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 2 of 22)

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problem #420

Jan 312016


  • 124,000 miles


Nissan Maxima 2005 automatic transmission is suffering and will and could cause an deadly accident. After initial start up the car drives fine then a few minute down the road the transmission drives as if it is stuck in a tall gear. If you place into lower gear the gear violently shifts. Also the car shuts off while lights and other electronic components are operational while normally driving without warning.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #419

Dec 042015


  • 130,000 miles
I thinks many have the same issues with me, transmission had some issues. Also ABS started when it is not supposed. Maxima need to be recalled.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #418

Jul 242014


  • 94,000 miles
Transmission hard shift from park into drive. Seconds delay then bangs into gear.

- Hope, RI, USA

problem #417

Feb 102014


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission hesitated to switch gears. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. It was unknown if the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- New York Mills, NY, USA

problem #416

Nov 212015


  • 84,000 miles
The transmission is slipping and jerking when accelerating or stopping. The car only has 84000 miles on it. This began arounds 70000. The jerking is so bad I am afraid my little kids will get whip lash. This is a known problem on many forums and Nissan refuses to take car of the defective transmissions. This issue almost got my family into an aÇident as trying to go onto the highway on the on ramp the car began to slip during acceleration cause me to almost be rearended.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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problem #415

Oct 052015


  • 120,000 miles
For months now, our 2005 Nissan Maxima has experienced a transmission problem. It shifts roughly in low gears (while the vehicle is in motion), both when accelerating and decelerating. It also shifts roughly when moving from park to either drive or reverse, and from drive/reverse to park. A specific incident happened when we were driving down a slight decline, and the vehicle downshifted roughly. This caused us to momentarily lose control of the Maxima and it bumped into a concrete barrier that had yellow paint on it. This paint is now scraped across the bottom ground effects molding on our vehicle. Had the barrier not been there, we would have drifted across the road into oncoming traffic. In researching transmission problems for the 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima model years, it's apparent that many owners are experiencing the same type of problems with the transmission on their 2004-2006 Nissan Maximas, and the widespread nature of these issues warrants further investigation and possible recall.

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #414

Dec 032014


  • 145,000 miles


Taking off car jerks real bad between 1st & 2nd gear, then when I push down on gas sometimes it doesn't want to move. Slowing down car kicks & jerks when down shifting. Now it's at the point where the car stalls when switching gears. Putting the car from park to drive it hesitates about 5 to 7 sec and makes a loud sound when it jerks. Transmission slips out of gear under 20M.P.H. causing engine to rev up to 4rpm and sometimes 5rpm. This issue is happening whether I in motion on a street or highway, stationary getting ready to put the car in gear, etc. I am really afraid that I am going to have an accident or something. I took the car to a mechanic and he says I need a new transmission.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #413

Oct 132013


  • 80,000 miles
Car began jumping when it changed gears at low speeds, had to have transmission rebuilt

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #412

Oct 222015


  • 81,000 miles
Got the car a year ago from carmax. Had the car for less than 30 days before the transmission gave out. The mileage was right around 52,000 miles. They took it back, fixed it and it was fine. Now here I am again less than a year later I'm having the same exact issue. Jerking really hard in between gears, RPM would red line before it would finally switch gears. Now this time the transmission completely gave out on me in the middle of a busy intersection! when I stepped on the gas, the car made a noise as if the power was failing, and sure enough it did. The car cut off on me. Contacted carmax again to see if I had an extended warranty. But this will be the second time I've got the car fixed for the same issue. Now I have around 80,000 miles on this car.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #411

May 052015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Transmission failure, check engine light comes on, car jerks into gears, RPM's accelerate when driving in first gears. Per Nissan dealer they said it needed new mounts and a new transmission, I should trade it in they said :[ I have maintained all oil changes and have kept up my service. They are not accepting any responsibility. Need help please, I can not afford a new transmission, I can not afford 5 years of car payments as well. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #410

Jul 142014


  • 71,000 miles


I recently bought a 2005 Nissan Maxima from carmax it was about a month after I bought the car the transmission started to slip and change gears really rough. The transmission hesitates when changing gears either at idle or while driving the transmission does it the most between first and second and second to third and when downshifting in those same gears. My main concern is my family in this vehicle or any other families in the same vehicle when we are driving in the vehice our heads and necks get whipped back and forth very roughly. It is a safety hazard due to the transmission changing gears on its own while im driving the car. I only ask for you to please look into this and make it a recall. Nissan did not want to help me out or anyone else. I have seen numerous complaints and heard numerous stories about this problem. It needs to be resolved. Nissan put out a poor product and wont fix it. They need to own up to their mistake, before someone gets injured or dies. I ask of you please look into this. Not only for my safety or my infant's safety but for anyone who owns this vehicle. Ps. if I would have known about this issue before I bought the car I would have never gotten it. Pps. The test drive and the 1st month were fine until normal driving conditions occurred. Please help, please help! get this recall active! thanks, frank

