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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,651 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #107

Jan 012008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2006 Nissan, Maxima I bought brand new fully loaded at $32,000 2 years after having it started jerking on me on they stated it was the motor mounts so I have been driving it that way and find out now after 80,000 miles it has been my transmission failing and slipping. It jerks so hard and the car even turns off on me at times, it struggles to drive up hills my car is still;L in great condition but I need a new transmission really"?" at 80,000 miles who the hell does that, and then its going to run me almost $3,000 or more if that. This is something that should be brought to attention for all Nissan Maximas and be recalled asap before someone has an accident due to the transmission failing!!!!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 012011

Maxima

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission was shifting hard and failing. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Pueblo , CO, USA

problem #105

May 052011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 113,256 miles
My 2006 Maxima started having transmissions problems about 1month ago ; my wife complained that the car was jerking hard when she slow down and started back driving; I took it the shop they said my motor mount needed to be replaced, so they replaced it, did not help at all; took the car back to the shop an they said it was the transmission and Nissan had alot of problems with this 2006 Maxima.

- Southaven, TN, USA

problem #104

May 312009

Maxima

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that he was experiencing a recurring failure in which the transmission would need replacing over a period of two years. When starting, the vehicle would jerk violently before stalling. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him that the transmission and the valve body would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #103

May 232011

Maxima

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
My 2006 Nissan Maxima (3.5sl automatic trans) which we purchased new in 2006, experienced a complete transmission failure today while my wife was driving in rush hour traffic in the city of baton rouge. The car now has 86000mi, but the shifting/slipping began at about 77000mi. We had a fluid service done recently hoping this would cure the problem, but it did not. This was done at 84000mi. The mechanical failure while driving came within inches of her being broadsided by a one ton commercial delivery truck on the driver side. The accident was narrowly avoided thanks to the truck drivers alertness, swift reaction. Please, this problem has been ongoing for far too long, to far too many Maxima owners, this problem needs to be corrected before someone gets killed. I was almost a widowed father today.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #102

Jul 012009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving, the transmission independently shifted gears abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where it was diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 104,000. The consumer stated the vehicle did not shift properly between 1st and 2nd gear, sometimes not shifting at all. The rmps' were up, but there was no movement. It also responded with a thumping noise when downshifting. Updated 12/05/11

- District Heights , MD, USA

problem #101

Feb 132011

Maxima

  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Maxima transmission problems. I purchased the vehicle new. 95,000 on it and the transmission is shot. Nissan must make us whole on this.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #100

Aug 162010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph and shifting from second to first the vehicle would jerk excessively. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who advised her that she replaced the transmission fluid. After having the fluid replaced she noticed that the shifting became worse. The failure mileage was approximately 69,200. Updated 07/21/11 the consumer stated the transmission was replaced because it would not shift from first to second gear. Updated 07/22/11

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #99

Aug 252010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
I have a 2006, Nissan Maxima SE. I've been having severe problems with my transmission. The car jerks violently when its changes gears between 1st and 2nd, as well as between 2nd and 3rd gear. After doing research on this problem online, I've seen countless number of people who complain about the same problem. I called Nissan and all they said was if there is ever a recall, then keep your receipt and you will be reimbursed. That's not good enough. So many people have experienced this problem from 2004 to 2008. I dont see how this could go on. A "reputable" company, such as Nissan, putting out a product that they know is defective. Its not fair to the consumer. To pay over $36,000 for a vehicle and to have a problem like this is wrong. What has to happen" do people need to die first before this problem is addressed? like the issue that Toyota had in regards to their accelerators getting stuck. Does someone have to bring this to the attention of a national media program, like dateline or 20/20 and bring to light how bad Nissan is treating its customers and how the NHTSA isn't doing anything to help the public with this issue" I'm hoping that this letter will get through to someone who really cares and will take action to help the consumer get some justice. The president made an emphasis on companies putting out quality vehicles and helped bail out some of the auto makers. Hopefully someone will help this consumer with this problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #98

Apr 072011

Maxima

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle would violently jerk when shifting from first to second gear. Once the vehicle began to accelerate it would accelerate at a slower rate than usual. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised to flush the transmission fluid. The transmission fluid was flushed, but the failure began to recur a few days later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #97

