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Nissan Altima Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 1629 repairs.

Nissan Altima engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 227 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable CVT FWD

7000 mi Losing coolant, overflow tank empty. No leak found. Slight smell of coolant in engine compartment. 

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2015 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

6300 mi VERY poor gas mileage, since day one. Last fill up with city driving and no traffic was 19.5 mpg ( car rated for 28 city / 38 highway 
6700 mi Fuel mileage still 24% BELOW rated MPG. Met with Nissan Factory engineer, the diagnostics didn't show any issues, BUT he replaced the air / fuel intake sensor, in hopes that it would correct the 24% LOW FUEL MILEAGE / 7100 mi - IT DIDN'T 
19000 mi Dealer ran diagnostics on the engine to find out why the engine would not start sometimes. Dealer could not reproduce issue. Flashed software and gave vehicle back to us. 

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2014 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

25420 mi Fuel Pump Failed 
11000 mi The oil pressure sending unit developed a leak. I saw oil on my driveway. I brought the car to the dealer and the unit was replaced, no charge, was under warranty. 

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2013 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable CVT FWD

26300 mi Bank 2 AF Sensor 
19000 mi There were 4 recalls that had to be addressed. There is still an issue with a lag & shutter in the engine at about 1500-2000 rpm that needs to be addressed. 
16000 mi Car shaking at stop lights - engine mount replaced 
14000 mi

US $500
Gas tank replaced 

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2013 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

5000 mi Vibration at 1500 RPM when engine is warm and under load. Dealer stated belt tensioner was worn and it was replaced. They could not explain why the belt tensioner would be worn after 5000 miles. Vibration is reduced but not eliminated. 
6000 mi My car has been misfiring and the idle has been jumping all over at idle causing my car to vibrate when my regular air is on. 
22320 mi sudden lack of energy 3 times in the last 2 months, car does not start.after 10-20 mins waiting it can be started.Dealer could not replicate and not find any "abnormal behavior" in electric system.Im done with Nissan service,terrible! 
16300 mi Intermittent extended crank issue and stalled right after starting once. TSB for issue, solution: reprogram ECM. This has fixed the problem. 
4000 mi Rattling on light acceleration at 1500 rpm. Replaced serpentine belt and tensioner. 

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2013 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

13000 mi No throttle response at light throttle especially when making turn. Sporadic problem dealer could not duplicate. 
14000 mi Just got back from 600 mile trip yesterday, August 26th, and AGAIN dead spot in gas pedal. Won't waste my time going back to the dealer. I'll just wait for the recall when someone dies because of this problem. 4th time in 14000 miles. 

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2012 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

14300 mi Cylinder head got stuck. 
53000 mi Valve stuck engine was junked. 
19000 mi faulty o-ring replacement in oil housing. 
25700 mi Vehicle threw a code for throttle position sensor. Dealer replaced O2 sensor under warranty. 
38700 mi Broken cat converter mounting. Dealer replaced exhaust manifold with cat converter mount. Nissan warranty for cat converters is 8 years or 80,000 miles. No charge covered under warranty. 

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2012 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

27300 mi Noise coming from the engine area, audible in the exhaust pipe also. They could hear the noise at first, but found nothing, later no more noise. They said probably something in the air intake, later blew out. 

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2011 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

42000 mi Got a p0101 code, faulty Mass Air Flow. Went to dealership and of course the code went away. Code came back and dealer found a TSB and reprogrammed the ECU after verifying MAF was in working order. No cost despite being just over warranty. 

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2011 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

66000 mi

US $958
Drive belt replacement 
96000 mi

US $482
Heat shield clamp repair 
48450 mi Mass air flow. Easy fix but about a $300 part and labor for bout an hour. 
47000 mi

US $374
Car wouldn't start even with key fob inserted in dash. Replaced safety switch sensor, NOT covered under extended warranty as well as the towing! 
5000 mi The computer in the transmission was fixed. Had upshift problems initially, then one day would not move in D. 
106700 mi

US $72
Accessory Belt Tensioner bearing failed, repaired myself in about 2 hours. (tensioner is difficult to access). 42.99 for tensioner $35 for Gates belt. 
28000 mi Compression in cylinder replace short block 
35500 mi Loud rattling sound coming from the car began a month ago. Took into the dealer, diagnosed as separation of the catalyst and the heat shield. Intake/catalyst replaced. Under extended warranty. 
52000 mi

US $50
Rattling noise under the vehicle. Clamps placed on exaust components. Problem solved 

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2011 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder CVT 2WD

60000 mi Cracked manifold 

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2010 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

32500 mi Cold engine startup noise 

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2010 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

106000 mi

US $450
Broken motor mount causing a clunking noise when shifting into gear. Bad gas milage with 2.5 engine. Max of 22mpg on interstate, at 70mph, using cruise control. 
10000 mi After routine oil change the idle engine speed is erratic and a firmware fix or reset the engine control unit by the dealer was performed to correct issue. Wife still claims problem is there. 
84000 mi

US $50
Catalytic Convertor 
98300 mi

US $900
Emissions 
89000 mi

US $50
Heated rear oxygen sensor. Replace sensor under extended warranty 
7440 mi Re-tighten gas cap 
20420 mi Clean a slight amount of rust around gas filler & Retighten gas cap. Reset check engine light. Unclear if rust caused light, or just loose cap. 
12000 mi Irregular idle when cold, especially after oil change. 
35000 mi Irregular cold idle, especially bad after oil change. Dealer reprogrammed ECM. Not sure if it helped. Idle is still irregular but adequate. 
45000 mi

US $1100
Main accessory belt required replacement. It was not broken, but had significant cracking There was a seal under the engine which was leaking oil slowly. 
31000 mi no power. computer codes checked and fuel pump replaced. 

