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Budget $500/year for repairs!
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By A
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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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This car was just ok. There was nothing outstanding about it. At 50k miles I had to replace a wheel bearing and some kind of brake sensor ($1200). And at 86k miles two more wheel bearings ($800). I finally traded it at 125k miles before having to replace the catalytic converter (approx $2000). I'll not be owning another Nissan. By the way, this was my second Nissan that had troubles.


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Nice car, crummy transmission
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By Ted S
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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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This car has been pretty reliable with two exceptions: First, at about 100,000 miles a hole melted in my exhaust manifold causing the car to make a lot of racket. I ignored it until exhaust burned through an O2 sensor too (according to the dealership) and both had to be replaced. Second, and most importantly, the transmission tends to overheat after an hour or so of driving at highway speed, and when that happens the car goes into a fail-safe mode where it will no longer accelerate quickly or drive above about 50 mph regardless of how fast the engine is running. The only remedy for this seems to be to stop and let the transmission cool off for awhile. Now it's starting to shudder too when it gets hot, but not sure yet what's causing that. The implementation of the CVT transmission is the weakest part of the Altima design in my opinion, and there are a lot of reviews to back me up. Also, the car thinks it's getting 22 MPG but if I divide mileage by gallons when I fill-up it is consistently closer to 20 combined, maybe 21-22 if I do mostly highway driving.


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Out standing car
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By James T.
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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I have 234,324 miles and still running like new.How ever maintained in a great conditions and maintenance is always on point love this car, this is the first time I buy a nissan from now on this is what I will always buy.


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By Fredrick Cole
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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Good running car


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All Good Until Now
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By Roman M
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2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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As long as you perform routine maintenance you should have a long lasting Altima. The items needing attention after 120,000 miles include ignition coils and now the most important and costly single item to date, the electronic steering lock. The extended dealer warrant for the ESCL ran out in 2015 for the 2009 model. Of course mine failed a year later. There is no recall for this well known issue concerning the lock so it will leave you stranded somewhere down the road, believe it. You can bang on the box for a temporary remedy, disable it with the knowledge that you are driving with a faulty item, or cough up $1000 to get it fixed at the dealer. All good choices. The honeymoon is over. I can live with the tire press low light (how easy is it to check your own pressures?), the CVT surge when accelerating, the routine maintenance, affordable brakes and parts easily replaced, but the one item I feel entrapped by Nissan's non committal to address and fix is what burns me. Again, $1000 for a box you need to get going. Before you buy that used Altima consider this and ask if the ESCL was changed. Otherwise, it's a good comfortable car for commuting or day trips.


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