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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,391,865 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 #5

Jun 022015


  • 173,000 miles


My entire drivers side and passneger side floor board has rotted out completely. Im talking I can put my foot through it. I head all of it fall out driving down the I-90. This car is rust free from Florida. This is such bs and is unsafe to drive.

- Dunkirk, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 222010

Altima 4-cyl

  • 6,620,214 miles
Engine vibration: Broken motor mount.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 092010


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine was burning excessive oil, causing the catalytic converter to fail. In addition, the rear suspension was sitting abnormally low to the ground and was sitting noticeably lower than the front suspension. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed him that the engine and catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 262006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. After purchasing the vehicle the contact noticed that the steering pulled to the right while driving at any speed. The vehicle was brought to the dealer on five different occasions. On each occasion the dealer performed an alignment, adjusted the steering, and rotated the tires. More air was placed in the tires also. After all the remedies performed it still had the same failure. The manufacturer issued case # 5591789. The dealer could not seem to duplicate the failure. Also, she stated that the failure occurred when she released the steering wheel. The contact found complaint # 10185548 on the NHTSA website regarding the steering wheel pulling to the left. The current mileage was 2,011, and failure mileage was 100.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 202006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11 miles
I purchased a 2006 Altima 2.5 S in Mar 2006, it drives good with less noticeable weave on blacktop highways, however it is unstable driving on interstate even at 60-70 mph, it drifts left and right without moving steering wheel, you have to steady make corrections in steering wheel movement to keep it from unsafely drifting in the other lane. The dealer has rotated tires, balanced. Even took a ride with me and said he noticed nothing really. I drove another car at dealership just like it, it does the same thing on interstate, I drive 100 miles daily to and from on interstate so it is not an intermittent problem. This problem could cause serious injury because it is evident the car is unstable for interstate use, almost undriveable if wind blowing slightly.

- Dublin, GA, USA

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