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2010 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

40000 mi

US $461
Drive belt snapped. Dealer said belt needed replacing in inspection paperwork, but never spoke to me about it. As the owner I should have been more on top of this. Belt should be replace every 30K miles. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

34000 mi Push button starter complete failure and lockup. This repair is covered under a special Nissan warranty up to 100,000 miles. I think the term is ignition lock. 
22000 mi

US $325
leaking radiator hose 
71300 mi Electronic Steering Lock box went bad; replaced under extended warranty otherwise would not have been. Part has been revised and supposedly fixed. Car had to be towed to dealer a second time due to not reprogramming keys properly. 
19000 mi Flashing Brake and Battery warning lights. Tech determined loose alternator connection. 
48700 mi Engine leak - upon inspection determined oil pan needed replacement. 
53000 mi

US $600
Serpentine belt needed to be replaced - cracked. 
76000 mi Exhaust system catalytic converter 
3000 mi check engine light caused by lose gas cap that didn't reset after correcting situation 
118000 mi

US $40
Top engine mount broken. Replaced. 
29000 mi

US $350
Seems to have at noise when accelerating CVT. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

2000 mi Water pump on hybrid system failed on highway. Three days in shop. Warranty. No charge but no loaner car either. 
100000 mi

US $100
Patch weld on exhaust 
4000 mi Emissions sensor. 
9000 mi Exhaust valve problem checked through nissan's diagnostic code. First time of occurrence was at 3k. They ordered the parts and replaced but cannot figure out why it broke again. 
9000 mi Some issue with the exhaust system again, gas cap was the description this time. 
92000 mi

US $350
Exhaust flex pipe replaced and section of exhaust pipe relaced 
30000 mi Check engine light, rough running, hybrid system not running as normal. Cylinder head, exhaust manifold, catalytic converter and parts in between all replaced under warranty per TSB. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

1000 mi Service Engine Soon light,(just happened again today) dealer just cleared fault and gave it back to me the first time, according to internet research, it is the Emission Control sensor, off to bad start here with this service dept. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

28000 mi

US $40
Lugging when car shifted into lockup and slight surging on moderate accel between 20-35 mph. Same as problem 1: Lugging when car shifted into lockup and slight surging on light/moderate accel between 20-35 mph.Motor mounts replaced with updated version and software updated. 75% improvement in symptoms. 
67700 mi

US $110
Exhaust manifold failure (was told due to rust; currently disputing). 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

65000 mi

US $400
PCM showing code for intake valve timing (IVT) bank 1. Reset codes but would come back every few weeks. Suspected stuck IVT solenoid. Replaced solenoid. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

46000 mi

US $250
Thermostats needed replacing, caused overheating. 
166160 mi

C $300
Charcoal canister vent valve replaced. 
61000 mi

US $50
Whistling sound 
34000 mi Heat Shield was suppose to fix the popping noise that you hear at stop lights, and after the car is shut off. Still happens though. Possible more heat shields? Not under warranty anymore and not going to bother since it doesn’t seem to have any affect? 
98500 mi

US $205
Spark Plugs needed replacing. Fouled them out. In fairness, the car sat for 3 days, and then flooded. But at 98500 miles it seemed a little early. Manual states to replace them at 105k 
83000 mi

US $50
there was leak in the exhaust pipe. According to Muffler shop, it is known issue with Altima. 
26000 mi Engine running rough. Told that it was just a low idle. Idle adjusted. 
82000 mi

US $338
Had a small oil leak. Replaced valve cover gasket, cover assembly and spark plugs. 
98700 mi

US $408
Replace leaking oil cooler O ring 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

48000 mi

US $200
Service engine soon light on. Ordered and replaced a part. 
98000 mi

US $140
Cylinder 1 misfire which was the result of a broken sparkplug. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

124000 mi

US $2200
All the motor mounts and transmission mounts literally went out at the same time. I had 1 torque mount which had been bad for 4 mths that I hadn't got around to fixing yet which I'm sure didn't help the problem. 
30000 mi

US $284
Replace evaporative canister purge volume control solenoid valve and evaporative canister vent control valve 
2000 mi Antifreeze leak on upper return coolant hose. 
41000 mi Leaking head gasket 
57000 mi

US $117
Dealer stated engine torque mount assembly was collapsed. Dealer replaced engine torque mount assembly. 
39500 mi

US $420
Ignition Power Distribution Module failed while driving. Car would not start. IPDM replaced. 
71000 mi car kept shutting off because of major exhaust issue. I thought it was the CVT. 
64300 mi

US $200
Rattling noise heard from engine bay. Determined to be broken timing chain tensioner guides. Estimate for repairs was approximately $2000. We planned on selling soon, this made the decision to sell now. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

30380 mi A T Joint Gasket was leaking in the cooling system, replaced under warranty 
15000 mi "Service engine soon" light came on while driving. Ended up being a hose from the gas tank to the evap canister that came unhooked. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

