2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5 from North America


Two minor problems make this the worst of my five Nissans


Front rotors were warped when I got the car because the dealer got it from another dealership. I don't know how they could possibly be warped after only 200ks, because they're 12 inch vented rotors, but they were. The dealer said they replaced them, but I think they just turned them because they were warped again after only 6 months, and both back calipers were seized on from road debris sticking to the back of the pads and forcing the calipers to stay shut. Dealer told me, "too bad, not a defect" and offered to turn the rotors and replace the pads for $500. I told them, well, something rude.

Engine light came on and car wouldn't pull. Turning the car off and on again (reboot!) fixed the problem and it hasn't reoccurred.

General Comments:

This car is my fifth, and possibly last, Nissan... at least for a while. All my other Nissans were completely amazing. I have had the brake rotors warp, and the engine light go on in this car, and that is more trouble than any of my other Nissans ever gave me. In fact, my wife's 1998 Pathfinder just got retired with over 200000 Kms on it with less trouble... seriously.

I hear a lot of people talk about Honda and Toyota reliability, and rightly so, but my Nissans have all had less trouble than the three Toyotas I have owned. Further, I have had less trouble with my Nissans than my friends have had with their Hondas. I don't know anyone who currently drives a Toyota.

I got this car after going from a Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V to a brand new Dodge SRT-4. The Dodge was too fun, but it also sucked royally in the quality dept. Without turning this into a Dodge review, I want to say that I kept the Dodge for exactly 11 months before trading it in for about half what I paid for it. Never again will I stray from Japanese (for the winter and German for the summer, that is).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2008

2005 Nissan Altima SE V6 from North America


I want my SUV back!!!


Doesn't want to start.

Bad brakes.

Tires wore-out quickly.

General Comments:

I purchased my 05 Altima just one year ago and already I need all new tires and brakes! And I'm also having problems with it not wanting to start! Then the "check engine light" is always coming on, even immediately after having service done on it -- it makes no sense.

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

Review Date: 6th November, 2007

13th Feb 2011, 10:38

You want an Escape back?


16th Jul 2013, 15:31

Are you kidding me, you're surprised that after 60,000 miles you need new brakes and tires... All cars need that at the mileage you have.

2005 Nissan Altima from North America


Not reliable


My head gasket is being replaced for the 3rd time.

General Comments:

I bought a 2005 Altima in 05. 3 months later, I started having overheating issues. I took it right in to Nissan and they told me they had to replace the head gasket. 6 months later the problems came back, they had to replace the head gasket again!! This month, my car starting doing the same things all over again!! Its in the shop now, and they think the block head is warped. Which means they will have to replace the head and the head gasket again!! I have never had this many problems with a vehicle in my life! Thank goodness I am 2000 miles below the 60,000 warranty and it will be covered!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2007

24th Feb 2009, 11:41

Dude that really sucks... but that's just bad luck or something because I've never heard of something like that from a new Nissan. Sounds more like an American car or a German made-in-Mexico make...

Nissan is a pretty reliable car. I have a '98 Maxima 3.0 with 184xxx miles and a '05 Altima 2.5s with 67xxx miles and no problems; just brakes, rotors and oil (knock on wood).

Maybe yours was made a Friday right before payday haha.

19th Sep 2011, 12:36

98 Maxima? That is one of the most reliable cars that Nissan ever made. That is before they got in bed with Renault in '99 and cheapened their products massively. Hold on to that car for dear life!

I have a 96 200SX with 230k miles on it, and it runs great.

Also have a 94 Maxima with 160k miles and an original auto tranny.. runs like a champ as well.

Newer models, post 1999, not so much.