Electrical problems ?
Consumer Reports Magazine gives the Altima Coupe a "GOOD BET" rating, but a negative rating to the car
for "Electrical". Is this a problem that can be overcome with a repair, or is it one of those electrical
problems that can leave your car lifeless on the side of the road anytime anywhere? Thanks for your advice
I currently have an issue with a 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5S sedan and saw your note while researching it. You can be left by the side of the road - or in my case in a parking garage. You'll easily find what I'm about to describe on different sites. After almost four years of regular maintenance, low mileage, and no issues, the car would not start and displayed the warning light indicators for the Intelligent Key and the security system/anti-theft light. I couldn't get the Start button out of Lock mode. I went home and changed batteries in both my key fobs and tried both in the key port. I finally had AAA come to check the battery, which was fine. The AAA guy disconnected and reconnected the battery and checked the brakes. The electronic locks, headlights, and brake lights all worked. The issue seems to be a steering lock device, which can cost close to $1000 for parts and label. My Nissan service rep is contacting Nissan about covering the cost and says that there is nothing I could have done to prevent this. There is a limited supply of the needed part, which the rep himself said probably indicates a problem although there is no recall so far.
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