really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
65,450 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (11 reports)
  2. replace both headlight assemblies (6 reports)
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problem #17

Nov 092018

Altima SV 2.5L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 71,752 miles

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poor low beams poor low beams

I'm tired of the extremely bad visibility of the low beam headlights in my Nissan Altima SV 2014. I can't drive safely in the night because I can't see the road unless I use the high beams. I replaced the bulbs in the headlights and the problem is still there. I paid to get the exterior of the front headlights restored and the problem is still there. I recently had a car accident during daylight (not related to this issue) and the right headlight of my car had to be replaced. What a difference! I can see now the right side of the road with the low beam headlights. Visibility in the left side is still very bad. Do I need to have a car accident on the left side in order to get my left headlight replaced or is Nissan going to do something about their very bad design?

- Hector A., Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

problem #16

Aug 012015

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Headlights are extremely dim. Have changed them to LED but they do not help.

- glarsen, Sa, US

problem #15

Sep 142019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

My car lights are so dim I have to use the high beams everyday. The worst experience. My poor mother can't even use my car because it's so difficult to see at night.

- Rachel S., Irving, US

problem #14

Jan 032019

Altima SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Need to use high beams at night to see, if I don't I'm afraid I will hit something and it is hard to see road. I talked to dealers, mechanic said it is very expensive to replace the units, something I can not afford as I am on a fixed income. I have always had Nissan and never had this problem.

- Elizabeth H., Sicklerville, US

problem #13

Mar 132019

Altima 2.5 SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

Many owners of Altimas from 2013-2015 are complaining of a deterioration in their headlight assembly. Changing bulbs does not work as it is apparently the reflector materials that have failed. The repair costs around $900 according to my dealership (though they have made offers to subsidize a bit of it).

At present, the car cannot be safely driven at night as the headlights, on low beam, provide no light at all. High beams do solve the problem but can blind or bother oncoming traffic.

- jsmusic, Silver Spring, US

problem #12

Dec 062018

Altima Limited 2.4V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

Just pay for repairs or put in a recall service, so it can be fixed.

- ezequiell, Beaumont, US

problem #11

Dec 202018

Altima S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,683 miles

I have always had good luck with Nissan. I brought this car in December and noticed the headlights were horrible and brought it to my mechanic. He told me the headlights were defective, the chrome had worn off and they didn't work properly and need to be replaced or drive with hi-beams. Nissan wanted $100+ to diagnose the problem. Disappointed in Nissan

- Anita C., Deville, US

problem #10

Oct 012016

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My 2014 Nissan Altima headlights are absolutely horrible! There is no way anyone can see with these headlights at night, and are a huge safety concern. I have replaced the headlight bulbs twice, and once again with very expensive LED bulbs. I thought, this would make a difference, but to my surprise, they haven't changed at all. I am very frustrated with Nissan as they fail to address there failure to make quality headlights, and that there headlights make for a huge safety concern. I have also tried angling them up, thinking maybe they ere just pointed to the ground to much, but still nothing. I will NEVER give another penny to Nissan, between my transmission that went out at 45,000 miles, my airbags not working, and now these headlights... I've had it! Why would anyone buy from a manufacturer that wont own up to their mistakes? They shouldn't!

- Hannah K., Monticello, US

problem #9

Jun 012018

Altima LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

When my lights are on low beam it is impossible to see. I have had the lights bulbs changed and the Nissan Dealership and nothing helps. I got to looking on Google and seem that this is major problems with these cars and it mega bucks to fix . I don't have that kind of money and if i had been aware of it i would not have bought a Nissan. This is a very dangerous problem and could result in death if not taken care of. When you put the lights on low beam it goes completely dark and you basically have to stop in the middle of the road till the on coming car passes to see anything. I would not recommend this car to anyone. Very Dangerous!!!

