a $300 flushing of system. I found out late it would have been fixed most likely with a topping off of the fluid"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Calipers (Pads) contributing to glazing due to extreme heat"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"The break pads wore out and new rotors needed to be installed"

George R., PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked.brake fluid onto pads. Pads had to o be replaced. Not on warranty."

Harry W., QC (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Calipers did not release properly causing excessive rotor and brake pad wear. Everything had to be replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Required flushing & refilling brake fluid in reservoir & brake lines"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was on recall."

Harry W., QC (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"During oil.change wear of rear brakes noted"

Stephen R., MA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads were normal wear, front and rear. But both front rotors also needed to be replaced. They had originally warped after 11,000 miles, and were cut once, but could not be cut again"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to add new pads"

Robert M., IL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Required new brake pads and resurfacing rotors on all 4 wheels"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brake pads and fluid"

Wayne G., GA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes were squeaking so I had a new brake system put in"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the pads and rotors were rotted out two times already. Thet used cheap Chinese parts"

David B., NY (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front break pads due to normal ware and 50,000 plus miles of driving."

Anonymous, NV (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors and pads do not seem to last long. brakes always feel spongy"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just every day wear and tear!"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal repair"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was warned by my auto shop that I shop look at having the brakes worked on in the next 6 months in Dec 2019. Thus, in May 2020 I had the brakes worked on."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"brakes pads only last about 15,000 on front and 20M on rear"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Front brakes wore to metal at around 32,000 miles. Upon examination, the pads were absurdly small, something like 2 inches square. That's a lot of force applied to a small area. Cheap move on the part of Nissan, probably cheap materials too"

Mike E., CA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2011 Nissan Altima to replace 92 Honda Civic. Need to spend $1,200+ to fix breaks in Altima at 65,000 miles. Honda brakes lasted well over 150,000 miles before repair"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"already discussed it"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors and pads were rotted out prematurely. The dealer said the parts were cheap and from China"

David B., NY (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told that the problem was with the rotors."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Every time I have the brake pad replaced do to expected wear, the rotors always have to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Live in south Florida. Rotors (Original) seriously glaze every year due to heat. only repair is to turn rotors"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors are warped (probably due to me not checking lug nut torque after DEALER rotated tires.) Not enough metal to resurface, have to replace. Honda brakes can be resurfaced several times"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive brake pad wear has resulted in needing front rotor replacement twice in the first 6 years we owned the vehicle. New pads are approximately 1 year old and are now squeaking again. Very unhappy."

M E., VA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They were warped and rusted which created a rubbing noise"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"I'm annoyed that you can almost never get a routine brake pad change done, you always need rotors too with most newer cars.....expensive, $800+ vs $150"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"EVEN TOOK AUTO TO SPEEDY TO SEE WHAT THE PROBLEM COULD BE.. NOTHING EVIDENT"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads were of bad quality wore out sooner than should have. back brake pads"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brakes with another set when needed. And it started to squeak. Neither the local service station nor nissan service was able to fix the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Aftermarket pads that local mechanic put on seem to squeal a lot, after new rotors and pads."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brakes twice in the past five years but experienced squeaking after each. Was told it was dust."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front brakes had worn out to the screek pin"

Anonymous, (2011 Nissan Altima SR 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

"started blowing warm/hot air then stopped blowing all together"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor failed"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor seized and was replaced by the dealer under the extended warranty plan that I had purchased"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blew out hot air and had to replace the compressor, but it did not fix the problem"

Frank D., SC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Smells when the AC is turned on for a whlie"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"According compressor went out 2 years ago. Expensive and way too soon"

Frances O., HI (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system was working properly when I parked the car at work in the morning. When I left work, the A/C system was not working. The blower was working normally but it was blowing hot air (South Florida) and the compressor was not working"

Stephen R., FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"completely down. Replaced with a new unit for ~ $900"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not blow cool air. $1000 repair"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace AC compressor"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor died. Had to replace with brand new one. Negotiated cost with dealer and they gave me a discount"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor stopped working. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Quit working at about 70000 miles. Replaced with new one and refrigerant and drive belt. Works fine now."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped cooling, replace at a cost of over $1,000."

