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2012 Nissan Altima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2012 Nissan Altima

262 problems have been reported for the 2012 Nissan Altima. The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for 2012 Nissan Altima. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train with 56 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (32 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2012 Nissan Altima

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2012 Nissan Altima in the United States are 310,616 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Nissan Altima owners in the last 5 years is 262, and the age of the vehicle is 5, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 262 / 310,616 / 5 * 1000 = 0.17.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Nissan Altima model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2012 Nissan Altima in 2012.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2012
7
  2013
35
  2014
49
  2015
49
  2016
42
  2017
43

small car iamge Compare the 2012 Nissan Altima with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Nissan Altima, the following table can be used to compare the 2012 Nissan Altima with the Nissan Altima from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2012 Altima is 262 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Nissan Altima is 519.

Table 3. Compare the 2012 Nissan Altima with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Altima
3
  2016 Altima
31
  2015 Altima
235
  2014 Altima
383
  2013 Altima
1,170
  2012 Altima
262
  2011 Altima
144
  2010 Altima
314
  2009 Altima
1,748
  2008 Altima
1,030
  2007 Altima
490
  2006 Altima
890
  2005 Altima
1,215
  2004 Altima
318
  2003 Altima
1,044
  2002 Altima
1,260
  2001 Altima
193
  2000 Altima
199
  1999 Altima
101
  1998 Altima
139
  1997 Altima
139
  1996 Altima
115


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