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 6 of 8)

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problem #57

Feb 042015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


I was coming off 295 and hit a patch of black ice lost control of my car and hit a guardrail. The air bags never went off and everyone at the scene was trying to figure how or why they did not go off. My car is totaled.. updated 02/19/15 updated 3/30/2016

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #56

Jan 312015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 133,300 miles
I checked the underside of my vehicle only to find that the floor board was rusting out heavily on the driver side. I checked online and saw that there has been many complaints about this and that Nissan refuses to address the problem. Very upset about having to fix this.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #55

Dec 232014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
Floor boards rusted totally thru on drivers side and passengers side. Only thing stopping feet from going thru the floor is carpet.seems to be a ongoing problem with the floors on Nissan, I believe this is a very dangerous problem that should be corrected by Nissan as a recall safety issue.

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #54

Oct 012014

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


There is rust under the driver and passenger floorboards.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floor boards were completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified the failure and stated that the floor boards needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

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problem #52

Oct 312014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,749 miles
Took vehicle in for state inspection and didn't pass. Vehicle driver side and passenger side floors were completely rusted out. Not safe!!!! dealer said it is not covered (of coarse). Quoted $800 to repair. Dealer acknowledged that this is not the first time they saw this. This is the only rust on the car. I see multiple other complaints about this problem with this year (and other years) Nissan Altima. Dealer should of warned me about this since I take the car there every year for inspection. This did not just happened this year. There should be a recall.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #51

Oct 262014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


In 2006 we purchased a new 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5, VIN#[xxx] was kept in the garages ever since it was purchased. The car has 70,000 miles and looks like new. On October 26, 2014 my husband was rotating tires when he noticed that floor boards on both sides were corroded & rotting. We were horrified since this car is only 7 years old, well maintained, and garage kept! this did not make any sense so we searched the internet & found out that other people reported the same issue. 2006 Altima 2.5 had issues with the metal that was used for the floor boards & this was a known issue. The holes in the floor create danger for the car occupants! on October 27, 2014 I contacted Nissan N America at 1-800-646-7261 "? case 16414850. They asked me to take the car to the Nissan authorized dealer?"S body shop & get an estimate to replace rotten floor boards. The estimate was $3,334.66. I called Nissan N America rep. [xxx] and gave him the estimate. He said that Nissan would cover up to 50% of the repair cost. I told him that is not fair since the problem did not result from our fault. The fault is with Nissan, because they used poor material for the floor boards and that is well documented on the internet. He said that there is nothing more that he can do. I'm writing to you and asking you for help. We want Nissan to cover the whole repair cost because the fault is with Nissan product, not our maintenance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

problem #50

Sep 302014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Driver lost control of the vehicle and went into ongoing traffic and was T-boned by another vehicle. Both vehicles were going 45 miles per hour. No air bags deployed. The front airbags, nor the side airbags deployed. The passenger door came all the way over to the gear shift.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #49

Sep 092014


  • 196,254 miles
Reported to Nissan in early Sept 2014. Case number [xxx]. found while I was doing a brake job where car was elevated with car jack and I noticed the undercoating of the car "bubbling" downward and started knocking the loose material driver side floor board section approximately 8" X 12" completely rusted through where the underside of the floor mat was visible. Passenger side was ok. Seems water can work into some under-car seams, get trapped, lay, and begin to rust over time. Despite argument that a rusted through floorboard constitutes a safety issue, Nissan declined to participate in $480 repair citing rust warranty limited to 5 years, 60,000 miles. It was noted that local Nissan dealer was well familiar with the repair (their quote $637.81). Repair down at an infiniti car dealer body shop for $480.03. Found approximately half of body shops contacted respectfully declined to quote a "rust" issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #48

Sep 102014


  • 54,400 miles
Floor boards rusted out.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #47

Aug 302014


  • 168,023 miles


The driver and passanger floor boards are rusted. Like many other 2005 Nissan Altima's. the heat in the car also only runs warm when the vehicle is moving. If the vehicle is at a stop the heat blows cold.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #46

