2005 Nissan Altima SE from North America - Comments

28th Oct 2007, 19:42

I own Nissan Altima 2005, 2.5. I also feel the jerk when the gear changes automatically from 1st to 2nd, at around 20 mph speed... It's just got 30k on it so far, and I see "service engine soon" light ON for last 3 days since the car started giving such problems. How much should I expect to spend?

8th Nov 2007, 08:47

My 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE DIED in the middle of a busy intersection last night! The transmission failed completely without warning. My husband and a could have been killed! It has 69K, but we have the extended warranty and it was towed to the dealership. It is a leased car and I will be glad to see the end of this lease.

13th Nov 2007, 18:47

I have an 05' altima and lately it has begun to have transmission problems, at least that's what I thought. When parked for a long time, like overnight, when started in the morning when i put it on drive, the gear would take a while to engage. I called the dealer where I purchased it from and they told me that it might be something to do with the battery connection.I'm taking it in for inspection and I will see what happens, if that's the case i'll pass on the info.

16th Nov 2007, 12:40

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima. I have had it for about 18 months. I started to have problems with the transmission, so I took it back to Nissan, because the mileage was over 60,000 miles they said the repair would be 2400.00 dollars, with the high price of gas and the car payment I just can't afford to have it repaired. I call the Nissan Corp. to see if they could even get me a better deal on the cost. The answer was a Big no. I now think that there is a problem with the transmission in the 05 Nissan Altima for the that matter in Nissan transmissions period. My uncle has a 05 Maxima the transmission has already been replaced. in the 04 my other uncle has had the transmission replaced. No more Nissans. Toyota here I come, my mom's Lexus a 95 Never had a problem. This is another time my Mother was right.

20th Nov 2007, 12:45

My '05 Altima is having the same problems as the first post. When the car is shifting gears it kicks really hard. It's still covered under warranty so I called dealership and they asked me to bring it in. Took it into the dealership and now they said they can't find anything wrong.

21st Nov 2007, 12:47

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5SL with 96,000 miles on it. The transmission started shifting very harshly between 1st and 2nd and the other gears. As suggested by Nissan Corp Customer Service, I took it to a dealership for diagnosis. They said the problem was the transmission solenoid valve assembly. They said the trans fluid was dirty and had caused the valve assembly to stick open. I checked the fluid level as soon as the problem started and it was clean and clear (not burned). I am wondering how a sealed transmission can get dirty, and if it did, why the dealership didn't change the transmission filter... It cost me $965.46 for repairs, and cost Nissan a loyal customer of many years. I own 2 Nissan vehicles now, and they are the last ones I will ever own. If this were the only problem I have had, I wouldn't be so upset, but it isn't. I also had to pay almost $300 to have timing sensors on the crankshaft and camshaft replaced (even though there was a recall on the problem). As far as I am concerned Nissan Motor Corp does not stand behind the products it makes, and will walk out from under a customer in less than a heartbeat. So much for the dependability of a Nissan, I would have expected this kind of dependability out of a Yugo except paid a lot less.

25th Nov 2007, 21:26

I've read several of the previous comments regarding Altima 2.5 and I too have similar transmission problems with my 59K miles, 2005 car. Automatic transmission shifting between 1st and 2nd gear kicks in with a heavy thud that reverberates throughout the whole body of the car. I have yet to take it in hoping I would be encouraged by reading this site and find a simple solution or a recall. Looks like this may be my last Nissan as well. I had a 1987 200SX that ran well for 7 years. My last car was a Dodge Avenger which lasted 149K miles. This situation is very disappointing. When I have it professionally diagnosed, I'll post the $ amount. By the way, I had my transmission fluid completely flushed and replaced about 4 months ago before any transmission thuds.

1st Dec 2007, 20:13

I have an 03 Altima that I took in to the Nissan dealer because of a recall on the sensor on the crankshaft. It would cause my car to die in traffic! But my car was also shifting very harshly (sometimes even lurching) while in between gears (especially 1 & 2) and my engine light was on. There was apparently another different recall that applied to my car too and they fixed that also. So I go to pick up my car and the mechanic says that the solenoid valve assembly needed to be replaced. That was why my car was lurching and shifting hard and if it was not replaced, and soon, it would ruin my transmission and then I would have to replace that instead. Of course that had nothing to do with either recall and would cost me $1500.00 for the parts and labor. (True that's better than the thousands it would cost to replace my transmission, but still that's a lot of money when you don't expect it.) They said the part was $900. A part that cost $900 sounds like a part that's not supposed to break. My car is not really that old, it has 86K miles, should I really be having this problem? I do love my car (its comfortable) but I'm not going to buy another one.

12th Dec 2007, 20:52

I have an 05 Altima 2.5s, and at 24k the transmission started leaking. No fluid spots were left on the ground, only a strong odor brought me to bring it to a local shop that told me the entire bottom of the car was covered in fluid.

Nissan towed the vehicle into their shop (the car would no longer move). The dealership was rude and suggested that they have never seen this happen to one of these cars at this mileage. Also the alignment cannot be adjusted into specs; I've been told for rear end problems.

For my last problem, at a cold start up the engine knocks for about 20 minuets after driving. This is embarrassing to have an 05 car with 24k that has more problems than my 96 Chrysler Cirrus with 146k; this is the last Nissan I will ever buy.

4th Jan 2008, 20:55

I just spent $1400.00 on my 2005 Nissan Altima in October 2007. After being stranded in traffic and taking two days off from work going back and forth to the dealership, I was told by the Nissan dealership the the following repairs were required:

*replace a faulty Transmission Solenoid Assembly

*transmission power flush

*replace throttle body.

I had no other choice, but to get the repairs since I needed transportation for work; however, this will definitely be my first and last Nissan. Actually, I wouldn't take a free Nissan right now! Most people purchase new cars so that they won't have these problems, so much that! Huh, Nissan!!