Ignition Problems of Nissan Altima



Nissan Altima owners have reported 32 problems related to ignition (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 06/13/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The vehicle failed to start when the contact depressed the brake pedal and pushed the ignition button. The vehicle started after thirty minutes. The failure would always occur after the vehicle had been parked for a lengthy period of time. In addition, the contact was informed that the brake light switch was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 140,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that automatic ignition starter failed, causing the steering wheel to seize. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 04/25/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the automatic push-to-start ignition would not operate when engaged. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 49,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2012 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 11/18/2011

If you leave the key outside the vehicle and it is touching the vehicle the push button ignition will acknowledge the key and start the vehicle. According to the manual the key must be with you (inside) in order for the vehicle to start. There is no warning stating otherwise. This is a personal security and safety issue.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 07/11/2011

2009 Nissan Altima 2. 5s was backed into in a parking lot, low speed collision, minor damage to rear bumper. A few days after this incident, when trying to start car with keyless ignition system, it took nearly 30 minutes to start. It is required that the brakes be depressed to start car, but when pushing on brakes, the brake lights do not turn on, and when ignition button is pushed it only turns on the accessories, which is the normal action expected if brake pedal was not being pressed. It is not clear if this is because of the collision or just highly coincidental. I believe that this is a problem with the brake switch. This is now an intermittent problem, but has made the car unreliable with the possibility to leave a driver stranded.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2011 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was equipped with a keyless ignition. The contact was concerned because when exiting the vehicle and forgetting to engage the push to start button, there was no warning to indicate that the engine was still running. The contact believed that the design posed a safety hazard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that they were aware of the problem but they were unable to alter the vehicle's design. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 15,000. Updated 05/15/12 * bf.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 11/08/2010

2010 Nissan Altima. The automatic push button ignition would not start the engine. It cranked several times then did nothing when pushed. Waited 15-20 minutes and then it started right up. Upon starting the car was taken to the dealership. The mechanic was unable to determine the failure because no error codes registered. They checked further but couldn't find the cause and told me it would have to totally break before they could find it. This is an electrical system ignition flaw and we're extremely concerned about the safety of this vehicle and of being stranded.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 06/26/2010

The front two windows in my Nissan Altima roll down, by themselves, everytime I take my key out of the ignition! I have tried taking the batteries out of both of my key fobs, thinking maybe there is a short or something wrong with my key fobs, but my front two windows still roll down. I called Nissan to ask them about this problem, and they said, they have never heard of this problem. I have not taken the car to Nissan yet to get it repaired, because honestly I can not afford to pay 100 dollars an hour to have the car sit on the machine to test it, then how ever much it is to fix the problem, which could run into thousands of dollars.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 04/04/2009

Brake lamp switch malfunctioned at 10000 (April 2009) and 43000 (January 2012) miles, and replaced. When this occurs, the brake lights will not illuminate when the brake is applied, which is a hazard that could result in a crash. Because brake must be applied for engine ignition, the vehicle will also not start.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 11/12/2007

Periodically my vehicle fails to start on the first try, it just won't turn over, but on the second try it is fine. Yesterday the vehicle would not turn over at all. It is not a battery issue as the wipers/lights come on. I had the vehicle towed to the dealer and they indicated they have had a few complaints regarding the same issue. The vehicle is actually 'flooded'? I went out an hour after my first attempt at starting the car and it still did not start. Not sure how a fuel injected vehicle that does not use the accelerator to start, gets flooded? this makes me nervous I'm going to get stranded somewhere with a vehicle that periodically will flood and not start??? the dealer did not fix or replace anything. Not very comforting.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 01/05/2007

-the contact stated that she took vehicle to dealer to be serviced on December 26, 2006 under recall 06v242000 that she received from Nissan. The contacts stated that since the work was completed for the recall to the engine and cooling system the failure happened again. She returned the vehicle to the dealer yet they refused to repair the vehicle again for free. They insisted that the current failure was caused by an oil leak. Updated 1/26/2007 -.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 11/06/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle had problems turning the ignition on. This occurred on a regular basis. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer who determined that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The dealer checked the VIN # to see if it was covered under recall and stated that their system showed that vehicle part had been fixed on a previous recall. The contact stated that the vehicle was never brought in for any recall work in regards to this matter, nor did the contact receive a recall letter on this matter. The vehicle was currently at the dealer, no repairs were made.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 10/18/2006

I purchased a 2005 Nissan Altima on 2005, since I purchased the car every now a then, when I put the key in the ignition it will not turn, I try turn the key it turn and started the car. On 10/18/06 I tried to start the car when I put the key in the ignition it did not turn, the key goes in but the wheel is stock and it will not turn. I seen several complaints from customer with the same problem in the internet. I need my car so I have to tow my car to the dealer and see what happens. I think that the ignition has a defect and the company should be responsible for any fixing.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 10/13/2006

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima with a faulty ignition. My grandson, who was a salesman at the dealership where I purchased my vehicle in 2005, took the car in to be checked because my key kept getting stuck in the ignition . I was told that the service department couldn't find a problem. The problem has continued to occur repeatedly and is getting worse. My key was stuck in the ignition for 5 days the last time it happened. I will just use the last occurrence date as the 'incident date' because it took the longest time to get the key out.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 09/22/2005

