Cruise Control Problems of Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima owners have reported 25 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Altima based on all problems reported for the Altima.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 11/18/2016

2016 Nissan Altima ,cruise control on, speed set at 65 to 69 while cruising with crash avoidance set to one bar speed will suddenly drop to 62 to 65 . No cars no where near front of vehicle or on road way in front of vehicle, road way empty with no vehicles insight. Have to step on accelerator to bring vehicle back up to speed. Took car in to Nissan, mechanic said his Altima does same thing and that this was normal operation of cruise control. This causes other drivers behind my vehicle to become enraged as I'm holding up traffic usually pass me sometimes cutting me off for holding up traffic. This has been happening all the time when using cruise control since 03/30/2016 to present.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

The contact owned a 2016 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle would not stop or decelerate when depressing the brake pedal or while attempting to deactivate the cruise control. The failure caused the vehicle to crash into a truck. During the crash, the driver sustained back, neck and facial injuries that required medical attention. A police report was taken at the scene. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 05/13/2016

The cvt transmission started shifting hard a few months ago. Then about a month ago the transmission started slipping. I exited the freeway and came to a light. Turned left and was in the middle of the intersection when the car would not go. I was nervious and pushed then pumped the gas and the car would not go. Then out of the blue it took off with out my foot on the gas. I had the transmission fluid changed. Then a few weeks latter I was driving 75 (speed limit) with cruise control on then the car started loosing power, 65,60 55. I accelerated the car and it just would not go faster. I was able to stop it with the cruise at 55. With flashers on could have been killed. Started my research and found that Nissan has extended the warranty by doubling it from 5 years/60,000 to 10 years/120,000 miles. My issue is my car is only 6 years old with 128,000 miles and Nissan has my car in their shop and will not fix it. I believe the cvt transmission needs to be recalled before someone get killed. I have very service record since the day I bought the car with 12 miles on it. The car has been well maintained.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 02/28/2016

Recently, I faced a near death experience driving my Nissan Altima. I was heading back to kc from columbia. It was windy morning at 3 am on 70 w and suddenly my car¿s cruise control light started blinking, and my car started to lose its acceleration (while in motion on highway 70). With a double trailer truck behind my car a few other trucks lined behind it, my car lost acceleration and it fell under 40 miles in a few dreadful seconds on a national highway. My car continuously wiggled as it kept dropping speed with a whistling sound from the engine on the passenger side. As I pray to god to save me, it struck my mind to turn on the parking lights, the truck driver was quick to realize something was wrong with a car ahead of him and changed lanes and sped away and so did the others. I decided to keep driving until I reach safety. My car¿s speed dropped to 40 miles an hour as my heartbeat went up. With another 20 miles to an exit, I was praying and all of a sudden my car started accelerating again. I was not sure if I should hit the brakes and be stranded or take a chance and drive until I reach safety. My gas mileage fell rapidly, it went down from 100 miles remaining to 40 miles as I checked. As a miracle, my car started to respond after driving for not sure how long but it started to accelerate. I was both glad and terrified that my car is responding and with big fear that it may fail again. I maintained a uniform speed until I took an exit on the highway. My car started to lose its acceleration again, after running over a light in a failing car as I prayed with tens of cars on the road behind me, I reached a gas station and confident that none of my friends or family will find me dead on a highway. I will never ever trust my car again. After diagnostics at a Nissan service center, I found that a transmission failure was the root cause.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle would jerk and would vibrate. In addition, the accelerate pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted. The contact also stated that while the cruise control was activated the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle accelerated and the cruise control failed to deactivate. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Ne.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 04/28/2014

Was driving to work on the highway using cruise control and then I tried to get out of cruise and step on the gas peddle but it got stuck, I realized I wasn't able to get over to the first lane due to traffic, so I tried to slow down to pull over to the median closest to the third lane, however, the brakes stopped working and I wasn't able to stop the vehicle, I even tried to press the button to shut the car off but it wouldn' shut down, there was no smell of smoke or anything and than as the car begin slowing on its own, all of a sudden smoke just poofed up and I grabbed my purse and phone and jumped out of the moving car . Ran away from the car and realize that I had taken my wallet out of my purse previous and I turned to go back but the car was engulfed in flames. I called 911 to get assistance.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

