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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,017 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 062009


  • 35,650 miles


Our 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5L's engine stopped running while being driven on July 6. 2009. After the incident, I researched recall information regarding the 2006 Nissan Altima, and discovered a recall requiring the electronic control module to be reprogrammed. However, when I took it into tim dahle's Nissan in sandy, Utah where we purchased the car, they told us the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. Therefore, Nissan's recall is not fixing the problem by simply reprogramming the ECM. Instead, the root of the problem is the crankshaft sensor, and the consumer is required to spend $200 to get this repair done. The recall specifies the problem, but does not take financial responsibility for this defective part.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #2

Feb 142009


  • 54,400 miles
On Saturday, 2/14/09 my car all of a sudden shut down while driving. I took it into the dealer on Monday, 2/16/09, and was advised that there was a recall order to reprogram the ECM reprogrammed. Later that afternoon I was advised that 2 sensors, the crankshaft & cam sensors were defective and needed to be replaced before the dealer could perform the reprogramming of the ECM; the cost would be $394. Today, 2/17/09, while surfing the internet, I came across a website that posts Nissan recall information. I found that Nov 21, 2007 a mass recall was performed for over 653,000 vehicles, for 2002 & 2005-2006 Altima/Sentra models, with 2.5L engines, for defective crankshaft sensor, which causes the engine to shut off. Then on Nov 8, 2007, campaign #07V527000 was inacted; summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor" consequence: The vehicle can stop and cause a crash; my concern is: My vehicle is listed under this recall, but not the crankshaft sensor recall. Do these two not go together" is it not considered a domino effect? how can the ECM be reprogrammed if the sensor is defective? how is it that vehicles are determined to be included in a recall? how can my vehicle be included in the recall for the crankshaft sensor" any help will be greatly appreciated.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 312007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is excessively loosing oil and motor shuts down and will not crank often for no reason.

- Chunchula, AL, USA

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