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2012 Nissan Altima repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (17%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 48 repairs.
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2012 Nissan Altima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (59%)

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Chart based on 41 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

Nissan Altima in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2012

5000 mi
DIY repair for several rattles in the cabin. Pass. side a-pillar, cupholders, trim around nav unit, and glove compartment. Spent around two hours to resolve them. Wrapped most clips in thick tape, adhesive felt in a couple areas. 
Oct 2012

5700 mi
Water leak around the driver's door during extended rains. Dealership replaced the seal around the door. 
Jun 2014

38000 mi
Water was entering the turn signal light in driver's side mirror. The signal housing was replaced. 
Sep 2015

67000 mi
Repetitive whirring noise at 25-35mph, vibration at higher speeds. Wheel bearing was determined to be the cause. Replaced under Nissan extended warranty. 
Feb 2016

76000 mi

US $800
Rear sway bar bent. Elected to replace with aftermarket rather than install the same faulty part under warranty. $300. Replaced front struts and rear shocks due to poor handling. Also replaced all related mounts/bearings. Front driver strut mount was causing a knocking sound prior to replacement. Rear driver shock was failed entirely, both rears leaking. $500. 
Feb 2017

97000 mi
Replaced driver front wheel bearing due to noise and vibration. 
Mar 2018

120000 mi

US $35
Speaker in front passenger door failed. Replaced. 
Nissan Altima in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

2700 mi
Trunk lid was crooked and rubbing on the bumper. Exhaust was not aligned properly and one muffler was lower than the other, as well as one stuck out more than the other. Paint Defect on the roof that looked like a 2 inch worm was painted over. Sharp burs around the wheel well lip. Dealer will need to file and paint. Passenger side seat would not move. Not able to adjust it. 
Oct 2017

47200 mi

US $20
Got a check engine light, reader said it was MAF. I cleaned MAF and changed Air Filter. Light stayed out for about 400 miles and came back on. I checked for Vacuum leaks and tightened some clamps. Light came back on in about 300 miles. Found there is a TSB on Issue and Nissan would not perform and wanted to charge. I reset the light and it has been out for 300 miles. No drive-ability issues and no MPG issues. TSB fits perfect, and computer needs updated and I am not paying them for the problem that they caused. 
Jan 2018

47000 mi
Re-set trouble code once again after 706 miles of light free driving. Code still says it is the Mass Air Flow Sensor. No drive-ability issues, no changes in mpg. Will monitor until light returns 
Nissan Altima in Arkansas, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

55000 mi

US $273
Replace mass air flow sensor DL3002 

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2012 Nissan Altima 4dr Sedan

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

Nissan Altima in Nevada, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

48000 mi

US $200
TPMS sensor will show on 
Nissan Altima in Florida, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Aug 2015

49900 mi
From wheel bearing. 
Nissan Altima in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2016 - Jun 2017
Oct 2016

65400 mi
Took the car into Costco as I had a warning light. They told me that the tires sold with the car were not recommended as they would not support the weight of the car. Had them replace all tires with recommended tires. Also had a tire sensor replaced. 
Jan 2017

67360 mi
Pushed white fuse into place so that Air Conditioning would not come on each time car is started. Apparently the factory does not fully insert it as it can drain the battery in the car lot. 
Mar 2017

69440 mi

C $700
Rotors were warped Replaced them and got new brake shoes as well. 
Nissan Altima in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2014 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

107000 mi

US $1200
Ac compressor had to be replaced. 
Nissan Altima in Arizona, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

52000 mi

US $400
Oil leak 
Nissan Altima in Maryland, United States
Apr 2016 - Mar 2018
Oct 2017

145000 mi

US $200
Transmission needs to be replaced at 147,000. I called Nusssn America and they would not help. I’ll never buy a Nissan product again. 
Nissan Altima in Maryland, United States
Mar 2017 - Mar 2018
Aug 2017

