Radiator Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1



Nissan Altima owners have reported 43 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 05/24/2014

On the way to get a cup of coffee (less than one mile from my home) a car started coming into my lane. I swerved slightly to avoid a collision and my car went into the ditch and hit a telephone pole. Over $22,000 in damage. Radiator bent into an "l" shape. Side frames and engine went into the firewall, which totaled the car completely. I have spoken with Nissan corp. Air bag safety engineer, dealership owner, general manager, sales manager and they will not do anything about this $22,000 damage to the front end and none of the airbags deployed. Officer said driver airbag and side curtain and in seat airbags should have also deployed. They didn't and I was almost killed. The car was only 2 months old, no modifications, and very low miles. Kiro7 tv in seattle even did two stories on the crash and airbags not working and that Nissan had only recalled passenger airbags, not driver side airbags. . . Updated 07/16/14.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 09/19/2013

On 9/19/2013, while driving on route 21 highway, I was on my way to rutgers driving in the fast lane when all of a sudden my car engine was full of smoke, my radiator blew up all over the highway and even worse my car just shut off instantly. The guy behind me was very close to hitting my car but luckily he had to slam his brakes very hard. I was so close to the divider thank god I did not slam into it or else I would have been dead on the opposite side of the highway. Another man came out with a fire extinguisher to put down my car. A police officer and other men pushed my car to the emergency lane. Another incident, 9/21 as I picked up my car from a mechanic that replaced my radiator, on route 17 my car was driving at a very slow speed and stalled. I immediately turned it back on and entered a landmark parking lot. I did some research and found out on NHTSA. Gov that there is a recall for the crank angle sensor parts: engine and engine cooling. My mechanic told me my car engine was unable to cool so a tow truck took my car to meadowlands Nissan dealer in NJ and they refused to perform the "engine and engine cooling" recall claiming that their ecm recall has nothing to do with temperature and drive-ability. I mentioned that on the government site it clearly states "engine and engine cooling" but they stated that Nissan dealers are private dealers and do not care what anybody else says. The man told me they follow whatever they have in their Nissan system, not the government. I am so offended that my life was on the line twice over Nissan's hazardous recalls. Yet, they are refusing to make my car a safe vehicle. I do not want this to happen to anybody else I'm only 21 I"m way too young to die over a defective vehicle engine. My car is still at the dealer and I want them to follow government recalls and make their vehicles safe enough to drive.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 09/20/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that when first starting the vehicle, it would drive rough and would sputter abnormally. In addition, the vehicle would stall sporadically without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer several times where they replaced the head gasket, radiator and the timing belt cover but none of the repairs corrected the failure. The contact finally took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and was told that the failure was caused by the crankshaft position sensor. The mechanic advised the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 07v527000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 06/23/2010

Instrument cluster freezes indications for long periods intermittently. Odometer, tachometer, speedometer, engine temperature all freeze at what they were reading. This has been a repetitive, intermittent problem. Because of lack of true engine temperature reading, car was driven to overheating. Water pump failed causing the engine to overheat, blowing up the radiator and destroying the engine.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 02/20/2009

Recently traveling to nc and the car lost power and wont start. The service engine soon light engaged constantly and the car burns oil with no engine leaks. I purchased brand new manual transmission 2002 Nissan Altima 3. 5. The vehicle shifted very hard when purchased and clutch went straight to floor after 1 month. Took car to Nissan dealer on three occasions and they could find nothing wrong. Took it to an independent mechanic and he said the pressure plate was bad and I had to replace the entire clutch assembly in Aug. 2006 at 115k miles ($850). Theo2 sensor was replaced prior to the recall, had it replaced under the recall, and its still crap! to boot, the gear shift assembly broke within 6 months of purchase, and Nissan recalled. Their fix broke too. I was told that ill have to pay to have their resolution fixed because its not under warranty. Since that time, between 6/08 and 11/08, I have replaced the radiator, oil cooler, all motor mounts, fan belts, drivers axle, power steering box, valve cover gasket ($7k worth of work). Car currently has about 145k miles and I believe the car is just a lemon. I have always driven Nissan, but now declare it will be my last one. I don't have another $5k to put in to catalytic converters, sensors or an engine. Dont think so. Nissan needs to step up and take care of these issues.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 09/04/2008

