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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,605 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 18 of 23)

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problem #105

Jul 012011

Maxima

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle began to jerk while driving approximately 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic test and the technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Haverhill, FL, USA

problem #104

Feb 012012

Maxima

  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle fails to shift form 1st to 2nd gear smoothly sometime jerks sometime revs rpms until reaches gear. Also has problems shifting from park to 1st and reverse to 1st - extreme jerking.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #103

Jan 182011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima (build date of 08/04) has 77000 miles and has started showing signs of what may be serious transmission problems that include the following: 1. takes about 5 seconds to click into gear after the shift lever is put in "D" 2. very hard jerky shifts between 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st and accompanied by loud clunking noise. 3. transmission slips out of gear during regular driving allowing the engine to rev freely then jerking back into gear with a loud clunk. Then followed by a burnt oil / electrical type smell that gets inside the car and evident outside after stopping. 4. engine mounts have been replaced due to this problem and Nissan dealer refuse to help knowing this problem occurs with their Maxima.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #102

Dec 302011

Maxima

  • 99,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact attempted to accelerate from a complete stop but the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic advised the contact that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 99,200.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #101

Jan 232009

Maxima

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while shifting gears, there would be a five second delay before the vehicle actually shifted into the selected gear. The contact also stated that the vehicle would violently jerk while driving 25 to 30 mph. There would also be an increase in the engine rpms. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 93,000.

- Stafford, VA, USA

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problem #100

Jan 092012

Maxima

  • 91,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting the vehicle, the check engine warning light was illuminated. In addition, while attempting to shift between first and second gears, the contact heard a loud clunking noise and the vehicle would violently jerk. The contact was awaiting a service appointment with the dealer. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The current mileage was 92,000 and the failure mileage was 91,700.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #99

Oct 052011

Maxima

  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 20 mph, the transmission failed to shift properly with extreme hesitation. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the valve body and solenoid would need to be replaced within the transmission. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Henagar , AL, USA

problem #98

Dec 052011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving in 40's and suddenly my transmission gets stuck. It wont go down or up.and sudddenly when it does it gives me a huge jerk. This can be a dangerous problem which can cause serious accidents. Looking at all the forums in the internet seems like almost all the Nissan users of (2004 to 2006) are facing the same problem. There has to some kind of recall that all these customers have to get.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #97

Apr 012011

Maxima

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when shifting gears from park to reverse, and when driving approximately 30 mph or less, the vehicle would jerk hard. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they were unable to diagnose the failure but after test driving the vehicle, the mechanic advised the contact that the transmission was defective. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Speens, MS, USA

problem #96

Jul 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Accelerating from a stop the transmission will violently jerk when shifting from first to second gear. In addition, slowing the vehicle down to a stop the transmission jerks violently changing gears from first to second. Shifting from park to drive the transmission will not engage immediately and after approximately 7 to 10 seconds the vehicle lunges as the transmission finally engages. The problems occur after the vehicle has been driven for several miles and the engine is warm. This problem presented itself just after 60,000 miles. Searching the internet reveals hundreds of other owners experiencing the same hazardous problem.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #95

Jan 122011

Maxima

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While attempting to shift into second gear, the contact heard a loud knocking noise. Also when she attempted to shift between gears the vehicle would stall. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer had not been notified. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 130,000 and the failure mileage was 110,000.

- Granite Falls, NC, USA

problem #94

Jan 012011

Maxima

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when shifting from first to second gear, the vehicle would jerk violently. In addition, when shifting to fifth gear, the shifter became stuck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Export , PA, USA

problem #93

Jan 072012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Maxima which I absolutely love! but about two months ago I started to experience problems with the transmission. After the car was warmed up and I have been driving it for about 20 min.S or so the transmission would act up when I was between 2 and 3 rpms and would either rev the engine or take about 5 to 10 seconds before shifting gears with a rough clunk noise and a hard jerk. The same thing happens when I go from drive to reverse it would take a while and then make a rough jerk before changing gears. I feel this is a safety hazard because you never know when the car will accelerate on its own or thrust into another car when changing gears abruptly.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #92

Jun 232011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 139,139 miles
My car is a used 2005 Nissan Maxima SE 4 door and I have around 139,139 miles on the car. I got the car in March of 2011 and after two months the car started jerking. The jerking happens when I put my car from park to reverse or when I'm driving the car slips from the 1-2nd gear and causes a huge jerk like the car is getting rear ended. From some extended web searching I see that this is not only going on in my car but this seems like a recall on this vehicle would be necessary.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #91

Oct 042011

Maxima

  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Maxima sl. At about 65000 miles I started to experience problems with my transmission. When changing the gear from park to drive the car would violently kick back and forth. The same would occur when ever the car transitioned between the 5 gears. I have researched this transmission problem online and have also surveyed many local mechanics. I have learned that this is a recurring problem with the 2005 year model. On websites such as "safecar.gov" there are over 300 complaints reported about the same exact issue. I took the car to my local Nissan dealer and they suggested that I contact Nissan headquarters to help find a solution.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #90

Jun 012009

Maxima

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk violently when shifting from first to second gear or when shifting from park to drive. In addition, the vehicle would stall intermittently. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced the transmission. The current mileage was 102,000 and the failure mileage was 75,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #89

Nov 302011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Bought car brand new 9/2005. Car was serviced multiple times and even a Nissan engineer tested steering and suspension. When speed is at 60 mpr, steering wheel shakes. New tires were put on by dealership several times, also. Engineer stated that car was supposed to do that. Well now my car's transmission is acting up. Please note that steering wheel still shakes, too. I did a google search and see that numerous people are having the same issue. This car has to be a lemon. I will be contacting Nissan North America to file a complaint also and request that they repair my car.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #88

Nov 302011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Bought car brand new 9/2005. Car was serviced multiple times and even a Nissan engineer tested steering and suspension. When speed is at 60 mpr, steering wheel shakes. New tires were put on by dealership several times, also. Engineer stated that car was supposed to do that. Well now my car's transmission is acting up. Please note that steering wheel still shakes, too. I did a google search and see that numerous people are having the same issue. This car has to be a lemon. I will be contacting Nissan North America to file a complaint also and request that they repair my car.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #87

Nov 012011

Maxima

  • 100,000 miles
Engine would rev high then bang into gear. Took to aamco/ dealer neither could duplicate. Dealer changed trans fluid. This helped for 5 days. @104,000 miles trans is slipping aggressively and banging into gear.

- Belair, MD, USA

problem #86

Nov 292011

Maxima

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall between shifting gears. The contact called the dealer regarding the failure and was advised by the dealer that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Highland, CA, USA

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