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:
58,917 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.

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 032016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that one of the wheels was pointed inward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the subframe was cracked, corroded, and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V046000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #5

Jan 082011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I purchased a new 2006 Nissan Altima on 12-22-05. On 1- 8-11 I noticed a 6 to 8 inch rust hole completely through the floorboard of the driver's side floor just forward of the driver's seat. The dealership and Nissan America has refused to fix the problem stating that the warranty had run out on the vehicle by 2 weeks. My contention is that problem is material or workmanship defect and that the problem has been ongoing and only discovered at this time. I am certain that this damage will compromise this vehicles performance in a crash, potentially allow exhaust fumes to enter the occupant cabin and be generally a safety hazard for the driver who rests his or her feet directly on this area. I have read internet report that describe females high heels getting caught in the rusted floor while driving.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 162010


  • 102,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While having the vehicle repaired at an authorized dealer for unrelated issues she was informed that the rear subframe was cracked. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and she was informed her vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06V046000, suspension:rear. The failure and current mileages were 102,500.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 102010


  • 100,000 miles


We purchased a 2006 Nissan Altima brand new in 2005. The car has been great but I sold the car at an auction and received a call the next day that the car was in arbitration because the floor boards were rusted. I asked them to verify the problem and get back to me. They called me back and indeed, they said that you could push your finger right through the floor boards on the passenger and drivers side floor boards.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 162010


  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle in question: 2006 Nissan Altima, currently Nissan?S original 60 month unlimited mile rust warranty. 72,296 miles. Driver and passenger floor board area are rusting through. (around the foot well area.) I believe this to be a known-defect and known issue with this vehicle and Nissan is not correcting this issue. I known other Nissan Altima owners who have had the same problem and there are numerous cases of this problem documented on reputable web sites. This is a safety issue. The driver"S and passenger"S feet can push through the floor and are not adequately protected due to the weakened, rusted metal should a accident occur. April 15, 2010 spoke with roland kostiew (rockinham Nissan service manager) via telephone and he stated: That he has seen this rust-through problem before?and Nissan doesn't do anything about it. He will fight for me because I am a local customer. Nissan attributes the problem to the floorboard area being used as a jack-mount point. He took pictures showing this was not the case and he agreed that would be a ridiculous point to use to lift the vehicle. April 16, 2010 was informed by roland kostiew (rockinham Nissan service manager) via telephone that Nissan will not cover the underbody rust through and that it is not covered because of environmental causes with no further explanation.

- Windham, NH, USA

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problem #1

Mar 252010


  • miles
The back seat floor board (right side) fills up with water every time it rains. I asked the Nissan dealer where I bought it from about it and they told me it would cost me $80 for them to look at it and $200-$400 to fix it if they could even find out where the water was coming from. The problem is mold is building up under the mats and my 1yr old son and myself are breathing in this mold on a daily basis. It seems as though once a dealer gets your money they dont care about the car once you drive it off the lot. I do have an extended warrenty which when I bought the car they assurred me it was bumper to bumper with the exception of lights wipers & tires. Now they do not want to honor that good ole "bumper to bumper" extended warrenty that I just had to buy to protect myself against any problems (so they promised me).

- Piqua, OH, USA

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