Engine Burning Oil Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 139 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Altima based on all problems reported for the Altima.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 05/10/2018

Excessive oil consumption at 120k plus miles. The last two or three oil changes my car has required an unusual amount of oil. I've checked a few online forums and this appears to be an issue with Nissan vehicles. I had an oil change today and I confirmed that my engine oil was low and this was after 4k miles between changes.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

My 2006 Nissan Altima 2. 5l base consumes approx. 1 quart of oil every 200 miles, there are no leaks so I am assuming it is burning oil I have checked various sites including Nissan,NHTSA and it shows no open recalls, my car only has 139000 miles, I have owned various makes of auto over my 47 yrs of driving and never ran into a problem like this!.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 11/10/2017

Every 100 miles car start burning oil to fast. . Engine start running slow. . Check engine light start blinking on and off.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 11/01/2017

Burning too much oil , had to add 3 to 4 quarts of oil between oil change. . . Piston ring problem causing misfire while on the highway every 2 months causing spark plugs burnt out.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 06/09/2017

Took our 2002 Nissan Altima in to Nissan for a recall repair (2003 recall for exhaust / catalytic converter issues) - recall states if engine is damaged, that it will be replaced. Engine has been destroyed due to catalytic converter failure. Nissan has acknowledged the recall and damage and indicated the engine would be replaced. This car was purchased lat year by my daughter, we were unaware of the recall until increasing oil consumption became extreme. I contacted steven's creek Nissan and they confirmed the recall repairs had never been completed. I was told to bring the car in for the repairs. I was very explicit in the description of the oil consumption as well as metallic residue on components - (I had replaced the cam / crank position sensors when the engine began to run rough - they both had a grey paste residue on them). Nissan acknowledged the engine was indeed damaged and needed to be replaced. After having the car for nearly 2 months, I received a call advising they did not have the parts anymore and would need to use aftermarket parts. They gave me a phone number to the Nissan consumer affairs, who authorized the aftermarket parts. Multiple times, Nissan called to say they had the parts and the repair would be complete by the end of the next week. This never happened. After another month passed, Nissan called to say they didnt have the proper tools to replace the engine. I went to Nissan and observed the car had not moved or had any work done at all since it was dropped off in June. Nissan has called back again and advised they are unable to do the repair and that I should come pick the car up as is and try some other dealership. Nissan has had this vehicle since 06/09/17. Nissan has had this car for 5 months and has not begun the recall repair.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 05/13/2017

Takata recall engine was remanufactured April 4th, 2012. Engine burning oil, more then likely catayltic converter, throwing codes. Cost around 5,000. Engine having symptoms. . . Again, for the same thing. Nissan offered to diagnose for free, but states the warranty period is over. Also found that the engine was used, by source other then the dealership. Would like someone to honor this recall, as in 2012 it should have been replaced for free upon recall. Is there anything anyone can do to help the situation? car began shaking, and losing power, on the road, had the car towed home. 25,000 miles on the reconditioned engine, oil blowing, 4 quarts in 3 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

Excessive oil consumption engine damage can occur and in extreme cases result in an engine fire. I have to replaced engine and I still having issues sped over $5000 in repairs.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

Consuming or burning a lot of oil. Had to add about a quart of oil every 300 miles. It takes longer to shift and does not have power going uphill. Hard 1-2 shift.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Everything I have had to replace/repair on this car is linked to recalls, but Nissan is denying this & refusing to help. They said my vehicle was not part of any recalls but everything that's failing is related. It has died on me in the middle of highway traffic w/ my child in the car several times. This car is defective & no one from Nissan is concerned!!!! butterfly screw/valve issues, cam/crank shaft issues--related to engine cooling, high oil consumption; alternator failing; oil leaking.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2012 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. When the air conditioner was turned on, the smell of burning oil was noticed. In addition, the vehicle vibrated when started and would not switch into gear properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 77,000.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 07/19/2015

Excessive oil consumption on my Nissan Altima 2. 5l 2006. From what I've read this is a common problem with the 2. 5l engine which could result in engine fire.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 03/01/2015

