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:
1,000 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.

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 042007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


I am making this complaint with a safety concern in my 2006 Nissan Altima. I purchased the car from santa monica Nissan on 07/29/06. Since then the car has already been to the dealer several times with identical problems. The car hesitates at times while driving on local roads, freeways and hilly roads, and skids while taking turns. I am very scared to drive this car because of the slowed down motion during heavy traffic hours. It is a big safety issue to be driving a car that hesitates when you're trying to catch up to the speed of traffic & skids, making a loud screechy sound when trying to turn. I have complained to the manufacturer several times, but each time they send me back saying that there's nothing wrong with the car. They are neglecting the problem instead of resolving it. No reasonable conclusion has been reached as yet. I am looking for Nissan to buy the car back before there are any injuries to myself or others. Nissan has failed to resolve my issues. I definitely am staying away from Nissan!!!

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 262006

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a new Nissan Altima when I took it in for a repair they told me that my engine was damaged and the car is being recalled meanwhile Nissan does not know what they are going to do my oil goes to quickly and my gas is being eaten up I just bought the car know I don't know what to do I want a new car can you help.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 162006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased 2006 Nissan Altima last day of April. Since then the following has occurred....1. five days after the purchased date fuel pump replaced. Car was very difficult to start 2. since the dealership was unable to perform any detailing service on the date of purchase it was agreed I could bring it back at a later date. On 20 may during detailing service a 6" strip of paint peeled off the front bumper. Bumper was sent to local paint shop in daphne al. For repair...ask the dealership for paperwork on the re-paint, to date have not received paperwork. 3. now the first of two real serious concerns. Steering / handling at speeds over 60 mph is unsafe with any measurable wind. The car w/O considerable correction veers from lane to lane. This has been the case from day one....dealership stated tire air pressure was the likely cause....I've tried the recommend 29 psi down to 24 psi. Up to 34 psi. Did not help. My intent was to pass this car along to my 16 year old daughter but feel it's too unsafe during highway/freeway driving. Three days ago I receive the oil consumption letter from Nissan. I drive approx. 120 miles per day 5 days a week. To date my car has 2700 miles during the first oil check at approx. 1000 miles I noticed the oil level was approx. One quart low but was not concerned due to not knowing for sure how much oil was present during purchase....added 1 qrt and had not checked the level again until I received the letter...1700 miles total....during this second oil level check the oil level on the dip stick was found just below the add mark. No light indicator had come on the control panel...had I not received the letter it would have been T 2000 more miles before my first scheduled oil change was due and would not have checked it prior to that point....this is a huge safety concern to my family and I. I truly hope the NHTSA and Nissan does the right thing before someone pays with their life.

- Spanish Fort , AL, USA

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