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Nissan Altima Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Nissan Altima 15
15.8385093168% 15.8385093168% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 8.4 months of data per Altima, average 10500 miles
2014 Nissan Altima 39
67.7142857143% 67.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 30000 miles
2013 Nissan Altima 26
28.0952380952% 28.0952380952% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 36700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2012 Nissan Altima 24
21.4285714286% 21.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 8.9 months of data per Altima, average 48800 miles
2011 Nissan Altima 34
34.0816326531% 34.0816326531% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 65300 miles
2010 Nissan Altima 19
5.71428571429% 5.71428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Altimas, 9.3 months of data per Altima, average 68600 miles
2009 Nissan Altima 34
15.9340659341% 15.9340659341% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Altimas, 9.3 months of data per Altima, average 81300 miles

Multiple reports of tire pressure monitor (TPMS) problems.
2008 Nissan Altima 43
25.8241758242% 25.8241758242% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Altimas, 9.5 months of data per Altima, average 87400 miles
2007 Nissan Altima 43
23.2467532468% 23.2467532468% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Altimas, 9.8 months of data per Altima, average 100600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2006 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Altimas, 7.4 months of data per Altima, average 139100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Altimas, 7.8 months of data per Altima, average 123300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Altimas, 6.5 months of data per Altima, average 126800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Nissan Altima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Altimas, 8.3 months of data per Altima, average 150700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Nissan Altima Reliability

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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 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.
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.
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
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.