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CarComplaints.com 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!

1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,723 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 drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Sep 052013

Altima

  • 95,144 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Altima's transmission began slipping out of gear while taking my children to school. It started slipping bad enough where I felt the vehicle was not safe to drive and needed to be towed. As I pulled off a main road onto a side street, the transmission slipped out of gear while turning and a vehicle nearly struck me on the passenger side. Luckily the transmission went into gear at the last possible second so I could escape the accident. After doing research this is apparently a common problem with the V6 Altima transmission.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #18

Jul 242013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Car is getting stuck in 5th gear which causes stall outs while driving and no acceleration-only 102,000 miles-hesitates, jerks and stalls out randomly.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 152010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
After completing acceleration after a period of sitting in traffic, the clutch pedal fell to the floor without the aid of the driver. The clutch pedal lost all resistance and the driver was unable to get the vehicle out of gear and into neutral or another gear. Driver had to maneuver the vehicle off of the freeway and onto the shoulder and coast for several hundred yards with the vehicle stuck in gear for the clutch pedal to regain pressure so that the vehicle could be placed into neutral. Since the initial incident, which occurred only weeks after the vehicle was purchased from a Nissan dealer, the sunken clutch pedal has become a regular occurrence, nearly daily.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Mar 292013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 99,940 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the second time within a year and a half that my clutch system has went completely out while driving. While driving I could not get the clutch pedal to engage the clutch. It was becoming increasingly more difficult to get the clutch to shift into gear even with the pedal pushed all the way to the floor. This is the very same situation that happened the first time the clutch system went out at about 60,000 miles. The mechanic contacted Nissan and they said they knew that there was an known issue with the Nissan Altima ser 2006 and its clutch system. The standard dot 3 fluid that is used was becoming to hot and breaking down its compressibility not allowing the clutch to shift. This time around when the mechanic called Nissan yet again, Nissan said that there is an issue with the clutch systems used in the Altima ser 2006 and that they have been replacing a lot and seeing that they are only getting between 35,000 - 40,000 miles when the life span of the clutches should be longer!!! this is not a cheap fix and is becoming increasingly annoying. This is an unsafe car for anyone to have and luckily neither incidents caused any accidents. Nissan knows there is an issue with this model of car but yet nothing is being recalled on these clutch systems!!!!

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #15

Aug 032012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Traveling at 15 miles per hour and started to stop at stop sign, vehicle went dead and I could no stop in time and went through the stop sign. Hard to steer also. Luckily no other vehicle was approaching or an accident could have occurred. Service engine soon light came on afterwards and gave code P0335.

- Covington, GA, USA

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problem #14

Jul 112012

Altima

  • 149,950 miles
Driving on I-4 transmission heard a "pop" sound, car had a hard time going from a stopped position to moving. Added transmission fluid, worked fine until the next day when the same thing happened. Car once accelerated seemed to accelerate faster without me pushing on the accelerator. Purchased car 2 yrs ago and noticed a random hard shift either when accelerating or decelerating, no major problems to take it anywhere. Had transmission fluid changed and flushed seemed to help problem until now. I have 3 kids and with the problems of this nature could have a serious impact on us financially not to mention if something were to happen while driving. Our safety as well as others could be at jeopardy.

- Haines City, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 012011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Clutch falls to the floor, leaving you with the inability to disengage the transmission from the engine, causing you to fly to the shoulder as fast as possible, stepping on the brakes hard enough to shut off the engine. There are thousands of Nissan forums describing this problem. The car has 80,000 miles on it now, and it happened again tonight, causing my wife to run the car off of the road when she began to panic because she couldn't stop the car at a busy intersection. The clutch will resume normal function in a matter of minutes, and wont have a problem for months. Very, very dangerous!

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #12

Dec 032011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima, that is constantly 5-7 mph off. I am getting concerned because this is a hazard as I have been asked by the local city police for me to pick up my speed a little as I am restraining the flow of traffic by driving at or below what I believe is the speed limit. Also, I am really concerned since the factory tells you to use a certain size of tire, with me using their recommendation, this will cause the wheels to spin faster than what I am actually really going, thus saying I am traveling farther (mileage) than what I truly am. This, I believe is effecting my gas mileage as my tires are having to spin faster than what is needed and thus causing me to use more fuel. Please help me consider my options or do you know if there is a recall on the speed sensor, drive/powertrain, wheels, etc. Someone who drives 10 mph on the interstate is a hazard, I believe. I am having all kinds of vehicles and semi-trucks pass me on the interstate and I feel the safety of my family is at risk in driving this vehicle. (my current mileage (supposedly is: 43500 miles) I may have traveled less than that. Can you help me get this issue resolved? here is a cbs story on the issue: www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/13/earlyshow/main2562144.shtml please help, my families safety could be at risk as well as other passengers who own or are on the road around these cars. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #11

Aug 152011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Several 2005 and 2006 Nissan Altima SE-rs (including mine) have had issues with the clutch pedal getting stuck on the floor unable to come back up and not being able to change gears. Dealerships accross the country have deny the issue and deny repairs. This is a safety issue and an accident can happend due to this. To me, is been happening since I purchase the car at 37,000 miles and it keeps happening now at 86,000 miles...this is happening to several others as well and a website has been created with everyone's concerns. Please recall!!!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 152009