New 2002 Altima, well maintained, buying Nissans since 1992 receiving mileage over 260,000 miles. Looking back car constantly low on oil w/no light registering then light never came back on for 3 years, yet oil was always low. Checking oil every 2 weeks and every oil change at dealership-oil low at tip of the dip stick. Had car serviced-no indication of problems; September the car smelled hot; not registering or showing any signs of it running hot. Car constantly not starting, stalling as driving along the road. Go to dealership, need a motor replaced, warped head gasket cost $4,000 plus dollars. The dealership owner asked how many cars has come in (altima 2002) per mechanic several hundreds for the motor and/or radiator problems (replacing motors). He has ordered a large number of Nissan motors from the company to replace the engines. Owner was surprised of this motor having to be replaced and has kept my car in storage until I can afford to replace the motor. He will also follow up on a recall for the engines with that many cars being repaired. This has changed my mind on purchasing another Nissan product because of the rudeness when reporting the problems to their customer affairs department and nothing can be done (per the rep). This need to take some priority with the number of issues reported as complaints on all the websites. Ii have found 114 here plus one more 115 plus I have about 30 other complaints and then the report that the dealership has fixed over 200 cars. Please help us get our money and/or engines repaired. With the stalling and shut down of the motors, thanks to god the low death rates. Car is still in storage at the dealership when it stalled on route 29 interstate.


car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 08/28/2008

I bought a used 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5 sl 2 months ago. I took it to Nissan service center 2 times for in 2 months for oil change. Last time I got "engine check soon " icon so I asked to do diagnostic engine check and required repair. They did it and said coolant level is low and engine cap is leaking pressure so need to replace the radiator cap. After 1 month I had a mechanical failure problem on highway suddenly and a rod threw from inside the engine out and made a whole on engine. This engine was called for a recall in March 2008 and it was done. But now I got the same problem again and now turned out to be a big problem to replace the whole engine. I'm a student and I can't pay $4500 for this. Nissan should take responsibility for this and bare the cost. This car's warranty period is also over. But as Nissan servicers know that when engine check soon problem occurs in these vehicles it is going to crash but they don't tell this. Nissan must take responsibility for my losses.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 07/03/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. On July 3, 2008, while driving 40 mph, the vehicle began moving slowly and the check engine light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic and they identified the cause of the failure as the crankshaft position sensor. There is no recall available; therefore, the crankshaft sensor and radiator will be replaced at the cost of $815. The current and failure mileages were 32,955. Updated 09/10/08 updated 09/19/08.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 02/15/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The service engine light began illuminating intermittently and then remained lit. When starting the vehicle and taking off, the vehicle made a strange noise and jerked as if something were slipping. Once the vehicle gained speed, the noise stopped. The dealer stated that the following components needed to be replaced: the catalytic converter, two major sensors, and the heating and air conditioning systems. The vehicle was burning oil on the inside of the engine, which caused it to fail. The vehicle could have an oil change and then four days later, the oil would have burned out completely. Nhtsa campaign id numbers 03v084000 (engine and engine cooling:exhaust system:manifold/ header/muffler/tail pipe), 07v527000 (engine and engine cooling), and 03v455000 (engine and engine cooling were referenced. The current mileage was 116,000 and failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 06/05/08 the driver side power mirror was replaced, the gear selector was sticking. The cylinder head, gasket radiator and thermostat were replaced. Were replaced. Updated 06/04/08.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 07/18/2007

Car consuming lots of oil. No oil light ever came on leading to complete engine failure. 4 quarts of oil completely gone with no trace (no oil spots in garage, no smoke, . . . Nothing) in less than 2 months. Also a problem with radiator split.


