2004 Nissan Altima SE V6 from North America


Great Performance, but too many faults


The engine does not start in the mornings, need to turn the key at least 10 times.

Loud squeaky noise from under carriage.

Loud noise coming from front passenger tire.

Screechy noise from passenger window.

Stock in dash Cd player skips music with brand new Cd's and reverts back to the previous songs by itself.

General Comments:

The car has a great performance and quick acceleration pick up.

Definitely a little bit bumpy on the ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2004

25th Oct 2004, 18:28

It is unlikely that the fuel injected engine in your Altima is experiencing vapor lock. That was a problem that plagued carburetor fitted engines in the past, more so in hot climates. The problem you are experiencing sounds more like what I experienced on my early built (Nov 2003) 2004 Nissan Altima. Nissan recalled all 2002 -03 Altimas due to a faulty crankshaft sensor. This sensor tells the engine management computer on what position the crankshaft is in order to execute the injection of fuel as well as ignition timing. If you are the lucky owner like me of an "early" 2004 model, you car may have one of the faulty units. You should check with your local Nissan dealer (Be persistent, they are not the best taking your word for it) and have them check the computer codes for this problem. Good luck!

1st Feb 2005, 09:47

This is happening to other cars as well. We have two Camrys in the family and just recently replaced an oxigen sensor on a 99 Civic EXG due to engine flooding. The check engine light comes on & off on the 99 Camry we have and the 98 Camry CE, 4-cyl does not start in the morning when it feels not to. This is completely random and diagnostic tools are unable to determine the cause. Rest assured, Nissan is not the only car having these issues.

8th Aug 2005, 15:14

...are you sure this should be happening???...1989 Pontiac 6000...starts whenever I want it too w/no problems, or arguments! Maybe you have poor electical systems for the ignition? Have you checked the fuel pressure?

13th Oct 2009, 01:30

Crank shaft sensor. 2004 Nissan Altima SE V6. I took it to the dealership and their computer came out with code 0145 (crankshaft sensor). I just bought it so it's on warranty, but I think it's a few hundred dollar fix (3-400), nothing too serious. Take it to a dealership to get it fixed, or figure out how to fix it yourself and buy the part (I don't think it's too expensive, maybe like $50). I also had problems with ABS, TCS and SLIP and it's a sensor too. The sensors seem to wear out after a few years.

2004 Nissan Altima SE V6 from North America


Normally I would say the Altima is a great car


My car has problems starting and one day it did not start at all.

General Comments:

I like the style of the car and the quickness. Its really fast.

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

Review Date: 17th May, 2004