Nissan Altima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Altima owners have reported a total of 12,551 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Altima. The 2009 Nissan Altima cars have the most problems reported (1,846 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Altima

  Common problems of Nissan Altima

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Nissan Altima cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,770 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,228 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Altima

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,770
  Air Bag
1,228
  Electrical System
1,212
  Structure
1,181
  Equipment
1,124
  Power Train
1,090
  Steering
1,066
  Service Brakes
523
  Visibility
382
  Vehicle Speed Control
362
   
  Suspension
335
  Exterior Lighting
208
  Other Fuel System
177
  Tire
139
  Seats
130
  Gasoline Fuel System
125
  Electronic Stability Control
122
  Seat Belt
100
  Unknown Or Other
96
  Wheel
85
  Latches/locks/linkage
77
  Child Seat
8
  Air Brake
4
  Interior Lighting
3
  Parking Brake
2
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Altima of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Altima model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Altima model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Altima Model Years

Altima
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 32265,4831    
0.12
  2016 106268,3902    
0.20
  2015 339468,0533    
0.24
  2014 514281,0734    
0.46
  2013 1,434374,3925    
0.77
  2012 339310,6166    
0.18
  2011 192161,2837    
0.17
  2010 360197,1148    
0.23
  2009 1,846195,3139    
1.05
  2008 1,110243,75610    
0.46
  2007 518196,87011    
0.24
  2006 931294,87412    
0.26
  2005 1,259373,58513    
0.26
  2004 32490,49814    
0.26
  2003 1,060225,70215    
0.31
  2002 1,278192,88316    
0.41
  2001 194134,54417    
0.08
  2000 199138,02918    
0.08

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Altima is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Altima
2
  2017 Altima
8
  2016 Altima
22
  2015 Altima
85
  2014 Altima
143
  2013 Altima
340
  2012 Altima
37
  2011 Altima
22
  2010 Altima
51
  2009 Altima
36
  2008 Altima
67
  2007 Altima
74
  2006 Altima
110
  2005 Altima
79
  2004 Altima
18
  2003 Altima
44
  2002 Altima
77
  2001 Altima
33
  2000 Altima
22
  1999 Altima
16
  1998 Altima
17
  1997 Altima
6
  1996 Altima
26


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