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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,108 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jul 132016


  • miles


"taking recall"I got a 2006 Nissan Altima when I look under the cover I saw the connectors that goes to spark plug melted by over heat (small fire)my engine control module service engine light came on it read sensor one time crankshaft next time up and down stream sensor lot of different readings which is not safe for road which may lead to accident.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #41

Jun 152016


  • 128,000 miles
Nissan Altima 2006 repeatedly fails to start. Once we got it started we would drive a short distance and then it would die out. Very scary as we were on a traffic roadway. We proceeded to a service center to get a new battery and alternator but that only started the vehicle for a few moments then it died out again. Repair technician informed us it was the Nissan computer box indicating it was reading everything "backwards" and thus the car could not determine how to start the car anymore. The service center got in touch with a Nissan dealership and ordered a new computer box. The new computer did not work either! we are stuck with an inoperable vehicle. Help!

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #40

May 062016


  • 108,000 miles
My car would stall and shut off while driving. It happened one driving about 20mph and then a few times in traffic. Then would not crank to start. Check engine light came on. Had the codes read and it was PO725 speed sensor PO335 camshaft sensor. I had both parts replaced 2 times. Car still has a hard start and check engine light is still on. There is a recall from Nissan for this problem on 2006 Nissan Altima recall id#90579. I called Nissan and they said my VIN is not affected??

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #39

Jun 122016


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and stalled without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft and cam sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #38

Apr 182016


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. On several occasions, while waiting at a traffic light, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #37

Sep 172015


  • 95,000 miles
I have had the car for 9 years and have been locked out the vehicle, the alternator had to be replaced because the car shut down 1 month ago. The car has been shutting down for 4 yrs when the weather changes. I just discovered a whole in the bottom of the driver side ground. Due to rust there is a whole in the bottom of the car

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #36

Jun 232015


  • 111,590 miles


While driving ~25 mph I was slowing down to a red traffic light and my car spontaneously shut off in traffic! I was able to put my car in park and restart the car. A few days later, it took 3 attempts before my engine started. After a diagnostic, the car displayed codes P0335 (crankshaft position sensor) and P0725 (engine speed circuit signal sensor). After doing much research I found hundreds of complaints online with similar issues! I input my VIN# to see if my vehicle was under recall and it wasn't. after seeing hundreds of the same complaints, why hasn't their been a recall" if there was, how is it possible that my car wasn't recalled"

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #35

Jun 062015


  • miles
My car engine shut off periodically while being drive at low speeds and higher oil consumption. The first time occurred on June 6, 2015 while driving across woodyard road to pine view lane from the clinton shopping center. The second time was on Friday June 12, 2015 while driving home from the branch ave metro parking, with my brother on the way home, while turning off from highway 5 on to surratt's road, leaving my brother and I dangerously stuck the right side of the off curve with cars going by blowing their horns. The Altima does start back up, but only after a minute or two. No apparent reason why, no warning lights. The car has been consuming more oil than usual and after the first incident, the service engine light came on and does not shut off. A search for recalls revealed in fact that there was a recall issued, 06V-223 on the 2006 Altima, but was not notified or the recall addressed.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #34

Mar 252015


  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and the failure recurred on two other occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 161,000.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. Without warning, the low beam headlights and the parking lights failed to work. The contact had to use the high beam headlights each time the failure occurred. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07E087000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #32

Aug 012014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


While driving at low speed such as in a traffic jam or approaching a corner/light the vehicle shuts off, restarts but progressively gets harder over time. Called was told to take to Nissan dealer who updated computer, still happens called again and told to take again however this time they charged me almost $ $200 still not fixed Nissan refused to assist.

