22nd Aug 2007, 07:59

My wife and I bought a 2005 Altima and our brakes began to make a grinding sound recently with no warning. I had them checked out by an independent garage by a good friend and mechanic and the news was not good. The rears are metal to metal and the fronts are 75% worn. It's only 2 years old, driven by my wife who drives like a grandmother and the vehicle only has 29,000 KM (approx. 20,00 miles) on the odometer. HUH? WHAT? With all the incidentals (bleeding the system, parking brake adjustment, etc.) it's setting us back about $950.00. We'll see if Nissan will maybe cover the costs. Good luck to us.

29th Aug 2007, 22:55

You BETTER BELIEVE IT, your car has less than 36000 american miles, and less than 3 years old. Your warranty is SUPPOSED to cover it!!!

21st Sep 2007, 12:53

I drive my '03 Nissan Altima v6 real hard and it's never failed me. It has 80,000 miles on it already and I've replaced the front brakes twice and the rear once. I drive fast, stop on a dime, and no problems whatsoever. The engine is fine, nothing in the interior has broken. I would buy another Nissan.

Something tells me all of the people here have had bad luck with their cars. I've had nothing, but good luck with mine.

11th Nov 2007, 01:49

I own a Nissan Altima 2003 2.5L. I have gone through a transmission and have a near fire episode with my rear brakes on occasion. They heat up so bad they smoke. I will do the slides after reading these posts. But I have a window that no longer wishes to close quietly, the rear seat belts both will not stay in their guides, and my rear doors have squeaked since 2 months after owning.

We opted out of extended warranties and have regretted it ever since. Although they did replace the transmission after forcing me to pay to have them flush it first when I had told them it was bad to cover the warranty. 1 week later the torque converter froze and locked the transmission up.

It has been a lemon for us and I also will never buy a Nissan again, and if there is anyone with help on rear heat/smoke in axle issues please contact me at dracvan@hotmail.com. TY.

12th Nov 2007, 11:37

I have a 2003 V6 SE 5spd. I bought it because I liked the looks and performance and I had a 1995 Altima which lasted 10 years and was reliable and handled great. I've had a lot of quality related problems. I now have a cracked rotor and my The air conditioner broke after 60,000 miles. The power is great, especially from 0-60 but the handling is awful. It feels like it is swaying all over the road when driving at high speed. The steering is numb. I don't think there is a sloppier handling car on the road. Has anyone else experienced handling problems?

29th Nov 2007, 16:06

That's not always the case, some of us do check our brakes. Matter of fact I had my (reliable) mechanic tune up my car and even check my brakes last week. Two days ago I crashed due to BRAKE FAILURE!!! This was WITHOUT warning and should NEVER happen. I am thankful I came out with only a few scratches. It was severe enough that my car was totaled and the air bags deployed. I still loved my car, but there is evidently something wrong and Nissan should take responsibility before someone is killed, not only in the Nissan, but in the car you may hit as a result to brake failure.

1st Jun 2008, 13:04

I have had my 2003 Altima 2.5 since new and I have had no problems at all. I do the oil changes every 3 months and I use a synthetic oil, I change the air filter as required and rotate the tires, and I use my gears to control speeds when coming down a steep hill, this saves the brakes. I would buy another Altima 2.5 without any hesitation.

1st Sep 2008, 00:55

I have a 2006 Nissan Altima with the same rear brake problem everyone describes. Pads and rotors completely gone on right side after 40K. Left side was 50% worn and fronts were almost new. Drive all highway miles daily and hardly ever use my brakes. Dealer said the caliper froze. No warning, just one day heard metal to metal. Will take the advice of the others and check the rear brakes every time I rotate the tires. I have owned many cars and never had this happen. Overall, I love this car but am very concerned about dealing with the brake issue all the time. Dealer was not much help and didn't seem to care. Took the car to an independent garage instead of giving Nissan my money. I wonder if a upgraded aftermarket brake system would solve the problem?

25th Nov 2008, 07:36

I have a 2003 Altima and have never had a problem with it except for the usual wear and tear routine maintenance that needs to be done. I have replaced the front and back brakes once. It has 84,000 miles on it. But I know what it's like to have a lemon, I have had a Toyota Tercel and it was the worst car ever! So I sympathize with everyone.

7th Jan 2009, 14:02

I have a leased Altima 2006. The rear brakes are completely gone after 20,000 km.

The repair cost is over $500.

From what I can see Nissan has been aware of this problem at least since 2002 and hasn't done anything about it.

I have complained to Nissan and my dealer and I am waiting for some action. I don't anticipate they will do anything.

I will never buy a Nissan again.

24th Apr 2009, 20:11

I had an Altima 2.5SL. It had 64000 miles on it and began drinking oil every two days. 3 to four quarts.

Sensor problems, throttle problems and transmission problems.

The car has failed to accelerate in highway traffic, and stopped dead in traffic.

I have replaced tires three times and travel less than 30 miles to commute to work.

The driver side window has failed three times and opens after being closed.

The door on drivers side now also has to be opened from the outside. There are vapors from exhaust system too.

I liked the car when I bought it. I got rid of this car and will never ever buy another Nissan as long as I can buy something else.

$26,000 shot to... well you know the rest. Don't take these lemons for repairs.. Thousands spent, and no solutions. Temporary fixes. Worst car ever.

30th Mar 2010, 05:58

2003 3.5 SE, 800000km.

Rusted out floor, bent front rotor. Other than that, the car is in good shape.

I like Nissan, but a design flaw caused moisture to collect between the floor layers, and caused premature rusting. Not a rust spot on the body.

2nd May 2010, 18:34

Anyone experience the doors of the Altima being hard to shut? I have to forcefully push the door shut to get it to latch. I oiled the hinges and checked for alignment of the latch, and they still require a lot of force to even gently push the door shut. Also gone through 3 sets of pads and two sets of rotors. I am at 90,000 miles. I am going to retire this car soon and get a Subaru Outback.