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Nissan Altima Reliability

You won't find Nissan Altima reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Nissan Altima truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Nissan Altima 25 Altimas, 5.6 months of data per Altima, average 7000 miles43
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Nissan Altima 61 Altimas, 9.4 months of data per Altima, average 14600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with transmission vibrations, seat heaters, and rattles.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Nissan Altima 30 Altimas, 10.0 months of data per Altima, average 32300 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Nissan Altima 28 Altimas, 9.0 months of data per Altima, average 45100 miles38
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Altima 42 Altimas, 10.0 months of data per Altima, average 49000 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 60700 miles44
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Altima 52 Altimas, 9.7 months of data per Altima, average 71500 miles41
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Nissan Altima 44 Altimas, 8.7 months of data per Altima, average 81600 miles

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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Altima   13 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 138700 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima 25 Altimas, 8.6 months of data per Altima, average 119300 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Nissan Altima   14 Altimas, 8.3 months of data per Altima, average 111500 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima   11 Altimas, 6.0 months of data per Altima, average 153900 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Altima

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I bought the 2010 Altima for the reliability and durability that Nissan's have been known for. Their styling is a notch better than Honda or Toyota. I have been driving the Altima for nearly 2 months now. I bought a pre-owned model for reduced depreciation. I drive my personal car for work purposes so this is why I went pre-owned (re-imbursed 0.42/mi). So far so good. I am averaging 30.2 mpg (city/highway). I am very satisfied with the economy. The 2.5L engine has performed well. The car was a lease return and was driven 9k miles/yr prior to my ownership. I hope to put 200k miles on this car before changing again. I have heard of the CVT having issues. Keeping my fingers crossed and will make sure to keep it maintained. Nissan raised the warranty on the CVT to 10/yr/120k miles.
2009 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Minimal problems
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
From researching for a new car the Altima was at or near the top of most lists.
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Ive had the vehicle for 9 months and have put 13000 miles on it. Not 1 problem, I just keep up with the standard maintaince. And excellent reliability, I drive it 23 miles a day 1 way to work. And for durability no matter how hard I drive, it keep going.
2008 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I put it through much strenuous driving. Sharp corners, fast acceleration, drag-strip races etc. The car runs like new at 50,000kms. Nissan had to reset driver side window switch once (for free). Besides that, no problems what-so-ever.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
my 2008 nissan altima has had a self starting issue. sometimes when locking the car doors with the remote the car will self start. this has happened at least 5 or six times in the last 5 months. when phoning nissan service they have indicated that this cant be happening. it is
2008 2dr Coupe 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
have owned Nissan before never any touble
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
My dad has had one for 6 years now with only the occasional light bulb going out as the only "repair" if you can call that a repair. I have had similar luck with my couple model also it is designed and put together in a superior fashion to the big three h
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Car is approaching 60k and 5 years and still drives as new. Everything just continues to work.
2007 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
My previous experience with owning 2 prior Nissans has been excellent with nothing other than very minor repairs required. I have driven the car over 15000 miles since last July with no repairs needed. Excellent warranty for the hybrid model also.
Nissan Altima Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable CVT FWD
CVT has been very unreliable. I had transmission issues after about 600 miles on this new car. It was difficult to recreate so it took a few months to get a dealer to address the issue. After the transmission was replaced it still had similar shakiness under light throttle.
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
To early to tell, but so far so good.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Past issues with engines concern me going forward
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
the vehicle has a self starting issue.
2008 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
RUST, go to any scrap yard and you will see the proof.
2007 4dr Sedan 158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
A lot of little quirks with the car. You do tend to have to visit the dealership a bit during the beginning.