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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,322 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 012014


  • 37,000 miles


The ABS system is defective based upon Nissan manufacturers bulletin regarding Maxima's years 2004, 2005, 2006. The requirement of Nissan to replace 2-rear wheel hubs $444.10, 2-rear ABS wheel sensors $627.20, and possibly the ABS actuator-assy $1306.51 all due to the technical fact that water accumulates in the wheel hubs and causes failure of the sensors & ABS actuator assy to properly engage the ABS computer ( actuator), causing the ABS computer to continually turn on it's pump motor making the vehicle be unstable and not stop evenly. I'm advised by Nissan service the effect of the actuator continually running will cause it to burn out prematurely but Nissan is requiring the customer to make the repairs at their own expense even though this issue has been apparent in 2004, 2005, 2006. The inherent danger to myself as the owner, passengers, pedestrians, other vehicles is of paramount concern in consideration of operating this vehicle.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 122012


  • 118,200 miles
I was about to pull off from a stop light and when I hit the gas it was like I was in neutral. The car wouldn't move. Cars were blowing at me and all. I looked down and saw that the car was still in drive. The ABS, brake, service engine and tns/ins? lights were on and my gas hand had dropped from 3/4 of a tank down to empty and the light came on. I turned the car off for a split second and turned it back on. The only light that stayed on afterward was the service engine light. My gas hand never went back up to the 3/4 of a tank. I was nervous that the car was going to cut off so I stopped and put more gas in the car. My car now drives like the bottom is falling out. It's slow to accelerate and then picks up once you get to about 35 mph.

- Crewe, VA, USA

problem #9

Feb 242012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving at speeds under 55 and above my ABS motor engages and pumps causing car to handle strange with out brakes being pressed at all, it is sporadic when doing so while driving. All of this is on 4 tires with good even pressure and on perfectly dry level asphalt. The ABS also engages while attempting to brake with a noticeable amount of pedal fade and flutter on perfectly dry asphalt with undesired stopping distances, such as rolling thru stop signs. Never has a warning light or any check light, light up during the incidents. Here is a link to consumer complaints of many other Maxima owners that have had same problems with there This is a serious safety issue due to the diminished braking ability. I have owned GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, and never seen brakes this bad the GM I had that would activate ABS GM did the right thing and recalled them and fixed it which is what Nissan should have to do as well. I called the local Nissan dealer and told them what was going on and they said it was common and acted like it was no big deal and told me I could bring it in have them look at it and replace sensors, I feel like they should have to eat all costs incurred being as it is a blatant design flaw highly common and highly dangerous!!! thank you..

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012011


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the ABS warning light was illuminated and the instrument panel begin to malfunction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the instrument cluster sensor would need replacing. In addition, the contact was advised to have the brake pads and rotors repaired. The vehicle was repaired but the failures all recurred. The contact believed that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012010


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph, she applied pressure to the brake pedal and the anti lock brakes engaged. The brake pedal began to pump and the vehicle exhibited an increased stopping distance. During the failure, the anti lock brake light illuminated. The failure began to recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the anti lock speed sensors were rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately three months later, the failure began to recur and the vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised to replace the anti lock braking system due to excessive rust and corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle would violently jerk when downshifting and accelerating at low speeds. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 69,890.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 132011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 113,542 miles
Dashboard cluster and ABS needs to be replaced, is this a recall issue if not shold be.

- Illinois, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 142011


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph. The contact stated that when the brakes were engaged, the ABS activated abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they informed the contact that the failure was caused by a faulty computer chip. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph he engaged the brakes and they made a very loud noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the left rear hub assembly and ABS module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and two years later the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the same dealer who performed a diagnostic test which indicated that the ABS motor module, the hub assembly and actuator were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not covered under warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 62,600. Updated 5/2/11 updated 05/11/11

- East Dubuque, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 052010


  • miles
The 2005 Nissan Maxima has a known issue and it's not just me, if you google for Maxima ABS issue, every one has been complaining about this. Apparently, the hole near the right ABS sensor is too small for the dust particles to escape which clogs the ABS and short circuits the ABS module. I live in New York state where it snows heavily sometimes in winters. My ABS module blew up because of this issue. People I have spoken to have had same exact issue. It's amazing how Nissan has not recalled these vehicles for this problem. ABS system not working is a safety issue. I don;'t see how they can ignore this. Not just that, this sort of becomes a scam since they are aware of this issue and still not recalling it.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 052006


  • miles
I am having problems with my 2005 Maxima front end shaking when I start braking. I have had my tires rotated balanced and re-aligned but am still having problems.

- Cleveland, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 092005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,800 miles
We purchased a new 2005 Nissan Maxima in July 05. From day one, we noticed an engine surge when down-shifting gears, start from a stop and when placed in reverse. We attributed this to being a sportier car than we were used to. However, on Nov. 9, as my wife was turning into a parking space in a parking deck, the brakes failed to engage. Specifically, she had just leveled-off from the up-ramp of the deck, made a left-turn into a parking space, pressed the brake pedal and - nothing. The pedal would not depress. Because the car was naturally slowing down from the up-ramp, the down-shifting of gears caused the car to stall, then surge, just as it has done before. B/C the brake pedal didn't depress, the brakes didn't engage, thus the car rolled into the boundary wall of the parking deck. When we notified the dealer, they said that it wasn't their problem and to call Nissan. I called 1-800-Nissan-1, and spoke with an attendant on 11/10. A tech visit was schedule for 12/5. on 12/12, Nissan called to report that they couldn't find a defect. When I inquired as to the specifics of the "investigation, " I was told that they were "professionals, and checked whatever they thought was necessary." When I pressured for specifics, they couldn't provide any. This purchase was intended to provide my wife and unborn child a safe and dependable mode of transportation, but if the brakes don't work and no one can find a problem, how safe and dependable is it? B/C we couldn't drive the car due to the accident and mechanical issues, we were without the use of the car for 34 calendar days, and for 29 business days. The cost of the repair is $2000+. this is an outrage that a $30K car develops an engine/transmission problem from purchase (assuming it is a problem) and then develops a brake malfunction within the first 4 months of purchase. Completely asinine.

- Durham, NC, USA

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