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Automatic Transmission Problems of Nissan Altima



Nissan Altima owners have reported 65 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 07/19/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle and shifting into different gears, it would not move. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notifed and they were unaware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were approximately 92,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 06/18/2011

From a complete stop, placed foot on brake pedal, put transmission into forward, released foot from brake pedal, vehicle accelerated into reverse without touching the accelerator pedal causing an accident into a parked car. Ten days later, from a complete stop, placed foot on brake pedal, put transmission into reverse, released foot from brake pedal, vehicle accelerated forward without touching the accelerator pedal causing an accident into a tree. Each incident occurred with different drivers. Transmission is faulty at 42k miles. Car is unreliable and unsafe to drive.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 06/05/2011

Dangerous performance on 2010 Nissan Altima. After driving over 2 hours at highway speed, I had to stop for traffic. I tried to accelerate following the stop and the car would not accelerate. I had to depress the accelerator almost to the floor and then it moved gradually and then quickly picked up speed. This happended several times on the trip after extended driving time.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 06/04/2011

I own a 2010 Nissan Altima sl and have had problems with acceleration following long highway trips. When I exit the freeway and come to a stop, I can push the gas pedal down to the floor and experience very little speed. I have brought the vehicle to the dealership twice and both times they state that they can't "recreate the problem". The problem is that they won't drive it long enough to be able to recreate the problem. I have no issues with driving short or moderate distances, only long highway trips. I have once again returned the vehicle to the dealership and I refuse to pick it up until they recreate the problem. This is a major safety factor because we were almost involved in a collision last week while on vacation.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 04/21/2011

After a hard stop on highway, car transmission was locked in a higher gear, thus accellaration on highway was extremely difficult, and was rear ended, car was driving at 5mph on the highway following and could not accelarate. There is a serious transmission problem with this make.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 12/16/2010

I have had my engine replaced as a recall but windsor Nissan has no record when I asked for the report. I went in to the dealer on 12/16/10 at 5:30 pm because I was having problems as the gear shift was getting stuck in park and couldn't move at all. I read the book which says to push the shift lock release button which will let me move the gear shift temporarily. I then contacted the dealer who in turn told me to bring the car in to check it out. They wanted to charge me $110 just to see it until I disputed that. Afterwards, he told me that the shift lock control unit needs to be replaced, he couldn't explain to me why the car just up and started to act up or what leads to that. I have an older model Nissan Altima and it runs better than the 2006. I have had more problems with the new car than I had with the old one. I have also had to replace the back brake lights 6 times within the year because it continues to blow out as well as the over head light on the inside of the car. The only thing that confuses me is the gear shift, now I'm subject to pay $300 for this part being replaced because it isn't covered in the warranty and no one could tell me exactly what causes this problem. I need to know what is causing the problem and what can be done to keep this from happening in the future. I have contacted other mechanics who seem to feel that this shouldn't have happened especially because the car is only 4 1/2 years old.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 10/13/2010

Cvt transmission is warmed up after driving for 20 minutes. Once warm, from a complete stop, I lightly accelerate to move forward and the car hesitates like I am not even press on the accelerator so I press harder almost to the floor when the car finally and suddenly accelerates out of control almost causing an accident. This situation happens is a constant problem for the past month. Another problem is that you can be on the freeway driving at 60mph and just loose all power and cant accelerate. I took it to the dealership and they say cant replicate the problem and to just leave it with them to see if they check engine light comes on, but I had already explained that the light has never came on. The service advisor stated that if the light doesn't come on and they don't get a "code" from it that they cant fix the problem under warranty even though Nissan knows that their is an issue with the cvt so they extended the warranty on the vehicle.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2010

I purchsed my 2010 Nissan Altima new at the dealership in April 2010. Around 7k miles is when I first noticed the problem. When I am accelerating, between 20-35 mph my car makes a loud nose and hits between 4000-5000 rpms, but it feels like it is losing power and is very slow to speed up. Once I hit over 50mph it gets better. I have taken it to 2 different Nissan dealerships and they say they can't find anything wrong with it. As a sanity check, I have asked 3 other people to drive my car and they are experiencing the same thing I am. This is very dangerous when turning left at an unprotected light or turning right into traffic. I googled this and see many people are having the exact same issue with the year and model.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 08/09/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the accelerator pedal was stuck in the up position while depressing the pedal, the vehicle failed to move. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they performed a diagnostic test but could not duplicate the failure. They also reprogrammed the computer but the problem continued. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 10,000. The dealer replaced the throttle lever assembly. Updated 11/05/10 the consumer stated as he backed out of the driveway, he then put the gear in drive and the vehicle would not move beyond 5 mph. After about 100 feet of a slow roll and trying to engage the accelerator, it caught with a lurch. According to the dealer, the transmission was overfilled with fluid, which caused the vehicle to shut down. Updated 12/22/jb.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. When the contact engaged the accelerator pedal the vehicle moved very slowly. This happened sporadically and it also occurred while driving on a highway. There were no warning lights illuminated indicating any type of failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they test drove the vehicle but could not duplicate the failure. After running a diagnostic test on the transmission faulty codes were detected indicating that the transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer called the manufacturer and informed them of the failure but was told that the transmission was on back order. They also are not sure when they will receive the transmission to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 10,000.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 07/07/2010

