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Nissan Altima Engine Failures



  • Oil consuption is due to a bad rod in Nissan's engine. Typically its the #2 rod. They know about the problem and are doing thier best to keep it under wraps. I got hold of a bad one and the mechanic was a good guy and told me about the problem. I'm now on my second engine in a 2005 Altima and I'm hearing the tell-tale ratteling again. Time for engine #3.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    I can (and do) believe insufficient oil pressure would result in a rod knock, but I don't understand your statement that a rod knock would cause loss of oil from the engine. Loss of oil happens either through burning (worn piston rings and/or valve seals that allows excess oil into the combustion chambers to be burned) or outright leakage from various causes.
  • Well I went ahead with my purchase of the 06 Altima 2.5S SE. I did not purchase one of the vehicles that was built prior to the the oil consumption problem. I took delivery of an August built car that did not have the extended 84 month warranty. As I had said earlier, Nissan has built some pretty good cars over the years and I really could not see loosing total confidence in this car manufacturer. The car I bought is great and I just love it. Nissan will respond and handle this issue, there aren't going anywhere. Good luck to all ,,,
  • Hi,
    I've been researching the Altima 2.5S and the Impala LT and we've pretty much decided on the Altima. However, after seeing this oil consumption problem I'm a little leery. Where\how can I find the build date of the car? Engine sticker somewhere?
  • The built date is found on the manufacturers sticker located at the bottom of the drivers side door post. Just open the drivers door and you can see it down by the running board area.
  • Documentation is the key. Have nissan do all the oil checks. Request a new engin every time you go in. Find a copy of the mugninson act. read it, understand it and apply it to your case. Check with your state to see what the lemon law says. Follow it as a road map to a buy back. It worked for me. I was a die hard nissan fan untill my dealings with them this time. If they offer you a motor make sure it's not a rebuild because thats what there using. I won my case and I still have to chase down the tax money and what I payed for the extended warranty. Don't fool yourself its a lot of work. But in the end I'm not stuck with a lemon. I'm going to get a honda next time.
  • golfrjgolfrj Posts: 4
    As a (Proud?) owner of a 2006 Nissan Altima I am currently going thru an engine replacement for the oil consumption problem.. Has anyone out there been thru this already, and are you pleased with your new (Rebuilt) engine's performance?? Thanks for your replies, Jim
  • sharnsharn Posts: 2
    Hi! This is sharn06. I just wanted to say that I am so happy for you. I hope that I can have the same luck as you. I did not know what to do. I will for sure contact the BBB tommorow. I got my recall letter severals months ago and have as of yet to hear anything else. Was about to give up. Several weeks ago I started to smell if something was burning in the engine so I went in for an oil change. Could smell it thur the vents in my car. Tech.brought the car back to me as if everything was ok. I am still smelling this burning smell. Today I notice as I had the car in idle park that there was smoke coming from the back of the car as I looked thur the window. It is not even cold yet where I live. Got out to check when I got out to check when I got home and it stopped. Can still smell burning and engine sounds as if it has a ticking sound going on. I will call and go to the dealer to let them check. I will start to keep a record of this. Sorry that I ever heard about Nissian. But,again Congradulations! SIGNED SHARN06 OWNER OF A LEMON
  • rahnrahn Posts: 1
    I am looking at replacing my 96 Nissan Altima (been a super car) with a 2006 model. Great deals out there on the 2006's with the all new 2007 due out in less than a month. Then, I learned of the recall...ugh. How do you identify a vehicle affected by the recall?? By VIN#?? By build date?? What are the VIN#'s, build dates, etc. of the vehicles that were recalled. I went to the NHTSA website, but no help. I would like to learn this info on my own, rather than being dependant on the dealer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    I believe past posts indicated the problem engines were installed in cars built through February-March of this year. If the car(s) you're interested in currently on dealer lots show a build date later than that, I'm sure their engines have the updated piston rings and any other appropriate modifications. I'm not positive where the builder's plate with build date is located on Nissan Altimas, but try the driver's front door, door jam, or lower center post. In any event, dealership personnel will be able to show you where it is and/or verify the build date through their delivery records.
  • golfrjgolfrj Posts: 4
    Hello All, Just a few lines to let everyone know how PLEASED I am with my replacement engine from Nissan, the work was without any problems and done in 2 days total.. My dealer Empire Nissan in Ontario, Ca did a Fine job and was very pleasant doing it, the engine itself is much quieter and seems to be running Great.. If your going thru this problem (engine oil) Nissan WILL handle it..
    Hang in there, Jim
  • Hi-
    I'm thinking of buying the Nissan Altima 2006. Looking at this discussion, it is very scary. Is this problem fixed, or better stay away from Nissan Altima 2006?
    In general, I'm a new shopper. Do such problems and recalls happen in Toyota/Honda too?

  • I know about the problem with the 2006 2.5L engine but I haven't seen anything on 2005. I own a 2005 Altima 2.5SL with only 7500 mile on it. I bought it in Oct, 2005 and have driven it very little because I have an old Camry I drive to work. I noticed during the first 2000 miles it was a quart low. I changed the oil with Mobile 1 and wrote it off to break in. About 1000 miles later it was another qt low. By this time the recall was out on 2006. I had in recently for the first oil consumption test. I checked the oil the night before I took it in and it was about 1/4" low on the dip stick. When Nissan checked it they said it was right on the top mark. I drove it straight home and without even letting it sit more than 15 min, I checked it and it was over full. Your are right, make sure you are present for the check. I wonder if there are any other 2005 owners that have had a problem.
  • I just got back from purchasing 2 new 2006 2.5s Altima's with the rebuilt, 84 month warrantied engines. I just could not pass up the $3000 rebate, and the extended engine warranty! Traded in my 2000 Altima on one of them.

