Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2006 Nissan Altima has a trend of engine problems, both in our data & definitely in the NHTSA's complaint data as well.

Excessive oil consumption is the main problem reported by owners. Nissan did a recall back in 2006 for oil consumption due to bad piston rings, but many owners report to us that the recall didn't fix the problem.

The dealer only had to check the oil consumption rate. Typically 1 qt per 1,000 miles is "acceptable" per OEM standards ... that's a lot of oil!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,004 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #70

Dec 152014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Front driver side and passenger sides rusted completely through. From underneath, you could literally push the carpet up with your finger - there was no metal there - all rusted! approximate size of the hole was 18" long by 12-14" wide. Same thing with the oil pan we had to replace. My husband saw the rust on the oil pan, pushed up on the area of rust and put his finger through. Had to replace. I have pics of the rusted out floor. Other than this, it's been a nice vehicle, however, we are stuck with it. Cannot sell the vehicle to anyone knowing it could hurt someone and we would have to dump a ton of money in to repair. The nada value is for "clean" is $7,075. Value for "rough" is $3,100. A difference of almost $4000. I just purchased a Kia...

- Hanover, MI, USA

problem #69

Apr 062015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Floor boards rusted out.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #68

Apr 062015

Altima 6-cyl

  • 77,247 miles
Driver side floorboards badly rusted.

- Channahon, IL, USA

problem #67

Apr 062015

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles


Both driver and passenger floor pans have rotted through from the inside out.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #66

Apr 022012

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
The floorboards on my 2006 Nissan Altima are rusted out. I've been informed by my body shop that this is a well known problem due to a design flaw in the car. Apparently the floorboards rust from the inside out. I called Nissan and they told me to buy a new car and offered employee pricing. They took no credit for the problem. The issue is very well know - see

- Odenton, MD, USA

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problem #65

Feb 122014

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger floor panels rusted severely. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed the floor panels needed to be replaced. The repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000. Updated 5/26/15 updated 9/17/2015

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #64

Mar 232015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Floor boards on both drivers and passenger side are completely rusted through. Insulation and carpeting are falling though the floor. Very unsafe. Contacted Nissan both corporate office and local dealership. Neither will do anything about the situation. This issue coincidentally made national news this morning. A number of Nissan owners and mechanics/body work technicians were interviewed. All said the same thing. The independent auto repair shop person I got an estimate from this morning said it was because the air conditioning evaporator is located in such a way that its draining inside the floor of the car. I don't understand how Nissan does not have to take responsibility for this issue. I have a case number with Nissan and the local dealership gave very expensive estimate to have it repaired.

- Rocky River, OH, USA

problem #63

Mar 012012


  • miles
I was told in 2012 by my car maintenance sho, that my car had a rust hole on the passenger side of my 2006 Nissan Altima. Now, 3 years later it has grown quite large. I was told I have to get it repaired before I have my car inspected in March of 2016. This is quite a problem for me since I am retired an living on a fixed income.

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #62

Apr 062015

Altima 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Floor boards are rusting out on both sides of the vehicle making it unsafe to drive. The damage is extensive and has likely been rusting for quite a few years. Vehicle is maintained and washed regularly. Expense to fix the floor boards is more than the value of the vehicle. Common problem among these cars and should be recalled by Nissan.

- Wales, WI, USA

problem #61

Mar 312015


  • 123,000 miles
While driving my entire vehicle will periodic jerk. Its done it numerous times since its began. Now the service engine light is on. The paint on my vehicle is also faded and the clear coats has come off. I have seen plenty of other people on forums complaining about the same things. So it appears to me that Nissan is falling down on the job and should be issuing a recall of some sort about these problems. I have two small children and cant afford something catastrophically happening to my vehicle.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #60

Oct 032012


  • 60,000 miles


Rusted through floorboards both driver and passenger side.