It occurred to me in July 2010. Car was 7 months old with mileage of ~7,000 km. There was a problem with acceleration - with acceleration pedal fully depressed engine was revving up to ~2,200 rpm and car barely accelerated like it was slippage in the transmission. Switching to sport or manual modes was not effective. There is "high fluid temperature protection mode" described in manual, but there is no warning light/chime that transmission enters this mode. Driver not being aware of very limited acceleration can find himself in very dangerous situation leading to fatal accident, e. G. When pulling out in heavy traffic. It occurred several times, never any warning light was on. Finally transmission was replaced, but until now (January 2011) Nissan did not admit that there is a problem and did not take any preventive action.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 07/04/2010

2008 Altima 2. 5s was on 35-35 degree incline with front facing uphill. As I was exiting the vehicle, it popped out of park and into neutral. Before I could stop it, the driver door caught on neighboring yard/hill and bent forward. Damage to rear bumper as well. Damage totaled approximately $3700. Nissan said their filed tech could find nothing wrong with the car. I have found 7 other instances of this happening but they did not seem to care. This car is not safe to drive or park for that matter.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 07/02/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate and jerk violently as the contact attempted to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the mechanic stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 07/01/2010

After driving for extended periods of time (2 hours or more) on the interstate, the vehicle has difficulty recovering from a stop. I accelerate to move forward and the vehicle hesitates. When it reaches about 2000 rpms, it accelerates out of control. I took it to the dealership who could not replicate the problem. They offered for me to bring it in when I am getting off the interstate, but I had to stop before I arrived at the dealership. This occurred around 700 miles. When I'm at stop lights I don't panic, but this is unsafe for interstate driving. Nissan will not replace my transmission under the warranty as they cannot duplicate the issue.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

I was driving to work on the hwy going about 55 and my gas pedal stopped working for about 15 seconds. I pulled into a parking space at a nearby apartment complex and sat there for another 10 seconds pumping the gas pedal. It started working after that and I drove to work to no further issues, but this could possibly lead to an accident or even a possible death(s).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 04/03/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximate speeds of 50 mph and applying the brakes, the vehicle stalled. He was able to restart the vehicle and momentarily, the vehicle exhibited hesitation and slight jerking. The vehicle then proceeded as normal. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not under recall or warranty and repairs would be at the owners expense. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 93,100.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving for 150 miles, he heard a loud noise and the vehicle stalled. The tacometer did not display a reading and the vehicle rapidly decelerated. An authorized dealer was unsuccessful at duplicating the failure after five attempts. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 85,325.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 02/17/2010

While driving the vehicle the check engine light came on. Shortly after that the car died. I pulled off the side of the road and after several attempts was able to restart the car. The check engine light has come on in the past and after having the computer cleared the problem goes away. This is the first time that car died on me while driving. The problem usually occurs when I shift from park to drive before the rpms drop below 1000.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

1-2 times a week,I have to repeatedly push hard on the brake to get the car out of park. I am not parking on any kind of incline. This has gone on for several months. Now twice in the last 2 months, I go to get ready to park the car,and my gearshift will go to neutral but will not go into reverse or park. I tried costing the car a bit,tried driving it forward a bit,I even shut the car off in neutral, nothing worked. Finally,while in neutral,I revved the engine a little bit and gearshift smoothly started working again.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

We purchased a used 2006 Nissan Altima, with in a month of purchasing this vehicle we were unable to get the car out of park or into park. We thought it might have something to do with the winter weather, because it was periodically happening. It is now summer and it happens every time we start the car. It even happens when we have been driving the car and pull in to a parking spot , we are unable to get the car into park. We have been overriding the lock mechanism by inserting a metal tool into it, but it is quite inconvenient every time we drive the car to have to do this!.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 11/04/2009

