Common Transmission Problems
1. Transmission Failure
The Nissan Altima has faced widespread concerns about transmission failure, especially related to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) used in various models from 1995 through 2013. The CVT was intended to enhance engine performance, but drivers encountered issues such as lack of acceleration, vibration, and ultimately, transmission failure.
2. Lack of Acceleration
Owners of Nissan Altimas have frequently reported a lack of acceleration, where depressing the gas pedal results in no increase in speed or RPMs. This problem can be attributed to issues like dirty or clogged air filters, fuel filters, or software glitches, leading to a compromised driving experience.
3. Jerking and Uneven Movements
Some drivers have experienced jerking movements and uneven acceleration, particularly when changing gears. The causes vary, ranging from simple fixes like air filter replacement to more complex issues, such as premature transmission wear.
4. Shifting at Stop or Idle Positions
Reports indicate that Altima drivers have faced challenges with the vehicle shifting out of gear when coming to a stop, leading to stalling or shutting off when moving into drive or reverse. While Nissan has addressed this with service bulletins, no specific recalls have been issued.
1. Michelle’s 2007 Altima
Michelle shared her experience with a 2007 Altima, emphasizing transmission failure within 500 miles of purchase. She faced recurring issues similar to those outlined in the article, cautioning others to steer clear of this transmission type.
2. Jasmine’s 2019 Altima
Jasmine reported transmission problems in her 2019 Altima, including overheating, jerking, and slipping. Her testimony highlights the frustration and inconvenience faced by owners dealing with unexpected transmission issues.
External Factors and Concerns
Tire Change-Related Transmission Failure
A specific incident raised concerns when a Nissan Altima experienced sudden transmission failure following a tire change at Walmart. The owner initially suspected incorrect tires but later discovered a complete transmission breakdown. While skepticism about potential tampering exists, no concrete evidence was found.