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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 162005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles


The contact replaced the right front wheel bearing assembly under warranty. Both right and left front struts were replaced at 8500 miles. These parts were replaced under warranty as well. There have been no problems with the suspension since the replacement of these parts. Updated 12/7/2005.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #1

May 252005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Purchased a 2005 Nissan Maxima in December 2004. By March of 2005, the strut assemblies (both) had been replaced 3 times and the vehicle was in an additional time for the same complaint of noise in the strut assembly but was repaired to no avail. May 25, 2005: Noise in the front end again. Upon inspection from the authorized Nissan dealership in corpus christi, tx, it was said that the noise was coming from a faulty rack and pinion. Prior to this (upon conclusion that the struts needed to be replaced a third time), I asked Nissan to buy back the vehicle. They refused. This vehicle's front end is not repairable and hazardous. The car, at this time, has 17K miles and needs to be either replaced or bought back.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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