CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Nissan Altima has a trend of engine & transmission problems.

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!

The 2006 Altima also has a defect trend of CVT transmission failure showing up around the 100,000 mile mark.

It's an expensive repair at over $2,000 average repair cost. For more information see Nissan Altima CVT defect info on NissanProblems.com.

8.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,150
Average Mileage:
112,550 miles
Total Complaints:
26 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. remove and replace (16 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
2006 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jun 252017

Altima SE 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

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

I just noticed pieces of rusted steel and flooring material falling out from under the car. Upon further inspection a large hole in the drivers side floor was discovered.after lifting up the carpeting. I did a temporary fix using a metal baking sheet to cover the hole by caulking it in place and securing it to the floor with sheet metal screws. WILL NISSAN EVER DO A RECALL ON THIS? APPARENTLY HUNDREDS OF OWNERS OF SIMILAR CARS ALL HAVE THIS PROBLEM..

- joechicky, Westbury, US

problem #25

May 032017

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,245 miles

I GOT LOOKING UNDER MY CAR AND NOTICED IT WAS RUSTING REAL BAD. IT'S A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THERE'S A BIG HOLE IN THE FLOOR. THIS COULD CAUSE MORE DAMAGE TO THE INSIDE OF MY CAR FROM RAIN AND ANIMALS AND IS UNSAFE. I HAVE 3 KIDS AND IT'S SOON TO BE UNSAFE FOR THEM TO RIDE WITH ME. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER SEEN THIS HAPPEN TO A VEHICLE AND THINK THAT NISSAN SHOULD MAKE IT RIGHT. I HONESTLY LOVE MY CAR BUT IF IT CAN'T BE MADE RIGHT I THINK I'LL JUST GO GET A CHEVY OR TOYOTA AND NEVER OWN ANOTHER NISSAN VEHICLE. THANKS FOR HEARING ME OUT.

- Anthony T., London, US

problem #24

Sep 032016

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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floor panels rusting out prematurely

This car is for a teenager. How dare you NOT take accountability after all these people have the same problem! Millions of cars are this age WITHOUT being rusted through. Shame on you! Please fix it.

- lhutch, Chester, NJ, US

problem #23

Sep 162010

Altima 2.5 V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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

4 YEAR OLD CAR SHOULD NOT HAVE A RUSTED FLOORBOARD. THAT REALLY SUCKS!!!!!

- desautel, Cumberland, RI, US

problem #22

Aug 172016

Altima SL 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

my 2006 nissan altima drivers side floor is completely rotted out this is a $2500.00 fix and i have no choice to fix it or to get a new car if rust hits the frame of car i can't afford to get a new car and i have to to barrow money to fix this problem. If there is a class action suit on this i'm in were do i file

- Frances N., Centereach, NY, US

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problem #21

Aug 012015

Altima Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

Just discovered that my 2006 Nissan Altima has completely rotted on the front left driver and on the front right passenger and it is a hole in the floors car. Decided to research if there were any recalls with this issue and discovered there had been hundreds of complaints and Nissan refuses to recall this issue. And all of the other models in the same time frame did not have this defect!!!! So..... what's the problem Nissan!!!! I will never purchase a Nissan again if they don't resolve this issue! It is very danger to drive this car, because it can happen to me something very bad.

- Liliia M., Closter, NJ, US

problem #20

May 012013

Altima SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,128 miles

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

Floor boards are rusting out, Nissan is not taking any responsibility.

- hapic9211, Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #19

Apr 042016

Altima 2.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Over the last month I started noticing something falling off the bottom of my car while on the highway and noticed some material hanging under my car on the front passenger side. I looked under the car and saw the floor board had rusted and huge hole in the floorboard. The only thing between the passenger and the ground is the carpet. My daughter sits there and we had no idea of the danger! Apparently what was falling of my car were pieces of the rusted floorboard and now there is a gaping whole in the floor.

Nissan needs to be held responsible for this as this is a defect and safety hazard.

- Lee J., Illinois, IL, US

problem #18

Aug 032012

Altima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Another 2006 Nissan Altima with the floorboard rust problem. Nissan won't fix the issue!

- Matt L., Crofton, MD, US

problem #17

Sep 252015

Altima ES 2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I would have never noticed the holes rusting in my floorboards. I am sure the mechanics had seen this working on the car and never mentioned it because it was under warranty, But I happen to be waxing the car which is in excellent shape with 52,000 miles and noticed a piece of rusty metal under the car. Wow I looked under and there it was a hole and on the driver side all rusty. Poor design gets me and poor quality. I will be discussing with dealer but I think it futile. I will be looking to make a change; a long time Nissan purchaser moving to another product. Especially if I don't get the problem fixed.

