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2009 Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (35%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 127 repairs.

2009 Nissan Altima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 29 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

Nissan Altima in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

27000 mi
Driver Side Seat moving. Had to replace seat rails. 
Nissan Altima in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2013 - Apr 2016
Feb 2015

62000 mi

C $100
Battery replacement 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Nov 2012
Apr 2010

8000 mi
Windows rolled down without prompting in the rain. 
Nov 2012

34000 mi
Brake warning light would stay on after releasing parking brake. Dealer said this was a known issue and after diagnosing determined they needed to replace the master cylinder, which was covered under warranty. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2016
Sep 2011

45000 mi
noticed brake fluid level low via brake light, dealer admitted common problem of master cyl leaking into brake booster, repaired under extended warranty, said was not covered by mfg/tsb/recall/etc.  
Jan 2013

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. 
Nissan Altima in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

29000 mi

US $350
Seems to have at noise when accelerating CVT. 
Nissan Altima in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - May 2016
Aug 2010

10000 mi
switch to detect if tail lights are on did not work all the time so the car would not start. The switch was replaced. 
Oct 2010

11300 mi
radio and time light would not come on. 
Mar 2012

22000 mi
starter cable harness replacement 
Jun 2012

22000 mi

US $325
leaking radiator hose 
Dec 2013

33000 mi
car would not start or turn over, a recall for engine electrical problem related to remote key fob. 
Dec 2014

39000 mi

US $700
2 front springs. Alignment. Lof 
Mar 2015

40000 mi

US $370
tire pressure monitoring system, replaced 2 tpms plugs on front tires 
Nissan Altima in Queretaro, Mexico
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

33260 mi

$350
Water gets into the car. Dealer said could not find the source. 
Jan 2014

34700 mi
After surfing the web about the water-soaking problem, I found that it could be caused by obstructions on moonroof drains. Took a wire and cleaned the drains. Problem resolved. Impressing that dealer could not do anything. 
Jul 2015

42520 mi

$200
CVT began whinning while in a long (approx. 120 km) slope up at around 35C. Had the dealer diagnose the CVT, came up that everything was fine and that oil needed to be replaced. Replaced CVT oil (not included in maintenance manual). 
Jun 2016

51460 mi

$25
Rains came along, and water began to leak through the moonroof. I tried the cleaning of the water drains, as it had worked before. It worked better, but water keeps leaking. 
Nissan Altima in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2012
Nov 2010

31500 mi
Exhaust finisher (piece that attached to muffler) on passenger side fell off. Does not effect performance or reliability, purely a cosmetic piece. 
Nissan Altima in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2013

32240 mi
Steering lock mechanism failed. Unable to start vehicle with remote or mechanical key. Dealer replaced mechanism under warranty. 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2016
Dec 2012

28000 mi

US $135
Battery replaced 
Jul 2013

30700 mi

US $50
Unit in console used to charge phones etc, did not work for any device. I took it in for maintenance and told them the problem. When I picked up the car the said it worked. I have tried it with different devices, it does not work. accessory charging sytem in console between the seats was not working. Small piece of plastic from factory was found blocking the charge. Removed and repaired. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Jul 2014

38300 mi

US $50
low tire pressure warning light indicated system needed to be replaced by dealer. 
Nissan Altima in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2016
Mar 2013

75000 mi
Steering lock failure. "key" icon lit on dash, push button start does nothing. Steering lock replaced 14000 miles ago (1 year) for $780. Researched on forums and found work around. VERY common nissan problem. Should be recall. 
Mar 2016

118000 mi

US $40
Top engine mount broken. Replaced. 
Sep 2016

125000 mi

US $55
Shuddering vibration at take off, forward or reverse. Serpentine belt at very edge of tensioner pulley. Replaced tensioner and belt. 
Nissan Altima in Washington, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2015
Oct 2012

82000 mi

US $875
The steering column lock malfunction causing the lock not to release for the transmitter to start the car 
Nissan Altima in Florida, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2014
May 2012

31000 mi
TSB/recall on the brake master cylinder leaking for 2007+ Altimas. Brake warning light was present during acceleration. Master cylinder replaced free of charge. 
Nissan Altima in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

76000 mi
Exhaust system catalytic converter 
Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2016
May 2010

19000 mi
Flashing Brake and Battery warning lights. Tech determined loose alternator connection. 
Feb 2011

32000 mi
Cracked boot on drive shaft. Had to replace drive shaft - covered under Extended Gold Plus warranty. 
Aug 2012

63500 mi

US $128
Battery would no longer hold charge, replaced with Duralast from Autozone. 
Oct 2014

92500 mi
Couldn't perform alignment due to frozen tie-rod ends. Replaced all tie-rod ends under extended factory warranty. 
Dec 2015