Anonymous, NV (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed to be replaced, at my cost"

James D., MA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"was not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had 2 Nissan altima's bought used at ~40000 miles. Within 2 years the pig tail component which engages the AC compressor gave out and it was difficult to fix. Compressor was also not reliable in both cars."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed. It was expensive to fix."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premature failure of compressor"

Gerald K., CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor seized up"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premature failure of ai conditioning compressor"

Gerald K., CA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stopped working and had to be replaced."

Glenn J., UT (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In cooling mode it would blow warm air. It was determined that the compressor was faulty and was replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The electrical coil which signals the compressor to kick on failed. This is an internal part of the compressor, for some reason, and is not able to be replaced separately from the compressor. thus, the entire compressor had to ne replaced at a total cost of around $700.00 parts and labor. The car, having only 77,000 miles on it, is not old enough to experience this problem, in my opinion."

Anonymous, UT (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The previous owner lived in a coastal town where he had little or no use for air conditioning. When we got the car we noticed it didn't cool and asked him why to which he replied it broke but I don't use it so I never got it fixed. When I took it to my mechanic for diagnosis he said replace to compressor and other components to get the A/C working."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The thermostat is probably gone out. It blows cold area periodically"

James P., TX (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Leg area of driver and passenger heats up disproportionately to the rest of the cabin. They have never been able to explain it. I believe there is insufficient insulation between the engine and the firewall."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Systematic failure to cool, directional control failure."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower motor failed and had to be replaced"

Charles M., PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Blew out hot air with A/C switches in the on positions. Replaced compressor, did not fix. Removed & replaced condenser, but still did not fix it. Had to remove and replace a third part within the A/C system. This fix it, but I cannot remember the part"

Frank D., SC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"car not cooling properly,had to buy a can of auto a/c recharge and add some to fix problem."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is directly related to the compressor problem."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"i put a few ounces of refrigerant,and that solved the problem it is still cooling fine."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Failing convertor I was told by dealer was caused by O2 sensor. These repairs $1600. Nothing is covered by Nissan due to mileage on car"

Decarli S., MI (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. Dealer said this is the only one they have seen like this yet they had 17 replacements in stock. They don't carry stock like this unless they are replacing a lot of them"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light coming on, & I'm not getting the MPG I used to."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Car would not start. Some sort of software issue with brake pedal and engine sensor. Used google to get started. Took to dealer where they charged me for the software upgrade. I was upset I had to tell them how to fix it and they charged me even though I have had all recommended dealer service prior"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have replaced"

Cory M., PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Failed O2 sensor. Took several days to get part. Now the Catalytic convertor is failing supposedly due to failure of O2 sensor. Neither covered by Nissan. Very expensive repair"

Decarli S., MI (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mass Air Flow sensor started intermittently throwing an error, but when I took it to the dealer, the sensor always tested out fine. Eventually, I replaced it with a Delphi part"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incorrect air mixture ratio was detected. It was a software error. Dealer updated firmware at no cost"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard information indicated a need to service the engine. Brought to dealer for repair"

Bob B., MN (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF)"

Mark L., VA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mass air intake sensor had to be replaced"

Ed T., IL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mass air flow sensor malfunctioned. Corrected by reprogramming new engine control module"

Thomas H., IL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"After bad gas, the car would not start up"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"service engine light on at 63000k--diagnosed that ECM needed to be reprogrammed. Nissan would not cover this cost even though it was a software upgrade--not happy!"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima)

"Mass air flow sensor is not correct and dealer says warranty will not cover that $200 part even though there is a 100000 mile warranty on the emissions"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced sensor but new sensor was faulty and also had to be replaced"

Laura S., MO (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor failure lead to service engine light coming on in dash. The car will not pass emissions with the current failure"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light would never go off.. Replace the mass air flow sensor and light remianed on.. Nissan would not reflash computer unless I paid for them to replace the sensor, reprgram computer and diagnose... Car never seemed to run right after any repairs made with this issue"

Charles M., NC (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both cam solenoid sensors, one for each bank of 3 cylinders, total cost over $900."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Mass air flow sensor needed to be reset by computer. Cost was $250. The service now light came on and I took it to Autozone to find out the codes - they correctly indicated the mass air flow sensor was the problem."

