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Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. #5245932 10/21/19 11:33 AM
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I can't resist the temptation to buy cheap cars when I see them. This one is a 2006 Nissan Altima . 2.5 l. Automatic. 170k. Guy wants $1,200 for it. Looks halfway decent in the pictures. But that price is suspiciously cheap. Only thing he mentioned is it's losing power steering fluid . Any major problems in this generation Altima I should be looking out for?



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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5245949 10/21/19 11:49 AM
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The power steering rack on those is a bear of a job and a $1000+ part. The auto transmissions were kinda weak and also hella expensive and they tend to shed head gaskets near 200k miles. Other then that.

Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5245953 10/21/19 11:56 AM
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I'm guessing Nissan corrected the 4 cylinder by 2007? Earlier 2.5L Altimas often had a bad issue with oil consumption. The cat would break apart and get sucked back into the engine scoring up the cylinder walls which would cause oil consumption. Another vehicle that fell victim to this was the last generation Toyota MR2 Spyder.


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: skyactiv] #5245980 10/21/19 12:13 PM
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Bummer. The 3.5 L v6 Maxima in my signature has horrible oil consumption problems. I was hoping the 4-cylinder 2.5 didn't have that problem


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5246020 10/21/19 12:36 PM
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In these parts - I imagine it's the same unless NH doesn't use road salt - those cars are famous for the floorpans rusting out .


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5246050 10/21/19 12:57 PM
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yup, check the floors !!


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5246088 10/21/19 01:28 PM
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Honestly if you want a Nissan, the first Gen Rouge (built in Japan), pre 02 Altima or Sentra (again built in Japan), or a second gen G35 or early 37 (guess where they were built) especially one that's had the inner timing cover gasket and water pump done, they have their quirks but overall were better built then the Altima/Maxima of that generation.

Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: skyactiv] #5246102 10/21/19 01:45 PM
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Yes BUT then the main transmission for the car is a CVT, one which was notorious for internal chain failures, kinda a rock or a hard place. I'd avoid most of the 04-10 Nissan economy cars unless you can find one with a manual trans, which is like 3% or less of them in the US. Even if one could I'd still rather have an Accord or Camry, there's a lot less stupid and expensive problems known to crop up before 200k. Nissan's that were neglected tend to turn into basket cases, and while one can justify Nissan's overpriced parts and severe maintenance with high end fluids and wear parts on a 370z or GTR, it's not worth it on their economy cars.

Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: GZRider] #5246108 10/21/19 01:50 PM
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So when I drive this I'm not going to feel any shifting?


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5246139 10/21/19 02:12 PM
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If it’s like my brother’s ‘02 Altima 2.5, I wouldn’t buy it-his lost both floor pans to rust, it did eventually have the exhaust manifold catalytic converter disintegration/dust in cylinders problem, burned oil like a freight train. Almost made it to 200K, his son (my nephew) totaled it! No real loss.


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2002-2006 Altima. Reliability score 0 out of a possible 100. Chronic relliability issues.

http://www.dashboard-light.com/vehicles/Nissan_Altima.html

Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: wdn] #5246173 10/21/19 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by wdn
2002-2006 Altima. Reliability score 0 out of a possible 100. Chronic relliability issues.

http://www.dashboard-light.com/vehicles/Nissan_Altima.html

Omg. Looks like the only thing that's worse is the Maxima in my sig. This is true it is a piece of junk so looks like the chart is accurate.


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Re: Thoughts on a 2006 Nissan Altima purchase. [Re: LeakySeals] #5246182 10/21/19 02:46 PM
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You guys are right I'm crazy to own another Nissan after the problems I've had with this Maxima. But it was free. And if I can get this car close to free I might just do it again LOL. Going over now with $500 in my pocket


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$500 for a car that runs and drives and shifts ok and has clear title (and assuming the floor pans and sub frames haven't fully rusted out of existence) isn't bad no matter what kind of car it is. Good luck.

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This is the model that you can remove the headlamps without opening the hood? Nissan had a recall because people were stealing the headlamp assemblies, only Nissan could do this.

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