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Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (6%)

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Nissan Altima transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 115 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

12000 mi Altima went into limp mode. I got it to a dealer after hours. Dealer processed the car in the morning & called me a few hours later to tell me transmission was shot & new Trans will be installed next day. Next day car was ready afternoon. 

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2014 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable CVT FWD

31000 mi CVT Transmission shuddering during acceleration, typically at 18-24 MPH and light acceleration. Transmission was replaced with rebuilt transmission under warranty. Issue re-occurred after pickup of repaired vehicle. 
6000 mi CVT had shudder under light acceleration was inconsistent and difficult for dealer to verify. After three trips the dealer identified the problem and replaced the CVT. About two weeks later the problem began occurring with the new tranny. 
10000 mi CVT has shudder under light throttle. Transmission was replaced. Problem was not corrected after new transmission installed. 
33000 mi CVT shudder 

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2013 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable CVT FWD

12500 mi Transmission is shuddering upon slow acceleration; also jolts randomly while stopped 
14000 mi Transmission is shuddering upon slow acceleration; also jolts randomly while stopped. 3rd time in for this repair 
16000 mi Transmission is shuddering upon slow acceleration; also jolts randomly while stopped. 4th time in for this repair. CVT replaced. 
17000 mi Transmission was replaced; still judders when slowly accelerating. Dealer unable to replicate this time. Still unresolved (5th repair attempt) 2nd transmission still experiencing violent shudders. 3rd transmission ordered and installed 
18000 mi 3rd transmission still experiencing shudders and lags, bought back by Nissan under lemon law. 
32000 mi Transmission shuttered and stumbled. Replaced transmission. 
7600 mi

US $8000
Transmission replaced 
21500 mi It was slipping from the third day purchased. Finally had a dealership care about my issue, needed a new transmission. Well after this I found out the car was resold back to Nissan from a guy in New Jersey he had 6 installed. 
1350 mi They test drove the car and we were told this was a known problem with the V6 Altima and it is being investigated. We have since contacted Nissan customer support as the issue is still being investigated. We have asked to have the car rela. 
2000 mi Transmission would jerk like it was slipping and shake the car 
6000 mi Transmission would viberate at 1500 to 1800 RPM. They replaced the torque converter and seems to be OK now. 
22000 mi 4 transmissions in a 2 year span. Trans would start out surging then stop totally 

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2013 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

182-horsepower 2.5L I4 CVT FWD

65000 mi

US $110
CVT transmission upshifts too quickly resulting in low power and shuddering with vibration and noise. No codes displayed - dealer suggested $1000 for parts replacement that "may help" - no guarantees. 
67700 mi

US $878
Transmission upshifts too quickly, vibrates strongly below 2000 RPM and jerks. Transmission judged to be good by dealership and there are no pending software updates. Fluid was flushed and filled. 
53000 mi Transmission failed for the second time. The first time it went out was 17000 miles. Second time was 53000 miles. This cvt transmission is a piece of junk. Do not buy. 
23700 mi slipping from reverse to drive 
6000 mi There are hoorible vibrations and grinding noises when under load at 1,200-1,800 RPM's, also when you are decelerating from 45 mph(coasting). 
3000 mi Transmission failed with less than 3000 miles. Problem surfaced within 1000 miles. Tried to get a replacement car. Don't want a reconditioned car. 
64300 mi

US $3200
Replace transmission under third party warranty 
10000 mi Stalling at 1500 RPM's and shaking of the exhaust. Turned out to be a transmission firmware update. The question i have is had i not payed attention to this, it would never have been fixed. 
12000 mi Transmission not smooth after ecm update 
58000 mi The infamous issue. Started as the car stalling at a stop. 3 trips to the dealer and a few no problem found...but they did update the tracking software. Bucking vibrating until a final trip...the transmission. 
71000 mi

US $3883
Replaced transmission 

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2012 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

24000 mi Acceleration surge. I complained to the dealership but they mentioned the surge is normal for a CVT. I wasn't too happy with it, so I sold the car. 

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2011 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

29000 mi The CVT transmission generates a lot of vibration in low speed when rpm is between 1400 - 2000, did the bulletin which postpone the torque converter lock to a later time. MPG may go down up to 4 miles/gallon. 
148800 mi

C $750
Front passenger wheel hub then hanger bearing replaced, droning noise, problem persist, likely due to transmission. Possible transmission failure. Car gotten rid of. 
38000 mi Check engine light. Dealer said transmission was faulty and needed to be changed. 
26000 mi

US $350
The Cvt make a hesitation at acceleration and also a windy noise coming from the transmission. Took in to Nissan Dealership to get look at. They said it was normal. TSB done, going to change out torque rods. 
51000 mi My CVT transmission was replace because of jerky feeling and a slipping feeling had. The dealership notice it right away, they check for codes, No codes where found. Good thing I still had Warranty on the Drivetrain till 60,000 miles. 