- Atkinson, NH, USA

problem #59

Feb 022015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 122,148 miles
2006 Nissan Altima in excellent condition with the exception a significant structural defect. The floor panels on both the driver and passenger sides are severely corroded. This came to my attention while the car was at an independent auto shop for routine maintenance. The car has been well maintained and cared for. With the exception of the rust problem, the car is in excellent condition. It is incredible that the floor pan of a fastidiously maintained, modern unibody automobile would rust out almost completely within eight years. After a little research, it became apparent that this is a common problem for the 2006 Altima. Nissan is aware of this dangerous issue but they have no intention of rectifying it. Representative at Nissan usa with whom I spoke informed me to bring my car to a Nissan dealership for an estimate of the necessary repair. I brought the vehicle to decormier Nissan in manchester, ct and received an estimate of $1,700 plus tax. I again called Nissan North America and my case was transferred to the Nissan regional office. The representative informed me that my car was out of warranty and that the rust was due to salt applied to the roadways in ct, therefore Nissan would not be offering financial assistance in the repair of my car. She suggested that I pay for the repair out of pocket and wash the undercarriage regularly. The car is washed often. By hand during the temperate months and during the winter months at a car wash where the undercarriage is also washed. I have owned, driven and cared for a number of imported and domestic vehicles within the state of Connecticut for many years and have never experienced this type of issue. After research, it became evident that this is a common problem for this particular vehicle that has recently surfaced. Nissans response and lack of culpability pertaining to this issue is absolutely unacceptable.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #58

Oct 282014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My 2006 Nissan Altima's floorboard is rusting through on the drivers side. This is a known defect that Nissan takes no responsibility for and my local dealership admitted as much. There is an engineering defect that causes this particular spot to be vulnerable to rust. This could become a safety issue.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #57

Feb 042015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I was coming off 295 and hit a patch of black ice lost control of my car and hit a guardrail. The air bags never went off and everyone at the scene was trying to figure how or why they did not go off. My car is totaled.. updated 02/19/15 updated 3/30/2016

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #56

Jan 312015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 133,300 miles
I checked the underside of my vehicle only to find that the floor board was rusting out heavily on the driver side. I checked online and saw that there has been many complaints about this and that Nissan refuses to address the problem. Very upset about having to fix this.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #55

Dec 232014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
Floor boards rusted totally thru on drivers side and passengers side. Only thing stopping feet from going thru the floor is carpet.seems to be a ongoing problem with the floors on Nissan, I believe this is a very dangerous problem that should be corrected by Nissan as a recall safety issue.

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #54

Oct 012014

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
There is rust under the driver and passenger floorboards.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floor boards were completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified the failure and stated that the floor boards needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

problem #52

Oct 312014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,749 miles
Took vehicle in for state inspection and didn't pass. Vehicle driver side and passenger side floors were completely rusted out. Not safe!!!! dealer said it is not covered (of coarse). Quoted $800 to repair. Dealer acknowledged that this is not the first time they saw this. This is the only rust on the car. I see multiple other complaints about this problem with this year (and other years) Nissan Altima. Dealer should of warned me about this since I take the car there every year for inspection. This did not just happened this year. There should be a recall.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #51

Oct 262014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
In 2006 we purchased a new 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5, VIN#[xxx] was kept in the garages ever since it was purchased. The car has 70,000 miles and looks like new. On October 26, 2014 my husband was rotating tires when he noticed that floor boards on both sides were corroded & rotting. We were horrified since this car is only 7 years old, well maintained, and garage kept! this did not make any sense so we searched the internet & found out that other people reported the same issue. 2006 Altima 2.5 had issues with the metal that was used for the floor boards & this was a known issue. The holes in the floor create danger for the car occupants! on October 27, 2014 I contacted Nissan N America at 1-800-646-7261 "? case 16414850. They asked me to take the car to the Nissan authorized dealer?"S body shop & get an estimate to replace rotten floor boards. The estimate was $3,334.66. I called Nissan N America rep. [xxx] and gave him the estimate. He said that Nissan would cover up to 50% of the repair cost. I told him that is not fair since the problem did not result from our fault. The fault is with Nissan, because they used poor material for the floor boards and that is well documented on the internet. He said that there is nothing more that he can do. I'm writing to you and asking you for help. We want Nissan to cover the whole repair cost because the fault is with Nissan product, not our maintenance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

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