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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,755 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #137

Jun 072016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While changing the tires on the vehicle, the contact noticed that the front driver side and front passenger side floor boards were severely corroded. The contact stated that the corrosion was also apparent underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or inspected. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #136

Jun 022016


  • 131,100 miles
Floorboard is rusted through. Noticed soft spot in floor on drivers side of vehicle. Looked underneath and saw a rusted hole approximately 8" X 16" in size on the drivers side floorboard, and signs of rust starting on the passenger side floorboard too. I do not expect this of a nine year old vehicle, and suspect that this has been an issue for a while. I contacted Nissan support, I was advised to take it to a Nissan dealer and have them look at it. The dealer estimated the cost of repair to be around $2150. I received a follow up call from Nissan and they are not willing to cover the cost of repair.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #135

Jun 032016


  • 150,000 miles
Passenger side floor rusted away - about 16" X 8" damaged area. Must have started long ago, but I only caught it recently and today I began to try to repair it, but the damage is much worse than what I could initially see. This is a known design flaw with Altima in this age range, but Nissan is ignoring.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #134

Apr 252016


  • miles


The passenger side floorboard has completely rusted and the carpet is the only thing separating the passenger's feet from the ground. The hole is 16 inches in length. I saw some sort of plastic hanging from the area and when I looked under the car, the floorboard is completely rusted. When I examined the area with my hand, I felt the carpet and am able to push it up into the floor of the car. This is a safety hazard and defect in the car. This has obviously been rusting for some time now and I did not know my daughter was sitting over a gaping whole in the floor and in danger from her feet falling through the floor or something potentially piercing through and injuring her.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #133

May 112016


  • 170,000 miles
Went for an oil change/tire rotation and mechanic said that both driver and pasenger side floorboards were almost rusted through. Contacted Nissan dealer I purchased car from, they said there was no recall but that Nissan has issued a "service bulletin" on how to repair the issue. Cost of replacement parts and labor was in excess of $3,000. Do not feel that a ten year old car should be experiencing this issue. Car has 170K miles but otherwise is in flawless condition.

- Whiting, IN, USA

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problem #132

Apr 162016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was premature deterioration and corrosion on the floorboards. The driver side floor boards had holes and exposed areas due to the failure. The dealer scheduled an appointment for an inspection and diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #131

Apr 182016


  • 118,000 miles


A hole has rusted through the front passenger side floorboard. Just noticed it today 4/18/16.

- Stanford, KY, USA

problem #130

Mar 302016


  • miles
Discovered rotted floor boards. Nissan has recalls for this issue and researched hundreds of complaints of this issue.

- South Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #129

Oct 312015


  • 97,000 miles
Vehicle exhibits serious rusting of floorboard on the passenger side front. The vehicle is in great condition otherwise (no visible rust on body panels) and the rest of the underbody is in great condition (minimal corrosion, as expected for vehicle of its age). Passenger side floorboard is noticeably soft, and rusted completely through the floor pan in one spot (you can put a finger through it if carpet is removed). This is unexpected as the floor pan is coated with a rubberized underbody protectant in this area. The floor pan must be replaced in this area, but Nissan only sells the entire floor pan for the vehicle, which is quite costly. I am disappointed because I have no evidence which indicates this issue is caused by any damage or neglect, it seems as if this is due to a coating failure or manufacturing defect.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #128

May 122015


  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima and my passager floorboards are rusted all the way through. Its seems that alot of people have that same issue.

- Hickory Hills, IL, USA

problem #127

Oct 012013


  • 115,000 miles


The front floor pans have rustted away and part of the floor is missing due to rusting. Nissan is very aware of the problem and offered to install a floor fix at a cost of $700.

- Kingsville, MD, USA

problem #126

Jan 242016


  • 135,000 miles
Noticed when vehicle was stationary, a large rust hole underneath passenger side floormat. Plastic liner torn and carpet visible from underneath car. Affected area is between 14-20". passenger foot could potentially fall through floor of the car while in motion.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #125

Jan 072016


  • 109,000 miles
I took my car to a mechanic because I was smelling significant amounts of exhaust in the car cabin while driving and parked. The mechanic identified a rust hole in my exhaust just past the front catalytic converter, but more troubling was two huge holes in the floor boards on the driver and passenger side. Each rust hole is approximately 12 inches long X 4 inches wide and the padding an carpet can clearly be seen from underneath. Even after exhaust is fixed I am still at great risk of road debris and moisture entering the cabin from beneath the car. This car is just 10 years old and the rest of the body is in excellent condition with little to no rust. I live in a salt belt state but other cars of the same age don't seem to have this same problem. I've learned through media and web that this is a common problem with 2002 - 2006 Nissan Altima. I consider these holes to be a safety concern and manufacturer defect. I have filed a complaint with Nissan.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #124

Dec 142015


  • 98,000 miles
I have experienced many rust issues with my 2006 Nissan Altima. By far the worst is the risk of my feet going through the floormat due to rust of the floorboards. It is experienced on the driver's side, as well as a slight rust of the passengers side. I fear that I am in harm and can not afford the repair to make sure I am safe in my car. I have been using my car lightly for the last 4 years

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #123

Nov 252015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there had been extensive premature rusting on the floor boards of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that there was corrosion holes through the front driver and passenger side floor boards. The contact mentioned that the holes had to be covered while the vehicle was operated. The vehicle was taken to two different dealers for inspection and diagnosis. The diagnosis and if the vehicle was repaired were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #122

Sep 072015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the driver's side floor board had extensive corrosion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the floor board needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #121

Dec 122015


  • 105,000 miles
Both driver and passenger front floor boards are rusted through. Car only has 105,000 miles.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #120

Nov 062015


  • 1,200,000 miles
I was told while having service at Nissan that both the passenger and drivers side floor boards were rotting away, and need to be replaced. I was also informed that my oil pan was rusting out. This should of been a recall!!!!!!

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #119

Nov 132015


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in for routine maintenance at an independent mechanic, the mechanic discovered that the sub frame of the vehicle under the front driver's side seat and the front passenger's side seat had extensive rust and corrosion. The contact was informed that the front floor pan needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #118

Oct 312015


  • 132,323 miles
During oil change noticed that both drivers and passenger side floor pans were rusted through completely. Only thing left was the interior carpet between the road and a driver or passenger.

- Lombard, IL, USA

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