Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,924 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 7 of 7)

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problem #15

Aug 232006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles

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

To everyone out there that is having trouble with Nissan usa replacing your faulty 2.5L Altima engine and have received the "oil consumption" letter...get in-touch with the BBB auto section. They were awesome with handling my case...received my new engine two days ago...hassle free. Of course this was after trying to work a deal with Nissan usa Consumer Affairs office for more than two months. The BBB did it in five days after receiving my package.

- Spanish Fort , AL, USA

problem #14

Aug 222006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is part of the Nissan campaign #06V223000. Checked engine oil and was found to be two quarts low. This is an ongoing problem and we are needing to check the engine oil once a week to verify it is ok and take it to dealer to have it filled. In this case, after adding two quarts of oil, the dealer forgot to put the cap back on and after a day of driving (120 miles), all the oil was gone and the engine was dry. Luckily we noticed it and drove another vehicle to Nissan to get oil and fill it up before driving it.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 012006

Altima

  • miles
2006 Nissan Altima was sold to consumer while on hold for a recall. Consumer wanted to exchange the vehicle for a problem free vehicle. The consumer contacted the dealer but they have not return the consumer's call.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

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

I purchased a brand new 2006 Nissan Altima in March 2006. It's now August 2006, and I am experiencing an oil leak. I took the car to the dealership and the technician told me that it was leaking at the seal. Now my vehicle identification number fell in the range of the 2006 Nissan Altima recall. The technician stated that Nissan corporate told him just to replace the seal. I was not satisfied with that response. I was never offered a new motor. I believe that because I am a woman they are playing me for dumb. I have also been dealing with squealing brakes that I have reported to the technician which he keeps dismissing as the hot weather.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #11

Jun 132006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
My 2006 Nissan Altima is one of the bad oil users. I bought the car on June 13, well after Nissan instructed dealers not to sell the bad ones. I asked several times if this car was one of the bad ones and was told several times it was not. Several other dealers and Nissan themselves have now verified it is one of the bad ones. I was lied to by kline Nissan in Minnesota.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #10

Jul 212006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,125 miles
: the contact stated smoke was observed coming from under the hood of the vehicle while at a gas station. Upon inspection, oil was discovered on the engine due to the oil cap falling off. The dealer could not determine why this occurred however it was suggested that the cap was not on tight enough.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #9

May 202006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles

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

On 5/20/2006, I purchased a 2006 Nissan Altima. While waiting for the paperwork to be completed, my husband noticed a board on the wall for a contest. Our salesperson told us then that Nissan was having a dealer contest for Altima's. at the same time, Nissan was very heavily advertising on tv a "special" lease price for the atlima's. 2 weeks later, before receiving any letter from Nissan, a colleague sent me the link for the detroit free press, so that I could read the article about Nissan Altima's being pulled from the market because of oil problems, which were potentially hazardous. I feel very strongly that I was defrauded by Nissan (and perhaps the dealer) by this sale. No one can make me believe that Nissan didn't do this contest on purpose in order to move as many cars as possible off the dealer lots. The 200+ incidences of oil problems and the lesser incidences of fires did not all occur within the two weeks between the time I bought my car and sales were halted. I have already had one occurrence where I had to add oil. I then had to wait 4 days for the dealer to be able to look at the car. Ironically, when the car was returned the paperwork did not show any record of my adding oil (even though I told 3 separate people at the dealership). It did say that the dealer did not have to add oil. I drive this car every day back and forth to work. To matters worse, I also Transport my husband, who is recovering from a 5-organ transplant, to his doctors appointments twice a week, which are over an hour away. Should we have a fire, and need to get out of the car quickly, my husband would not be able to do so. This was my first Nissan. It is my last.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 032006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car is using too much oil. I understand from articles that I have read on the internet that certain Nissan 2006 2.5 engines have this problem and that my VIN number falls within the range. Nissan has not notified me as their campaign number 06V223000 indicates, and I receive different stories when I call their 800 number for information. It's a failure, potential injury, and potential fire waiting to happen. I should not need to check the oil every couple hundred miles and would like Nissan's official recommendation on what I should do, but no one is willing to put anything in writing. When I bring the car in to be checked, they refuse to give me any written indication that I have brought it in to them either. I am currently down a quart of oil with only 1500 miles on the car.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 152006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
: the contact stated a noise was heard coming from the engine; there was excessive oil consumption and the transmission slips at various speeds. The noise from the engine was observed before the engine excessive oil consumption was discovered. The dealership was alerted and directed the contact to add oil every 700 miles. The dealer explained something is wrong with the pistons therefore; the engine needs to be replaced. It will take up to two months for the replacement engine to be available. The manufacturer was alerted and explained oil should continue to be added.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 152006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is in regards to the letter that we received from Nissan North America Inc. After the purchase of our new 2006 Nissan Altima. My wife and I feel that Nissan defrauded us when we made our purchase over memorial day weekend. We feel very strong that fraud occurred being that this information was not disclosed to us upon purchase but was disclosed to us within two weeks after purchasing a Nissan product. Today we made contact with our sales representative wendy hooten at power Nissan tempe and both my wife and I were treated very poorly. All that we are asking for is for a full purchase price refund to put towards another one of Nissan's products and we were told very harshly that they would not do that. What was told to us by wendy was that they could only offer us a trade in price on a brand new vehicle with only 755 miles which to date has used 1 quart of oil. Further talking with wendy this morning, she divulged that power Nissan tempe has pulled all of the Nissan Altima cars with the 4 cylinder engine. Therefore, this action warrants that this is a very serious problem with this make and model of the Nissan Altima!!! since shopping for a car, we looked at the Nissan and Toyota products being that our family has been in the automotive repair industry for over 30 years; we felt that we would be getting the best car for our money being that we usually keep our cars for several years but this is not the case!!!!!! at this point we are not comfortable keeping this car and again we are only asking for the full purchase price on a trade in for another Nissan product. I doing so we want the refund to be kept separate from the purchase price of a new vehicle. In other words, we do not want power Nissan tempe trying to make up the money they feel they have lost with this transaction on the new vehicle that we want to purchase. Our hopes are to resolve this issue as soon as possible before we have to consult with a legal representation, our lawyer.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jun 142006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

