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.

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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:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,675 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima electrical problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Feb 122016

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles

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

"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 #27

May 152015

Maxima

  • 92,000 miles
Transmission slips and breaks motor mounts. Tore up the transmission and almost caused numerous wrecks. Slips from driving from the start. Isn't always slipping but when it does it's bad. Worse in street than on highway.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #26

Apr 162013

Maxima

  • miles
Transmission skipping

- Alexandria, AL, USA

problem #25

Nov 012015

Maxima

  • miles

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

I've noticed way too many complaints about 2005 Nissan Maxima having transmission. Issues around 125K miles. Whenever I shift to reverse, drive, first, second, or third there is a delay and loud thud. I've seen way too many people having the same issue and the fact that there hasn't been a recall is a shame. Someone needs to do something. Anyone?

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #24

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

problem #23

Aug 032014

Maxima

  • 130,000 miles
I have had my 2005 Nissan Maxima for about 5 months now. For the past three months it's has been extremely hazardous. It turns off while I'm driving it and I lose all power power steering, brakes, etc. I almost drove into the river yesterday because it shut off going around a turn and I was almost rear ended. My car starts acting up after it warms up about 5 minutes after start. It will shift very hard and is fine once it is past 3rd gear but it takes a while to get to third when it starts to mess up the rpms will go up to 4 and 5 through 1st and 2nd gear. When you're going downhill it will downshift like you slammed on the brakes. Also if you switch over to manual it will say you're in 5th gear and really you're in 1st. The service engine diagnosis reads a code for the cam shaft sensors. I have changed both of them bank 1 and bank 2 and it did not fix anything. Nissan has failed to do anything and it's happening to a ton of cars. If I'm on the highway and my car shuts off, it not going to be a good situation. If you take it to Nissan they try to get you to buy a new transmission. I have a two year old and the jerking of the car or anything for that matter is not safe for her or anyone else on the road. Thank you for taking your time to review this, I appreciate it.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #22

Jun 102014

Maxima

  • miles

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

When I brought my car after 2-3 months I had transmission problems, I took it to the Nissan dealership to get it fix. After, a couple of weeks I still was having problems with the car, I took it back they said, it wasn't nothing wrong with it. Then my air condition went out, it was my air compressor took it in to the Nissan dealership to get it fix, after, a week or two it went out again took it back to the dealership to get it looked at I was told it needed a part ( some type of clip ). June 10, 2014 my car was on fire in my garage while I was sleeping. When I woke up that morning my headlights were flashing off and on. When I open the door my window was full of sut and my windshield was cracked. When I open the car door on the driver side the dash board and under the dashboard was melted, the odometer and the fuse box (everything on the driver side was melted ).you can smelled the smoke, that it was on fire. The fire department was called out just in case it sparked back up. Under the hood was not damage. I have pictures of damages. They had to push the car out of the garage it wouldn't go into gear. The results was it started from the fuse box. My car was totaled out by my insurance adjuster. I feel this matter need to be looked into and something need to be done about this situation. This is a serious situation that need to be looked into before it happen to someone else.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #21

Oct 012014

Maxima

  • 37,000 miles
The ABS system is defective based upon Nissan manufacturers bulletin regarding Maxima's years 2004, 2005, 2006. The requirement of Nissan to replace 2-rear wheel hubs $444.10, 2-rear ABS wheel sensors $627.20, and possibly the ABS actuator-assy $1306.51 all due to the technical fact that water accumulates in the wheel hubs and causes failure of the sensors & ABS actuator assy to properly engage the ABS computer ( actuator), causing the ABS computer to continually turn on it's pump motor making the vehicle be unstable and not stop evenly. I'm advised by Nissan service the effect of the actuator continually running will cause it to burn out prematurely but Nissan is requiring the customer to make the repairs at their own expense even though this issue has been apparent in 2004, 2005, 2006. The inherent danger to myself as the owner, passengers, pedestrians, other vehicles is of paramount concern in consideration of operating this vehicle.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #20

May 292014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 107,142 miles
I drive the car and it is hard to shift gears. When I put the car in drive it jerks very hard. Called the dealership and it was said by the dealership that it is not the transmission but instead it was the motor mounts that were the problem. Once the motor mount was fixed, the problem still persist. I call the dealer back and they have yet to give me a response. When driving, in between 1st and 2nd gear it shift to the 4th or 5th gear causing the car to jerk forward if suddenly accelerated. Complicated situation.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #19

May 192014

Maxima

  • 76,000 miles
The transmission is doing hard shifts and I fear it is going to fail. Also the throttle position sensor is giving me problems too.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #18

Apr 082013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles

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

While driving the car in town the car started jerking erratically, launching forward, hard jerks, car shaking like crazy, smell burning smell in the car, I almost hit other cars due to my car jerking forward. I was frightened... the car is very unsafe to drive to say the very least. It doesn't matter what speed you are driving, it jerks and launches forward at will. My children could have got seriously hurt riding in this car. I paid close to $800 toget this car fixed in may of 2013, only to have it all happen all over again as the Nissan corporation knew of defective transmissions in the Nissan maxiamas. Yet, they continue to sell these "death traps", to citizens.. this is an atrocity, what the Nissan corporation has to done it's consumers.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 152013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway and went to go and apply my brakes. At this time my dashboard lights lit up with an ABS and brake light being illuminated. I talked to Firestone and told them the issue as I was out of town. They told me to bring it in and they would run a quick diagnostic. I did and they found it to be a known issue at Nissan. I took it to the dealer as there is a tsb on the vehicle for this issue. They told me they would have to change the ABS sensor and possibly the wheelhub, if all was done I would be out about $3000. I asked the dealer what issues could arise and they told me my brakes could lock up when driving. I find this to be unacceptable, especially if driving down the freeway at 70 with a big truck following. I got in touch with Nissan Consumer Affairs and they did some research, but came back with the would not help with any repairs. I have been following numerous complaints online about the same issue with the 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima. For some people this has gone on too long with Nissan not wanting to help out. A recall should be done before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #16

