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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,264 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 14 of 22)

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problem #180

Jun 042012


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle jerked forward abnormally. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at different speeds and while at a complete stop. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #179

Dec 102010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the vehicle stalled. The vehicle restarted but failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnose that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages was 62,000.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #178

Aug 202012


  • 80,222 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima with serious transmission problems. 1. there is a major delay after the shift lever is put in drive 2. between 1st to 2nd gears the car clunks and jerks into gear causing the tires screech 3. after about one hour of driving and I come to a stop, the car will not to move or respond as it should. I can be at 3000 RPM at a stop sign and the car will just creep along until it builds up speed. If I don't let off of the gas after speed starts building up to 20 mph, it well club and jerk into gear almost causing the car will to turn out of control.

- Chester, SC, USA

problem #177

Aug 032012


  • 1,300,000 miles


I was stopped at a red light and when light turned green, I started forward, car moved and then just revved. Car behind me had to slam on brakes to avoid hitting me. Car was moving and then when it should have shifted, it froze. Was terrified to drive it after that.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #176

Jul 012011


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 2 mph when the engine exhibited a loud, abnormal noise and the vehicle refused to accelerate. The check engine light was also illuminated and the vehicle became hard to shift. The vehicle was inspected by a local mechanic who stated that failure was related to the valve body. The dealer was notified and suggested to have the transmission replaced.the manufacturer was made aware of failure and advised to have vehicle inspected by the dealer. The current mileage was 81,000. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Chandler, TX, USA

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problem #175

Aug 092011


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle began to jerk excessively. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who inspected the failure and advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Ashland , VA, USA

problem #174

Mar 092012


  • 155,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 60 mph when the vehicle began to jerk and change gears independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The transmission was flushed however the failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 155,000 and the current mileage was 160,000.

- Fleming, GA, USA

problem #173

Jul 072012


  • 79,562 miles
Car revs up on its own, also slips when accelerating I parked the car and gear would slam when shift from park to drive, reverse and whenever shifted told it is due to a bad body valve which is a very common problem for the 2004 thru 2006 Nissan Maxima and other Nissan models.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #172

Jul 262012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased my vehicle and the power train was fine. I started having problems when my vehicles shifts. It makes hard jerks when shifting and the rpms rev up uncontrollably. I got online to research for recalls and have yet found one but what I did find is numerous reports of the same exact problem I'm having. This is a very dangerous situation. I contacted Nissan Corp. To see why there is no recalls with so many people obviously having the same issue. I was told that NHTSA deals with all recalls. There is also a class action lawsuit coming together on this issue. I'm just trying to make it know that so many of us are having to pay thousands of dollars to have this issue with our transmissions corrected. This has got to be a defect in this certain year, make, and model. Please help with this situation before someone gets seriously injured or killed. I have three small children that ride in this vehicle. I worry everytime I drive with them that something terrible is going to happen. I feel Nissan should be completely responsible for this. Thank you for your time and consideration that it takes to look into situations like this. It is deeply appreciated.

- Braxton, MS, USA

problem #171

Aug 072012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Transmission slips, jerks and goes in and out of gear while driving. Shifts hard in the lower gears after it warms up, slips and engine reving during shifts, slamming hard when slowing down, and delays when placing in gear.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #170

Mar 072012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


When beginning to accelerate, transmission slipped. Issue worsened when accelerating or decelerating rapidly. Fluids changed regularly. Problem was intermittent at first. Has now become recurring. Upon review, it appears to be wide spread throughout the 2005 and 2006 year model with the aisin re5F22A 5 speed automatic transmission.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #169

Aug 012012


  • 78,000 miles
Hello : I am having problems when I shift into and out of gear. There's a big clunk sound, it goes and comes. I love Nissan I had 3 in my life and this is my fourth and by far the worse one so far please recall this problem ppl don't have the time nor money to spend on a problem that should have been fixed.

- Windsor , CT, USA

problem #168

Jul 312012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 96,100 miles
Experienced hard jerky shifts while driving and when shifting between drive and reverse gears.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #167

Jun 012009


  • 85,000 miles
Transmission jerky and slipping despite being well maintained. Stalled in middle of intersection and other times making unsafe. Transmission replaced. 50,000 miles later, same exact problem. Transmission must be replaced. Unsafe car to drive. Must be defective design.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #166

Jul 102012


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving 65 mph the vehicle jerked before stalling. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where the dealer performed a diagnostic test and confirmed there was a faulty transmission that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not drivable. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #165

Jan 242012


  • 90,000 miles
I bought 05 Nissan Maxima 3 years ago!! it start having transmission problems when I was under warranty I took the car back to Nissan dealership they said its motor mount problem!! I got new motor mounts and nothing happened! having the same problem as I got out of the warranty I went back to Nissan dealership for same problem and they said its transmission problem that it jerks going from 2nd to 3rd gear and same when going back from 3rd to 2nd gear!! dealer said it would cost $3500 to fix it!!! I called corporate office with the problem they said after 3 days that they cant help bc its out of warranty! I still owe $5000 on the car and making payments I cant afford to get the transmission replaced!!

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #164

Dec 202011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the transmission began to slip out of gear. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the recurring failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000....updated 08-03-12

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #163

Jun 122012


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle experienced a very hard jerk while shifting into the next gear. The contact also stated that the vehicle sometimes experienced difficulty starting. The dealer was notified and stated that there were no recalls or warranties covering the failure. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the contact should take the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnosis. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #162

May 062012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly shifted in and out of gear, especially third gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Mint Hill, NC, USA

problem #161

Feb 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,300 miles
Transmission is slipping, especially at low speeds and when putting car into or out of reverse. When the transmission slips out of drive the engine revs and there is a sudden jerk. The car also jerks whenever switching from reverse to drive. The transmission failures are becoming more frequent. The car has 70K+ miles and research shows that transmission failure is a common problem with this car at this mileage.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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