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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,800 miles

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wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012012


  • miles


The transmission on my 2005 Nissan/Maxima is hard shifting when engine/transmissionis is hot, delaying take off and kicking extremely bad when picking up speed and the automatic transmission shifts gears. Two motor mount are already broken as a result of this problem. Nissan dealer recommended replace transmission. A transmission specialized shop inspected and tested the transmission for second opinion and did no find problem in the transmission, other than 2 bad sensors. Sensors was replaced and 6 months later the problem started again. *interior sunvisor lightning cover broken in both sides, driver's and passenger. Player not working, not playing. *original chrome wheels are corroded, breaking the seal on two of the tires causing pressure to lower and makes tire go flat in less than a week, if not attended soon.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #6

Feb 122016

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
"tamara inflators" seat belts didn't lock or light did not come on. Smashed body all the way to back seat bottom to ground. Engine was idling very high felt/sound as if we were going 60 but only was going 40. No air bags came on. Brakes grinding. Back window blew out and tires flat in back.. windows slow on drivers side. When the sheriff Tahoe hit us at 80mph on U.S. 40 greenfield in was in the shop at J&M truck an trailer on the West side of indianapolis having the oil leaked fixed and tires all fixed and rotors and lights by [xxx] a couple months prior. I had my little girl in the back seat as well where sheriff hit and ran. I uploaded a before and after picture. VIN#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 012014


  • 37,000 miles
The ABS system is defective based upon Nissan manufacturers bulletin regarding Maxima's years 2004, 2005, 2006. The requirement of Nissan to replace 2-rear wheel hubs $444.10, 2-rear ABS wheel sensors $627.20, and possibly the ABS actuator-assy $1306.51 all due to the technical fact that water accumulates in the wheel hubs and causes failure of the sensors & ABS actuator assy to properly engage the ABS computer ( actuator), causing the ABS computer to continually turn on it's pump motor making the vehicle be unstable and not stop evenly. I'm advised by Nissan service the effect of the actuator continually running will cause it to burn out prematurely but Nissan is requiring the customer to make the repairs at their own expense even though this issue has been apparent in 2004, 2005, 2006. The inherent danger to myself as the owner, passengers, pedestrians, other vehicles is of paramount concern in consideration of operating this vehicle.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 152008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


I have 2005 Nissan Maxima where the steel wheels are corroding causing slow leaks when tires are sealed to the wheel. I am concerned about hitting potholes at higher speeds and seal breaking causing car to go out of control. Car has 51,000 miles on it. Nissan dealership where car was purchased advises corrosion warranty lapsed as of 3/25/2010.this problem first started in 3/2008.

- Florham Park, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 082009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving between 60-65 mph the vehicles road performance was very poor due the extremely low tire pressure. The vehicle was taken to a service station to inflate the low pressured tires. Identical failures occurred on several separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The failures was caused by defective chrome within the inner wheels. The defect caused low tire pressure, in which all four tires had deep cracks. The four tires were replaced on three separate occasions. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 60,00. The VIN number was unavailable.

- Cross Lanes , WV, USA

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problem #2

Oct 092007


  • 25,000 miles
Tires on my 2005 Nissan Maxima keep loosing air. The rims are chrome (factory) rims. I have lost 2 tires because of this problem. I have had 4 occurrences of the leaking tires. The chrome plating is separating from the rim and the tire bead starts to leak air. 2 of the 4 occurrences were on the highway. The repair shops I have taken the tires/rims to all tell me this is a common problem they have seen. I am currently working the problem with Nissan to try to get them to replace the defective rims. I have to date spent approx. $750 for tires repairs. Is there a record of failures of this kind on file" if the problem is not corrected by Nissan what do you suggest I do next" I find it very scary trying to change a tire on the interstate highways and fear being hit. I check all 4 tires weekly now but two of the leaks occurred on the high speed highways even though I check the air pressure.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 042005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
Vibration in steering wheel & seats - have had back to dealer four times in three weeks - they've replaced wheel (out of round/bent), rotors/brakes and are now investigating tires - vibration occurs in & out at various speeds-looking at lemon law.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

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