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 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,954 miles

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2006 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #73

Mar 022015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 172,000 miles


My complaints I have with this car. My first is the floor board is staying soaked with water and molding, which is not good for people with allergies to mold as in this case, and the rusted floorboard problem. The second is with the oxygen sensor and catalytic converters.

- Colt, AR, USA

problem #72

Jan 222015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 78,231 miles
Sometimes when I shut the car down, and get back in it, it acts like it does not want to crank. I have to keep trying over and over again to get my car to start. This has happend for a while now, took it to the had replaced at the dealer.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #71

Mar 212015


  • 118,000 miles
I can drive around town or where ever. I can stop at a place, shut the car down, and get back in it and it acts like it does not want to crank. I have to keep trying over and over again to get my car to start. I took it to the local auto zone had a diagnostic test ran on it and it came back with the crank sensor that needed to be replaced. I had the crank sensor replaced and the computer reset but I keep having the same problems. I drive around and the same thing happens. After the car gets hot the car does not want to crank. Now since then my car has put another error on my car for P7020 with is the speed sensor. I have contact Nissan about this because I seen the same recall on the same car but they state that my car isnt covered under the recall because my car was not part of the recall. My thing is how is it not when its same exact thing going wrong with it.

- Athens , AL, USA

problem #70

Mar 242015


  • 171,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #69

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 #68

Jan 042015


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart after a few minutes. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Ponce De Leon, FL, USA

problem #67

Mar 312015


  • 123,000 miles


While driving my entire vehicle will periodic jerk. Its done it numerous times since its began. Now the service engine light is on. The paint on my vehicle is also faded and the clear coats has come off. I have seen plenty of other people on forums complaining about the same things. So it appears to me that Nissan is falling down on the job and should be issuing a recall of some sort about these problems. I have two small children and cant afford something catastrophically happening to my vehicle.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #66

Dec 152014


  • 121,500 miles
Vehicle is exhibiting excessive oil consumption as described in ntb06-028 (described below) and covered under Nissan motors recall number 06V223000. 1-quart of oil needs to be added to engine after approximately 300 to 500 miles of travel or every month to maintain level in the safe dipstick 'L to H' level. Initial phone contact with Nissan motors representative at 1-800-647-7261 resulted in being informed that since vehicle is not in VIN recall range, Nissan cannot do anything. Worry is that if engine oil level is inadvertently neglected, an engine fire could result while driving the vehicle. Recall summary: Certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5L engines may experience excessive engine oil consumption as a result of improper performance of the piston rings. Consequence: If the oil is not maintained at least at the minimum level, engine damage can occur and in extreme cases result in an engine fire.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #65

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 #64

Dec 182014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The crank shaft sensor went out last evening. I was driving the 2006 Nissan Altima at 35mph when the power seemed to slow, I pushed the gas and nothing was happening, and immediately it returned to normal power, though this occurrence turned on the check engine light. After arriving at my first destination all was fine and the check engine light was still on. When I went to start the car to leave it would not immediately start. I had to crank it two times to start and the check engine light was on. After extensive research and a trip to autozone, I learned it was the crank sensor and it was a problem for numerous owners. Also it was a recall on only certain models. Which mine is not one of. If the problem is in many vehicles and not just the one recalled then the recall should be for every one with the problem. The repair will cost me $120 so I don't see why it shouldn't be free at Nissan. Its not even that hard of a job. But regardless its a flaw that the manufactures should be held responsible for to each vehicle that is having the problem.

- North Chicago, IL, USA

problem #63

Aug 082012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


I have been losing oil for a couple of years now and I just kept putting it in about once a month. Nobody could find out where it was coming from. I kept asking at oil changes. I just recently had it in to replace the valve cover gasket and tune up ($1200) because valve cover was leaking oil into the spark plugs and all over.. well, they fixed it and I noticed it sounded like it was out of oil again. So I took it right back and asked if they had put oil in it and why it was sounding the way it is. I thought it was using oil because it was in need of a tune up. They took it back in and it was already down a quart. He lifted it and found the oil cool had a hole in it. He said it was not the gasket and it was the oil cooler. These cars are apparently known for that and he doesn't know why it hasn't been recalled because it will damage the engine if you run out and don't know it. So now he wants another 5-600.00 to fix it because it's a Nissan part.

- Hanoverton, OH, USA

problem #62

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 #61

Nov 122014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My daughter was driving home from college on pa turnpike all of a sudden the car began shaking and smoke started to come from hood of car, she heard a loud pop and heavy black smoke pored into car. She proceeded to move over to shoulder when she tried to brake there was no brakes. Speed bumps in shoulder stopped the vehicle and flames started to shoot out of hood. She immediately left vehicle and within seconds of leaving the whole drivers and passenger sides were engulfed in flames. Car was totaled. I contacted Nissan 12/01/2014 by email and telephone in reference to this incidence.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #60

Nov 142014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I went out to my car and all the sudden it would crank but not start. This began happening on a regular occasion. As I did research, I read it is most likely the crankshaft positioning sensor. It states if your car was recalled and the ECM was adjusted already, the company does not cover the issue. However, from what im reading, this is an ongoing issue with peoples vehicles. This is obviously an issue with the sensors that Nissan's original adjustment did not fix. I also read where the car will begin to stall in traffic possibly causing an accident.

- Villa Ridge, MO, USA

problem #59

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 #58

Sep 202014


  • 74,824 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, who stated that the cam and crank sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,824.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #57

Aug 222014


  • 126,026 miles
Was driving and my engine light came on went into the store came back out my car and it wouldn't start, ,, thought maybe something wrong with the cables or something, , finally started, , come next morning it wouldn't start at all, took it to the mechanic said what it was, , electrical part went to my starter, ,he fix it.

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #56

Sep 062014


  • 101,575 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,575.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #55

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 #54

Aug 012014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My car engine stopped working and just finding out so did my cousins on her Nissan Altima...are there any recalls...[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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