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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,901 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 3)

problem #45

Jan 042017


  • 96,000 miles


There has been a recall for the crankshaft position sensor for some 2006 Nissan Altima's. my car has continually not been included in this list but I have had problems with this equipment. 2 years ago I replaced that sensor and reset the crankshaft pos and reprogramed the ECM. Now again my check engine light came on and it is the same sensor that is causing the problem and yet I am still not on the recall list for this defect. I am sure that other individuals have experienced the same thing. My car also consumes oil at an irregular pace, which is another recall, yet my car is not on that recall either.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 102016


  • 130,000 miles
I have an 6" wide X 15" long hole in the passenger side of my car. (in the floor board) my friend almost put her foot through it. I am a widow and the mechanic discovered it when doing an oil change. Trade in value bad and something needs to be done. Dealer sent me to Nissan and they gave me a case #, but questioning why there wasn't a recall.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #43

Aug 162016


  • 100,000 miles
Driver and passenger floor panels rusted out. Safety issue. Car will not pass inspection. Research indicates this is common problem...well known to Nissan. Nissan management unresponsive and uncooperative.

- Hollis, NH, USA

problem #42

Aug 202016


  • miles


Floorboard rusting/ driver side floorboard completely rusted out hole hole approximate size 24 inch width X 36 inch length

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #41

Aug 192016


  • 219,000 miles
Just like with other Nissan recalls. My can shaft position sensor is bad and is causing my car to die/quit in the middle of traffic while driving

- Ray, OH, USA

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problem #40

Aug 112016


  • 93,000 miles
At around 65K my transmission started to fail even though I had replaced the fluid twice by that mileage and took it to the dealer I had and extended warranty but the dealer said is was a broken motor mount but it was not to too soon after that my transmission started to bang alot and keep reading online it is a common problem with this particular transmission and now around 90K the transmission finally failed.

- Bayshore, NY, USA

problem #39

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 #38

Jul 122016


  • 102,000 miles
The floorboards are rusting. Pieces have been falling from both the passenger and driver's side.

- Savoy, IL, USA

problem #37

Jul 262016


  • 148,500 miles
Car will slow crank randomly, it does it completely intermittent, even when its cold or hot, the fuel pump works perfectly, the starter is new, it has new crank and cam sensors, the battery and alternator are in working fine, the spark plugs and ignition coils are brand new, it has been doing this since I first bought it, it had 148,000 miles, sometimes I had to push the key twice or more, the engine will crank with the starter but will simply not turn on, after I do it twice or more then it starts, I have tried every trick in the book to see if it stops happening randomly, I just want this car to work fine or just not work at all, I dont like this game. I have had over three professional mechanics take a look at it and nobody knows what it is, it just does it whenever it wants. No matter the weather or engine temperature or voltage or fuel pressure,

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #36

Jul 112016


  • 169,056 miles
Nissan mechanic the 5 speed auto in the 3.5L Altima is completey different and is known to have valve body issues from the bushes distorting in the solenoids and causing them to hand up and cause hard shifts

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #35

Jul 112016


  • 169,056 miles


This is the second Nissan Altima that has been on with me and my family that the transmission has gone out and costing us a fortune the 2005 Nissan Altima and now this 2006 I was sitting at a red light I got the green light to go when I stepped on the gas all the sudden there was a pop with some grinding and the car would not

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #34

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 #33

Apr 242016


  • 144,000 miles
I purchased my 2006 Altima 2.5 sl used noticed that it was loosing oil extremely fast yet was not leaking from anywhere or leaving oil marks after being parked immediately after a complete oil change and new filter it would be black and burned by the time I got home and recently while driving from fl to South Carolina my engine caught on fire on the interstate while in motion

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #32

Apr 192016


  • 97,291 miles
My 2006 Nissan Altima failed the yearly Massachusetts inspection. The passenger side floorboard was rusted and needed to be repaired to pass inspection. In speaking with the mechanic, this is a known issue for Altima. I wanted to add my complaint to the 100S of others who have had to repair this vehicle defect without any warning or help from Nissan. Thank goodness for an alert mechanic!

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #31

Jun 102015


  • 104,200 miles
Crankshift sensor failure causes car to jerk and then shut down without any notice an warning. Several 100S of people have the same issue and 2006 models had recalls but special editions were not included. It is so unsafe and various people have gotten close to horrible accidents due to it. Something should be done!

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 012010


  • miles
Melting dashboard. It hindering me to see the road clearly

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #29

Jun 012015


  • miles
"takata recall" I need to file a complaint against Nissan for the following problems, first is the paint in my car. I just purchased my car 2 years ago at a dealer and the cars paint and clear is fading and my car looks ugly, I have quoted at a paint body shop and they trying to charge $800 or more. I am still paying this car and don't appreciate that I have to pay for something that is a defect from the company. The headlight are awful and I can barely see at night or specially in the rain and afraid to use the high beams to prevent accidents.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #28

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 #27

Sep 182015


  • 130,000 miles
Transmission totally gave out on a busy highway causing a major traffic hazard. Luckily, there was no accident.

- Wall Township, NJ, USA

problem #26

Sep 212015


  • miles
The floor boards are rusting out on our car. You can see the carpet padding from the bottom of the car. This is extremely unsafe. This is occurring on the passenger side as well. We always maintain our vehicles and this situation is very alarming to us.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

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