2004 Nissan Altima from North America


Not worth the powder it would take to blast it into orbit


Heater doesn't work unless the car's moving.

Center console fell apart on day one, and they couldn't figure out how to put it back together.

Engine floods on startup unless you drive it around for at least 5 minutes before shutting it off.

Stalls at idle and they can't figure out why. Already spent $1000 trying to solve the problem.

General Comments:

Of all the cars I've ever owned, this one is by far the worst.

It's temperamental, unreliable, and hasn't run right since I bought it.

I can't wait until I have enough money to unload this financial black hole.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2010

20th May 2013, 19:23

You've had it for 6+ years and 90,000 miles, yet you hold onto it? Either you got a terrible lemon, or it sounds like the car was just generally neglected.

2004 Nissan Altima SE 3.5 from North America


Reliable and fast!!


My Altima has been reliable so far...

I like the power of the engine, it's enjoyable when I drive it. Since the Maximas are a little more expensive, I can still afford to get an Altima 3.5.

General Comments:

This car is very roomy and very fast.

I love the 17 inches rims; gives it a sporty look, spoiler, sunroof and the Bose stereo.. Very happy with this car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2009

2004 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America


04 Altima


I have a 2004 Nissan Altima, I was told that there was a recall on this one bolt, they (the dealership) told me that if I didn't bring it to have it fixed I could lose my engine.

So we were going to Califonia, to Fresno to be exact, and my boyfriend ran that car for 14 hours straight, from Wa down there, and we got back home and the car was still running fine. We did a power-steering flush and had the plugs changed, that was done at 120,000 miles, then around 125,000 we replace the thermostat.

Now we have 130,000 miles, so the check engine light came on. I took it to our tech and he read O2 sensor, so we replaced both of them, one was like $79 for the front and the rear was like $179. We drove the car for about one week or two weeks, then the engine light came back on, so we took the car to the tech and he told us it's the cat-converter, so now that's gone, runs about $472 out the door! I hope I don't have any more problems with these cars!

Nissan needs to let the Japanese build these cars! They build them good! After this one is paid off... we will be back in Toyota's! Make sure when you buy a for foreign car to look at the first letter in the Vin#. If it has a j then most likely it was built in Japan, if it has a 1 then it was built in the U. S. if it has a 2 it was built in Canada! myson45@hotmail.com

General Comments:

I like the car overall, but I don't like the problems I am hearing with the 02 Altimas, that's the first year of the new body style, almost every car that changes its body style has problems, never BUY AN 02 or 03 ALTIMA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2009

2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE from North America


My wife's Altima had the same problems that eveyone has described on previous posts. There was a loud clunking noise before 1st and 2nd gear. Usually when the car was cold. I brought the car to the dealer and the technician came up with, a wire was not soldered correctly on the transmission. Unfortunately I do have the exact name for the wire, but the service advisor said that it has become an issue as of late. NMAC is not recalling the issue, but the dealer covered the problem for me. The problem has since been resolved and the car shifts great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2008