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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!

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,900 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #52

Jun 192014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 91,750 miles

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

Engine stalls at some times, car shut off while waiting at a stop light. It just dies right in the middle of traffic. I get turn the engine off and start it again, had several problems cranking. Checked for diagnosis codes but did not get any faulty codes. I try to speak with Nissan about it, its always the same thing...ECM relay campaign had been reprogrammed and that's all we can do also engine was burning excessive oil and felt hard drive on this vehicle.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #51

May 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 89,957 miles
My vehicle kept shutting down on me while driving or sitting in traffic/or at a light it would just shut down. Went online Nissan recall read some of the cases about the crankshaft sensor and realized this was the same thing happening to me. Took it to sheridan Nissan dupont highway in new castle, Delaware. They stated my vehicle was not part of the recall even though I was experiencing the same problems as the recall was issued for, I was told my VIN# was not included in the recall, therefore I had to pay the cost of repairs to replace the sensor total out of pocket for me was $375.I still have my receipt. If Nissan was aware of the problem and I understand they were, why would they not include all VIN#, a few times I was almost hit by other cars because my car would shut down, I want to know what resolution or relief I can receive from this matter.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #50

Jun 192014

Altima

  • 95,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while waiting at a stop light the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact restarted the vehicle and it began to function normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the engine crank shaft sensor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,400.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #49

Jun 302014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

The crankshaft position sensor is malfunctional. Upon research, it was discovered other owners of the same vehicle experienced the same problem. It appears the issue could be fatal and lead to serious crashes as the failed part may cause the vehicle to stop abruptly and shut off the engine. There has been a Nissan recall related to the problematic part. However, the recall only fixed the engine control module by reprogramming it. The recall did not resolve the fundamental problem that is the crankshaft position sensor.

- Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

problem #48

Jun 032014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 150,308 miles
The engine shuts off at various times without warning at low speeds and at idle - no power steering, brakes, or acceleration. Check engine light set with obidsii code of PO725, failed crank angle sensor. Believe this should be covered under recall campaign 07V-527, as it is a 2.5L 2006 Nissan Altima manufactured in February of 2006. Manufacturer states no recall in effect for this vehicle under that campaign, although symptoms are identical to campaign recall issue.contacted manufacturer, who stated my vehicle is not covered by this recall, as it is a recall for specific locations of production, not just production dates, which was not referenced in their defect information report to the NHTSA.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #47

May 232014

Altima

  • 80,138 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. When the check engine light illuminated the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the crank shaft sensor was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign number 07V527000(engine and engine cooling). The contact experienced the identical failure that was listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 80,138.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #46

Dec 032012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

I had a recall on my 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5L & I took it to the dealer in 2010 because the car engine will shut off when driven. It occurred multiple times & several times it occurred on a highway going at 60 miles per hours. I took it in to the dealer & the changed the part because of the recall. After battling for month to get my money back form the dealer the problem is occurring again. In 2012. I tried to trade it in but they under valued my car because of the recall history at $2,500. I need help & Nissan is refusing to pay full trade value on a recall. All I want is the problem fix permanently instead of having this ongoing problems. Nissan is not taking my concern seriously & I am getting rob on a problem that is not my fault.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #45

Mar 222014

Altima

  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled after the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor and the cam shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacture was notified about the failure. The failure mileage was 133,000 and the current mileage was 133,300.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #44

Mar 242014

Altima

  • 114,371 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle occasionally failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 114,371. The VIN was unavailable.

- Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

problem #43

Feb 172014

Altima

  • 132,000 miles
On 2-17-14 I had check engine light come on and on Friday had dealer put it on the diagnostic. Result was po 420 replace manifold/bolt and gaskets. This was at 132,000 miles but we have problems with excessive oil consumption also. Change oil every 3000 miles but end up putting in 4 more quarts besides oil change amount before next oil change is due. Had both O2 sensors and mass airflow sensor changed last year and passenger front side ball bearing replace. Two yrs earlier had both crank sensors replaced. May have to have cat converter replaced if keeps drinking the oil but was told by dealer if replace cat convert still will have oil consumption problem ( so means company really hasn't fixed problem if have it replace and will still happen). Expensive repairs cranks about $500, O2 about $300 ea., mass airflow $700, and this manifold problem is $780 + 106 for diagnostics. Fix problem and look at other blogs and see many have this problem with this yr of Altima.

