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 are 4 recalls 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"serious rain water leaks accumulated in rear area of auto. Problem caused by plugged roof drainage system. Auto was returned twice 2 dealership for correction."

Russelll G., TN (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"heavy rain accumulated in rear area of car behind driver & and front passenger."

Russelll G., TN (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"The problem was a clogged sunroof drain, had been causing water to leak into the driver side floor. Carpet would be soaked after heavy rain. Finally diagnosed the problem and found a cure online. No further issues."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drain holes for sunroof get pluged up causing front ant rear footwells to flood."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"RAIN WATER ACCUMULATED IN REAR SEATING AREA. DEALER CLEANED WATER GUTTERS WHICH RESOLVED PROBLEM."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Altima has been prone to having water leak into the floor of the driver side front and into the door. Finally found the source of the problem, which was a clogged drain in the sunroof mechanism. Had to flush, and use a wire to clear the drain. No problems with it since."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was an antifreeze leak, caused by a $2.00 gasket. Repair cost was $400, rounded up. Vehicle was not driven much, so may have been caused by just sitting. I went in der to locate the leak, it could be seen but was a job for the mechanic."

Dayton B., FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"We do not have a garage. Whenever there is a moderate rain the back door cavity fills up and sloshes around when you ride. It is hard to drain, but if you don’t, it starts to leak on the back seat."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak showing on driver's windshield pillar. Resolved by clearing drain plugs in the "moon roof" channel. Took dealer quite a bit of time and visits to find the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof leak...under warranty so dealer fixed at no charge. Happened again about 3 months later, which they repaired again. So far appears "fixed" now"

Pamela H., NC (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather stripping on the doors blocks the drain holes, causing water to accumulate in the doors."

P H., MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"shield under engine came loose. Dealer repaired it same day at low cost."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"during heavy rains, the car collects water in the passenger side floor boards. The dealership has said that it is the drains around the sunroof getting clogged. they have flushed it, but the problem recurs."

Aneesh M., GA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Road noise seems to come from everywhere: the doors, the floor, the firewall"

Robert M., WA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Seems to be in the rear of the car and dealer has not been able to stop it even after 3 visits. Brakes? Suspension? Not sure where, but the squeak is annoying. The car IS 7 years old and we live in a climate with cold and snowy winters."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same issue for the front end suspension. However vehicle is still safe to drive without maintenance at the moment."

Jennifer S., ON (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes upon entering the street most often squeal as if corroded."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heat shield for the catalytic converter had to be re-tightened because it was rattling on cold starts. A minor problem."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard rattles especially when accelerating"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the trunk that sounds like the sound system or a speaker is loose."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"rattle under carriage"

Wayne S., MD (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard has many rattle sounds when driving"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard vibrations we cannot figure out"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger chair makes a metal on metal vibration so I have to lean the seat forward to make it stop"

Thomas D., TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The after purchase installation of the sunroof at the time of purchase caused a terrible rattle in the car that to date has not been completely resolved"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaky brake pads"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Window rattle, glove box or surrounding trim. Squeaking from front driver wheel"

Paul G., ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's side window does not seal completely on iys own. It must be moved up, often several times"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broken right front spring"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes always squeak when the car is first started after being in park and turned off for a length of time"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Way too loud. Interior not well sealed"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from outside, most probably tire noise...car was very quiet when I first got it...I suspect door, truck, and possibly other seals between rear folding seats and the trunk are aging and possibly shrinking."

Lynn S., QC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Previously I had 2 2007 Nissan Altimas before the purchase of the 2012 model. All had the same problem. You can hear wind coming in the vehicle, not thru the vents, and road noise. The cabin is less than satisfactory for noise control. Large amounts of dust and dirt accumulate around the bottom of the door openings"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Too much road noise compared to other cars we drive in"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"suction sound from the moon roof at 75 mph it can get loud enough to interfer with conversation in back seat"

Thomas D., TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind and tire/road noise at highway speeds are very bad. Even at low speeds, the tire/road noise alone is very annoying"

Robert M., WA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of road noise. Also, the electronic sensor such as tire pressure, fuel cap will display false signal very frequently that you have to reset. CVT is not good, car does not accelerate good"

Vishal G., NV (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Answered previously"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Display screen image is too dark to be useful. Original dealer and subsequent service techs say there is no fix"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The display on the radio itself goes blank, so it's difficult to know what radio station is on. This happens now most of the time."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This started after about 4 years of ownership. The radio/cd/clock will periodically either go blank or have distorted letters or numbers on the screen. The music will still play even when the display is not working."

