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 22 of 23)

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problem #25

Jan 012009


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when shifting from first to second gear, the vehicle would jerk. The vehicle would also jerk when accelerating to higher speeds. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Whitleyville, TN, USA

problem #24

Apr 042011


  • 115,000 miles
Transmission shifts hard. When in park to drive hesitates a few seconds than roughly shifts to drive. Hesitates when car is driven for long periods of time. Sporadically has issues that appears to be the transmission. Have gone to several shops and have been told many things. Reading all the forums this is a factory defect that should be recalled. I have only had the car for over a year. The manufacturer should be liable!!!!

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jan 112011


  • 710,000 miles
The transmission operation on this vehicle is slowly deteriorating. It started this past winter. I was driving around 10 mph and as I accelerated slightly the engine began to race. I thought I had hit an ice patch and the tires lost grip. Then it started happening more regularly. When shifting from first to second the engine would race with no increase in speed. The shift from second to third also began to act funny. Then occasionally a slight jolt began to accompany these gear changes. The jolts also began when shifting to and from reverse. These jolts at this point in time are occasional but they can be somewhat violent. The transmission has been serviced twice in the last six months. The most recent service only helped for a day or two.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #22

Jun 132011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving 50 to 60 mph the vehicle lunged forward and the gear would not shift into park or reverse. The vehicles gear shift was replaced but did not correct the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure in the transmission divided assembly trac. The dealer stated they were not sure if the transmission divided assembly trac was replaced that the failure would be corrected. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 92,000. Updated 08/31/2011

- Greenville , TN, USA

problem #21

May 272011


  • miles
When the vehicle is shifting from 1st to 2nd, it feels like I am being kicked in the back or rear ended. Was informed by one of the service managers at the dealership that the vehicle doesn't have a cooling system for the transmission and that I could get it replaced or repaired but down the line, the same thing is going to happen since there is no way to cool the transmission fluids.

- Concord, NC, USA

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problem #20

Jul 182008


  • 80,000 miles
The 2005 Maxima motors are known to have timing chains problems give a vehicle a bad rattle noise from the engine some vehicle do it with as low as 15000 miles then they try and charge almost 3000 to fix.

- Louisiana, LA, USA

problem #19

Jan 012011


  • 90,000 miles


I have been having problems with my 2005 Nissan Maxima transmission jerking really bad around 20 mph when decreasing speed and at 15 mph when accelerating. I have called Nissan numerous times over the past 2 1/2 weeks. I just got a call back from them Monday stating that they could not do anything to help me because the transmission fluid was dark and burnt. I had just had the transmission fluid and filter changed a moth prior to that so know that was not the case. I have not taken my car to Nissan for maintenance because they are too high but have taken it in for service on a regular basis. I am asking for their help with the repairs but they have refused so far. I feel this is an ongoing problem with this model Maxima, and they should cover the cost!

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #18

Nov 012010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 30 to 50 mph, the vehicle would experience rough shifting when accelerating and decelerating. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently surge forward while changing gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the transmission fluid was replaced yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was then taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was told that the transmission would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact attempted to accelerate from a stop but the vehicle momentarily hesitated before shifting in gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the transmission was flushed. The failure continued to recur whenever the contact attempted to accelerate from a stop. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 114,332. Updated 06/17/11 updated 07/08/11

- Eufaula, AL, USA

problem #16

Oct 012008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while attempting to shift into second or third gear, the gear engaged with violent force, and sometimes the gear will not shift into drive. The failure occurred when the vehicle was driven for over an hour. The vehicle was taken to the local transmission mechanic to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 97,000 miles.

- Maricopa , AZ, USA

problem #15

Mar 012011


  • miles


2005 Nissan Maxima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle transmission slipping and shaking especially when it is in first or second gear.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #14

Jun 012010


  • 88,000 miles
Driving normal, 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, been in shop 2 times and still not fixed, replaced senor in tranny still jerks, happens daily.

- Wellington, AL, USA

problem #13

Dec 242010


  • 119,800 miles
Transmission fails to get out of 5th gear and have to start forward movement in 5th gear instead of 1st gear. Hard shifts very solid bump. Transmission was replaced about a year ago and now this one is acting the same way.

- Hormigueros, PR, USA

problem #12

Jun 012010


  • miles
I bought my used car from a local Nissan dealership with aprx. 74000 miles on it in Feb 2010. Shortly after I started feeling the transmission shifting roughly in the lower gears. I took it in to a reputable repair shop in June 2010 and they could not find any kind of diagnostic codes in the computer for the transmission, but told me the engine mounts were broken and needed replacing. I replaced the engine mount and also had them flush and put in fresh transmission fluid at that time as well. Again very shortly after I started feeling the transmission shifting roughly and it progressively got worse and even started slipping intermittently!! I took my car back to the repair shop and they could not find any codes again. I did some research online and found that hundreds of 2004 and 2005 Nissan Maxima owners were having the same exact problems!!! I have searched for any recalls, but there are none!! I took the car back to the dealership were I bought it from and spoke with the service manager and he stated that he has dealt with this issue with owners of this make, model, and year!! I filed a complaint with Nissan and spoke with their Consumer Affairs dept, but the are not willing to help in any way. I believe, as well as hundreds of other owners, that Nissan knows about this defect, but is unwilling to issue a recall to the public!!! I think this is completely irresponsible and negligent on Nissan's behalf and has shattered my faith in their company.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 202010


  • 61,000 miles
This complaint follows along with the many that have been received by the NHTSA about the transmission problems on the Nissan Maxima. The transmission started jerking when shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear. It would also jerk when shifting from park to drive or reverse. Of course the answer is a 4,000 dollar repair for a new transmission, on a car with only 61,000 miles on it. The nature of this problem will only lead to a serious crash or accident in the future. Not sure why the NHTSA has not issued a recall on this yet, especially with all the complaints on their web site, not to mention the large number of complaints that can be found by searching on many other sites. I guess what they say is true, that it will take someone being hurt or killed before something is done. How sad!

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #10

Dec 012010


  • miles
2005 Nissan Maxima. Consumer states shifting problem with cvt transmission

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #9

Oct 162010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 15 mph the vehicle surged forward while shifting gears. He also experienced hard shifting as the vehicle jerked forward. The failure recurred intermittently while driving approximately 15 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where he was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 262010


  • miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima started to shift extremely hard. Not only that but in traffic it can be very scarey almost causing you to hit the vehicle in front of you or being almost hit in the rear because the transmission gets stuck and then shifts extremely hard. This vehicle is used to Transport my kids. I cannot afford to fix Nissan mistakes. Times are difficult financially right now. Nissan should be held accountable for there mistakes. They should not be allowed to sell vehicles that are not reliable. Please help us with this situation. It not only put my children in danger but it has taken a financial tow on my family. Nissan needs to fix this!!!

- Rome , GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 282009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Bought a 2005 Nissan Maxima, the car quit working in August 2009, I've taken it to 6 mechanics and it's still doing the same thing. The Nissan dealerships don't seem to have a solution to the problem just kept charging me more and more. The car jerks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear, I've had the transmission replaced, motor mounts, catalytic convertor replaced and the car is still doing the same thing.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 132010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Maxima. Consumer states problems with vehicle transmission the consumer stated while driving, the transmission began banging and slipping. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer to have the vehicle inspected. It was determined the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

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