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
For no apparent reason the clutch pedal will lose all resistance and lay on the floor leaving the vehicle inoperable and stranded on the side of the road. This issue has happened multiple times, as early as 44K miles and as recent as last Thursday, March 24, 2011 with 68K miles. Pumping the clutch pedal for an extended period of time did restore enough hydraulic pressure to operate the clutch and within 2 miles of "in town" driving the clutch problem completely resolved as if it never happened. There are multiple complaints of this issue on the forums. Fort pierce Nissan official answer was " nothing". they wouldn't acknowledge it. I'm sure with all the complaints from Altima SE-R owners Nissan is fully aware of the issue, yet they won't step up to the plate and make it right for their customers. I've been a loyal Nissan customer since 1988 but without proper resolution, this will end that streak.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 152009

Altima

  • 44,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

For no apparent reason the clutch pedal will lose all resistance and lay on the floor leaving the vehicle inoperable and stranded on the side of the road. This issue has happened multiple times, as early as 44K miles and as recent as last Thursday, March 24, 2011 with 68K miles. Pumping the clutch pedal for an extended period of time did restore enough hydraulic pressure to operate the clutch and within 2 miles of "in town" driving the clutch problem completely resolved as if it never happened. There are multiple complaints of this issue on the forums. Fort pierce Nissan official answer was " nothing". they wouldn't acknowledge it. I'm sure with all the complaints from Altima SE-R owners Nissan is fully aware of the issue, yet they won't step up to the plate and make it right for their customers. I've been a loyal Nissan customer since 1988 but without proper resolution, this will end that streak.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 152009

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
For no apparent reason the clutch pedal will lose all resistance and lay on the floor leaving the vehicle inoperable and stranded on the side of the road. This issue has happened multiple times, as early as 44K miles and as recent as last Thursday, March 24, 2011 with 68K miles. Pumping the clutch pedal for an extended period of time did restore enough hydraulic pressure to operate the clutch and within 2 miles of "in town" driving the clutch problem completely resolved as if it never happened. There are multiple complaints of this issue on the forums. Fort pierce Nissan official answer was " nothing". they wouldn't acknowledge it. I'm sure with all the complaints from Altima SE-R owners Nissan is fully aware of the issue, yet they won't step up to the plate and make it right for their customers. I've been a loyal Nissan customer since 1988 but without proper resolution, this will end that streak.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 232010

Altima

  • 50,000 miles
I purchased my Nissan Altima SE-R in June of 2007. During that summer the clutch would stick on few occasions and I wouldn't be able to change gears. On one occasion I had to pull off the freeway and pump the clutch petal multiple times until it became free and I was able to change gears successfully. I took the vehicle to the Nissan dealership to which they told me to bring it in when the problem was actually occurring, which was virtually impossible since it was sporadic. I have noticed that during winter on occasion the clutch and brakes would need to be pumped before driving otherwise the clutch would stick and the brakes just wouldn't work. This morning I got in my Nissan which had been parking in the garage all night, and the clutch petal was sunk to the floor. I was able to turn the car on, but couldn't switch gears. I tried pulling up on the clutch petal with my foot and nothing. It took multiple times of trying to pick it up with my foot and trying to un-stick it by pressing down hard on it before it finally came up and I was able to put it in reverse to drive.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #6

Sep 282010

Altima

  • miles
2006 certified used Nissan Altima will not come in and out of "park", or into "reverse" while trying to go into "park". shifter and related parts have been replaced with no success in September 2010. Problem has been ongoing since February 2009. Car has been to dealers multiple times to diagnose problem with no success. Shifter and electronic module replaced later September 2010. Problem came back within 48 hours of getting car from dealership. Owned car for only 8 months before problem arose.

- Eastwood, KY, USA

problem #5

Mar 282009

Altima

  • 65,214 miles
The vehicle is slow in changing gears.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 102009

Altima

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact could not shift the vehicle into reverse, park, or neutral. The dealer stated that there was a silver switch near the gear shifter that could be used to manually change gears. Later, the vehicle became non-responsive when the manual gear shifter switch was used. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were less than 18,000.

- St Rose, LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172008

Altima

  • 33,000 miles
Had to replace engine on Nissan Altima 06 with only 33,000 mi dealer would not give the reason why. Front struts needs replacing after 39,000. Also replace transmission seal@39,000mi.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 192008

Altima

  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the gear shift box was not working properly and the lever remains stuck when shifting. The dealer stated that something was spilled in the gear box. They pulled the gear box apart and found no spill. The contact believed that the dealer did not reassemble the vehicle correctly. The dealer is charging $800-900 to repair the gear shift. The contact was informed to find another dealer to repair the vehicle. The Nissan manufacturer is not assisting. The vehicle is under warranty, but is not being repaired as such. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007

Altima

  • 12,334 miles
2006 Nissan Altima customer received recall letter and has been unable to get car fix and can't let the car sit and pay car note and insurance* the consumer stated a new engine was installed in the vehicle due to a recall. Three weeks later, the vehicle went into limp mode and the speed decreased. The vehicle was towed and the consumer was later informed that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The consumer returned the vehicle back to the dealer and upon inspection they stated the wiring harness was unplugged.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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