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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,861 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 #8

Feb 212014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


While driving home on the approach to the New York state thruway (rt. 87 North) there were several cars entering the nys thruway. Not more than 2 miles on the New York state thruway near exit 15A (sloatsburg) my vehicle hit a series of pot holes on the roadway. My tire went flat immediately and I was able to steer toward the shoulder at mile marker 31.5. I then proceeded to call my aaa emergency service and went on to let them know my exact location. While pulled over on the shoulder, there were 8 - 10 vehicles with the same problem. Nothing but flat tires! I was instructed my aaa service could not enter the nys as instructed by the nys police. I take this way home nightly returning home from work. It has gotten so bad, I watch the road more than I watch for oncoming traffic. This is a safety issue! I expect to hear from someone asap [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 092012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 91,600 miles
I purchased 4 new nexen 641 215 60/16 tires on 7/5/15 in nashville, tn at the action Nissan dealership. I drove to Arizona from there, and the right passenger tire blew out 4 days later in the state of New Mexico. There were no visible punctures. I believe it was defective. I have read online accounts of similar occurrences. It has me very concerned. Please note: The nexen brand is not available as a choice in your tire drop down options. Per your representative with whom I spoke today, I chose Goodyear as the option instead. I was also given the reference # of [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 082011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 98,377 miles
On several occasions my car as suddenly cutoff, while driving!!!! luckily, nobody was ever physically hurt. Mentally and emotionally it scared the crap out of several people, including myself. While on the expressway I've started to notice my car automatically slowing down after a certain speed, without me even touching the brakes. For awhile I stopped getting on the expressway, in fear of my car completely stopping with cars driving behind me at a faster pace. Also, at 55 + miles/hr my tires start to wobble and there's a scrubbing noise with the wobble sometimes. It feels like my back tires are about to fall off. I've bought 3 sets of tires already, and tomorrow will be my 4th set. This is ridiculous and very unsafe!!!!! please help me, thanks.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 102008


  • 15,500 miles


215/55/17 Bridgestone turanza el-42 tire on fron driver side begin to split on side tradwear. Only 15000 miles on the tire. Exper tire care would not replace the defetive tire for free.

- Waynesboro, MS, USA

problem #4

Jan 222007


  • miles
2006 Altima 2.5 S that is a lemon customer wants to have the car replaced under the lemon law* the consumer stated the vehicle has no start problem. The vehicle would start up when she began her day, but at unpredictable times. There is a grinding noise under the gas pedal while accelerating as well as when coming to a stop. The dealer stated the vibration/grinding noise was coming from the tires. All the windows and doors will lock and the remote keyless entry does not seem to work. The cd player and radio are not playing properly. The radio has a lot of static. The cd player makes the cd's sound like they are scratched.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

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problem #3

Jul 232007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima with westlake tires 215/60/16 purchased on July 23, 2007. The contact was aware of the recall for the tires (NHTSA campaign id#07T003000). There had been no failure to date. The previous tires were not westlake tires. The current mileage was 45,000.

- Seneca , SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 242005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,402 miles
As I was concluding my business day by driving home, my front right tire went flat. Car driven to a local tire dealer, he refuses to fix tire and says take it back to dealer because the tire was a factory default. My significant other returned to the dealership with the car on November 2, 2005. Service department informed him that the tire damage was my fault, and refused to provide me with a new tire. A few days later, I noticed that my engine cover was hanging. I called my salesman, and he informed me that it probably occurred when the tire went flat. Nissan replaced the two screws, and I was on my way. Although I had experienced challenging times with the car, nothing prepared me for the horrific experience that occurred on Thursday, November 24, 2005. I slowly drove down the grassy incline and proceeded left. I am certain that I was not going faster than five miles per hour because 1) I was on a hill, 2) my mother was in the car, 3) I was turning left, and 4) I was entering a two-lane street. The car was on the street, and I was straightening the car to ensure that we were safely in the right lane to continue down the street. While I was completing these actions, the car suddenly turned left as if it had a life of its own. In order to avoid hitting an SUV and a mailbox, I had to steer for my life, my mother┐'s life, and this now maniac car. I ended up going up the embankment, down the embankment, up and down again. Finally, I was able to stop the car at my deceased uncle┐'s driveway. Amazingly, only my tire and tire axle were destroyed. My mother and I were safe. I am now certain that after two tire incidents, seeing my car swerve on the highway, and listening to it click after possessing it for five days that this car is faulty.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
Recently purchased 2006 Nissan Altima. Immediately noticed loud rattling noise at high speed on freeway, swaying in steering and vibration from front tire(s). Took to dealership. They drove it and said could not hear anything. Took back a few days later, whereupon they told me they would need vehicle for a whole day and would not fix it right then and there, that I would have to come back. I took to another Nissan dealership and explained problem to them. They took off the front air deflector and it fixed loud rattling. However, still having problem with rough ride, noisy tires, and seems like motor drags at take off. I have a daughter and after reading all the complaints here, feel like no one is protecting consumers-at all. I'm worried tires are just like 2005 models. Today will be the third time taking it to dealership. I also work for a lawyer and notice aieg has had potential lawsuits for Continental tires.

- Greenbrier, AR, USA

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