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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,392 miles

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2005 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 14 of 16)

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problem #46

Oct 142009


  • miles


I leased a 2005 Nissan Maxima and fell in love with the car so much that I purchased the car when the lease was up. Shortly thereafter, I began smelling burned oil. I also noticed the car began to jerk really hard going from park to drive and going from drive to reverse. I took it to the dealership and they informed me that the transmission was going bad and they were going to replace it. The car had approximately 44K miles on it at this point. The dealership replaced the transmission with a remanufactured one. The car was fined but seemed not to have the same power. Anyhow, three months in to having the remanufactured transmission I noticed the car would not go into the driving gear. The car would only move in reverse. The car only has 46,524 miles on it.

- Wilkinsburg, PA, USA

problem #45

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 #44

Jan 012010


  • 91,000 miles
Transmission jerks hard between 2nd & 3rd gears. Tranny slips and also stalls when going from rev to drive.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #43

Dec 152009


  • 70,000 miles


2005 Nissan Maxima the transmission has hard jerky shifts between 2nd and 3rd (slamming into gear). Also the transmission slips out of gear occasionally during regular driving allowing the engine to rev freely then jerking back into gear. This can cause sudden acceleration or torque steer. I'm very concerned that this car will cause an accident. The car now has a burnt oil type smell. (I know this is not good). I just had the transmission flushed and new fluid put in four months ago. We now have 70,000 miles on it.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #42

Feb 122008


  • 90,000 miles
Transmission issue. This appeared to start around the 60K mile mark. Randomly the car would jerk going from 2nd to 3rd or when slowing down from 2nd back down.

- Dacono, CO, USA

problem #41

Dec 282009


  • 57,000 miles
I have a transmission issue with my 2005 Nissan Maxima. I bought this car in April 2009 with a little over 36K miles. As of December 28, 2009 my car has 56K miles. Car has really bad jerking motion up shifting and down shifting between 1st and 2nd gears every day. The transmission is slipping. Brought Maxima to Nissan dealer ship who suggests to flush transmission and change motor mounts which seem to be a waste of money and not correcting the real problem.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #40

Nov 102009


  • 92,500 miles


When the transmission is working for about 10 to 15 minutes it start to change gears rough and also slippage also occur the vehicle is my car port I can't afford the repairs because they will be around 3,500.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #39

Nov 192009


  • 54,983 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE(at transmission) that I bought brand new in 05 I have about 55K miles on it and it is starting to show some transmission problems. When it is shifting 1st to 2nd gear it has a very bad jerk in to gear and the same when I slow down and it down shift from 2nd to 1st gear. And also when it is shifting form 3rd to 4th or 4th to 5th some times it delays and my car goes into neutral for about 3 seconds then it shifts really hard into gear with that same jerk I have shifting from first to second. Also my car sometimes get stuck in 5th gear when im on the free way, I know this because after I slow down according to traffic and then accelerate to go with the flow of traffic I have no accelerating power(this problem doesn't happen all the time but it does happen and how I get my car back to first gear is I have to pull over and restart my car). I tried taking my car the a local Nissan dealership and they could not find any problems with it they first suggest getting a transmission oil change and flush. That did not fix the problem at all. I had the same problem after I got my transmission oil change done. And now they are suggesting me to get a new transmission for 3000 to 4000. And I personally can not afford that. Please have a recall on the 2005 Nissan Maxima SE I have read many Nissan forums and many Nissan customer have the same problem an complaint. On this website none of these Nissan Maxima SE have not even over a 100K miles on in. Please help all of us out because it is a safety problem when a car goes in to neutral for a few seconds and when it get stuck in 5 gear on the free way.

- Anaheim , CA, USA

problem #38

Nov 152009


  • 74,000 miles
I currently have a 2005 Maxima with only 75,00 miles. The car jerks back when it shifts gears. It has caused me to pullover and restart my car everytime. There has been thousands of Nissan Maxima owners with the same issue around the 50,000 to 100,000 mile range. There is definitely a defect on this vehicle. I had transmission/ motor mounts replaced. The transmission moved from side to side that it broke all the mounts. I have gotten multiple whiplashes and continue with back pain. I took it to my local dealership on 12/7/2009 and they of course said that it was the transmission. They said it is common on these vehicles. I took my car to the dealership running and now they're saying that it is not running.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #37

Dec 012009


  • 97,249 miles
Problem with nissam Maxima 2004 transmission jerking when put in gear or shifting form 1st -2nd.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #36

Jan 012004


  • 60,000 miles


2005 Nissan Maxima, transmission shifts extremely hard when upshifting and down shifting. Sometimes it just stays neutral while stop and when the gas is pressed it jumps forward. This is extremely scary and unsafe. I was reading about this and it seems that this is a very common problem with Nissan Maximas 2004 and newer. There are thousands of complaints everywhere.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #35

Oct 252009


  • 80,000 miles
At low speeds, the car jerks into gear as if it has a transmission problem. It seems to do it more often when the car has warmed up. Some days it does it every time when switching between 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. I took it to the shop and was told I need a new transmission car only has 88000 miles on it. I had noticed the problem about a month or so before taking it in to be checked. I looked the issue up on the internet and found where numerous Nissan Maxima owners were having the same problems. Many of them had various expensive repairs done. Not safe in traffic as car lunges forward!

