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 7 of 8)

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problem #37

May 172014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 142,445 miles


Six to eight inch rot hole on the drivers side and the start of another hole on the passenger side too!

- Washington, NH, USA

problem #36

Apr 272014


  • miles
Rust rust rust!!!!! driver side under body floor panel is rusted out. 1 owner (me) always keep / kept up with service, my car started to sound / run differently, had my husband check where I thought the sound was coming from, and to our surprise it was the biggest rust spot ever (6'12 ?)

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #35

Apr 192011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Driver and passenger floor rotted.

- Newburgh , NY, USA

problem #34

Mar 172014


  • 88,546 miles


Driver side floor pan is rusted all the way through.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #33

Sep 062013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The front floor on the driver's side is cracked and rusted through which is unsafe.

- North Chelmsford, MA, USA

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problem #32

Dec 112013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5. the contact stated that there was a fist-sized hole in the floorboard under the driver's side throttle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was not available.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #31

Jan 052014


  • 162,000 miles


I took my car to get inspected and was told by my mechanic that both the drivers side and passenger side floor boards are rusting out. Because I know some people that can do the repair work for me I'm looking at about $1200 for the repair. Now that I've seen what some other people are being quoted I guess that price is fair. I already have exhaust coming through my floor and am concerned for my health at this point. Other then this issue my car is in perfect condition. My concern is if I don't fix this, my car in not I do not want to drive it and I could not sell it to anyone in good consciousness because I would knowingly be putting someone else in harms way. Nissan needs to take care of this huge engineering flaw and safety hazard.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #30

Oct 012013


  • 101,000 miles
Driver and passenger front floor boards are rotted. Car is in excellent condition and has had all required maintenance completed since purchased new. Nissan North America Consumer Affairs refused to repair stating the car is out of warranty. Failure is due to manufacturing defect, improper rust protection of sheet metal, and water drainage issues.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #29

Sep 132013


  • 73,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that excessive rust was building up on the frame of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the under body experienced too much moisture and as a result, the entire under body needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the rust issue and was advised that because the vehicle was out of warranty there was nothing they could do to assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 73,700.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #28

May 292013


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed, the technician notified him that the floor boards were completely corroded. As a result, the floorboards needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #27

Sep 102013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


Took my car for its yearly state inspection and it was rejected due to the fact that the floor had rusted through and now needs to go to a body shop to have the drivers floor replaced.

- Wyomssing, PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 202013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
My 2006 Altima has been meticulously maintained, serviced and driven with no issues until recently while repairing a leaking radiator hose, I noticed that both the front passenger and drivers floor had a rusted thru hole in the same location, right where the feet would rest. No other part of the floor pan or undercarriage has any rust. I brought car to a body shop and as told this is a common problem with Altima in this year range. From what I have found in my research, Nissan is not addressing this issue.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #25

Aug 052013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
Inspection on August 5, 2013 revealed rusted holes in 2006 Nissan Altima driver and passenger side floor boards. This is extremely unacceptable for a 7 year old vehicle. I have been a Nissan brand family since 1989 and have taken extra maintenance measures to get my vehicles past 200,000. After researching the web, many forums show Nissan is refusing to address this major common problem. I will consider repairing my vehicle and trading in to another manufacturer.

- Berwick, PA, USA

problem #24

Jul 252013


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side floor board was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #23

Jul 232013


  • 106,000 miles
The vehicle has been very well maintained and I noticed today that the floorboards on both sides in the front are rusted right through. By searching the internet, I see that this seems to be a recurring issue for other consumers.

- West Lebanon, NH, USA

problem #22

Jul 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Found that the passenger side floorboard is rusting out on my wife's 2006 Nissan Altima. There was a musty smell buildup in her car. On inspection, found that the passenger side carpeting was damp. The floorboard had 2 large spots were it was starting to rust away. We have always kept the car washed and cleaned throughout our ownership of this vehicle. We are the original and sole owners of this vehicles.

- Durand, IL, USA

problem #21

Jul 162013


  • 80,124 miles
This is about the 15th newer Altima that has no floorboard in it and I dont see how the cars will fare well in a crash. I decided to complain because of she sheer volume of people saying their cars are affected the same way. You have to do something about this !

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Jun 182013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 95,227 miles
Took my Nissan Altima to the dealership for some work. The service dept. Called to tell me there was an issue with the floorboards. And the car would pass inspection. I called Nissan and they said there is nothing they can do. I bought the car three years ago as a certified Nissan with a 100000 mile warranty. The car had about 35000 miles on it when I bought it.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #19

May 042013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 121,570 miles
The car was at the dealership for a scheduled service. I was asked to go into the garage to look at the floor boards while the car was on the lift. The drivers side is so bad you can see the carpet. The passenger side is bad enough that they told me the car would not pass inspection without having both sides repaired by a body shop. I took the car to a body shop today and they were shocked at the excellent condition of the car vs the rotten floor boards. I've been doing plenty of internet searches today and found that this is a common problem.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #18

Mar 152013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there were holes caused by extreme corrosion throughout the front driver's side floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the floorboard would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 07/10/13

- Belle Mead, NJ, USA

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