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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 129 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 1
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.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 2
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. .

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 13
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 14
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 15
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

The vehicle listed above went in for a oil change three weeks prior to the incident date listed above. Two weeks after the oil change the oil indicator began to flash, calling the mechanic instructed for the car to be brought in for inspection. The mechanic noticed that a excessive amount of oil was consumed, the mechanic further notice that there was no leak under or around the vehicle to lose oil, coming to the conclusion that the engine had consumed all of the oil. He proceeded to put more oil in the car. A week later I noticed that the engine began to knock, that the engine had been damaged. I proceeded to look to see if there was any recalls on the vehicle listed above. . Read more...

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 03/11/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that the vehicle exhibited excessive oil consumption. The contact spoke with the manufacturer regarding NHTSA recall campaign id number: 06v223000 (engine and engine cooling) and was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 93,000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 12/15/2012

Recently the engine blew on my Altima. It had been function properly and received regular maintenance since its purchase date roughly 6 months ago with about 74,000 miles. The catalytic converter failed and overheated at around 78,000 miles. Currently it is burning through about 3 liters of oil a week. Because of the damage caused by catalytic converter, the engine is no longer serviceable.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 11/23/2012

Suddenly starting using 1 qt. Oil every 600 miles. No leaks, no smoke, no check engine light ever came on. Took it to my local Nissan dealership. They said oil consumption was from catalytic converter breaking down and getting sucked into engine absorbing the oil and scoring lower engine (cylinder block walls), thus causing oil blow by. They recommend catalytic converter and engine replacement at $5,000 dollars. There is a history of these converter failures from 2002 in Nissan products. My local dealer said my vehicle wasn't on recall. The biggest concern in this matter was that check engine light never came on and had I'd gone another 1000 miles this car could have seized up on the interstate.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 10/09/2012

I bought Nissan Altima 2003 on August 20 2012. I drove it around 800 miles and did oil change at lube express they changed oil at 67290 miles, after driving for around 200 miles car was making wiered noice from engine. I got help of a local mechanic, he confirmed that there was no engine oil in the car !!! he put full 5 quart engine oil. I again got it inspected at lube express, they also confirmed there was no leakage. The third refill does not last for long. After 3 days again 5 quart engine oil was disappeared from engine. I again got it inspected at Nissan dealership on 10/09/2012 they also confirmed that there was no oil leaks and they did burning oil consumption test, again there was no engine oil in the car. They had suggested me to change entire engine!!!. I can not drive car at all. The engine may caught fire !!! I surfed lot of websites and found that in Nissan Altima 2003, lots of people have experienced the problem and it had occured after 60,000 miles I. E. After warranty expires and same happened with me as well. I complained at Nissan but they replied that they can not do anything since warranty expires. Problem in Altima occures after original warranty expires!!!! Nissan is selling cars which can cause serious accidents and I want to stop this. Problem in engine occures after warranty expires. Please help since this may case loss of life and serious accidents. Nissan can not escape from its social responsibility since they are selling junk cars to americans. I can provide lot of website and blogs to prove that Nissan sold 2003-altima with faulty engines. They must recall Altima 2. 5l - 2003 and they must find amicable solution for this problem. I know that I am at a big loss but my effort will help to save lot of lives who are driving Nissan cars on highways with huge risk. I trust in god and law of the united states of America. Thanks, kalpit.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 09/15/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. An independent mechanic was performing a diagnostic test on the vehicle to determine what cause the check engine light to illuminate; he stated that the exhaust and the catalytic converter were defective. The vehicle was also consuming oil excessively. The mechanic informed the contact the vehicle needed a new catalytic converter system, 3rd such repair. Oxygen sensors, a new ecm reflash and a new engine the 1st catalyst had apparently cause parts to be sucked into the engine which subsequently led to the failure of additional converters and engine oil consumption . The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that he would have to pay to have the vehicle repaired. The vehicle is having a remanuafactured engine, catalyst and sensors replaced at a cost of nearly $3000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 07/31/2012

My car has been burning oil at a very fast rate, the check engine light has turned on, and my gas has lowered. My check oil light has never turned on, not even once in the 2 years that I have owned it.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 07/23/2012

My 2006 Nissan Altima 2. 5 sl appears to be part of a recall (ntb06-028) for excessive oil consumption. The car began exhibiting the symptoms of the recall concerning excessive oil burning at 120k miles in late June 2012. The problem started suddenly, burning one quart every 600 miles and with in two weeks one quart every 300-350 miles. Throughout my ownership of the car the vehicle had always been properly maintained at my local Nissan dealer. At 138k miles the vehicle began making a noise that sounded like a bag trapped underneath the car. Just after arriving home, the car exploded in thick, black smoke that billowed from under the hood and into the vehicle through the vents. Recall campaign id number: 06v223000 clearly states that, ?certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2. 5l engines may experience excessive oil consumption?. The extreme consequence of this problem is engine damage and fire. According to my records the recall was performed on the car on 4/24/08 at my local dealership however my initial contact at Nissan corporate said that the car was not a part of the recall. Later, another representative said that the recall was performed on 4/26/06 (this predates the NHTSA a preliminary defect report). After multiple phone calls and conversations I am extremely disappointed that Nissan will not accept any responsibility for the faulty recall fix.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 07/14/2012

My car began to shake uncontrollably and my check engine light started to flash. I've brought it into a shop 3x now and they can't seem to find the problem so my car has been sitting in my driveway since the incident. My oil is burning at an extreme rate. I only drive max. Maybe 20 miles in 2 days and keep having to put 2qts. Of oil in my car. It's smoking really bad too. I keep paying for labor when the problem hasn't been solved. I found the following on Nissanhelp. Com: ntb03-070c safety recall campaign -revised- 2002-2003 Nissan Altima, 2002-2004 sentra; voluntary recall campaign engine exhaust pipe hanger pin and pre-catalyst for 2002-2003 model year Altimas and 2002-2004 model year sentras, there is a possibility that certain engine operating conditions may cause damage to the pre-catalyst. Material from inside a damaged pre-catalyst could enter the engine and result in increased oil consumption. If the engine oil level is not checked on a periodic basis and drops below the low level, and the driver continues to operate the vehicle ignoring noticeable engine noise, engine damage may occur which could result in a fire. I don't know what to do. I keep paying money, but no one seems to fix the problem and I need a car.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 07/05/2012

My car burns a quart of oil a month at least, were is it going its to much to be evap from loose rings and my gaskets are good and I cant just keep changing catalytic converter 1 a month also my clutch doesn't seem to hold pressure it stays pretty sloppy and sometimes starts grabbing real low.

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