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:
86,605 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 19 of 23)

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problem #85

Oct 142011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


While traveling at highway speeds the transmission (automatic) abruptly changed gears into neutral for several seconds and then abruptly went back into gear. This rapid transition between powered and unpowered condition caused the front wheel drive car to swerve abruptly from torque steer.subsequent to this initial event the transmission continued to change gears into and out of drive or fail to engage gears as it changes between gears. On taking this to the dealer they stated the controller needed to be updated and performed this service. Approximately one week after this service the transmission again started randomly changing from a powered condition to neutral at highway and other speeds. The car is currently undrivable due to the torque steer caused by the abrupt changes in the transmission making it unsafe to travel at other then slow speeds.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #84

Apr 272010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima with 105000 miles on it. The transmission shift hard from 1st to 2nd. Also fails to shift into reverse from drive. Down shifts from 3rd to 2nd are extremely hard. You have to drive slow to keep from breaking something. This all a cures when the transmission is hot. I have drained and replaced the fluid six times. You can only replace 4.5 quarts each time. I also had the coolant system professionally flushed. I still have the same.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #83

Apr 012011


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle began to jerk while driving 60 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the front engine mounts were replaced. The failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the contact was advised to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Baldwin, NY, USA

problem #82

Oct 312011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


At 72K my auto transmission is failing, jerking, bucking and slipping. I've found a service bulletin about this issue and see literally thousands of Maxima owners in the same boat, right around the same mileage. My car isn't in warranty and I will be going this weekend to have this problem confirmed. It appears there is a defect in this year car transmission, but Nissan will not "man up". I have read some complaints where customers have gotten Nissan to pay for their transmission repair..doesn't that indicate some "guilt"? I have no idea how I will replace my transmission, im a single parent, fighting to keep my house and help my daughter thru college. This needs an investigation and possible recall. I read one account where a woman's transmission went out on a busy road and her 2 small children were in the car.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #81

Sep 012011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle would jerk when shifting from first to second gear. The vehicle would also jerk while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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problem #80

Aug 172011


  • 12,500 miles
I like many others am having the exact transmission "slipping, jerking" problems between 2nd and 3rd gear. The RPM's just jump right up under acceleration, the transmission slips then catches causing a jerking, lurching forward action. It is very dangerous especially coming on to a major highway. Because of this I will not let my wife and children drive in the car. We cannot afford the quoted $3500 to $4000 to replace the transmission. Nor do we feel as if we should have to. We have owned this car since new. It has been very reliable but this is absurd. Nissan needs to recall this model year and replace with corrected transmission before someone gets killed. Or is that what it's going to take to get them to acknowledge the problem.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #79

Aug 082011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


At 57,000 miles, transmission began shifting extremely hard (jerks) and erratically (cannot predict) when up shifting and down shifting between 1st and 3rd gears. Very nerve-racking to operate the vehicle whenever in slow moving or stop-N-go traffic. Had to maintain very large gap (wider than normal) with vehicles in front to avoid collisions. Paid Nissan dealership $3,300 for repair. Nissan does not attempt to repair the transmission, it is simply replaced with a "┐┐Nissan factory certified reconditioned" transmission, that only comes with a 1 year warranty. Not much of a warranty for a "┐┐certified reconditioned" transmission costing $3,300! powertrain had a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty, transmission failed at 57,000 miles, but vehicle was over 5 years old. The fact the Nissan dealership did not have to order the replacement transmission(had it in stock), tells me this is a very common issue and repair! the component that fails on thousands of vehicles is the transmission valve body. Countless blogs on internet about this very issue. Since 2006, the Nissan Maxima have cvt (no shift) transmission. The faulty transmission also caused damage to two out of the three motor mounts, which will cost another $800-$1,000 when repaired. Contacted the North american Nissan motor corporation, Consumer Affairs division in franklin Tennessee hoping they would meet me "┐'somewhere in the middle" to cover part of the repair expense. They told me that the car was out of warranty and they were not going to do anything or help me out. Everyone familiar with this issue knows the Nissan motor corporation has known about the inferior transmissions, but yet, failed to do anything for the consumer by way of a "┐┐factory recall." I have been a long-time Nissan car owner, going back to the Datsun years, and I can tell you this, this will be the last Nissan I will ever own!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #78