124000 mi Exhaust was rattling. A clip had broken that was connecting a heat shield to the down pipe. 
119000 mi

US $200
Crack in exhaust manifold. Crack was welded successfully 
79000 mi

US $350
Emission control system, vapor vent control valve failure. 
110000 mi

US $200
Exhaust resonator broke internally and would rattle. Exhaust was loud. Fuel mileage poor. Replaced exhaust system resonator and gasket between exhaust pipe and muffler. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

4000 mi Tire Pressure light came on. Dealer said it made sure tire press is correct in all wheels and reset the light. Problem returned within 2 weeks. 
70000 mi Dealer said top engine mount broken, needs a replacement 
107000 mi

US $800
Leaky head gasket 
108000 mi

US $212
Rear engine bank valve cover found to be cracked, and leaking oil into one of the cylinders. Replaced valve cover. 
3000 mi ENGINE OIL COOLER O-RING LEAKING,TSB FOR PREV.MODEL YEAR 2006 APPLICABLE. DEALER TECHNICIAN NOTICED DURING ROUTINE OIL CHANGE SERVICE AND REPAIRED. 
5000 mi OIL LEAK FOUND TO BE AT THE OIL FILTER HOUSING TEST PLUG.PART WAS ORDERED. NEW TEST PLUG INSTALLED. WILL HAVE REPAIR VERIFIED AT NEXT LUBE OIL FILTER SERVICE IN NOVEMBER. 
11000 mi

US $89
OIL LEAKEAGE FROM REAR CAMSHAFT SPROCKET COVER. OIL LEAKEAGE HAS BEEN A CONTINUAL COMPLAINT SINCE PURCHASE. DEALER HAS HAD DIFICULTY DIAGNOSING LEAK. TIME FOR LEAKS IN THE GENERAL AREA. 
15000 mi Oil leak, ongoing problem since purchase. Insisted dealer repair at this visit or lemon law action will follow. Dealer replaced camshaft solonoid seal. Time will tell if repair was successful. 
36000 mi Tire pressure lamp went on after leaving dealership for first attempt to fix. Returned and replace sensor. All good now 
21900 mi Service Engine Light was on, Diagnosed as Fuel Tank Temperature Sensor. Part was ordered. Part installed at a later date. Replaced failed fuel tank temperature sensor. 
80600 mi

C $9
Almost stalled on start several times. After starting would hesitate, sputter, shudder during acceleration. SES light came on, 2 codes pulled. System back 1 & 2 too lean. Cleaned air filter then cleaned mass air flow sensor. 
282100 mi

C $700
Radiator replaced. 
5000 mi Transmission hose that was connected to the radiator was leaking. Dealer replaced the entire Radiator assy. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

11780 mi Car difficult to start after sitting overnight in cold weather. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

24800 mi

C $350
The check engine light went off. They said nothing was wrong with the car but the sensor was not working correctly. Then they decided the computer simply needed to be rebooted. And yes they charged $350 for that. 
31000 mi Cooling System making gurgling noises. 
32300 mi Coolant leak noticed while car parked. Dealer replaced heater hose under extended warranty. 
1000 mi Small oil leak. Dealer found 1/2 inch of sealant missing from motor oil pan. 
90000 mi Exhaust Leak. Front Exhaust pipe,manifold,and O2 sensor were replaced. Luckily, my car's exhaust system is covered under a California Emission warranty until 15yr/150,000 miles. 
107000 mi

US $119
Serpentine Belt was worn and needed to be replaced. I noticed a squealing sound coming from under the hood. 
56500 mi Fixed oil cooler leak. Changed the seal and the gasket. 
3720 mi Fuel gauge kept going down very fast without any use of the car. It was the sensor of the gauge not any gas leak. 
188700 mi

US $500
Catalytic converter cracked and was loud/fumes in car 
3000 mi Vehicle rattling sound when started cold; reprogrammed ECU 
52000 mi

US $450
Oil leak 
61000 mi Leak in exhaust pipe 
67000 mi engine oil leak 
3000 mi The heat shield caused a rattle sound. 
8000 mi Since July '08, I've had a CVT fluid leak. First, time I took it to dealer, they said it was a transmission cooling hose which was cracked, and it was replaced. I took it back a second time because it was still leaking, and I was told it was residue. 
9000 mi I took the Altima back a third time because the CVT cooling system was still leaking. This time I was told it needed a new radiator assembly, because leaking at the lower transmission fitting. It was not in stock and had to be ordered. New radiator assembly installed. 
17000 mi Rubber gasket that seals air inlet tube to air cleaner snorkel became dislodged. Dealer installed new gasket. 10 min. fix. 
28000 mi Timing chain chatter for 1-2 seconds on a cold start-up. ECU repgrogram solved problem. 
35000 mi Engine top-end chatter for 1-2 seconds on cold or hot start. Timing chains, sprockets, etc. totally replaced. 
70000 mi The service people said my Nissan has hole in muffler, and needed replacement. I declined for now. All is good. 
32000 mi Rattling exhaust part was replaced under recall/TSB. (Dealer called it a recall, but I think it was actually a TSB.) 
114000 mi

US $1000
Replaced Leaking Radiator. Drive Belts.  
120000 mi

US $250
Replaced Engine Belts 
50000 mi

US $98
Car hesitates going into gear(CVT) for 2+ seconds. Factory says up to 5 seconds delay is considered normal 
126000 mi