- Blue Springs , MO, USA

problem #42

Nov 302013

Altima

  • 86,120 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving at various speeds. The failure was experienced several times. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located a failure at the camshaft sensor. The manufacture advised the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 86,120.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #41

Dec 092013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 99,200 miles
While driving in a small street, gas peddle just stops working. Car just keeps moving at speed of 5miles like in neutral mode but checked being in drive mode. Then all lights start flashing and stops after some distance). Towed to dealer-states battery suddenly died. Bring it home. Then same thing happened - again just stops working at redlight with flashing all lights but clearly battery ok as powered drive seat can be moved. Again towed and dealer stating that they are changing alternator. Appears recall of 2007 - crankshaft position sensor/engine stall or similar nature problem happening again. Very dangerous to suddenly stop on road. Called Nissan- opened case #[xxx]. waiting for their assessment. Car has been repaired so many times since bought new in 2006, even engine changed. Still multiple problem- dealer visit. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Beverly Hills , CA, USA

problem #40

Dec 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 76,790 miles
Driving on dry road at speed engine suddenly stopped. Pulled over to side and before car fully stopped put into neutral and engine restarted. Then placed back in drive and continued 50 miles with no further problem that day. On 12/15 while on interstate the engine stopped again with much more danger as traffic was coming up on our rear. Managed to get into breakdown lane and while going 15/20 mph placed the transmission into neutral and engine restarted and proceeded 50 miles to home. Brought into Nissan dealer on 12/18 and they claimed they checked it out and could find no problems. Nissan customer service opened a case #[xxx] but has not returned calls after the Nissan dealer diagnostics. The car is a danger to ourselves and others but it is our only vehicle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wareham, MA, USA

problem #39

Nov 182013

Altima

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle lunged forward abnormally and the check engine warning light illuminated. Additionally, the vehicle was hesitant to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the crank shaft sensor would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #38

Nov 262013

Altima

  • 89,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the engine stalled and every light on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the crankshaft sensor and the ECM needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling), but the contact could not have the vehicle repaired under the recall until the crankshaft sensor was replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,300.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

Oct 292013

Altima

  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed an excessive amount of oil. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #36

Jan 162013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
This past January, we went out to our vehicle in the morning & it would not start. Had it diagnosed, came back as the crank shaft sensor. We had it replaced. Now in November we are having issues with it again. While driving a steady speed on the highway it will what feels like jump/slam into gear. Check engine light has come on, had it diagnosed comes back as crank shaft sensor. Did research online, come to find out there is a recall issued for 2002, 2005-2006 Nissan Altima crank shaft sensor. Contacted Nissan and were told by associate that our vehicle was not effected by that recall campaign. I asked her "is it normal to have to replace the crank shaft sensor twice within less than a year ", she did not have an answer and asked "what do you expect from Nissan". my response was that, " I just feel like this part should not have to be replaced twice in less than a year, and after doing research I find out there is a recall, but not on my car, apparently just a fluke I have the same issue", and she said "my only suggestion is take it to a Nissan dealership for proper diagnose & repair in which you will have to pay for." I said "well obviously, thank you for your help."

- Sterling, CT, USA

problem #35

Sep 032010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 48,280 miles
On Sept 3rd 2010 (labor day weekend), I drove on I-17 (AZ) at about 70 mph for about half an hour. The car suddenly lost the acceleration. No matter how hard I pressed the gas pedal, there is no acceleration. The engine service light was on and the car quickly decelerate. I had to turn on emergency light and moved out. Then I went to autozone and had the code read. P2138, error with pedal position sensor and throttle position sensor. I had to drive locally to send the car to the power Nissan at tempe (dealer) for repair. They could not find problems but turned off the engine light and returned the car to me. On July 4th 2013 (independence day), I drove on highway 87 at about 70 mph for 1 hour and the same problem occurred. The car suddenly lost acceleration. Engine service light was on. I had to drive back at no more than 40mph or the deceleration occurred at higher speed. I went to autozone again for code reading. Same code P2138. Then I sent the car to sears. Sears replaced gas pedal sensor and throttle body. On September 1st 2013 (labor day weekend), I drove on highway 101 at 70mph for 1 hour and the same problem occurred. The car suddenly lost acceleration. Engine service light was on. Sears got the same error code P2138. Sears re-trained the electronic sensor program. On September 10th 2013, I sent the car for emission test. During the test when technician press gas pedal, engine service light was on. Sears got the same error code P2138. Sears asked me to send the car to Nissan dealer. Nissan dealer (the same dealer but name changed to autonation Nissan at tempe) got the same code P2138. Nissan dealer re-trained the electronic sensor program and returned the car to me on September 12th 2013. On September 13th 2013, I tried the car on highway. Once it reached 70mph, the problem occurred for the 5th time. The car lost acceleration and engine service light was on.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #34

Oct 082013

Altima

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine was consuming an extreme amount of engine oil due to the failure of the pistons. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling) and stated that his vehicle was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #33

Jun 202013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I had coolant service and after that I started experiencing low levels of coolant which led to overheating of car. I kept getting the car check to find out if there were leaks. I checked recall notices and then was told I needed sensors. I called Nissan in September and was told out of the 653K cars mine was not affected! I find that hard to believe. I then had sensors replaced (crankshaft and speed). Now I'm being told head gasket blown and engine needs replacement. The recall from Nissan says there we engine cooling problems.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

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