Purchased vehicle pre-owned,seller appeared honest & truthful about the vehicle,however after about 2 weeks of ownership I noticed high oil consumption,probably about a quart a week,,didnt think much about it,except that I probably have bad rings,or leaking intake valves/seals and would require costly engine repair. My daughter came home one day and mentioned the car wouldnt go over 15 mph,so I took it for a ride & as she said,intermittantly the vehicle would only go 15-20 mph,rendering the car unsafe to drive,,when I got back with the car I opened the hood only to see the front catalytic converter was glowing bright orange and no exhaust exiting the tailpipe,,,I know enough about cars to know that can only mean the converter is clogged solid,,,,inquired at a local Nissan dealer what the warranty was on the the cat and they said it was 8 yrs,80k miles,,,did some research on the web and find out theres a recall on it,the cat coming apart & pieces of it getting sucked up into the intake causing catastrophic engine damage,,,Nissan was replacing the cats,installing heat shields,and replacing engines to to the defect of the cat,,,,,dealer says he cant help me,,,,,check the web,its an ongoing problem with the Altimas as well as the sentras,,,this is something that Nissan knows is an issue and should take care of this. .

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 12/15/2014

Vehicle is exhibiting excessive oil consumption as described in ntb06-028 (described below) and covered under Nissan motors recall number 06v223000. 1-quart of oil needs to be added to engine after approximately 300 to 500 miles of travel or every month to maintain level in the safe dipstick 'l to h' level. Initial phone contact with Nissan motors representative at 1-800-647-7261 resulted in being informed that since vehicle is not in VIN recall range, Nissan cannot do anything. Worry is that if engine oil level is inadvertently neglected, an engine fire could result while driving the vehicle. Recall summary: certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2. 5l engines may experience excessive engine oil consumption as a result of improper performance of the piston rings. Consequence: if the oil is not maintained at least at the minimum level, engine damage can occur and in extreme cases result in an engine fire.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 11/06/2014

My car is burning 3 quarts of oil evry 2 weeks. . I tryd replacing parts. . Using different oil. . Nothing works. . I looked online to get some ideas of what the problem might be. . But most people with the same model have the same problem and still haven't found a answer.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 07/28/2014

I was traveling at highway speed when my "check engine" light came on. I was approxiamtely 2-3 miles from my highway exit and less than 4 miles from my apartment. A minute or two later I heard a loud thud from my engine compartment. A vehicle came alongside of my vehicle and waved for me to pull over, indicating that my vehicle was on fire or smoking. I pulled over to the side of the road, which happened to also within yards of my exit. I exited my vehicle and popped my hood as my engine compartment was smoking. My engine was on fire and proceeded to burn as I called 911 and a wrecker service. It appears that a connecting rod was liberated and exited the front of the engine block while I was traveling at highway speed. This caused catasrophic engine failure and oil venting from the engine that landed on the hot surfaces ignited and burnt the engine harnesses, drive shaft boots and other plastic and rubber components in close proximity. It was determined by a mechanic that the pre-cat header lost catyst material and was ingested into the engine during the overlap cycle of the cam timing. This destroyed the internal surfaces of the piston chamber, thus leading to oil consumption and engine recipricating component failure. GMC/Nissan demaagd (battle creek, mi) who had sold me the vehicle used with approximately 95,000 miles on it in August 2013 (only 10 months earlier) would not cover any of the repairs and estimated $7,000 for a new engine and $3,850 for a used engine. I am exceptionally disappointed that Nissan would not assist with the repair of this vehicle, which is obvsioulsy the result of a design flaw as the internet is ful of similar issues with this model, make and year.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 06/23/2014

Tl * the contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated and lost power. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the pre-catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle had excessive oil consumption, and was making the catalytic converter failure worst. In addition, the contact mentioned that the vehicle had experienced the exact failure related to NHTSA campaign number: 03v084000 (engine and engine cooling)the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage 85,655 and the current mileage was 86,100.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 06/23/2014

This was not an accident but a manufacturer fault. The engine is burning excessive amounts of oil to the tune of 1 qt per 200 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