US $135
Upper torque strut failed 
156000 mi

US $1100
Catalytic converter downpipe (part of the exhaust manifold) was found to be cracked. Symptom was a diagnostic code indicating failing catalytic efficiency. Replaced exhaust manifold catalytic converter assembly. 
18000 mi Service engine soon light came on. Dealer thought it might just be loose connection. They checked probable connections, reset system, and light went off. It was back on the next day. It's going in again. 
20000 mi Bad tumbler control valve. 
22940 mi

C $200
Vibration at below 3000 rpm. Vibration sounded like a loose piece of metal.  
22000 mi Updated engine computer's software to further reduce cold soak rattle. 
35000 mi Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced emission system valve under warranty. 
112000 mi

US $300
Cracked radiator filler assembly, hole in radiator hose. Replaced both. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

12000 mi An exhaust heat shield was recalled under a TSB for rattling at start-up, which the Altima suffered from. Heat shield was replaced under warranty. 
126500 mi

US $750
Found coolant dripping in garage floor. Radiator was replaced. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

4000 mi Service engine light. Said it was the gas cap. Pulled a slight evaporator leak code. Service engine light. Pulled a slight evaporator leak code. Replaced leaking vent control valve. 
6500 mi Service engine light - determined the problem was the gas cap. 
32000 mi Dealer said they loaded a new program that controls the thermostat. 
35000 mi Replaced air intake tube 
61000 mi Radiator rusted and broke. Had to be replaced. 
66000 mi

US $200
ECM had to be programmed Leak in catalytic converter 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder hybrid automatic 2WD

2000 mi hybrid system failure caused car to lose power at highway speed 
2000 mi replaced cooling system for hybrid engine. still not sure if the car will work properly. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

64000 mi

US $900
Engine oil cooler 

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2006 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

124000 mi

US $218
Front valve cover gasket leak. Replaced gasket 
70000 mi

US $200
air fuel ratio sensor bank 1 sensor 1 
120000 mi

US $1200
Found metal shavings in the engine oil. Not repairing due to cost. 

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60000 mi

US $95
Faulty bank 1 camshaft position sensor caused check engine light, and stalls at idle. Sensor was replaced and engine code erased.  

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

132000 mi

US $1900
The timing chain tensioners are shot. This is, apparently, a known defect with the VQ35 engine from that time period. It will happen on all V6 engines from that time period and the first warning is a whine from the timing chain area. 
63000 mi

US $32
Crankshaft sensor replaced, the sensor is located on lower left side of engine and is in a very tight space 
92000 mi

US $650
Replaced all three motor mounts.  
158000 mi Camshaft or Crankshaft Sensor Error, causing Transmission to fail-safe into 5th gear. Dealer cleared fault, working as intended now. 

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

18000 mi Replaced a failed catalytic converter. It was under warranty. 
50000 mi

US $1450
crankshaft sensor, brake fluid evac and replacement, coolant flush and replacement, oil change top passenger engine mount replacement 
70700 mi

US $220
O2 sensors_upstream and downstream 
149000 mi

US $375
check engine light code 420 took to dealer ..changed program CEL came on again changed front cat prob still exists 
156000 mi

US $500
after memory was reflashed by dealer, CEL code 420 came back on. replaced precat and cat.. problem fixed 
170000 mi ses light on again after replacing cat converter 15k miles ago..beginnning to think as motor ages and burns a little oil, it fouls the pre cat..car is drivable..car passes emissions testing 
232300 mi

US $500
Front cat went bad again at 80000 
253000 mi

US $100
motor mount 
256000 mi

US $179
replace flex pipe 
134000 mi

US $80
Crank shaft sensor need to be replaced. 

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

67000 mi

US $278
Dealer replaced the crankshaft position sensor, and reflashed the ECM per Nissan recall. 
83000 mi

US $500
Crankshaft Position Sensor was failing causing the car to sputter. Extended warranty covered the repair. 
233000 mi

US $600
At around 225,000 Miles the cars started to ingest some coolant.It was the head gasket. As it would happen, my buddy had just done the work on another Altima. So around 150 in parts and a just a little labor and some beer...it is done. 
160000 mi

US $130
Crankshaft sensor replaced. Check engine light came on, had car tested. No further problems after replaced. 
83700 mi

C $550
Did not pass emissions test. Also had check engine light on. Part had to be ordered. Replaced variable valve timing solenoid. Re-run emissions test...Pass. Also replaced all four tires at the same time. 
95480 mi

C $700
Noisy exhaust. Had to replace the catalytic converter, O2 sensor and flex pipe. Bought the parts at a 3rd party auto parts store and had them installed at the dealer. 
116560 mi

C $150
Muffler rusted out. Replaced. 

