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Nissan Altima Smart Key

You will have to search the internet to find out about it, or experience the problem like I did. Can't find in Nissan recalls in their site either. I am talking about if you have the key fob within 1 inch of your Cell phone, and you receive a call, the key is usless and you are stranded unless you have a spare. The dealer did not tell me about it either. I read an article where some dealer says it only effects some cars?? Anyway when I went to the dealer to get mine replaced (after my wife had to bring me a spare), they told me that it would be 2 weeks to get a new one. I whined and they drove to another dealer in town I guess. Anyway my wife will not drive the car because she fears she may be stranded if she forgot and put the phone in her purse with her key. I cannot believe that Nissan could not have a backup plan. You cannot use the key in the key fob slot either the thing is usless. The car drives great though; just a really stupid design flaw.


  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    You must be kidding :P

    The problem is very rare. I had the G35 with the same key and never had a problem.

    I find the smart key is very useful. I just leave it on my belt and never touch the key. :shades:
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Not only is it very rare, it has already been corrected. New keys are comming in the fall, which is probably why your dealership didn't have any. the new keys arn't out yet, and the old ones are no longer being used. You should have recieved a letter from nissan about this. If you didn't, you might want to contact them to make sure they have your address correct so you recieve and future recall notices. my guess is though, you accidently threw it away.

    for the majority of us affected by this, we didn't have to search the internet ;)
  • jaeger1jaeger1 Posts: 43
    This post is pretty funny.

  • cindy1986cindy1986 Posts: 1
    I just had mine go out today. Had to get towed. They tried to blame me.
  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    I went to rent a car for a vacation last week (7/24), and the office had a lot of '07 Altimas on the lot. The leasing agent warned us about having the "smart key" too close to the cell phone like in a pocket or purse. Additionally, there was a sign on the counter warning customers about the situation that could possibly arise. The leasing agent really liked the device, but I too thought it was a case of poor design. :lemon: Luckily, they had other full-size choices on the lot, so I took a Dodge Charger instead.....something with a "conventional" key. :shades: Nissan HAS to fix this. It's good to know the recall is in force.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Yes, nissan has fixed this. the new keys will be available in the next 2 or three months. and, it has already been corrected for the '08's. chalk it up to first year model gremlins. It was a minior issue. first, it was only certain cell phones that caused the problem, and second, the phone has to be touch the key while a call is being made, or comming in. though a serious problem if it happens to you, the number of people who've had their Ikeys scrambled is very small. all the signs and warrnings are a precaution to make sure you're not one of the unfortunate ones.
  • I just want to say to mthardatwork, you are absolutely correct!!! I only had to take my Nissan Altima back 6 time and have my remote re program and replaced! Its sad and a shame.. As big of a name as Nissan, I can't believe they have NOT CORRECTED THE PROBLEM.. if they had, i would not be having all these problems. I have a purse and i'm sorry.. if i lay my keys outside my purse i'm afraid i might loose them, if i keep my cell phone outside, i'm afraid i might loose it.. and I am not going to carry both remote because if one gets inactive the other will too! :lemon: I think the Altima I have ia just that.... a lemon!!!!

    It is not only a headache but embarrassing also!! Letting the alarm go off.. i think if my sales person from the dealership would have told me the problems i would have declined to get an Altima.. I should have stuck with HONDA!!!! :mad: I will never buy another Nissan because of this experience!! I'm going back to Honda!
  • :confuse: I have to admit that I love technology and I love 99% of my Altima features. I even thought the nifty key fob was cool and convenient. that was, until i got stranded at work one night and had to have someone bring my extra key from home. My key and my cell phone were much farther away from each other than a inch...althought they were in the same backpack - different compartments. I am actually really scared that i will go through a strong radio field some day and it could erase my key. First of all -- Nissan has NEVER sent me a notice, my dealership does not know anything about the fix and nothing is avaialble on the Nissan web site.

    This is a real problem...especially since there is no mechanical way to start the car without a working key locksmith can make a new key -- this is really bad.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    you didn't figure it out after the first time? It took five more for you to get it?
  • Has this issue (see title) been fixed on the 08s?
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I can only assume it has. they knew about it back in march.
  • you know what happens when you assume, right. ;)
  • I have been waiting for my new key since I received the stupid letter. I was at the dealer today for routine maintenance and asked when would we get the new keys. First the Parts manager had no idea what I was talking about and then I pointed to the copy of the letter that is taped to their cashier window. He said oh I don't know I will call you and let you know. He calls me 5 hours later and said that Nissan will only replace defective fobs. So I said fine I have a defective fob and he said well we will test it to make sure and if it is not defective we will not replace it but you can buy one at $18 per fob. WTF? I spent almost $30,000 on the damn car and they won't replace the key? I keep my keys and cell phone in the same pocket of my purse because there is only one freaking pocket. So now I have to wear my cell phone on my belt (not attractive) or in my pants pocket again not attractive. I don't think so, this is the biggest crap [non-permissible content removed] thing I have heard of.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    If your not overly concerned about theft, you could just leave the Fob in the car. simply remove the metal key and lock the fob in the glove box. If you lock the doors with the metal key, the fob will not automaticly unlock them. Thats the only way I know of to lock the fob in the car. That way, all you have to carry with you is the metal key for the door, and you can still lock your car. The downside is, if somebody broke in, they could start the car by just pushing the button. Although, simply wrapping the fob in aluminum foil would prevent that.

    of course, there are 2 other options:

    1. go back to the dealership and ask to speak with the general manager. not a salesperson, technician but the top dog. tell him how you feel. Hoping that you'll come back and spend another 30k next time you need a car; I'd be willing to bet he'll eat the $36 for 2 new fobs.

