really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,450 miles
Total Complaints:
75 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace headlight assembly (39 reports)
  2. not sure (35 reports)
  3. reemplazae bombillas por hid (1 reports)
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problem #75

Dec 282019


  • CVT transmission
  • 153,000 miles

I poor I can't afford this... I love this car! And it sucks to have to worry about this crap every nig

ht when I leave work

- Maria L., Benson, NC, US

problem #74

Oct 132021

Altima SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,121 miles

I will never buy another Nissan again. It was dangerous to drive this car after the headlights got so dim, I could not see. I am glad there is a class action lawsuit against Nissan. I hope to get my money back for this repair.

- Peggy Suzanne A., Topeka, US

problem #73

Feb 022019

Altima S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,009 miles

We have tried changing bulbs, polishing the headlight casing and nothing has helped - and it isn't right to only drive with brights on. My brights are good but my dims are absolutely horrid. I might be able to see 10 feet AT MOST and that is giving a lot of credit really. We have gotten to the point where we don't even take the Altima if we know we will be traveling in the dark at all. I love my car and this sucks for me more than you could imagine, I've had to do more traveling this past year due to the losses of my dad and sister, and can't take my car because of the lights, which makes me spend even more in gas because my Altima uses so much less. Really wish this wasn't even an issue.

- Janelle W., Iola, KS, US

problem #72

Feb 262020


  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles

This is definitely a safety issue that needs to be addressed asap.

- Curtis S., Nassawadox, VA, US

problem #71

Dec 162019


  • CVT transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Found the head lights to be really dim. After doing some digging, I found a lot of complaints about the projection lining in the assemblies. I replaced the assemblies. Upon replacement, I found that the ones in there were aftermarket so they had already been replaced prior to me purchasing the car. I'm assuming the issue at this point, since I can rule out the bulbs (we've tried basically every bulb on the planet at this point) and the assemblies, is electrical in nature. Hoping somebody has any ideas because I really don't want to spend $$$ at the dealer.

- Danielle F., Buffalo, US

problem #70

Apr 032017

Altima S 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 75,500 miles

What a pain. When it comes to driving at night, I prefer my 2006 Ford Escape - the headlights have been bright and secure. Since we purchased this car in 2017, I have seen why were the third owner of this car and it makes me wonder where the Feds were when this vehicle was designed or brought up and checked over. The real odd thing is they sold a butt load of the Altimas in the past years so I assume then this being the first model of the second gen.

Nissan went backwards on many items and the headlights (candles) was one them. I'm amazed there has not been many wrecks caused by the dim lights while driving at night. This issue has caused me to really not have Nissan on my next vehicle purchase list.

Update from Dec 9, 2021: Fixed the problem brother-in-law put in new head light assembly seemed to work. About a month later with all the issues with the Altima fixed it once and for all traded it in

- Russell A., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #69

Jan 162019

Altima LX 4 cylinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

The headlamps are dangerously dim and there is no fix. I suggest Nissan make good on this problem and recall the vehicles that are also experiencing this. There is NO fix and the company should take responsibility.

- Carrie P., Macungie, PA, US

problem #68

Jan 012018

Altima SV V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Lights are so dim I can't see to drive at night. Need to use highbeams.

- Tracy H., Towson, US

problem #67

Sep 002012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles

I like most things about my 2013 Nissan Altima, but I find it very hard to see at night with the low beams, and it seems to be getting worse.

- Carol B., Apollo, US

problem #66

Jun 012021

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

Driver's side low beam is unbelievably bad. I thought the bulb was burnt out, however, it's not. Passengers side is very bad. We can only drive this car during the day due to the horrific low beam headlights at night - it's absolutely not safe to drive this vehicle at night and during inclement weather. This handcuffs our family, especially during these tough times playing musical cars and car key swapping depending on the sunlight hours. Its not a cheap nor a quick fix.

However, finally the headlight assemblies will be replaced in another two weeks. Just in time for the holidays! Id rather spend the money on something else then replacing headlight light assembly's which should never go bad in the first place!!!

- John L., Cedar Lake, US

problem #65

Jun 252021

Altima SV

  • Automatic transmission
  • 298,542 miles

Had the car inspected and it failed for the low beams for being too dim. I don't drive the car at night because of it. I have replaced the bulbs but that didn't help. I took it to the Nissan dealer and they told me the entire assembly has to be replaced costing over $1,500... Going to find the assembly cheaper and have the dealership install them. You have to remove the bumper just to replace the light assembly... what a pain. To replace the bulbs, I had to remove the tires so cant imagine having to replace the entire assembly so going to pay the dealership to get it done. Nissan should really do something about this for their customers. Its dangerous and will lead to accidents.

