2006 Altima New Car Test Drive
2006 Altima Owner Reviews (5)
Rusted Floor Boards
I had my oil changed today and when I went to pick up my car the mechanic showed me a picture of the undercarriage of my vehicle. He is a bit of a prankster so I thought he was playing a joke on me. To my shock and dismay, he put my car up on the hoist and showed me the HUGE holes under the driver and passenger side. I could touch the carpet padding.The entire remainder of the under carriage was in pristine condition. There was NO rust anywhere else. I went to the dealership's body shop and the estimate for repair was over $2,225.00. When I asked the consultant what caused the damage, he had no answer. He did say that this is NOT the first time he has seen this problem. I said to him"if I get this repair done, and we do not know what caused the problem, what will prevent it from happening again"? He said "I don't have an answer". Obviously SOMETHING is allowing water to get into my vehicle and cause rusting. I have taken incredible care of this car. It doesn't even have 100,000 miles on it and it is almost 10 years old. I had to have the transmission replaced at 35,000 miles (Nissan paid for it) and have kept up on all warranty and recall issues with this vehicle. I am religious about the maintenance and care. Other than this issue my car looks new inside and out. I am furious. Nissan needs to own this problem and make it right.
Review of 2006 Nissan Altima
AOL user 2015-01-09 10:38:29
I love my car.
2006 Altima rust problem
kevintrolyat 2013-09-23 14:07:38
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima. When it was being serviced, the mechanic asked me to come into the garage to show me my brake pads. He told me I would need brakes in another 5,000 miles. I looked up and said "WTF". My floor boards were rusted out and I was seeing the bottom of the carpet. Both sides. I told the mechanic to forget the brakes, I'll end up falling through the floor and running myself over. I mean come on. A 2006? This should not be. Cheap materials being used. This is a common problem on the Altima's. As much as I love these cars, I will not now buy another one now because of this. I am careful to wash this car, including the under carriage in the Winter.
hondo434 2012-08-20 21:29:14
Looked under car to search for elusive rattle tonly to find floorboards on both side of car rusted though! Floor has defective two piece floor system with faulty plastic "plugs" that leak and water gets in between the floorboards causing rustout. $700-800 per side to fix. should be recalled and made right!
Buyer Beware! Check underneath the car immediately for rust damage.
altima35se2005 2011-11-19 02:20:55
I filed a complaint with Nissan North America regarding extensive rust damage on my 2005 Altima 3.5 SE with 67,000 mi. After being referred to my dealership for an investigation a nice rep with Nissan Regional Consumer Affairs says that unfortunately my warranty doesn't cover rust after 5 years. I asked if itÃ¢ÂÂs NissanÃ¢ÂÂs position that I was negligent in the maintenance? How else would you explain a 6 year old low-mileage vehicle having extensive rust issues? ShouldnÃ¢ÂÂt they at least admit to partial responsibility and help with the cost of repairs? Everything on my car is still like new except premature rusting through the floorboards on both the driver's side and passenger side. I explained I've diligently maintained this vehicle with the hopes of it lasting for years based on the reputation of imported cars. It's been garaged during most inclement weather since I have an old beater pickup to drive in the snow or rain. I explained how shocked I was when I saw all the complaints, forums, and blogs regarding this issue. There seems to be a problem either with the material (Durasteel) or the manufacturing process of all the Gen 3 and 4 Altimas that allows water to infiltrate between the metal on the floorboards causing premature rust through. There are plastic plugs that apparently become dislodged or are not installed correctly. Nissan will not stand behind their product and help with the repairs. Nissan has been required to extend the warranty on the rear subframe so they already know there is a huge issue with the metals they're using. I'm going to continue to watch as I anticipate a class-action lawsuit soon. Regardless, I will never own another Nissan. If you check and find youÃ¢ÂÂre in the same boat, please call Nissan Consumer Affairs @ 800-647-7261 and ask to file a complaint. They will be surprised and say Ã¢ÂÂThis is the first weÃ¢ÂÂve heard of this.Ã¢ÂÂ Maybe if enough people call, theyÃ¢ÂÂll remember. DonÃ¢ÂÂt waste your time waiting for a reply like I did. File a complaint