2005 Nissan Altima from North America - Comments

8th Jan 2009, 20:55

I am having the same problem with my 03 Altima 2.5S. My problem only started the evening of me having the ECM recall performed. That day after leaving the dealership my car bogged down and began running real rough, even when I floored the accelerator the car would just rev up the RPM's but not go. My SES light came on and says camshaft sensor overtiming and crankshaft sensor malfunctioning. The next day I called the nissan service department and they said there is no way the reprogram of the ECM could be the cause. Very Coincidental HuH.

11th Mar 2009, 12:01

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima and I took my car to the dealership regarding the ECM recall. Before taking my car to the dealership, my Service engine soon light was not on. 1 month after responding to the recall, my service engine light is on and my car shuts down on me at the stoplight. They say it is the crank shaft position sensor. They are telling me that it is $275 to replace and charging me $100 for the diagnostic. I tried to be proactive and prevent any problems by taking my car in for the recall before something happened. However, my car shut down on me anyway which the recall stated would be prevented if you bring the car in. I really don't think that the ECM reprogramming is the proper recall, the recall should be the crank shaft sensor because the ECM Programming recall response did not stop my car from shutting down. Nissan is not going to be happy until someone gets hurt. I have a 10 month old daughter and this is too much of a risk to take. Especially with a vehicle with 82,000 miles and 3-1/2 years old.

1st Apr 2009, 18:45

I have a 2004 Altima and have been having non-stop issues since the first week of December. My car started surging for a few days, and then the Service Engine Soon light came on. That same day, the car shut off as I was reversing out of a parking spot.

I've had the crankshaft sensor, CAM shaft sensor, battery, and gas cap replaced (I've explored every possible reason my car could be acting this way).

After a few months, I got fed up and took my car to the dealer (didn't take it there to begin with because of how much they were going to charge me). They couldn't find anything wrong with it. I finally contacted Nissan and after several days was told that they are not responsible and there is nothing that they can do for me. The woman suggested that I take the car to another Nissan dealer.. which mind you is about an hour away.

I can get about 3 good days of driving to and from work without issues, but then after that, it starts surging again and then feels like it's dragging. And once in a while it will shut off at red lights or reversing out of a parking spot.

This is really aggravating... I've loved my Altima since day 1.. but now I am so tired of it and afraid to drive it. Never again will I buy another Nissan.

2nd Apr 2009, 19:26

I was just on another site, and found a bunch of people with Nissan Altimas with the same issue (of course..there's a ton of us!). I'm looking into filing a class action suit. I'm not really sure how to do it yet, but if any of you are interested in participating, or know how to go about doing so, please e-mail me: SickOfNissan@yahoo.com.

12th Apr 2009, 03:18

Perhaps this is the problem with MY 05 Altima. At highway speeds (>65) the engine will buck severely (almost like I've just been rear-ended), but only once then the car resumes normal operation for the duration of the trip regardless of distance. Shut it off then get back on the highway and 5 minutes into the drive there it is again - brief, severe buck then nothing. The SES light is on now and it has something to do with the crank position sensor. Now, call the dealer - this aught to be be good...

My last '97 Altima had 270k miles with absolutely NO maintenance issues, which is why I bought another one. I guess past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

6th May 2009, 20:51

I am having the same exact trouble. I bought my Altima with 24 miles on it. I have loved it since day one. Now it is acting up even though the ECM has been reprogrammed. I agree, it is a load of crap what Nissan is doing. I think that I will join those who have already called Nissan and possibly even be a part of the class action law suit mentioned above!

10th May 2009, 15:57

I'm right there with the rest of ya. I thought my tranny was the problem, and just went to Autozone, where they got this CKP code back. I'm calling my local dealer tomorrow and I hope they take care of it, as I saw there is a recall on the part, but if not I'm in on the class action, there are a lot of Altima drivers out here and we'll all be affected eventually it seems.

Mine is the 04 model.

3rd Sep 2009, 13:13

Just had the same thing happen, 2002 Sentra, stalled in the middle of the road, had it towed to shop, $250 later it had a new crankshaft sensor. Checked my records and it had been changed along with the ECM by dealer a few years ago. Just using the same bad parts. From all I've been reading, the re-programing doesn't work well for a lot of people. No fun getting stranded like that when the car is fine.

Had trouble with the air intake sensor too, not to mention the windows and radio, and now the clear coat is turning white. They can't even admit their mistake. No more Nissans for me.

19th Jan 2010, 18:12

I had the same problem as mentioned above. My car engine stopped without any warning sign. It stopped 4 times in a week while I'm driving and my 18 month old son was in the car seat!!! Unbelievable malfunction! I took it to the dealer shop and they changed the crankshift sensor and reprogrammed the EPM. Well, the real problem is I had the same issue in 2007 and got it fixed. I called Nissan and they said I have to pay for whatever cost because the recall was repaired previously and the recall was closed. How can they say it is repaired when the same problem happened again? How can they close the recall when the problem still persist? No more Nissan for me, my relatives and my friends!!!

25th Apr 2010, 13:38

I have a 2005 3.5L Nissan Altima that last year started stalling while driving. Usually it is around town, but once it briefly did it when driving on the highway at 70 mph.

In 6 months it has stalled about 6 times. Yesterday it wouldn't start. The last time I took it to a Nissan dealer and they said they had no idea what was wrong, and couldn't reproduce the symptoms.

I loved this car before this (80,000 miles). Now I have started questioning owning a Nissan again.

I have a teenage daughter driving this car in a big city, and I am afraid she will stall in some dangerous location.

I will take it back to a dealer service shop again tomorrow. If anyone has ideas on how to approach the dealer, I'd appreciate it.

I am interested in a class action suit.