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

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.

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #113

Jan 092017


  • 105,000 miles


Delayed acceleration at first but now has trouble getting in third and will not go into fourth. Car shakes and makes loud noises with any acceleration. Rides rough and burns oil. Problem started in motion crossing a large bridge.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #112

Oct 012016


  • 120,000 miles
The motor started making noise a week or so ago. The timing chain has become loose due to faulty parts installed my Nissan. The guides for the chain break which causes the tensioners to fail and then the chain gets loose and bounces around the housing. Nissan has known about the problem and tried to hide it and should be held accountable and forced to repair their faulty work.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #111

May 012016


  • miles
Front driver side floor rusted through, making a big hole approximately 9in wide by 22in long. Also engine shakes while starting vehicle and sitting in idle in both gear and neutral.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #110

Aug 222016


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power and the service engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Prior to taking the vehicle to the dealer, the vehicle was remedied per NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000(engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Morrilton, AR, USA

problem #109

Mar 012015


  • 85,000 miles
Transmission jerks

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #108

Aug 192016


  • 219,284 miles
Between 3,000 mile interval oil changes, there is significantly amount of oil consumption. There is no white or blue smoke that is visible from the muffler, no oil leaks are visible and no burning odor. When checking oil fluid between 3,000 mile intervals, have noticed the oil falling below minimum line on dipstick. On that same note, the drive way does not show any signs of oil leak coming from the car.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #107

Apr 012015


  • 98,000 miles


My car was previously serviced for a campaign posted on your website, but the problem was not fixed. I should be entitled to have this problem re worked and fixed. The problem is that the car stalls out without warning, creating a dangerous situation. It stalls out while driving and while idle.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #106

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 #105

Jun 152016


  • 201,013 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart after numerous attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor circuit failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 201,013.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #104

Jun 222016


  • miles
Service engine light came on and we had the vehicle tested to see why" I was informed there was a problem with the crank sensor" this is the 2nd time this vehicle has had this problem. We had the sensor replaced 09/22/2015 due to engine shutting off unexpectedly and we lost power steering and brakes.!

- Tarpon Springs Florida, FL, USA

problem #103

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 #102

Dec 012011


  • 40,000 miles
Abnormal engine noise has been apparent since I bought it in 2011. I especially notice it at start up and it has become increasingly harder to start on first try. Independent service shop confirmed the timing chain tensioner needs replaced.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #101

May 072016


  • 148,000 miles
1. car randomly has slow acceleration problems. I can turn off the car, wait a few minutes and it begins working ok again. 2. car sometimes randomly loses power with no warning. 3. sometimes if it stalls and eventually cranks up, the vehicle experiences slow acceleration issues again but then the check engine light comes on. I have taken taken this car to the shop repeated and they don't pull anything on the diagnostic tests. No problem can be found. I have replaced the battery, changed our can sensor, cleaned the throttle body, everything seems good for a little while (few days or couple of weeks) and then the problem happens again. I read in various forums that this has been an issue happening with many Altima for various model years. I don't understand why this issue has not called for a national recall. This is ridiculous!!! my friend also has a 2006 Altima and her car has begun to do the exact same thing!. please help. The first time it lost power it was during a morning commute to work while driving on the California 91 freeway! it really terrified me because I could have been killed or involved in a very bad accident. Most recent incident happened last week. I am afraid to drive on the freeway or long distances. I had to rent a car for the weekend because I had to work today, and being Saturday, the commuter bus that I now take to work because I don't trust my car, does not run on the weekends. I want to get a new car but can't afford having monthly payments again. I didn't start having any problems with the car until it was paid off.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #100

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 #99

Mar 282016


  • 112,000 miles
My car is losing oil from somewher no leaking but to drive from columbia SC to atlanta ga the car will be out of oil I just brought the car its has 112000 miles on it. There is no oil leaking or nothing so where is the oil going

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #98

Oct 152012


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While the vehicle was at a dealer for routine service, the technician noticed excessive engine oil consumption. The contact had to constantly refill the vehicle with engine oil. In addition, while driving 30 mph, the vehicle began to shake. The contact pulled over, but the vehicle stalled. The service engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle by replacing the battery. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the catalytic converter, air fuel sensor, and the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the oil leak. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #97

Mar 142016


  • 117,000 miles
The engine goes off suddenly in the mid of the traffic at intersection, during taking curves. The car goes out of power, brakes and steering lose complete power. It is very dangerous situation as any one can back end, hit the car, or car can go back on ramp or can fall off the road. It can happen any time, no engine warning no diagnostic.

- Edgewater, NJ, USA

problem #96

Mar 112016


  • 65,000 miles
Takata crankshaft and camshaft sensors. Had both of them fail on our Altima in past 2 years at the cost of $800. Which the dealer has made us pay for. The car will randomly leave you stranded and will not start at all. Check engine light comes on too. Called for towing but then car "miraculously started" after stranded for 1 hour in dangerous location. Drove directly to dealer. Who ran tests and declared sensor faulty. Dealer claims the vehicle is not part of the recall... well I think someone needs to check the details on this. Obviously they missed all of the other vehicles affected by these faulty sensors that were manufactured during the same time. Very unhappy customer

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #95

Feb 242016


  • 69,000 miles
Service engine light came on, took it in for computer diagnostics & it showed cam shaft sensor alignment. I was driving at the time the light came on.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #94

Feb 112016


  • 182,786 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred once a day. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was unaware if the VIN was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 182,786.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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