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:
86,569 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 23)

problem #442

Aug 132016


  • 101,000 miles


While driving my 2005 Nissan Maxima the gears slip and jump into gear with a violent jerk that is affecting my driving and may cause me to lose control of the car and possible injury myself or others. There is a transmission issue with the valve body that is causing this violent shifting and it seems that I am not the only one that has this issue. It is disgrace that the NHTSA had done nothing to address this wide spread issue, must people die first so it does get addressed. I will also contact my state representative to report the issue. I opened up a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs with no luck or admittance of their failed component. Nissan dealership diagnosed transmission with a P0726 code and had an open technical bulletin ntb11035 which is acknowledgement of Nissan failed design of the transmission valve body. Nissan has quoted me over $2500 to repair their failed design component.

- Milford Ct, CT, USA

problem #441

Sep 082016


  • 206,000 miles
My car has given me trouble since about a month after I bought it. I bought it used, but have been told Nissan are very reliable vehicles even with high mileage. It will not excel forward at any speed until it gets up to 40mph after stopping at a light or stop sign. It is a disaster in waiting. I drive early in the morning and at night for work. I am afraid someone is going to plow into me because I am not moving fast enough. The transmission jerks bad enough to jerk my head back whenever I put it in reverse. I am afraid to drive it anymore! this has been ongoing for more than a year. I quit driving it a few weeks ago due to the jerking of the transmission when I put it into reverse. The date below is the last day I drove it.

- Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA

problem #440

Aug 242016


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle hesitated, jerked, and made a loud abnormal noise. The vehicle felt as if it would stall without warning. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission was slipping and needed to be rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 124,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #439

Apr 082016


  • miles


Transmission problems

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #438

Sep 072014


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission started failing at around 98K miles. Jerks and slips while driving. Doesn't perform properly while operating vehicle. Happens while driving on any type road, any conditions, any time and at any speed.

- Anna, TX, USA

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problem #437

Aug 262016


  • 225,000 miles
At a red light, car stalled, took a few seconds to restart. When trying to accelerate, it revs like it has a strain; not going anywhere fast, until it gets to 40 mph. This has happened several times. We have changed the fuel pump, alternator, and battery. Each time we changed a part, the car would be fine for a few months. I am afraid when this happens that someone is going to plow into me because they can't stop in time as my car is going too slow. My husband seems to think it's not as much the transmission as maybe something electrical. Nissan should be responsible for this seeing as there are so many complaints about the same thing. Someone is going to be killed or probably already has, but no one can tell what the cause of the accident if the driver is dead! I love the car and would buy another Nissan, but I will research them first! I am glad to see it is not my imagination about the car jumping while accelerating. It seems to only do it when I am driving, but it stops jumping when I take my foot off the accelerator.

- Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA

problem #436

Jan 012014


  • 90,000 miles


The transmission on my 2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE is jerking and slipping/spinning severely. It started around 90,000 miles. This happens when down shifting or slowing down and when taking off. It's so bad when taking off, you can see the car jerk. When taking off, the car hesitates until jerking into low gear.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #435

Jun 012015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Transmission slips shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Engine rpms rev to approx. 5000-6000. When the car finally shifts, there is a loud clunking noise that comes in the rear end of the car.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #434

Dec 072015


  • 100,000 miles
The car turned 100000 miles and the transmission began to shift hard when accelerating and decelerating. The transmission would also slip when going down the road at travel speed,

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #433

Feb 122016

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
"tamara inflators" seat belts didn't lock or light did not come on. Smashed body all the way to back seat bottom to ground. Engine was idling very high felt/sound as if we were going 60 but only was going 40. No air bags came on. Brakes grinding. Back window blew out and tires flat in back.. windows slow on drivers side. When the sheriff Tahoe hit us at 80mph on U.S. 40 greenfield in was in the shop at J&M truck an trailer on the West side of indianapolis having the oil leaked fixed and tires all fixed and rotors and lights by [xxx] a couple months prior. I had my little girl in the back seat as well where sheriff hit and ran. I uploaded a before and after picture. VIN#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #432

Jul 042016


  • 164,365 miles


Driving home with car on cruise control and vehicle on its on Accord revved the rpms over 5000 and then we heard a metal clinking and listed all power.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #431

Oct 012015


  • 99,126 miles
Transmission is shifting very hard.

- Whitwell, TN, USA

problem #430

Oct 172008


  • 10,500 miles
Transmission started jerking in the freeway jumping speed and coming down on speed when I took it to the dealership to get a check he told me the transmission went off which broke my transmission mounts and coil car had all maintenance done regularly and never was mentioned about the issue or engine light never went

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #429

Apr 012016


  • miles
Nissan asked me to pay a diagnostic fee of 190$ and then they say entire transmission to be replaced Nissan Consumer Affairs is not helpful as well worst company

- Union City, NJ, USA

problem #428

Oct 312015


  • 60,006 miles
Transmission failure at 60K miles. Stuck in 5th gear. Slamming, jerking, hard downshifts. No reverse power. Very hard shifting between gears. Also paint peeling off entire car. Car purchased for over 30K. Vehicle was stationary and on street. Problem is constant upon car reaching operating temp.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #427

Sep 152014


  • miles
Just a month after buying this car, I took it through inspection. I drove the car, which was operating perfectly, directly to the inspection station which is approximately 15 miles from home. On the way home, it started to downshift hard, specifically when close to first gear. It then started to happen periodically. It is now to the point that it happens every time you slow down. And now, it sometimes bucks when accelerating. Forget about taking your foot off of the gas to slow down; this causes the car to buck so badly that it feels as though you have been rear-ended. I took my car to a transmission specialist who stated that he could not find anything wrong with the transmission, even when hooking it up to an electronic computer to find a code. Upon researching, I found that this is a common problem with 2004-2006 Nissan Maximas and that Nissan knows about it but refused to do anything about it. Sounds to me like Nissan needs to do a recall to correct this problem! when calling Nissan, they want you to take your car in for them to diagnose it, which would be at my cost, of course. And then they would just tell me what I can pay for them to do to fix it.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #426

Dec 022015


  • 75,000 miles
Car experienced difficulty in shifting. It caused dangerous driving conditions.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #425

Sep 302011


  • 86,000 miles
Transmission jerks when stopping and starting.....speed decreases......jerks when changing gears

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #424

Apr 172016


  • 80,000 miles
Transmission violently jerks when going 1st to 2nd gear and while driving at any speed. I was teaching my grandaughter to drive and it scared jer to death when it happened to her while driving. There has been hundreds, if not thousands of transmission complaints with this car online and issue has not been addressed by manufacturer or NHTSA. This car only has 80,000 miles, will never buy a Nissan again.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #423

Apr 182016


  • 78,000 miles
Transmission not changing gears and speedometer not working. Slow acceleration, seems like it is starting out in a higher gear.

- Pine Beach, NJ, USA

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