2005 Nissan Altima from North America - Comments

4th Oct 2010, 10:15

I, too, have a 2005 Nissan Altima (bought it new in April 2004).

I have spent hundreds of dollars for the same problem. My car stopped dead in the middle of a busy road on the way to work. We had the OCM reprogrammed only to have the same problem start and then they had to replace the Crank Position Sensor. We also had to pay Nissan a $100 diagnostic fee (funny, our local mechanic only charges $30). It takes all of 2 minutes to diagnose! It cost me $400 to fix.

A few weeks ago, my SES light came on and I refused to take it again to the ripoff Nissan dealer. Everything they supposedly fixed, breaks again in no time. Anyway, I took my car to the local mechanic, whom I trust, and the code came up that I had to replace the Cam Sensor, which they did. The light came right back on when I left the garage. He then replaced the Crank Position Sensor without my knowing he was going to do that. He said he had done some research and read that the Cam and Crank Sensors should be done together. He actually did not charge us a dime; he just wanted it to work. Well, it didn't! He is stumped and I am ready to drive this car off a cliff.

I had to replace the radio, the window still always comes right back down, my paint is fading all around the windows, the sunroof makes a horrible rattling noise, etc. I only have 65K miles, and I would replace it in a heartbeat if I wanted another car payment.

I also contacted Nissan directly after they charged me so much for something I think should be a recall item and they denied it.

18th Oct 2010, 16:52

I bought my 2005 Nissan Altima brand new, and have had nothing but problems with this car.

I already have had my brakes and rotors replaced twice, and have only had the car for 5 years.

Recently my car has been shutting down/turning off in the middle of the highway, and worse, it takes me over 3 times to start it back up. I spent over $320 already by having my crankshaft sensor replaced, and the problems still continue to keep happening. I am fed up.

I found out there was a recall back in 2008 for this similar situation. I almost caused an accident myself, and I could have killed someone because of this. Supposedly my vin # was not on the list for the recall, but then why is everything that is going on with my car the same situation of the recall?

Now I find out they may need to reprogram my car. I have spent so much money, and have already gone thru three repair shops and three diagnostics, and what was replaced is still not fixed. Now I have it at a Nissan, and they are looking into it. The fact of the matter is, I feel I should be reimbursed for all this work and maintenance. Nissan should really do something about this. I could have hurt myself or someone else on the road. I feel they should be liable for any reimbursement, and this recall should be taken care of on my car. I am just fed up. I have missed work as result of my car being in and out of shops, and I have already spent money that I can't afford. I was never told about any recall, and I find it to be upsetting because of what could have happened.

28th Oct 2010, 14:28

My 05 Altima 2.5 had the same issue of stalling at stop signs, signal lights etc, and I spent 300 fixing at a dealer.. Seems like a common issue, and I am going to ask for a refund.

28th Oct 2010, 18:54

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5L automatic. All of a sudden the car began to idle roughly and stall at low speeds. I started to do my homework and saw several people had very similar, if not the exact same problem. I also saw some in common fixes. I saw there was a recall and called Nissan. They said my VIN indicates it is not part of the recall. The check engine light was on and I decided to get a code reader and see what code indicated. It indicated a cam sensor problem.

I went to a local auto parts store, and bought the sensor for about $40 dollars. Replaced the sensor and tried the car. It ran well for about a day, and again it starts to stall at low speeds, and is hard to start. I called a mechanic, and they are looking for about $300 dollars for work and part. It took me 15 minutes at most to get the cam sensor and replaced. Now I'll try the crank position sensor, hope and pray for the best, but I'm becoming frustrated with the lack of support by Nissan and the lack of a clear issue and fix.

Like the rest, I'm starting to think the only way to get big companies to listen is by filing a class action law suit.

30th Oct 2010, 22:36

I have never had any issues with my 2005 Altima, until about a week ago. My car started dying when stopped at red lights, and in the car line at my daughter's school.

Last night, the check engine light came on. Took the car to Jiffy Lube, and they said it was a crankshaft error message. The check engine light went off, and the car did not stall at all today. Then when driving home on the highway tonight, the car started bucking like crazy. I thought the engine was going to cut out. I, like some other people whom have posted on here, did not receive a recall notice. Maybe Nissan needs to widen the scope of the recall, as this is obviously an extremely dangerous issue that needs to be addressed. I am taking my car into the dealership, and demanding that they fix my car at their cost, as this is obviously a defect in the 2005 Altima!

22nd Mar 2011, 08:28

Finally someone that understands I've been having the same problem with the engine light after replacing both the speed and crankshaft sensor. My problem is emissions; my registration is going to be suspended. I been back in forth with AutoZone and Nissan, so add me to the list for the suit. If you know of someone or how to go about it, please let me know.

20th Apr 2011, 16:08

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4-door sedan with a little over 58,000 miles on it. Just yesterday, 4/19/11, both cam shaft position sensors failed and I had to have them replaced. Cost $391.00 and some odd cents. Did not know about the recall until yesterday, after the fact.

Would be nice if Nissan would reimburse their customers in some way for repairs that otherwise would not have occurred if there were not faulty parts to begin with.

Personally, I would like Nissan to do an overhaul on my vehicle and repair (for free) any faulty parts for which they have not issued a recall. Just a hope. Doesn't hurt to ask.