2005 Nissan Altima SE from North America - Comments

25th Dec 2004, 13:51

I purchased a 2005 Altima 2.5 SL with four miles on it. The transmission seems hard whether it is cold or hot. It seems to run as if I was driving in 3rd. The heat/air unit whistles while the fan is blowing anywhere from medium to high. I took it to the dealer and we test drove two other 2005's...same problem. Just because they sound and operate the same does not make it right.

12th Jan 2005, 14:36

We aren't very happy with our 2005 Altima. The gear shifter makes a terrible noise while shifting between gears. We had to take it in for that and two times for the air bag light which was recalled. And I couldn't get the trunk to open on many occasions, my husband had problems with the doors unlocking, but would not open. And the radio cuts off or the volume goes down when it wants to. Maybe our car is just possessed. But I know I am not happy.

10th Feb 2005, 09:35

Hello, I am planning on purchasing a 2005 Altima, and wanted to let everyone know about nissanhelp.com. They list bulletins and recalls for all Nissans. There is a bulletin/recall for Altima hard shifts. Please check it out to see if it is helpful for you.

21st Jul 2005, 15:05

I posted about several things going wrong on my 2005 Altima. I forgot to add that the sunroof is broken as well. Is anyone else having problems with their automatic gearshift getting stuck? EVERYDAY mine gets stuck and you have to jerk it to get it to go into reverse. Am I the only one?

1st Dec 2005, 17:52

Hi does anyone have problems with the gas mileage? l just bought a 2006 Altima V6 3.5 and this thing burns a lot more gas then my old Chevy Blazer did! is it because it's a new car? But no other complain about the car, very powerful and almist a luxury car! Good luck

31st Mar 2006, 10:13

I have an '05 3.5SE. We have about 48K on the car already. We have had very very few problems with the car, absolute trooper. Gas mileage depends on the weight of your right toe. Small issue with the bottoms of the door handle cup coming out and being lost, no biggy. Cranks up and goes without complaint. However, recently it started being hard to put into and take out of park. I found that if you rev the engine while holding the brake in park or neutral (which ever direction you are stuck, in or out of park) the shifter will release and procede into or out of park. The dealership cannot recreate (obviously) so we are stuck with our workaround. guess I am going to have to tow it to the d-ship in the state.

2nd Apr 2006, 11:14

I had the same problem with not being able to shift out of park with my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Under my shifter console (which is on the floor also) there is a relay I replaced and since then everything works again. maybe you could try that?

25th May 2006, 23:05

I have an 05 3.5 SL with around 22k miles. Does anyone have the problem where you get above 75 MPH the thing shakes like a wet dog?

30th May 2006, 10:51

I also had the shaking problem with my 2005 3.5 Altima at higher speeds, although it comes and goes. I think it has something to do with the tire inflation or the tires themselves. I was pretty happy with the vehicle overall, however I now have a rear brake problem. Rear pads and rotors require replacing at 39K miles wearing almost twice as fast as the fronts. Anybody else have this issue?

5th Jun 2006, 09:41

My wife and I have an 05 Altima 2.5 S and the car has been a very good car so far, 33,000 miles. Recently though, we have noticed that slowing down at highway speeds, 60+ or higher and coasting to a stop, the transmission sounds like a fighter aircraft engine, hard to describe. Kind of like someone with a 5 speed down shifting, but this is an automatic and this sound recently started as I said. Anyone had or having a problem like this?

20th Dec 2006, 15:31

Automatic Transmission problem with Solenoid.

Our 2005 Altima, 2.5, has been a great car so far. We really do love it. Although, we had a little trouble recently with the auto transmission “thumping” during shifting between 1st and 2nd gears, while starting out or while traveling under 20 mph. We had hoped that a simple transmission fluid change would solve the problem. But no! The Nissan Dealer determined it to be the transmission solenoid that malfunctioned. Unfortunately, this car has 68K miles and is beyond the warranty period. It was an expensive repair and we wondered if this was an irregular malfunction or if there is an inherent problem with these transmissions.

Any others experienced this type problem?

23rd Dec 2006, 14:11

2005 Nissan Altima Transmission problems.

I have a 2005 Altima that just started to have shifting problems. The car has 47000 miles and slams (hard) when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear.

3rd Feb 2007, 12:12

I do not own an Altima. My sister is on her second one (2002 & 2005 2.5). He first one she traded in at 90,000 miles to buy the second one.

Now, as to the transmission problems, I had a simular issue with my 2000 Isuzu Trooper. I got the transmission filter changed and fluids flushed and it really smoothed out the shifting.

Another deal with the Trooper is we had to disconnect the battery for a few minute so the computer would "relearn" the new shift points.

21st Feb 2007, 11:22

I have a 2005 Altima. I have 80K+ already and it has not given me much problems. I have experienced the hard shifting, but from what I have read on many blogs, that seems to be common. There is however some clicking sound that happens around the gear shift when I step on the brakes, I took it in for repair and it was quite expensive somewhere around 300$ for parts and labor. I do hear a reduction in sound from the speakers while I'm driving (turning corners mostly) but so far no one can find the problem. My major disappointment is the color loss on several indoor trim. (around the button for storage compartment above the radio, trim around the window remote buttons and the trim around the gear shift (when its not blinding me) scratches very easy.

29th Apr 2007, 17:13

I have owned a 2005 Nissan Altima SE for almost two years. The only problems I've had with this car is the sun roof shade has to be closed manually now in stead of automatically. Other than that I have no serous complaints about the altima.

11th May 2007, 19:49

I'm having problems with my 2005 Altima. It seems the transmission or something is bumping when I put the car in cruise contol at around 50-60 miles a hour. It does it maybe every 20 seconds or sometimes vary. Its real light, but you can feel a small jerk like going into gear.

15th Jun 2007, 08:41

I have a 2005 Altima. It runs fine, but always pulling to the right. I went to the dealer and tried to align the car several times, but still pulling. So finally I put new tires and rotated to see the difference, but no result. Any suggestion?