We purchased a new Nissan 2006 Altima 2.5 on 05/31/06. Two days later, June 2nd, it was on the news that Nissan told their dealers to stop selling this car due to engine fires and excessive oil consumption. Within a week we received an un-dated letter from Nissan telling owners about this problem and to monitor oil level. Further word would come in 60 days - two months! I was told that on June 1 they stopped selling the affected vehicles. One day after my purchase! we then contacted Nissan with the phone number that was on the letter. We told them we would like to return this car and get something else or our money back. They laughed! the dealer did the same, and gave me a very low trade in price. We feel that we should not have to monitor the oil on a brand new car. We bought this car for its reliability after we had lemon law problems with another vehicle. It looks like we got another lemon! we had this car for less than 2 weeks and under 600 miles and do-not feel safe. They have already made an admission of this problem in their letter about monitoring the oil which could result in engine fires if not properly maintained. As a consumer buying a new car I should not be burdened by this problem between recommended oil changes and be exposed to possible injury or death. This was our first Nissan purchase and Nissan customer service and the dealership made us feel very poorly about them. I am very dissatisfied with my purchase of this vehicle and have no confidence in it. I do not want my family or myself in an unsafe vehicle and we do not feel safe at all! and I have to wait 60 days for some sort of action! why should we wait for something to happen, an engine fire or anything else before something can be done? to make me a satisfied customer take the vehicle back and replace it or refund me!

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152006

Altima 4-cyl

  • 2,950 miles
I purchased a new Nissan Altima Apr 16 2006. On June 15 I received a letter from Nissan nth America saying there was a problem with Altima - they were losing oil too fast. I checked my oil and with 2950 miles it was empty. I towed the car to the dealer, who said the oil was black, the engine was no good, and it needs a new motor. I don't want a new motor, I don't want them to fix the car. I want my money back. The letter stated the problem could cause a fire if unchecked. The dealer has since reported that there was a 3 month period of production of these cars that are affected. Now they want me to have them fill up the oil, drive for another 700 miles and retest the car. This is unacceptable.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 192006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 750 miles
: the contact stated a letter was received from the manufacturer was received concerning excessive oil consumption and risk of possible fire. There is currently no problem with the vehicle; however there is concern of the potential risk. The manufacturer has put a hold on the sale of new Altima's with a 2.5 liter engine pending their investigation of the possible problem. Updated 07/07/06.

- Gouverneur, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

Altima

  • miles
Risk of engine fire in Nissan Altima and the automakers response to possible fires and injuries has been "check oil every 700 miles". this is not acceptable. I have a family and will not risk potential injuries to my kids by exposing them to my new 2006 Altima. I have owned it for only two months and the reason I purchased it was as a family car. There should be some action on part of Nissan usa. Will a death or serious injury be the motivator?

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062006

Altima

  • miles
I purchased a 2006 2.5 S Nissan in good faith. I am now being told that as long as the oil changes are always current I will not have a problem with the car blowing up. I am a 25 years old young woman with a child, and I am not willing to take that risk. Of course I will change my oil, but that is not the point. The point is that there is a defect in this car causing it to explode. I tried talking to some one at your car safety commission and was told that until the car blows up, there is nothing that can be done. Well I can't come back from the grave and have it fixed. I can't believe that you all are willing to let someone die before reacting on such a serious problem.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

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