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2010 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

12300 mi Performed two TSBs for surge/hesitation: NTB10-150 and NTB10-121A. First replaced transmission control vale assembly, second included a torque rod service kit. Helped, but not sure it was a 100 percent fix. 
46000 mi

US $100
CVT failed. A very expensive repair was covered under the extended warranty (120,000 miles/10 years) which Nissan offered after they learned of this problem. Pretty happy right now with Nissan and my Altima. 
66300 mi I took the car in for a funny noise. New transmission. 
150000 mi

US $896
Ujoint had to be replaced 
40000 mi Took in for noise coming from front of car. Dealer said I needed a new transmission but they are on back order. New Transmission installed three weeks later. dealer supplied rental free of charge. 
61000 mi

US $300
Had TSB performed and computer updated to fix stuttering/jerking CVT issue with torque rod kit. Not covered by warranty. 
15000 mi lack of power and poor gas mileage fixed without problem. transmission was repaired. 
26000 mi vehicle would lose power when passing 

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2010 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

76000 mi

US $1800
Clutch slave cylinder blew out. Car towed to dealership. Replaced hydraulics and installed new clutch kit. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

32000 mi Cracked boot on drive shaft. Had to replace drive shaft - covered under Extended Gold Plus warranty. 
42520 mi

$200
CVT began whinning while in a long (approx. 120 km) slope up at around 35C. Had the dealer diagnose the CVT, came up that everything was fine and that oil needed to be replaced. Replaced CVT oil (not included in maintenance manual). 

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2009 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

500 mi Clutch was slipping when hot due to hydraulic system problem (either master cylinder, or improper bleeding at factory). First replaced the clutch itself, but that didn't solve the problem. Fixed by replacing the master cylinder. 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

78000 mi leaky axles, need for axle replacement 

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

53000 mi Tranny overheating, replaced with factory reconditioned cvt tranny 
186000 mi

US $100
replaced broken outer CV boots and reconditioned/relubed the CV joint 
55180 mi Bearing in CVT was making constant noise when accelerating. Dealer replaced bearing and new cvt fluid was put in. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

144000 mi

US $3892
Transmission went out completely on freeway at 80 mph, no warning lights, no indication of problem at last service. 
105000 mi Repaired under warranty for CVT Transmission issue. The issue was that my car would not accelerate past 40 mph. After a few days I was driving at 20 mph and heard a loud sound and my car came to a stop and would not accelerate or move in reverse. 
2000 mi Fixed loose cotter pin on right CV axle, causing clicking noises 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi

US $50
The car is a lemon, have experienced 4 serious driveline failures. Worst car I have ever owned. 
58000 mi Dealer replaced bad front driver side wheel bearing under powertrain warranty. 
91500 mi Noise from transmission at all speeds both w/ throttle and while coasting. Diagnosis was Spun bearings in CVT. Replaced under Nissan's extended 10yr/120k CVT warranty. Quoted 5 days, took 2. Loaner provided. 
142600 mi Transmission died 
35000 mi

US $5500
CVT transmission started self-destructing on vacation--noise while accelerating 
120000 mi

US $2200
Service Engine Soon light came on when mileage was 2500 miles over extended warranty (120K). Valve body assembly and torque converter needed to be replaced, and fluid was changed. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

36000 mi Dealer diagnosed pitted front axle during routine oil and tire rotation. They replaced front axle under manufacturer warranty. 
57000 mi Discovered oil leak during oil change repair took one day and was covered under warranty. 

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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 mi Metal grinding sound under exceleration coming from CVT. 
64000 mi

US $900
Right axle dust covers 
30000 mi Transmission had to be replaced. 
57000 mi

US $117
Dealer stated axle seal was leaking. Dealer replaced axle seal. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

3000 mi Vehicle went in to have the rear speaker looked at becasue it was buzzing. The cone apparently separated and a new one was ordered. In the mean time, the right front cv joint started making noise and a new axle was ordered and installed. 
61000 mi The CVT Transmission started to not engage when you would give it power. Took it in and found out the transmission had a major malfunction and needed replacement. Received a free loaner and had the car back in a couple days. 
120000 mi 2nd time replacing transmission (1st around 50k miles). Same early symptoms that happened before my transmission failed the 1st time: humming at 3000+ rpms, slight loss of power on hills as if transmission was slipping. Replaced by warranty. 
18000 mi 1. sticky shifter. They did not fix because they all do it. I took it home and fixed it myself. 
54700 mi

US $280
Replaced left front rubber axle boot. 

