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:
87,723 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 drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

May 032016


  • 150,000 miles


My 2006 Nissan Altima has started to have a transmission slip. It jerks very hard when accelerating. Very unsafe to drive.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #38

Oct 082016


  • 159,582 miles
"takata recall" automatic transmission: While driving, it shutters when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear (aprox 20 mph). Sounds and feels awful! parked it, and haven't driven it since.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #37

Oct 012016


  • 110,000 miles
Crankshaft sensor is bad causing the car to stall at any time - even at high speeds. It has happened while driving slowly through a neighborhood as well as on an interstate causing the car to be difficult to steer to get off the road. This is very dangerous! check engine light came and computer says that its the crankshaft/camshaft sensor that needs replacing.

- Barataria, LA, USA

problem #36

Aug 192016


  • 219,000 miles


Just like with other Nissan recalls. My can shaft position sensor is bad and is causing my car to die/quit in the middle of traffic while driving

- Ray, OH, USA

problem #35

Aug 062016


  • 63,000 miles
Purchased this car used from a dealership 3 weeks ago. Within 1 week the car stalled while driving. Started it back up with no problems. Took car on a 750 mi. Road trip and while driving 75mph on cruise control the car bucked. After reaching our destination and turning the car off we had trouble restarting it. When it finally started the service engine soon light came on. Took it to a mechanic and codes came up for the cam and crank shaft sensors. Replaced these sensors and cleared codes. Drove car away and within 5miles the check engine light came on again and again excessive cranking when trying to start the car. Brought it back to mechanic and the brand new cam sensor that was replaced less than 24hrs before tested out bad. Replaced sensor again and cleared code and code came up for high speed input sensor along with the same codes for cam shaft and crank shaft sensors. Again trouble starting vehicle. Drove car 750mi. Back home without turning the car off for fear of not being able to start again. Dealing with a Nissan dealership to try and get this fixed. This issue was under recall before. The bucking of the car while driving at 75mph was terrifying and seriously dangerous!

- Cary, IL, USA

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problem #34

Jul 112016


  • 169,050 miles
This vehicle has given me a lot of problems from steering to brakes took the boots transmission. It was hard shifting going through an intersection all the sudden it popped and the transmission gave out

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #33

Jun 302016


  • 192,000 miles


When driving the car the gear gets stuck and you have to allow it time to catch up with the accelerator so you can take off if your sitting at a light or trying to accelerate speed when driving. It also jerks at times when driving on the highway.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #32

Jan 042016


  • miles
Consuming or burning a lot of oil.had to add about a quart of oil every 300 miles. It takes longer to shift and does not have power going uphill. Hard 1-2 shift.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #31

Feb 012016


  • 149,000 miles
I just bought the car used. Felt vibration in engine was told it was a motor mount. Checked on line because car shifting hard 3 days after purchase to find out it has transmission issues that cause motor mount wear and tear and replacement and may need transmission replaced. Nissan needs to fix this issue

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 042016


  • 91,000 miles
Vehicle is violently shifting into second gear. Transmission is starting to fail. Vehicle has only 91,000 miles.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #29

Nov 162015


  • 128,869 miles


I was driving on cruise control at 70 mph. The car bucked, but kept going. I exited the highway a few miles later and came to a complete stop. With cruise control now off, I attempted to proceed as normal, and the car lagged in power. I almost got broad sided as the car didn't go as normal. I pulled out with a right on red. The car was stuck in 5th gear.

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #28

Jul 012015


  • 175,000 miles
Transmission problems RPM going out and them down and don't gear well

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #27

Jun 122007


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 65 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not accelerate pas 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head gasket failed and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately seven months later, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be serviced. The mechanic observed that the transmission was leaking and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #26

Jul 112013


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph without warning. The check engine light illuminated and the contact noticed load roaring noises. The contact maneuvered to the emergency lane and the vehicle stalled. The contact discovered oil leaking from the front of the engine. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who diagnosed that the catalytic converter, engine, radiator, transmission, and engine cooling system failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000....updated 07/21/15

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #25

Dec 012010


  • 78,000 miles
On cruise control, traveling in a 50 mph going 45 suddenly the transmisson went into a high pitch the engine went to nearly 6000 RPM, reversed the cruise and it restored, the gears on the auto transmission has been messed up ever since.

- Benton , KY, USA

problem #24

Dec 022014


  • 137,000 miles
While stopped at a red light my car engine shut off. After a while it started again, but the transmission wouldn't shift to lower gears and jerked hard in reverse, and service engine light came on. When I took it to the shop the cam sensor had to be replaced. After doing research, I found this was an issue and a recall on some models but not mine. Why only one model was recalled?

- Cottontown, TN, USA

problem #23

Sep 012014


  • 72,314 miles
While driving down the road entering highway I went to shift my 06 Altima 5 speed into 5th gear when I pressed the clutch pedal there was no pressure and transmission would not go into 5th gear. I let up on the pedal and in a few seconds the pedal had pressure again. Enter highway and drove for about 25 miles and exited highway. The same thing happened again no pressure in the pedal then pressure. I was able to return home but the problem is still happening. I have read some forums on this issue and it seams that many people are having the same problem. Some people say they replaced the master cylinder and slave cylinder and this did not fix the problem. Other people recommend using a dot 5 brake fluid with a higher boiling point.not sure what direction to head in. As a life long mechanic for dealerships it appears to me that the fluid is boiling out and causing air pockets in the hydraulic system, then bleeding it self out. It was only 77 degrees this day so extreme temps are not always the problem....

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #22

Mar 192014


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission down shifted violently with extreme hesitation. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was being driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed that the transmission would need to be rebuilt. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #21

Dec 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 76,790 miles
Driving on dry road at speed engine suddenly stopped. Pulled over to side and before car fully stopped put into neutral and engine restarted. Then placed back in drive and continued 50 miles with no further problem that day. On 12/15 while on interstate the engine stopped again with much more danger as traffic was coming up on our rear. Managed to get into breakdown lane and while going 15/20 mph placed the transmission into neutral and engine restarted and proceeded 50 miles to home. Brought into Nissan dealer on 12/18 and they claimed they checked it out and could find no problems. Nissan customer service opened a case #[xxx] but has not returned calls after the Nissan dealer diagnostics. The car is a danger to ourselves and others but it is our only vehicle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wareham, MA, USA

problem #20

Jul 102013


  • 101,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Altima ser. I have had the motor replaced and the entire clutch kit and slave cylinder replaced. After having the clutch parts replaced the pedal stuck to the floor a small handful of times. Now, it is nearly a daily occurrence and it is consistently lasting longer and longer each time. It still allows for sporadic shifting in non specific gears while the pedal is on the floor. I can pick up the pedal with my foot and put it back in place but when it apply any pressure it falls back to the floor and stays there until I pick it back up with my foot. This issue has nearly caused to be in several accidents, all of which I narrowly avoided by quickly maneuvering my vehicle off the road.

- Ludowici, GA, USA

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