2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L from North America




Engine shut off while driving. No response.

General Comments:

Last week I noticed the hard shifting (from 1st gear to 2nd) during low speed driving. After a few minutes, I pushed on the gas as I was in the road, but the car would not respond. After a few seconds, the engine just shut down. Luckily, I tried to reverse the car, and I was able to get it out of the intersection where it stopped. A few seconds after, it just shut off completely. I was unable to turn the engine back on. I was also unable to turn the headlights off. The car had to be towed from the intersection.

I took it to the garage, and my mechanic couldn't find what the issue was.

I also called Nissan, but they would not provide any relevant information. I noticed that there was a recall a few years ago on the 2.5L, but nothing on the 3.5L. I am afraid this could happen anytime, and I just hope next time, it would not be in an intersection.

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

Review Date: 23rd March, 2010

2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 from North America


It sucks, I hate it


I have read everybody blogs about the Nissan Altima. It's just funny how the corporate knows about the issues and they don't want to do anything about it. I mean it's over 200 customers that are unsatisfied.

I personally think since the corporate does not want to do anything, I spoke with a attorney to get a consultation, and he said I had a case, how about we all get together and sue Nissan!!!

Or either they replace our cars, I have 2 kids, it is dangerous driving around my vehicle, knowing that my check engine does not turn on. I mean I took my car in 2 weeks ago, and was told that I needed to replace my wheel bearings, almost $800.00 to replace.

I have always taken care of my car. Done oil changes and there is all this crap going on. I had enough.

I need people that want to go forward with this to email me at babydolljags1@yahoo.com. I will need all your paper work as far as your car going to the dealerships, getting fixed, the problems. Give me your phone numbers! :0.

General Comments:

This car sucks, I don't recommended to nobody!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010

26th May 2011, 11:18

Umm. I didn't know that your engine light was supposed to appear for wheel bearings... LOL. Too funny.

27th Aug 2014, 23:40

Agreed to that! Maybe the extremely loud sound coming from the wheels just wasn't enough... I'm pretty sure it would take more than a misunderstanding of car safety to successfully win a case against a major car manufacturer with extremely expensive attorneys. If the author is referring to a general lack of reliability, this would make a little more sense, but the bottom line is that you have to do your homework before making a major purchase. This is not the fault of the manufacturer.

PS, I've replaced 3 wheel bearings in my Corolla with 135,000 miles (with no check engine light) and my car is running smooth and quiet. This is normal maintenance.

2005 Nissan Altima SL 2.5 from North America


Nice car if the dealer can fix it under warranty


All services performed by dealer per their recommended schedule.

Shifting tough from the beginning.

22,162 - Warranty interior front door escutcheon replaced.

25,519 - Warranty replacement of Panasonic CD/radio - electrical problem.

29,334 - Replaced battery - I paid $99.95.

30,418 - Warranty replacement LH dash vent.

31,486 - Recall # RO712 fix - warranty - don't know what they fixed.

35,277 - Replaced all tires - I paid.

38,929 - New fan belt - I paid $146.28.

33,000 - Front head light plastic hazy, scratched looking. Will not replace under warranty, say it's normal wear and tear.

9/9/2009 - Big problem. Does anyone know if the following could be related to this model's transmission problems, or? I put my car in park (hard shift and solid once in), exited car, opened a gate, turned around to see my runaway car going in reverse. It collided with a stationary pole scraping/denting side of car (estimate currently $6,000 to repair my car body damage). I know I did not leave it in reverse and exit, because I would have been knocked down by the open car door.

This is my first automatic & I did not realize the shifting is not supposed to be that tough, and the battery and tires may have worn out too early due to it? After the body work is done, AAA has recommended I take the car to have the transmission evaluated. If a car problem, I may be able to have a "no fault" claim. Shish.

General Comments:

Nice roomy trunk, roomy interior.

Nice paint sheen, beautiful design.

The seats are hard, like the folding back seats for transporting long objects.

Visor could be longer to block sun on the side window.

A little noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2009