Stevn R., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Didn't seem to be an issue. The repair was made after a service check"

Gordon M., AZ (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Routine test from auto repair place, quick to fix but didn't like the cost to replace it"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Did not have power"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Started getting brake light and battery light on dash panel, stayed on for a few mile then went out, This continued until battery went dead. Had to replaced battery after several emergency jump starts. New Battery went dead would not allow car to stay running, after any jump start. Now Nissan said need new alternator Battery $189, Alternator $836,had to order special(6 cyl). Waiting to see if this solved all problems. Nissan said BCM or ECM would not be the problem, waiting to see just got car back today after being in their garage for 5 days waiting for alternator I believe problem still may not be resolved"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Clock

"Display sometimes gives blank when start the car"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cruise control

"Cruise control would not always engage, marked by a blinking 'set' light, that progressed over about 6 months to hardly working at any time. The 'ring gear' in the steering wheel was replaced under warrenty I purchased"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Simply a loose plug. A little more attention to detail in manufacturing and there would have been no issue. The other issue was automatic locks, also a loose plug to one door"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Switch on drivers seat heater not working, estimated cost to repair from dealer $200, ???"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Key fob requires battery replacement every 1-2 years. The car battery is pretty lame too. On my second battery, and it couldn't handle starting this winter on multiple occasions"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Three of the electric door lock actuators failed at different times"

John G., AL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side door sometimes locks after exiting the car"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Loose plug with rear driver affecting automatic locks"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not unlock, either all doors or some doors"

Dan A., FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The electronic locks only work on 1 of the 4 doors. I now have to manually unlock and lock the doors."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Altima Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Park brake applied light comes on while car is in motion, but no braking is felt"

Gregory L., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights indicating poor tire pressure comes on and stays on"

Hector I., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically, it's just TO SENSITIVE"

Ronald A., KY (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Inoperative"

Dan A., FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Took the vehicle to Nissan Conyers,ga. Paid for a diagnosis only to be told no problems could be found"

Gregory L., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light will be on and the dealership was unable to repair the problem"

John G., AL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phantom "trunk open" warning happens occasionally"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Service engine light comes on when the temperature is below 60 and stays on. Very annoying because it has to be turned off by a professional and also makes me feel insecure about driving the car wondering if there really is something wrong"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

""Service engine soon" alarm always lights up all winter. Have been told by dealer that sensor freezes"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights always indicate tire inflation issues--has happened since tires were replaced and no one (even the dealer) can fix it"

Hector I., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure indicator is always on, even if tire pressure is correct."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Altima Unsure 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

Alignment

"This car has required alignment of the wheels every time we check it, and there were times last summer when we had the alignment checked monthly with less than 100 miles between checks, and alignment was needed"

Edward W., GA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Worn ball joints would not pass inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Lower Control Arms bushing boots torn"

Larry M., CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"have to replace the front plates and bushings. they are very expensive"

Anonymous, PR (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"second bushing now replaced after wobbly steering"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump very expensive. Hit deep pothole, perhaps contributed to need for replacement"

Frances O., HI (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Both front struts broke and were replaced at 75000 mi"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear shocks were leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is so low that the car drags with just one passenger in the car. I have had the shocks changed twice and it still drags"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rattle developed. Ultimately felt in steering wheel. Replaced passenger side front sway bars. They were "loose""

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The boot on the left side of the steering linkage failed, so the system was leaking lubricant"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torsion bar bushings torn."

Larry M., CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Worn/loose would not pass inspection and required frequent realignment"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worried about steering."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"passenger side wheel bearing was noisy and had to be replaced"

Kevin F., MA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within the last 3 weeks I've had to replace both front wheel bearings at a cost of nearly $1200"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Altima was fine for the longest time, and then all of sudden in the past year when I am on the I-10, and go above a certain speed it began to shake, rattle, and squeak. I get it checked out and have to get all my bearings replaced. It helps a bit, but does not solve the problem completely. I checked to see if my car was under recall, as the recall seemed to be exactly the issue I was having with it just shaking, but my car wasn't one deemed to be an issue. Not sure what to do, since going to any body shop they tell me something I have never heard of before and can't be exactly sure if that is a legit issue or not. I do know bearings wear out, but I do not understand why it did not fix it completely as I got all the bearing replaced to just make sure that was the issue."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel bearings had to be replaced at 46000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Nissan Altima SR 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 leaks into driver or passenger doors. You can hear sloshing after a heavy rain. Pulling the seal around the bottom of the door to let it drain does the trick"

R S., NJ (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There were sounds of water leaking from the sun roof into the front right of the vehicle. The technician blew out the plugs and everything was okay"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"During heavy rain door fills with water. Have to pull gasket from door to Let drain. Annoyance only."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"water collected inside one of the doors."

