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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 20 of 23)

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problem #65

Sep 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

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

Vehicle jumps violently when changing between 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears. If the engine is cool then the vehicle does not jump but once the engine is warmed up, the car is just constantly jerking. If I change gears from D to R, it takes around 5 seconds before vehicle actually kicks into gear and it jerks so hard to the point where it just make a loud noise.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #64

Apr 012011

Maxima

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle would lunge forward and the gears would slip from first to second. The contact also mentioned that in some instances the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- South Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #63

Oct 202011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Severe transmission shifting issues, on moderate mileage. There are several complaints on Nissan help.com. Nissan isn't trying to do anything to help it's customers please look into this, please issue a recall on the 04 05 models of the Maxima. This is a urgent plea for help. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

- Oberlin, LA, USA

problem #62

Feb 012011

Maxima

  • 60,000 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 failed to accelerate. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle hesitated when driving in certain gears. The vehicle was taken the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #61

Sep 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The transmission violently shifts up and down causing the car to jerk forward when at speeds ranging from 20-40, slowing down or accelerating up almost causing an accident. As well as slipping out of gear around 35-45 mph revving the engine then slamming into gear causing temporary loss of control. This is an extreme safety hazzard. Nissan Maxima problem yet Nissan won't help, please help myself and other Nissan owners before someone dies in an accident from a surging/slipping transmission. I just want this problem to go away.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

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problem #60

Aug 122011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
A quick check of the internet will show there are a lot of people with the same problems. Hard shifts, slams, transmission "slips" in and out of gear. Private industry has don the work and found the trouble is with the valve body. Now make Nissan pay to fix the problem.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #59

Feb 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles

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

The transmission violently shifts up and down causing the car to jerk forward at stoplights almost causing an accident, as well as slipping out of gear around 35-45 mph revving the engine then slamming into gear causing temporary loss of control, this is an extreme safety hazard. There are many others having the same problem, it is a known 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima problem yet Nissan won't help, please help myself and other Nissan owners before someone dies in an accident from a surging/slipping transmission.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #58

Oct 052011

Maxima

  • 98,700 miles
I am currently the original owner of a 2005 Nissan Maxima. Much to my total shock and dismay, I recently had to replace the automatic transmission at only 98,700 miles. Several weeks ago, the vehicle began to sporadically jerk harshly when advancing to first gear between 20-25 mph. This started to happen more and more frequently and at times the vehicle would hesitate right before jerking into first gear and then quickly thrust forward with revved up rpms. Needless to say, I felt extremely unsafe driving the vehicle. I took my car to the service department of the Nissan dealership where I purchased the vehicle. The service manager informed me that this was an increasingly common problem with 2004 & 2005 model year Maximas. He said that the only remedy was to replace the transmission at a cost of approximately $4,000! I took my car to a transmission repair shop for a second opinion and was told the same thing. The mechanic confirmed that this is a major issue with Maximas manufactured in those model years. I ended up taking my car back to the dealership and had them replace the transmission. I have researched this issue and have found that there are numerous complaints on various internet sites by owners of 2004 & 2005 Maximas who have experienced the exact same problem with their transmission. It's clearly apparent that there is a major defect with the transmissions that were installed in 2004 & 2005 Maximas. I have taken very good care of my vehicle and have kept up with regular scheduled maintenance intervals. There is no way that I should have had to replace the transmission at that mileage if it was not defective. I beseech you to recall all 2004 & 2005 Maximas and fix this dangerous problem before it causes severe accidents if there have not already been.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #57

Oct 102011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that after shifting gears while driving 25 mph, the vehicle would jerk violently and suddenly accelerated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 102,000.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #56

Aug 182011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,515 miles
While driving in first gear on light throttle, the transmission shifted from 1st gear into 2nd gear violently. Nearly every time under light throttle (under normal engine operating temperature) since the first occurrence, the transmission either upshifts (1st to 2nd gear) or downshifts (3rd to 2nd gear) violently.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #55

Dec 062010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

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

Feels like transmission is slipping/catching when speeding up and coming to a stop. This started after about 90,000 miles or so.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #54

Oct 102007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Transmission was jerking and pulling real hard when changing gears. Took it to Nissan dealer three times and had different things checked and done (flushed, and rings changed), and it just got worse til I had to stop driving it. I am still making payments on car and can't afford to pay $3400 for transmission. Car cost too much to be having problems like this so soon. Please help.

- Arkadelphia, AR, USA

problem #53

Aug 292011

Maxima

  • 114,120 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the transmission was malfunctioning and would need to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the transmission and they stated that they would not provide any assistance with repairing the vehicle. The failure mileage was 114,120.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #52

May 012011

Maxima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle began to decelerate abnormally. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #51

Aug 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Transmission is acting up between 1st gear and 2nd gear sometimes it slips and when it grabs it hits hard. Or when shifting from park to drive takes a couple of seconds to engage. Bought the car new it only has 41,000 miles. Somedays its ok someday its not.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #50

Jul 042011

Maxima

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when driving approximately 15 mph and during acceleration or deceleration, the transmission would slip gears in a jerking motion. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #49

Aug 152011

Maxima

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the transmission would slip and the vehicle would jerk violently. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently hesitate before accelerating from stops. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who recommended having the transmission flushed as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 98,030.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #48

Jan 012010

Maxima

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated and once place in gear it jerked violently. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would become stuck in fifth gear and in order to release it, she had to turn the vehicle completely off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the right wheel bearing or hub was defective and recommended having the transmission fluid changed. The remedy failed to repair the problem. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the motor mount and transmission were defective and that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 105,000.

- Oakham , MA, USA

problem #47

Jan 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima had 53,000 miles when it started showing signs of transmission problems. When I start the car everything is fine, but after driving it for a bit this is what happens: Takes about 5 seconds to click into gear after the shift lever is placed in "D" and when that happens the car jerks really hard. Same as the above happens when going from the reverse to drive and it takes again 4 to 5 seconds for the gear to engage and when that happens the car jerks violently. Transmission slips out of gear during regular driving causing the engine to rev freely then jerking back into gear with a loud clunk. That usually happens in lower rpms and got me and my family almost killed a couple of times because I lost control of the car. Sometimes I go for days with no symptoms at all and other times it may happen a dozen times in a day. I took it in to the dealer and the technician working on the car confirmed all of the above. They also found that the engine mounts were broken but that would not cause these symptoms. They suggested a new transmission and motor mounts for $4,700 and refused to help out with the repairs since I was out of warranty. After doing some research online I discovered that hundreds of people with the same make, model, and model year have the same issue. Nissan knows that there is an issue with the transmission but it doesn't make any sense to the fact that the they are not doing anything about it, but instead the jeopardize our lives in order to save some money.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

May 222011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph the gear shift would move into neutral and the rpms would increase. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who advised him that he needed a new transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000. Updated 10/26/11

- Salt Lake City, MI, USA

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