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Nissan Altima vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Altima or Volkswagen Jetta reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Altima and the Volkswagen Jetta truly differ 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   17 Altimas, 5.0 months of data per Altima, average 5300 miles

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta   18 Jettas, 4.1 months of data per Jetta, average 5600 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima 59 Altimas, 8.9 months of data per Altima, average 11900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with transmission vibrations, seat heaters, and rattles.
50
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 44 Jettas, 10.2 months of data per Jetta, average 13000 miles35
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 9.6 months of data per Altima, average 28600 miles23
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 60 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 26900 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 9.2 months of data per Altima, average 42200 miles39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 45 Jettas, 7.8 months of data per Jetta, average 41300 miles

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24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Altima 47 Altimas, 9.6 months of data per Altima, average 46700 miles11
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   12 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 10.6 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 55100 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel 27 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 53800 miles40
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Nissan Altima 27 Altimas, 9.1 months of data per Altima, average 58500 miles39
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 29 Jetta 2.5s, 8.8 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 57900 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 56 Jetta diesels, 9.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 70500 miles34
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 29 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.1 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 58800 miles68
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Altima 55 Altimas, 9.9 months of data per Altima, average 71100 miles33
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 35 Jetta 2.5s, 9.8 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 69800 miles39
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 34 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 66100 miles61
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Nissan Altima 45 Altimas, 9.6 months of data per Altima, average 82800 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 34 Jetta 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 92800 miles79
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 28 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 86700 miles96
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Altima   15 Altimas, 6.9 months of data per Altima, average 128000 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   18 Jetta 2.5s, 8.4 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 99200 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   15 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.1 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 117100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 28 Jetta diesels, 9.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 124400 miles

Redesigned. Includes 2005.5 Jetta.
135
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Nissan Altima 28 Altimas, 8.1 months of data per Altima, average 117800 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 141700 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta   10 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 104900 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   10 Jetta diesels, 6.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 188000 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta   13 Jettas, 11.0 months of data per Jetta, average 97800 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima   11 Altimas, 7.9 months of data per Altima, average 107000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 30 Jettas, 8.0 months of data per Jetta, average 131100 miles

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55
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 27 Jetta diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 225300 miles

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124
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Nissan Altima   13 Altimas, 6.2 months of data per Altima, average 137100 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta   21 Jettas, 7.4 months of data per Jetta, average 115100 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   14 Jetta diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 187600 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 26 Jettas, 7.6 months of data per Jetta, average 140700 miles

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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta   17 Jettas, 6.6 months of data per Jetta, average 118500 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 8.5 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 218200 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 Nissan Altima Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Altima: 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
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.
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.
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Altima: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.5L I4
CVT FWD
To early to tell, but so far so good.
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
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.
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.

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