Anonymous, AR (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"display screen goes blank, especially in hot weather. Was replaced under warranty, but is doing the same thing now"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display fades every day, by the end of the day you cannot tell the time, or some of the other details. There is also an orange blob right in the middle of the screen, that partially obscures the station ID."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen goes blank and the radio buttons don't work part of the time. When I take it in, of course it works. Very inconveninet"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"About 3 months before the warranty was to expire, the LED screen on the in-dash entertainment (radio/cd) went blank. It still worked but you couldn't see the time, station, etc. They fixed it under warranty. Now, 3 years later, the exact same thing has happened again."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"display screen went blank and was replaced under warranty in Oct 2015. The screen went blank again April 2018, but hasn't bee fixed yet. It appears to only last 3 years."

Christine N., GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen for the radio/clock fades out/goes blank under hot heat of the day conditions. The dealer has replaced the unit 3 times, which solves the problem, but for only about 8 months or so and that it happens all over again"

Lester G., FL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5)

"The display area lights up, but stopped showing information. I arranged to have it fixed (under extended warranty, it was covered) but then it started working again. A few months later, it stopped working again and I have yet to have it fixed"

Andrew P., ON (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen would go blank at random intervals"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was unable to use both Display and Controls for the center dash unit for a while"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Ipod and Iphone would connect and play through the radio but now the ipod will not work. took into dealer and they say nothing is wrong and there is a problem with the Ipod but it works everywhere else"

Leonard O., MI (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"this really the same thing. Display screen was replaced, but has failed again."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Difficult to re pair when getting a new car every year"

Mark C., TX (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"It sucks. Loses lock all the time"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"At times, the radio will not change channels."

John S., CA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio works fine but the display showing the station goes blank, most of the time now."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to change radio stations"

Paul G., ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"display screen goes blank in col and hot weather. problem cannot be fixed. radio would need to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio occasionally freezes and will not play from any source"

J F., SC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio did not pick up local strong FM stations"

Shulby W., NC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive static and sometimes it stops playing"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio sound was present but there was no control or display except sound"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"quit working"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Low tire light does not go out on dashboard even when all tires are properly filled w/air Hand brake light on dashboard won't go out even when hand brake is not engaged (hand brake rarely used) Some other warning light on dashboard stays on no matter what"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"the speakers sound blown after 5 months and i had to purchase more from best buy"

C H., AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"the speakers will rattle with songs that have deep bass, even with low volume"

Leonard O., MI (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side, front Bose dash speaker vibrates during heavy bass. Dealer tried to fix with more insulation packing. Only slight improvement"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Distortion crackling sound even at low to medium volume"

Marty L., CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"speakers blew in first year"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The car wouldn't start. AAA rebooted the security system and it started. Had similar problem a few weeks later. AAA thought it was a battery issue. Took it into the dealer -- not the battery, dealer could not find a problem."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Altima)
Body control module

"The service engine light came on. Code indicates Check Sum Memory problem. Reset light and it went off for awhile. Replaced car battery and cleaned terminals & fusible link. If lights were on more than a few minutes with engine off, car would not start, nor turn off without disconnecting battery. Added additional ground wire from negative terminal to body and have not had starting problem since. Probably need to replace or repair PCM."

John P., TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes if car is not running and ignition is either switched to accessories or on for 5-10 minutes, car will not start. Starter just clicks or is pretty well dead. Battery is 1 year old, terminals are clean and clamps are tight. This is a common problem with Altimas."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"power windows ceased working one by one."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"The clock and radio display in the dash go out at random intervals, but radio keeps playing"

David J., OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock ran too fast. Also radio buttons did not work on two occasions. One time the radio screen went blank. Why isn't the radio on your list of electrical items?"

Thomas B., AZ (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"BURNED OUT BULBS"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"We are not sure they have been fixed to the best that they should be. The seat belt light still comes on from time to time"

Bud V., GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"They are so dim that I don't use this car at night"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"High beam poor at increasing range of beam despite attempts at adjustment by dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Key fob malfunctioned and had to purchase new"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warning sign shows key needs to be charged, new battery doesn't help"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"Over the past 3 years I have had to replace all 4 keyless door activators in my vehicle. One for each door. I now have another one that has quit functioning, and will have to replace it. I never had this problem on my 2007 models"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rear door lock actuator"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently, the trunk will not open when the button on the trunk is pressed. The dealer could not reproduce the problem so the warrentee ran out before it could be fixed"

P H., MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless entry (pushing the button on the door) does not always work"

J F., SC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless ignition would not start car. Shifter, doors, dash lights worked. Had to get towed to dealer. Dealer charged nearly $250 for reprogramming body control module (said this was in a Nissan bulletin, but not covered by manufacturer)"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the keyless entry doesn't work, engine won't start. We've taken the car in 2x to have this checked and been told they could find nothing but that it must be an electrical problem. Yes, we've checked batteries for the keyless entry and the car"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Light comes on and stays on even when the tires have proper pressure."

