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Automatic Transmission problems of the 2006 Nissan Altima



Four problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2006 Nissan Altima.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 12/16/2010

I have had my engine replaced as a recall but windsor Nissan has no record when I asked for the report. I went in to the dealer on 12/16/10 at 5:30 pm because I was having problems as the gear shift was getting stuck in park and couldn't move at all. I read the book which says to push the shift lock release button which will let me move the gear shift temporarily. I then contacted the dealer who in turn told me to bring the car in to check it out. They wanted to charge me $110 just to see it until I disputed that. Afterwards, he told me that the shift lock control unit needs to be replaced, he couldn't explain to me why the car just up and started to act up or what leads to that. I have an older model Nissan Altima and it runs better than the 2006. I have had more problems with the new car than I had with the old one. I have also had to replace the back brake lights 6 times within the year because it continues to blow out as well as the over head light on the inside of the car. The only thing that confuses me is the gear shift, now I'm subject to pay $300 for this part being replaced because it isn't covered in the warranty and no one could tell me exactly what causes this problem. I need to know what is causing the problem and what can be done to keep this from happening in the future. I have contacted other mechanics who seem to feel that this shouldn't have happened especially because the car is only 4 1/2 years old.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

1-2 times a week,I have to repeatedly push hard on the brake to get the car out of park. I am not parking on any kind of incline. This has gone on for several months. Now twice in the last 2 months, I go to get ready to park the car,and my gearshift will go to neutral but will not go into reverse or park. I tried costing the car a bit,tried driving it forward a bit,I even shut the car off in neutral, nothing worked. Finally,while in neutral,I revved the engine a little bit and gearshift smoothly started working again.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

We purchased a used 2006 Nissan Altima, with in a month of purchasing this vehicle we were unable to get the car out of park or into park. We thought it might have something to do with the winter weather, because it was periodically happening. It is now summer and it happens every time we start the car. It even happens when we have been driving the car and pull in to a parking spot , we are unable to get the car into park. We have been overriding the lock mechanism by inserting a metal tool into it, but it is quite inconvenient every time we drive the car to have to do this!.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 06/13/2006

Nissan has admitted via a letter that certain vehicles (mine is one) are subject to high oil consumption and the result could be a fire in the vehicle. Nissan has attempted to correct this changing the oil and filter, promising to monitor the level - subject to another trip to the dealer- at 700 subsequent miles, they will then provide an unknown 'fix' to the issue if the oil level has decreased to their satisfaction, if no noticeable decrease in their perception, then monitor another 700 miles - return to dealer again and have them review, possible fix is to replace the engine at that time. The concern is that when one purchases a new vehicle, if the manufacture knew of the defect and potential hazard, then the sale should not have been allowed. Further, a new vehicle now needs to be monitored and returned to the dealer every 700 miles - I can not think of an example of more inconvenience. The safety hazard of a fire or breaking down - all in a vehicle with 1500 miles on it is incredulous. I can not let my family drive in the car and am concerned with my own safety. A 22000 vehicle that is brand new should not be allowed to be sold and have consumers asked to continue to operate the vehicle. I do hope this is investigated. I understand that a total of 80000 Altimas were affected. I would like to know when the manufacturer was aware of this problem, why it did not stop sales immediately and why the manufacturer will not just fix the issue. I also understand that the vehicles within the VIN range that are on Nissan dealer lots are being sent back to have the engines replaced. Next, a problem at 1500 miles with the transmission occurred. The vehicle experienced problems in shifting and maintain gear. This resulted in the service engine light illuminating and the dealer 'getting a part' to fix it. I would like to know what the issue is with the transmission that had only 1500 miles on it to malfunction.