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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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,104 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 1 of 5)

problem #82

Jun 152014

Altima

  • 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 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

problem #81

Jun 122007

Altima

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 65 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not accelerate pas 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head gasket failed and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately seven months later, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be serviced. The mechanic observed that the transmission was leaking and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #80

Jul 182015

Altima

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving at 15 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to start after the tenth attempt. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #79

Jun 232015

Altima

  • 111,590 miles

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

While driving ~25 mph I was slowing down to a red traffic light and my car spontaneously shut off in traffic! I was able to put my car in park and restart the car. A few days later, it took 3 attempts before my engine started. After a diagnostic, the car displayed codes P0335 (crankshaft position sensor) and P0725 (engine speed circuit signal sensor). After doing much research I found hundreds of complaints online with similar issues! I input my VIN# to see if my vehicle was under recall and it wasn't. after seeing hundreds of the same complaints, why hasn't their been a recall" if there was, how is it possible that my car wasn't recalled"

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #78

Jun 182015

Altima

  • 159,000 miles
While pulling to a stop light, the car engine shut off without warning. I put the car in park, turned off & attempted to restart the car. It wouldn't immediately start. This happens spontaneously in drive-thrus, stoplights and when coming to complete or near complete stops in traffic as well. Most recently I was exiting the interstate exit and the car stopped as a slowed to turn left off the exit, almost resulting in a car rear ending my vehicle at 50 miles per hou. The ses (service engine soon) light is displayed and even after having an oil change and tune up the light is still illuminated, confirming it's an ongoing issue outside of standard maintenance. I've been provided a reference number and dropped the car at Nissan dealership today to diagnose. Im fearful of my safety operating the vehicle at this point.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #77

Jun 062015

Altima

  • miles
My car engine shut off periodically while being drive at low speeds and higher oil consumption. The first time occurred on June 6, 2015 while driving across woodyard road to pine view lane from the clinton shopping center. The second time was on Friday June 12, 2015 while driving home from the branch ave metro parking, with my brother on the way home, while turning off from highway 5 on to surratt's road, leaving my brother and I dangerously stuck the right side of the off curve with cars going by blowing their horns. The Altima does start back up, but only after a minute or two. No apparent reason why, no warning lights. The car has been consuming more oil than usual and after the first incident, the service engine light came on and does not shut off. A search for recalls revealed in fact that there was a recall issued, 06V-223 on the 2006 Altima, but was not notified or the recall addressed.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #76

Jun 082015

Altima

  • 100,100 miles

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

While driving my 2006 Altima on 6/8/15 for a few minutes after starting it when it had been parked for more than 12 hours, the car stalled. It restarted and I continued to drive. The following day, this occurred again exactly the same. Then the next day, the car stalled again after the car had been sitting only a few hours and "threw a code", I.e. the "service engine soon" light came on. Today, 6/13/15, it occurred again when driving a few minutes after the car had been sitting for more than 8 hours. This time the car almost wouldn't restart. I looked up this issue and found a recall on the crankshaft position sensor. I took the car to courtesy Nissan who told me that my car did not fall under the recall. After the mechanic diagnosed the problem via the code, it was the crankshaft position sensor.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #75

Jul 112013

Altima

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph without warning. The check engine light illuminated and the contact noticed load roaring noises. The contact maneuvered to the emergency lane and the vehicle stalled. The contact discovered oil leaking from the front of the engine. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who diagnosed that the catalytic converter, engine, radiator, transmission, and engine cooling system failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000....updated 07/21/15

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #74

Apr 212015

Altima

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the check engine and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the mount brackets for the engine fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #73

Mar 022015

Altima

  • 172,000 miles
My complaints I have with this car. My first is the floor board is staying soaked with water and molding, which is not good for people with allergies to mold as in this case, and the rusted floorboard problem. The second is with the oxygen sensor and catalytic convertors.