Eduardo N., FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"turns on and stays on in the absence of low tire pressure"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure warning appeared when there was no loss of tire pressure"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Tire pressure sensor constantly comes on, and the pressure is ok"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It keeps going off. Tires have been replaced at great expense but indicator still says low"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Nissan Altima)
Warning lights

"Service engine light stays on, but no engine problems are coded. Only flash memory code shows. Have reset warning light, but it persists."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light goes off and on oblivious to the brake's function"

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"Battery was bad. I was stranded 3 times before they diagnosed / replaced failty battery. Once they replaced battery, the brake light, slippery warning and other dash lights stayed on"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the seat belts were on, the light said they were not. We received a notice that our hood latch might not work. These were of concern to us"

Bud V., GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Four sensor warning lights where the sensor had to be replaced or repaired"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Covered by warranty but car down for 4 days to fix it"

Laura Y., OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Car vibrates over 65mph"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Our Altima repeatedly needs realigned - Every 3,000 miles"

Laura Y., OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Both L and R front joints needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"I found it odd that the bushings wore out on a car with only 30,000 miles that had never been wrecked"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"hose high pressure connector broke"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Still has a very minor leak. There is a rattling noise associated with this."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering broke and pump stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced at 6 years and 100,000km. Seems premature."

Gilbert M., ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Broke a front spring, therefore had strut assembly on both sides replaced. ($1,000.00 including labour and taxes.)"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told based on the mileage on the car, I needed shock replacement."

Jennifer S., ON (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front strut is broken. Not sure when it happened or why. Mechanic said "$1800 to fix, I personally wouldn't fix it if it doesn't bother you that much." For that amount of money I can live with a clunking sound."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I did not have a problem with the struts per say. I had them replaced with the springs."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer recommended replacing the front struts at about 100,000kms. This seems a short time to replace this part. I am comparing this to Toyotas that I have owned in the past."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back shocks needed to be replaced. They were leaking"

Bonnie B., NY (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front shocks began leaking oil and had to be replaced out of warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumping on the under carriage"

SUSn P., AL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"shocks were leaking 30,000 miles same with my 2012 rouge strange"

James G., NY (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fluid leaking from 1 rear shock absorber. Replaced both rear shock absorbers"

Jim O., TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Springs were broken and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"At the annual NYS inspection at about 87000 miles i was informed that a coil spring in the front of the vehicle was broken. This took place at an independent repair shop. I had them replace both front springs and struts at that time. At about 89000 miles I was sitting in the car in a parking lot and felt the car jolt and heard a bang, upon investigation I found a piece of coil spring at the rear of the car. A rear coil spring had broken. I had the car repaired at the same repair shop replacing both rear springs. I weigh 210 lbs and rarely have passengers and baby my car so this was unexpected."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front springs and one rear spring were broken and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"lower control arms were replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Left tie Ron worn. Replacement recommwnded. It was covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"The car is always needing alignment since purchase."

Joseph C., NJ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"needed reolacement front hubs"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer recommended replacing these at about 100,000kms. This seems like a short period to replace this part."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the front passenger side wheel bearing needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 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)

"Needed new brake pads"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"They were just worned down and needed replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure)

"calipers seize and don't release"

Tom M., ON (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"fluid was leaking and master cylinder had to be replaced. This was found during regular checkup"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The rear brake replacement was very expensive."

Janet A., CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Important to make sure proper parts used; my Altima is 3.5l; has wider rear brake pads...pads for the 2.5. model fit perfectly but don't wear the disks properly. Had this problem once."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Calipers locked up, rotors and pads worn. All needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I did not experience a ny specific problem. Was discovered during routine oil change/inspection."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake pad wear on all four sets of pads which lasted about 80K miles. I replaced the pads along with the passenger rear wheel bearing at 185K miles. Easy 40 min job on wheel bearing, 2 hrs total on all 4 sets of brake pads."