1. Was driving south on hwy 101 in California at 60 mph. 2. Brakes failed to slow car down, only released an odor as the pads appeared to be smoldering. Accelerator appeared to be frozen and for a couple minutes actually accelerated. 3. Applied brakes repeatedly, pulled on hand brake, pressed on cruise control on off switch, pressed on cruise control cancel and set switches. Up until then the cruise control was not working at all anyway. But, it appeared that cruise control was on and non-responding to the brakes. Went past exit and continued down highway toward gilroy, CA with no ability to stop vehicle. After approximately 10 miles, car began to slow down by itself and I exited. While driving on a city street, on the same day, the incident occurred again while traveling 30 mph. I was able to force the transmission into neutral and stop in the right lane of traffic by pulling forcefully on the emergency brake. At the auto shop, I was shown completely disintegrated brakepad on the left and a paper thin brakepad on the right. Both rotors were 80% covered with large black blotches. Brakes and rotors were replaced one week later.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

I am unable to move the gearshift in my 2005 Nissan Altima 2. 5 l. . According to the NHTSA has issued TSB 04098 in July 2005 on the issue. I ust use a small screwdriver to press the safety switch to move the vehicle. The dealer cost for correction of this problem is $590. 00.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 08/31/2009

Follow up to complaint number 10198578. The entire cvt transmission was eventually replaced while the car had only 4500 miles on it. At around 60,000 miles the check engine light came on (8/31/09) so I took it to do the dealership and they received transmission codes. Nissan headquarters got involved and determined another transmission was needed. This will be my third transmission on a car that is a little over 2 years old and has only 60,000 miles on it. Nissan has said that the cvt transmissions have had few problems, and instead of repairing them, they are just getting replaced. No further explanation was given. I think it's ridiculous.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 07/28/2009

The motorist and lawful owner of Nissan Altima 2005 (29k miles) was driving on cloudy but dry July 21 09, at 9:50am, 4. 5 miles from home to the university of arkansas at little rock. Motorist pulled into the parking lot adjacent to the student center, and drove around looking for suitable parking spot. After one lap at creeping speed of 5 mph, motorist found an unoccupied parking spot facing the woods. Motorist pulled into available parking spot, nose first, and slowed down. When aforementioned vehicle came to a complete still stand, motorist then intended to shift the gearshift from the d into the p position, going through n, r. With right foot on break pedal, motorist shifted gearshift forwards, when the gearshift suddenly got stuck in the n position. The vehicles engine, however, unexpectedly revved loudly. The vehicle simultaneously accelerated uncontrollably forwards, running over a 4-foot long, 8-inch tall concrete stopper block, then going over the 6-inch high sidewalk, and inevitably moving into the woods, where vehicle hit a tree and finally came to a complete halt, with gearshift still being in n position. Shaken by this startling experience and by drivers airbag, motorist instantaneously turned cars engine off by turning the ignition keys counterclockwise. The traumatized and bruised motorist noticed smoke emanating from steering wheel, thus decided to step out of vehicle. At 1st glance, the collision damaged right fender, bottom metal frame, hood, right headlight as well as bumper. Witnesses assisted motorist in arranging tow-truck to pick-up incapacitated vehicle. It appears that the cause of this accident lies in mechanical failure: a defective transmission. Its unsafe to drive a vehicle with an undependable transmission. Luckily, no pedestrians were in the way of the uncontrollable vehicle. A thorough inspection of the cause of this accident, and a replacement of all faulty parts or vehicle, is highly advisable.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 06/01/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The driver states there was a recall done on the electronic control module last year at 32,433 miles. The contact states they have never had any problems with the vehicle until after the recall was done. The vehicle will jerk while doing high speeds on the highway and recently while driving at 25mph the vehicle completely shut off on it's own. The driver then waited a minute and started the vehicle again and was able to drive it. The failure mileage on the vehicle was 35,000 and the current mileage is 50,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 26
Failure Date: 04/01/2009

Many times after owning my 2005 Nissan, I started having to crank the engine a couple of times before it would start. This should not happen on a car that was only 4 years old when it first started happening. Also the key gets stuck in the ignition which it has been doing for a couple of years. No one knows what it is. I just put it back in drive then park to take the key out.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 27
Failure Date: 02/11/2009