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2005 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

93000 mi

US $200
Accessory belt that runs the AC was noisy when car was in Park or Reverse. Mechanic explained that it isn't a problem other than being annoying but I had it fixed anyway. 
81000 mi

US $9000
Valve broke into engine and went through the upper oil pan. Total Loss 
115000 mi

US $990
needed a new catalytic converter. however, this problem stems from the fact that less than a year ago i had the throttle replaced and the O2 sensor...i beleive this happened cause the sensor and throttle body had damage and stressed the cat 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

64660 mi

C $1400
motor mount 
67000 mi Tack weld on catalytic converter heat shield broke, causing heat shield to vibrate/rattle when the engine is under load (approximately 2800 rpm). Repair covered under long-term federal emissions warranty. 
75000 mi

US $250
Catalytic converter failure 
133300 mi

US $4500
Engine was destroyed becasue of Pre-Cat failure 
81840 mi

C $500
oxygen sensors 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

65000 mi

US $430
Radiator broke. Replaced it and the thermostat too. 
114500 mi

US $330
Engine mounts were damage and replaced all 4 
148000 mi Taken to dealer because of hearing and feeling a clunk through brake pedal. Dealer reported that all engine components were in good shape except for engine mounts which are causing the clunk. 
28000 mi Faulty air/fuel sensor, replaced, has not returned 
45260 mi

C $470
intake solenoid 
58000 mi

US $250
The engine started a whining noise, turned out that there is a TSB NTB07-042c for VQ35 engines, which describe that the problem is the secondary timing chain tensioners worn out. Very difficult job due to all the parts that have to come out 
77000 mi

US $100
Valve Rocker Cover Assembly started leaking oil. Changed valve covers gaskets. Since I had to remove intake manifold, changed sparkplugs. 
79300 mi Had to replace the Bank 2 Camshaft sensor. Symptom was my car took long time to start, check engine light on, and auto transmission stuck in 5th gear. 
142000 mi

US $600
Oil leaks in a sensor and the valve cover 
114000 mi

US $1500
High pitched whining noise diagnosed as a bearing on gears within engine that engage the timing chain/belt. TSB includes a kit which replaces timing belt/chain and several gears within engine (shotgun approach). Estimated cost for parts/labor $1,500. 
174000 mi

US $750
Radiator cracked and leaked into alternator. bought/installed new radiator and alternator. Repair was done by my grandfather who is ,while not ase certified, someone I would consider a master mechanic, and myself. 
61000 mi

US $2200
blown head gasket- issue is more with customer satisfaction. Nissan would not consider any assistance even though the vehicle was only 1000 miles beyond end of 60,000 mile warranty on drive train. 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

19840 mi

$120
engine tend to stop while AC is on during idle speed,the problem was solved by replacing the fuel pump 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

223000 mi

US $1700
Pre Cat converter problem, plus crankcase sensor. Would not pass smog due to service engine light being on for Pre cat. Two ignition coils were replaced. 
265000 mi

US $300
Intermittent "hop" at low idle and "service engine soon" light was on. Computer readout showed camshaft solenoid and was replaced with dealer part. Still "hopped" after the repair but at lessor level but no "service engine soo 
162500 mi

US $80
Ignition Coil, Cylinder Misfire code 
Car has never had the gas milage I expected and has had multiple issues with crank shaft sensors and transmission sensor 
90000 mi

US $125
Standard problem as far as I recall... Replaced cam/crank shaft sensors (I think) - parts were cheap and labor is easy enough to do yourself, although I paid a Nissan master tech to do it for me. 
120000 mi

US $40
Replaced Pre Cat due to SES light on with code P0420. Also replaced both O2 sensors Replaced Crank position sensor. 
166000 mi

US $360
Replaced camshaft and crankshaft positioning sensors. 
116300 mi

US $350
Heating problems. Thermostat was replacde but it still does not heat the car 
108340 mi

C $500
engine periodically shuts off or stalls when parked or in motion 
111600 mi

C $900
needed fuel pump and ignition modulator 
173000 mi

US $850
computer diagnostic code appeared and needed new exhaust header which contains a pre-catalytic converter inside it. Old pre-cat had failed. 
133000 mi

US $200
Catalytic Converter efficiency - MIL set DTC P0420 requires new converter.  
59892 mi

C $320
Camshaft position sensor replaced. covered under extended warranty. 96,000KM service completed 
61380 mi

C $620
Rear Rotors & pads and muffler replaced 
66960 mi

C $90
Fault code 0725 & 0335. Replaced defective crankshaft position sensor. Pain in the butt to replace. Obviously designed by a laid off GM engineer. Smarten up Nissan! 
98000 mi

US $185
crankshaft sensor replacement 
106000 mi

US $500
Replaced sensor mounted above gas tank 
147000 mi exhaust needs replacing 
119000 mi

US $25
Crankshaft sensor failed. Car hard to start and would start stalling 
132300 mi

US $300
O2 sensor failure 
141700 mi

US $700
Oxygen sensors and MAF due to P1275 Needed to address P1273 MAF replaced, Fuel Pump replaced 
146000 mi

US $200
Leak found in lower intake mainfold 
104000 mi

US $150
P0725 and P0335 error code on OBDII pointing to failure of camshaft and/or crankshaft position sensor(s). Replaced both. Car operated normally for 24 hours and then CEL returned with same problem. 
108000 mi

US $72
CEL indicating sensor problem, sensor replaced. 
83700 mi lost hot air, it was found that due to leak of coolant and the bracket was loosen. 
85500 mi

US $550
Failure of ignition key interlock (could not remove key from ignition switch) necessitated the replacement of the entire gear shift selector assembly. There was a TSB on this issue, but we were responsible for the total cost of repair. 
112000 mi

US $500
Camshaft position sensor was failing. Mechanic was able to get new sensor with no difficulty, but the wiring connector had failed and he could not locate a new connector! After a lengthy search he ended up using silicone adhesive. 
122000 mi

US $185
Engine was using coolant. Mechanic diagnosed a very slight leak of the head gasket by #4 cylinder. Leak was small enough I decided not to repair at this time. 
144640 mi

