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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,100 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.

2006 Nissan Altima transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052008


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact started the ignition and the gear selector failed to shift from park into the drive position. The gear would not shift from drive into park. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The failure was related to the gear shift solenoid. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to orange liquid spilling into the console causing a wiring shortage. The estimated repair cost was $922. The contact stated that there was no liquid splilled inside the vehicle. The failures occurred intermittently and became progressively worse over time. The dealer advised the contact to rock the vehicle in a back and forth motion to allow the gear selector to shift into the selected gear. The contact would engage in the rocking motion of the vehicle which would temporarily correct the failure. In addition, the vehicle would stall without warning. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would not be responsible for the repairs. The vehicle wad not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 262006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph on the interstate, the occupant accidentally touched the center console floor gear shift which caused it to shift gears and operate at a reduced speed without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined this was the design of the floor gear shift. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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