Aug 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal but the gear slipped as the vehicle downshifted before suddenly accelerating. The vehicle would also jerk forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician was unable to diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. Updated 02/01/12 updated 02/08/12

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #77

May 172011


  • miles
Slight hesitation when put in D or R then hard jerk and clunking sound when goes into gear. Has a hard jerking when slowing down and down shifting. Will slip in and out of gear while going down the road. RPM's will rev up to 6000-7000 before shifting into gear. This mainly happens when car is warmed up. But goes in and out of gear between 20-40 mph.

- Steens, MS, USA

problem #76

Oct 012011


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk abnormally when accelerating from a complete stop. The failure would become more severe when the engine had been running for a prolonged period of time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #75

Nov 162011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Transmission failed at 49000 miles on a new preowned vehicle purchased one month earlier. Drove the car for almost one year to the date, and now experiencing transmission problems again. Dealer suggest new transmission. This will make three transmissions for a car with only 75000 miles.....not to mention two cracked engine mounts, front suspension work and needs a new timing belt all within 1 year of owning. This is suppose to be a pre-certified car!!!

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #74

Feb 212011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission failed. The transmission would downshift at low speeds and hesitate when accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #73

May 122010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 6,500 miles
Transmission will jerk out of gear from shifting first and second gear.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #72

Jul 072010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 10-20 mph, the transmission began to jerk and shift out of gear with severe hesitation. The transmission malfunction progressed over a period of time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician recommended the transmission be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #71

Apr 082011


  • 120,000 miles
My Maxima shifts hard when switching into 1st to 2nd gear. It pushes the car forward when moving at slow speeds. When downshifting from 5th to 4th gear, there is a temporary "no shift" where it feels as if the car is not in a gear and the RPM drops low. When putting the car directly into "drive", it takes the vehicle 3-5 seconds to switch into gear. When it switches into "drive", you can feel it push the car when your foot is on the brake. If you push the gas when it completely does not shift, the transmission will clunk and jerk the car forward. Recently at 126,000 miles, the car is switching gears more freely than normal, constantly switching back and forth between 4th and 5th gear. When going around corners at a faster speed, the transmission will slip, losing power to the car and jerking back into gear. Sometimes while driving, the car will come out of gear and go right back in. The transmission in the 2004-2005 Maximas are obviously faulty. Also, when pushing the gas, there is a delay on moving forward and results in a harder push forward.

- Netcong, NJ, USA

problem #70

Jul 012011


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would shift hard when shifting between first and second gears or when decreasing speed. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to private mechanic who informed the contact that the torque converter had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was awaiting repairs. The current mileage was 92,400 and the approximate failure mileage was 89,000. The was unavailable.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #69

Nov 052009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a problem with my Maxima, my transmission is faulty, it jerks real bad from 1st to 2nd gear, and then when I am slowing down about to come to a stop it also kicks and jerks real bad. I don't know what to do since I really thought this was a reliable car for my family and now im scared everytime I drive it. I need Nissan to do something about this problem. Please help!

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #68

Nov 012011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle would shift gears violently. The dealer diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairing the defect. The vehicle was repaired, but the defect recurred. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Spring City, PA, USA

problem #67

Jun 012011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would violently jerk when shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the motor mounts were repaired. The failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle would no longer accelerate beyond 10 mph. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #66

Sep 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My vehicle has severe transmission problems. It jumps from one gear to another. During the change, which can last up to 10 seconds, the engine is at a high RPM because I am trying to accelerate. Then the whole car jumps when it finally makes it into gear. This is highly alarming and dangerous. Sometimes it causes a rapid deceleration or acceleration of the care, even while traveling at highway speeds. I have already flushed the transmission - but that has not fixed the problem.

- Chino, CA, USA

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