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:
47,005 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #7

May 052015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Transmission failure, check engine light comes on, car jerks into gears, RPM's accelerate when driving in first gears. Per Nissan dealer they said it needed new mounts and a new transmission, I should trade it in they said :[ I have maintained all oil changes and have kept up my service. They are not accepting any responsibility. Need help please, I can not afford a new transmission, I can not afford 5 years of car payments as well. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 052014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Undercarriage rust rotting of floor board on passenger side.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 102014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the front passenger side floor board was corroded and developed a hole. The contact mentioned that as a result of the failure, fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 92,000.

- New Haven , CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 212013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased my vehicle on February 2 2012 at 86,000 miles car was fine. A year later I had to get it inspected the mechanic told me I had to replace my front motor and this was probably the reason for the jerking I had my motor mount replaced. And guess what still jerking. This problem needs a recall. I have spoken to different people with the same vehicle year make and model and they have the same problem. Not every knows to come to make a complaint. Nissan should voluntarily recall this make and model to make the repairs. This can also be a safety hazard to any non experience driver.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 122011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 82,034 miles
Passenger front floor pan has about a 11 inch rusted out spot. You can see the interior sound barrier from under the car on the passenger side, under the front door area.

- Avon, IN, USA

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problem #2

May 282010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
May/2110-while driving my 2005 Nissan Maxima I developed complete electrical failure and had to have my car towed to bill denny's car repair. The problem is that the electrical system is directly under a coin tray on the dash. The corners are not secure and small coins were able to slip down there thus short circuiting the electrical system. My auto repair person researched this and found this problem has been well known to Nissan. Many Nissan owners have had this problem happen to them. The complaints are all over the internet. This happened to me when my vehicle was 5 yrs old but it also happened to Nissan owners when their Maxima was new. This is not a warranty issue but a safety issue. There should have been a recall. Nissan is ignoring my request to pay for my auto's repair because my car was not under warranty. Nissan has in fact fixed this defect. When I had my car repaired in may this problem was corrected.. john anello writer for auto tech on wheels wrote an article of the month for his magazine 06/2009- it was entirely about this defect. There is absolutely no reason for this to be ignored by Nissan. My car could have failed on a highway at a high speed with a deadly outcome. I made a complaint thru the state of md consumer protection division my case no#[xxx]. please help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 022009


  • miles
I purchased my 2005 Nissan Maxima sl brand new from kraft Nissan in July 2005. Four years later, I have been very disappointed in the service that Nissan provides to customers. I have had issues with Nissan's service since day one. I have contacted Nissan in the past about issues concerning my Maxima. Yesterday (December 2, 2009) after work, I got into my car to find out that it was wet on the inside from the driver side door panel to the passenger side door. Most of the roof line was completely saturated with water and dripping from the sunglass storage panel and each door. I have not had any work done or accidents. I feel that there is a defect in the seals or drains in this car. This was not the first time this has happened. I paid for a luxury Nissan not a piece of junk and continually make my payments timely. Kraft Nissan informed me that there is nothing they can do because my car is out of warranty and would have to keep my car all day and charge me $90 just to diagnosis the problem. My problem is that my car is almost always park in a garage, whether at work or at home. In Florida it rains a lot and I should not be having this issue with a car that is only 4.5 years old. I promise you I will never buy another Nissan nor will I recommend to anyone to buy a Nissan.

- Quincy, FL, USA

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