- John S., Middletown, US

problem #64

Jan 072021

Altima SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,456 miles

I love my car. I have had it for about 5 years but I cant see s*** at night. It's to the point where I am scared to drive at night and especially when it rains. It looks like I don't even have light in unlit areas. I have been replacing bulbs and stuff for months and nothing seems to fix the problem. My bright lights work fine but the dim lights are damn near non existent.

- hairstom, Lagrange, US

problem #63

Oct 012019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I cannot see in the dark with my low beams on. I have to drive to work in the dark. It is very expensive to fix this problem, and it is a major safety issue. It is ridiculous that Nissan will not fix this with a safety recall. That is what a company led with integrity would do. I have been in love with Nissan for a long time, and for several vehicles, but I think it's time for a divorce.

- Jennie S., Clarksville, US

problem #62

Jul 072015

Altima 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

These headlights are so bad, now seven years old, I have to drive with high beams 100% of the time. Which is dangerous for incoming traffic, not to mention that it's illegal. Even when I purchased this car brand new, they were not good. Now, they are almost zilch projection. I can't believe these are not being recalled and replaced. They are really a danger to me and to others. I have almost hit people walking on the side of the road. I BEG YOU TO PLEASE RECALL THESE HEADLIGHTS!!!

- Rebecca S., Jacksonville, US

problem #61

Sep 052020

Altima SV 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I bought this car used. It has been a nightmare since day one. Constantly having check engine light issues. But recently I have found that I cannot drive at night at all with this car. I can't see a thing with the low beams on. This lack of vision caused me to crash over a cement island in a parking lot causing damage to my front bumper and maybe the undercarriage. This lack of being able to see in the dark could have had more serious consequences. Nissan should man up and fix the problem or in my case problems. There are a lot of them on the road but I'm not sure why.

- Kerry M., Aptos, US

problem #60

Jan 012021

Altima 2.5sv

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

The low-beam headlamps provide almost NO illumination of the road ahead at night. Seriously, turning them off or on, it's almost impossible to tell the difference from the driver's seat. I had one headlamp replaced, but that made NO difference. People literally flash their high-beams at us at night because they think we are driving with our headlights off. This is not a subtle problem, but rather AN EXTRAORDINARILY DANGEROUS SAFETY HAZARD.

THIS PROBLEM IS WELL KNOWN. See for example, http://www.nissanproblems.com/altima-projector-headlights/ : "The low-beam headlights in the 5th generation Altima are dangerously dim. The reflective material inside the projector headlights can wear down, drastically reducing the beam's power. In December of 2018 this problem ranked 10th in CarComplaints.com top problem trends list." Yet Nissan has done nothing about this dreadful safety hazard, as of March 2021. (Just checked Nissan's vehicle recall site, 3/15/2021).

Reportedly, Attorneys Chimicles & Tikellis are investigating a potential class-action lawsuit against the automaker. This will not be of much solace if my daughter has a car crash or hits a pedestrian because she can't see ahead of her when driving at night. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE--NOW!

- Patrick O., Decatur, US

problem #59

Oct 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

The headlights on the Nissan Altima are literally so bad I've almost been in several accidents while driving at night!!! Everyone that gets in my car always ask "Are your headlights on"? I've been pulled over to do a sobriety test due to driving on the wrong side of the road because I LITERALLY CAN NOT SEE!!!! Ridiculous and still yet to be recalled!

- Mandi B., Tampa, US

problem #58

May 012017

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

2013 Altima’s Low Beam Headlights are extremely dim, it is unsafe to drive the vehicle at night.

- Kenneth B., Douglasville, GA, US

problem #57

Aug 232018

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,700 miles

Lights are so dim that high beams are required after dark to see in the city. This is causing police interference!!! But how can I see without the high beams?

Nissan offers no solution that actually works to provide the correct amount of aluminum required to see in the dark. Where else is light required other than in the dark?

There needs to be a recall and a fix!!! An expectation of an automobile is that there are WORKING headlights. You don’t even question when purchasing; oh, by the way, do the headlights work? What a trick Nissan has perpetrated on owners of this vehicle.

- jacque19a, Baltimore, US

problem #56

Apr 012021

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,430 miles

Lights are so dim, I must drive with high beams all the time after dark. Lights don’t project Illumination at all. This is standard equipment in automobiles. How could a car be made and lights don’t work? Need a recall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nissan has FAILED its customers!!!!!! I will not own another.

- jacque19a, Baltimore, US

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