C $850
Front cover seal leaking and rocker cover seal leaking. Front cover was damaged during repair and needed replacement, rocker cover gasket replaced. Timing chain and guides replaced as a preventative measure. 
151900 mi Engine would cough and sometimes stop when RPM dropped suddenly after engine warmed up. I.e. when stopping quickly. 
87000 mi

US $925
fuel pump shattered 
104000 mi

US $1200
Replaced catalytic converter to pass state emissions testing 
147000 mi

US $1700
Check engine light was on. The car had difficulty starting and sometimes ran rough as if a sparkplug needed to be replaced. 
148000 mi

US $400
Failed the state of Illinois emissions testing. They replaced a sensor and an ignition coil. 
30000 mi

US $236
Check engine light, failure of speed sensor replaced speed sensor, yet 
49000 mi

US $22
The camshaft position sensor needed replacing. I took it to Auto Zone to diagnose the problem, and got the replacement part for $22. I replaced the part myself after having to tow the car home. It works fine now. 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

42000 mi

US $129
Evap problem, most likely loose gas cap even though it wasn't loose. 
182000 mi

US $350
The larger and more expensive catalytic converter was found to be deterating...it was decided to not repair it and drive until I could find a new auto. It was a good decision. 
184000 mi Catalytic converter needed to be replaced. 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

42000 mi

US $220
Thermostat and heat sensor. 
46000 mi

US $535
Transmission sensor and belts. 

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2004 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40400 mi

US $700
Car had a power valve failure where a screw came loose and went through the motor and passed thru the exhaust. 

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2004 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

345000 mi Fuel pump failed. Car to be junked or donated. 
82000 mi

US $185
engine light O2 sensor 
150000 mi

US $600
new #1 CAT found out some one switched a used CAT when car was 2 years old in 2006 
151000 mi

US $180
rusted leaking oil pan 
62000 mi

C $300
Replace Camshaft position sensor 
116800 mi

C $400
Replace muffler and flex pipe 
84 mi

US $500
Had to replace Radiator. Warranty only covered up to 48,000 miles. 
34000 mi replaced faulty fuel pump, under warranty 

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2003 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

84000 mi engine was stalling - part of recall campaign. 
139000 mi

US $95
Slow coolant leak. Took to shop and couldn't find a leak and was told it was likely head gasket. 
145000 mi Slow coolant leak. 

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2003 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual FWD

132000 mi

US $175
Car was intermittently stalling w/ check engine light. Diagnosed as camshaft position sensor(s). Dealer claimed my VIN was nt covered by recall. Both sensors replaced by independent mechanic, no further issues. 

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2003 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

113000 mi

US $2000
Blown catalytic converter.  
65000 mi

US $500
Replaced radiator due to leak in top tank right next to hose outlet 
85000 mi

US $350
Oxygen sensor 1 bank 1 (top sensor on the firewall side of the engine) needed to be replaced due to a P0031 code (low heater current). 
89000 mi

US $170
One of the metal coolant pipes that connects to the oil cooler rusted through and started leaking; it was replaced and coolant added to the system. 
95000 mi

US $400
Car had to go in for fuel damper replacements since had failed (were making a loud clicking sound at idle when warm). Once replaced sounds went away. Started after spark plugs replaced. 
97000 mi

US $50
Car had code for high idle. Found that needed to replace air intake plastic piping because cracked and leaking air into intake. Pipe replaced and car runs OK without codes. 
100000 mi

US $200
Replaced evap canister purge valves, gas cap, and all evap solenoids due to P0456 code that kept reoccurring. 
108000 mi something leaking.........dealer shop not sure what it is. 
109500 mi

US $320
oil leak,...replaced oil pressure sending unit 
140000 mi Radiator ruptured. I noticed the steam, pulled over to examine the cause, and drove short distance to nearest shop. Replaced radiator and thermostat. 
149000 mi Fuel pump....crack in plastic.........still working, but strong gas smell.....replaced. 
76000 mi

US $550
replaced cam positioning sensor 
139000 mi

US $1300
Oil somehow leaking into spark plugs, corroding those and the cables associated with them. Necessitated changing leaking component as well as all other damaged parts. 
182000 mi

US $1000
rear exhaust manifold and all the gaskets that go along with it, 

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2003 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

125000 mi

US $85
belt replaced 
125540 mi

C $375
Engine mounts 
72540 mi engine light code 1491. Went off itself. Intermittent problem 
84320 mi 4 coil packs replaced due to repeating error code of a random misfire 
58000 mi ECM module on exhaust gas system failed and needed replacement. Covered under factory warranty. 
61000 mi

US $300
Car won't start. Needed tuneup and throttle body cleaning. 
180000 mi

US $5
Installed a spacer between the O2 sensor and the exhaust on the downstream side of the cat. 
213000 mi

US $35
Crank Position Sensor was faulty 
257000 mi

US $165
replaced water pump 
264700 mi

US $100
replaced radiator 
85000 mi

US $2000
Engine started making loud knocking sounds after an oil change. Warranty was over, and dealer told me I need a engine replacement !!! Trying to find a used engine at this point.. 
135000 mi

US $275
#3 Cyl Ign Coil firing to cyl head. Chronic miss. Car has been in family since new. Other coils have failed. 
95000 mi

