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!


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,180 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 072008

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,040 miles


Clutch stuck on floor, did not return to up position. Very difficult to shift gears - clutch engaged about 1/2" from floor. Occurred after sitting in traffic for approximately 30 minutes. Stopped vehicle and clutch was fine after engine was turned off for 15 minutes.

- Waialua, HI, USA

problem #2

Oct 012006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima ser. The clutch has been repaired on 3 occasions since he purchased the vehicle in August 2006. The clutch pedal stuck to the floor, making a loud noise in the engine, and the pedal has to be lifted up while driving with his foot. On some occasions the pedal would release in the half way position which mad eit difficult to shift gears. The vehicle was forced into gear when trying to put the vehicle in reverse, the gear was difficult to engage. The driver will contact the manufacturer to inquire about the lemon law. The most recent repair on the clutch was on 01/15/07. The mechanic replaced the clutch assembly with the flywheel, and all of the hydraulic and hose systems. Since the repairs the clutch made a loud noise and grinding sound. The current mileage was 7,500. The failure mileage was 2,500.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 152006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Power train clutch assembly/ pedal/ linkage I recently bought a brand new 2006 Nissan Altima ser in 6 speed manual transmission. After owning the car for only 3 months, I lost total acceleration response. Driving the car from a dead stop to 60 mph took nearly a mile, I was so afraid the car wouldn't make it over a bridge. Driving the car to the dealer service department was a nightmare, I was so scared while accelerated that anyone doing the speed limit would crash into the back of my car. The dealer took 2-3 days just to inform me my clutch went bad. They said I needed to replace the clutch for $1000 and the flywheel for $500 both not under warranty. Mind you the $30,000 dollar car is only 3-4 months old with a 10 year/100K warranty. I have heard many other people with the same preambles, I feel Nissan needs to order a recall on Nissan clutches.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

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