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Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 191 problems related to manifold/header/muffler/tail pipe (under the engine and engine cooling 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   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 12/02/2017

I have been reading complaint section my car does the same thing starting the engine it starts to shake and sputter . Some times I can give it more gas and it may stop or what I have been doing when it does it at a traffic light I put it in park and step on the gas peddle, this usuale stops the problem. It only happens every few months or so. I thought that it was because the engine was cold, but not the case . It has been doing it for a few years now. I have low miles on it about 77,5000. I see some people think it is a intake manifold gasket problem and I have the same issure.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 10/30/2017

Starting in April 2016 we had a problem with the vehicle when my wife while driving the car suddenly lost the ability to drive, the engine had shut down entirely. At the time the vehicle had just over 100,000 miles and she was driving on a busy express way between cleveland and akron I-77. She costed into a rest area and we had to leave the car there over night until we could get it towed to the dealership. They told us it was the O2 sensor and it cost us almost 1,200 $ to repair. A few months later in June of 2016 on fathers day with our almost 2 year old daughter in the car, my family and I were driving down to virginia to spend some time with friends. We had another incident. While driving in the DC area on another busy express way I-70 in maryland our car again lost power in the engine. We couldn't drive it any where. We had it woed by aaa to frederick maryland, rented a car, and drove the 5 hours home. A few days later I drove back down to pick the car up. This time it was the mass air flow sensor. It cost us almost 500$ to have it repaired. To my understanding both sensors belong to the exhaust system of a car. On Monday of this week October 30th 2017 the check engine light came on while my wife was driving to work on back roads. When we brought it to the dealer and it was diagnosed with a damaged front exhaust pipe and manifold. The price to fix it is 2,132. 74$. I felt that to have 3 major costs associated with the exhaust system in our car in a year and a half was excessive so I investigated it and discovered that the 2009 Nissan Altima was recalled for the exact problem we have now. For some reason our vehicle wasn't included in that recall. I have spoken with Nissan and they have told me there is nothing they will do to help us out with these repairs. In all 3 situations we were driving.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 09/05/2017

The exhaust manifold has a hole and crack prior to the catalytic converter. This has allowed carbon monoxide to be sucked into the cabin of the vehicle through the hvac system of the vehicle while it is stopped or parked and running. It has also increased the levels of carbon monoxide emitted by the vehicle while the engine is running as the hole is allowing some exhaust to exit the exhaust system prior to going though the catalytic converter.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 07/10/2017

Takata recall the exhaust manifold has a large crack in it, leaking fumes into the cabin of the vehicle. I replaced the part 6 months ago. I'm already having problems with the new part. I've seen numerous Nissan Altima's on the road with the same problem (very loud exhaust). There must be a design flaw that causes the metal to weaken and break.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 06/22/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds and while the vehicle was stationary, the vehicle stalled without warning. Several independent mechanics were made aware of the failure and replaced the manifold, oxygen sensor, and a computer chip; however, the failure recurred. The dealer and manufacturers were not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 1,361.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 03/06/2017

Car burning 3 quarts of oil weekly, resulted in catalytic converter code, replace converter, still burning accessive oil with smoke bellowing from tail pipe. Have seen previous recalls while searching for a solution for the same make of my car. Bought used afraid the engine is going to blow.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 12/22/2016

The exhaust manifold cracked allowing carbon monoxide to enter the passenger compartment. This is a severe safety hazard that Nissan is aware of. Nissan refused to repair this under warranty as the vehicle had 100k miles on it. This is a common problem on 4 cylinder Altima's this is caused by a defective part which should be repaired under warranty due to it's inherent safety concerns. This can cause occupants to pass out while driving with the possibility of causing damage and injury to third party individuals. Nissan should be required to repair all issues surrounding a cracked exhaust manifold under warranty. This should not have a mileage limitation imposed. Simply stated an exhaust manifold should not exhibit cracking under normal driving conditions for the lifetime of a vehicle. This is a southern car with no evidence of rust on the effected part. Part is available for inspection.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 08/19/2016

Between 3,000 mile interval oil changes, there is significantly amount of oil consumption. There is no white or blue smoke that is visible from the muffler, no oil leaks are visible and no burning odor. When checking oil fluid between 3,000 mile intervals, have noticed the oil falling below minimum line on dipstick. On that same note, the drive way does not show any signs of oil leak coming from the car.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 05/05/2016

For the 2nd time car running very rough and stalling. Had it serviced seems the spark plugs were destroyed and not functioning. Paid over $500 for mechanic to put in new plugs now it happened again. Seems there is a voluntary service campaign qr25de power valve. Campaign id p5202. A bolt from manifold is falling into cylinder and blowing out spark plug and causing internal engine damage, my mechanic put camera in cylinder. Car is running but it has already happened to cylinder 1 and 4. Next time my 22 year old daughter may not be so lucky on her highway commute. Hopefully the local Nissan dealer can rectify problem before the problem becomes more serious. The engine light came on that says to service engine soon, it is still on. . . From what I have found online sounds like power valve screws are coming out and creating engine damage.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 04/18/2016