I have noticed that if you apply the emergency brake with cruise control on, it does not cut out the cruise control. I have noticed this on trips up and down I-95 in a car with a hand emergency brake. I have had numerous knee operations and on long trips I tried to just pull the emergency brake on while holding the button in. I did this because of trouble with my knees. I noticed that although the car did slow enough for what I needed the cruise was still on when I took the brake off. I realized that if someone tried this in an emergency situation that the engine would try to accel and all sorts of bad things would happen. I tried this in every make car that my friends and I have. No one cuts out the cruise control under this situation. I know the cars systems know the brake is being applied because the like comes up on the dash. It would be 1 simple program change to include the cut out. I believe this to be an important issue. Please take steps to remedy this. I have emailed this to numerous auto makers. Thank you, I have a confirmation (odi)#10585659 NHTSA and case# 621958 NHTSA what do I have to do in order to get this looked at? I registered a complaint on 4-1-2014 and sent a letter to them. I haven't heard anything.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 10/05/2013

I was driving on the interstate and I put the car in cruise control. The car comes off cruise control and I enter it into cruise control again. The same results happen. Then I notice my rpm accelerating and my mph decelerating. I knew I had to pull my vehicle over to the side of the road immediately. As I'm switching lanes my car starts to smoke profusely and I say small flames from the front of the vehicle. Nissan affairs refuses to fix my vehicle because it is exactly 1, 918 miles outside of the warranty. Although, my transmission blew prematurely.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 05/11/2013

I was driving on the freeway in texas going 70 miles an hour on cruise control then two unexpecting jerks in the engine happened and loss of speed and the service engine soon light came on.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 12/11/2011

While going 75mph on cruise control all of a sudden all the gauges (rpm, mph, fuel, engine temp) dropped down to zero. Only the cruise control lights remained on. All while a combination of #'s and letters came up on the odometer (even the odometer went blank). It was a shock and I did not know how to react to this. My first reaction was to turn off the cruise control via the buttons on the steering wheel, as soon as I did it this caused all the gauges to come back to life including the odometer. Very weird issue.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 06/08/2011

Starting in 2011 every once in a while the cruise control lights started blinking which disabled the ability to use the cruise control. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted to reset the lights and be able to use cruise control. This became more frequent as time went on. Now in 2013 the cruise control lights blink 99. 99% of the time and cannot be reset by turning vehicle off. The cruise control now does not work at all even on the rare occasion when the light is not blinking.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

I have a 2004 Nissan Altima 3. 5se. Over the last couple of years, while in cruise control, and I press the steering-wheel mounted "coast" button, the car - occasionally and unexpectedly - accelerates hard for several seconds, prompting me to hit the brakes. I reported this to the dealer, and was told that as long as the cruise control light/indicator was not blinking, there is no problem with the cruise control system. I completely disagree with the dealer's statement.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Nissan Altima 13
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   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 02/02/2009

Cruise control set light keeps flashing intermittently, won't shut off just flashes cruise control set.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 11/02/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving 40mph, the driver engaged the brakes and the vehicle failed to stop. He attempted to engage the emergency brake and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The cruise control was not engaged. There were no warning indicator lights present during, before or after the crash occurred. The contact was unable to stop or gain control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a tree and the vehicle was destroyed. The driver had back injuries in three places. A police report and photos are available. The police report indicated that they observed the driver attempting to stop for two hundred feet. After the vehicle was destroyed, the contact received a recall notice. The recall notice stated that there is a possibility that the engine may stop running while being driven due to the computer and could cause a crash without warning. The current and failure mileages were 31,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2007

I own a 2000 Nissan Altima gxe, and have been experiencing a failure in the speedometer, tach, odometer, and temp gauge while driving. The gauges will freeze up at any time and stay at their last position, while the car continues to operate as normal. The cruise control will also kick off if it is being used at the time. This leads to a vehicle that is only drivable by using the naked eye and judging your speed by other cars, and a failure in correct reporting of mileage. A solution is still under investigation, and a dealer has not been able to diagnosis it yet. I have seen many other reports of this same problem on several models of Nissans of this year (frontier, sentra, pathfinders) posted at various online car forums. Obviously this is a dangerous issue that has been overlooked by Nissan USA.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 06/19/2007

