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 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #150

May 012016


  • miles


Front driver side floor rusted through, making a big hole approximately 9in wide by 22in long. Also engine shakes while starting vehicle and sitting in idle in both gear and neutral.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #149

Sep 102010


  • miles
Rusted floor board within 4 years of life of vehicle.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #148

Sep 032016


  • 130,000 miles
The floorboards have rusted right through to the outside. This should not happen with normal wear. We have just been alerted to this by the mechanic and it is so advanced he advises we don't use the car! repairing it is probably more than the car is worth!

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #147

Sep 092016


  • 126,000 miles


I have owned a 2006 Nissan Altima for the last 6 years that has 126,000 miles on it. During a recent inspection the mechanic found severe rusting and a significant hole in the driver's side floor pan; you could see the interior carpet from underneath the car. It looks like the floor has been eroding for quite some time. After searching for this issue online, I learned that this is a common problem with Nissan Altima from 2002 to 2006 relating to a faulty design in a drain (those were a Nissan reps own words). IżM frustrated that there were no recalls or communications regarding this known issue. IżD hope that Nissan can be compelled to be transparent and forthcoming with known issues which may be a risk to customersż safety.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #146

Sep 102016


  • 160,000 miles
It seems like this is a widespread problem with older Altima. Apparently the driver and passenger side forms a rust problem which can cause one to feel unsafe driving the car. The image I attached shows the floorboard not only rusting but coming off, and I can push on the bottom of the carpet from the bottom of my car. Nissan knew of this problem since 2008 and has not offered any obvious statements nor recalls. This is potentially dangerous and is an expensive repair (for both side floorboard replacement, it can cost 3000)

- Maywood, NJ, USA

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problem #145

Aug 222016


  • 109,000 miles
Excessive rusting of the floorboards. A gaping hole is in the floor going through to the outside of the car. This is frustrating because this car has been garage kept at home and at work.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #144

Aug 292016


  • 101,980 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed inspection due to severe frame corrosion. The independent technician diagnosed that the floorboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,980.

- York, PA, USA

problem #143

Aug 202016


  • miles
Floorboard rusting/ driver side floorboard completely rusted out hole hole approximate size 24 inch width X 36 inch length

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #142

Aug 012016


  • 145,000 miles
Floor board has rusted out on the front passenger side.

- Lacrosse, WI, USA

problem #141

Aug 092016


  • 109,000 miles
I looked under my car this evening and found a large rusted out hole in the driver's side floorboard. The passenger side floorboard also seems to be rusting from the inside out.

- York, PA, USA

problem #140

Dec 082015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was premature corrosion on the floorboards across the front driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. Due to the corrosion, holes could be seen through the floorboards. The failure occurred without warning. The dealer and mechanic confirmed that the vehicle needed to be repaired using a patch kit. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. Updated 10/07/16

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #139

Jul 152014


  • miles
Floor pans on both sides of the car are completely rusted out. I can push my hand trough the bottom of the car and move the carpet inside. I know this is a known problem. Just adding my car to the list.

- Bellville, OH, USA

problem #138

Jan 022014


  • miles
My floor boards are rusting out.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #137

Jun 072016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While changing the tires on the vehicle, the contact noticed that the front driver side and front passenger side floor boards were severely corroded. The contact stated that the corrosion was also apparent underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or inspected. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #136

Jun 022016


  • 131,100 miles
Floorboard is rusted through. Noticed soft spot in floor on drivers side of vehicle. Looked underneath and saw a rusted hole approximately 8" X 16" in size on the drivers side floorboard, and signs of rust starting on the passenger side floorboard too. I do not expect this of a nine year old vehicle, and suspect that this has been an issue for a while. I contacted Nissan support, I was advised to take it to a Nissan dealer and have them look at it. The dealer estimated the cost of repair to be around $2150. I received a follow up call from Nissan and they are not willing to cover the cost of repair.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #135

Jun 032016


  • 150,000 miles
Passenger side floor rusted away - about 16" X 8" damaged area. Must have started long ago, but I only caught it recently and today I began to try to repair it, but the damage is much worse than what I could initially see. This is a known design flaw with Altima in this age range, but Nissan is ignoring.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #134

Apr 252016


  • miles
The passenger side floorboard has completely rusted and the carpet is the only thing separating the passenger's feet from the ground. The hole is 16 inches in length. I saw some sort of plastic hanging from the area and when I looked under the car, the floorboard is completely rusted. When I examined the area with my hand, I felt the carpet and am able to push it up into the floor of the car. This is a safety hazard and defect in the car. This has obviously been rusting for some time now and I did not know my daughter was sitting over a gaping whole in the floor and in danger from her feet falling through the floor or something potentially piercing through and injuring her.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #133

May 112016


  • 170,000 miles
Went for an oil change/tire rotation and mechanic said that both driver and pasenger side floorboards were almost rusted through. Contacted Nissan dealer I purchased car from, they said there was no recall but that Nissan has issued a "service bulletin" on how to repair the issue. Cost of replacement parts and labor was in excess of $3,000. Do not feel that a ten year old car should be experiencing this issue. Car has 170K miles but otherwise is in flawless condition.

- Whiting, IN, USA

problem #132

Apr 162016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was premature deterioration and corrosion on the floorboards. The driver side floor boards had holes and exposed areas due to the failure. The dealer scheduled an appointment for an inspection and diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #131

Apr 182016


  • 118,000 miles
A hole has rusted through the front passenger side floorboard. Just noticed it today 4/18/16.

- Stanford, KY, USA

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