2006 Nissan Altima Owner Reviews
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2006 Altima rust problem
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.
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.
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 its Nissans position that I was negligent in the maintenance? How else would you explain a 6 year old low-mileage vehicle having extensive rust issues? Shouldnt 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 youre in the same boat, please call Nissan Consumer Affairs @ 800-647-7261 and ask to file a complaint. They will be surprised and say This is the first weve heard of this. Maybe if enough people call, theyll remember. Dont waste your time waiting for a reply like I did. File a complaint
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