Purchased Nissan Altima 2006 in sept. 05, from day 1 I had problems with it starting. After service had the car for 2 months I invoked the lemon law and received another Nissan Altima 2006 with the same problem. The dealer doesn't know what to do they said that these are the only 2 new Altima 2006 they've had a problem with. Then I found out these are the only 2 with factory navigation system.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 05/02/2005

Since I got the vehicle I had problems with it. The vehicle does not want to turn on, the key does not turn I have to jiggle with it so it can turn on. The brakes are making a lot of noise at least that is what I think the noise is . For the time I have had the vehicle there is no reason for it to be doing what it is doing I don't want a car like this that is the reason I got a new vehicle to have no problems and that is all its given me.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 11/10/2004

Intermittently ignition will not start. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2004

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle has to turn the ignition on and off two or three times before the vehicle will start. The consumer stated that on one occasion the vehicle stalled while driving . There were no warning indications that the vehicle was going to stall or indicating a problem with the vehicle. The service dealer could not duplicate the problem. The consumer has contacted the manufacturer.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 07/01/2004

I purchased a new 2005 2. 5s in may 04'. . . I've been having ignition/sensor problems for quite some time. The problem: when I try to crank the engine using the keys provided (at purchase) the car will hesitate (sounds like the engine is not getting enough fuel) I even thought it was a battery related issue and changed the battery. . . On several occasions I had to crank it nearly 5 times before it would start. I addressed my issues with the Nissan service department on many occasions but they will only attempt to fix the problem if/when it happens there. Recently, I was informed that a similar recall had taken place on the 2003-2004 models but that the 2005-2006 did not have the same issue. . . Not!. . . I'm extremely disappointed in Nissan's approach to this problem. In fact, after an attempt to find out when the problem would be fixed I was informed that it would be several more weeks (December 10,2007).

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 10/03/2003

Whenever I try to start my engine the engine doesn't respond. I don't know what is the problem but the ignition doesn't seems to work sometime. I had this problem almost 3 times and the car is very new. I bought the car this year during Feb.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 08/07/2003

On different occasions, 08/07/03 being the latest, my car has stalled, or shown poor accelleration while driving. It has happened while driving over 65 mph, soon after starting the car and putting it into drive, and a small time period after driving it. On one occasion I exited out of a parking lot onto a busy two-way traffic road, to cross to the other side and it stalled while there was oncoming traffic. I was very reluctant that the traffic speed wasn't high, for they may not have had the time to slow down. I have taken my car in several different times to my dealer, and other car maintenance shops, and they say that they can't find the problem, and in order to fix the problem, they must duplicate it. But the problem that comes from that is, it doesn't happen on a recurring basis. It can happen hours apart to 2 months apart. It gives no warning, and it goes back to running normal as if nothing has ever happened. The first time it happened was approximately 3 months after.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 06/09/2003

No start - car towed for third time - Dec. 30, 2002 ; Feb. 19, 2003 and June 9, 2003 - each time given a different reason--rented car2 times-reimbursed once. On 12/30-told problem due to cold damp weather;2/19 charged $113. By legend Nissan--said no start my fault because I moved car for plow and did not run long enough before turning off; 6/9-returned from 4 day vacation-again no start.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 01/16/2003

I depressed the clutch then the brake, the brake peddle seemed stiff like something was preventing from going down. Ph.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 01/01/2003

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the doors on her vehicle are getting jammed, making it impossible to exit the vehicle. The consumer must place the key in the ignition and quickly roll down the windows to open the door from the outside. She also stated that the vehicle was purchased brand new and has never been involved in a crash. The Nissan dealer wanted to charge her $400 to repair the vehicle and stated that they cannot do anything because her warranty has expired. The powertrain and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 50,000. The consumer believes the vehicle has electrical problems. Updated 08/07/07.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 06/09/2002

On 06-09-02 and 09-23-02 engine would turn over but would not start. Mr.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 26
Failure Date: 09/28/2001

Complete engine shutdown at any time-no warning.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 27
Failure Date: 05/11/2001

Car has to be shifted from park all the way down the shifter and back up to start sometimes. I've owned this car since April 24, 2001. Dealer wouldn't do anything since "check engine light" wasn't on.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 28
Failure Date: 01/31/2001

Consumer states that without any indication vehicle would stall. Consumer is able to restart.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1996 Nissan Altima 29
Failure Date: 01/15/2001

Distributor leaked engine oil into the electrical components, which result in complete distributor failure while driving.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 30
Failure Date: 11/10/2000

While traveling at 55-60 mph on a declining road vehicle just shut down for no known reason, causing vehicle to lose all functions while still coaching down the road. Had to use emergeny brakes to stop vehicle. Had vehicle towed to house that firday, and vehicle started up on Monday. Taken to dealer for insepection. Please fill free to provide any further details on this matter.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1996 Nissan Altima 31
Failure Date: 05/12/1999

I contacted a Nissan dealer parts dept. They reported to me that this is very common, and the cam sensor is now repaired in a newly designed distributor, but all the original cam sensors in the factory distributors were experiencing a high failure rate. I know of two other people who have experienced the same failure.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1996 Nissan Altima 32

The ignition is malfunctioning and the vehicle will only start in neutral position.


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