- Pamela H., Cartersville, US

problem #8

Dec 112018

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

My headlight is really bad at night, very dim and hazy. We can not see anything, really dangerous. I've seen a lot of reviews with the same problem and Nissan said they won't do anything. This is definitely a major safety problem.

- Ulisses D., Boca Raton, US

problem #7

Jan 092019

Altima S 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 51,200 miles


- Thanh Thuy L., Oviedo, FL, US

problem #6

Feb 102017

Altima S 2.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 104,110 miles

This drivers-side low-beam very low illumination was discovered in 2017 after replacing a low-beam lamp. From the day I took delivery, I felt the light level was low. When the drivers-side lamp was replaced, I was standing in front of the headlight and noticed no beam was illuminating on my shirt at all. I moved to the passenger-side headlight and a beam illuminated on my shirt. Then it was too late to go to Headquarters Nissan in Columbus, GA for replacement. I have been driving with the high-beam on when driving at night. I would like to see Nissan USA to recall this year and correct the problem. Great car outside of this low-beam design flaw.

- Scott P., Smiths, AL, US

problem #5

Oct 082018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The low beams on this car are beyond worthless. If you're driving anywhere that doesn't have streetlamps you're basically driving blind unless you turn on the high beams. I've pissed off enough drivers driving with my high beams on because that's the only way I can see on rural roads. I switched out the OEM lights with the much brighter LEDs and that did not help either. I haven't taken it to the Nissan dealer because from my Internet search it doesn't do any good. They know they have a problem, but they expect you to fork over $$$$ to have you fix their screw up. This will be the only time I will have to get rid of a car because of headlights and you can bet I won't get another Nissan product.

- Robert S., Fort Walton Beach, FL, US

problem #4

Oct 302017

Altima S 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 24,000 miles

I understand that really dim headlights are an issue with Nissan Altimas, especially 2013 - 2014 models. I also understand Nissan will fix it for about $1000.00!!! As this is a real safety issue to drivers, their passengers and potential pedestrians Nissan should fix this for no cost to owners of these car experiencing this issue.

Unless Nissan repairs this problem, I'll never buy or recommend ANY Nissan again.

This is a true safety issue and I also encourage all who are having this problem to contact the National Highway Safety Administration at; www.nhsa.gov, and file a complaint. Do this ASAP. Together we can get the HNSA to force Nissan into correcting this problem of their doing.

- Frank S., Haverhill, MA, US

problem #3

Nov 012018

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 61,800 miles

Just bought a 2014 Altima SV. On my drive home, I noticed I couldn't see the road. I turned the light switch on and off several times and even pulled over to make sure the bulbs were working. Even my parking lights, the amber ones, are brighter on the road than the low beams! I thought it was just me. Literally, a lighter's flame would be brighter than my low beams.

I'm going to take the car to the dealer today and see what they say. From what I've seen today, this is a huge and widespread problem. Not sure if there is a way to repair or clean the burned up film on the projector lens on the inside. Seems like a replacement would be the only solutions if it can't be cleaned.

- Ameer M., King George, US

problem #2

May 012018

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

The headlights are barely visible on low beam and new bulbs will not fix the problem. I spoke with someone at the Nissan dealership and they know this is a common problem but apparently Nissan has not issued a recall. This is a very real safety issue for the driver, as it is virtually impossible to drive at night. Not only can you not see the road but you cannot see anything that might be in front of you (pedestrians, animals, hazards, etc.). Hoping Nissan will step up and acknowledge this problem soon.

- Rick R., Baltimore, MD, US

problem #1

Jun 012016

Altima SV 2.5L 4cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

Nissan dealerships estimate repair to be approx. $1000.00. This is excessive since this has been a Nissan production problem on the Altima for a number of years,. 2013, 2014, 2015, etc. It appears replacing the existing bulbs with different bulbs regardless of the type or quality does not work. The only legitimate resolution to the problem seems to be, order a different headlight assembly.

I would appreciate any suggestions. This is a dangerous situation when driving at night!!

- proudgatorww, Lake City, US