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 7 of 12)

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problem #109

Jul 092012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


While driving my Maxima started to with a little kick going into 2nd there is a major kick when giving it gas or going to reverse..anything in reverse 1st 2nd or 3rd gear has a hard kick..there are alot to other customers with same problem and Nissan wont help there needs to be a recall.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #108

Aug 032012


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and lunged forward independently. The contact performed online research and determined that there was a transmission failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 104,000.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #107

Mar 282013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 71,117 miles
My transmission is failing after only 71,117 miles. The RPM revs but the car doesn't move then it jerks into gear. This problem is occurring in several 2006 Nissan Maximas. There has to be a manufactures defect with the transmission. This problem has been ongoing. My question is what is the Nissan corporation going to do. I will not purchase another Nissan until they rectify this issue with the failing transmission.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 052011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased my Nissan Maxima brand new in January 2006. I started feeling my car having problems getting in gear in 2011. Now its getting worst. My check engine light is on, and I was told my the dealership that it is the transmission. I have seen now that Nissan had transmission issues with the 2006 Maximas and I believe that they should be recalled. I am in the navy and I need my car, for me and my family and I can't afford to purchase a new transmission, let alone a new car.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #105

Jun 102012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Transmission hesitation when attempting to enter traffic or advance when moving slowly, like what occurs when a traffic light changes when you are approaching it. The engine will rev (RPM approx 4000-6000) then slam into gear and jerk forward. This causes the danger of being propelled into traffic at the wrong time or simply getting rear-ended. My vehicle also has the problem of hesitating when I place the gear shift lever into reverse. Research has shown this is a common problem with this generation Nissan Maxima and they have failed to take ownership and correct it.

- Independence, MO, USA

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problem #104

Mar 042013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle began to jerk, lunge and decelerated independently. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

- Donaldson, LA, USA

problem #103

Sep 222012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Vehicle jerks at low speeds between 10-25 mph while accelerating and decelerating (1st-2nd gears). Vehicle also jerks from shifting park to reverse or drive, reverse to drive and drive to reverse. Vehicle jerks so severe at low speeds, it feels like being rear-ended. Vehicle will do this while trying to merge into traffic which is a safety hazard.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #102

Feb 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Vehicle hard shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. It also hard shifts during deceleration around 1st or 2nd gears. This problem is widely reported on Nissan forums and on the internet. I believe it should be investigated as a recall issue as it has the possibility to cause injury. It feels like you are getting kicked when it does it.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #101

Nov 302012


  • 118,000 miles
Whe warmed up rpms shoot up. Hard shifting between gears.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #100

Jan 192013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,223 miles
Sudden acceleration after the brakes were applied. Vehicle 1 hit two other vehicles, minor damage to them and then vehicle 1 flipped onto the driver's side. No one was injured. Nissan Maxima has been serviced twice for sudden acceleration at the Nissan dealership. The Nissan Maxima was judged to be a total loss due to the damage incurred.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #99

Oct 152012


  • 95,000 miles


I'm concerned that the defective transmissions that Nissan knowingly placed in the 2006 Nissan Maxima is and will continue to cause bodily harm and fatalities. My car started out jerking, slipping so bad it would cause whip lash. Now it's at a point I have it parked because I'm scared that I, my family, or an innocent driver will be in an accident, or potentially killed. I recently called Consumer Affairs in reference to this matter and they wanted $5,100 to fix it. It's a shame that they knowingly are charging the consumers and harming the innocent. I'm a soldier!!! what if I half way protected this country? I pray someone will look into this matter. Innocent lives are at stake....

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #98

Sep 152012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly jerked forward. The failure occurred intermittently while driving and also idling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Mah

- Charolotte, NC, USA

problem #97

Feb 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Within the last month or so my vehicle has begun to display what appears to be a transmission problem. When I put it in reverse, then back into drive it hesitates and then jumps into gear. When I am accelerating (about 30-40 mph), my vehicle will hesitate or struggle to shift into the next gear. This happens most often at 30-40 mph but it has happen at faster and slower speeds and has happened with accelerating and decelerating. I have brought my vehicle to a repair shop who replaced the engine mounts at a cost of almost $1000 and that didn't fix the problem. Now they are stating the problem is the valve body. I brought it for a second opinion to the Nissan dealer and they state that I need a new transmission at a cost of $3500. I am about to bring it for a third opinion to a transmission shop. This is a safety concern in my opinion because the transmission could completely stall or give out while driving. I have researched this problem extensively online and have found hundreds of other stories of Maxima owners with the same or similar problem. I don't understand why Nissan hasn't been forced to recall these faulty transmissions. They obviously pose a danger to the public and they are obviously aware of the situation. I have found out about class action lawsuits against Nissan and have found out that Nissan has extended the warranty on the cvt transmissions (in the Altima), but I don't have that type of transmission. I would like to request that the NHTSA look into this problem further and take a look at the sheer number of owners who are dealing with this problem or who have. I would like to request that you demand Nissan to recall these vehicles and correct this problem. There is no reason that a transmission should need to be replaced in a vehicle after 70, 80 or 90 thousand miles. Thank you!

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #96

Oct 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Hard shift in low gears when engine is warm/hot. Will rev up to higher RPM when driving slowly then shifts to higher gear.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #95

Jan 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
First after buying this Nissan Maxima 2006, I noticed that my head light lamps needed to be changed every 14 months. I never had a car where I had to replace the head light lamps so often. Both of my other cars (Toyota and Honda) have over 100K miles and we never had to change the lamps on those cars. Next, the ABS brakes are not working properly, really" after 70K miles" wow! later I found out that this is a common problem with this car. The ABS appear to be running while the car is moving and on dry roads. Finally, the transmission. Why do I have a slipping transmission on a car with only 64K miles. After research, I found out that the problems that I'm having with this Nissan Maxima, hundreds of other owns are having the same problems. I always had Honda and Toyota cars and I decided to try something new in this Maxima. I will never buy Nissan again, I'm running back to Honda and Toyota!!!

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #94

Oct 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Transmission hard inconsistent shifting, jerking, lurching, slipping.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #93

Jun 052012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I got into the car then I stared up the car. Then I put the car in drive and when I begin to drive the car it started to jerk. After a while of driving the car I would stop at a light then I would get off of the brake to give it gas and the car would not move.

- Rockville Center, NY, USA

problem #92

Sep 012012


  • 100,200 miles
Transmission jerking and slipping going into and out of 2nd and 3rd gear. Very hard jerking. Nissan will not replace unless I pay $3,400. Saying internal transmission problem. The transmission shop said that it was the internal valve and all these Nissan transmissions have this problem. The one he would put in for me will have this fault.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #91

May 302012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Car has a serious transmission issue and it seems like this is a common problem with 2006 Maximas. In lower gears and in reverse, car lurches violently and slips. When accelerating, car revs very fast, but gets no power. This is starting to happen more and more and I have been told I need a new transmission. This vehicle was bought new in 2006 and should not have transmission issues at 90K miles. Given the multitude of complaints about this exact problem on various automobile forums, Nissan should take steps to fix this problem.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #90

Jan 112012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
When I first bought the car it was working fine but just two days after the car started to jerk hard the mph would go all the way to the last number like it was reving up took it back to the dealer ship they took it to one of there mechanics and told them that the transmission would had to be replace and Ford wouldnt pay for it not one penny are even half I put down 5000 for the car at they could of paid half are gave us a new car I have two kids with me in the car every day am just scared it my stale when am on the freeway.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

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