• Jun 3, 2006

Nissan Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2006 Altima and Sentra SE-R models due to a problem with excessive oil consumption. The affected vehicles, built during the first five months of this year, could eventually run low on oil which can result in catastrophic engine damage, or even fires. Up to 100,000 vehicles are thought to be affected, and so far there have been 215 complaints of oil consumption and 17 reports of fires. The majority of the reported problems are said to have occurred in rental fleets.

Nissan is recommending that owners check their oil on a regular basis, which is good advice for anybody, regardless of what brand they drive. Given the most vehicles don't consume any oil between changes, though, we can see how this problem can catch less-than-attentive owners by surprise.

[Source: Reuters]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm currently going thru a serious safety issue with Nissan/Infiniti and they are doing extremely poorly at resolving it. I would be very concerned if I owned an Altima or Sentra - and its shocking Nissan/Infiniti waited until 17 reported engine fires to start to address this problem (by stopping sales, not by warning owners).

      In late January I purchased my first Nissan/Infiniti vehicle - I left the BMW family. I've had an ongoing life threatening problem (car slams on brakes on freeway and comes to a stop, car accelerates towards other cars and attempt to rear-end them, other systems in car go out without warning while driving - all documented on hours of video) with my now 4 month old vehicle. Just yesterday Infiniti refused to buy it back and is forcing me to take the car BACK into service so they can keep it for 3 weeks (already had it for 8 days total). I wanted a comparable loaner SUV - Infiniti Consumer Affairs yesterday told me I could drive my other car, my BMW for the 3 weeks. No offers of compensation for my monthly payment, No extension of warranty for all the miles being placed on my car during the continued repair attempts, No concern for the safety of me, my family, or others on the street.

      This type of behavior from the Manufacturer isn't acceptable and it's putting Nissan/Infiniti owners at risk due to faulty products. I'm ashamed to be an Infiniti owner right now.

      Jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      we own a 2002 altima-2.5s- we have had the recalls performed [ headlight replacements, fuel tank filters, speed sensor, catalytic converter, and the rear subframe-- all done quickly, and for free-- 70K miles -- getting 26mpg city. suburban; and 30-32 mpg hiway -- quiet and smooth a fairly fast -- I will buy another in a few years -- but I want to get at least 150K miles from this one - and it still doesn't use any oil-- i use ONLY Mobil 1 5w-30w since the second change-- and I do change it every 3750 to 4500 miles -- But!1 I do not like the cheap plastic center console -- not sturdy enough --
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, at least that's better than what DaimlerChrysler did with people who had troubles with the 2.7L V6.

      What did DC do about problems with oil sludge formation of that particular engine: absolutely nothing. - Reinhart
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have an 02' nissan sentra ser with the 2.5l engine. The first one sucked slowly used more and moreoil until it blew at 18k miles and the second at 35k. They did the recall on engine number two and reflashed the computer and replaced the precat. There is a known fix in the aftermarket. I put an aftermarket header on that eliminated the precat and also put a casper o2 simulator on as soon as I got home from the dealer with the second engine. The car now has 117k (82k on engine)on it and doesnt use any oil. I could care less about it being illegal and not having the precat because at least I know I wont have the precat ruin the engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the quality is bad. Attitudes to customer is the worst.
      I have NISSAN ALTIMA 2006 2.5S. After 700 miles, the engin is replaced with this issue. ALthough there was no cost to me, I want a new with no reparing record othe replaced engine.
      Robert Tinsley
      • 8 Years Ago
      I owe a 2002 sentra ser spec v with the 2.5L motor. This oil consumption has been going on since at least the 2002 models with the 2.5L motor. There is a head gasket issue also. I had to replace my engine (longblock)with 75,000 miles on my nissan with money out of my pocket. I would like to get my $6,000.00 back from nissan because this story sounds real familiar. C'mon nissan, fork it over and stop making excuses.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota had the sludge problem in the 3.0 V6 also. You don't even hear about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And I thought VW with the longitudiunal 1.8T sludge fiasco had it worst...

      What goes around comes around.
      • 8 Years Ago
      have an 03 altima with the 2.5 engine, what a piece of crap. oil consumption has always been a problem with this motor I know I am on my 5th replacement motor and nissan can not guarentee the newest motor will last any longer than the last one. now they pull the cars off the market, argggg
      • 8 Years Ago
      While it's good that Nissan has caught this, what will be telling is how the company resolves this at the dealership level. Will many (or any?) dealers try to dismiss this as "normal" or will they be directed by the company to offer vocal customers some serious compensation?
      Doesn't the Frontier also use the 2.5 liter engine, or have they gotten too heavy for a four cylinder?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "we own a 2002 altima-2.5s- we have had the recalls performed [ headlight replacements, fuel tank filters, speed sensor, catalytic converter, and the rear subframe-- all done quickly, and for free-- 70K miles"

      ...as compared to my Pre-Goshn-era '99 Altima SE 5-speed - which has had ZERO recalls and has been absolutely bulletproof for over 110K miles (and counting). Not one single problem. Nothing. At all. Still runs/rides like new... not even a rattle. Still returning about 32 MPG hwy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So the article leaves it up to the public to figure out which engine we are talking about. Of course we all know which one it is. So not only did the Altima have a cheap French Whorehouse interior but, an engine to match. I guess French Quality is finaly rubbing off on the Japanese. I had a 1992 Sentra 1.6. Sold it and it now has 183,000 on it. My brother said he just changed the starter which the dealer warned me might go back in 2001.
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