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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,145 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Nissan Altima brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


2006 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle brake repair problems. The consumer believed having found rust on the brakes, with only 20,559 miles, on the vehicle was excessive. The dealer informed the consumer the brake pads needed to be replaced, along with other brake repairs due to the rust destroying the rotors. The consumer was informed water entered the vehicle on the drivers side under the cabin.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,250 miles
So after my husband replaced a faulty brake caliper on the left rear of my Altima he proceeded to rotate the tires. It was then he discovered my driver side floor pan completely rusted out. We had been noticing a "wet car" smell on occasion, but I would never have imagined this. I am so disgusted. To beat it all, Nissan won't rectify this?? that's bull@$#T. I had a 1995 Altima that I drove for over a decade with over 200000 miles on it before I traded it in. The reliability of it was what prompted me to purchase another. Though my husband can replace the damaged area, the point is he shouldn't have to. I promise you this, it is the last Nissan anything I'll ever buy. I guess that's what I get for not buying american engineered/made/conceived (karma bit me in the butt). I'll go back to Ford for sure.

- Nancy, KY, USA

problem #8

Dec 312011


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while the vehicle was at a local mechanic for routine maintenance, the mechanic noticed that the brake panel was corroded. The mechanic also stated that this failure made the floor unsafe. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 92,000. The VIN information was not available.

- Bardstown , KY, USA

problem #7

Aug 152008


  • miles


My brakes have a high pitched screech only when in reverse. This has been happening for over a year. I had it in to the glendale Nissan dealer 3 times and they said there was nothing they could do. They said it was a defect in the type of brake it is. Am I suppose to live with it for the life of the car. This sound is very abnormal. When I am backing up people just look at the car as to say, "get your brakes fixed". I have never heard of a car doing this let alone having to deal with this terrible screeching noise.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #6

May 282008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. During brake application he intermittently heard metal grinding. The dealer has made five attempts to diagnose the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The dealer has replaced the brakes four times. However the repair did not remedy the failure. A representative with the manufacturer stated that they would contact him regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 142007


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact took her vehicle to the dealer three times because the brakes were squeaking loudly. The first time, the dealer replaced the rear brakes. The second time, they could not locate a failure, and currently, they stated that the front brakes needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 12,800 and failure mileage was 5,000.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


- the contact stated that every time the brakes were applied they made a loud squealing noise. The contact took the vehicle to two dealerships in Virginia. And both stated that there wasn't anything wrong with the brakes. The contact was concerned for her safety because the brakes continued to make a loud squealing noise. Updated 4/8/08 the consumer stated there was a recall for the engine for this vehicle and consumer stated a fuel smell in the was present in the vehicle. Updated 04/08/08

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
2006 2.5 Altima special edition has squeaking brakes 2 months after purchased. Car had 4,000 miles and brakes are squeaking. Nissan has not repaired or replaced the high oil consumption engine recall since receiving recall notification in June 2006. Nissan has even taken the recall off the website however has acknowledged it because there are cars on the lot with replaced engines. There is a problem with the oil consumption and it needs to be repaired immediately. Engine oil is very essential to the car and should not be viewed as a minor recall. I was told the piston rings are defected and should have the engine replaced. Have yet to have Nissan honor this request.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012006


  • miles
2006 Nissan Altima 2.5 special edition had oil leak from the seal in the motor. Brakes were squeaking. The dealer informed the consumer there was no problem with the brakes.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a brand new 2006 Nissan Altima in March 2006. It's now August 2006, and I am experiencing an oil leak. I took the car to the dealership and the technician told me that it was leaking at the seal. Now my vehicle identification number fell in the range of the 2006 Nissan Altima recall. The technician stated that Nissan corporate told him just to replace the seal. I was not satisfied with that response. I was never offered a new motor. I believe that because I am a woman they are playing me for dumb. I have also been dealing with squealing brakes that I have reported to the technician which he keeps dismissing as the hot weather.

- Greenville, SC, USA

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