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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,628 miles

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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.

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2006 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 072009


  • 33,256 miles


Nissan Altima trunk lid is defective. When opened it springs back to close on someone's head. The springs do not hold the trunk lid in the open position.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 242006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased our 2006 Nissan Altima in Jan of 2006. After a few months of using this car we noticed the trunk did not operate properly. When the car is on a flat surface as it was when we purchased it the trunk lid will stay open, if the car is situated on any kind of incline the trunk will slam shut. My children were injured several times as was I when the trunk slammed down on our heads. The reason is visual, the trunk was poorly designed, there is no tension at all. The trunk actually swings like a pendulum. I took it into the shop four times over this past year. Today, 3/22/2007 the Nissan dealership finally did the needed repairs. They agree the design is poor. Everyone who has a 2006 Nissan Altima without the back spoiler should be notified of this defect.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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