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 7 of 23)

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problem #325

Oct 012009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The vehicle began to hard very hard shifts between 1st and 2nd gear during acceleration and deceleration. Recently the car has been shutting off on the road when I drive, there is a hard bang every time I put the car in reverse and drive. I am a survivor of 6 separate cancers, and fear driving this car to and from my check ups and chemo appointments at the hospital. My car shut off on the highway on the way to chemo, and I should not have to fear for my life because of Nissan poor manufacturing. I am on disability and do not have the $4,000 Nissan told me it would cost to repair the car. This is a common problem that almost every 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima owner has, but Nissan refuses to acknowledge the problem and issue a recall. A quick google search will yield thousands of complaints about the same issue, and Nissan refusing to help. This is why in 2007 Nissan went to a cvt transmission and warrantied it up to 10years/120K miles (because they knew of the 04-06 failures even though they are not helping those people out). I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and they refused any assistance in helping me fix the problem. I now have to pay $3,450 for a repair due to an issue with Nissan worksmanship.

- Monroe, NJ, USA

problem #324

Aug 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My car jerks really hard. Coming in and out of 1st and 2nd gear. Will jump after being put into drive. Takes a while to catch drive from park. Gears slip while driving down road and engine just begins to rev by itself. I see tons of the same complaints online. How do we get this obvious recurrent issue resolved without spending thousands"!"!

- Ellaville, GA, USA

problem #323

Jun 062012


  • 118,000 miles
I bought a used Nissan Maxima for 8,000 since the day I bought it, the car has a hard time shifting from 1st gear to 2nd gear and so on it makes a loud clunk noise and is staring to damage the mounts. I have read similar complaints to mine online and need to learn how to get it recalled or fixed.

- Salem , UT, USA

problem #322

Apr 242013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Nissan transmission failure - class action suit filed with attorneys for this case: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #321

Mar 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
This vehicle has a problem with the way the transmission was built. My transmission is slipping gears "while driving" I can be on the highway doing 60mph and all of a sudden the gears will change and immediately "lock up" or the car automatically go to a lower speed. I have put in complaints with the maker, they are saying no recall as of yet, only the ones listed on this site for seat belts and the lower lubar switch. I took the car to several dealers and they are all saying the same thing and that is this vehicle falls under the list of poorly built transmissions. I bought the car used with 50,000 miles and is now facing a $6000 repair job"?" really. I feel it is unfair a company can put out a bad seed and have no repercussions until an unfortunate event happens.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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problem #320

Feb 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving 20-25 mph the transmission slips out of gear, took it to dealer and was told the motor mount was bad. Had motor mount replace but the same thing happen over and over, took it back to dealer now he tells me that I need a new transmission, I researched and found that is a common problem with this model. This should be look into.

- Roosevelt, NY, USA

problem #319

Oct 042010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


The tranny is shifting wrong in 1st and 2nd gear.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #318

Dec 152011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would jerk forward. The failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #317

Aug 272013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 66,692 miles
After purchasing car from dealer with 66300 miles I drove it for roughly a week when I started to notice the transmission slipping and jerking while going from gear to gear. The car started to drive like a manual even though it was automatic. Then shifting to drive from reverse the car would kick and jerk very badly and a very heavy jerk while driving on the freeway when it goes into a different gear. I took it to a local Nissan dealer after less than 1000 miles driven after being purchased and it was determined that the transmission was broken and 2 of the engine mounts were also broken which was determined to be a result from the bad transmission. The transmission was replaced along with the 2 engine mounts. At 66K miles the transmission on the car should not give out and after reading on various sites this seems to be a common problem with this vehicle. This car is not safe and Nissan should take responsibility for putting out a unsafe vehicle that contains a bad transmission.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #316

Jun 122013


  • 100,000 miles
Transmission slips and jerks.