    Do you think I was crazy?
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "Do you think I was crazy?" ((

    Yeah - crazy like a fox! If your cars' build dates are more recent than June '06, I do not believe you got rebuilt engines in your new cars, either. I believe you got new engines that had the latest modifications applied during build. The 84 month warranty is a bonus to alleviate purchase fears. Keep an eye on the oil level. Contrary to what some self-appointed experts claim, it is NOT unusual for any new engine to consume some oil during the first five or six hundred miles of initial operation while the piston rings are seating to their bores. Vary your speed frequently to aid ring seating. Driving at a steady 45 mph speed in hilly terrain is also very good. In both cases the idea is to let cylinder compression and vacuum effects in operation alternately load the rings postively and negatively which works to more quickly seat the rings without excess wear. Varying engine speed does this as does applying fuel with resulting positive pressure from power delivery when climbing and pulling a vacuum in the cylinders when you remove your foot from the accelerator pedal when descending a grade. Avoid full-throttle acceleration during the first 500 or six hundred miles. Limit the engine revs to between 2000 and 4000 rpm when under way during that period, too.
  • :( :cry: I recently bought a 2002 altima back in Sept. and had nothing but problems with the engine burning oil. I am putting it in the shop next week. I bought the extended warranty on it but I am assuming the engine is not covered. reading all this recall and engine problems I am sorry I bought it, I guess I should have done some more research on this, but everyone I have talked to had no problems with the car. So any suggestions on what I should say or do when I take it in to get it checked? Do I have a leg to stand on if the extended warranty does not cover the engine?? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "I bought the extended warranty on it but I am assuming the engine is not covered." ((

    Why would you assume such a thing? Haven't you dug out the paperwork to verify what is and is not covered under the terms of your extended warranty?

    (Unless your paperwork was issued by the automaker - Nissan in your case, it's NOT legaly a warranty. Non-automaker provided performance guarantees are legally "service contracts" and come under state insurance statutes rather than true manufacturer warranties that are subject to Federal Trade Commission enforcement provisions. Some service contracts are good (notably those from AAA and Auto Club), some aren't worth the cost of a match to light 'em up. Dealerships love 'em, though, because they get to keep up to half the purchase price and some of these policies require selling dealership service to maintain "warranty" claim rights. (The latter's especially attractive to dealerships because even if you negotiate a purchase discount on the service contract, the dealer's still happy knowing he'll make it up with service charges later - which the contract may even mandate service procedures well above and beyond what the automaker, itself, specifies. Cha-Chinggg) True warranties cannot be summarily canceled by the automaker. Service contracts can be canceled for any failure to have prescribed maintenance performed at a location defined in the policy or they can be canceled per insurance regulations as part of an underwriter bankruptcy filing. Many such companies file bankruptcy when their underwriters determine that the model year cars under coverage are entering the period where they'll be statistically more likely to become a financial burden. [Statistics: figures can't lie, but liars can figure.] After the bankruptcy, the company re-incorporates under state insurance department provisions under a new name and begins issuing service contract policies again - but prior policy holders are left naked in the cold since their "company" was permanently dissolved as part of a business bankruptcy proceeding. Is this a great country or what? :))
  • Why would I assume such a thing? Not to many warranty's cover replacing a new engine do they? had not had a chance to pull out my paperwork to see, but I'd be willing to put money on it not being covered, my luck anyway....
    just wanted to get some feedback from others for now...I will be checking into this tonight and my car is going in the shop next week... just wondering what everyone else's outcomes were, if they had this problem and is there something we could do?
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    That would be some warranty that would pass on covering a car's major mechanical system! Look for wording along the lines of, "the engine and/or all its internal components" or some such that would obligate total engine replacement if necessary. The fact of your short stint with the car is also in your favor. (Like, how likely is it that your recent association with this vehicle would be the most likely cause of the motor's excessive oil consumption problems? That'd be a hard sell in court, even to a mechanically fuzzy-headed judge.) Best of luck.
  • this is not about the Altima, but, Nissan. We got a 1990(coupe) XE in June of 1990(they were getting rid of them for the slightly less boxy 91's).
    I drove about 75-80 miles per day, and in less than 3 months time had accumulated over 7000 miles9 by labor Day weekend of 1990).
    We went for a 250 miles round trip drive, from Myrtle Beach, to Charleston SC( was in military at the time) on the Saturday of the 3 day weekend.
    Sunday, went to start the car, to go to town, and nothing :surprise:
    I was lucky enough to get special liberty and the duty cook to stand in for me!
    On Monday, Labor Day, Nissan( 40 miles away) came and towed us to the shop in Georgetown.
    Long story short: Timing Was Not set properly, and the plugs burnt up on one side.
    They reset the timing, and repalced the plugs.

    In June of 1997, we got a 200sx( 2 door Sentra, basically).
    Not a bad car. But, by end of November 1999( 65K miles...)
    went to start the car, and nothing(again)for this model, same as for the 90, but about 58,000 miles later, and right outside of the warranty :mad:

    was told timing gear tooth chipped, chain slipped one notch, and messed up the timing. Results: New timing gear, rebuilt the starter, and igniton coil issues, and new spark plugs.
    Had issues after that, too. check engine light kept coming on, hesitations in starting. We traded it for a Hyundai in 2001.

    Read some reports of continuing engien issue swith Altima and Sentras, still, not too long ago :surprise:

    What gives with these continuous engine issues?
    Oil leakeage, stalling, not running at all, after 16 + years. Even Hyundai worked out a lot of negative issues in this time frame!

    I would like to buy the Altima Coupe, give Nissan another chance, but after reading the recall notices, this forum.... think I'll pass for now.

    take care/not offense.
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