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CarComplaints.com 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,864 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. yes i will have to pay the $3,800.00 to get my car fixed (4 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. replace drive shaft (1 reports)
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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #8

May 052015

Maxima ES 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,000 miles


This is horrible, all Nissan tells you to do is buy another transmission. Which is not acceptable, I have ALWAYS taken care of my car. Oil changes on the regular, also tune up/check up too. I have put so much money into car it would be dumb just to let it go. Ive changed the oil cooler recently which cost a total of $732.13 because somehow it pushed water all through my transmission. Have had it flushed twice since then which was $150 each time. Now the jerking and acceleration problem have started. This is an absolute NIGHTMARE!!!! Tomorrow I will take is to AAMCO to see what I can do, but the question is do I really want to pay all that money and the problem may happen again?!?!?

- , Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 222015

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,103 miles

Hard shifting when going from either neutral to drive or from reverse into drive. I've become use to having to give it a second or two when going between neutral, reverse, and drive from a stop or when I'm backing out of my garage however just simply being extra considerate to make sure it has shifted before pressing the gas pedal no longer matter. It will hard shift into drive without touching the gas. I have an extended warranty on the car and I'm hoping it will cover a transmission replacement however I'm not confident in that hope.

I've had a motor mount replaced, solenoids and sensors replaced without resolution of the transmission issue.

If my extended warranty will not cover it, then I'm strongly considering letting it go when my wife and I file bankruptcy in the next couple of months.

- , Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 032014

Maxima SL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

We were first told that it was a solenoid that was being stuck. An $800 fix. That lasted 3 months and it was back to same issue of it sluggishly and then violently shifting into the next gear. Not an issue going in reverse, but definitely issue going into drive. The fix for the transmission is replacing it.

- , Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012014

Maxima 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I have purchased (6) six Nissan vehicles:

2000 Nissan Maxima, 2002 Nissan Maxima, 2005 Nissan Sentra, 2005 Nissan Armanda, 2006 Nissan Sentra, and 2006 Nissan Maxima.

So right now I am a very very dissatisfied customer. Two months, July 2014, ago while backing in a parking space at Mother's Nursing Home visit my car jerked to the point that I thought I had hit something. But after driving for a couple of days I realized that the transmission is failing and not operating like it should be. I took the vehicle to Nissan Action in August 2014 for service and paid $150.00 to see what the issue was. Not one sales representative informed me that Nissan was having major issues with my car. I could’ve at least saved that money to put on the major maintenance bill that Nissan is not going to assist me in getting my car fix. The representative told me that I would probably need a new transmission. I am a TN National Guard soldier and a police officer. I will definite put the word out that Nissan is not trying to assist customers with correcting the problem and giving them no discount on the maintenance. I will not purchase another Nissan unless the company honor their satisfaction guarantee/ recall service.


Update from Oct 6, 2014: After purchasing 3 Maxima’s, 2 Altima’s, 2 Sentra’s and 1 Armada Nissan they have let me down. My 2006 Nissan Maxima transmission went out at 90,000 miles. I have supported and bragged on being a Nissan owner, but unfortunately it will not happen again. I can honestly say Nissan has stood behind their products for the past 20 years but has failed me this go around. I purchased my Maxima brand new with 33 miles not to include a one owner driver. For the main part of the heart of the car (transmission) to go out is just a disgrace to all Nissan products. I have numerous siblings, 29 years in the military, friends, and over 22 years working for a government agency. I can promise you, I will definite let everyone know I come in contact to sale their Nissan car or not to buy one in the near future. Nissan will have to go through want GMC is going through to realize that mistreating a customer will cost them in the long run. Sad think about the deal that want honor paying a part of the maintenance either knowingly it cost $3,800.00 to replace the transmission with 90,000.

NOTE: The sale reps in Nashville are not professional and just don’t care. Thanks for nothing Melissa Lianko, Ebony (615) 725-7751 and (615) 725-7757 at Consumer Affairs Representative Nissan North America, Inc.

- , Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 222013

Maxima LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,010 miles

If I only knew then what I now know, I would have not purchased this vehicle. When the jerking started I was told it was the motor mounts, I had all of them replaced (spent about $800.00), This did not solve the problem. Then I was told that I needed to have a transmission flush (spent another $350.00). This too did not solve the problem. Now I am told that the drive shaft and the catalytic converter need to be changed (estimated cost $3,000.00). I do not know where to turn and to add insult to injury, I need to replace the driver side head light module (cost $387.00). This truly is the worst car I have ever purchased.

- , bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #3

May 052013

Maxima 3.5L Se

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,800 miles

I wish I'd seen this forum before buying my 2006 Nissan Maxima. Hard lesson learned!. Purchased May 3, 2013 and right away notice slight jerking, but my husband thought I was having buyer remorse, since I wanted a different car and he insisted on this one.

Slipping like you all described consistently got worse and then the hard shifting from reverse to drive. I've only had it for 10 months, still have 5 more years to pay for it and I'm stuck with the piece of junk.

Now the issue is very bad at 67k miles, and lowest estimate I've gotten is $2,500 to rebuild transmission. Like all of you, I can't help but wonder why Nissan isn't doing something about it if it's a known issues. Absolutely shameful.

I will get the repairs done and finish paying off the car, but definitely will never purchase another one of their cars.

- , Antioch, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 052013

Maxima SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

This is my second complaint on the 2006 Maxima. The first complaint I reported was the broken engine mounts. After fixing that my repair shop is now stating that the valve body needs to be replaced. However, they aren't even certain that that will fix the problem.

Planning to bring to the dealership for them to confirm that that is indeed the problem.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142011

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

Extremely disappointed that the $36K vehicle, which was just paid off, is having transmission problems. Due to other issues, I wasn't planning on purchasing another Nissan - the transmission issue has cemented that decision.

Transmission is lagging upon normal acceleration. Hard shift going into drive as well as delay going into drive.

- , Keller, TX, USA

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