E P., IL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car gets water leaking in during heavy rain"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"When ir rains, the moisture gets into my car and I get mildew problems."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"During a heavy rain the passenger and driver side doors sometimes fill with water and must be drained out by pulling out the seals around the bottom of the door. It is just peculiar to hear the water sloshing around"

R S., NJ (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power passenger window very slow to open and close."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water collected inside one of the doors due to the drain holes being blocked by rust and debris."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals are not sealing as well, getting wind noise, and road sounds."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water collected in door because drain holes on bottom of door were clogged"

E P., IL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger rear floor became saturated. It was detrmined that the rear widow seal had failed. They told us it was because it was outside all the time, but it is garaged both at home and at work."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drainage holes in one of the doors got plugged up with rust, allowing rainwater to collect in the door and slosh around."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"blue tooth box rattles"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof has continually needed lubing because it makes loud noises while opening. I don't know if that's common, but it has needed it 3x in the 3 years I've owned it"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Loose center console...had to be tightened up"

Anonymous, (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Hubcaps covers became easily broken and rattled. Expensive to replace."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Altima 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 freezes up

"The radio and its display do not respond to the controls intermittently. For example, the radio, when on, may not turn off. The volume may not respond to changes. Or, when off, the radio will not turn on. Perhaps the buttons that control channels will not work, but perhaps they will. The problem is probably in the push button, rotary knob that controls most functions"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"When the display screen went blank, I could no longer see what radio station I was listening to, whether it was AM or FM, etc. Could no longer see the clock time either"

Bob B., PA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently the display screen will be blank on start up of the vehicle, all functions still work, as far as I can tell, there is just no display"

Vince R., NC (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The voice activated system no longer works since the Nissan provided mapping update was purchased"

Richard B., CA (2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Oftentimes, when I put in a location address the message pops up saying the location does not exist. The original software for GPS was installed incorrectly with quite a bit of missing data. I had an advocate work with me and Nissan Corp. to get it"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very bad programming. Makes significant errors. Some roads are not even in the system. Could not even direct me to Atlanta Airport. Makes me very, very angry-- even the new $175 update is still bad. I have asked for a refund, but Nissan says it"

Eugene W., FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"When making or receiving a phone call neither person is able to understand what is being said. It sounds as though we are talking underwater-very muffled. No clarity at all. Everyone who has called me on the Bluetooth have had the same complaint-not"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Discussed in the previous comments regarding the display screen"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stereo system kept resetting itself to the factory defaults (saved settings, stations, etc). Seems silly but when that happens about every other day, it's a huge annoyance. This involved a number of trips to the dealer. They asked me to replace the battery even though it was testing fine (no fix), replaced the head unit (which still had the problem), and then after another week of work i asked them to replace the head unit again. Apparently the first refurbisheded head unit had the same probl"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stereo started resetting itself while off. Turned out there were two problems, one a defective wiring harness and the other a defect in the stereo. Annoyingly, they had to order three replacement head units to get a functioning one"

Mark N., IL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The digital info dial periodically goes blank. radio still performs; use pre-set station button."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"I had an issue where the check engine light came on. When I checked the code, it indicated that the Mass Air Flow sensor was not working. I cleaned it. No change. I replaced it. The light went out for a little while and then came back on. I took it to the dealer and it turned out there was a service bulletin that required a reprogramming of the computer. What was annoying, what that I was charged to diagnose the problem, and for the reprogramming, for a total of almost $300. I was going to write to Nissan to complain about having to pay so much to fix a software problem, but I never got around to it."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed at 125000 miles. Out of warranty Cost of a rebuilt transmission estimated at $2500. We have not replaced. Have been unable to drive this car since May 2016"

Mervyn A., MS (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have transmission replaced"

Dallas E., FL (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission stopped shifting. Although a couple of repair people indicated that my car should still be under warranty, nissan didn't cover the cost of repairs. PLUS, the new transmission installed only has a 1 year warranty! I didn't think that was right."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"About a 1/2 mile from home, on my way to work, car would not go above 30, then would only move forward at idle speed, then would not move forward at all. Had it towed to garage and the transmission was replaced."

