hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles

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2001 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2001 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 132008


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Maxima. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle jerked and shifted gears. The incident felt as if the vehicle was being rear-ended. The rpms increased to 3,000 and then decreased. The contact took the vehicle to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the automatic transmission was the cause of the failure. The mechanic further stated that a new transmission was needed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 172,000 and failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 092007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Maxima SE, when I accelerate to pass, the car stalls momentarily then the engine revs almost to redline and then the transmission shifts. I took the car to baker jackson Nissan in houston and they said that the problem was with the catalytic converter. They replaced the catalytic converter and the problem persists. They claim it is not the transmission.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 212005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
My Nissan Maxima (2001) began to hard shift between 1st and 2nd gear at approx. 55,000 miles. When I reported it to the dealer (tim dahle Nissan in sandy, ut) at the 60,000 maintenance service, I was told there was nothing wrong with the transmission. The shifting problem got steadily worse. The car began doing it randomly at any gear. At 74,000 miles I finally had time to take it to the dealer again. This time the dealer acknowledged the problem (after I made them test drive the car again) and replaced the control valve assembly in the transmission. I picked up the car and drove off the dealer's lot and the car immediately hard shifted from 1st to 2nd gear. Three weeks later I took the car back in. The dealer assured me that this was the way the transmission was supposed to work. Apparently, Nissan released a bulletin to its dealers, explaining that there was a known problem in the Maxima 2000 to 2003 (and other models as well). The bulletin instructs the dealer to replace the control valve assembly, but not the transaxle assembly. I am left with a car that shifts hard between 1st and 2nd, resulting in a "clunk" sound. I bought Nissan for performance but to avoid this hard shift I have to drive slowly, babying the transmission to shift quietly between 1st and

- Sandy, UT, USA

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