98000 mi

US $92
TPMS sensors went out. Bought new sensors on ebay, had tire shop install them, and performed do-it-yourself ECU reset to learn the new sensors. http://my.prostreetonline.com/2014/12/22/how-to-reset-your-nissan-altima-tpms/ 
Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Apr 2014 - May 2014
May 2014

74000 mi

US $1100
Replace pads and rotors Rear shocks leaking. 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
May 2015 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

94000 mi

US $1149
rack failed, replaced w/rebuilt unit. 
Nissan Altima in Maryland, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2012
Jun 2009

3000 mi
check engine light caused by lose gas cap that didn't reset after correcting situation 
Dec 2012

83000 mi

US $100
Electronic steering wheel lock 
Nissan Altima in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2013
Jun 2009

1000 mi
No Key light on dash. Vehicle not recognizing the smart key. Dealer reset codes B2190 and B2191. The service advisor suggested not putting the smart key into the port on the dash. It could be a bad contact in the dash port? 
Mar 2010

6000 mi
No key displayed on dash when smart key is inserted in port 
Nissan Altima in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2012
Jan 2010

33300 mi

US $122
Seat sensor, iKey sensor, other electrical harness leading to electronic sensor 
Jun 2011

37000 mi
Passenger seat sensor 
Oct 2011

39000 mi

US $301
Brake pads, calipers; wheel alignment - off-center because of 'sticky'left front brake - first I've ever encountered this problem. TPMS sensor engaged - reengaged after computer reset, tire psi all normal 
Sep 2012

49000 mi

US $6200
Rear end collison; rear quarter about 3/4ths crumpled to rear window, on upper side, and half as much lower. 
Nissan Altima in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2014
Jan 2010

3000 mi
Condensation in tail lamps 
Nissan Altima in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2011
Mar 2010

31000 mi

US $2
Creaking noise from rear parcel shelf area. Found excess adhesive from rear window rubbing against shelf. Purchased friction tape and applied it to areas making contact. Broke several of the clips holding parcel shelf & had to order replacements. 
Nissan Altima in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2016
Jan 2015

48700 mi
TPMS light was flashing - senor unit was replaced. Brake light would come on while driving. Dealer reported all 4 brakes needed to be replaced and brake flush completed. Rotors needed to be replaced due to rust. Engine leak - upon inspection determined oil pan needed replacement. 
Jun 2015

53000 mi

US $600
Serpentine belt needed to be replaced - cracked. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Altima in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2011 - Nov 2013
Jan 2011

14880 mi
Replaced battery. Wasn't holding a charge. 
Nissan Altima in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

123000 mi

US $690
steering lock replaced 
Nissan Altima in New York, United States
- Aug 2009
Aug 2009

500 mi
Clutch was slipping when hot due to hydraulic system problem (either master cylinder, or improper bleeding at factory). First replaced the clutch itself, but that didn't solve the problem. Fixed by replacing the master cylinder. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Nissan Altima in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

4000 mi
Emissions sensor. 
Oct 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

9000 mi
Some issue with the exhaust system again, gas cap was the description this time. 
Nissan Altima in New Jersey, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2015
Sep 2009

4000 mi
Shifter bezel warped, part ordered. Squeek in driver's door panel, will be repaired on next visit when shifter bezel part arrives. 
Oct 2009

5000 mi
Shifter surround bezel warped. Creaky driver's door interior trim panel. Noisy brake pedal - sounds like a goose. 
May 2011

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. 
Dec 2012

52000 mi
Noise when driving, worst at 60 mph. Both front wheel bearings were replaced under drivetrain warranty. 
Dec 2014

59000 mi
Replaced leaking TPMS sensor. 
May 2015

62000 mi

US $225
Tire pressure light on despite all tires at recommended pressure. TPMS sensor replaced. 
Nissan Altima in Rhode Island, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Nov 2013

77300 mi

US $140
Replaced Tire Pressure Monitoring sensor 
Sep 2014

92000 mi

US $350
Exhaust flex pipe replaced and section of exhaust pipe relaced 
Nov 2014

94000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing replacement 
Apr 2015

101000 mi

US $350
rotors,pads replaced 
Jan 2016

114500 mi
Steering column lock failed disabling start. Replaced steering column locking module 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2016
Oct 2012

79000 mi
Radio acted like antenna was loose: signal cut out when going over washboard roads, signal faded in and oout. Lots of static and noise. Dealer pulled radio, worked on antenna cable. "fix" lasted 20 miles. 
Dec 2014

128000 mi

US $700
The automatic theft protection device engaged and wouldn't release. 
Apr 2016

137700 mi
Peeling clear coat. Nissan disavows any culpability. Never buy a Nissan again. Cheap paint, cheap clear coat, cheap company. 
Nissan Altima in Oregon, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2015
Jun 2009