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #409

Jun 042015


  • 60,000 miles
Valve body had to be replaced in transmission

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #408

Jan 062015


  • 109,000 miles
Transmission slippage in the lowest gears. When the car warms up after a 10 mile drive it starts slipping. When I try to stop at a traffic light or when I try to accelerate from a complete stop the car jerks off in the lower gears. I came to know online that this is a common issue across Nissan. I would appreciate any helpful steps in fixing the issue. My current value is around $5000 I hate to spend nearly $3500 for a new transmission on the vehicle. I'm sure my car will run for another 30 - 40,000 miles if this is fixed.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #407

Apr 022015


  • miles
I recently have been driving this 2005 Nissan Maxima for a couple of months. It has close to 90K miles on it and the transmission is hard to shift and not being cooperative on most days. This seems to be more than a fluid problem and due to recent research I may need a new transmission for $3,000 and I dont have that type of money. I see that this is a common problem with this specific car and feel a recall should be issued on the 04-06 models of this automobile!! other than that the car runs great.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #406

Apr 232015


  • 97,938 miles
Transmission quit working, was stopped at a burger king and when I tried to drive off the car would not move, had it towed and shop says the transmission is bad, the shop did homework and found out that the transmission was replaced a little more then a year ago by North point Nissan in North little rock, they say there was only a year warranty on it and time is already up so there is nothing they can do. Nissan is aware of this problem and the Nissan tech said get ready to save up for another one because they can replace it and a year later it will go out again. They say the transmissions are crap!

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #405

Apr 152015


  • 154,179 miles
Was at a stop light then when I proceeded to go my cat jerked really hard going in to the next gear at about 20mph. When I went to slow down, the car jerked down going into the lower gear at around 20 mph. Then I noticed ever since when I put my cat in gear from park it jerks really hard.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #404

Apr 212015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Ongoing issue with 5 sp automatic transmission: Started, intermittently around 2 years back @86K, and has increased to the point of not pulling into D or R without jumping or surging into gear, often nightmarish in tight quarters/parking, etc. Becoming dangerous as slipping at higher rps has become more prevalent of late, especially lower speed, light incline and increasing speeds. There are tsb's on this vehicle and have a case open with nissanamerica, as of today's date 4/21/2015. Dealer has, at this point seems purposely?, misdiagnosing and non-acknowledgement of existing and known issues with the AW5550/51sn automatic transmission slippage and jumping/surging. It is a known issue with solenoids; do your research, there is plenty online in regards to this issue. The representative I spoke with today at Nissan will listen, but is advised to not answer questions in regards to this issue, and with good reason..I know it is an older car, but is in great shape (bought used), there is a known defect, a known fix from the actual technical service bulletin:: 2004 - 2006 Maxima; 5-speed A/T shift issues technical service bulletin reference number(s): Ntb11-035, date of issue: April 7, 2011 Nissan: 2004 - 2006 Maxima classification: AT11-003 applied vehicles: 2004 - 2006 Maxima (A34) applied transmission: Re5F22A 5-speed A/T if you confirm note: Harsh 1-2 and/or 3-4 upshifts during moderate acceleration from a stop and/or harsh 4-3 and/or 2-1 downshifts when slowing to a stop. Action go to the repair flow chart for repair procedure. Refer to page 4 and 5 for location of A/T assembly serial number and valve body connector locations.

- Merrimack , NH, USA

problem #403

Jan 012015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Car jerks/jolts/slams into drive or reverse, when driving around 25 mph & take my foot of the accelerator the car starts to jerk, when I start to speed up after slowing down the RPM's go crazy high & the motor feels like it's being forced to speed up but it won't & after a few seconds it will slam into gear & begin to speed up which is pretty scary.

- Kingston , NY, USA

problem #402

Feb 122014


  • 80,000 miles
After warming up (most of the time), when you stop & start to go it's like it stalls will also shift hard. Rim gage will go up to 5 then after you get it to finally go thru the changing gears it runs fine. Mostly starting & stopping.

- Nettleton, MS, USA

problem #401

Mar 262015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Today is March 26, 2015 and for the past week; my car has been stalling when I am shifting gears. Today I was in a not safe situation at a red light. When I shifted the gears to my car to begin driving, the car stalled on me allowing me to only drive around 5-10 mph down the street. I had to hurry up and pull over because I had cars behind me.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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