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Nissan Altima Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

1437 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Nissan Altima. 177 of these members (12.3%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 75 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Nissan Altimas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Nissan Altima problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Don't infer Nissan Altima problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

26% of the Nissan Altima repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 13% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1042 repairs.

Nissan Altima transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Nissan Altima transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 27% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 99 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

Nissan Altima in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 5000    
6000 0 CVT transmission would get stuck in low gear and would not shift during acceleration 
14000 0 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

Nissan Altima in Arkansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 0    
7000 0 I had a transmission cooling line crack. It was replaced along with 1 quart of fluid. 
 
Nissan Altima in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 0    
0 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. 
5300 0 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

Nissan Altima in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 20000    
21000 0 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 0 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

Nissan Altima in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 130000    
136000 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. 
 
Nissan Altima in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 23000    
25000 0 Transmission cooler leak. Now awaiting appointment to replace trans cooler. 
28000 0 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

Nissan Altima in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 22000    
24000 0 Replaced throwout bearing. 
50000  

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2005 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Nissan Altima in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 26000    
30000 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 0 Transmission was replaced in Altima with a 2k mileage transmission from salvage yard. 
46000 141 axle leaking (under factory warranty) cpu update-factory recall 
56000 420 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

Nissan Altima in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 130000    
131000 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 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 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Nissan Altima in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 85000    
85000 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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