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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
192 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.

2006 Nissan Altima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 082008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 53 miles


I have 2006 Nissan Altima, first, my car wouldn't start until about the fifth or seventh try..took and got that fixed then the dealer had to re-program my key.. then after one week of driving.... it just wouldn't start at all. All with-in a three period. So it is in the shop right now. 6/06/2008...ever since 06/03/2008. Can you please help.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 222005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 524 miles
Purchased Nissan Altima 2006 in Sept.05, from day 1 I had problems with it starting. After service had the car for 2 months I invoked the lemon law and received another Nissan Altima 2006 with the same problem. The dealer doesn't know what to do they said that these are the only 2 new Altima 2006 they've had a problem with. Then I found out these are the only 2 with factory navigation system.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 182005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition switch sticks in lock position. Was told by service department to jerk the steering wheel hard to the left.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

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