5 yrs ago the sound of my engine changed and upon inspection the welding on the exhaust manifold was cracked. I was informed by pembroke pines Nissan that since car is at 38,500 miles and out of warranty despite it being a manufacture failure it would set me back $975. I didn't have the repair done. For the past 3 yrs, my passenger airbag light will turn off and on even irregardless if someone is in the seat or not. Furthermore, the radio will go blank or have illegible characters on it. I too have the melting dash issue as well as a couple of times I slipped and my finger nail has gouged out pieces of dash board. It's amazing that Lexus has issued a recall on their melting dash board on the is250 & is350 issues but Nissan could care less about its brand or reputation; I guess that's what happens when the company isn't whole japanese owned.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 04/08/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (ron marhofer Nissan, 247 howe Ave, cuyahoga falls, OH, 44221) where it was diagnosed that there was damage to the front exhaust pipe manifold, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The Nissan manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 28754357. The manufacturer also stated that there was a voluntary recall (pc130), but the VIN was excluded. On two previous occasions, the vehicle stalled and was towed. The 02 sensor and mass air flow sensor were replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 103,000.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

This car leaks water into the drivers side floor, and keeps trapped rain water inside of both panel doors for weeks after it rains. I've already had to get the exhaust manifold leak fixed (which luckily was covered under a recall). Not to mention that I ended up having to go to the er last year for a breathing treatment because fumes were leaking into my cabin via the air conditioning(problem unknown/undiagnosed). But now like many other owners of the 2009 Nissan Altima, unfortunately the steering wheel ignition lock/switch malfunctioned causing my engine not to be able to turn on suddenly. When I returned to my car, the key fob was not recognized and the engine will not turn on. After towing it to a local Nissan dealership, it was diagnosed as a faulty steering wheel ignition lock, and will cost me an average of $1100 to fix. After contacting Nissans headquarters to see if it would be covered even though their "campaign" ended in Jan 2016 for my vehicle, they denied the request to provide assistance. I don't understand how any auto manufacturer can be allowed to get away with installing a faulty part into the car, and then pass along the ultimate cost of fixing it to any owner. It's not okay to simply cover the cost of those owners who's switch fails during a certain time period, and then inform the rest of us that they are unwilling to help. Nissan installed the defective part, and the right thing to do would be to own up to that mistake and issue a recall. Clearly Nissan does not have the best interest of their customers at heart. And from what I understand, they must have known that part was faulty enough not to issue a temporary extension of the.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 10/16/2015

Manifold, I have taken it to the shop, they told me that it could be the manifold or gasket, is there a recall on that part, very unsafe car fills up with the smell of gasoline it also rusting on the back by the wheel it seems to me that its to early to be rusting poor paint.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 03/01/2015

Cracked exhaust manifold.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

I took my niece to this crappy delership today to get her car serviced because she has a recall to replace the exhaust manifold. I spoke with cassandra on Feb 18 at 0245p to schedule an appointment. Well we arrived today at 0730hrs this morning. First off service person victor oliviera spoke with her(niece) and convinced her she needed to have diagnostics ran on her vehicle. I cancelled that idea because we already had established on the 18th that there was a recall for the exhaust manifold(sulev emissions alt 07-08). That was $110. 00 he wasnt making. . After we sat for 2. 5 hrs. , this joker returns to tell me that it took his mechanic 2 hours to find a recall on the vehicle. Mind you we knew about it and thats why we were there to begin with and two it was a bs line he was trying to get away with. I spoke with cassandra (she too brushed me off) who informed me to speak with a stand in stupidvisor named vince. Well it didn't get any better because after being told by victor it would take 4-5 hours to do but only after they took care of the other afternoon customers that had later time slots, vince said they were not going to do it. Now im heated after being jerked around all damned day, youre telling me its not going to get done??? I told the to bring my car out and I wanted paperwork. Victor oliviera attempted tried cover his ass by saying on the paperwork that we declined serviced after we were told by him and the supervisor vince that it wasnt gonna happen. Tacky tacky tacky. . . Ive purchased 4 cars from these clowns at this dealership since 2001. Well they just lost my business and my loyalty to the dealership. I wont send anyone there again. . Very unprofessional and they are liars. My money will be well spent elsewhere. Not only do we have to find another Nissan dealer, she is forced to operate and unsafe vehicle with a six year old son. Shame on rt 22 Nissan. .