Engine stalls at some times, car shut off while waiting at a stop light. It just dies right in the middle of traffic. I get turn the engine off and start it again,had several problems cranking. Checked for diagnosis codes but did not get any faulty codes. I try to speak with Nissan about it, its always the same thing. . . Ecm relay campaign had been reprogrammed and that's all we can do also engine was burning excessive oil and felt hard drive on this vehicle.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 03v251000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the service engine warning lamp remained illuminated. The contact also stated that the oil was constantly low and had to be refilled. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who replaced the 02 sensor, but the failure recurred. While traveling, the vehicle hesitated and the contact had to apply the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal to keep the vehicle from stalling. The contact was not able to get the vehicle to restart after exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer who diagnosed that the pre-catalyst overheated, which caused the catalyst substrate particles to flow into the engine. The mechanic also diagnosed that the cylinder walls failed causing oil consumption, which leaked into the spark plugs causing damages. The engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and would not provide a remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

The Cadillac convertor below threshold light came on then afterwards it got sucked up into engine and caused the engine to burn oil redicolously fast causing me to buy hundreds of dollars in oil and oil changes. Now the engine doesn't run right it seems and needs to replaced among with Cadillac convertor.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Nissan Altima 2. 5 auto transmission. Nearly killed me. Car suddenly went to 20 mph on the interstate in heavy traffic with 18-wheel 30 ton vehicle behind me. Burns oil like crazy. Put in better synthetic oil, burns faster. Had the car die on the interstate at 75mph right in front of an 18-wheeler. Could have died. Could have been killed by the Nissan corporation. Know any good lawyers? this is really dangerous, Nissan should recall and replace this engine. Replaced catalytic converter, O2 sensor, pre-catalytic converter, spark plugs, some other related stuff. Burns oil even faster than before. Completely ran out of oil in 300 miles. I am trying 10-40 oil to see if the oil burning problem will slow down. Car only has 125000 miles on it. Complete pos. Never buy a Nissan, I never will again. This was my first, only 125k on it. I am used to selling perfectly good Ford and vws at 250k miles. On the internet most people fail the pre-cat and catalytic converter by 95000 miles, then overheat and blow the entire engine. Cars stopping suddenly at 75 miles an hour are going to kill people. Since Nissan is well aware, this is pre-meditated murder. Other symptoms: no power, no acceleration, no response by Nissan dealer. Nissan "service" is a joke. Never take a car to Nissan for repairs. Unrelated sign of really really bad engineering: paint is falling off car. Never had that happen to a car before, I have a 14 year old Ford with 240k and the original paint job, even though it is not garaged.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 12/02/2013

I am a collage student and I bought a 2003 Nissan Altima I always like this car but I got a shock in my life the first week to school I saw the engine light blinking when I check there is no oil I odd 3 quart and it fill to the h level the next week it went to below low level I only got this car 3 weeks only and I almost used one gal oil can any one do any thing about the problem the car do not smoke it just burn the oil.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

While my son was driving, the engine began missing and started to smoke. At the same time the heater quit producing heat. The check engine light came on. Engine diagnostics indicated cylinder # 4 misfire. Took to independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the engine was destroyed by failed catalyst in the pre- catalyst. Oil had fouled the missing cylinder's spark plug. The engine oil level was full and there had no previous indication of oil consumption, but the oil was found to contain coolant. These cars are popular for parents to purchase for teenagers and appear to be hazardous. Nhtsa campaign id number: 03v084000 indicated that this pre-catalyst issue was a fire hazard back in 2003. It appears whatever was done in this recall did not solve the problem. This failure seems to be fairly common occurrence.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

Catalytic converter broke down and particals caused internal wear to the motor. That causes the motor to burn oil.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 08/19/2013

The vehicle has a defective catalytic converter that goes bad very quickly which results into junk being sucked into the engine. Eventually the engine gets blown or burns oil at an alarming rate. Everyone with the 2002 Nissan Altima has this problem and Nissan refuses to accept responsibility and make a recall. Nissan simply charges us thousands to replace the engine multiple times which of courses does not fix the problem.


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