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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 112010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I purchased my 2005 Nissan Maxima brand new in April of 2005. I paid cold hard earned cash ($35,000) for this car. We refinanced our home too buy an reliable, sturdy, dependable, stylish, road car (instead we got a lemon). I have had many issues with the car. The headliner constantly falling down over my head while driving with the sunroof open, the sunroof not opening and closing properly, the O2 sensors going out constantly, , the brackets being replaced, the leather seats look as if I have razor blades attached to my bottom side, and the transmission is awful!!! at 65,000 miles it started going out. The local dealer replaced the tranny without admitting any fault on Nissan behalf. At the time we did not know about the troubling problems with the 2004-2005 transmissions. They only charged us for the labor cost. We actually thought "wow, they are cool"!! here we are at 157,000 miles (about 70,000 later and the tranny is:jerking extremely hard ( it feels like I am being rammed from the rear by a 18 ton semi-trailer) between going into 1st and second gear and again back in reverse from 2nd into 1st gear. The problem has gotten so bad that is now hesitating in shifting and I have had enough!! I have done my research, and this is an epidemic. Nissan has too step up and fix this problem. This country has hit a recession. Us hardworking americans deserve better than this. Please help us consumers. Thank [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the front passenger seat adjuster switch failed and caused the seat to overheat. The failure also affected the steering column and it can no longer be adjusted up, down, or sideways. It remains in the locked position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the heated seat switch was the cause of the failure. The dealer replaced the switch at the cost of $210. The manufacturer will not provide reimbursement because they have not received any complaints. They further stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V512000 (seats:front assembly:power adjust). The failure and current mileages were 88,000. Updated 07/15/08. The dealer replaced the seat switch. The sunroof only worked in vent mode. The dealer replaced the sunroof switch. Updated

- Wildwood, MO, USA

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