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

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Jan 012012


  • miles


The transmission on my 2005 Nissan/Maxima is hard shifting when engine/transmissionis is hot, delaying take off and kicking extremely bad when picking up speed and the automatic transmission shifts gears. Two motor mount are already broken as a result of this problem. Nissan dealer recommended replace transmission. A transmission specialized shop inspected and tested the transmission for second opinion and did no find problem in the transmission, other than 2 bad sensors. Sensors was replaced and 6 months later the problem started again. *interior sunvisor lightning cover broken in both sides, driver's and passenger. Player not working, not playing. *original chrome wheels are corroded, breaking the seal on two of the tires causing pressure to lower and makes tire go flat in less than a week, if not attended soon.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #52

Dec 102016


  • 101,000 miles
At 101,000 miles transmission cut out. Gears not changing. Jerking movement when accelerating. In motion or stationary

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #51

Nov 152016


  • 10,000 miles
Timing chain noise/timing chain needs to be replaced. This noise started when the vehicle had approximately 100,000 miles on it.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #50

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 #49

Apr 162013


  • miles
Transmission skipping

- Alexandria, AL, USA

problem #48

Nov 012015


  • miles
I've noticed way too many complaints about 2005 Nissan Maxima having transmission. Issues around 125K miles. Whenever I shift to reverse, drive, first, second, or third there is a delay and loud thud. I've seen way too many people having the same issue and the fact that there hasn't been a recall is a shame. Someone needs to do something. Anyone?

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #47

Nov 012015


  • 106,000 miles


Transmission failure after faultier why they don't take responsibility is no only one ca every single owner of Nissan Maxima is having this issue from 2002 to 2006 Nissan Maximas

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 012014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 08/16/16

- Nashviille, TN, USA

problem #45

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 #44

Aug 252014


  • 48,639 miles
Within one month of getting the car, transmission started jerking. It would jerk really hard and almost red line between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear. It also does it when I try to reverse! it jerked so hard one time I thought somebody had hit the back of my car! I took it back to carmax (where I originally got it) and they told me it was something wrong with the valve. They quoted $2000 to fix the car, but since I had it for less than 30 days they fixed it. Seven months later I started having the same problem. I'm so frustrated! I just want another car! I will never buy another Nissan, ever! after researching and reading all the reviews, a lot of people are having the same issue as me with this car. (along with other Nissan models). Do your research people! don't buy any of these models from Nissan or anyone else! (2004-2006 Maxima)

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 282010


  • 85,000 miles


The car started jerking when you put it in geer.then it started jerking and changing while driving and take off at a rapid speed.I took it to Nissan in December 2010 to get it checked out for the jerking and to get an oil change. I was told that the car wasn't under warranty even though I had taken a extended warranty out.I purchase a new vehicle at that time. 2011 pathfinder. I took my Maxima back to Nissan in July 2015 because the check engine light was coming on and the car was still doing the same but worse. The dealer never sat that there was a recall on the car for the transmission. A family member found this website for me.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #42

Jul 142014


  • 71,000 miles
I recently bought a 2005 Nissan Maxima from carmax it was about a month after I bought the car the transmission started to slip and change gears really rough. The transmission hesitates when changing gears either at idle or while driving the transmission does it the most between first and second and second to third and when downshifting in those same gears. My main concern is my family in this vehicle or any other families in the same vehicle when we are driving in the vehice our heads and necks get whipped back and forth very roughly. It is a safety hazard due to the transmission changing gears on its own while im driving the car. I only ask for you to please look into this and make it a recall. Nissan did not want to help me out or anyone else. I have seen numerous complaints and heard numerous stories about this problem. It needs to be resolved. Nissan put out a poor product and wont fix it. They need to own up to their mistake, before someone gets injured or dies. I ask of you please look into this. Not only for my safety or my infant's safety but for anyone who owns this vehicle. Ps. if I would have known about this issue before I bought the car I would have never gotten it. Pps. The test drive and the 1st month were fine until normal driving conditions occurred. Please help, please help! get this recall active! thanks, frank

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #41

Jun 042015


  • 102,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving 30 mph, the engine and slip warning lights illuminated and the vehicle stalled. Once the vehicle finally restarted, there was a delay in acceleration and the slip light illuminated again. The failure occurred more than twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,300.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #40

Feb 272015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Having trouble/delayed shifting. It went away for a week but it came back again. When I'm pressing on the gas it sounds like it's revving the engine but the car is not moving as it should.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #39

Feb 022015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Transmission takes about 1-2 seconds to move and then jerks forward. This usually happens when warmed up. Sometimes when car is moving it jerks while shifting gears.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #38

Feb 072015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle started to jerk and then stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the motor mounts, crank position sensor, and the timing chain needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the vehicle may still need a new transmission, but these repairs should be done first. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #37

Jun 142012


  • 130,000 miles
My 2005 Maxima transmission is jerking when switching gears and also slippage. At first I thought it was the mounts because one was bad but after replacing them the problem still was still there. Later I found out it was just the transmission. I looked online and found a number of people was having the same problem and there still have not been a recall. This will be my last Nissan.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #36

Apr 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
Every time the car is started, there is a grinding, metal-on-metal sound from the engine. We assume that it is the timing chain that is making this noise since this motor uses plastic parts in the timing chain assy.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #35

Aug 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My car has been jerking when going into second and third gears, engine revs while driving then jerks again and makes a loud noise. I am scared to be close to another car because I don't know what it's going to do next. It only has 83,000 miles on it and has been kept up for services and no real problems until now. I would like for this to be investigated to the fullest. I bought this car brand new and one of the reason I bought it was for its safety record, which I am not feeling very safe in it now. I should not be having these problems with the mileage I have on it!

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Transmission clunks when shifting, engine timing chain guides worn out making loud noises at idle.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

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