US $4500
piston gasket blowout - engine replaced 
85000 mi

US $600
We had to replace the engine mounts 
99000 mi

US $900
We had to replace our Catalytic Converter and an O2 sensor 
120000 mi Replaced radiator (small leak from top) 
200880 mi

C $1900
Water pump shot. Replaced with new one. Catalytic converter not working. An emmision valve was defective and was replaced. Don't know what it is called. 
208320 mi

C $943
Heater core replaced 
126300 mi

US $300
replaced coil # 3 and cleaned maf sensor 
139000 mi

US $50
Camshaft sensor replaced. 
64300 mi

US $100
**Warranty Repair** Oil leak needed to replace gasket 
140000 mi

US $250
clogged converter replaced. smoke oozing out of exhaust 
82300 mi

US $1000
fuel filler tube and associated valve rusted. Live in Cleveland which uses road salt and corrosion can be a problem 
192000 mi

US $300
Camshaft position sensors (2) had to be replaced. 
206000 mi Knocking 
94000 mi

US $2100
Blown Head Gasket 
94000 mi

US $800
Replace Catalytic Converter 
123000 mi

US $40
Crankshaft Position Replace after reading trouble codes. 

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2003 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

118700 mi

US $380
Engine misfiring. Replaced ignition coil and sparkplugs 

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2002 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

132000 mi

US $1200
Check engine light on. Mass air flow replaced. Noise from top of motor. Timing chains, tensioners, and guides replaced. Runs like a new one. 
151000 mi

US $300
Engine was turning on but no acceleration was there. Service Engine Soon, TCS OFF and SLIP light turned up. Engine was overheating. 
142000 mi

US $150
catalytic convertor went bad 
152300 mi

US $230
had to replace oxygen sensor 
158000 mi

US $500
Misfire cylinder number four. 
123000 mi

US $1265
Head gasket leaking. needed to be replaced. 
119000 mi

US $300
Driving car when battery, brake, and ses light came on. Car stalled. Started back up. Sensor replacement needed. Car shut down engine when it thought sensor was accurate and not just an error. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual FWD

152331 mi

C $650
Replaced spark plugs and a damaged coil 
45000 mi

US $800
Replaced 3 engine sensors. 
110000 mi

US $790
Replaced #3 catalytic converter as original became clogged. 
70000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat and engine coolant sensor failed and caused a Check Engine Light. Replaced both thermostat and engine coolant sensor. 
79000 mi

US $30
Rusted exhaust shield was causing rattling from under the car. Removed shield to fix problem. 
84000 mi

US $210
Oil pan had rusted and was starting to leak. Replaced oil pan. 
88000 mi CEL was illuminated. Code was small evap leak. Mechanic couldn't fix it because required diagnostic equipment he didn't have. He was somewhat afraid to work on the car because of a large amount of rust. Sold car. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

167000 mi

US $200
front motor mount replaced 
191300 mi

US $500
The original four O2 sensors replaced at 191300 miles 
222000 mi

US $1100
Both valve covers on the V6 began seeping oil into spark plug wells. Had to replace both valve covers as the seals are integral to the valve cover. 
148800 mi

C $600
Leaking radiator. Sway Bars Bushings 
131000 mi

US $937
Check engine light came on, dealer had difficulty diagnosing the problem, finally decided it was the ECU (main computer chip). 
138000 mi

US $400
Repeated transmission sensor problems -- cannot seem to fix. Continuation of problem that first surfaced last year. Dealer has been somewhat co-operative but cannot really fix the problem. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

125000 mi

US $5000
The engine was consuming lots of oil. It started blowing out gray smoke and losing power. I read that this was due to the catalytic converter being burned up and sucked into the engine deteriorating it from inside. I sold it at auction. 
95000 mi

US $75
Went in for Service Engine Light. The code indicated a misfire in cylinder 2. Coil and spark plug were fine but a coolant system pressure test indicated a leak in the head gasket. Repair cost estimated at $1200. Forums indicate that this is common.  
153300 mi

US $2000
Catalytic converter and sensors Timing chain was replaced 
63000 mi

US $1250
Service engine light came on. Code reading indicated misfire in cylinder 2. Coolant pressure test indicated a blown head gasket. Repair cost $1250. 
102000 mi

US $45
Replaced crankshaft sensor and made the CEL go off 
105000 mi All 3 engine mounts broken, trans mount broken. Not fixing for the time being. The trans mount is very expensive because it is for the manual trans ~ $200 for part. 
114300 mi

US $70
Replaced radiator, car overheated and now burns about 1 quart of oil every 6,000 miles. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

143000 mi

US $600
Replaced fuel computer. 
115000 mi

US $1100
Had timing chain replaced now needs new Cat Conv. High oil consumption. 
73000 mi

US $1900
Replace head gasket 
121000 mi

US $1400
replace catalytic convert and both oxygen sensors 
108000 mi

US $200
Check engine code p0300 has been pulling for 6 months. Replaced plugs and ignition coills. Car still had problems starting and emitted strong gas.oil smell from hood. 
130000 mi

US $800
Hole in radiator. Replaced. 
132000 mi

US $380
Replaced water pump.  
143000 mi

US $300
Oil leak. 
144000 mi

US $400
It was idling rough so they replaced the distributor/rotor wires but it never got better and now they are saying it has an air intake leak. Will cost another $500 unless I just sell the car. 
111000 mi