Jul 072012

Maxima

  • 79,562 miles
Car revs up on its own, also slips when accelerating I parked the car and gear would slam when shift from park to drive, reverse and whenever shifted told it is due to a bad body valve which is a very common problem for the 2004 thru 2006 Nissan Maxima and other Nissan models.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #15

Aug 042011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
There are numerous complaints in the NHTSA database about the 2005 Nissan Maxima!!! 2005 Nissan Maxima purchased new in 2004. The car keeps making sudden violent jerking movements while driving creating a potential hazard for a car accident. When this happens I have to pull over and restart the car. I can not drive the car on major highways and can not go more that 35mph. The car feels like it is slipping when attempting to drive after being at a stop. There is a long hesitation before the car begins to drive after being put in gear to drive. It also jerks forward suddenly when it does decide to move. Sometimes the car won't move when attempting to accelerate. At stop lights I have to shift gears at times to get it to move. Another incident included the car not stopping. I had to move it into first gear to get it to stop. The car jerks backwards when reversing. When these problems started the car was taken to Nissan because we suspected a transmission problem. They told us it was not the transmission but instead motor mounts, rods, and bolts. I spent almost $3,000 to repair it and the problem still continued. Now, I am being told that it is the transmission and given an estimate of $3100. Nissan has diagnosed this problem. We discovered that there are thousands of other consumers with the same complaint for the 2004-2005 Maxima. This indicates that this is a common problem that Nissan is actually aware of. The battery has also had to be replaced 3times. The power doors no longer work neither does the sun roof. I have to drive to get to work and to get the kids to school. I do not like to drive with my kids in the car for fear that the car will not stop again or that there will be a collision because of the jerky movements and the cars hesitation. Nissan has been contacted. No resolution has been offered at this time.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 042011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Maxima purchased new in 2004. The car keeps making sudden violent jerking movements while driving creating a potential hazard for a car accident. When this happens I have to pull over and restart the car. I can not drive the car on major highways and can not go more that 35mph. The car feels like it is slipping when attempting to drive after being at a stop. There is a long hesitation before the car begins to drive after being put in gear to drive. It also jerks forward suddenly when it does decide to move. Sometimes the car won't move when attempting to accelerate. At stop lights I have to shift gears at times to get it to move. Another incident included the car not stopping. I had to move it into first gear to get it to stop. The car jerks backwards when reversing. When these problems started the car was taken to Nissan because we suspected a transmission problem. They told us it was not the transmission but instead motor mounts, rods, and bolts. I spent almost $3,000 to repair it and the problem still continued. Now, I am being told that it is the transmission and given an estimate of $3100. Nissan has diagnosed this problem. We discovered that there are thousands of other consumers with the same complaint for the 2004-2005 Maxima. This indicates that this is a common problem that Nissan is actually aware of. The battery has also had to be replaced 3times. The power doors no longer work neither does the sun roof. I have to drive to get to work and to get the kids to school. I do not like to drive with my kids in the car for fear that the car will not stop again or that there will be a collision because of the jerky movements and the cars hesitation. Nissan has been contacted. No resolution has been offered at this time. Car is still at the dealership.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 012011

Maxima

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the ABS warning light was illuminated and the instrument panel begin to malfunction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the instrument cluster sensor would need replacing. In addition, the contact was advised to have the brake pads and rotors repaired. The vehicle was repaired but the failures all recurred. The contact believed that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #12

Jan 132011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 113,542 miles
Dashboard cluster and ABS needs to be replaced, is this a recall issue if not shold be.

- Illinois, IL, USA

problem #11

Dec 162010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 72,458 miles
All the sudden the instrument shut down (out of order) I got pulled over by the police and instructed not to drive the car til fixing the problem.

- Irwindale, CA, USA

problem #10

May 282010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
May/2110-while driving my 2005 Nissan Maxima I developed complete electrical failure and had to have my car towed to bill denny's car repair. The problem is that the electrical system is directly under a coin tray on the dash. The corners are not secure and small coins were able to slip down there thus short circuiting the electrical system. My auto repair person researched this and found this problem has been well known to Nissan. Many Nissan owners have had this problem happen to them. The complaints are all over the internet. This happened to me when my vehicle was 5 yrs old but it also happened to Nissan owners when their Maxima was new. This is not a warranty issue but a safety issue. There should have been a recall. Nissan is ignoring my request to pay for my auto's repair because my car was not under warranty. Nissan has in fact fixed this defect. When I had my car repaired in may this problem was corrected.. john anello writer for auto tech on wheels wrote an article of the month for his magazine 06/2009- it was entirely about this defect. There is absolutely no reason for this to be ignored by Nissan. My car could have failed on a highway at a high speed with a deadly outcome. I made a complaint thru the state of md consumer protection division my case no#[xxx]. please help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 182010

Maxima

  • 77,158 miles
Improper braking function with ABS in 2005 Nissan Maxima - started with noise and "soft" brakes. It continued to a point where the ABS was incorrectly being activated (even when the car was off). It seems to be related to a speed sensor in the wheels. This controls the ABS activation and the speedometer/odometer. The speedometer has stopped working. And due to the ABS being under constant strain, the ABS control module is going to have to be replaced.

- Camby`, IN, USA

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