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 9 of 16)

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problem #146

Oct 162009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 48,329 miles


2005 Maxima transmission problems. I own a 2005 Maxima I purchased new from the dealer. In Oct of 2009 I took to Nissan dealer due to a strange noise that would occur during acceleration. Upon inspection the dealer found the bottom motor mounts broken and replace (under extended warranty) now I am experiencing transmission problems - hard shifts from 1st-2nd and 2nd-1st. There is no indicator light on that says there is a problem. Took to a Nissan dealer and they could not find anything - yet the problem exists and is getting worse. I am now out of my extended warranty and have read countless blogs that relate to the same issues I am experiencing and yet Nissan fails to respond to the consumer. The motor mount issue seems to be directly related to the transmission issue, but Nissan simply charges you a $125. Inspection fee and sends you down the road telling you your car is fine, when it isn't. what does it take to demand a recall"?" I am just getting back on my feet after losing my job, losing my house and now having to deal with a car that will break down any day - leaving me to wonder how the hell I will get to work. I say class action law suit - against Nissan and our government who should be regulated vehicles and the complaints that are filed against them.

- Des Moines, WA, USA

problem #145

Oct 252010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,656 miles
The problem first appeared with hard, almost violent jerking when shifting gears. Not too long after that started, I was driving on the freeway when the transmission ceased and I had to limp it off to the side of the road and be towed. The transmission, torque converter and motor mounts had to be replaced. The motor mounts were broken from the hard shifting. It was out of warranty by six months. From the countless number of complaints that I have seen, Nissan equipped this model year (and 2004) with a defective transmission yet they will not take responsibility for the repairs by issuing a recall. Total cost to repair was $3,559.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #144

Apr 052010


  • 121,000 miles
Same as everyone else. My 2005 Nissan Maxima's transmission is slipping. It makes a "popping" noise. I have had the motor mounts replaced. It still needs strut mounts & possibly new struts. I haven't had any "near misses" in traffic or anything though. I am unemployed & can't afford to fix it in order to sell it. I'm sure the "corporate" people at Nissan doesn't have any of these dilemmas.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #143

Oct 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


2005 Nissan Maxima jerks when shifting gears. The problem occurs constantly when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Also occurs when down shifting. There is a little bit of a hesitation on the vehicle when down shifting at which point, it finally gets into gear with a jerk movement. Vehicle was bought brand new and only has about 88,000 miles. Took it in to the dealership to be fixed hoping it would be under warranty and I was told it would cost around $3,000. Furthermore, I was told it was the motor mounts. After researching online, found numerous people making the same complaint and Nissan would never fix this on their own behalf. It appears that the issue is very common with Nissan 2004/05/06 vehicles and it appears to be with the transmission. With several complaints being filed now, I am surprised no recall has been issued on this defect.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #142

Oct 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
We own a 2005 Nissan Maxima. At 63,000 miles, this vehicle jerks and shifts on its own. We have searched online for other people experiencing these type of problems, and what we found was extremely disturbing. There are many families out there experiencing the sane exact type of problems! Nissan is unwilling to help their customers. They know exactly what is going on, but they wont admit that there is something faulty with their design. We are having problems with the transmission and with engine mounts. Unfortunately, we don't have the money to fix this. When we bought this car, we thought we were making a good investment. Please help us!!!!!! someone needs to investigate this further and issue a recall. Just like us, there must be other families driving their 2005 Nissan Maxima in these conditions because they can't afford to fix their cars, and Nissan won't do a thing to help. Please don't wait for a fatality.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #141

Nov 242009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
There were no events leading up to the performance issue/failure. Purchase a 2005 Nissan Maxima. Transmission started sticking going into 2 nd gear. I took the car back to the dealer said they could not find any issues. Problem escalated-. transmission bangs when downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear. Transmission surges when accelerating after slowing down. Transmission hesitates at least 15 seconds before engaging into gear when in park or neutral. Problem occurs regularly when car is warmed up when taking off into traffic the gears stick which causes the car to hesitate almost stall. This is now a consistent problem. I am afraid that someone will run into me and injure if not kill my child who rides in the back seat and/or another driver could be injured or killed. I have contacted Nissan and they claimed not to be aware of the issue. I have tried to work with them for several months. I filed a claim with them and they denied it with no written explanation. I have always had the car serviced on time at the dealer. I am now told that I could replace the transmission for $4000. This is an out rage that Nissan is allowed to be so irresponsible by not being held accountable for their faulty and dangerous vehicle. They are getting away with putting drivers lives at risk.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #140

