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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
62,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2006 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 102016

Maxima LX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Discovered today that both the passenger and driver side floor boards have rusted clear through and there are holes on both sides around ten inches in diameter. What is amazing is that this car has 62,000 miles on it and the rest of the underbelly of the car is clean. Minor, very minor surface rust in the normal areas on the underside of car, no rust on the visible body of the car. However, when you look directly under the driver and passenger side floor boards, there are huge rust holes. There is no way this is "normal" rust from road conditions, otherwise the entire car would show these signs. This is clearly a manufactural defect creating a serious safety issue. This car has no rust on the vehicle and 62,000 miles on the car. Why would a consumer ever consider that the entire floor boards of the car would, in just those areas, be rusted to the point of putting your foot through the bottom of the car. The issue is hid by the carpet from the inside. Furthermore, if I were to ever be involved in a crash in this vehicle, it is highly doubtful the seat mounting would actually hold given the condition of the unibody. Nissan should be removed from the US Market for not acknowledging this issue and issuing a warning and recall to all owners of the Altima and Maxima built from 2002 to 2006. After discovering this issue, I of course went to the internet only to be horrified by the number people, the major networks news reports, and yet, I bought this vehicle with no knowledge of the problem and the prior owner had no knowledge. This is wrong and protection agencies should be ashamed of themselves for not taking action to force this company to recall this issue before someone is killed. More than likely, many already have but due to lack of published information on the issue, no one knew to look at the floorboards under the carpet to see that the seats had detached from a deteriorated, rusted, floorboard allowing the seat to detach. What purpose does a seatbelt serve if the seat it holds you too isn't firmly attached to the floor?

- Matthew W., Beavercreek, OH, US

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