- Jennings, MO, USA

problem #315

Aug 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle hard shifted from first to second gear. The vehicle would also hard shift between reverse and drive. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer flushed the transmission but that did not remedy the hard shift. The dealer did not require the contact to replace the transmission. The failure mileage was 128,000. Updated 9/17/13 the consumer stated the transmission failed to engage. Updated 10/22/13

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #314

Jul 262013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving in reverse the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle, however would decelerate and slip out of gear while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician stated the transmission had to be rebuilt and the computer also had to be replaced. After the vehicle was repaired the failure continued to occur. The recent vehicle failure was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #313

May 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima has been having a transmission problem since it reached about 69,000 miles. Right now the main problem it does, is that in drive it jerks between 1st and 2nd shift. It also jerks pretty hard when downshifting from 2nd to 1st. When the problem was starting to begin, it only affected from shifting from reverse to drive, but has moved to the crazy jerking it does now. At about 71,000 miles I had the car taken to a dealership and they couldn't find anything from using a code reader, but from just some simple shifting out of gears (park to drive, park to rev) they recommended a trans oil change (about $250) which I denied, because I looked a the oil myself and it was still cherry red, so that was too much to spend to just "to see if that fixes the problem". so at about 79,000 miles when the hard jerking started getting bad, I took the car to a different dealership, which then they did recognize the problem, and told me it would be about $4000 to replace the transmission, which stunned me, especially cause I had just finished paying off the car and the warranty had ended. So I obviously I denied such a costly repair, but in talking to the mechanic at the dealership, I told him that the jerking problem isn't so bad at all when I use the manual gearshifts and I asked him why. Well he told me that problem could also be in the valve body which could be a cheaper fix, but they replace whole transmission units not parts, because of warranty purposes, but that he's seen quite a few similar problems with other vehicles. Since I told him it was too much for me to spend he recommended a trans repair center. So when I took it there, they confirmed that just changing out the valve body would be a "bandaid fix" and that a full replacement would be needed (about $3500 from them). Now in reading other stories from people with the same problem as mine.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #312

Aug 132010


  • 54,000 miles
The transmission start shifting funny 2 years ago. In between 15-20 miles (1 gear) there was a delay and a click during shifting. At that time I had a warranty on my car, but the dealership's mechanics didn't identify a problem, right now it become more visible and the other dealer found the transmission replacement needed but the cat is out of warranty and replacement will be more than $ 4,000. I asked Nissan Corp. To cover this replacement as a goodwill repair, but was denied due to out warranty status (which makes no sense to me, as if I wouldn't be out of warranty why should I request repair from Nissan Corp. As I would be able to do it in any dealership). Plus I have ABS unit to be replace, but the problem is only in the solenoid not in unit, but the dealers do not replace the solenoid but need to replace the unit for $1,900.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #311

Jun 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Harsh upshifts or downshifts during moderate acceleration or when slowing.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #310

Aug 082013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 81,843 miles
Automatic transmission shifting issues. Got the car and the gear shifting 2-3 was jerky. Dealership said it was normal as a lie. Upon driving 30-40 mins, the shifting from D to R and R to D has a delay and big bang/thump on the vehicle, again the dealer says that this is normal. Downshifting from 3-2, the RPM revs up and the car shifts with a delay and slipping.

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #309

Aug 062013


  • 178,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima doesn't want to shift. It will rev the engine and shoot the RPM up to 4. I then have to let off the gas in hopes that it will shift. Then today as I was driving it of course did this again but then I stopped in a turning lane to turn and when I went to start turning my cat would not go, revving the engine once more, I was almost hit. It finally decided to go. I have read reviews and seems that this is a problem with most Nissan Maxima's. I think they need to check into a recall.

- Estill Springs, TN, USA

problem #308

Jul 112013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I was pulling out of taco bell drive thru when my car just jerked so hard causing me to whip lash. I almost got rear ended once I was on main road because my car was super slow to accelerate when this jerk happened. Thankfully the car was able to merge onto other open lane. I have researched looking to see how I can fix it and all I see is 04 and 05 Nissan Maxima complaints of all same symptoms. Then found out Nissan knowingly put a transmission that they knew would fail in time but said nothing when they started making profits from transmission rebuilt and parts. They are putting my kids and I in danger. Its going to take a death for someone to act on this.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #307

Oct 232012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Transmission slipping, jerking and needs to be replaced. I am filing a complaint to document this early transmission failure, hoping for Nissan to issue a recall or assist with the repair.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #306

Jul 132013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 131,300 miles
I bought this car used July 2013 test drove fine but it was a short drive after an hour of driving the car's transmission hit very hard in reverse and going from 1st to 2nd took the car back to dealership and was told I needed a new transmission they replaced it w a used one which scares me but they did fix it no charge it is a beautiful car and I hope it works out I owned a 2001 I30 infiniti and it was a great Nissan please do a recall Nissan too many expensive fixes for folks who love your cars.

- Denver, CO, USA

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