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

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.

2006 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 12 of 12)

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problem #9

Apr 222011


  • 76,000 miles


Hello my name is [xxx] and I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima sl with 76K. This car has seemed to be more of a headache than anything else. Here are a list of problems. 1.) transmission: Jerks bad, free rev's bad, jumps from park to drive and reverse baaad. 2.) ABS system: The system initiated itself and I took it to midas there scanner read that there were no problems but still (to this day) bad grinding when I brake and rubbing sound when I accelerate. (happening for 3 days now) 3.) car was making bad clicking noise while engine was on....diagnosis from dealership; timing chain $1200 noise is still sounding after replacement. Please I have read countless forums hoping that I wasn't the only one....the transmission especially is defective please! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #8

Dec 202010


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While attempting to shift gears, the engine exhibited an abnormal increase in rpms. Also, the gear would not engage and had to be shifted with abrupt force. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic and advised that the transmission failed and would either need to be rebuilt or replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current 90,221.

- Tucson , AZ, USA

problem #7

Aug 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop, there was an increase in engine rpms but the vehicle was extremely resistant to acceleration attempts. After a few moments the vehicle jerked and shifted into gear. The failure intermittently recurred while accelerating from complete stops. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently jerk while braking from any speed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure continued and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. Updated 05/04/11 the consumer stated the transmission began slipping the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and the transmission fluid was flushed. Updated 11/04/11

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012010


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle was experiencing recurring transmission failures in which it would jerk when shifted into reverse as well as hesitate while accelerating. The hesitations would occur when the vehicle was shifting from first to second gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the transmission was flushed. Approximately one month later, the failure began to recur. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 72,667.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 022010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima in 2009 the vehicle with approx. 67,000 as fine for the first 2 months. Here is where my problems started to occur, when turning towards the highway I accelerated to speed the car hesitated and was putting then the check engine light went on. Once I returned from out of state I contacted the dealership empire Nissan in lakewood, Colorado and let them know what the situation was, the salesmen stated to disconnect the wire to the battery to reset the light, I did that and it went right back on after a couple of starts. I took the vehicle to a local mechanic where he said it was the oxygen sensor? it was replaced, then the vehicle was fine for awhile until the odometer read approx. 75,000 I noticed that if I was going down a hill at a fast pace then pushed the brakes to slow down the RPM's revved up to 5 and the engine would make a loud noise to accompany the RPM's at 5. vehicle has been worse ever since I noticed that, it then started to slip in gear, going from R to D or D to R once shifter is in place it would pause then jerk into gear. Took the vehicle to aamco they stated that it was the motor mounts and also the fluids to the transmission. $700 later the vehicle is worse! now the car while in motion will kick and jerk hard in gear while the RPM's go all the way up to 5. when car comes to a stop with foot on the break car will jump forward. My latest incident is when at a stop and move to accelerate the car starts off as if it was in 5th gear! got the car home and put the shifter in manual transmission and it reads the engine is in 5th gear. I am a single mother of 4 young children, the car is so unpredictable, whether it is going to jerk into gear or completely stall out. There has to be something done with the transmission before someone gets killed driving this same type of car, there are several pages of complaints on the same issue with the same car, please please do a recall on the transmission of the 2006 Nissan Maxima!!!!!!

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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problem #4

Oct 202010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My 06 Maxima transmission starts slipping around 62,000. When its going up shift around 20-30 mph it starts to jerk really hard. And also when im slowing down.

- Pembroke Pines , FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 072010


  • 103,000 miles


Transmission problems with 2006 Nissan Maxima. Transmission slipping.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162009


  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima SE that I bought new in Jan 2007. Several months ago I replaced the oem tires because I was old they were worn out and were the cause of steering wheel vibration above 60mph. I replaced the tires and front brakes/rotors at my Nissan dealership and the vibration was reduced but still noticeable. It gets worse with cold temperatures. They have inspected the struts and engine mounts and say there is nothing wrong with my car but the vibration is still there.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 042006


  • 88,000 miles
My transmission was rebuilt on my 06 Nissan Maxima.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

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