Robert S., MN (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to pay $800 for brake repairs. More my son's fault for his hard manner of driving than a defect by Nissan"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Required new brakes with low mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure Unsure)

"I had to replace the brakes after only 15000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear tire rotor stuck resulting in premature wear"

Carl G., MA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"screeching brakes when I step on the brake pedal. I mentioned this to the dealer several times. He said it's normal"

Robert M., CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Had this problem with a 2006 Altima. A premature failure of the rotors in 2009 and the 2012 Altima 6 years after purchase. Each problem had a squeal like noise."

Michael W., OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Never had rotors replaced with previous cars before. The brakes work better now than when I bought the car new since the repair."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I purchased the car from CarMax and within a month I fell a vibration when I press the brake it continue to get worse and within 5 months of purchasing a certified used car I had to purchase all new rotors and brake pads, I commute 17 miles a day"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Just too soon and unexpected for this to happen when I have had my car maintenances done by the Nissan dealer prior to the rotor problems."

Michael W., OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem started the first year, and has been continual since then. Problem evident when the vehicle is first started and diminishes as the engine heats. Dealer says that there is nothing that they can do to resolve this problem, even after having new breaks installed."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake squeak on rear brakes when brakes cold, I replaced the pads seems to work, second time I've had to do it in only 45k. pads had life left but we're glazed."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I replaced the all four brakes. I also replaced the rear bearing"

Neil O., OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loudly and i mean loudly squealing brakes that they say is normal. They say its the new ceramic brakes. Funny though, my Honda isnt making the sme Noise."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes NEVER STOP SQUEAKING and screeching. Never. Day in and day out, rain or shine, hot or cold, the brakes always, always squeak and screech when I stop. Dealer has tried to fix problem (at my expense) 3 times, but to no avail"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Nissan Altima S 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

"Noisy bearing"

Mohsen B., ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed--had to be replaced at a cost of $750.00"

Joseph S., GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor failed and it was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"took vehicle in for a AC check was advised that the condenser and compressor was blown. charged 1700 to repair and when vehicle returned ended up with further issues caused by the repair work. After some legal threats was able to get the repair work completed by the repair center"

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started approx April. Making noise each time driven. Bearings gone bad. Not fixed yet"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC compressor was properly maintained but the compressor started knocking and and the AC stopped working. But based on replacing the air compressor, leaks were found in the evaporator and condenser so they both had to be replaced. So it is now a totally new AC system."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Completely failed needed replacement together with several ancillary problems subsequent to expensive repair"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor went out @31000 miles. It was replaced."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor went out and needed to be replaced"

Melissa T., TX (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor and evaporator failed in January. Very odd"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It went out"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With 35,500 miles, but one month out of warranty the compressor developed a leak. Nissan covered the $950 cost and fixed it free"

J Z., NM (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The service department found that the air compressor & a hose were faulty. They replaced them twice! I still have problems"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor stopped working, repaired under extended warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The controls went out an had to have the climate control unit replaced.."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the right and left controls are inaccurate. When left is turned onto 75 the right has to be set on about 62 to get cooler. heater specifically"

Dick H., MO (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"The condenser locked up causing the A/C to stop working. The compressor and condenser are one unit so the fix is expensive."

Ryan C., TN (2012 Nissan Altima S 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Heater doesn't b;ow enough warm air on the feet."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"Doesn't put much warm air near the feet"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3.5-L V6)

"Car doesn't put out much heat to the feet area. Possibly a blocked vent or similar issue. Dealer didn't find anything but I have doubts that they really looked"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioner quit cooling"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loss of refrigerant"

Laurence H., NY (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The service department replaced the leaking hose. The air is not coming out as cold as when I first purchased the car. Will call them again & see if they can rectify the problem"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Nissan Altima S 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

"rubber seal on rear driver side door became loose but the problem is temporarily fixed - haven't had it permanently fixed yet"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose roof molding caused leak above drivers seat"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two problems. The plastic dam under the engine fell off. My own mechanic was able to fasten it for me. The front bumper trim which is a plastic molding cracked in the vicinity of of a fastener. The body shop tells me it it will be a $700 repair since the whole molding has to be replaced. This is crazy that a one inch crack costs so much to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber seal gasket around driver door wore out after 2000 miles. Fabric on center console wore through after 3000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers door pull became loose at about two years and was serviced under warranty. Repair showed that it had been assembled at the factory using sheet metal screws rather than the appropriate fasteners"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Most of the paint on the hood, roof and trunk is cracking and fading."