US $650
Replaced both belts & water pump. 
113000 mi

US $225
Car wouldn't start. Car was towed and gasket(s) was replaced. 
65000 mi

US $1800
replaced mass air flow sensor 
111000 mi

US $4
Sensors replaced, CAt converter replaced, heater switch replaced, front suspension replaced, engine replaced 
124000 mi

US $500
Burning through coolant 
160000 mi

US $175
winter blast of December 2013, temperature was 6 degrees F, vehicle would not start. needed new spark plugs 
164000 mi

US $100
Valve cover gasket failed allowing oil in spark plugs. Replaced valve cover gasket, spark plugs, cleaned oil. Also replaced thermostats due to heater issue in winter. 
74160 mi

C $3000
My engine was burning oil and during a trip to quebec city it broke. I had to buy a new engine and get it installed on my car. 
88000 mi

US $550
noise when car in drive and stationary with a/c on.. replaced drive belt and tensioner. transmission fluid flush, power steering fluid changed. brake fluid changed. 
96000 mi

US $150
Check Engine light illuminated with codes P0335 and P0725. The car was taking longer than usual to start. This was an issue withe the Crankshaft Postion sensor. Replaced the sensor. 
156300 mi

US $500
CEL on repaired 02 Sensors upper/lower. 
67000 mi

US $475
Wouls not start hot. Started OK cold. Replaced cam position sensor 
161200 mi Engine started to misfire. Result was a bad catalytic converter 
155300 mi

US $100
Engine would occasionally lose power, run rough, and trigger MIL. Problem traced to failed ignition coil. Replaced. Problem solved. 
160000 mi

US $100
Clunking sound over bumps. Found RH engine mount rubber completely deteriorated. Replaced with new aftermarket engine mount. Problem solved 
21000 mi

US $75
engine light on. camshaft sensor bad. replaced myself. can't trust dealerships. 
49000 mi engine light on. catalyst below threshold. dealership replaced cat converter, o2 sensors, flashed computer. code did not go away. Got new engine barely under warranty, 4 week repair time. Major issue with 4cyl motors at that time. 
59000 mi

US $440
exhaust manifold gasket replaced. 
135000 mi canister purge valve plugged with crud. had to replace $45 for part 
145000 mi

US $75
canister purge valve no longer working (again). replaced again with nissan part. 
146000 mi

US $625
OE Replacement Catalytic Converter weld around bung plug broke, causing loud noise, chk engine light and damaged o2 sensor. Took 6 hours to R&R cat. Had to buy cat from dealership (damn Calif). Used Felpro Exhaust manifold gasket vs. OE. OE was low qulty 
122000 mi

US $200
Radiator Cracked 
125000 mi

US $170
ignition coil 

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2001 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

204000 mi Wire on top of radiator hose was loose, its a sensor. The car said it was overheating and wasn't. I just fixed the wire. 
87000 mi

US $700
Radiator leaking 
185000 mi

US $150
Water Pump need to be replaced. Car parked. 
186300 mi

US $150
Water pump leaked, replaced. 
179000 mi

US $700
Blown radiator and belts. Replaced radiator. Belts under warranty. 
116000 mi

US $110
idler pulley on accessory belt 
122700 mi

US $598
radiator and hoses 

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2000 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

235000 mi

US $400
One of the pulley bearings had gone bad, overall nissan is one of the most reliable car I can think of interms of reliability 

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2000 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

80000 mi

US $200
Intake manifold gasket Water pump, thermostat ,radiator 
75000 mi

US $400
Motor mount replaced Exhaust hangers replaced 
83000 mi exhaust hangers replaced 

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2000 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

125000 mi

US $390
water pump was making noises Replace overhead seal 
143000 mi

US $1000
Cooling system  
155000 mi

US $1015
Intake gasket replaced 
156000 mi

US $890
Catalytic converter replaced 
99500 mi

US $1850
Failed Knock Sensor/Harness, Failed IACV circuie, varnished up Throttle body solenoids, failed Evap Cannister Purge Valve 
110000 mi Failed injector led to cylinder #3 damage bad enough to require replacement with long block. I should have replaced the injector in 2011 but didn't. 
118000 mi

US $383
knock sensor replacement 
43400 mi

$50
Water pump started to be noisy. It was replaced and noise is gone. 
194000 mi Random code keeps appearing. Mechanics swear the car is fine and are unable to solve the issue. 

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1999 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

199000 mi

US $200
oil pan cover gasket replaced 
150000 mi

US $94
radiator developed a leak. replaced it with a new one, new antifreeze, etc. 

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1999 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

132700 mi

US $350
Catalytic converters clogged, entire exhaust replaced. 
124000 mi

US $600
Engine coolant sensor has been bad; they insisted it was not. Car began to turn off after a short drive. Had it towed to shop. Told them it was engine coolant sensor; after days they checked it and changed it. 
98000 mi

US $55
Gasket not functioning properly 
142000 mi

US $100
Cracked radiator. 

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1998 Nissan Altima

Engine not specified

182000 mi

US $30
replace valve cover gasket 
218000 mi

US $640
serpentine belt replacement and new front brakes 

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1997 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

175000 mi

US $40
Replaced motor mount 

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1997 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

186000 mi

US $200
replaced head gasket, replaced piston rings 
187000 mi

US $150
Water Pump was starting to go. 

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Nissan Altima Engine Problems

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