2004 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America


A Nissan mistake


Well when I first got the car, it was fine,

then I noticed that the heat would get cold at a idle, so I took it in to have it checked out, and I needed to replace the radiator.

That fixed that problem, then the check engine light came on. It needed a new air sensor.

Fixed that, then its transmission started slipping. Had them check it out. They said to get it flushed.

Got that done, it calmed it down a little bit, then one day the trans just dropped out of gear and my car wouldn't move. I had it towed into Nissan, and they said I needed a whole new transmission that cost me 3500 dollars.

Then the upper ball joints went bad, then it kept blowing headlights, then the door creaks, and there's still a strange knocking sound at idle.

Ever since the day I bought this car, I put over 6,000 dollars in repairs into it, that's after I paid 26,000 for the car.

I have had nothing but problems with this car. I also have a Mitsubishi Eclipse, it's a 92 with 190,000 miles on it, and I haven't had so much as a hiccup with that car.

I thought Nissan was supposed to be one of the best cars out there? What happened here?

General Comments:

Other than that, the car is kinda comfy, and it has good power. That's about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2005

2004 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2.5 4 cylinder from North America


Beautiful, but temperamental


The transmission has been replaced once at 10,500 miles. First and second gears are being replaced again at 19,200 miles. The dash has started rattling and the trunk release works only intermittently.

General Comments:

This is a 2005 model purchased in 2004. I think this is one of the most beautiful cars on the road.

The gas mileage is does not come close to what is stated on the Monroney sticker. We rented a very similar Altima before we bought ours, and were quite pleased that it returned 34 miles per gallon in mixed driving. That was with an automatic! However, we return only 25 miles per gallon in mixed driving (should be returning 28) and we max out at 28 on Interstate only trips (we should be returning 31).

The trunk release, be it with the key fob or the release under the dash. The problem corrects itself when you insert the key into the ignition, turn it to the "on" position, and then push the release on the dash. It is very frustrating, especially with hands full of goods for the trunk. The dealer has been unable to duplicate the problem.

I saved the best for last. I was adamant that we buy a manual transmission vehicle. I prefer it. However, we had the transmission replaced at 10,500 miles or so. The car started exhibiting problems at around 4,000 miles, and got progressively worse. After 1,500 miles on the new tranny, first and second became notchy again. We reported it to the dealer that replaced the first transmission, but to no avail. We waited, and again, the problem got progressively worse. Some days, we could not even engage first or second gear. At times, after the gear had been selected, it would pop out on its own. So, we took it to another dealer in town, and they have admitted that first and second gear require replacement. This will commence next week. If the problem persists, we may be seeking arbitration based on lemon law statutes in our state.

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

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

2nd Jan 2006, 17:42

Thanks a lot for the warning. I was going to buy an Altima. So I will just buy a Toyota Camry XLE in sted. Thanks again for the warning.