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #34

Nov 232009


  • 89,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima has started showing signs of what may be serious transmission problems. As to the best course of action to correct these intermittent and random symptoms that include: 1. takes about 5 seconds to click into gear after the shift lever is put in "D" 2. very hard jerky shifts between 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st and accompanied by loud clunking noise. 3. transmission slips out of gear during regular driving allowing the engine to rev freely then jerking back into gear with a loud clunk. The is followed by a burnt oil / electrical type smell that gets inside the car and evident outside after stopping. Sometimes I go for days with no symptoms at all and other times it may happen a dozen times in a day. I took it in to the dealer and none of the problems showed up for them but they noted that the engine mounts were broken but that would not cause these symptoms. They suggested a new transmission and motor mounts for $4,000.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #33

Sep 012009


  • 64,000 miles
I have a 05 Maxima and for the past 2 months I have had a jerking when I drive the car. It feels like the transmission. When I role of from 5 to 30 mph the car jerks and it rpms to 5K then drops. Also when I am slowing down the car jerks more. They changed my motor mounts and said that it. The next day it started again. Three weeks later I confronted them again and the stated to me that there is only a recall on the cvt transmission that is in the murano that has a recall. I have spoken to quite a few people that have had the same problem and have gotten the same answer. Its not fair that people spend there hard earned money on an 30,000 car and have to go threw these problems.

- Valleystream, NY, USA

problem #32

Apr 282009


  • 69,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased with 69,000 miles and was in good condition, owned for eight months and driven lightly. Transmission intermittently jerks when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and also from 2nd to 1st. Occasionally revs when up shifting then shifts with a bang and jerk. When problems occur, the manu-matic mode displays 's' instead of what gear you're in like it is supposed to, and will not shift gears manually in this mode. Vehicle was taken to dealership where it was purchased and they eventually replaced the transmission with a rebuilt transmission. Rebuilt transmission lasted less than six months before exhibiting the same problems.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #31

Sep 012009


  • 62,000 miles
At low speeds, the car jerks into gear as if it has a transmission problem. It seems to do it more often when the car has warmed up. Some days it does not do it at all, but some days it does it every time when switching between 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. I took it to the Nissan repair shop here in town on October 14th, 2009, but they did not find anything wrong and could not duplicate the problem. I had noticed the problem about a month or so before taking it in to be checked. I looked the issue up on the internet and found where numerous Nissan Maxima owners were having the same problems. Many of them had various expensive repairs done (transmission flushed or replaced) to no avail.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #30

Nov 102009


  • 90,000 miles
2005 Nissan Maxima. 92,200 miles. Started noticing issues around 85,000 miles, but became a serious issue around 90,000 miles. Transmission hesitates 10+ seconds at stop signs or when switching between drive and reverse and then engages and car jerks into gear. Shifts hard between 1st & 2nd gear. RPM's go way up before transmission catches and clunks into gear. Slips in freeway traffic. Have had transmission fluid flushed twice in past 4 months. Nissan dealer ran $100 diagnostic and found nothing other than cracked motor mount because car does not act up consistently. Dealer recommended replacing motor mount ($480) and probably transmission ($3800), since the motor mount would not explain jumping RPM's. 300+ identical complaints on just one internet blog mention that fixing motor mounts does not solve the problem, so I am hesitant to have that done. Multiple blogs show the same complaints with identical symptoms. Filed a "car needs repair" complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs, and have only spoken to someone once, during which call they said they would 'have to call me back' after listening to me describe my problem for only about 2 minutes. "service engine soon" light came on this morning, and car seems to be having difficulty shifting at all. Scared to drive my car to the dealership to even see about repairs. Nissan needs to do a recall before someone is killed.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #29

Nov 012009


  • 85,000 miles
2005 Nissan Maxima. Transmission would hesitate 15+ seconds at stop signs and intersections and then engage and jerk car out into traffic. Hard shift between 1st & 2nd gear. & gears would slip in freeway traffic. Nissan dealer replaced transmission ($3800) and said this is happening frequently with 2004-2005 Maximas. 300+ identical complaints on just one internet blog. Nissan needs to do a recall before someone is killed. Dealer found code po744A/T tcc S/V function indicating functional valve malfunction in transmission.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #28

Mar 062009


  • 65,000 miles
I am having transmission problems with my 2005 Nissan Maxima SE. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong with it because it would mess up after it warmed up. It would jerk in down shifting and when I accelerated. First the guy said it might be my motor mounts. They advised me that I needed a transmission flush because we needed to start somewhere. I got that done and my problem continued. Then he said that I needed my fuel induction done. He said that he put it on the machine and there where no error codes. Then after I complained again he wanted to charge me to run a diagnostic after he already said he put it on the machine and didn't find anything wrong. Also my service engine soon indicator light never came on. I have had 3 Nissan Maximas but Nissan is not working with me. I bought my car in Aug of 2008 and didn't purchase a warranty. I thought Nissan were great cars but as stated in the forums lots of people are having this problem right after the warranty expires and Nissan needs to look into this if they want to keep loyal customers like myself.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #27

Jun 012009


  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima, and this car is having shifting problems, I only have 90K on my Maxima and it jerks when coming to a stop and accelerating from 1st gear to 2nd gear which sometimes me and my passengers get whiplash by it. I replaced the transmission fluid and the car is still slipping into gear. Some days the car works good, but most of the time the car has trouble with the shifting and is making me think less of Nissan manufacturing.

- Montclair, CA, USA

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