Most Annoying 2018 Nissan Altima Problems

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 07/05/21 •  3 min read

The Nissan Altima is the go-to car for an affordable midsize saloon. These types of cars are the leaders because they’re large and spacious; contain more than what the compact saloon offers; cost less than full-sized ones. But that doesn’t make them problem-free. Here are the 2018 Nissan Altima Problems

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Has The 2018 Nissan Altima Ever Been Recalled? 

2018 Nissan Altima Problems
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Yes, it has been. The first one was for the secondary hood latch after the first latch had been deployed. The material was at the risk of corrosion, so it had to be replaced. There was another recall.

This one was because of the backup camera. One getting in reverse gear, the camera didn’t show what is behind. It too required a replacement.   

2018 Nissan Altima Problems

The following are the issues encountered and complained about by 2018 Nissan Altima owners

2018 Nissan Altima Brake Problems

We start with the brakes, one of the 2018 Nissan Altima Problems. Owners say that their car randomly stopped to look despite not having anything upfront.

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Experts say that this issue is because of a faulty ABS. The system gets activated and brings the car to a complete stop. Nissan has not addressed the issue yet, despite its gravity. 

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Faulty Steering

Next up on the list of 2018 Nissan Altima Problems is the steering. This is also dangerous if it is unrepaired. Owners reported weird noises coming from the steering like clicking and popping.

This noise was suspected to be from the steering linkage and it couldn’t be fixed. But that’s not the only steering problem out there. The 2018 Altima’s electronic power steering control unit is also a risk.

2018 Nissan Altima Electric Problems

There are the electronic versions of the 2018 Nissan Altima Problems. The car has a problem with many safety sensors. This includes but isn’t limited to the automatic emergency braking (AEB) sensor. The AEB can often not work at all.

There are other issues such as a starter button defect. There are a whole plethora of safety systems installed in the Altima, known as the active safety suite. 

Some other safety systems at risk are traction control, electronic stability control, forward collision warning, and lane departure assist. There won’t be any warning codes.

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The push-to-start button can stop working. This is because of a sensor connected to the brake pedal, which is also responsible for the process. Other reasons for this could be a faulty or uncharged key fob or just a low battery. 

There are numerous problems with the infotainment system. Even the back camera is not spared and some owners say that the camera fails before leaving a bunch of harbingers.

The reason for the debacle is the head unit. Experts say that the unit is defective and this is a pattern shown in the lower trims of the car. One should always check the backup camera before making the purchase. 

What Was the Reliability Rating for the 2018 Nissan Altima? 

The 2018 Nissan Altima has a decent reliability rating of 3.0 out of 5.0 from J.D Power. This puts its reliability rating at average. 

If you plan on getting a used 2018 Altima, then you should check the car out for these problems. Check out all of the electronics, and use the brakes as hard as you can.

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Step on the throttle to see if the powertrain has any problems. Start the car multiple times to check the starter button. Get the car inspected by a good local mechanic and save yourself the trouble. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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