- Colt, AR, USA

problem #72

Jan 222015

Altima

  • 78,231 miles

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

Sometimes when I shut the car down, and get back in it, it acts like it does not want to crank. I have to keep trying over and over again to get my car to start. This has happend for a while now, took it to the had replaced at the dealer

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #71

Mar 212015

Altima

  • 118,000 miles
I can drive around town or where ever. I can stop at a place, shut the car down, and get back in it and it acts like it does not want to crank. I have to keep trying over and over again to get my car to start. I took it to the local auto zone had a diagnostic test ran on it and it came back with the crank sensor that needed to be replaced. I had the crank sensor replaced and the computer reset but I keep having the same problems. I drive around and the same thing happens. After the car gets hot the car does not want to crank. Now since then my car has put another error on my car for P7020 with is the speed sensor. I have contact Nissan about this because I seen the same recall on the same car but they state that my car isnt covered under the recall because my car was not part of the recall. My thing is how is it not when its same exact thing going wrong with it.

- Athens , AL, USA

problem #70

Mar 242015

Altima

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #69

Mar 252015

Altima

  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and the failure recurred on two other occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 161,000.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #68

Jan 042015

Altima

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart after a few minutes. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Ponce De Leon, FL, USA

problem #67

Mar 312015

Altima

  • 123,000 miles
While driving my entire vehicle will periodicall jerk. Its done it numerous times since its began. Now the service engine light is on. The paint on my vehicle is also faded and the clear coats has come off. I have seen plenty of other people on forums complaining about the same things. So it appears to me that Nissan is falling down on the job and should be issuing a recall of some sort about these problems. I have two small children and cant afford something catostrophical happening to my vehicle.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #66

Dec 152014

Altima

  • 121,500 miles
Vehicle is exhibiting excessive oil consumption as described in ntb06-028 (described below) and covered under Nissan motors recall number 06V223000. 1-quart of oil needs to be added to engine after approximately 300 to 500 miles of travel or every month to maintain level in the safe dipstick 'L to H' level. Initial phone contact with Nissan motors representative at 1-800-647-7261 resulted in being informed that since vehicle is not in VIN recall range, Nissan cannot do anything. Worry is that if engine oil level is inadvertently neglected, an engine fire could result while driving the vehicle. Recall summary: Certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5L engines may experience excessive engine oil consumption as a result of improper performance of the piston rings. Consequence: If the oil is not maintained at least at the minimum level, engine damage can occur and in extreme cases result in an engine fire.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #65

May 012014

Altima

  • miles
Crank shaft position sensor had to be replaced due to engine not starting at times, and cutting out at stop lights which was a safety issue in traffic. After talking with Nissan I was informed that this VIN number was not included jn campaign number 07V5727000 and I feel it should have been. This part was replaced by a private auto repair in October 2014 for a total of $250.09. I had purchased the car in April of 2014 from a Toyota used car dealership and started experiencing the problem shortly thereafter. Please help me recover my money for repairs.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #64

Dec 182014

Altima

  • 105,000 miles
The crank shaft sensor went out last evening. I was driving the 2006 Nissan Altima at 35mph when the power seemed to slow, I pushed the gas and nothing was happening, and immediately it returned to normal power, though this occurrence turned on the check engine light. After arriving at my first destination all was fine and the check engine light was still on. When I went to start the car to leave it would not immediately start. I had to crank it two times to start and the check engine light was on. After extensive research and a trip to autozone, I learned it was the crank sensor and it was a problem for numerous owners. Also it was a recall on only certain models. Which mine is not one of. If the problem is in many vehicles and not just the one recalled then the recall should be for every one with the problem. The repair will cost me $120 so I don't see why it shouldn't be free at Nissan. Its not even that hard of a job. But regardless its a flaw that the manufactures should be held responsible for to each vehicle that is having the problem.

- North Chicago, IL, USA

problem #63

Aug 082012

Altima

  • 150,000 miles
I have been losing oil for a couple of years now and I just kept putting it in about once a month. Nobody could find out where it was coming from. I kept asking at oil changes. I just recently had it in to replace the valve cover gasket and tune up ($1200) because valve cover was leaking oil into the spark plugs and all over.. well, they fixed it and I noticed it sounded like it was out of oil again. So I took it right back and asked if they had put oil in it and why it was sounding the way it is. I thought it was using oil because it was in need of a tune up. They took it back in and it was already down a quart. He lifted it and found the oil cool had a hole in it. He said it was not the gasket and it was the oil cooler. These cars are apparently known for that and he doesn't know why it hasn't been recalled because it will damage the engine if you run out and don't know it. So now he wants another 5-600.00 to fix it because it's a Nissan part.

- Hanoverton, OH, USA

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