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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:
96,828 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #102

Dec 012011

Altima

  • 40,000 miles

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

Abnormal engine noise has been apparent since I bought it in 2011. I especially notice it at start up and it has become increasingly harder to start on first try. Independent service shop confirmed the timing chain tensioner needs replaced.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #101

May 072016

Altima

  • 148,000 miles
1. car randomly has slow acceleration problems. I can turn off the car, wait a few minutes and it begins working ok again. 2. car sometimes randomly loses power with no warning. 3. sometimes if it stalls and eventually cranks up, the vehicle experiences slow acceleration issues again but then the check engine light comes on. I have taken taken this car to the shop repeated and they don't pull anything on the diagnostic tests. No problem can be found. I have replaced the battery, changed our can sensor, cleaned the throttle body, everything seems good for a little while (few days or couple of weeks) and then the problem happens again. I read in various forums that this has been an issue happening with many Altima for various model years. I don't understand why this issue has not called for a national recall. This is ridiculous!!! my friend also has a 2006 Altima and her car has begun to do the exact same thing!. please help. The first time it lost power it was during a morning commute to work while driving on the California 91 freeway! it really terrified me because I could have been killed or involved in a very bad accident. Most recent incident happened last week. I am afraid to drive on the freeway or long distances. I had to rent a car for the weekend because I had to work today, and being Saturday, the commuter bus that I now take to work because I don't trust my car, does not run on the weekends. I want to get a new car but can't afford having monthly payments again. I didn't start having any problems with the car until it was paid off.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #100

Jan 042016

Altima

  • miles
Consuming or burning a lot of oil.had to add about a quart of oil every 300 miles. It takes longer to shift and does not have power going uphill. Hard 1-2 shift.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #99

Mar 282016

Altima

  • 112,000 miles

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

My car is losing oil from somewher no leaking but to drive from columbia SC to atlanta ga the car will be out of oil I just brought the car its has 112000 miles on it. There is no oil leaking or nothing so where is the oil going

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #98

Oct 152012

Altima

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While the vehicle was at a dealer for routine service, the technician noticed excessive engine oil consumption. The contact had to constantly refill the vehicle with engine oil. In addition, while driving 30 mph, the vehicle began to shake. The contact pulled over, but the vehicle stalled. The service engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle by replacing the battery. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the catalytic converter, air fuel sensor, and the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the oil leak. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #97

Mar 142016

Altima

  • 117,000 miles
The engine goes off suddenly in the mid of the traffic at intersection, during taking curves. The car goes out of power, brakes and steering lose complete power. It is very dangerous situation as any one can back end, hit the car, or car can go back on ramp or can fall off the road. It can happen any time, no engine warning no diagnostic.

- Edgewater, NJ, USA

problem #96

Mar 112016

Altima

  • 65,000 miles

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

Takata crankshaft and camshaft sensors. Had both of them fail on our Altima in past 2 years at the cost of $800. Which the dealer has made us pay for. The car will randomly leave you stranded and will not start at all. Check engine light comes on too. Called for towing but then car "miraculously started" after stranded for 1 hour in dangerous location. Drove directly to dealer. Who ran tests and declared sensor faulty. Dealer claims the vehicle is not part of the recall... well I think someone needs to check the details on this. Obviously they missed all of the other vehicles affected by these faulty sensors that were manufactured during the same time. Very unhappy customer

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #95

Feb 242016

Altima

  • 69,000 miles
Service engine light came on, took it in for computer diagnostics & it showed cam shaft sensor alignment. I was driving at the time the light came on.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #94

Feb 112016

Altima

  • 182,786 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred once a day. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was unaware if the VIN was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 182,786.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #93

Sep 282014

Altima

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the vehicle began to have a loud knocking noise that was heard from the front of the vehicle. In addition, black smoke was observed coming from the hood of the vehicle as the check engine warning light illuminated. No flames were visible. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the piston had fractured and the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #92

Sep 172015

Altima

  • 95,000 miles

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

I have had the car for 9 years and have been locked out the vehicle, the alternator had to be replaced because the car shut down 1 month ago. The car has been shutting down for 4 yrs when the weather changes. I just discovered a whole in the bottom of the driver side ground. Due to rust there is a whole in the bottom of the car

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #91

Oct 022015

Altima

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan ultima. While driving 55 mph, the engine rod fractured and caused the engine to catch fire. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 157,000.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #90

Sep 212015

Altima

  • 149,000 miles
Motor shuts down without warning, no brakes or power steering and or after engine has been driven it will not start again until is cools. NHTSA id07V527000 filed. Individual from Nissan acknowledge he was aware but there is no recall at this time" just hope no one is injured or killed with this type of safety issue. Would you suggest I contact state rep. To inquire at this time"

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #89

Sep 242015

Altima

  • 147,000 miles
I currently have a check engine light, I scanned and pulled the code with my own personal scanner the code was P0507 (idle air control valve) the code was cleared, now another code is being thrown which is the tps(throttle position sensor) and the iats(intake air temp sensor bank 1) I heard that nissian had a recall on this matter so I researched it with my VIN number and nothing showed up. I heard the ECU needs to be reprogrammed and the problem will be fixed. This matter needs to be attended to before something more serious happens to me or my family while driving this vehicle.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #88

Sep 212015

Altima

  • 149,000 miles
Wife was coming home from the airport when approaching stop sign the engine shut down without notice. "no brakes or power steering". vehicle was pushed by city workers into parking area. Later on after the vehicle sat it started and we were able to get it home. Next day I noticed the engine light on! I took the vehicle in to check the codes. Codes indicated it could be the battery or a crank, cam sensor. Battery showed bad. Purchase new battery and assumed everything is okay. I drove the vehicle down to a store and when I pulled into a parking spot it stopped. Later on vehicle started and drove next door to a auto dealership. Dealership ran a diagnostic test indicating internal failure in cam sensor. Code P0340 stored. Vehicle repaired.

- Tarpon Springs , FL, USA

problem #87

Sep 012011

Altima

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that after driving for a long period, there was a knocking noise coming from the engine. After checking the oil dip stick, it was discovered that the engine oil was low. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V223000 (engine). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #86

Jul 232015

Altima

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle jerked and stalled intermittently. In addition, the vehicle would take longer to start than usual. The check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the speed shaft sensor, camshaft sensor, and the crank shaft sensor were malfunctioning and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #85

Aug 312013

Altima

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic for a routine oil change and the mechanic observed that there was no oil in the vehicle. The mechanic added oil to the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the oil had to be refilled every two weeks. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a leak in the engine and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #84

Jul 192015

Altima

  • 91,131 miles
Excessive oil consumption on my Nissan Altima 2.5L 2006. From what I've read this is a common problem with the 2.5L engine which could result in engine fire.

- Midlothian , TX, USA

problem #83

Jun 152014

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the key was turned over several times and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the crank shaft position sensor, but the failure recurred within thirteen months. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling) and 06V223000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was not available.

- North Saracuse, NY, USA

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