While driving 60 mph the car jerked forward as if there was a hard shift, the rpms dropped, and vehicle started to decelerate. I thought the cruise control disengaged so I pressed the gas pedal and I was still decelerating. I pulled to the side of the highway. Within 30 smoke started coming out from underneath the hood on the drivers side and through the vents. I got out of the car and went to safe place on the side of the road and turned to see the inside of the car completely filled with black smoke. Within a minute the flames came out from under the hood of the car. Within 10 minutes the car was completely engulfed in flames. This was a rental vehicle that was just completing a round trip of 180 miles. It was approximately 93 degrees with a heat index of 100. He vehicle was rented through enterprise rent-a-car. The agreement number id d-590774 with claim number 76j52.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 01/23/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that a safety recall repair was performed on the vehicle prior to receiving the safety recall notice. The manufacturer will not reimburse the contact. Before the repairs were made the cruise control would automatically deactivate. The contact stated that the engine hesitated and stalled when driving 70 mph. The engine indicator light illuminated intermittently. The contact would attempt to reset the failure, but after 10-15 minutes it would duplicate. The contact waited three to four days to bring the vehicle to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 61,947.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 01/01/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima s class. The contact stated that the motor has failed. On two occasions, the vehicle has automatically shut off while driving 60 mph. The most recent failure occurred one week ago and smoke ascended from the engine. The first time he took the vehicle to Nissan, they did not offer an explanation other than possible engine failure. They are not providing any solutions to the failures and did not state whether the vehicle was affected by the recall. The dealer claimed that the recalls pertaining to the engine were previously repaired. The contact stated that the cruise control no longer works. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 71,000 and failure mileage was 69,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 05/26/2006

: the contact stated while crusing at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and automatically shut off. The dash lights started to get dim seconds before the incident occurred. The vehicle's steering wheel locked up after the vehicle stalled and rolled to a stop. The automatic transmission was shifted into neutral when parked, although it was only able to be shifted into park after 3 attempts. The vehicle started up normally after the transmission was in park. This incident occurred during the afternoon during damp road conditions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 05/26/06 which determined that the contact was putting bad gas into the vehicle. The same incident occurred on 06/09/06 and 06/17/06 where the vehicle was travelling at 45 mph. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer 3 additional times, but was told that there was no problem with the vehicle.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 04/01/2006

At approximately 45,000 miles, my cruise control set button popped off my 2003 Nissan Altima. I took it to the dealership and they said since the car was out of warranty (over 36,000), it would cost $92. 00 to replace the entire part. This should not happen on a fairly new car. I previously owned a Saturn 1996 sl2 and never had a problem with the cruise control button falling off. I feel this is flimsy workmanship and the Nissan corporation should pay to have the problem fixed.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 12/31/2003

I bought this 2000 Nissan Altima new. Since approximately December of '03 the instrument cluster has repeatedly (too many times to keep track of) malfunctioned at arbitrary times giving either no info (gauges all go to 0) or incorrect info (130 mph at 1k rpm w/no water temp and suddenly full tank of gas). Problem can last any where from minutes to 24 hours+. The cruise control also malfunctions whenever this occurs. First took to dealer on 12/31/03, they could not diagnose problem, told me to bring it back while malfunctioning. Finally was able to get the car while malfunctioning to same dealership on 8/1/05. Problem has started to increase in frequency and duration. The second they hooked diagnostic equip to it the cluster corrected. They kept for 2 days, did not malfunction again so they could not diagnose 100%. They want to try replacing the speedometer head at $320, but 1) can't guarantee it will solve problem and 2) can't get part. They estimate 6-8 wks minimum to get part. When I went to leave dealership cluster malfunctioned showing no information, but no technician was available to diagnose. Showed zero on all gauges except gas which arbitrarily read 3/4 tank for entire 20-25 mile trip home. This car is an accident, or worse, waiting to happen.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 02/11/2003

The sway bar and cruise control needed to be replaced.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 01/17/2003

The sway bar doesn't stabilize the vehicle. When driving the vehicle it bounces sideways, there noise when going over bumps (possible bent strut), and bounces sideways. The rear seat behind the driver collapsed upon the impact of the accident. The cruise control didn't appear to cancel when the vehicle was out of control. The cruise control is fine when driving straight, but if the vehicle swerves, the vehicle goes out of control. The antenna squeaked-was greased, the wipers are wrong-replaced, and the vehicle made a humming noise when accelerated. Scc.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 10/15/2000

I have a manual transmission. The engine idle becomes erratic at times, sometimes when you start it the idle will go up and down from 1000 to 2100 continuously. Most of the time the idle remains high when you push in the clutch around 1600rpm until you come to a complete stop. Other time the idle goes very low near 400 rpm almost to a stall condition. Nissan says its normal. I have seen this same complaint not only with the Altima but with the Nissan frontier 2. 4l with manual as well (same engine as the Altima).

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