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Nissan Altima Transmission Problems

1491 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Nissan Altima. 70 of these members (4.7%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 89 transmission repairs to Nissan Altimas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Nissan Altima problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1248 repairs.

Nissan Altima transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 103 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

6000 mi   CVT transmission would get stuck in low gear and would not shift during acceleration 
14000   Metal grinding sound under exceleration coming from CVT. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

7000 mi   I had a transmission cooling line crack. It was replaced along with 1 quart of fluid. 
  The CVT transmission had a catastrophic failure. It was replaced with under 1k miles on the car. At the first visit, they just cleared the CEL and said it was fine, although when the CEL came on the car lost power and couldn't even climb a hill... The trip reported in April was followed by a trip two days later, in which they had the car for 5 business days to replace the transmission. It was 'successful' the second time, as it took a few months for the new transmission to fail again. 
4900   Another catastrophic CVT failure, this time 3 hours from home in searing summer heat. If this is another transmission replacement this early on (the car has only had one oil change!) the car is done for and will be 'returned' for a Mazda6 or something th 

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi   Cold start, drive for 4-8 miles. Stop briefly and turn car off (To go into a store), restart, will not shift into fourth (overdrive) for half mile. 
22000   Cold start, drive for 4-8 miles. Stop briefly and turn car off (To go into a store), restart, will not shift into fourth (overdrive) for half mile. Transmission replaced due to metal contaminents in trans oil. Problem still exists. 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

136000 mi US $350 had to replace driver side axle due to failure. dealer notified me that passenger side axle is on its way out also and will need to be replaced soon. 
25000   Transmission cooler leak. Now awaiting appointment to replace trans cooler. 
28000   Trans cooler leak, cooler replaced, problem gone 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual FWD

24000 mi   Replaced throwout bearing. 

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

30000 mi US $236 Transmission does not shift correctly, or intermittently shift correctly. Other than shifting car is working great. I fill they didn't correct the shifting problem maybe repaired ... 
31000   Transmission was replaced in Altima with a 2k mileage transmission from salvage yard. 
46000   axle leaking (under factory warranty) cpu update-factory recall 
56000   leaking oil seal on transmission, cracked steering belt plus usual oil change, filter etc 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

131000 mi US $799 Check engine light came on, first shift was "hard." According to dealer, new ECU (installed previous week) allowed existing problem with the transmission solenoid to surface, which required the replacement of the transmission solenoid. 
140000   Problems with transmission - hard shift. Dealer could not figure it out, had to take it to transmission specialist. Turned out to be a bad wire in wiring harness -- was bypassed. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

85000 mi US $4500 Engine failure due to Nissan defect!! Nissan refuses to warranty like many other other claims! From 02-05 Nissan customers replaced over 60,000 2.5 L motors in these cars and majority was out of customers pocket!!! NO MORE NISSANS!!!! Motor went out again Nissan told me they could not garantee me it wouldn't do it again. Nearly caused a catastrophe!! Department of Highway Safety needs to look into this problem and do something about it!! 

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