Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima has widespread transmission problems. It starts with the vehicle jerking when shifting, & progresses to full-blown transmission failure.

Maxima owners report spending $3,000 to replace the transmission, typically around when the odometer hits 100,000 miles.

There's a class action lawsuit filed in late 2011, & it is still in the "discovery" stage. Apparently, these things take time ... far too much time.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,991 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 052007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 36,010 miles


Stopped at a local shop, got out of car to mail a letter, car still running, key in the ignition and the doors locked on the car while it was running and no one in the drivers seat. Luckily I did not have my child in the car seat, it was hot and it took me having to get someone to go to my home and retrieve a spare key to open the door. Took it to dealership and because it was 10 miles over the warranty, they would not repair it. I filed a complaint earlier, but never heard a response. This also happened to my 2005 Altima. The doors are not suppose to lock if car is running. This is a hazard and a defect.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 112010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Drivers door lock does not lock/un-lock with remote all the time. Must use key to unlock. Only notice problem with drivers door lock at this time. This failure happens 75% of the time I unlock my vehicle. It appears to always lock, but I do not double check the locking side.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #5

Apr 042010


  • miles
Door lock actuator in 05 Maxima not working properly.

- Boaz, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 022009


  • 45,000 miles


Defective electronic door lock - 2005 Nissan Maxima the electronic door lock, whether actuated from the button on the driver's door or by the key fob, does not lock or unlock the door(s) reliably. This is a potential safety problem. My wife did not even know for several months that the vehicle was not locking when she used the remote key fob. This could have resulted not only in a theft but also a vehicle intrusion by an assailant. I will submit my vehicle idn later.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 112008


  • 89,900 miles
All four door lock actuators failed, no doors can be unlocked or locked via the door switch or the remotes. Very unsafe, can not get children out of back seats without reaching into the back seat through the interior area.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

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problem #2

Jun 202008


  • 40,000 miles
Driver door is not locking. Dealer is saying that the actuators failed and it will cost $400. This happen with 40K miles.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #1

May 282008


  • 32,030 miles
Nissan Maxima 2005 - 2 weeks out of warranty door lock actuator not working.

- Plano, TX, USA

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