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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,979 miles
Total Complaints:
50 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. new transmission (16 reports)
  3. no . nissan doesnt want to fix this on warranty (4 reports)
  4. replaced valve body (3 reports)
  5. new solenoid pack (2 reports)
  6. replaced front lower motor mount (1 reports)
2005 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Nov 152015

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,914 miles


Another problem that Nissan refuses to own up to. There is a obvious problem that they don't want to deal with,

- , Hurley, NY, USA

problem #49

Apr 152011

Maxima SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Had it fixed once but now it has the same problem. The transmission is jumping from reverse to forward and I had it fixed one time.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #48

Apr 172016

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

Just hate the jumping. Don't want to have to replace transmission.

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #47

Mar 292016

Maxima MEL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


I just bought the car in June 2015 and the problem started about 6 months later; it has happened multiple times. My understanding is this is a common problem with this make and model and Nissan refuses to acknowledge it or do anything about it. I love the car and don't want to give it up, but this problem is really scary and makes me nervous to drive. When it starts to happen and I am in traffic I am afraid the car will hit another car due to jumping or that another car will hit me because the car doesn't move when it is supposed to. Plus I had to get a loan to buy the car and I don't want to have to pay the loan off when I no longer have the car.

- , Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #46

Sep 282015

Maxima SL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,102 miles

I was complaining of the car jumping when changing gears, mechanic found that the motor mount was cracked. Replaced it, some improvement for short period but now car is jumping, hesitation between gears, rough shifting, and diminished acceleration. I did not go to the dealer as my warranty is expired. This is my first Maxima and I will never purchase another. Now told that I'll need a new transmission. Not happy.

- , Delran, NJ, USA

problem #45

May 152015

Maxima 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Tranny hesitates when shifting from rev to drive. Then when driving it the engine revs up between shifts, then slams into gear causing a violent lunge forward.

- , Waupun, WI, USA

problem #44

Nov 022015

Maxima LX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


Very upsetting, Nissan should be responsible for the costs to fix THEIR problem with the transmissions on these vehicles.

Last Nissan vehicle I purchase if they do not acknowledge the problem.

- , Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #43

Nov 012015

Maxima 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

After reading on I see a LOT of people are having the same issue as me. It's a crying shame that Nissan won't step up and do the right thing. My transmission shifts horribly, it feels like someone hit my car from the rear. My check engine light is now on due to this issue. The cheapest quote I got is $2,700 to fix. I just paid the darn car off 3 months ago. This is my 3rd Nissan and I swear I will never own another Nissan again!

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #42

Oct 182013

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I will NEVER BY ANOTHER Nissian. The car started to jump into gear almost like the bottom was falling out.

- , Oswego, IL, USA

problem #41

Oct 032014

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Last year in October 2014, I started to experience transmission issues. The car would slip in between shifting gears. The car would rev and the rpm would red line before jerking really hard into a different gear. I would be embarrass driving along the side of other cars when my engine would start revving! They probably thought I was trying to race them when I really wasn't! My car was having stupid transmission issues! Anyways I took it back to where I originally got the car (Carmax). They had my car for a week and told me they would fix it. The problem was fixed temporarily. Having the same issue again (months later).

- , Carson, CA, USA

problem #40

Jun 012015

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


I first noticed a bump in the transmission about 2 years ago, when I changed from reverse back to drive. It only happened once and I assumed it was a fluke. One year ago it started happening almost every time I changed from reverse back to drive. The bump was a hard a lurch...and made a loud clunk. I had a mechanic look at it, and they said it was a broken motor mount. He gave me a new motor mount but the hard bump continued to happen. Took to another mechanic who said it was definitely the transmission going out, but he suggested to continue driving till it just quit. I took to an official transmission shop, and I paid over $4000 to get a new transmission put in. Immediately, within a month, the cam sensor went bad and put my transmission into "limp mode". New sensor....$425. I am beyond mad to see that this model car has a basic defect with transmissions that Nissan knew about but did not send out a recall. I have never owned a car that had to have a new transmission at 150k miles. Shame on Nissan.

- , Dunn, NC, USA

problem #39

Aug 242015

Maxima Lake Side Edition 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

This 2005 has been well taking care of and it is now causing us problems when going into gears and shifts really hard. Car has about 125k and we are starting to see what everyone is saying. I think Nissan should stand behind there product and fix this issue.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #38

Dec 282010

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I went to Nisan n December 2010 for the jerking problem that I was having and to get a oil change. I was told that the jerking was due to a switch was need and that they could put a new transmission in for 4,000 dollars. Because my extended warranty was out. Nissan sold me a new truck 2011 Pathfinder with no money down and no payment until Feb 2011. I recently took my Maxima to Nissan Wolf chase in July 2015 for a oil change, the check engine light was coming on and to get the jerking checked out again. They gave me a list of problems. The motor mounts, solenoid valve, the transmission was not checked of on the 23 point inspection on my paper. The jobs Nissan suggested were a total of $2300 worth of work.The transmission was not included and they never told me that my transmission was a recall for my car.

- , Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #37

Dec 222014

Maxima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

This issue seem to be ongoing as I have been reading many complaints on the same issue for the same type of car from 2004 -2007 yet it seems like Nissan is doing nothing about it.

