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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,624 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 082016


  • miles


Got the car in 2012 and was doing fine for a while until the end of 2014. Car had started jerking when switching between park, drive, and reverse and would also stall in between. By February, the car started revving and stalling during stops and was bad when I was in traffic. I had to try and get above 25 mph because below that, the car would seriously act up. Eventually stopped driving until this year when I took it to a shop to get checked out. While driving there the car revved and stall at every light and I almost hit the back of a car when it decided to rev at a 4 way stop on a hill. It's either jerking, stalling, or revving. I know it's a transmission issue and will be a costly fix. I honestly don't have the money for it. In between all this, the paint has severely started to fade and I have noticed other Nissan in my area going through the same issues. Also, why does the airbag light come on even someone is sitting in the passenger seat? the car just has been one issue after the other. Will not be purchasing another Nissan.

- Lena, MS, USA

problem #8

Feb 022016


  • 162,000 miles
I was driving down the interstate, going around a curve, the wheel stabilizer turned on for no reason. I could not regain control of the car. The wheels locked up and I got slammed into two concrete walls and a diesel truck as a result. None of the airbags deployed.

- Attalla, AL, USA

problem #7

Jan 232016


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Nissan Maxima. After driving over a snow mound at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 232011


  • 63,000 miles


Air bag default still blinking

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 152014


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the front driver's side air bag warning light flashed and the passenger side front air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnose that the module in the passenger's side seat failed. The contact was advised that the seat cushion and sensor be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 144,000.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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problem #4

Jun 172014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Diving down a road going 45. A person pulled in front of me to go the opposite direction. He hit my car straight on and totaled my car from the frontal damage to the car. No airbags were deployed and I nearly smashed my face on the steering wheel if it wasn't for my seat belt. And me hold my self back from going threw the windshield.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

May 132014


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the off air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the left air bag assembly cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000, and the current mileage was 131,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 262011


  • 39,414 miles
I was driving my vehicle on the interstate highway and the vehicle in front of me came to an to an immediate stop. I was in process of braking when I was hit in rear and left side of vehicle then then went head on and hit the guard rail. It spun my vehicle around where the car ended up facing traffic on shoulder of road. My airbags did not deploy. The vehicle ended up being a total loss.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,200 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima with 19000 miles was traveling 70 mph on interstate highway when the left rear tire tread separated completely from the rest of the tire. The tire failure caused the driver to lose control and spin into concrete divider at center of interstate.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

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