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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,165 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 11 of 12)

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problem #29

Jun 152011


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle started to shift in and out of gear abnormally. The contact mentioned that there was a sudden increase in engines rpms. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the valve body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Harrisburg , PA, USA

problem #28

Aug 162011


  • 82,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer diagnosed that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 82,500.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #27

Oct 222011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 52,200 miles
My vehicle began to shift violently (car would jerk roughly) from 1st to 2nd, and subsequent gear shifts (2-3, 3-4, etc.) would shift very slowly (the car's RPM's would race as the transmission delayed shifting into the next gear, then jump very hard into gear). Also, when slowing to a stop, the car would remain in a higher gear without downshifting, then once stopped for a few seconds the car would violently downshift, which would cause the car to lurch forward. Shifting from park or neutral to drive or reverse would take 5-10 seconds to engage, and would cause the car to again jerk and lurch violently. The final issue occurred on Saturday, October 22, when the car was in drive, but no longer engaged the gear while stopped at a stoplight in busy traffic. I shut the car off and let it sit for a minute and started it again. When I did this, I was able to get first gear to engage enough to roll to a parking lot. Once in the lot, the gear stopped working and no gear would engage again. I had to have the car towed to the dealership, in which they advised that the transmission would need to be replaced at my expense ($3300-3500 was the estimate) as my warrantee had expired "3 months ago". this is unacceptable, and judging by the thousands of complaints that I am seeing on the internet with the exact same issues, I am disgusted that Nissan is not recalling for this issue, nor extending the warrantee coverage for a clearly defective transmission, as they did for the cvt that they offer in the newer model year Maximas. These issues all occurred within a one month period. The transmission fluid was checked and found to be at the correct level and color/consistency.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #26

Mar 012011


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 55-60 mph and attempted to increased speed when the rpms increased and the vehicle jerked violently. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the transmission sensor. The transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 76,011.

- Ontario , CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
After taking my Maxima to the dealer because of the transmission free wheeling and shifting erratically they said they were not aware of issues. They flushed the trans fluid and suggested I get a new trans if the problems continued. I went and researched the issue on the internet only to find out that there are many complaints about the cvt Maxima transmissions. I have again taken the car back to the dealer and now they tell me the trans valve body may fix the issue but not 100% sure at a cost of $1800. They also told me that several other items were in need of replacement which I had checked at a local garage and they found none of the so called worn out parts but that is another story. I feel this is a design flaw like many other Nissan owners. They need to make good of the problem.

- New Tripoli, PA, USA

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problem #24

Aug 072009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had to replace the brakes in my car over three times within a two year span. Brakes continue to scrub and squeal. Dealer says that they have done all they can do as they have changed multiple parts, costing me "an arm and a leg". you are a afraid to make a hard emergency stop because due to the sound, you aren't sure if they could "go out" in time. Transmission: Care literally jerks into gear when backing up or taking off. You can't park too close to another vehicle or stop because car literally leaps into gear possible causing you to hit another car in front of you. (feels like someone has rear ended you).

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #23

Jul 282011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would jerk while shifting gears. The vehilce was taken to an authorized dealer and they informed her that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Millstone Township, NJ, USA

problem #22

Apr 142010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The car begin hard jerking and slipping. Took it to the Nissan place and of course it was out of warranty. The car needs a transmission. Whether its used or new its very expensive and the mechanic said its not going to do any good because the valve bodies in those transmissions are bad in all of those transmissions. So if I get another one the same thing is going to happen again.

- Lake City, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 162011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,075 miles
My 2006 Maxima's transmission gave out at 74,000 miles of normal use. There are 1,000's of others with this same problem and most have had to pay around $3,000 out of pocket to have the transmission replaced. There are some that were fortunate to have all or most of the costs paid by Nissan, even when the warranty was expired. Nissan refuses to assist with my repair stating that I didn't take it to the dealership for it's regular maintenance. BBB auto line states that the vehicle is too old for them to assist in my repair cost recovery. This is a huge issue with this generation of Maxima and there should be a forced recall, no matter the cost to the manufacturer. We paid a lot of money for their flagship model and we should not have to pay even more for their faulty transmissions. Also, broken engine mounts seem to be high on the list of problems with this vehicle, which my Maxima also has. Very frustrating. Need to find help in filing a class action suit against Nissan.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #20

Apr 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would violently jerk when attempting to accelerate. The dealer did not offer any assistance since there was no recall. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 72,000 and the approximate failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #19

Nov 282010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


After filing my first complaint with you for the transmission defect of my 2006 Nissan Maxima a year ago, I have discovered at least 1000 complaints for the same dangerous and very costly defect for that transmission. My original ODI number is 10367294. It is mind boggling to me and my fellow 2004-2006 Maxima owners that no defect investigation has been launched. Just because (maybe) no deaths or serious accidents have not been publicized does not mean that it is not a true safety concern. Please take the 1000 complaints that you have received seriously and at least launch an investigation.