 
car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 06/14/2007

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5 s I have had for less than 2 years. About 6 months ago at around 80k miles my engine started to randomly overheat even though coolant and fluid levels were correct. I had to tow it to a mechanic and he said the radiator was split. I spent $500 t replace that but then shortly after it happened again. We then replaced both thermostats on the vehicle and this helped for 2 months. Most recently we have been encountering a severe stuttering and shaking of the whole vehicle immediately upon starting it up. Regardless of it being in neutral, drive or reverse the car jerks back and forth very violently. After you drive it for a few minutes and the vehicle warms up it ceases this action. In addition to this though there is never any warm air coming out of the vents no matter how long the car is driven for. This is all happening simultaneously in addition to now the car is overheating all the way up but then jumps around so we never know where the temperature is at. Nissan themselves is very uncooperative in any capacity when attempting to rectify this situation. This is very disheartening as me and my wife are both working full time students and cannot afford to continue to chase this with time or money. My wife is a nanny part time and has had the car stop and need to be towed while she is out in the middle of the city with her 2 toddlers she watches. I am doing my best to avoid missing work as a result of having only one vehicle. We have a 2004 Volvo that has had no problems but this Altima is going to drag us down.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 04/25/2007

2004 Nissan Altima. Consumer states vehicle stalled while driving the consumer stated there is still a major problem regarding the recall for the crank angle sensor and the reprogramming of the ecm. The consumer stated the crank sensor had to be replaced for the second time and the check engine light had illuminated on six separate occasions. The radiator was cracked and was leaking coolant. The passenger side mirror was loose, the sun roof had a rattle and the drivers side window would go up, but at times it would come back down on its own. The dealer replaced the regulator motor. Also, the alternator was replaced.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 04/20/2007

I purchased my 2003 Altima 2. 5s new from the dealer. At approximately 50k miles I began hearing a water noise in the dash and was told by my local shop that I had a cracked radiator. I had the extended warranty so the dealership replaced the radiator for $50, they also fixed the water noise in the dash stating it was related to the radiator. Now at 78k miles, I hear the water again and was told by the dealer I had another cracked radiator. I now have the third radiator in my car but still have the water noise. I do not believe 3 radiators in 4 years is "normal" wear and tear. Nissan clearly has a problem with radiators/cooling systems and they need to step up and offer some resolution to the many unhappy customers that have purchased these "lemons".

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 03/20/2007

Since I purchased this 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5, I've constantly experienced cold starts. I've also taken the car to the dealership for a clicking sound that appears to be in the glove compartment area. The dealership could not locate the source of the problem. . I still have the clicking noise. On March 20, 2007 I took the car to the dealership because I am experiencing problems with starting the car. After 6 or 7 attempts the car starts. I thought it was the fuel pump. The car was put on a diagnostic machine whereby air pockets were found in the radiator system. They also found that anti-freeze was in my first and third cylinder. I was told that I needed an engine. I must say that I'm truly disappointed with this car. I've experienced nothing but problems since I purchasedit new. Now it is five years old and needing an engine. I don't understand it. I had an extended warranty which ended at 100,000 miles and I have 101,000. I don't think that I should have to pay for a new engine when Nissan knows that is problem existed with the 2002 models. The sales agent at the dealership also informed me that this was a common problem with this car. I will be contacting Nissan to get further compensation for the replacement of my engine. Why hasn't a recall been issued? thanks. . .