May 062011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 82,376 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

For the past month, my 2006 Nissan Maxima has been having some problems with the transmission. When driving, as the car shift between gears 1-3, there are some loud noises and the car jerks forward with every gearshift. This is very dangerous when driving in traffic as the jerks propel the car forward between every gearshift. I did a computer diagnostic on the car and the results were that there is a problem with the valve body assembly on the transmission. I then went online and saw that there are hundreds of complaints regarding the same issue and all of the cars, were between 2005 -2008 and mileage ranged from 78000 to 95000. With all of these complaints that are online of the same problem with this car, I am surprised that there are no recalls for this particular car's problems. It is very clear that there are some major defects with this particular transmission. Called a transmission repair shop and they verified the same problem with many Nissan Maxima cars that have been repaired at its shop. There projected repair prices range from $3000-$4000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #96

Jan 122010

Maxima

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima SE. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when the transmission began jerking with excessive hesitation. The failure recurred whenever the transmission shifted into any gear range. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #95

Apr 222011

Maxima

  • 76,000 miles
Hello my name is [xxx] and I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima sl with 76K. This car has seemed to be more of a headache than anything else. Here are a list of problems. 1.) transmission: Jerks bad, free rev's bad, jumps from park to drive and reverse baaad. 2.) ABS system: The system initiated itself and I took it to midas there scanner read that there were no problems but still (to this day) bad grinding when I brake and rubbing sound when I accelerate. (happening for 3 days now) 3.) car was making bad clicking noise while engine was on....diagnosis from dealership; timing chain $1200 noise is still sounding after replacement. Please I have read countless forums hoping that I wasn't the only one....the transmission especially is defective please! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Louis , MO, USA

problem #94

Dec 282010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Transmission jerks very badly from 1st to 2nd gear. This appears to be a common defect in my model. There needs to be a recall.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #93

Apr 142011

Maxima

  • 113,500 miles
I purchased my 2006 Nissan Maxima sl on 4/12/11 and two days later started having transmission problems at 113000 miles. According to a local transmission repair shop and aamco, I will need a newly designed transmission valve body (approx $1500), new, or rebuilt transmission ($3000-$4000). Car jerks into 1st gear at low speed. When looking online I saw numerous other complaints exactly like mine, indicating a problem with the vehicle transmission valve body. There appears to be an obvious systematic defect by Nissan. This problem could easily occur if attempting to pass another vehicle or pulling into traffic on a freeway. This problem also qualifies as a serious safety issue as lives could be lost. Nissan should recall the 2004-2006 year model Maximas to ensure noone loses their life.

- Belden, MS, USA

problem #92

Jan 202011

Maxima

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle began to jerk violently. The contact stated the failure recurred at different speeds intermittently but would jerk violently while decelerating. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the transmission was flushed. The mechanic informed the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #91

Mar 012011

Maxima

  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 Nissan Maxima started having transmission problems at 75000 miles. According to aamco, I will need a new or rebuilt transmission. Car jerks into 1st gear at low speed. When looking online I saw numerous other complaints exactly like mine, indicating a problem with the vehicle is a defect.

- Pendergrass, GA, USA

problem #90

Feb 082011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima, when transmission is warmed up car hard shifts from first to second gear. Hard jerk when decelerating or accelerating after a small deceleration as well. Bought the car used with 67K miles on it and problem started around 90K. Have searched the internet for solutions and have come across thousands of similar complaints. Seems Nissan has no clue as to why the problem occurs and only solution found is spending 3-5K dollars to replace the transmission.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #89

Jan 112010

Maxima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle began to slip gears and stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the front brakes were wearing prematurely at very low mileage and were replaced three times within one year. The contact stated the vehicle is very unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #88

Apr 112011

Maxima

  • 80,000 miles
My 2006 Nissan Maxima SE with 84,000 miles on it is having major auto transmission problems, especially jerking into first gear when slowing down, or starting to go. I took it to a transmission specialist. Nothing shows up on the computer scans, indicating the transmission has to be replaced or rebuilt. Looking online, this appears to be a problem experienced by many other people, including other model years using the same transmission. The cost to repair is approx $3000, and appears to be a manufacturing defect, generally becoming obvious at about 65,000 miles.

- Pendergrass, GA, USA

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