Anonymous, NV (2012 Nissan Altima Unsure Unsure)

"Paint faded and cracked, clear coat pealed, It looks like an accident but is not. Looks bad and would ruin resale value. (Also, driver`s seat has lost its support. Didn't know where to say this.)"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof top started to peel in one spot about size of a quarter"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"did not fix fading red paint"

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading near the roof and drivers side door"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood has several chipped and peeling places."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood easily chips and is now peeling off and there is rust underneath"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Some paint on the hood is chipping"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint job was bad on what pbviously was a rpelaced rear buper even though I bought a new car. paint where the body goes under under trunk hood wore off (not really that noticeable)"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint on the front bumper was simply fading off; like no primer was applied"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Crummy paint job and the body dents in a stiff breeze"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The car was frequently outdoors and it rusted around the license plate."

Neil O., OH (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim piece on the trunk rubs and causes the trunk to rust. It was repaired under warranty a few years ago and now it's rusting again"

Gregory B., ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have 2 separate spots within a foot of each other that has rust coming through"

Robert I., ON (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rocker panel rusted under the paint"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two spots of rust on the back of the trunk lid"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"plugged up exhause manifold and cat converter (s seperate parts)"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak that caused emissions to enter car cabin. very severe."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Covered by warranty - heat shields surrounding catalytic converter loose/broken"

Eric B., TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"There was an odor of exhaust coming into the passenger area, which became stronger over a period months. I took it to my dealership, which replaced the entire exhaust system under warranty (under the Clean Air Act's Title I; Sec. 207(a) warranty provision)"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"while fixing the broken heat shield it was found that there are some leaks in exhaust"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manifold replaced under warranty"

David B., NH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Noisy manifold replaced under warranty"

David B., NH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had a hole in it after 3 years; had to be replaced; covered under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield broke and was causing a rattling sound"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"catalytic converter and muffler are connected. very expensive to repair, approximately $1100."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Item covered by warranty. 1. Passenger side muffler leaking at seam"

Eric B., TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Passenger seat occupancy sensor went bad; dealer said only remedy was to replace passenger set cushion which includes the sensor at a cost of $2000; I thought this was ridiculous so I found and purchased a device that plugs into to passenger seat wiring and fools the SRS system into believing the passenger seat was always occupied; the device cost me $80."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"It would not turn off even when I took it to the dealer. It took three visits before they fixed it."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem, the passenger sensor does not recognize that there is a person in the seat and therefore does not activate dear bag. This problem I have had from day one, complained about it from day one, they worked on it many times. At this point in time some five years down the road they have got it to work about half the time. Which is not acceptable for a safety concern."

Steven S., CA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Has been recalibrated and replaced and still not working correctly. Check engine light comes on and stays on. Can’t get it to work correctly after many times with professional resetting and replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Altima)

"When we purchased this car a year ago, the positive battery post was loose where it connects to the battery. It caused corrosion on the battery clamp and cable. This caused the service engine light to come on. If I left the car in the on position without the engine running, it quickly ran down the battery and then I couldn't start it without removing and reinstalling the positive cable to reset the computer. Even after I replaced the battery, the light stayed on. I found instructions on the Internet how to reset the light. It fixed it for awhile, but it started coming back on intermittently. It did not cause any performance problems with the car and the problem has finally gone away!"

John P., TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There were no indications as to what the problem was on the dash of the car. Had I known this design flaw is prevalent with Nissan I could have fixed it on the remote location and carried on"

Leo B., AB (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"I have to monitor my oil levels regularly and add oil between changes. This has been going on for 4 years. Dealer service reps have been unable to identify a leak, but I keep adding oil. This problem is unresolved."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front engine seal failed that turned on check engine soon light. Required engine to be removed and the seal replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking oil around spark plug tube rubber seal. Required replacement of entire valve cover."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine oil cooler seal leak."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil seal leaked, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil filter gasket needed replacing"

R L., AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a leak associated with the oil filter not being tightened enough during last oil change"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"CVT transmision went out and cost over 5k to fix"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission went out while I was in a carwash. Had to get it towed to a dealer. I was 1 month past my warranty, but 8,000 miles under it. Nissan initially offered to pay for the transmission but I would pay for the labor ($800). After some back-and-forth, they agreed to pay for everything. The dealer was great, but talking to Nissan Corporate was kind of a headache."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is on it's thrid CVT transmission. First one at ~98,000 miles. Second one at ~110,000 miles."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed and had to be completely replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"Rebuild of the transmission including bearings and torque converter"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low speed "clunking" and rough shifting"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"CVT went out at 30,000 miles. At first Dealer said not covered. Dealer resubmitted warranty to Nissan and said it was a safety issue and they covered it. Installed a new transmission"