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving 50 mph, the contact heard a knocking sound coming from the engine. She noticed that the check engine light was illuminated. The dealer stated that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced and they performed the replacement. Approximately a month and half later, the vehicle was taken to the dealer due to excessive oil consumption. The dealer performed an oil change. The contact stated that she had to add a quart of oil ten days after the oil change was performed. The dealer was unable to determine the reason for the excessive oil consumption. The current mileage is 78,739 and failure mileage was 72,633.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 11/28/2006

I bought this car with 39,578 miles on it on September 9, 2006. After owning the car for 3 months, the radiator started to leak from the top. I took it to a radiator shop and they fixed it while saying that Nissan had used cheap parts. A car that has less than 50,000 miles on it should not have these types of problems. Less than a year later, the service engine light came on so I took it to auto zone to get the diagnosis of the problem. The crank shaft sensor was bad and had to be replaced. It caused the car to stall when cranking/starting and left me stranded at some points and times because it would not start. After replacing this sensor, later to find out there was a recall on the sensor and was told my car was not included in this recall eventhough I assume the same parts are used on all models of the same kind, another sensor is now causing my car to idle high when in park or neutral. This type of behavior in the car causes more gas consuming which in today's economic battle with fuel prices, is not favorable. Now that I have read many other complaints from other people, I have noticed that this is a widespread problem on 2002-2005 Altima models. If the crankshaft sensor had not been replaced sooner, the car could have stopped running in traffic, which is why it was recalled, and caused a serious accident maybe even death. I bought this car in confidence that it would be dependable for myself and my child but since I have called to log a complaint with Nissan north America they informed me that the car has three other recalls that were stated as " serious to my safety".

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2006

- the contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the vehicle had air pockets in the radiator, preventing it from having heat. The failure mileage was 49,639. The dealer/mechanic changed the antifreeze and removed the air pockets. The failure returned after four months. The dealer/mechanic again removed the air pockets, changed the antifreeze ,and this time flushed the radiator. The failure mileage 55,200. The contact has the repair invoices.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 08/18/2006

Car needs an oil change every month because it burns so much oil. No heat in the winter because of malfunctioning radiator. Almost had several serious accidents on highway from the engine stalling, leaving me with no power steering or brakes.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 07/06/2006

Purchased new 2003 Nissan Altima 2. 5s in July 2003. Car taken to dealer for routine checks and oil changes. At 59k, dealer advised that radiator had corroded and needed replacing. Dealer attributed problem to being in a "salt" state. However, Nissan recalled other parts because I live in a salt state, but not this one. After several phone calls, filed complaint with Nissan because I felt this was a part that should be replaced due to technical bulletins published regarding radiator cap replacement and why would a radiator need replacing after only 3 years? Nissan advised to take to another dealership. Second dealership performed pressure test, found a leak in the radiator. Clamps also corroded. This dealership advised that radiator caps should be replaced on Nissans every 30k. Nissan customer service claims that they are not responsible, they will not replace at their cost. Very disappointed in Nissan customer service, they do not stand behind their product. Nissan customer service also bad at returning calls, not forwarding your calls and have to repeat every thing you say multiple times, and condescending towards customer. Will never buy another Nissan again and will tell everyone I know of the problems. Replaced radiator with after market part, cost $600 out of pocket. Shop that replaced part advised that Nissan radiators are on national backorder and that he gets numerous calls to replace this part on Nissans. Every shop that I call was surprised that I wanted to replace the radiator since the car was so new.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 06/12/2006

2003 Nissan Altima with a long list of problems customer has learned about several recalls and wants this matter to be reviewed** three months after purchasing the vehicle, the vehicle needed new tires and an alignment. Three months later the vehicle would not start. On another occasion, the vehicle began jerking and the indicator lights illuminated. The radiator was cracked and had to be replaced. The vehicle overheated again. The consumer was never told the ecm device had some relationship to the temperature of the engine/coolant and may have contributed to the vehicle overheating.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 06/07/2006

Engine failure: at just under 78,000 miles the car would not start. Car towed to mechanic who was able to start the car after an extended crank. Cooling system pressurized instantly upon cold start in a. M. Mechanic suggested towing to dealership because he suspects a possible cylinder head problem. He says the 02 Altima has a well-known history of engine problems. 3 months prior to this the engine was constantly running out of oil and coolant. The thermostat and radiator cap were replaced by a mechanic. 2 months prior to that, the check engine light came on and a full tune up was done. All recalls have been done previously. The car is currently at the dealer for diagnosis. After reading many customer complaints I am concerned that the recall work that I had done previously was either not completed properly or something else is not quite right. A Nissan shouldn't have a ruined engine with this few miles. This is my second Altima and my love affair with Nissan is fading fast.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 05/06/2006

