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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$3,098.00
Average Mileage:
96,300 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (6 reports)
  2. not sure (4 reports)
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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 102013

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

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

Nissan should have a recall on this transmission. Started happening at about 124000 miles. Transmission jerks and slips. Doesn't do it all of the time. Why isn't Nissan backing this up. They have to know about it. Took it to the dealer. At first they said nothing was wrong. I told them to drive it again. Their solution was to 'replace" at $3500. Crazy!!!! I like the car otherwise, but this is ridiculous.

- , York, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 272013

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

I bought my 2006 Maxima used (it was 6 months old with 15k miles) and had a couple of years with no issues. Around 45,000 miles, the a/c went out. Around 75,000 miles the transmission went out. Because I had an extended warranty, I ended up with a used transmission with 49,000 miles on it. The motor mounts were replaced at 82,000 miles. At 87,000 miles engine oil was leaking and the water pump was cracked. At 90,000 miles the catalytic converter (bank 1) went bad and I couldn't pass emissions. Now at 106,000 miles the second transmission is starting to slip.

You couldn't give me a Nissan product. In the 28 years I've been a car owner this is undoubtedly the worst car I have ever owned. I personally know two other people with 2006-2007 Maxima's who have also replaced the transmissions around 70-80k miles. And just google the issue and you'll find hundreds more.

- , Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jun 012010

Maxima ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I am really pissed that my transmission started giving me problems after it wasn't under warranty anymore. It's going to cost me over $3K to fix my problem and now my transmission has completely gone out and I don't have my vehicle. There is no reason why a car under 100K miles should have transmission problems like this! they need a recall on this damn car!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 152011

Maxima 3.5 SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

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

My 2006 Nissan Maxima has been jerking very badly, and having trouble getting into gear. This happens every time I drive, speed up, slow down, and reverse. Sometimes I can barely accelerate on the freeway. This happened at around 77,000 miles, which is past my warranty. I have an extended warranty that I paid for, but of course, the transmission is not covered totally, and I would have to pay a $500 deductible just to get it looked at, and MAYBE get it fixed. I've spoken to a mechanic and he told me I needed a new transmission. He also told me that he has had several complaints from fellow Maxima owners over the transmission, I also spoke to a Service Manager at a Nissan dealership. He asked me what car I had, as soon as I told him a Maxima, he said "it's the transmission right? They are all bad." So if the Nissan people actually know there is something wrong with the transmission on the Maximas, then why are they not recalling them? I went online and saw numerous complaints from other Maxima owners about the same thing at several different forums, and consumer complaint websites. What is Nissan waiting for to fix this? Are they waiting for someone to get killed before they decide that something needs to be done about THEIR faulty equipment? I have two kids, and I do not feel safe driving that car, but I have no choice. It is my only car, and I can not afford to just replace a transmission every 20,000 miles. It's sad, and the fact that Nissan knows about this and chooses to do nothing is truly pathetic.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012011

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

I have a 2006 Maxima w/ 104K miles that is having the same jerking issues. In Aug 2011, the car lurched and jumped so bad in traffic while slowing down. It also happens whenever I am pulling from a stop light or reversing. This issue continued and sometime I have to stop the car because I thought I was going to get into an accident. Since this appears after the car is driven for about 15 minutes, I will let the car sit for a while before I drive it again. It will drive fine for a few miles and start lurching again.

I took the car to our local Nissan dealer and I was told that I will need to pay them $105 for an inspection. I went on to tell them the issue and the service person acted as if he does not know what I was talking about. He was sarcastic in our conversation and he told me that I may have to buy a new transmission.

- , Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302011

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima that started showing signs of transmission failure sometime in 2010; somewhere between 55k-60k, through no fault of my own. In March 2011, the tranny finally gave out. After some online research, I come to find that this is not an isolated issue but rather a widespread one with the 6th generation Nissan Maximas; specifically the 2004-2006 model years. I wrote a letter to Nissan Consumer Affairs to explain this situation; I even gave them the websites to a lot of the online reports of people having the same problems and asked them to pay for the new transmission. After making me take my car to a Nissan dealership to have diagnosed what I already knew the problem was ($100), they declined to pay for the new tranny. This sickens me that this huge car company makes all this money off it’s customers and won’t even recall the cars to fix a problem that is THEIR fault. Now all of these Maxima owner are taking to the net to vent their frustrations with this car and Nissan which in turn tarnishes Nissan’s and our car’s reputation and diminishes the value of our Maximas.

I for one know that I will never buy another Nissan as long as I live. This is the 3rd Nissan I’ve owned and I was looking into getting my 4th; yes I was a loyal customer. I hope one of these Class Action lawsuits for this problem goes through since they seem to be turning a blind eye to all of these complaints. NISSAN, RECALL ALL 6TH GENERATION MAXIMAS AND FIX OUR TRANSMISSIONS!!!!

- , San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 212011

Maxima SL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

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

I bought this car brand spanking new, with low miles on it. Never saw a problem until about 90k miles or so,....gears begin to slip. It was so subtle that I immediately took it to Aamco where they told me "nope you're all good" and boy did I feel relieved. But I always had doubts.........well about 3 months after that I got stuck in 2nd gear with kids in the car and that was not fun at all. Then when it would work I begin to notice downshifting deteriorating. I soon took it into a Transmission shop and boy did I see the red flags that very instant: there were 4 Nissan Maximas in each bay being worked on. Keep in mind this is a transmission shop! The mechanics there swear to me that its a widely known fact that Nissan has defective trannies in the 04-06 Maximas. For any car, this is bad,......but for Nissan's FLAGSHIP car this is embarrassing and unfortunate! I believe there should be a recall by Nissan of North America and my repairs should be reimbursed.

- , Mount Dora, FL - Florida, USA

problem #3

Nov 012010

Maxima V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

The car has a poor turn ratio and there is no way a 2006 nissan maxima should be having transmission problems. I have spoken to other consumers and they too have had the same problem and its a shame nissan has not done a recall to resolve this matter. I plan to take on a class action suit

- , Sumter, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 302010

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

As im driving the car shifts going into 2nd gear and sometimes 3rd and makes a knocking sound. When i slowdown it gets very jerky coming from 3rd down to 2nd and slipping when I accellerate again throughout the gears going all the way to 5th. When this happens the car loses power and I have to switch to the tiptronic in order to continue driving but this just causes the gears to stick and drag sometimes. The more you have to stop and go like in rush hour traffic the problem becomes worse. It makes my ride uncomfortable and irritating.

I spoke with several friends that have the same car between 2004 up to 2006 and they are also complaining of the same problem and know others who have complained of this issue. I was told that this could be very costly to repair even maybe up to $2,000.00 or so. I think Nissan should value their name is repair this issue, how can the same problem exist with different people. I was also informed that Nissan wanted to charge $500.00 justto clear the sensor which is affecting this problem located in the transmission before they will even make repairs which is unfair to the consumer who has no way of preventing this problem from occuring. If they knew of this problem it should have been made a recall.

- , Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 122010

Maxima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

My 06 maxima transmission starts slipping around 96,000. When its going up shift around 20-30 mph it starts to jerk really hard. And also when im slowing down. This is not very good and everyone has the same complaint. So I did a little research and if people can go and file a complaint with safecar.gov we can all try to get this recalled through them. This is a goverment safety website. Nissan needs to be responsible for the problem...HOW CAN SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM...COME ON NISSAN..

- , Hampton, VA, USA

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