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 6 of 12)

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problem #129

Apr 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My car began shifting (abruptly and hard) when slowing down or stopping I'd say maybe 2nd to 3rd gear. It was dissatisfied to know after online research that this is an ongoing issue and Nissan will have no part in resolving the problem. Not happy!! so now I must replace the valve body from what I've found because it's not the tranny just "the brains" for the tranny.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #128

May 152013


  • 92,000 miles
Transmission is slipping.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #127

Jun 012012


  • 64,000 miles
We have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. We bought it used in Jan 2012. By June 2013, we noticed transmission issues. When accelerating, it hesitates and then bangs into gear. When parking it hesitates and bangs into reverse and drive. The radiator is also having issues. I am afraid to drive it more than 10 miles at a time. This seems like a massive issue with several Nissan models from 2004-2006. Let's hope Nissan accepts their faulty equipment and does what is right to help everyone get it fixed. Many people do not have the money for repairs and/or are upside down in loan.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #126

Mar 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 152,648 miles


Engine starts fine. When car is shifted from park to drive there is a delayed engagement, followed by a harsh thud as car goes into gear. I have worked professionally as a mechanic and have rebuilt several automatic transmissions. This appears to be a problem with the valve body. The internet is covered in complaints on this problem; just go to google and type in "Maxima transmission problems." Unfortunately, most people don't have my mechanical aptitude and the Nissan is not owning up to the problem so it ends up costing the customer $3,000 -$4,500 or more to have the problem fixed. My car no longer has the "harsh delayed shift, " initially in the morning, but after driven 30 miles or so, then the problem manifests itself. Let me know if I can help in your analysis.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #125

May 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Delayed shifts. Hard shift from 1st to 3rd gears. Hard down shifts.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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problem #124

Aug 252012


  • 110,000 miles
I had to replace the radiator and the transmission. I spent $4,000 for repairs. Nissan is appealing the class action law suit. I am upside down on this vehicle. I need to get ride of it, now the motor whines??

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #123

Jul 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 62,588 miles


My car started to jerk and had trouble moving from one gear to the next. As I started to accelerate, the engine would rev for a few seconds, then jerk, and finally shift to the next gear. When parallel parking, it would jerk upon shifting. I was very concerned about stalling in traffic and possibly being hit. On 7/1/13 I brought my car to the Nissan dealership for inspection. The next day they told me that I needed a new transmission and valve body; estimated cost $6,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #122

May 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,900 miles
When pulling out of a parking space, going from park to reverse, a hard shift is heard and felt and then from reverse to drive, same thing....abnormal. There are hard shifts and reluctant shifts during drive time. Driving to an appointment, taxi in front pulled to left turn lane and almost changed the direction to come back to my lane. I applied brakes assertively (no skid) and taxi remained in turn lane so I continued by acceleration (not aggressively). The car sounded as though it was in neutral and then spun the tires. This was a normal maneuver and should not have had the spin result. The problem will be evaluated in the very near future by a reputable mechanic.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #121

Jun 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
After my car warms up if I go from neutral to drive it does not change immediately. It takes about 3 to 5 seconds then it slams into gear.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #120

Jan 072013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 193,629 miles
Transmission is shifts hard when put in reverse and drive. While driving car tends to shift hard.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #119

May 062013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop light, the vehicle lunged forward and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Crossett, AZ, USA

problem #118

Mar 122013


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked abnormally hard when shifting gears. When the vehicle would accelerate, the transmission slowed and slammed into gear. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer determined that the transmission exhibited an internal failure, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 149,000.

- West Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #117

Jun 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima that jerks when shifting from 1-2 and R- D. the engine reeves while the shifting.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #116

Sep 012009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked abnormally and without warning. The contact was unable to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the transmission had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 85,000. The current mileage was 110,000.

