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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,630 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 122016

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


"tamara inflators" seat belts didn't lock or light did not come on. Smashed body all the way to back seat bottom to ground. Engine was idling very high felt/sound as if we were going 60 but only was going 40. No air bags came on. Brakes grinding. Back window blew out and tires flat in back.. windows slow on drivers side. When the sheriff Tahoe hit us at 80mph on U.S. 40 greenfield in was in the shop at J&M truck an trailer on the West side of indianapolis having the oil leaked fixed and tires all fixed and rotors and lights by [xxx] a couple months prior. I had my little girl in the back seat as well where sheriff hit and ran. I uploaded a before and after picture. VIN#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #10

Dec 042015


  • 130,000 miles
I thinks many have the same issues with me, transmission had some issues. Also ABS started when it is not supposed. Maxima need to be recalled.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #9

Sep 272015


  • 170,000 miles
Prior to incident car was shifting really hard and slipping gears. Once when driving, car suddenly went into a safety mode not letting it shift out of 5th gear. Going down hill caused the engine to stall because of being in 5th gear and car engine turned off, as well as power steering and braking. Had it been on a busy road a crash would have occurred.

- Millersburg, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 062014


  • 98,000 miles


We purchased this car in 08/13 after we bought the car it needed a transmission then ended up putting 2 transmissions in the car, also a new throttle body with all this and the purchase of the car it is over $8,000 in this useless car, that now is totaled due to faulty brakes and traction control, these cars are dangerous it was only goin 20 mph the brakes were applied, and the brakes locked and the throttle was hung open, then it hit a bank and flipped over now it is totaled and we have nothing these cars are junk.

- Washington, VA, USA

problem #7

May 082014


  • 90,000 miles
I took my car to Nissan to have my car totally checked over. The ABS light came on and I had sharp jerks from the transmission and hesitation around 40 mph. The timing chain also had a rattle when the car was started. My ABS system had failed due to water shorting out the ABS sensor which destroyed the ABS control module repair cost $1200. When I told the service advisor my ABS light was on, he had a service bulletin at his station with exactly what he thought was wrong with my car and he told me it was a common issue with my car. The transmission needs a valve body due to premature wear cost $3500 to rebuild and install new valve body design. The timing chain has guides that wear and chain rubs against plastic then down to metal repair cost $1500. Nissan needs to fix all of these defective cars and pay the people who have made these costly repairs.

- Somerville , TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 132010


  • 54,000 miles
The transmission start shifting funny 2 years ago. In between 15-20 miles (1 gear) there was a delay and a click during shifting. At that time I had a warranty on my car, but the dealership's mechanics didn't identify a problem, right now it become more visible and the other dealer found the transmission replacement needed but the cat is out of warranty and replacement will be more than $ 4,000. I asked Nissan Corp. To cover this replacement as a goodwill repair, but was denied due to out warranty status (which makes no sense to me, as if I wouldn't be out of warranty why should I request repair from Nissan Corp. As I would be able to do it in any dealership). Plus I have ABS unit to be replace, but the problem is only in the solenoid not in unit, but the dealers do not replace the solenoid but need to replace the unit for $1,900.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 152013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway and went to go and apply my brakes. At this time my dashboard lights lit up with an ABS and brake light being illuminated. I talked to Firestone and told them the issue as I was out of town. They told me to bring it in and they would run a quick diagnostic. I did and they found it to be a known issue at Nissan. I took it to the dealer as there is a tsb on the vehicle for this issue. They told me they would have to change the ABS sensor and possibly the wheelhub, if all was done I would be out about $3000. I asked the dealer what issues could arise and they told me my brakes could lock up when driving. I find this to be unacceptable, especially if driving down the freeway at 70 with a big truck following. I got in touch with Nissan Consumer Affairs and they did some research, but came back with the would not help with any repairs. I have been following numerous complaints online about the same issue with the 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima. For some people this has gone on too long with Nissan not wanting to help out. A recall should be done before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 142013


  • 40,930 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph and applying the brakes, the anti-lock braking system engaged. The vehicle would jerk once the anti-lock braking system engaged independently and caused a delay in stopping distance. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the ABS sensor was causing the anti-lock brake system to engage during normal braking. The dealer replaced the ABS sensor as well as the rear hub assembly. The failure mileage was 40,930.

- Glen Carbon, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 042013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Failure in ABS system. ABS, tcs, and slip warning lights show after the occurring sound of grinding in the brakes. Apparently this is a known problem in 2004 - 2007 Maximas. There is a tsb floating all over the internet documenting the problem and possible repair procedures. Dealer wants close to 3K for a known issue!!!

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 182010


  • 50,000 miles
Loss of both rear wheel ABS sensors causes ABS system to stop working completely. Technical service bulletin publish by Nissan relating to failure, car owner's responsibility. ABS pump and controller failure.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle has had multiple incidents with the ABS system. From what I have read, this is a known issue with a service record and a repair of over $2000 yet Nissan refuses to cover the repair or recall the vehicle. The first incident in my vehicle occurred in October 2011. It has since had the same issue three times. The car pulls when braking, makes a loud noise and is difficult to drive and brake.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

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