Radiator leak was discovered by technician while performing a diagnostic inspection on my Altima for some engine problems I was experiencing. At that time my car had 43k miles. I was informed that I had a radiator leak and the coolant reservoir was empty. They filled it with coolant, but I did not replace the radiator. Four days later, my car stalled on the highway and had to get it towed. I towed it to a different place than where I had been 4 days ago. I was informed a second time that my radiator was leaking and that it was about 1/2 empty. He filled up the reservoir. Just to note, my vehicle stalled because of 2 sensors that had gone bad. During second diagnostic inspection I was informed of the radiator again. On may 17th I took my car to the Nissan dealership in an effort to get my radiator replaced by goodwill that dealerships extend. Nissan checked the radiator and confirmed it was leaking and needed to be replaced very soon, but would not use the goodwill to pay for the replacement. I have not replaced the radiator to date. I've been filling it with coolant as the reservoir gets low. I've been trying to work with Nissan consumer affairs to have this replaced at no cost. I was told that this is part of normal wear and tear, but I absolutely don't agree. Four other people I know that have the same model and year had to get their radiators replaced while under the 36k mile warranty. I believe that is enough proof to show that the radiators Nissan is installing in its new Altimas are low quality.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 04/17/2006

My 2003 Nissan Altima 2. 5 s (75,000 miles) was brought in for routine maintenance. For a week or two the car has run roughly and had a strange odor in the drives compartment. It was discovered that the radiator has a cracked seal and it has been leaking fluid. It was below the minimum line when it was brought in. The fumes in the drivers compartment were the fumes from the anti freeze. No service engine warning light ever came on and the temperature gauge never moved. There was no indication that the car had a problem.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 04/05/2006

After purchasing my vehicle (2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5s) in December 2001 I have consistently maintained the vehicle according to the manual. However, good maintenance have not led to good performance after about 10,000 miles I started experiencing all kinds of engine problems (radiator, throttle body and now the entire engine) which I mostly have had to pay out of my pocket. I have been taking the vehicle to the dealer numerous types concerning various engine problems, however, they told me some of the problems could not be fixed. I also contacted Nissan north America, however, they basically turned me down, leaving me with astronomical bills for causes that were manufacturer related and not operational related. Below is a few of the problems I have experienced thus far and have had to pay out of my pocket: 1. Radiator crack - $1,000 including labor (at about 30,000 miles) 2. New throttle body - $1,200 including labor (at about 65,000 miles) 3. New engine - estimated $6,500 including labor (at 70,000 miles) 4. Electrical problems leading to battery failure every 2/3 months (a new battery was put in a year ago and the problem still persists) 5. Numerous other problems in which the dealer has not taken care of. As mentioned above, the dealer and Nissan north America have not stepped in and fixed or cover some of the these costs despite numerous visits. Consequences: 1. Astronomical mechanical bills 2. No use of a vehicle presently which is affecting my livelihood.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 03/23/2006

: the contact stated the air bag light on the dash flashed constantly. There is a safety improvement campaign, # 02i001000, regarding the air bag. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the safety improvement campaign; however it is not included in the safety improvement campaign due to the VIN. Updated 4/17/2006 - the vehicle was taken to a dealer who indicated that eh air bag was defective. The dealer refused any assistance because the vehicle was 2000 mile out of warranty. The check engine light illuminated. The dealer found antifreeze leaking into the cylinders. The driver's side low beam headlamp was inop. The tech replaced the right side headlight bulb. Radiator leaked coolant. The heater blew out cool air when the vehicle was stopped. The tech found an air pocket in the coolant system. Replaced clutch assembly. Cylinder head gasket was replaced.