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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,969 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 102011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Having trouble with my transmission I have a 2005 Maxima auto. The transmission jerks when shifting from park to drive and reverse to drive. And also when im driving about 30 to 40 mph it will rev a little bit then catch the gear really hard jerking.

- Martindale, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 012010


  • 82,500 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima with under 90,000 miles. I am experiencing transmission problems. The car jerks when I slow down and does the same thing going from 1st to 2nd gear. I started having this problem about a year ago and I took the car to a transmission shop which I was told it needed a transmission/engine mounts which were replaced, after a week the problem continued. I thought it was just me, but I read there are a lot of people having the same problem and Nissan is not doing anything about it. There has to be a defect in the transmission, which should be a recall. Is there anything you can suggest can do please help. My warranty is over and I know it's going to be very expensive to repair. I purchased the car because of the style and Nissan reputation for having reliable cars. Their reputation is taking a hit because of the fact they are not showing any concerns about problem why why why why is nothing being done!!!!!!!!!!

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122009


  • miles
Wow! this is crazy! I have the same problem> I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and lately about a month ago when I put my car in drive it jerks big time. This is on and off. I took it to the Nissan dealer for them to say it was my motor mounts and they needed to be replaced. Well after hearing all these complaints it looks like I will just waste money to get these mounts replaced. My car has 81,000 miles on it and its been driven lightly and babied> I don't understand why they will not have a recall on this. Noone should have to pay money for an issue that's obviously messing people over!

- Highlands, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 112010


  • miles


I brought my car to Nissan for service because I heard a whining noise coming from the engine. I was informed by Nissan that the timing chain on my vehicle may need to be replaced. I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima with only 50,000 miles. If this part is not replaced, the car will stop immediately and will require towing. I'm disturbed by this issue, because Nissan was made aware of this issue with their 2005-2008 models, since 2006, and have only listed this as a bulletin. There have been many complaints and forums on this issue, however they do not deem this as a recall. I feel this is a safety issue, because if a vehicle halts in the middle of a highway, this can be a disaster waiting to happen. Also there may be extensive damage to the engine. I also have a 1995 Maxima that has never undergone a timing chain replacement. I'm hoping that someone will look into this issue.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 152008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions. Pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by an unintended lunge and forceful acceleration. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was shifting in the first, second and third gears. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned the engine off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician recommended replacement of the transmission. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 03/04/10. The consumer also complained that when accelerating, the transmission would jerk. The dealer found internal transmission failure. The transmission fluid was burned. Also the front and rear engine mounts were broken. The consumer had an accident due to the shifting problems with the transmission. 08/11/10.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 262009


  • 64,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and the engine keeps on slipping. It happens about 30% of the time when I'm shifting to first gear. I when the a transmission shop and had everything checked and they changed my transmission oil, but after about 2 weeks the slipping started again. I have read online that I'm not the only person having this problem with 04-06 Nissan Maximas. There are a lot people having engine slips with this car.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 162006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a new 2005 Nissan Maxima on Feb. 12 2005. Since my purchase I have had to bring the car back to the dealership soon after the purchase. The first problem was that the throttle went out and had to be replaced. Now on 01/16/06 the entire engine has to be replaced. The dealership states that the vehicle has thrown a rod. My car is not even a year old yet, brand new with less than 10,000 miles on it. I will be without a vehicle for 2-3 weeks. I have been a loyal Nissan owner for over 13 yrs. I have purchased nothing but Nissan vehicles since moving to Texas. I am so upset that I can't even put it to words, I will never, ever, buy another Nissan product due to all the hard aches I have gone through with the purchase of my new vehicle. I can't even enjoy the vehicle because it spends half the time in the service department. I want to get out from under my lease, unsure if I can even do that. Then trying to contact your company has been a living nightmare. I could cry right now. You want a complaint you got a big one. Now, what are you going to do about it! I need someone in charge to contact me asap. I will contact my news station, local radio station whatever it takes and let everyone in the entire state of tx. Know how I have been treated by Nissan motors.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 032004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
I purchased a Nissan Maxima sl at the start of November 2004. A harness inside the engine containing a sensor to detect engine knocks was damaged by a rodent. This caused the engine to misfire which caused the transmission to buck, stop shifting, change speed of the car on it's own, lose acceleration, not shift, shift suddenly and put the driver in a situation where if they did not compensate they could be injured or killed. The problem started when I bought the car and worsened over the next three thousand miles of driving. The dealer and manufacturer ignored the problem and said they could not duplicate it until I said I would pay for them to plug the engine into a diagnostic computer. At this point they found a misfire code, the problem was identified my the master mechanic and the dealer replaced the harness at my expense! the manufacture refused to take responsibility for a dangerous defect. This is a defect in their computer logic and/or design. A sensor malfunction should not cause an engine misfire and transmission to fail. Note the date of November 3 2004 indicates that the problem started when I purchased the car and it continued until the harness was replaced. I have contacted the manufacturer many times and they are not returning my calls. The master mechanic said he has seen this problem many times before which tells me that this is perhaps a long standing problem that Nissan chooses to ignore.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

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