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 02/15/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, there was a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that there was an abnormal smell coming inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that intake manifold needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. Ss.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 12/10/2014

Power valve screws in their 2003 Nissan Altima 2. 5s. There is currently a recall on 2004 and 2005 Altimas with the 2. 5s engine with vins starting with 1n4al11. The recall campaign id for this problem is p5202. However, the same problem affects the 2003 Altima with the 2. 5s engine, but Nissan north America has not added the 2003 year model to the recall. Both the 2003s and the 2004s have the exact same engine and I am a case in point of someone experiencing the exact same issue. However, Nissan has of yet not stated whether they will add the 2003 to the recall campaign. I wanted to first let other 2003 Altima owners with the 2. 5s engine become aware of this issue. Secondly don't pay to have the problem fixed, it needs to be reported to Nissan north America that the 2003 models are affected by this power valve screw issue. Here is the kicker: more than half the current value of the car. Please be sure and not let this happen to you. I have been on the phone with Nissan north America and my dealership. My dealership has been extremely honest with me and is working with me to get Nissan north America to add the 2003-year models to the recall campaign. If you have had a similar problem and had to pay for it, or if you are experiencing power loss, hearing engine rattle, unusual engine vibration, or hear a motorcycle engine type noise or muffler type sound coming from the engine, than you may be experiencing problems with the power valve. I hope this information saves someone out there both money and time. If you have already experienced this issue than please let me know. We are currently mounting evidence related to this issue in an attempt to make Nissan north America aware of the issue and add the 2003 model to the recall campaign as well as address the damage. If not we will need to file a class action lawsuit related to this issue.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

This is the third exhaust manifold I had to put on my car within a year. It is an 2009 Nissan Altima, it should be a recall on this part. Exhaust fumes are coming on the inside of the car from the exhaust manifold.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 02/17/2014

On 2-17-14 I had check engine light come on and on Friday had dealer put it on the diagnostic. Result was po 420 replace manifold/bolt and gaskets. This was at 132,000 miles but we have problems with excessive oil consumption also. Change oil every 3000 miles but end up putting in 4 more quarts besides oil change amount before next oil change is due. Had both O2 sensors and mass airflow sensor changed last year and passenger front side ball bearing replace. Two yrs earlier had both crank sensors replaced. May have to have cat converter replaced if keeps drinking the oil but was told by dealer if replace cat convert still will have oil consumption problem ( so means company really hasn't fixed problem if have it replace and will still happen). Expensive repairs cranks about $500, O2 about $300 ea. , mass airflow $700, and this manifold problem is $780 + 106 for diagnostics. Fix problem and look at other blogs and see many have this problem with this yr of Altima.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 02/12/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed a loud abnormal noise coming from under the hood and fuel fumes emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the intake manifold fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred and the vehicle was repaired again, however, the failure recurred once more. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

Upon driving the vehicle there was a strong smell of gasoline inside the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle started smoking while driving immediately the car ran hot. Had the car towed to nearest dealer that then informed that the exhaust manifold/catalyst converter had failed and was leaking. Which they informed me was very dangerous but they where not responsible for repairs which led to cracked heads on the motor and eventually total engine failure. What a safe vehicle for a single mother of two children? not so much,.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

While my son was driving, the engine began missing and started to smoke. At the same time the heater quit producing heat. The check engine light came on. Engine diagnostics indicated cylinder # 4 misfire. Took to independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the engine was destroyed by failed catalyst in the pre- catalyst. Oil had fouled the missing cylinder's spark plug. The engine oil level was full and there had no previous indication of oil consumption, but the oil was found to contain coolant. These cars are popular for parents to purchase for teenagers and appear to be hazardous. Nhtsa campaign id number: 03v084000 indicated that this pre-catalyst issue was a fire hazard back in 2003. It appears whatever was done in this recall did not solve the problem. This failure seems to be fairly common occurrence.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 08/11/2013

They fix my passager airbag but my driver side came on. And my car engine sound loud went u drive it. Sound like a muffler sound but I don't have a hold on it.

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car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 05/10/2013

This part is cracked/broken just like all the other Nissan Altima exhaust manifolds. Had it happened six months earlier it would be covered under warranty. Six months, 9000 miles??? its a $18000 car. A vital emissions part made of steel cracked and they wont fix it? there is a recall,ntb12-092 in effect for this car but according to Nissan my car dosnt fit the parameters because of the VIN#. It clearly has the exact same problem as the other cars,a defective emissions part and should be included in this safety recall.

car image   Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 05/06/2013

While stopped at a traffic signal the engines rpm would fall below 500 and at times would stall the engine making me vulnerable to a collision. It got so bad my daughter would not drive the vehicle. I took the car to several mechanics over the course of a year and no one could fix the problem tune ups and such did not fix the problem, I spent hundreds of dollars trying to eliminate the problem to no avail. I finally took it to a mechanic with a smoke machine and he found the intake manifold had a leak and that was the problem cost $850. 00 plus tax. I researched intake manifold vacuum leak on the 2001 Nissan Altima and found that there were hundreds of Nissan owners with the same vacuum leak! several of the Nissan owners had to make the repair more than once, some people spent hundreds of dollars on various fixes that did not work, I was told by one mechanic that it was the catalytic converter luckily I did not go for it. I believe it is a safety defect because when the car stalls in the middle of the road unexpectedly it leaves you wide open for a crash or worse!! I think Nissan, north America should be responsible for the repair, it seems to be a defective intake manifold gasket or poor engine design which cause's the gasket to fail- it may also be too close to a heat source (the exhaust manifold) causing the gasket to fail. I think it is unfair to the consumer to pay for this repair because it happens to so many Nissan's.

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