- Nora G., Cedar Falls, IA, US

problem #16

Nov 062013

Altima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

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

My drivers floorboard is almost gone!! Rusted, gone, carpet showing, I am literally on my way to becoming Fred Flintstone here. I also have now the lovely odor of mildew due to my carpet being exposed to water, rain etc...the fact that Nissan feels there is no defect is asinine!!!

- margojenningsmj, Barnhart, US

problem #15

Sep 172015

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles

Larger rust hole in drivers floor pan. Will soon be enough to see the road.

Nissan not standing behind their product again.

- Jim L., Elmira, NY, US

problem #14

Sep 222015

Altima 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

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floor panels rusting out prematurely

the whole drivers underside of car is gone. My husband could have been killed. Now the car is worthless. Nissan knows about this and refuses to recall to fix. I'm trying to find a class action suite against them to join.

- Suzanne B., Bethlehem, PA, US

problem #13

Sep 012011

Altima 2.5S 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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floor panels rusting out prematurely floor panels rusting out prematurely floor panels rusting out prematurely floor panels rusting out prematurely

I originally noticed this problem in 2011 when I was under the 100,000 mile mark. I brought it to the dealership, where they informed me there was nothing they could do, that the "bumper to bumper warranty" does not cover rust. Here it is now 2015 with 133,000 miles on my car and it is now undriveable, it is something I should have had replaced before but I kept putting it off since I was having other issues with the car that I had to pay to have fixed in order for it to run. It is a design flaw in this year model, you can tell the water was pooling in the panels and rusting from the inside out.

- Lisa K., Lewisville, US

problem #12

Aug 012015

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

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floor panels rusting out prematurely floor panels rusting out prematurely

So Nissan is saying that this isn't a problem? 9 years old and both the driver side and passenger side have completely rusted floors, mostly garaged too. The salt from winter isn't the problem, it's happening in places with no snow...My sister has the same Nissan and she was shocked to find out her floor was completely rusted out in the same exact spots as mine. If it was the salt, wouldn't it be everywhere else underneath and not those same exact spots? The cost is outrageous to have fixed, more than the car is worth. I know Nissan isn't doing anything about it, but there has to be something I can do...right?

- Stephen P., Middletown, CT, US

problem #11

Jul 102015

Altima LS 2.5L 4cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,700 miles

I FILED A COMPLAINT WITH NHSTA AND A LAW FIRM WHICH HAS FILED A CLASS ACTION IN MICHIGAN. I AM REACHING OUT TO NISSAN TODAY.

- Nicholas S., Harrison, NJ, US

problem #10

Sep 102015

Altima V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Found out from my mechanic when I had an oil change that the floor board was completely rusted out under driver and passenger seat. I was told by the auto body place this is a common problem with the Nissan Altima and there have been many complaints.

- rjmartist, Island Heights, NJ, US

problem #9

Aug 282015

Altima S/SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,000 miles

I noticed this problem starting years ago and have been waiting and waiting for Nissan to issue a recall. What started as a small hole is now a gaping one and I can literally stick my hand through and touch carpet. Rusting out is occurring on both the driver's and passenger side. There is simply no way I can drive this car through another New England winter in this condition. If Nissan won't call it a safety issue, why won't they admit it's a design flaw and agree to fix it??

- Nicole M., Amesbury, MA, US

problem #8

Oct 012014

Altima SL 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

This is my forth NISSAN over the past 40 years .The first flinstone was a DATSON, then two Sentras, now an Altima. All of them rust buckets.

This is my last NISSAN!!!!!

- Richard M., warren, ON, Canada

problem #7

May 082015

Altima S Special 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,789 miles

Just got through spending $2100 on timing tensioner issue along with the 3rd crank sensor in the last 4 years. I had an oil change last week and the servicer noted that the flooring was rusting through under the drivers side floorboard. He could see flooring material coming through the rusted out spot.

I've been an Altima user for about twenty years. This 2006 model which has about 108,000 miles on it is the only one I've ever had significant problems with. These issues mentioned are apparently common with this model of Altima. They should make it right! I expect it won't be cheap to fix the flooring!

I may be looking a Honda, Toyota or Hyundai for a replacement vehicle.

- bs289, Dryden, NY, US

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