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 16 of 22)

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problem #140

Feb 152012


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission failed and would cause the vehicle to jerk violently. The failure was so severe that when shifting gears, the contact believed that the vehicle was crashed into from the rear. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was advised that the transmission gears were destroyed. The failure mileage was 94,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Bolling Green , KY, USA

problem #139

Apr 102012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Car clunks going into reverse at times and slips gears often.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #138

Apr 082012


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle violently jerked when shifting gears and when decelerating. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact also stated that the transmission was previously replaced once under warranty. The failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #137

Apr 282012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Time: 1630 hrs; place: Arlington, tx; temp: 90 degrees; traffic stop and go for an hour on highway 121. After continuous depression of the clutch to drive vehicle in traffic at less than 5 mph the clutch resistance fell to nothing and the clutch pedal stayed to the floor. I was able to make my way out of the congested traffic using 5th and 6th gear while trying to avoid all stops. I was able to make it to a convenience store and after 30 minutes there was barely enough clutch pressure to put my vehicle in gear to get back on the highway to drive home. At my exit again I had no clutch pressure and had to pull into another convenience store. I called for a tow truck and after waiting for 20 minutes the was clutch pressure to drive home, only 1 mile away. I cancelled the tow. This morning I now have full pressure and the vehicle drives like normal. I have researched the internet and found other Nissan Maxima's and Altima's with the same exact problem. This is not a one vehicle incident!!! there is definitely something wrong with the clutch system in hot weather, stop and go traffic. This situation needs to be looked at.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #136

Nov 122011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When my Nissan shifts from first to second the engine races and no increase in speed. When it shifts from third to fourth gear there is a hard shift and jerking. When you come to a complete stop the car will not shift and the engine just races.

- Festus, MO, USA

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problem #135

Apr 192012


  • 64,000 miles
With only 64,000 miles on a 2005 Maxima the transmission started to shift hard from 1st to 2nd. The transmission would slip while shifting into subsequent gears causing the engine to race +/- 2000rpm until fully engaged. The car was driven directly to the dealer a distance of approx 6 miles. The service department stated that the transmission needed to be replaced with a cost estimate of $4500. It appears that there have been numerous complaints about this transmission. The owner contacted Nissan customer support is waiting for a return call.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #134

Apr 192011


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE. The contact stated the transmission jerked and popped while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that they could not duplicate the failure. They were unable to diagnose a failure, but the motor mounts were replaced. The failure continued. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer, but the contact planned on taking it to an independent transmission shop for further examination. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 116,800.

- Mt. Juliet, TN, USA

problem #133

Oct 112011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving 25 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle would jerk forward and if driven over 25 mph the vehicle would not shift into the next gear. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. No repairs had been performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #132

Jan 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
When I am at a stop and get ready to accelerate the car jerks and sometime does not want to move....or moves slowly and the engine begins to rev up. It also has issues with stalling and downshifting when driving.

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #131

Jan 182012


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle started jerking and knocking, causing the transmission to seize. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who completed a transmission flush but the transmission continued to fail. The dealer inspected the vehicle a second time and advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. There were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 103,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #130

Jul 182011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Began experiencing issue with the transmission at about 75,000 miles. First noticed that when shifting from park into reverse or drive there was a lag of a few seconds and then a noticable surge into gear. Then noticed an occasional (non-driver created) revving of rpms in between gears 1 and 2 and from 2 to 3. the transmission doen't appear to know which gear to engage to. These symptoms progressed over time until I satarted experiencing heavy impact like shifts between gears while in motion. The transmission will get suspended in between gears which causes an overly rapid increase in RPM's from 2000-22000 to well above 4500 until I can remove my foot from the gas (this is not from aggressive accelerator manipulation by the driver but an abnormal increase in RPM's from the transmission gear issues). I have noticed the RPM's are not stable when idling (often idles higher than normal) or with no accelerator pressure as well. Took the car to a repair shop and they pulled the codes from the computer which indicated the transmission was begining to fail. The flushed/replaced the transmission fluid and indicated it could be weeks, months or "maybe" longer but the transmission will ultimately fail. Online research indicates the transmission valve body is the culprit but also the ECM and transmission grounding are also probable contributors. Due to the violent nature on the transmission issues it sounds as though the engine mounts may be cracked as well. This is clearly a manufacturing fault, provides a dangerous situation for the operator, passenger and other drivers. I am surprised that there have not been accidents associated with this due to the instability of the transmission and RPM issues and believe this should be considered for recall.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #129

