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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,294 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012014


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the clutch malfunctioned causing the driver to lose control and crash into a median guardrail. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. When depressing the clutch, the pedal would not release and would remain stuck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the clutch, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 272006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,286 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. On one occasion, when the vehicle was placed in reverse, it rolled forward to the sidewalk. On two occasions, when the vehicle was placed in reverse, it rolled forward towards the sidewalk. The contact used both the foot brake and the emergency brake to finally stop the vehicle. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer. On twelve occasions, when the floor clutch was pressed, it became stuck. She had to manually work the clutch back to its normal position. On three occasions, when driving between 1-20 mph, the engine would shut off. On two occasions, while the vehicle was idling, the engine shut off. On four occasions, the vehicle restarted on its own. On one occasion, she had to call roadside assistance for a jump start. The vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper from rolling forward into the sidewalk. In January of 2008, the contact received a letter from Nissan concerning her vehicle not having ABS; however, the information she received when the vehicle was purchased stated that it did have ABS. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 28,650 and failure mileage was 9,286.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Nov 272005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Accelerating will occasionally result in clutch pedal going to the floor board. Extremely difficult to shift out of gear, unable to get the car into any gear. Sometimes able to resume normal clutch operation by pulling on pedal. Several complaints to dealerships in first year and a half after purchase. Clutch and master cylinder checked for leaks. Fluid replaced or topped off. Unable to duplicate symptoms at dealership. Problem remains.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 172006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 890 miles
: the contact stated there was a noise coming from the transmission whether the vehicle was being driven or idling. The dealership determined the clutch had burned, the fly wheel had heat damage and the pressure plate was warped. Those components were replaced, but this did not repair the problem.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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