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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles


Consumer bought new Nissan Maxima 2005 and had driven vehicle for a few days when while parked at work, a co-worker noted there was "black stuff" which was suspected to be brake fluid. Concerned, called dealership and dealer said not to drive vehicle because of the distance but please go to the nearest dealership there was a definite safety issue. A local dealer accepted vehicle and was kept for 4 days and determined it needed a new axle and also replaced a new brake boot as well. Told dealership from where vehicle was purchased and they said do not let that dealership make those repairs-they would come and tow vehicle back. Dealer towed vehicle. The dealer has had vehicle for over 1 week and no repairs have been made. They claim repair is in process. Dealer has not confirmed what the problem was however the secondary dealership insists it was a broken axle on the front passenger side. *note* consumer discovered she did not have VIN available to provide upon filing a complaint.

- Toano, VA, USA

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