96000 mi

US $1450
AC compressor replaced 
Nissan Altima in South Carolina, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
May 2014

40600 mi
Broken cat converter mounting. Dealer replaced exhaust manifold with cat converter mount. Nissan warranty for cat converters is 8 years or 80,000 miles. No charge covered under warranty. 
Nissan Altima in Colorado, United States
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

54000 mi

US $100
Had to replace wheel bearings and hub assembly of the front wheels since it started making noise 
Nissan Altima in Ohio, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

39100 mi
Rust appeared near chrome plating on trunk, near trunk release button. Discovered prior to 36000 miles. Dealer seems familiar with this issue and kept car for 1 week to redo paint and replace chrome parts on trunk. Provided loaner car. 
Nissan Altima in Arizona, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2013
Apr 2012

8000 mi
Outside temp sensor inop 
Nissan Altima in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

41000 mi

US $50
Cruise control inoperable. No communication between steering wheel switches and CC components under the hood. Connection restored, but off hand I do not know the specific parts replaced. Covered by extended warranty after $50 deductible 
Jan 2015

52800 mi

US $200
Replace worn rear shocks. Should be considered maintenance rather than problem. 
Jun 2016

111000 mi
Timing chain tensioner made rattle noise for 1-2 seconds on cold start. Not a problem, but wanted to be sure. Change of oil from 5w-30 conventional to 5w-30 synthetic seems to have quieted the tensioner. Noise no longer there at this time. 
Apr 2017

133000 mi

US $450
Check engine light indicated problem with Mass Air FLow sensor but there were no driveability problems. Replace MAF, problem solved 
Jun 2017

136000 mi

US $225
MAF sensor previously replaced. Check engine light returns with same MAF code. ECU reflashed with an update from Nissan that is supposed to solve the false MAF code that keeps returning.. Did not work, code returned. 
Aug 2017

139000 mi

US $225
Heat shield above transmission was rotten and vibrating against the transmission causing a noise that sounded like it was coming from the transmission. Shield was removed and CVT fluid changed while car was in shop. Problem solved and car drives smoother with new fluid. 
Apr 2018

153000 mi

US $350
Mass Air Flow sensor failed again, setting the car in limp mode. Grounds checked, potential vacuum leaks checked and MAF replaced with genuine Nissan part. ECU reprogrammed for new MAF. This is a revisit of a problem that has occurred in the past. I suspect an aftermarket MAF was used by the shop that previously attempted the repair, though I was told the part was OEM manufacturer. 
Nissan Altima in Maryland, United States
Oct 2011 - Oct 2014
Mar 2014

82000 mi

US $561
low hum noise, diagnosed as wheel bearing. Parts sold as whole assembly. Repaired with no issues 
Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
Jun 2013

19000 mi
faulty o-ring replacement in oil housing. 
Nissan Altima in New York, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2017
Oct 2012

7000 mi
Audio sound level is diminished most of the time. 
Nissan Altima in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2012 - May 2015
May 2013

14100 mi
Cylinder head got stuck. 
May 2015

49000 mi
Valve stuck engine was junked. 
Nissan Altima in Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2017
Oct 2013

25300 mi
Vehicle threw a code for throttle position sensor. Dealer replaced O2 sensor under warranty. 
Nissan Altima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

1000 mi
AC problems, not enough refrigerant. Fixed by adding some. 
Nissan Altima in Arizona, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

67200 mi

US $50
Oil cooler to block gasket was leaking. Replaced gasket and O ring. 
Dec 2017

74000 mi

US $600
Replaced compressor. 
Apr 2018

75000 mi

US $600
Water pump leaked and seized up. Replaced water pump and belt. 

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2012 Nissan Altima 2dr Coupe

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

Nissan Altima in Florida, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014

26700 mi
Noise coming from the engine area, audible in the exhaust pipe also. They could hear the noise at first, but found nothing, later no more noise. They said probably something in the air intake, later blew out. 
Nissan Altima in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

23000 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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