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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  
2013 Nissan Altima 62 Altimas, 7.8 months of data per Altima, average 10100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problems with transmission vibrations, seat heaters, and rattles.
49
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 40 Jettas, 9.5 months of data per Jetta, average 10400 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Nissan Altima 29 Altimas, 8.4 months of data per Altima, average 25800 miles24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 59 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 23900 miles21
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Nissan Altima 29 Altimas, 8.8 months of data per Altima, average 39700 miles38
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 46 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 38800 miles

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30
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Altima 46 Altimas, 10.0 months of data per Altima, average 43700 miles23
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   14 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.5 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 51500 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel 28 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 50000 miles43
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Nissan Altima 30 Altimas, 9.4 months of data per Altima, average 57500 miles30
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 30 Jetta 2.5s, 8.5 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 56200 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 111 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 61500 miles37
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 54900 miles58
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Altima 55 Altimas, 9.6 months of data per Altima, average 68800 miles34
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 38 Jetta 2.5s, 8.7 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 67500 miles25
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 40 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.8 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 62800 miles69
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Nissan Altima 48 Altimas, 9.7 months of data per Altima, average 82500 miles

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57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 35 Jetta 2.5s, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 89000 miles82
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 29 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.5 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 84900 miles95
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Altima   17 Altimas, 6.5 months of data per Altima, average 117100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   19 Jetta 2.5s, 8.6 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 97100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 32 Jetta diesels, 9.7 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 122700 miles

Redesigned. Includes 2005.5 Jetta.
101
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   15 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 97900 miles

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2005 Nissan Altima 30 Altimas, 7.1 months of data per Altima, average 113400 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
79
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 11.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 138100 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta   11 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 101300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 6.7 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 165300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta   13 Jettas, 11.0 months of data per Jetta, average 94000 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima   15 Altimas, 6.3 months of data per Altima, average 108200 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 31 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 124300 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
76
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 26 Jetta diesels, 9.9 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 229400 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
126
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Nissan Altima   15 Altimas, 5.9 months of data per Altima, average 136500 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta   16 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 109300 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   14 Jetta diesels, 8.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 191500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 28 Jettas, 7.9 months of data per Jetta, average 144100 miles

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108
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta   19 Jettas, 7.1 months of data per Jetta, average 123500 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 8.9 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 215400 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 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.
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
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 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.

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