Marty L., CA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission froze on highway causing a safety hazard. Dealer installed a reconstructed transmission even though vehicle is under warranty. Complain filed with BBB. Nssan did not respond even after opening a case number"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car has Nissan's CVT. Started running rough and stalling at around 25,000 miles. fixed it once, had same issues, then they replaced the entire transmission"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be replaced. Kind of alarming for new car that has low mileage on it that hasn't been driven hard by my wife"

Richard F., MA (2012 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)

"Catililic converter replacement"

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall, did not effect driving of vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"wrong fuel cap was on the vehicle. Nissan nor dealership would take responsibility"

Alan R., GA (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Air mass sensor lit the 'check engine' light twice but cured itself after a 600 mi run to Montréal. Problem was probably related to corrosion/humidity on contact connectors. Happens often here in colder climates where large qtys of salt are used and vehicles used repeatedly over short distances. I retired millwright; seen diagnostic errors from bad contacts repeatedly. Having to pay 25$ for electronic diagnostic a rip-off. Manufacturers r ripping off repairers who pass on expense to consumers."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 3.5-L V6)

"Has caused the check engine light to come on 3 times, already $1000 in repairs and it's still not fixed"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Some sort of oxygen sensor, $700"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor malfunctioned, causing car to stall on freeway at 120 km/h. Managed to get to shoulder. It would not start again. Towed to dealer, whose computer could not diagnose problem. Trial and error revealed sensor itself not working"

Anonymous, BC (2012 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

"at 120000 miles i had to replace"

J M., AR (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Original battery required replacement approximately 20 months after purchased car new. Purchased 8 year warrantee battery from Nissan dealer 10 months ago. Has gone dead twice in last 3 mos, dealer checked & battery good. Battery will recharge but ch"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"There was a power loss when driving.The coil problem was not found on 1st visit to garage but gaskets were replaced. The next day the car wouldn't start. The coil was then replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"A rodent chewed the air filter causing the paper to go into the engine and shutting down the car in a remote location and Nissan CA did nothing to help me or acknowledge that they had a design flaw mal function in there air intake design"

Leo B., AB (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Locks up. Apparently a known problem because owner's manual provides guidance on unlocking ignition to enable starting car"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"motor making noise bent rod nissan replaced it under warranty"

Mark T., OK (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was changed a month ago. It was very noisy especially in cold season (from the beginnig 2012). After 3 years (winters) they concluded there is a problem at cilinder 3. So they changed the engine"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Replaced ignition coils, replaced valve cover & valve cover gaskets, spark Plugs and PCs hoses, cover asst-valve rocker, gasket-rocker cover, hose assembly-blow by. A, and spark plugs. Purpose for shop visit: while driving 50mpg vehicle hesitated to accelerate after stopping for traffic light and dropped to a speed of about 20 and began to loose power and began shaking during attempt to get to shop."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"When accelerating onto an interstate the rpm and transmission stayed stuck at 6000 rpm. It took several disengagements and restarts once stopped to correct. A loud CLUNK occurred when the rpm dropped. 2-3 times when going uphill or on slippery roads the transmission slipped badly, resulting in no acceleration. Transmission is badly geared. Auto shifts to the 6th gear way to low resulting in shuddeding of the car."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission became hot and ran but could not gaian any speed .took it to a transmission shop and he said when we got home sell or get rid of car,it would cost 6,000 to replace"

Ron R., UT (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Leak in right front. Fixed under warranty"

John M., AZ (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 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

Locks and latches

"randomly doors lock--generally the drivers side front door"

J M., AR (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"sunroof leaks"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory moonroof has intractable issues with wind noise and poor fit. The mechanism failed at two years. Wind noise is still bad, but dealer claims it cannot be remedied"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 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

CV joint

"After multipoint checkup I was told the right front CV AXLE CV JOINT BOOT WAS TORN AND LEAKING. Total mileage on car was 96, 752."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Had to replace drive bearings"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear wheel bearing had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"water pump seized and engine overheated. the sensor system wouldn't allow it to rev so it didn't cause any engine issues."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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