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:
78,872 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Dec 052011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


I was driving in 40's and suddenly my transmission gets stuck. It wont go down or up.and sudddenly when it does it gives me a huge jerk. This can be a dangerous problem which can cause serious accidents. Looking at all the forums in the internet seems like almost all the Nissan users of (2004 to 2006) are facing the same problem. There has to some kind of recall that all these customers have to get.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The transmission violently shifts up and down causing the car to jerk forward when at speeds ranging from 20-40, slowing down or accelerating up almost causing an accident. As well as slipping out of gear around 35-45 mph revving the engine then slamming into gear causing temporary loss of control. This is an extreme safety hazzard. Nissan Maxima problem yet Nissan won't help, please help myself and other Nissan owners before someone dies in an accident from a surging/slipping transmission. I just want this problem to go away.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 072011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated when driving various speeds or starting the vehicle, it would lunge forward. The vehicle also jerked violently when shifting from first to second gear. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Roselyn, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


When the engine is warn and you shift from park to drive or reverse the car jerks really hard before it goes to the desired gear. Once it picks up you will feel a jerk while driving especially when you are slowing down from high speed to a stop. It really jerks around 2nd and 3rd shifting, picking up or slowing down. During driving when you depress the accelerator, it does not pick up right away and the engine will rave before it kicks in with a jerk. The transmission slips before it picks up. Once you start acceleration, there is a rattling sound when you press the gas. I have taken it to the dealership several time and they tell me they cannot find anything wrong with it and that I should always use premium gas. The last time I had to spend $500 to replace the visa valve and evap valve the problem still continues. This happens after driving the car and it has warmed up. The dealership cannot replicate the problem because whenever you take it in they wait till the engine has cooled down before they take it for a test drive. It sounds to me like they do it on purpose. My car is about 110K miles and this started about 10K miles ago.

- Englewood, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 162010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 15 mph the vehicle surged forward while shifting gears. He also experienced hard shifting as the vehicle jerked forward. The failure recurred intermittently while driving approximately 15 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where he was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 162007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,450 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While idling at a stop light with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to approximately 20 mph. There were no warning lights present during or after the failure occurred. A police report was filed. The vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. Both vehicles were damaged. There were no injuries. The vehicle shut off after it was placed in neutral, however, it kept attempting to accelerate as if the pedal was depressed. The contact drove the vehicle to his residence with the emergency brake applied. The failure did not recur. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 14,450 and current mileage was 14,500. The consumer stated the throttle actuator was replace at his expense however, he does not feel this was the problem with the vehicle. Updated 10/16/07

- Fayetteville , GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 272005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Maxima developed problems with lurching forward and the engine racing.** answer required***. the consumer had to quickly place the gear into neutral to avoid an accident.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Nissan Maxima SE experiencing problems with slowing down once the accelerator is released. There is a one second delay from the time the accelerator is released until the engine starts to slow down. The consumer contacted the manufacturer but they provided no assistance.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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