Aug 262009


  • 89,000 miles


I purchased my 2005 Nissan Maxima in 2008, in August 2009 my vehicle quit on the highway, since that time I've taken it to 3 mechanics including 2 Nissan dealerships, they finally got my car running however it jerks violently while shifting from 1-3rd gears. Recently I was almost in an accident because the vehicle revved then jerked almost causing me to hit another vehicle. I cannot believe all the same complaints and no recall. Nissan should be ashamed!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #139

Oct 232010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,816 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima in which the transmission has been shifting very hard now for a few months. I took it to be serviced and the dealership told me my fluids were dirty. I have regular oil changes done and recently paid for a transmission flush. This car is shifting in mid drive down the highway. The problem still persist and the dealership isn't helping fix it. I've read other complaints from consumers having the same problem. No one is getting any answers. This is very dangerous to other motorist as well as myself. I was driving today and the car began to shift as I drove. I had to get into the slower lane because I thought it was going to die on me! it didn't want go up in gear! with so many people posting complaints like myself, it would seem that the dealership would look into this more. I believe there is something very wrong with these cars and there needs to be a recall! if not, this may cause a major accident with serious injuries or even death. Something need to be done, and soon!!!

- Bartow , FL, USA

problem #138

Mar 102010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2005 Maxima has a transmission problem that started at 75,000 miles. This seems to be a very common problem with this car. Dealer wants to replace transmission at a cost of about $3,500-$4,000. I have found out through some transmission shops that the problem is the valve body and not the transmission itself. The valve body costs about 1,100 for the part which is much cheaper than a rebuilt transmission so I am going to go the route. The mechanic has done about six of these so far and it has fixed the problem in all of them with none being returned with problems. Nissan's quality has really went down the drain. This is my fourth Nissan and will be my last, my neighbor and his family have had the same experience with their Nissan and will never buy another as well. What a shame that a once great company has fallen to such sub standard quality products. I think I will give Honda or Toyota a shot when I get rid of this problem car. In addition to the tranny problem they also said I need to replace my timing belt tensioner which is $1,500 and that I have a broken motor mount, which is another $300.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #137

Aug 152010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima sl and for the past few months there has been a major problem with the transmission. Once the car is warm there is a real hard jerk between 2nd and 3rd gear, as well as from reverse into drive. I have taken it to the dealer and they were not able to id a problem, other than the engine mounts were broken and they replaced that for $500. I did some research online and it appears that this is a very common problem with this make and model. I commute in rush hour traffic 45 miles every day, and as I brake or accelerate in traffic the car jerks which is very disconcerting when traffic is bad and you can not anticipate everything other cars are doing. This is a very serious safety risk for Maxima drivers and all those around them.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #136

May 102009


  • 66,000 miles


2005 Nissan Maxima transmission slipping.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #135

Sep 292010


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact noticed a loud noise when the gears were shifted. The vehicle was taken to a transmission specialist where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 69. The current mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Gwynn Oak , MD, USA

problem #134

Mar 252010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I purchased a Nissan Maxima sl 2005 on Oct 2004, at this time the car has 66,500 miles and we are having transmission problems. Some of these problems includes (once the car is hot): 1. it takes few seconds for thr transmission to click into gear from reverse into drive accompanied by a very hard jerk. 2. the transmission slips out during regular driving then jerking back into gear and this hard jerking is affection the transmission mounts. We had a transmission oil change at 30,000 and 60,000 miles. We read plenty of online posting of 100's of customer with the same problems with the same Nissan Maxima 2005 so we contacted Nissan consumer affair for help. They instructed us to go to the dealer for a diagnostics, at the dealer they told us that they won't diagnose the transmission until the transmission oil is change and one of the transmission mounts is replace for about $700. My wife uses this car with the kids and I'm concern that they can have a problem that can cause an accident.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #133

