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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

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 engine problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #12

Jul 232012

Altima

  • 120,000 miles

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

My 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5 sl appears to be part of a recall (ntb06-028) for excessive oil consumption. The car began exhibiting the symptoms of the recall concerning excessive oil burning at 120K miles in late June 2012. The problem started suddenly, burning one quart every 600 miles and with in two weeks one quart every 300-350 miles. Throughout my ownership of the car the vehicle had always been properly maintained at my local Nissan dealer. At 138K miles the vehicle began making a noise that sounded like a bag trapped underneath the car. Just after arriving home, the car exploded in thick, black smoke that billowed from under the hood and into the vehicle through the vents. Recall campaign id number: 06V223000 clearly states that, "certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5L engines may experience excessive oil consumption". the extreme consequence of this problem is engine damage and fire. According to my records the recall was performed on the car on 4/24/08 at my local dealership however my initial contact at Nissan corporate said that the car was not a part of the recall. Later, another representative said that the recall was performed on 4/26/06 (this predates the NHTSA a preliminary defect report). After multiple phone calls and conversations I am extremely disappointed that Nissan will not accept any responsibility for the faulty recall fix.

- Grover Beach , CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 052012

Altima

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact made several attempts to restart the vehicle before the vehicle responded. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic replaced the battery however, the failure recurred. The service engine warning light also illuminated. The vehicle was then taken to dealer who advised that the failure was related to the crankshaft sensor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the contact's VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The approximate failure and current mileage was 129,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #10

Feb 152012

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the rpms decreased abnormally. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle stalled on a separate occasion with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 113,000.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 062012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles

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

My service engine light came on and my vehicle's engine lurched forward, as if it was not getting gas. I made it home without incident. I thought I had purchased bad gas. The next morning my car would not start, it took several times for it to final start. This has happened on several occasions. I ran a scan and the scan said I needed to replace the crankshaft sensor which I did and it did no good. The engine is very hard to start and is consuming a lot of gas. This past weekend the engine started to buck when idling in traffic. I was afraid the engine was going to die and catch fire. I found a previous recall that sounds exactly like mine with the crankshaft sensor. I contacted Nissan about it and they said my engine was not part of the recall. This angered me that they do not take these things seriously enough to include all 2.5L engines for that year. The recall id # 67703 - engine and engine cooling is the one I'm referring too.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 142012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
My vehicle is having trouble when starting and I had a scan code done by auto zone which said it was the crankshaft position sensor. I saw there was a recall for 2006 Nissan Altima for this problem so I went to the dealer to inquire about the recall and they stated there was no recall.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #7

May 152012

Altima

  • 79,005 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated he was checking the oil level on the vehicle and noticed that he had lost 2/4 of oil in a week. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign id number: 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 79,005 and the current mileage was 129,000.

- Devine , TX, USA

problem #6

May 182012

Altima

  • 90,000 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 while driving 60 mph the check engine light illuminated. The failure recurred one week later. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the crankshaft position sensor would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) however was told that his VIN was not included in the recall. The contact however felt as if the vehicle had the same defect as that listed per the recall. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 042012

Altima

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently and would not respond to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they had to replace the crank shaft. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage 82,000. The VIN was not available.

- Merritt Island , FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 072012

Altima

  • 106,000 miles
After driving for 30-40 minutes at interstate speed and stopping at exit the engine would rattle. Took it to the dealer several times and paid for a couple of the suggested repairs, we decided to research it and take it to a shop for repairs. The timing chains and guides all needed replacing. This should be a recall.

- Clarkrange, TN, USA

problem #3

May 312012

Altima

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5. while driving approximately 45 mph, the contact experienced a slight reduction in engine power with hesitation. The engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel continuously. The contact was able to continue in operation. On a separate occasion the engine failed to start until after numerous attempts. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they stated the malfunction was contributed to a faulty crankshaft position sensor. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The VIN was ineligible under the recall and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #2

May 222012

Altima

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact had just received an oil change by her personal mechanic. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic and the contact was informed that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 96,100.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 132012

Altima

  • 68,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The contact had the crankshaft position sensor replaced at local repair shop and after driving a few miles, the check engine light illuminated again. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer would not assist with the repairs. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 68,100.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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