Mar 302012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Started out jerking hard when going from reverse to drive, began to hesitate between gear changes, and eventually shake. Took it to mechanic and was told the transmission needed rebuilt as well as the motor mounts needed to be replaced because of transmission issue. Did online research and discovered more incidents of the same thing and that it is a bad valve body. Contacted Nissan and was directed to a dealer that gave me the run around and when that didn't work refused to see my car because it has 102K miles and they only see cars with 100K or less.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #128

Mar 092011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Transmission went out. Online there were a bunch of issues and lot of the transmission shops said they always replace Nissan transmissions from this specific model. So I decided to write on here and see.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #127

Apr 042012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I recently purchased an 05 Maxima with 107,000 miles on it. The next day I heard a loud ticking from engine. My tensioners are failing an estimated $2000 repair. In the same day upon acceleration my wheel jerked violently, a sign of a failing transmission. $3000+ this is ridiculous. This is absolutely criminal that a recall has not been initiated by Nissan.this is a problem for thousands of people, and a severe risk to the safety of the driver. I will be contacting every available newspaper and news Agency in my area and will try to contact national news agencies this is absolutely atrocious. I beg other Nissan owners to make this a problem for Nissan that wont go away until proper actions are taken.

- Dillsboro, IN, USA

problem #126

Jul 302010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Transmission jumps and skips around 30 -45 mph when hot does not won't to drive at all. At the start U put in drive it doesn't do anything the sharply jumps into gear.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #125

Sep 012011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked while changing gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #124

Jan 152012


  • 109,798 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 35 mph when there was an increase in the engine rpms and the vehicle switched gears without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the transmission and motor mounts needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,798 and the current mileage was 109,993.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #123

Dec 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 35 miles
I am told that I am experiencing problems with my transmission and engine. After careful research, and two mechanic opinions it has been told to me that Nissan knew that they had problems with this model of Maxima and has not owned up to this problem. Neither have they recalled or trying right their wrong. These items are the life of the car. I have also checked the reviews on and there are several owners of this same car that have had the same issues and complaints. I would like to know what measures can be taken against Nissan for them own up to these defective components. It will hurt them in the long run if they do not. I will certainly make sure that the world knows about this and do not even attempt to purchase a Nissan. I only wish I had done this before I purchased this car.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #122

Jan 012012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge abnormally when shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #121

Jul 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I have a 2005 Maxima and I am having very bad transmission issues. When I take off it jerks real bad between 1st and 2nd gear and then when I am slowing down about to come to a stop it also kicks and jerks real bad when it gears down to 1st and 2nd and sometimes it just wont go at all..and then when I sit there a min and put my car from park to drive it hesitates for atleast 7 to 10 secs. And then jumps real bad and then goes into usually does all this when the car is hot. I bought my Maxima 18 months back, used. I started noticing this about 8 months back when there was a very evident lag in shifting and then only during park<>reverse<>drive. This was at around 95,000 miles and when I bought it had 87,000. Now it has become worse to a point where it is very unsafe to drive. We have a 2 yr old daughter who always has to be transported to day care and home in this car. Now I am unable to sell it because no body would pay even 25% of what I bought the car for and we are left with no choice but to drive this until it fails even though it is very dangerous to drive this car. Please have Nissan help me fix this car or better recall these transmissions. Please please please help fix my car. Thanks.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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