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:
33,098 miles

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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

problem #7

Oct 032016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that one of the wheels was pointed inward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the subframe was cracked, corroded, and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V046000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #6

Jul 112016


  • 61,841 miles
Traveling at highway speeds of 65-70 mph, the left rear tire(ecopia EP422 A/S P215/60R 16) ruptured on the interior sidewall/suspension side leaving a gapping hole 3X8 inches from the tire rim toward the treads. No visible damage from sharp or foreign object was visible where tire ruptured. The Bridgestone tire had only 9000 miles, very good treads(more than 4/32")rotated on prescribed milage intervals from date of purchase(4/29/2014) and just before this extended road trip, along with tire pressure checked with 29 psi~nitrogen. Tin#obx8E2813 date of tire failure~7/11/2016. Fortunately, able to control vehicle coming to a safe stop on the freeway shoulder. Tire no longer produced by Bridgestone, therefore two new matching tires were purchased to replace the opposite, good tire and the failed tire.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 282015


  • 169,543 miles
We purchased affinity touring from Firestone in greenwood SC- 135805 P215/55R17 93T 70,000 mile tires on 7/19/14 we had them rotated every 6000-7000 miles and the tires have only gotten 25000 miles on them and they have no tread hardly at all on all four of them and they have a very hard bump and roar going less than 35mph, the tires road well for the first week or two then became rough riding tires causing the car to bounce really hard above 45mph

- Abbeville, SC, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 082007


  • miles
I have also experienced problems with the steering wheel vibrating recently. I got my rear rotors and pads replaced at the manufacture and thought this would cure the problem, then was told that I needed to get my front rotors and brake pads done to prevent the vibration in the steering wheel. I just got my rotors and pads replaced in the car 9 months ago. I think there is something seriously wrong with this car. I believe the transmission is about to play out. My car has been jerking when I drive. It appears to be "pulling". I asked the manufacture about this and the Nissan dealership reported no problems with the engine or transmission. I called Nissan main office regarding the re-call and the rep just told me that there was only one recall on my car, when I saw 4 online regarding the make, model, and year of my car. How does anyone know which cars have a recall or problem unless they are reported?

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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problem #2

Oct 232006


  • 300 miles
The vehicle was purchased new in 2006. Two weeks later the car would not crank and the engine had to be replaced. Shortly after, I noticed that the heating system did not work in the vehicle. When I placed my foot on the brake, the heat blew out cold air. I knew there was something wrong, therefore I called the dealership to report this problem and was told "that is the way new models are made". this problem was not fixed. In the winter when the car is not moving (such as at a red light) cold air blows in the car, not heat. I have experienced rattling noises with my car. It can be heard when the car is driven as if something is loose. I took the car to the dealership in 2011 to have it checked. I got the car fixed by an independent mechanic and the noise continued. Each year I have gotten my rotors and brake pads replaced in the front and rear. I do not think this is normal. I have had my car 5.5 years with 79K miles. Problems have occurred with the electrical part of the car. The lights have become deemed when I drove on 2 occasions, the passenger door will not lock, the seat does not adjust all the way down, and sometimes when I press the alarm button on my key, my windows have went down automatically.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 032011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima, that is constantly 5-7 mph off. I am getting concerned because this is a hazard as I have been asked by the local city police for me to pick up my speed a little as I am restraining the flow of traffic by driving at or below what I believe is the speed limit. Also, I am really concerned since the factory tells you to use a certain size of tire, with me using their recommendation, this will cause the wheels to spin faster than what I am actually really going, thus saying I am traveling farther (mileage) than what I truly am. This, I believe is effecting my gas mileage as my tires are having to spin faster than what is needed and thus causing me to use more fuel. Please help me consider my options or do you know if there is a recall on the speed sensor, drive/powertrain, wheels, etc. Someone who drives 10 mph on the interstate is a hazard, I believe. I am having all kinds of vehicles and semi-trucks pass me on the interstate and I feel the safety of my family is at risk in driving this vehicle. (my current mileage (supposedly is: 43500 miles) I may have traveled less than that. Can you help me get this issue resolved? here is a cbs story on the issue: please help, my families safety could be at risk as well as other passengers who own or are on the road around these cars. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Portland, TN, USA

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