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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,465 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 022008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 98,465 miles


I live in Washington state. I bought my 2005 Maxima SE in Feb 24 2007 with 48,000 miles on it. When it reach 98,000 miles (mostly highway miles), my automatic transmission began displaying shifting problems. 1.from park and/or reverse to drive it had a 5 second delay to shift into gear, and when it did it shifted hard. 2.transmission slipped out of gear during slow and go driving causing the engine to rev at high RPM"S and then slamming into gear. 3.very hard shifts between 1st and 2nd gear when shifting up and down at speeds of 15 to 25 mph. 4.once it slipped out of gear, and shut my engine down. During slow and go driving I could feel the transmission begin to shift AT15 mph, and get a hard shift at about 20 and 25 mph. It shifted hard back and forth between high and low gears. I also, experienced lag time, and high RPM"S before it slammed into gears when shifting. Every transmission place I went to wanted $3500 to $4000 to replace it. As an alternative, I bought a used automatic transmission with 62,000 miles in Dec 15 2008, and had it installed for $2000. After 150,000 miles (mostly highway miles) on the replacement transmission I began to experience identical problems as described above. I?ve had the cam sensors, solenoids, and fluids replaced and it still response the same way. I find it odd of 2 different transmissions that acting the same way. Also, ever since I got this car I have to replace the headlights ever year. Not good for a car that cost $40,000 new from a company that used to have a good reputation.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

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