- Jackson , MS, USA

problem #115

Apr 152013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The tcs, ABS, and the slip warning lights all illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that a rear sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. One week later the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the mechanic and the contact was awaiting the diagnosis. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 114,000. The consumer stated the vehicle would suddenly stop, and would not move. Once he removed his foot from the accelerator, the vehicle would just take off. Updated 12/16/13

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #114

May 062013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
We just purchased this Maxima approximately a month ago. Once the car has been driven for about ten minutes straight, there is severe jerking and hesitation as it attempts to shift gears. We even experience this while on the interstate. It almost feels as if the transmission is going to fall out. It is now in the shop due to transmission repair. I see there is a class action lawsuit filed again Nissan due to the fact the they have knowledge of the faulty transmission and are not attempting to fix the issue. We are now out of money for an issue that I believe should be made very public. Had we known in the beginning about this incident, we would have chosen a different vehicle. Luckily for us, we were not involved in an accident like many people in the cases. I think that a recall needs to be placed in order due to this defect. I do not want anyone to experience what we are experiencing. No only are we still paying on the vehicle, we are now out of roughly $3,000 for a replacement transmission. Something needs to be done about this.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #113

Aug 162012


  • 95,690 miles
Slowed down while someone turned and the car sped up an almost hit the car turning. Then the car started accelerating and slowing down on its own. The car now jerks into gear and speeds up and slows down by itself. I have refused to drive the car and from everything I have read Nissan refuses to do anything but charge $3,500-$4,500 for a new transmission even though it is the same transmission that does not last 60,000 miles in some cars. This is a very dangerous car and needs to be recalled to fix the obvious defect in the transmission.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #112

Aug 082012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
In August of 2012 I was in my 2006 Nissan Maxima on my way home from work when I was in traffic during rush hour when I was waiting at the traffic light, with cars behind me when my car stopped and wouldn't start or move, the transmission had gone up a few months prior I took my car to Nissan to get a diagnostic they reported not only did I need a brand new transmission at a sum of $3500 but also a meter control amp which controls the drivers dashboard, I make car payments on this car still, I've been driving a car rental since Nov 2012 I can't afford it I need transportation, I have to get to work.I'm so frustrated I just found out yesterday that there is a class action lawsuit with Nissan North America due to these damage transmissions they sold the public, I so desperately in need of help I need my car fixed.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #111

Feb 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was driving my '06 Nissan Maxima SE home from work on the interstate. I pressed down on the gas to get into the other lane because traffic was speeding around me to fast. Upon me trying to get into the slower lane my car started to buckle and jerk and not have any power when I pressed on the gas pedal. My car just lost all power but the care was still running. I had no control of the car. Traffic was speeding around me and I looked up and saw a 18 wheeler slam on his breaks because my car was slowing down and stopped without warning. No brake lights or anything. My car was just creeping along in the middle of 5 O'clock traffic on I-20 at I-95N. I did not know what to do so I just sat there until finally a break came in the traffic about 30-45 mins later. Other drivershad to skid off the road to avoid hitting the cars infront of them because my "safe, dependable, and durable" Maxima was stuck and about to cause a whirlwind of a traffic pile up if not deaths because of the problem that my car has with its transmission. I had my vehicle to the nearest Nissan dealership and they denied anything was wrong with my vehicle. Not to mention that I had to pay the diagnostic fee for them to tell me that my car has no problems with the transmission. So, to make a long story shorter, I am out of a fee for the diagnostic charge by dick smith Nissan in columbia, SC. They claim that there is nothing wrong with my car! however, they did say that I need to spend $4,600 for a new transmission. I will never buy another Nissan product ever!!!!!!

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #110

Mar 012013


  • 115,000 miles
While driving at slow speed I noticed that the gear shifts were really hard and jerky, both up shift and down shift. I pulled over and stopped the car and put the car in park it was fine then when I put the car in drive it did no slowly move forward like it normally would. So I pressed the gas pedal slowly and noticed the gear shift into first really hard it felt like something just hit the car. I researched and found that several people with this 6th generation Nissan Maxima (2006) and the 5 speed at have the same issue. I called Nissan and they did not offer to fix the issue for me. I was told that I did not have a "business relationship" with the dealer and they would not be able to help me. Upon asking to elaborate what a "business relationship" meant, they told me that it was not serviced by Nissan dealerships on a regular basis. I am really disappointed with Nissan for not taking responsibility for using faulty equipment.

- Okc, OK, USA

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