2000 mi
Water pump on hybrid system failed on highway. Three days in shop. Warranty. No charge but no loaner car either. 
Oct 2015

100000 mi

US $100
Patch weld on exhaust 
Nissan Altima in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2016
Aug 2011

32000 mi
Failure of TPMS sensor in right front tire 
Mar 2013

59000 mi

US $100
Replace right rear TPMS to eliminate low tire warning light which would not reset 
Mar 2014

79000 mi

US $650
front strut leakin, $500 Tire pressure system fault, $150 
Jun 2014

85000 mi

US $359
Front wheel bearing failure 
Feb 2015

100000 mi

US $350
Replace the other front wheel bearing TPMS system failed again - seems to fail every 25K. Repair was $245 
Mar 2015

103000 mi

US $250
TPMS system failed again 
Jan 2016

122500 mi

US $320
RF TPMS sensor 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2011
Jun 2009

2000 mi

US $800
Hit a curb, needed to replace rim and tire. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Nissan Altima in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

58000 mi

US $2500
Steering Lock 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder CVT 2WD

Nissan Altima in Colorado, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Feb 2013

50000 mi

US $960
steering actuator died. The part was on back order since this is a prevalent problem with this model. The part took 7 days to arrive and I paid $50 to get top priority. Once the part was received, the car was fixed that day. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

Nissan Altima in Delaware, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2010
Jan 2010

24000 mi

US $32
Wiper washers stop working ended up being a twisted hose 
Nissan Altima in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

80 mi
TPMS failure - sensor replaced; A/C system failure - sensors, motor, compressor (?) replaced 
Dec 2008

1000 mi
Temp sensor, condenser, heating motor failure. 
Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2013
Jan 2010

19000 mi
Brakes squealed when cold, repeatable/reproducable after brakes cool off from long highway drive/start up after sitting for a long duration. 
Jul 2011

61000 mi

US $320
Right Rear shock was discovered to be leaking a few weeks ago, took it in after a few weeks of notice to finally get BOTH rear shocks replaced as a pair per service adviser's recommendation. 
Nissan Altima in Louisiana, United States
Apr 2009 - Jan 2011
Jun 2009

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. 
Nissan Altima in Utah, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2012
May 2010

11000 mi
Automatic Window actuator needed to be replaced as it made a rattle sound most the time. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Altima in Georgia, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2016
Mar 2014

78000 mi
leaky axles, need for axle replacement Told that brakes needed rotating, pads needed replacing 
May 2015

91000 mi

US $1200
Rear brake pads were completely worn. Rear and front wheel bearings had gone bad. 
Mar 2016

103000 mi

US $150
clutch safety switch needed to be replaced 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

Nissan Altima in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2009 - Nov 2011
Jun 2009

4000 mi
Interior rattles 
Oct 2009

8000 mi

US $121
Door panel rattles. 
Feb 2010

12000 mi
Driver seat foam misaligned. 
Jun 2010

15000 mi
Squeaky window regulator 
Sep 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

29000 mi
Weld or seam sealer cracking where window frame meets door inside. Need to reschedule with body shop. 
Nissan Altima in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2014 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

86800 mi

C $850
The lock below steering console that recognizes key entering vehicle got stuck in the locked position. Had to order in the part from Ontario. 
Nissan Altima in Wyoming, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

105000 mi
The master power switch needed to be replaced. 
Nissan Altima in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2011
Mar 2010

16000 mi
front brake problem 
Nov 2011

53000 mi
Tranny overheating, replaced with factory reconditioned cvt tranny 
Nissan Altima in Oklahoma, United States
Jun 2009 - Jan 2014
Feb 2013

66700 mi

US $20
Brake light switch stopped working intermittently. Car will not start if switch doesn't work. Replaced with new switch. 
Nissan Altima in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
Mar 2012

55180 mi
Bearing in CVT was making constant noise when accelerating. Dealer replaced bearing and new cvt fluid was put in. 
Nissan Altima in Florida, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2015
Mar 2011

21000 mi
Two buttons on stereo quick working. Stereo ordered and swapped out. 
Oct 2011

28000 mi
Gas cap latch was a little loose, another one was ordered. Also a lost weatherstip was ordered again for the driver's door. 
Jan 2015

67700 mi

US $110
Exhaust manifold failure (was told due to rust; currently disputing). Dash light for coolant flickering. Had to replace entire dash gauge set. Center stop light not working most of the time. Keyless entry requires multiple attempts to work. 
Nissan Altima in New York, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

15000 mi
Keyless entry and starting security system 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Altima in Georgia, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

57300 mi

US $350
TPMS sensors were five years old and reaching end of life (battery expiration). TPMS alert icon was continually illuminating on dash cluster, even when tyre pressure was normal. 

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