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 16 of 16)

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problem #6

Jun 212008


  • 80,000 miles


2005 Nissan Maxima automatic tramission jerks or buckles when switching from 1st gear to 2nd gear. Dealership will not help. 90000 miles on car.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012005


  • miles
I am having the same problems as indicated with other consumers. My care jerks. I have replaced the axles, air flow meter, ac line, ignition coil, spark plugs, alternator, etc. Currently, the timing change and tensioner needs repairing, the axles again from the jerking. I am a single mother who can not afford all of these repairs. I do not know what else to do. I will never buy another Maxima. I also have had a diagnostic and it revealed 1 problem and once fix I still continue to have more problems on top of the jerking. Enough is enough.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #4

Mar 012008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Maxima with approximately 63,000miles. I have been having transmission problems, mainly jerking going from 1st to 2nd gear and vice versa when downshifting from 2nd to 3rd. I have gotten it inspected and transmission flush was done, but the problem still persist. Being that my vehicle is no longer under warranty, Nissan is asking for $6000 for a new transmission. I'm not the only one with this problem. Please click on the link attached so you can see the numerous amount of other Maxima owners with the same issue

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,580 miles


My 2005 Maxima has 47,000 miles. Recently, the car chokes while stopping as the car is down shifting back into 1st gear before stopping. Sometime while accelerating the car will jump into the next gear. This vehicle is automatic trasmission.

- Dacono, CO, USA

problem #2

May 252005

Maxima 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,542 miles
The consumer stated she bought a 2005 Nissan maxim 3.5 sl on November 15, 04. Towards the end of may she took the vehicle to the dealer for a routine service because she complained about the vehicle not accelerating after having come to a complete stop.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 032004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
I purchased a Nissan Maxima sl at the start of November 2004. A harness inside the engine containing a sensor to detect engine knocks was damaged by a rodent. This caused the engine to misfire which caused the transmission to buck, stop shifting, change speed of the car on it's own, lose acceleration, not shift, shift suddenly and put the driver in a situation where if they did not compensate they could be injured or killed. The problem started when I bought the car and worsened over the next three thousand miles of driving. The dealer and manufacturer ignored the problem and said they could not duplicate it until I said I would pay for them to plug the engine into a diagnostic computer. At this point they found a misfire code, the problem was identified my the master mechanic and the dealer replaced the harness at my expense! the manufacture refused to take responsibility for a dangerous defect. This is a defect in their computer logic and/or design. A sensor malfunction should not cause an engine misfire and transmission to fail. Note the date of November 3 2004 indicates that the problem started when I purchased the car and it continued until the harness was replaced. I have contacted the manufacturer many times and they are not returning my calls. The master mechanic said he has seen this problem many times before which tells me that this is perhaps a long standing problem that Nissan chooses to ignore.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

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