- Hollis, NY, USA

problem #31

May 012014


  • miles
Crank shaft position sensor had to be replaced due to engine not starting at times, and cutting out at stop lights which was a safety issue in traffic. After talking with Nissan I was informed that this VIN number was not included jn campaign number 07V5727000 and I feel it should have been. This part was replaced by a private auto repair in October 2014 for a total of $250.09. I had purchased the car in April of 2014 from a Toyota used car dealership and started experiencing the problem shortly thereafter. Please help me recover my money for repairs.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #30

Nov 262013


  • 147,000 miles
Nissan says car does not fall under recall for P0335 and P0425 engine light codes! crank and cam shaft sensors had to get both replaced $151.68 and $218! I am not happy.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #29

Apr 012014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The car stalled and completely shut down when coming to a stop at a stop light. Since this time, the car has done this multiple times. The last time this happened, I was driving the car at 25 miles per hour and the car completely shut down. I had to pull over the car in the middle of traffic and restart the car. It almost caused an accident. When we took the car into the Nissan dealership, our 2006 Altima was not covered under the recall.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #28

Aug 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Based on what my daughter told me, on Sunday 8/24 she was traveling on I-96 in Maryland. She was on the millard E. tidings bridge when she had to slow for an accident. While slowing, her car just shut down and would not start. She was stuck in the left lane of I-95 on the bridge. The check engine light kept coming on when she tried to restart the car and the car would not start. Aaa was called but the police had to shut down I-95 to push her from the left lane to the right hand shoulder past the bridge. She was towed to baltimore and the vehicle was dropped at a repair facility. The next day it was diagnosed with a bad crankshaft position sensor and repaired. I researched and there is a recall by Nissan for this very problem for our year and engine Altima. When I called Nissan, they indicated our vehicle was not involved in the recall. Huh" it appears that Nissan should widen the recall as this problem obviously still exists and it puts drivers in an extremely dangerous position of having their car and all its functions shut down and not restart. Can it get any more dangerous than an interstate on a summer weekend? I'm lucky my daughter handled the entire ordeal calm and collectedly or there could have been serious consequences. Can you get Nissan to acknowledge a larger pool of defective vehicle and to expand the scope of the recall" obviously they didn't get them all.

- Pennington, NJ, USA

problem #27

Aug 232014


  • miles
I was parked at a bus stop I was told to move I turned car on and it shut off I turned it back on and it worked next day I was driving came to a stop light and the car shut off without warning.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #26

Dec 032012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I had a recall on my 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5L & I took it to the dealer in 2010 because the car engine will shut off when driven. It occurred multiple times & several times it occurred on a highway going at 60 miles per hours. I took it in to the dealer & the changed the part because of the recall. After battling for month to get my money back form the dealer the problem is occurring again. In 2012. I tried to trade it in but they under valued my car because of the recall history at $2,500. I need help & Nissan is refusing to pay full trade value on a recall. All I want is the problem fix permanently instead of having this ongoing problems. Nissan is not taking my concern seriously & I am getting rob on a problem that is not my fault.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #25

Apr 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Vehicle started to idle rough. At low speeds car will shut off. It starts back up but has to be in neutral when idle. Nissan dealer had the car for over a month and told me to replace my ECM and have it reprogrammed. This still has not fixed my problem and I'm worried about driving the car and causing an accident when it randomly shuts off. Nissan usa has a claim on my issue and will not tell me what to do to fix the problem.

- Clermont , FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 062013


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag sensor light was illuminated and flashing. The vehicle was diagnosed and the contact was informed that the seat needed to be replaced in order to remedy the defect. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number 08V521000(air bags, electrical system) and indicated that the vehicle experienced the same defect described in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect and advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 37,000. The VIN was not available.

- Ownings Mills , MD, USA

problem #23

Jun 162012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 142,599 miles
I bought the car in May 2009. Up until June 2013, no problems other than regular maintenance. Car overheats and has been since June 2013 on and off. Have had battery replaced 2 times, tune up, crank shaft sensor replaced, broken seal replaced (that keeps oil/coolant) in car. Have had problems with car not starting, engine turns over but won't start. I have to keep putting anti-freeze in car before I drive it every few days if I don't the heater blows out hot air, then cold which is when overheating occurs. White smoke coming out of exhaust pipe. Been to local mechanic 3 times, and they keep charging to fix it ($500 so far). They did tune up, replace battery and fixe the broken seal. I'm a nervous wreck driving it because I'm afraid I'll get stuck somewhere.

- East Quogue, NY, USA

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