Aug 252014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 211,000 miles
Passenger floor board is rotted through, noticed it today when my passenger was in the car and his foot dipped down the hole that was created. Looked under the car and the only thing keeping the passengers foot from hitting the pavement is the carpet, this is unacceptable on a car, it is a safety hazard physically and it could lead to fatalities due to exhaust fumes entering the vehicle. I have researched this issue online and it seems to be a fairy common issue with 2002-2006 Nissan Altima. Took my car to the local mechanic and he said that this issue needs to be fixed soon as there is a chance that the carpet can catch on fire burning the enitre car.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #45

Aug 172014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
While getting the brakes repaired, we noticed a huge area of rust/rot under the passenger side of the car. The rot area is approx 22 inches in length and about 10 inches across. Other then the high mileage, the car is in perfect condition. This issue makes me concerned for my safety and the safety of my passenger. In researching online, it looks like this is a known problem with Nissan Altima.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #44

Apr 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While the vehicle was being inspected, it was discovered that the front driver and passenger side floorboards were severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Millbury , MA, USA

problem #43

Jul 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
During a routine brake inspection, my mechanic found that sections of my vehicle's floor approximately under the driver and passenger's feet are severely rusted. It is bad enough that the underside of the carpet/insulation is exposed in spots. I was shocked to discover this issue as the car has less than 100K miles and has no other rust or corrosion problems. After some searching on the internet, it is apparent that this is a very common problem with this particular make and model of vehicle and to my knowledge the manufacturer has not initiated a recall. At this point I am faced with an expensive repair on what is absolutely a safety hazard due to a poorly engineered and manufactured design.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #42

Jul 162014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
As I was finding a spot, to place my floor jack, to replace the front brakes, I noticed a rust spot. So I went under the car and noticed the floor pans under the front seats are almost completely rotted out. The car isn't 10 years old yet and barely has over 100,000 miles on it. Within the next year or so it more than likely wont pass inspection. This is completely unacceptable.

- Fairview, NJ, USA

problem #41

Jul 162014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Vehicle in for annual inspection - it did not pass secondary to extensive rust on driver and passenger side floor boards. Car is garage kept year round and not driven in winter (end of Oct - beginning of April). Car has never been in an accident and has been excellently maintained. No other issues whatsoever with vehicle. Quick search on internet and immediately saw many identical reports including video documentation. This is very upsetting and inexcusable for a car of this age driven in fair weather conditions. Nissan really needs to cover this defect.

- Sarver, PA, USA

problem #40

Jun 272014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,400 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima - great condition, garage kept car - floor boards are rotted out on the driver and passenger side where a "plug" is suppose to be. Nissan dealership said that some of the cars got sealed and have no issues where other cars were not sealed and those ones are rusting away like mine. I have no other rust on this vehicle.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 052014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 54,345 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima that is garaged kept. And in perfect condition. Low miles too. But has completely rotted out floor boards! and I see there are thousands of complaints on this issue. We have kids and paid a lot for this car. I want to take this matter to Nissan and have it fixed.. I see were some pple have had success in having it fixed and heard there was a tsb from one member about this issue.. I will say I am a pa state inspection mechanic and this is not from neglect, I take great pride in my cars. And this is definitely a safety issue.. and should be recalled!!! General Motors is being held accountable for there issue! so should Nissan. Lets not let this get to where ppl are getting sick from carbon monoxide and falling asleep at the wheels. Or dying in a accident due to poor structure of body.. there are enough complaints on line were this should be recalled! thanks and I can be reached at [xxx] name is [xxx].. thanks. Hope to get this matter resolved asap.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Dubois, PA, USA

problem #38

May 292014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My Nissan Altima VIN # included separately, has about 90,000 miles on it. It was bought February 2007 and has been owned by me since then (first and only owner). I performed my 90,000 mile servicing today and was notified by my mechanic that the floor boards on passenger side and driver side (undercarriage) are rusting and I can see a hole opening up there. He showed me while I was waiting for my car to get fixed at the shop. The rest of the undercarriage seemed fine. This indicates a manufacturing defect to me. I also would like to point out that this is a clear safety issue with the vehicle: Modern vehicles ought not to rot like so, and such a rot exposes the passenger and driver at great risk while operating the vehicle. I am getting extremely uncomfortable now operating this vehicle. It has served me well, and the engine/drivetrain has itself been trouble free. However, if the floor boards rot like this, I am unsure about the vehicle's overall structural integrity.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

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