Recently had the turn signal indicators go out on the instrument panel. Inquired @ the Nissan dealer about repair. Was told that it is not a simple fix with a fuse. They said it was a burned-out bulb. Was told that the entire dashboard would have to be removed...involving extensive labor charges .....all that expense just to replace a little bulb. Am very disappointed in this scenario. I decided to forget about it. (Exterior turn signals work ). '05 Altima has been a good car. The mfgs. just don't want any self-maintaince ....
This vehicle has been fairly reliable. It has had the crank position and cam position sensors both fail at different times. This is fairly easy and cheep repair if you have any knowledge, but the latest problem that Nissan knows about and refuses to fix is much more expensive and requires special tools. The floor boards on 2002- 2006 Altima's rots out leaving a gaping hole under the drivers and passengers feet. They even had a class action suit flied against them but it was denied by a judge. This car was bought new and has been taken care of no other spots on this car have any rust at all.
2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan w/SL Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This one-owner sedan had a flawless repair record (occasional brake replacement) for its first decade. However, recently needed front driver floor replaced (probably road salt cumulative effect) and a leaky gasket infused a cylinder with oil residue, causing occasional knocking, more prevalent in sub-freezing temperatures. Mild body dent in passenger rear panel that is only visible from certain angles. Still gets 26mpg and rides and handles more than capably. Tires have under 2,000 miles and interior recently detailed--no rips or even apparent wear of microfiber /cloth interior
When we purchased my Altima, it was a cheap 3500. Except, it wasn't. My parents ended up dishing out another 1k to fix some of the issues it had in the first week. The O2 sensors had to be replaced, it burned oil, there was a coolant leak and blockage. The heat also didn't work properly as you had to drive 40mph for it to kick in. Plus some other issues such as misfiring and me being stranded on a busy backroad. The mpg also went down when we tried to slow the burning with stop smoke. All of this and more happened before I sold it for a measly 1k, which is more than I thought we would receive. Granted, my parents never told me or they didn't know that this particular vehicle had been in two accidents and had flood damage. Of course, the other '05 Altima they got for my sister also burns oil and other issues have come up in the period she has had it. I wouldn't recommend buying a Nissan.