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 9 of 12)

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problem #69

Sep 072012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


This vehicle has been maintained well over the years. It is absolutely incredible on how many people share the same problems that I have and that Nissan has not done nothing about it. My car started shifting really hard from 2nd to 3rd gear, it also gets stuck on 5th gear once the transmission is heated up. I know that it is the transmission that is defective or else there would not be so many videos on the internet about how to repair the solenoids that are inside the valve body. The car is in horrible driving condition and I even drive around with my hazards on because of the violent downshifts shake up the car and myself.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #68

Aug 202012


  • 67,000 miles
I and my 6 year old son were driving on the freeway and the car started jerking on the freeway. I started to change lanes and almost was rear ended because of jerking and the non response of the transmission. This could have been very dangerous for my son and my self.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #67

Feb 032012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I drove to work which is about 10 miles from my residence, parked to retrieve some paprework then returned to my vehicle. I started my vehicle and placed the transmission in drive, with my foot on the brakes as required while changing gears.there was a big time delay before the transmission engaged into the drive position.there also was a loud and very hard "bang" causing me to be forced rearward in the seat and the vehicle jumped forward, as if there was not a foot on the brakes. At this point the vehicle is engaged in the drive position. I spoke to a representative at the dealership where I bought the vehicle new in April of 2006, all they had to say is I must pay $109 for a diagnosis of the problem and hopefully they could duplicate it. I also spoke to Nissan America consumer hotline and they also said that I must have it dealt with through the dealer, and they will see what they could the time of this entry, the vehicle has 55000 mile exact. I have been on numerous site online and saw compliants about the same problem, with the transmission as a known fault. Transmissions from Nissan between the years of 2004 to 2007.all the complainants states they have not gotten any solution from Nissan America.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #66

May 012012


  • 70,000 miles


The vehicle is violently jerking and switching between gears while slowing down or going down hill.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #65

Apr 052012


  • 87,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle to work and I stopped at a red light. When the light turned green I pressed on the gas and the car RPM went up but my car did not moved. About 10 seconds later it jerk really hard into gear and moved. I got scared because cars were in front of me and I didn't know if my car was going to run right in the back of another vehicle. I bought the car from the waldorf, md Nissan dealership. When I was purchasing this car my main concern was safety. I was pregnant and I had two other small children that I Transport back and forth from school. Now I don't even feel safe to have my children in my car. I was told that I needed to replace the throttle bottle in my car or better yet get another transmission due to Nissan building these cars poorly. One I am a single working parent trying to provide for my family. And now I am stuck with a car that has known transmission issues. I know that Nissan is aware of the situation and this is very unprofessional for them not to fix the problem. What if one of my children where hurt due to the car jerking or down shifting when it isn't suppose to. What if myself or someone else lost their life due to Nissan not wanting to fix the issue that so many people have complained about. I pray that someone at Nissan will own up to this and fix this issue before someone gets hurt. And if it takes myself and others to keep calling or to go to the dealership and complain or better yet call the local news and have them cover a story because no one would like to see a mother or her children get hurt by a poor built vehicle!!!!

- Clinton, MD, USA

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problem #64

Jan 092012


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission would slip out of gear and exhibit a loud thumping sound. In addition, the vehicle would jerk when the transmission was switching gears. The contact stated that the failure mainly occurred in first and second gear but also in third and forth. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and had the transmission fluid flushed but to no avail. The contact also had the transmission control module replaced but the failure was not corrected. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 138,000.

- Ayden, NC, USA

problem #63

Jul 112012


  • 100,000 miles


Mine started with a little kick and it just kept on getting worse to the point where it could cause whiplash... and this is during acceleration and while slowing down too. The transmission finally gave out!

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #62

Mar 012012


  • 130,000 miles
I am having a problem with my car jerking profusely when switching gears. It will do this as well when I come to a stop and then take off. There is something definitely wrong with this make/model/year vehicle. I love my car but after seeing throughout the internet alot of people having the exact same problem, I do not believe my next purchase will be a Nissan. The manufacturer should be recalling and fixing this issue. Maybe families that have lost loved ones while driving this vehicle should investigate the cause of accident a little further.

