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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,602 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Oct 062015


  • miles
I have a recall notice from Nissan but my auto dealer left our area. Nissan told me to take it to another town that is at least 70 miles away. I cannot get it there. They will not pay another non-Nissan local dealer to do the work. What can I do?

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #3

Dec 032005


  • 2,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the air bag sensor illuminated intermittently. The front passenger side air bag sensor displayed that it was off when a passenger was occupying the seat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #2

Oct 302011


  • 91,010 miles
I'm was driving when my tire popped and my car went across all three lanes, across the median, then across three lanes of oncoming traffic into some woods and hit a tree head on. All side airbags deployed but the front on didn't, which concerns me since I hit a tree head on. The side airbags left bruises on my face and neck injuries.

- None, NN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I was rear-ended so hard it catapulted me into the vehicle in front, my airbag didn't deploy. My face hit the steering wheel, I have a bulge and bruising above my right eye and right cheek.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

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