Timing chain on my 2005 Nissan Altima is making a buzzing/whining noise at the engine area. This whole process started on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 when the Nissan service department found the issue and stated that it should be fixed to the amount of $1,578. 00 (+tax). They even sent a "cpia - goodwill recommendation" request to which Nissan's message back was "goodwill is not recommended". At that time I explained to them that it did not make any sense to me why a timing chain that is meant to outlast the life of the engine would need to be replaced when my vehicle only has 76,717 miles on it. I have always ensured it is well maintained at the intervals recommended and I am a very safe and good driver and keep my vehicle in good working condition, it is not neglected in anyway. They suggested that I phone the Nissan customer care line to see if there was anything further that could be done. After 6 phone calls with Nissan customer care they too decided that they felt it was out of warranty and not their problem. So I went back to the dealership and received a recommendation to speak with the service manager. I sent him a very detailed email requesting assistance, he stated he'd look into my concerns. Unfortunately, he too received the same response that Nissan feels they are not obligated in anyway to repair the timing chain on my vehicle because it is out of the warranty period. At this time I plan to pursue this further by contacting the better business bureau and lemon law to see if they can assist in anyway. I believe that it is ridiculous for the consumer to pay the cost of replacing a part that should be replaced by the manufacturer since it is obviously a defective part, since it's designed to out live the life of the engine, last I checked 76,000+ miles on a Nissan is not the life of the engine. I hope that Nissan will finally realize they are responsible and assist in resolving this matter for me.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 28
Failure Date: 08/18/2008

I owned a 2007 Altima at the time. The problem occurs at speeds over 45 mph. If emergency brakes are slammed and lockup until vehicle comes to complete stop the throttle becomes totally unresponsive for up to 1 minute. This happened to me at an intersection and scared the!@#$% out of me. Similar thing occurred a few days later. I decided to test if this issue can be duplicated. It can with almost 100% accuracy. Took car to dealership. Duplicated the issue for their confirmation and left car for examination. According to service rep "it is to dangerous to drive car in this condition\". A few hours later got a call from dealer with the following explanation. They tested this issue and were able to repeat it on 3 identical cars. Apparently manufacturer told them that this is an expected behavior to protect certain components of a car transmission. I have been in contact with Nissan USA and was told that this is not a defect but a design to protect transmission. I have taken several other Altimas for test drive and spoke to a number of people. Apparently this issue affects all Altimas equipped with cvt but not with abs. I believe that abs allows transmission to rotate thus correcting the issue. As far as I am concerned not been able to move a car for up to a minute after an emergency braking could be more dangerous then the emergency itself. Can you visualize your self being stuck at an intersection (happened to me) or on a highway? this issue can be easily duplicated . I have traded my car in as I was too scared to drive it.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 29
Failure Date: 07/10/2008

2008 Nissan Altima 2. 5 4 cylinder with cvt transmission, when pulling out on highway the car began to accelerate normally at first (0 to 25 mph) but then would not accelerate and coasted into traffic nearly causing accident. This happened twice more on the way to the dealership. The problem happens intermittently and has been reported to a Nissan dealer twice for repair under warranty. Check engine light came on when lack of acceleration happened 3 times and twice the dealer reset the code, change the fluid and reprogram the computer and said it was just a fluke and that it found no hardware problems. The Nissan cvt transmission control electronics are unreliable, unsafe and should be investigated. This recurring problem very nearly resulted in a major accident today.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 30
Failure Date: 05/25/2008

I have 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5 s,my car burn oil like crazy, could make a fire if I didn't keep checking on the oil level, I spent 5 quart just from iowa to minneapolis and for the local drive I need to refill 1 quart of oil every 5-6 days (between office and home which is just 4 minutes driving).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 31
Failure Date: 12/16/2007

Throughout the last 4 yrs, on several occasions when shifting the transmission it doesn't engage. I have pulled from a parking spot using reverse, and just when I am pulling into traffic and shift to drive the car doesn't respond. The engine doesn't react to the accelerator; the engine is running but the car is unresponsive. When it happens I have to push the car to the side of the road and turn it off. One time it took about 15 mins to be able to restart and restore all functions. On another occasion I ended up having to wait until the next day. The scary part is that the engine and transmission are completely unresponsive when you need it the most; getting into traffic. I have been blessed and very lucky that it has only happened when pulling out of a parking spot or my out of my driveway. What I am extremely afraid is if this were ever to happen when pulling out into a highway or busy street traffic. This is similar to the risk associated with recall NHTSA campaign #07v527000. Please correct the problem before someone gets kill; we should never wait that long or let it go that far.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 32
Failure Date: 12/15/2007

Nissan Altima 2004. Has around 91,000 miles. Transmission jerk a little, like it was jumping into gear. Car shut off with no warning while going down a hill. I was able to put the car in neutral while coasting and restart the car. Three days later the engine shuts off again. The vehicle was at a light. This time it took several tries to start the vehicle. At a busy intersection it stopped again the same day but was able to restart. I took the car to a dealership (car is in germany due to military). They told me they would call me back. I have not received a call. I called Nissan north America and I was told that the car falls under 2 recalls. Both the valve screws and the sensor. I may end up having to pay for it all even though nna says they "should" handle it here.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 33
Failure Date: 09/09/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 55 mph, the transmission would skip without warning. As of March 25, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 37790.


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