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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,084 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 body / paint problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Aug 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,250 miles


So after my husband replaced a faulty brake caliper on the left rear of my Altima he proceeded to rotate the tires. It was then he discovered my driver side floor pan completely rusted out. We had been noticing a "wet car" smell on occasion, but I would never have imagined this. I am so disgusted. To beat it all, Nissan won't rectify this?? that's bull@$#T. I had a 1995 Altima that I drove for over a decade with over 200000 miles on it before I traded it in. The reliability of it was what prompted me to purchase another. Though my husband can replace the damaged area, the point is he shouldn't have to. I promise you this, it is the last Nissan anything I'll ever buy. I guess that's what I get for not buying american engineered/made/conceived (karma bit me in the butt). I'll go back to Ford for sure.

- Nancy, KY, USA

problem #4

May 242013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120 miles
My fiance put my 2006 Nissan Altima on a lift as a routine inspection and oil change only to find out that the driver's side and passenger side floor boards have rusted through. As well as my oil pan, flex connector between catalytic converter and muffler. My car is regularly maintained and this is unacceptable for a car that is only 7 years old. I then researched to see if this is an issue with other Nissan owners and it appears that it is. I have also had my car not start if it is moved a couple of feet and then turned off. I have brought it to my local Nissan dealer only to be told there was nothing wrong with my car.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 302012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
My car is experiencing rust under the driver's side floor board. A quick internet search reveals that this is a known issue for Nissan Altima, however Nissan refuses to cover the car since it is outside the 5-year warranty. My car even has the undercoat protection, but has a hole in the floor board roughly the size of a softball. This should not occur on a car that is only 6 years old. I am the original owner of this vehicle. Many, many Nissan Altima owners are finding rust holes under their floor boards. This is clearly a manufacturer defect.

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012010


  • 17,000 miles
We bought the car from Nissan dealer in richmond ky, had 16,400 miles, nothing wrong body/interior great price..well one week later we had a 6 star crack on windshield, was told it had to be replaced, free from ky state law. When exchanged the service man who replaces them every day showed me that the glue wasn't bonded to our car in the first place. So if we were in a wreck, it could have shattered all over us. I posted pics up on auto beef...I have more.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
- the contact stated that every time the brakes were applied they made a loud squealing noise. The contact took the vehicle to two dealerships in Virginia. And both stated that there wasn't anything wrong with the brakes. The contact was concerned for her safety because the brakes continued to make a loud squealing noise. Updated 4/8/08 the consumer stated there was a recall for the engine for this vehicle and consumer stated a fuel smell in the was present in the vehicle. Updated 04/08/08

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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