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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 29 Altimas, 7.2 months of data per Altima, average 9200 miles29
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Nissan Altima 59 Altimas, 9.8 months of data per Altima, average 17400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Looking better recently. Earlier common problems with transmission vibrations, seat heaters, and rattles.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Nissan Altima 30 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 35600 miles17
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2011 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 8.4 months of data per Altima, average 45500 miles21
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2010 Nissan Altima 44 Altimas, 10.3 months of data per Altima, average 57800 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 9.9 months of data per Altima, average 68000 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Altima 50 Altimas, 10.1 months of data per Altima, average 75200 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Nissan Altima 40 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 85100 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Altima   14 Altimas, 9.9 months of data per Altima, average 135300 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima 28 Altimas, 8.3 months of data per Altima, average 116700 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Nissan Altima   14 Altimas, 8.3 months of data per Altima, average 115500 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
2014 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
For 20k miles so far mailnly used as a commuter car and well, everything else too I don't see any issues other than the regular oil changes and tire rotations. Time will tell how well the CVT holds up but from Nissan's standpoint they had it for a long time and I expect it to hold up. FYI I did not do those "mandatory" maintenance checkups, mostly do it at the 30k mark.
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 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 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Even tho I had owned Honda Accordsfor 22 years, I wrecked my last one at 135K miles and needed another vehicle soon. The Nissan Altima had the CVT transmission and the Smart Key which I really liked. The Honda Accord had neither, plus appeared to still have a wind noise problem for some strange reason. So I bought the Altima--I am basically happy with it. Only two things I don't like is that the driver's door freezes and becomes unusable in 15 degree weather. Other major problem is that despite very conservative driving habits, the CVT failed at 35K miles while on vacation and required replacement under warranty. Then the CVT failed AGAIN at 122k, just 2500 miles after the 120K extended warranty expired, requiring a $2200 repair while vacationing 1000 miles from home. It is a joy to drive, but any further transmission problems will make it my last Nissan.
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 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
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 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 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.
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 2dr Coupe 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
RUST, go to any scrap yard and you will see the proof.
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
the vehicle has a self starting issue.
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.