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:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,294 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Jan 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


When shifting from park to reverse or drive; or drive to reverse, the vehicle jerks and jumps before being able to advance. Gear changing is very "rough". traveling at speeds of 30-35 mph feel the transmission slipping.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 062012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I pulled out at a busy intersection and my Nissan Maxima stalled out, it seemed like it would not go into first gear, even though I was pressing the gas pedal to accelerate, the car just wouldn't go into gear! it caused other cars to have to slam on brakes and drive on the shoulder to avoid hitting me and each other! my car finally "jerked" violently into gear. I took it to the Nissan dealership and they said this was a known defect in the transmission, 4,000 to fix!! mind you they will replace it with a new defective transmission that there it no guarantee it will last more than 1 year! not a safe car to drive in metropolitan areas!

- Rolesville, NC, USA

problem #11

Dec 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
It has been proven and reported many times on the internet of the poor design of the secondary timing chains, tensioners, and guides for this particular model of Nissan. Owners of these vehicles have had to pay huge repair bills due to the defective timing chain tensioners that were placed in this vehicle when it was manufactured. They wear out prematurely and the engine has to be taken out of the car to replace the defective parts. This is inexcusable on the part of Nissan and the owners shouldn't have to pay these huge repair costs to replace a part that was defective in the first place.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #10

Oct 262012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


I am having very bad transmission issues. When I take off it jerks real bad in the lower gears and then when I am slowing down about to come to a stop it also kicks and jerks real bad when it gears down in the lower gears. And sometimes it just wont go at all..and then when I sit there a min and put my car from park to drive it hesitates for afew secs and then jumps real bad and then goes into usually does all this when the car is warmed up.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 222012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 89,999 miles
I have had this car since 2008. The transmission start jerking at 80 thousand+ miles on it.. it jerks from 3rd gear to 2nd while moving. I took it to Nissan dealership they said they cannot help. Then I called Nissan usa and asked them for help Nissan said its out of warranty so there's nothing they can do!! dealership told me that it would cost me 4000+ to get transmission replaced... I researched there's thousand of more people having the same problem with transmission. And Nissan is putting peoples life in danger and wont do anything about it..

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #8

May 062011


  • 90,000 miles
I bought a 2005 Maxima 3.5 sl in 2006 brand new in South Carolina. I first started having problems when I had my 60,000 mile service. About two weeks after the service my check engine light came on so, I took it to the dealership. They said there was no codes, and cleared the light. I then took my car in for the 90,000 service and once again around a week or two later my check engine light came on. I took it to the dealer and now their was codes saying my egr valve needed to be replaced. I told the dealership the same thing happened when I did my 60,000 mile service. Needless to say their was a recall that they would have replaced it for free but I was just over the mileage where it could have been done at no cost to me. About 3 months later my car jerked really hard, and my car lost complete power then jerked once more and started to move. The gauges in the car went completely out and every light possible on the dash came on. First I was told I have to replace four sensors, and so I did so along with the egr valve. The car ran fine for about two weeks and started doing the same thing. When I went from drive to reverse or vice versa it would jerk real hard before engaging. I then took the car to the repair shop and they said my transmission sensor was bad. I just had it replaced two weeks ago, and now my car is back is the shop doing the same thing. The tcs slip, and every light on the dash is on, and none of my gauges are working. Now they say it might be the computer that is bad. This last time I was on my way home from Missouri and it disengaged and would not put up speed when I pressed the gas pedal. I was nearly rear ended, and had to pull over because my 12 year old daughter was in the car and got scared.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #7

May 012012


  • 58,000 miles


At approximately 58,000 my vehicle started slipping and jerking. It gets stuck and doesn't move or will move at very high speed. It is dangerous to drive. When diagnosed by two different mechanics I was told it is a manufacture problem. Contacted manufacture and reported the problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 212012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,500 miles
When the vehicle gets up to normal operation it begins jerking extremely hard and shifting hard, sometimes bangs on shift and revs and jumps into gear. I have been informed that I need a new transmission which is going to cost around $3700!!!! not to mention every mechanic that I took it too mention that this year and make are notorious for needing the transmission replaced.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 072012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
When beginning to accelerate, transmission slipped. Issue worsened when accelerating or decelerating rapidly. Fluids changed regularly. Problem was intermittent at first. Has now become recurring. Upon review, it appears to be wide spread throughout the 2005 and 2006 year model with the aisin re5F22A 5 speed automatic transmission.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,300 miles
Transmission is slipping, especially at low speeds and when putting car into or out of reverse. When the transmission slips out of drive the engine revs and there is a sudden jerk. The car also jerks whenever switching from reverse to drive. The transmission failures are becoming more frequent. The car has 70K+ miles and research shows that transmission failure is a common problem with this car at this mileage.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022012


  • 98,000 miles


My 2005 Nissan is jerking dangerously while shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Almost caused an accident with my children in the car. Nissan knew about this problem when I bought the car less than a year ago and chose not to inform me just to make a sell. I believe that the tranny is defected and should be recalled and Nissan seems to refuse to help with this problem. I am concerned for my safety and spent 12,000 on the car now they are asking me to pay 4500 for the tranny. If this was told to me that this was a problem when the car was bought I would have went and brought a Honda instead. Rip off and danger alert to anyone that own this model vehicle.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #2

May 152012


  • miles
I bought a 2005 Nissan Maxima about a year ago and the past couple of months (just right over 100K miles), I have noticed major jerking and pulling while driving or shifting gears. It is an automatic, but when I start to go, it takes it a few seconds to get in gear and jerks. I have heard many others have the same issue with 2004-2005 models. Are there any recalls as of yet? I have always heard great things about Maximas and do not want to have to replace my transmission, especially this early on! please help! thank you!

- Kingston, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 292011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
1. takes about 5 seconds to click into gear after the shift lever is put in "D" 2. very hard jerky shifts between 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st and accompanied by loud clunking noise. 3. transmission slips out of gear during regular driving allowing the engine to rev freely then jerking back into gear with a loud clunk. The is followed by a burnt oil / electrical type smell that gets inside the car and evident outside after stopping.

- Westbury, NY, USA

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