    2. If option 1 fails, just drive to the dealership, hold your fob up against your phone, and make a call. Presto, Fob scarambled.
  • What if you lose the keys 1000 miles away from home in the middle of the night, what happens, I can't imagine there's no workaround designed by Nissan for these off situations.

    Any ideas?
  • Nope you need the electronic key to start it. It really sucks, I did finally speak with someone at corporate Nissan and she said that yes I would get a new set of keys regardless of it working or not. But they did not have a release date and she would call me back in 4 weeks. That was a week ago so I have some time to wait. I am due for a minor service for the 11K and I plan on actually speaking to the manager or most likely my sales guy. My FI was considering the Altima Hybrid but so far they way that they have dealt with this has been turning him off. I don't think he will like to hear that.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    What if you lose the keys 1000 miles away from home in the middle of the night,

    the same thing that happens if you loose a regular can't start your car.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I had my car at the dealership on monday (oct 1) for the airfilter replacement and they had the keys in.
  • Anyone know about precautions with the push button start & pacemakers? Seems there is a warning with camry hybrids that have the same system.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Can not find any such warnings in the owner's manual about the push button start.
  • After reading all the post about problems with the 2007 Altima I-Keys, I am wondering if anyone knows about any issues with the 2008 Altima. I tried to purchase additional key fobs from my dealership ($30 each), to protect myself against potential problems. After special ordering the the new fobs for me, the dealership just informed me that only 2 I-Keys can be active at any one time. (They did not know previously). Since I have 3 other drivers in my immediate family, and I always carry a spare with me, this creates a problem. I am hoping that the cell phone issues are resolved on the 2008 I-keys. Also, I can't understand why Nissan would limit the number of keys for a customer who is willing to pay for spares. Is my dealership correct on this issue?
  • I just made a related post in the I-Key thread. I bought the 2008 Altima 2 weeks ago, and was told by the dealer not to keep my Key within 1 inch of my cell phone. I immediately ordered 2 spare fobs (for contingency protection). They came in and the dealer attempted to program them today. They then discovered that only two I Keys can be programmed at one time. I was willing to pay $30 each for the additional fobs for more spares, but the dealer can't do it. They promised to asked their factory rep about these issues over the next couple of weeks. I will post again if I hear anything. Meanwhile, my wife and kids have to take my only spare, if they use my new car (which, they of course, enjoy doing at every opportunity).
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    they are not telling you the truth. 2008 altima has an updated I-key, and will not be affected by cell phones. any altima made after about march-april of last year will be fine. Nissan knew about the problem, corrected it, and will replace keys for people who bought earlier.

    And yes, you can have more than 2 I-keys programed. not sure exactly how many, but it's deffinitly more than three.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    there is a limit to how many I-keys can be programed, but it isn't 2. and the cell phone problem has been corrected. no 2008 models suffer from that issue.

    Your dealership is either lazzy, stupid, or both. I'd call somewhere else, or contact nissan directly.
  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    I would like something cleared up if possible. We just purchased a 2008 Altima and have been advised be the sales person that a new key fob will cost $230.00 and not the $18.00 posted here. Paying that kind of money for a wireless key seems sacriligeous and sort of bothers me, if true. Who has the correct story?
  • That's great news on both questions. Surely the factory rep will be able to help the dealership figure out how to program the extra keys. Thanks for the response.
  • I purchased additional key fobs for my 2008 Altima for $30 each, thru a dealership in GA who sold me the car. I think this is their cost, with no labor for programming the keys. They are trying to accomodate me (and why wouldn't they, I just bought a $30K car). So far, they have not figured out how to program them, since I was the first to request additional I-Keys. These fobs do not have the Door/glove box key that inserts into the two fobs that came with the car. My dealership told me they were not available (I guess he means yet). He also said, I could have any key-maker make additional door keys if I needed some. I am waiting for the dealer to get a factory rep to tell them why their computer system will only program two I-keys for my car.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    We just purchased a 2008 Altima and have been advised be the sales person that a new key fob will cost $230.00 and not the $18.00 posted

    Yeah that sounds right. i tell people $250. Definatley not $18.00 and it hasn't been $18.00 for a number of years.

    You are also able to program up 4 or 5 keys I believe.

  • ken75ken75 Posts: 52
    It appears that getting straight forward information from the dealers is difficult to do. I still have not gotten my second key fob because one of the weekend workers evidently has it for some reason. I am told it will be mailed to me but no mention of when and what kind of environments will it be subject to in the US mail. All of your postings have opened my eyes to a few interesting items. I still enjoy the car and will have to work through any issues that arise. Thanks
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    If I were you, I'd contact nissan (not the dealership) immediately. There is absolutly no reason or excuse for one of their employees to be in possion of a key to YOUR car. In fact, I'd contact the dealership and tell them they have 1 hour to produce your key or you will be contacting the cops.
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