- , Bowie, MD, USA

problem #36

Jun 052015

Maxima 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,464 miles

We've about a six month history of the car jerking into gear, especially when shifting from reverse to drive. Took the car to a discount shop, where they couldn't reproduce the symptoms and ultimately just flushed/replaced the transmission fluid. That seemed to take care of the jerking for about a month.

Presently, the car is sitting at an AAMCO with a potential $4100 repair tab looming over our heads. They want to repair/replace the following: banner kit; VIAS solenoid; CAM Sensor; valve body; two mounts. Labor will cost around $2000; parts $916.

The frustrating part is that I don't know whether this should be an expected repair, or if I'm getting taken to the cleaners. Also, they've recommend that I replace the valve body with a new part vice a rebuild.

Any advise on this matter is greatly appreciated.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 012015

Maxima SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Transmission slippage in the lowest gears. When the car warms up after a 10 mile it starts slipping. When I try to stop at a traffic light or when I try to accelerate from a complete stop. I would appreciate any helpful steps in fixing the issue. My current value is around $5000 I hate to spend nearly $3500 for a new transmission on the vehicle. I'm sure my car will run for another 30 - 40,000 miles if this is fixed.

- , Levittown, PA, USA

problem #34

Jan 222013

Maxima 3.5 SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,600 miles

I previously owned a 2005 Nissan Maxima and I had all the same transmission problems as everyone else. It takes up to seven seconds to shift from park to reverse, followed by a loud thud. It does the same going from park to drive. It also slipped from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. The engine will rev high, come back down, and then shift, causing a very hard jerk on the transmission, thus causing engine mount problems.

I have been in touch with and submitted a complaint and am going to do so with the BBB against Nissan of North America. I have taken the car to the dealership, and they tell me I need to flush my tranny, which I didn't think you were supposed to do in a 6th generation Maxima. Nissan of North America were no help at all, stating they couldn't do anything because my warranty had expired. This SHOULD not be a warranty issue, this should be a recall on all Nissans affected.

I never got into an accident, but was very close numerous times because my car wouldn't accelerate the way it was supposed to. I ended up having a rebuilt transmission put into the car by AAMCO costing me $3,100.03. Nissan needs to reimburse me my money and put a recall out on these faulty transmissions before someone is injured or even worse KILLED. Step up Nissan and fix your problem!!!

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #33

Mar 022015

Maxima SL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have had my 2005 Nissan Maxima for a little over 1yr, I am already experiencing transmission issue. I took it to Midas and was inform that I need a new transmission and it will cost over $3,000 to fix the problem. I don't have that kind of money to fix the car at the moment, I use the car to get back and forth to work, I am really taking a big risk.

Nissa needs to own up to the problem and fix the defected transmission before someone gets hurt.

- , Hammond, IN, USA

problem #32

Jan 012015

Maxima SL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I bought this Nissan Maxima with 65,000 miles on it, it had absolutely no problems. As soon as it hit 75,000 miles, I started to notice a problem every time I would put the car in drive or reverse, the car would hesitate for a few seconds & then it would jerk into drive or reverse. As time went by, the jerk was getting increasingly rough. Then I started to notice that when I would be driving on any stop & go traffic or sitting, as soon I would take my foot off the pedal & then try to accelerate the car it wouldn't, but you could see the RPM's go up & then the car would jolt/jerk/slam into gear & accelerate. IT FEELS LIKE THE CAR IS GOING TO BREAK IN HALF WHEN THIS HAPPENS.

Of course, like any concerned driver would do, I take the car to my local Nissan dealer to have it looked at, the mechanic takes it for a ride & comes back & says there is nothing wrong with the shifting. So then I go with him for a second drive & of course the car is shifting correctly without any problems & I looked like an idiot. So I'm left with no other choice than to hope that it happens when I'm free to just shoot on over to the dealer & have them drive it so they can fix it. I have an extended warranty which states that I have to go to Nissan for any repairs/replacements to be done on it or the warranty company won't cover it.

So hear I am just waiting for the perfect opportunity to fly straight to Nissan so they can feel how bat sh*t crazy the car is shifting & now I'm learning that there is a lawsuit against this wide spread problem & of course Nissan doesn't want to lift a finger about it. If I can't get this problem fixed promptly I'm going to be forced to get rid of the car, which I don't want to do because it's a beautiful car.

- , Kingston, NY, USA

problem #31

Dec 082014

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

This issue started in December 2014, the vehicle started to jerk really bad when I changed gears and when I am driving. I had a mechanic check it out and he told me it was problems with the transmission. I recently took the vehicle back to the dealership that I purchased it from and the mechanic reported the same issues. I had the motor mounts replaced and kept up with my maintenance schedules. The issue appeared out of nowhere.

After doing some research I discovered that this is a wide spread issue with the 2005 Maxima. I would like to know what Nissan is doing to fix the problem. There has been no recall for the transmission and I can't afford to pay approximately $4000 to have the transmission replaced.

I think it is truly unfair for the consumer to have to pay for cost for something that is obviously a manufacturer issue and should be paid for by the manufacturer. I bought my Maxima in good faith as a new vehicle and paid in good faith and Maxima should pay in good faith!

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

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