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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:
90,702 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace drive shaft (1 reports)
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2006 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

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, Connecticut, 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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