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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,686 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 232010


  • 75,558 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact was driving was approximately 2 mph into a parking lot. An opposing vehicle crashed into the front passenger door. The driver side seat belt system housing assembly broke. Suddenly, the driver was ejected into the front passenger side windshield. The driver sustained bruises and a small cut to the face; a bump to the forehead area. The police and ambulance were called to the scene. The front passenger side occupant was transported to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The failure mileage was 75,558. There are photographs available upon request.

- Cantonnent, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 032009


  • 56,000 miles
Purchased in Nov 06, Nissan Altima 2006 special edition. Supplemental air bag warning light came on 6/3/09 and has been flashing ever since. Have made an app at the Nissan dealer to see if that's covered under warranty.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #1

May 082009


  • 71,500 miles
My wife was in a mva on 05/08/09. Her 2006 Nissan Altima was in a crash at approx. 30 mph. It has $7800 plus in damage. It was a front end crash. The airbag did not deploy. She was thrown into the windshield & has suffered a concussion, doctors say maybe tba, bruised chest, abdomen, facial bruising, and major knee injuries. Her seatbelt also did not hold. The car had never been involved in any accidents.

- Searcy , AR, USA

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