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2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

50000 mi

US $2500
Master Slave Cylinder leak AND Clutch was getting close to being needed to be replaced so I went ahead and replaced it. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

15000 mi Relaced transmission for vibration  
6000 mi previously attempted oil leak repairs did not resolve defect.this dealer visit resulted in the replacement of the crankshaft seal located behind the harmonic balancer pulley.dealer assures me that the leak was difficult to isolate but they are certain tha 
108000 mi

US $212
Passenger side front axle seal found to be "seaping". Parts replaced. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

3400 mi Clutch was making a small clicking noise when pressed. Technician greased a part of the pedal assembly to solve the problem. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

85000 mi New transmission installed under warranty 
7000 mi I had a transmission cooling line crack. It was replaced along with 1 quart of fluid. 
100000 mi Performed diagnosis and transmission replacement per Nissan Technical Service Bulletin. 
123500 mi CVT failed for second time since June 2012. 
156000 mi

US $1100
CV joint boot failed. Replaced left-side axle/CV joint assembly. 
164000 mi

US $100
CVT failed with P0710 Temperature Sensor Circuit, P0826, Manual Mode Switch Circuit and P0841, Trans Fluid Pressure Sensor. Dealer advised replacement of CVT assembly per service bulletin NTB09-044a and Altima sedan with QR25DE engine. 
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 mi 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 
103000 mi Replaced left axle seal under warranty. Seep. 
112000 mi CVT transmission was replaced, it was making a growling noise, similar to a dry speedometer cable. the sound varied with the speed of the vehicle. 
60760 mi transmission replace under warrenty 
76844 mi Replaced the CVT under warranty (10 year / 100,000 mile CVT warranty). The transmission was making a growling noise, most noticeable at low speeds and when coasting to a stop. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

49000 mi leaking driveshaft seal 
27000 mi Clutch began squeaking intermittently, then became constant when depressed. Dealer found faulty clutch assembly at the firewall, and was repaired under warranty. 
29000 mi The clutch pedal started to "squeak", similarly to the previous issue that was addressed. The dealer found that again, the pedal assembly was at fault, and the entire assembly was replaced. 

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2007 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

83000 mi The CVT transmission is making a loud clunking noise 

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2006 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

122000 mi

US $500
WOULDNT DOWN SHIFT 

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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 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. Transmission replaced due to metal contaminents in trans oil. Problem still exists. 
35340 mi

C $950
Road noise was increasing over time. Car still driving OK, but noise was getting worrisome. Turned out to be a defective front wheel bearing, replaced under warranty.  

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

74400 mi

C $2800
Transmission failed, needed to be totally rebuilt 
66340 mi

C $1500
Transmission went into limp mode and had to be towed to the shop, diagnosed the problem and had the valve body replaced. 

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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. 
64000 mi

US $20
Inner passenger side CV joint boot was broken and leaked grease. Part was replaced with a new one. 
25000 mi Transmission cooler leak. Now awaiting appointment to replace trans cooler. 
28000 mi 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

180000 mi

US $2500
Rebuilt Transmission 
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 mi Transmission was replaced in Altima with a 2k mileage transmission from salvage yard. 
46000 mi

US $141
axle leaking (under factory warranty) cpu update-factory recall 
56000 mi

US $420
leaking oil seal on transmission, cracked steering belt plus usual oil change, filter etc 
234000 mi

US $2000
Transmission rebuilt due to oil leaks. 
119040 mi

C $900
transmission not working; need new solenoids and other parts + labour related 
172000 mi

US $750
Axle 
103000 mi

US $312
P0745 - bad solenoid in transmission, faulty wiring. Drop trany pan, clean, replace 1-2 solenoid and repair faulty wiring. Info attached to a TSB, found out with check engine light coming on. 
119000 mi Suspected broken axle. 
147000 mi

US $1700
Car delayed getting into gear. Transmission fluid was flushed/replaced. 

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2004 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

199000 mi noise from front of car while accelerating. Replaced both cv axles. 
151000 mi

US $180
Hard shift between 1 and second gear. Did drain and refill. worked for a few weeks. Mechanic then recommended Lucas Transmission fix 1 pt. Helped and is much better, but starting to come back as of late Jan.  
156000 mi

US $209
hard 1st to 2nd shift Lucus Transmission stuff helped will do again in 5K 

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2003 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

182000 mi

US $1000
axle seals,  
146000 mi Transmission leaking and causing acceleration issues. Resolved temporarily with refilling transmission fluid. 

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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 mi

US $900
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 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

75000 mi

US $54
Low pressure in clutch pedal on occasion, engages close to the floor, no slippage felt. Hard to put in gear one cold morning. Dealer diagnosis was clutch replacement needed. Decided to get other opinion. I suspect hydraulic system problem. 
83000 mi

US $260
I had low pressure in the clutch pedal. I first flushed clutch fluid and then I had to replace clutch master cylinder. Clutch problem seems fixed. 

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2002 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

143000 mi

US $300
Transmission fluid leak. 
78000 mi

US $60
driver side CV axle shaft torn. Dealer wanted $700 for axle (had to come from japan) and 3hrs labor. Found axle replacement from junkyard, no auto parts store had one. swapped it myself. 

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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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2000 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

79000 mi

US $200
Front Left side drive axel making noise and was replaced. 
110000 mi

US $100
CV shaft 

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1999 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

112000 mi

US $219
Replaced a CV joint 

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1999 Nissan Altima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

114000 mi

US $1000
Axle Shafts. 

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