Oct 122010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I have 2005 Nissan Maxima that shifts from 1st to 2nd gears really hard when accelerating or decelerating. The car also takes a fast lunge forward sometimes during the shift from 1st to 2nd gear when accelerating.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #132

Oct 082010


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the contact would hear a thump while accelerating. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. The mechanic informed the contact the transmission needs to be replaced. The contact could not afford the cost of the repairs so the mechanic told the contact the vehicle could be driven until the transmission dies. Eventually the transmission malfunction making the vehicle inoperable. The contact called the local dealer regarding the transmission and the dealer stated their is no recall so they are not responsible for the repairs. The contact stated this is a common issue with this year make and model and the manufacturer should issue a recall. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #131

Oct 132010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Nissan Maxima and from day 1 I have been having problems with the transmission jerking. I have taken the vehicle to Nissan on several occasions to have the transmission flushed, 2 times since July 2009. Of course the jerkiness has never duplicated itself. Aug of 2010, I was told the motor mounts snapped and it had to be replaced and of course I complained about the jerkiness in the transmission and the tech could not duplicate the problem. As of today, I still have the jerkiness which is bad and at any given moment I think the vehicle won't work anymore. My check engine light just came on and I notice that the engine is riding hard. Just like it did when I found about the motor mounts and now the jerkiness in the training is happening all the time. It jerks into gear really hard to the point where you might think the car is going to shut off. I have always had my vehicle serviced at Nissan. I did file a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs because it is not fair. There is a problem. A very serious problem. Nissan has to do something about it.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #130

Feb 072010


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima, after approximately 100,000 miles, my transmission started to slip. Whether putting the car into reverse or in to gear to go forward, the car jerks violently, as well as when attempting to accelerate, the car revs to up to the 5000 RPM range, and then jerks into gear. This occurs between 1st and second gear, as well as 3rd and 4th gear. This caused me to almost get in to an accident. After doing research there are thousands of other Nissan Maxima from 2005 experiencing the same issue.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #129

Jul 152010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Maxima has a major transmission problem that is very wide spread from what I understand. While driving violent bangs occur between shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. This defect is so severe it could possibly cause a driver not expecting it to loose control of the vehicle! there are literally thousands of complaints about this problem and I'm really aggravated nothing has been done by Nissan or any other organization to take responsibility for this dangerous problem. As of now my car is parked and I'm lucky enough to have a second vehicle available to me for work. There needs to be a recall for this issue and Nissan needs to step up and take responsibility for the defect. Anyone out there looking to buy a car stay away from this company!! trust me.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #128

Oct 012010


  • 74,000 miles
2005 Nissan Maxima - incident report - faulty transmission led to car's failure to accelerate in intersection causing near collision with 18 wheeler. As I was entering intersection an 18 wheeler was coming down the hill. I needed to accelerate to move out of his way and when I attempted to do so the engine merely revved and would not go into gear. I have read and reported this problem to Nissan and this Agency as have so very many others. I suppose it will require a death to get anyone to sit up and make Nissan be held accountable for faulty AW55-50S transmissions. I have spoken with shops all over this nation and individuals with this same problem. We don't all have 3 to 4 grand sitting around to pay for that which Nissan should be held accountable. The transmission is faulty and the Nissan is not the only auto with this in it. The NHTSA needs to step up to the plate and hold them accountable before a life if forfeit from their failure to act. Read the consumer complaints on this product - there are not 10's - not 100's - but, thousands.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #127

May 192010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima with 54000 and my transmission has gone. I have read problem with this vehicle from other people. Its very dangerous my car jerks and I have my family in the car and I get very scared to drive it. I don't know why Nissan hasn't had a recall on this car yet. I took my car for get fixed and the dealer ended up fixing up my motor mounts which wasn't the problem and it was really my transmission and I picked up the my car when it was done and my transmission gave away in two days. They failed to fix the problem the first time and it wasn't my motor mounts that was causing the jerking.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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