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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,693 miles

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2002 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 38,464 miles


Purchased 2002 Nissan Maxima with under 30K miles 11/09. At 35K miles had transmission serviced. Now the transmission is completely shot at 38K miles. Nissan is refusing to admit a defect or a fault when there are over 100K complaints online to various websites and their customer service is pathetic and offensive. The vehicle has lost 3rd and 4th gear and is losing 2nd slowly but sureley. The transmission needs to be replaced yet Nissan is denying the claim because of the year it is. A quick search of google tells me that 2002-2006 Nissan Maximas have horrible transmission issues. This should be escalated to a recall due to the dangers of having the transmission drop out or having it catch fire which will happen if I continue to drive my car the way it is. I cannot afford a $2500 transmission with the economy the way it is. Something needs to be done to make this right.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 062009


  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE. I bought my car used with 98,000 miles on it. For the first year it was great but then it just started going down hill. When I would slow down a little bit to about 10 mph and then press on the gas the car would buck. When I would go in reverse and stop and put it in drive the would not go into gear for about 5 seconds and when it would finally go into gear it would make the car buck. Then things just kept getting worse and worse. The car would buck in every up-shift and every down shift. Finally the other day I was driving and it wouldn't even hit 3rd gear the engine would just rev up and then bang into gear. Now the other day it wont even go into 3rd gear it will just rev until I manually put it into 3rd. The reason I am putting this complaint in is because I have been looking for a new transmission on online forums and basically everyone with the same car is having the same exact problems!! please make something happen with this. It has to be a factory defect.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine broke down on a 2002 niacin maxim & could not steer car correctly. It could not go without weaving back & forth, even though there is only 15,000. Miles on car & it is regularly serviced & maintained greatly (e.g. kept in garage, never left unlock, etc.)there could have been serious consequences & involved a $900. Repair bill, for which niacin did nothing to compensate for or apologize for. If I had not had aaa tow it to the dealer, there would have surely been a terrible accident. Fortunately, this occurred at night & I had I only 3 blocks to get it home when there weren't any cars the road.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 062003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle was parked on an incline it rolled backwards a couple inches before consumer was able to press the accelerator.

- Great Neck, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Feb 2, 2002 my Maxima was parked on my driveway (on a slight hill) my husband's truck was parked behind it. I was atempting to move my car forward. I put the car in drive and pressed the gas pedal. Car jerked backwards damaging both vehicles. I immediately looked down at the gear shift and it was in the drive position. I had my car towed back to the dealership where they found nothing wrong with my car. Currently I am trying to work with corporate nissian to resolve this situation.

- Canton, GA, USA

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