- Falmouth, KY, USA

problem #61

Jun 072012


  • miles
Transmission starts to slip from first to second when it gets warmed up. I was reading online that Nissan made a defective transmission and is refucing to take responsability for there mistakes.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #60

Jun 102012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I was going through a stop sign, and after I stopped, I pressed the gas only to see the rpms shoot up without the vehicle moving for five seconds, then the car finally kicked into gear. This is very unsafe and this is not the first incident.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #59

Jan 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 59,860 miles


My car was bought at a Nissan dealership in 2011 of December, in January I noticed the car jerking and shifting while driving 20 to 30 miles. So I took the car back at the dealership and they said that they will only give me another car only if the problem is in the transmission, they told me that the problem is my motor mount is broken, and they don't cover anything outside the transmission or engine only the inside.. the total amount to fix was 500 but I had no money to do it.they gave me an option of taking an extended warranty which it was expensive for me so I shopped for a warranty and I got a full bumper to bumper for a cheaper price than what they gave me. It took me 3months to go back to the dealer with a new warranty they fixed the motor mount but the issue is still their. A Nissan technician took it for a test drive they suggested that I need a new transmission and there's no way I'm willing to give them my car again to fix because it took them along time to realize the problem telling me to fix your car we need to get it out of idle and emission needs to be checked that's what they were saying before they realize its a transmission..I love Nissan Maxima but in order to keep a customer like me to stay loyal please fix the issue and do the right thing by recalling the vehicles.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #58

Nov 122011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving 45mph and came to a red light which I stopped and when the light turned green I placed my foot on the gas and my Nissan would not get past 3rd gear and jerked really bad before it would accelerate. This happens now all the time and I even had transmission fluid replaced in my car which has not prevented the issue that I am still having faulty transmission.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #57

Apr 112012


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. In addition, the contact was unable to shift into any gear. There were several warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #56

Aug 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Hard shifting, transmission slipping, gearing down for no reason, etc this car is a lemon, Nissan should be made to recall these cars.

- Mooresboro, NC, USA

problem #55

Apr 112012


  • 99,000 miles
This is a transmission issue, but 'transmission' wasn't listed as a choice so I chose 'power train'. I was accelerating on an interstate onramp, preparing to enter the interstate highway. While accelerating, I noticed the car ahead of me was not accelerating at the same rate so I let off the gas to slow down. The car ahead then sped up, so I attempted to assume accelerating to enter the highway. At that point the engine quickly revved up as though I were in neutral. That lasted for a brief moment, then suddenly the transmission slammed into gear with such force that the front tires lost traction and the car lurched hard to the left. My reaction was to adjust quickly to the right, to prevent cutting across busy lanes. I left the roadway to the right, fortunately no collision with anything except a curb. Skidded to a stop there in the grassy area right of the highway.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #54

Apr 012011


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle began to hesitate while driving 20 to 40 mph and the accelerator pedal was engaged. The failure occurred twenty minutes after the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was waiting for the results of the diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #53

Apr 252012


  • miles
I purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima 2 in 2009 with 35,000 miles. At 75,000 miles I began to notice that the vehicle would occasional jerk with changing lower gears (20-30 mph) and that it would violently down shift when slowing down for a stop. These actions only occur after the vehicle has been driven for 20 minutes or more. The dealerships say that it is the transmission and that it will cost $4,000 to replace. The vehicle has 80,000 miles at this point and that is not enough miles to warrant a new transmission. In researching the internet I have discovered that this is a common theme with the 2006 Nissan Maxima. This issues present safety issues and should be recalled by Nissan.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #52

Mar 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. At 60,000 miles or so, the transmission started slipping between 1st and 2nd gear. Also hard shifts from reverse to neutral and neutral to first. I have maintained the transmission properly. It turns out there are hundreds of people on the internet complaining about the exact same issue. It is a manufacture defect which has not been recalled. Help.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #51

Mar 142012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 115,706 miles
This vehicle is very unsafe. The transmission will jerk the car at any given time, which increases the chances of an accident. This is the only issue I am having with this car. This may be only one issue however it is a very expensive one. The certified Nissan dealership said that it would cost around four thousand dollars for this to be corrected including parts and labor. There needs to be an recall on this vehicle right away.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #50

Feb 202012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
The car has hesitated to reach the next gear. There is an obvious jerk getting into gear. On a few instances when shifting into reverse there was a very hard jerk and loud noise. This occurred with my kids in the car which was scary. The car has shifted hard while in traffic and has taken a while to pick up speed to the next gear.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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