- Riverdale, IL, USA

problem #18

Oct 012010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would violently jerk and he was unable to shift gears safely. The dealer had not been notified. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed the vehicle with a faulty valve body in the transmission and advised that the contact should replace the transmission. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 124,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #17

Sep 092011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
My 06 Maxima sl is jerking on the upshift from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, sometimes even on the downshift. The jerking is so unpredictable and very dangerous. It's been going on for a few weeks now. I had my co workers in my car at my lunch break and the car was coming to a stop slowing down from 15 mph and the car jumped forward after downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear. My car jumped into the intersection and was almost hit by a Ford 150 truck. Luckily the truck swerved out of the way and it scared everyone in the car. I took it to the Nissan dealership and they said they did not know what the problem was after running a diagnostics. They recommended me changing my transmission fuel. I changed my transmission fuel and the problem is still happening. This problem should be a recall. After reading online of all the thousands of people who are having the same problem I feel it's only a matter of time before I end up in a terrible accident due to the jerking of the transmission hurting my self or other people.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 062011


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the transmission skipped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the transmission fluids but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000. The VIN was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 012011


  • 80,000 miles
Transmission failed and needed to be replaced at 85,000 miles. Car was very jerky at low speeds both when accelerating and decelerating and often wouldn't accelerate from a stopped position (dangerous when anticipating time to make left turns across traffic). I often thought I would be rear ended (due to the car not accelerating) or would rear end someone because of the jumping of the car.

- Kennett Square, PA, USA

problem #14

Jul 012011


  • miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima, bought brand new fully loaded car in early 2006. After 80,000 miles on it, the car started jerking on me. Had transmission fluid changed but it didnt help. Recently came to know that transmission needs to be replaced, a $5000 expense. The car starts jerking when it is hot or have been driven in city for atleast 15-20 mins. The shifting of gears is difficult. It has stopped on me many times while driving, a high risk when I am on highways. When merging on highway, the increase in speed takes longer than usual, so makes it very difficult to merge. Pls recall this, because it is not safe to drive and lot of people are experiencing this.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #13

May 152010


  • 85,000 miles
Automatic transmission seems to struggle from take off to shifting from 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. When brake pedal is released the vehicle makes a violent forward thrusting motion accompanied by loud crashing noise similar to that of being hit in a rear end crash. When driving the vehicle at speeds of 50 mph and above the gears can be heard shifting around as if the car is in neutral. The RPM gauge goes up to 3 and beyond and the engine can be heard revving up. When this happens I release my foot from the gas pedal and let the car shift back down until the noises stop. The Nissan service team diagnosed the car as needing a transmission flush and fuel injection cleaning. These services were performed but the problems still remain.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 012010


  • 77,000 miles
I have a 2006, Nissan Maxima SE. I've been having severe problems with my transmission. The car jerks violently when its changes gears between 1st and 2nd, as well as between 2nd and 3rd gear. After doing research on this problem online, I've seen countless number of people who complain about the same problem. I re-built the transmission at my expense of $3,200 and it wasn't over yet, then currently my check engine light is on and my car wont start, I would have to turn the key on and off 4-6 times every time I need to drive for it to start. My speedometer stopped working, therefore I can't see how fast or slow I'm driving nor is the mileage calculation are working it has been stuck at 86,745. So many people have experienced this problem from 2004 to 2008. I don't see how this could go on. While driving on the highway the electrical fails and the lights on the dashboard dim to where I am not able to control the vehicle and unable to use my signals for safety concerns, especially while traveling at night time. The vehicle shakes and is unstable at times. This is my only transportation to and from work and I need a solution to this problem. The sad part is that I have taken it to the dealer four times now and every time I pay these high fees for diagnostics and they can not give me a solution to my problem.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Apr 152011


  • 73,390 miles
I would like to add my info to the case you have open concerning the Nissan Maxima line of cars and the transmission. I have less than 80,000 miles on my 2006 Maxima and have been experiencing transmission problems. It started with not being able to get into gear after a cold start early in the mornings, that would last about 2 minutes. After pulling out of the driveway and rolling down the hill the car would act fine. I was told a transmission flush would correct the problem from a Nissan tech over the phone. Now it is more serious, when placing it in gear it makes a loud "thump" sound. It sounds like I tearing up something and I know that will lead to more problems. The car is currently sitting in the carport making it difficult for me to get to work. I purchased the car in 08 so I am still making car notes on a vehicle that is not usable.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 132009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
There is a factory problem with the 04-06 Nissan Maxima automatic transmissions. Mine is a 06, it jerks whenever it goes from 3rd to 2nd, also from drive to reverse. It happens once the car warms up. Usually after the 50K miles, some after 85K miles. The problem is in the valve body, it has been redesigned by Nissan 3 times already, and they say there are no problems with the transmission. Once the valve body is not working as it should, it produces internal damage also inside the transmission, then it will brake motor (en gine) and transmission mounts, it is a serious problem. Also to go from second to third the engine will go need to go athigh revolutions, it may kill the engine. And an engine dead in middle of traffic is a receipt for a serious accident. I hope you can address this and make Nissan fix their problems. It is unbelievable that in a car that costs 30K+ new has a serious design flaw.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

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