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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 022009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was attempting to accelerate from a stop but the vehicle was hesitant to move. The vehicle would shift gears inaccurately, causing the vehicle to lunge forward. The dealer repaired the defect, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage is 140,000. Updated 12/16/11 updated 12/23/11

- Pageland, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 202011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 30 mph the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that while shifting gear from park or drive a clunking sound was heard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technicians stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 102010


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph on the highway, she noticed that it would jerk when shifting between 2 and 3 rpms. The vehicle would also not accelerate to higher speeds after the gears were shifted. The check engine light illuminated on the instrumental panel on a intermittent basis for two weeks. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised her that she needed to replace the transmission. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 092010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


2005 Maxima is slamming in 1st and 2nd gear. I have almost had a few accidents because my car takes too long to finally shift into gear. This causes many near misses when driving in a metropolitan area. I can't understand why Nissan doesn't man up and take responsibility for the problem they sold to the public"?? I bought this car with the intentions of driving it for 300,000 miles because it is a Nissan and I was understood that they were one of the best. Boy was I wrong and 30,000 dollars later I am stuck with a car that isn't worth 10 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have read and heard the exact same story I have from everyone who owns this car!! how can they not say it is a defect on their part and correct it?"

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Hard, jerking shift from 1st to 2nd gear (and 2nd to 1st). Engine revs up past 3000 RPM's when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. This only happens when car is warm, but it happens every time car is warm.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #1

Jun 062009


  • 50,000 miles
Clutch pedal on a 2005 Nissan Maxima goes to the floor. It will return by "popping" the pedal; bouncing it off of my foot. I had the same problem with a 2002 Nissan Altima.

- Mountainside, NJ, USA

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