Kelly R., NY (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have not had the transmission repaired or replaced yet. I am searching for the best repair price and and warrenty on the transmission"

Anonymous, (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car went into limp mode. According to the repair shop this is a weak design problem that Nissan never really fixed."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nissan knew they had faulty transmissions on the 2011s. Naturally, my transmission failed AFTER the warranty ended. Terrible car."

Anonymous, (2011 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear bumper separates from body"

T C., GA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chips, especially on the front of the car. Paint also discolors from bug hits"

Bernie Z., PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"The hood paint was in very bad conditions after two years of use. I was painted on warranty. the top paint was gone after 5 years. have rush"

Anonymous, PR (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has pealed, mostly on the hood, but in other places also."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"a slight amount of rust at junctions between chrome trim and body around rear license area"

A F., CT (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"driver side wheel well. no reason for rust to start"

Anonymous, (2011 Nissan Altima SR 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

"After rain, water accumulation in doors on passenger side. Unable to keep weep holes open"

Walter W., SC (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I live in a very wet climate, and the back passenger door holds water. Literally after it rains, my rear passenger door sounds like a water park with a wave machine. It takes days of dry weather to drain. I can try and move the rubber trim to get it to drain more but it does not help. I have to shake the door to really get most of the water out."

Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Front doors (driver and passenger side) will not respond to remote opening/closing. To open the driver side door will require the driver to insert the key, and have to manually close from the inside by closing the latch on both doors"

Gilbroze B., TX (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"loose mirror"

Richard B., CA (2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sunroof

"The wind deflector for the sunroof popped out of place several times. Finally the cheap plastic broke. I got a genuine Nissan replacement part, and it broke the first time I closed the sunroof"

Andrew W., WV (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof does close tightly, thus water sipping to the inside of the car. a stain on the car's ceiling upholstery is now visible and looked dirty"

Gilbroze B., TX (2011 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

Rough shifting

"Nissan's CVT's are total junk and I wish I would never bought this car"

Hyrum M., UT (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"CVT transmission overheats and won't shift. The dealership says there is nothing they can do about it except replace it for a lot of money. It was not one of the recalled CVT's and is outside of the manifacturer warranty"

Hyrum M., UT (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CVT is a very smooth transmission.. Upon purchasing the car at 76K miles I had it serviced.. Under 36K miles from that service the transmission begain to shift hard and feel like it was missing its mark at times.. Sorta like it was slipping.. Until 2012 Nissan had issues with the units and I felt mine was starting to fail"

Charles M., NC (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission main gasket leaked required expensive repair."

Larry M., CA (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor was activated, dealership identified potential problem paid over $700, but had to take back when warning light came back on, then found out it was covered under warranty, but was still out $700"

Kevin J., MS (2011 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

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

4WD/AWD components

"CVT jut crapped out. I found out by internet search that this model 2011 Nissan Altima is ESPECIALLY prone to this CVT breakdown. Cost to repair? $3800-$4200! Nissan is NOT a make I will ever consider again. I should have bought my wife another Toyota Camry as her first one, bought new in 2000 lasted 15 years without ANY repairs, just routine maintenance."

Michael S., PA (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"The car vibrates at 40 mph. I had the wheels balanced, but that did not fix the problem. I am taking it in today to get fixed"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Driver side axle was broken had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"defective wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearing started to make noise just prior to end of factory warranty period but didn't get vehicle in until month later. Warranty was not honoured under good will review until after I had it done, for safety sake, at a third party garage."

Anonymous, MB (2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Ac pump bearing went out. We felt a vibration and quit driving it, the mechanic said it would have caused other damage if we had continued to drive it."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Engine computer required software update to clear erroneous malfunction codes"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer was throwing a code that indicated a faulty Mass Air Flow Sensor, replaced the sensor, and the code remained. After some research I learned that this model year had an issues with the computer for this faulty code, had to have the computer reprogrammed."

Vince R., NC (2011 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Noticed pool of coolant on garage floor. Repaired the next day."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Water pumped failed and the engine overheated. Covered under power train warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Rust hole. Started 12 months ago. Fixed 6 months ago."

Anonymous, (2011 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

Engine Major

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

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