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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,777 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 102016


  • 62,000 miles


Purchased a 2006 Maxima with 62,000 miles on it. Body is rust free, car is in excellent condition. However, while inspecting the bottom of the car, noticed that both the driver and passenger side of the floor boards are rusted clear though and that a hole around 10-12 inches is forming. The only thing holding your feet from hitting the road is the carpet. This car has no other signs of rust issues on the underside of the vehicle. After discovery, I went to the internet only to learn that this is a major issue with Altima and Maximas and that nothing is being done about it, both by Nissan as well as the safety watch dogs. I've owned many cars with the takata airbags, and never an issue, even in one my wife had an accident in. Airbag worked like it should, yet that recall is widely known and is being addressed. Here, you can literally fall though the floor of the car, on a car with 62,000 miles on it in excellent condition, and not one thing appears to be happening to address this issue. Why" this car cost $32,500 new in 2006 and only provided a useful life of 62,000 miles before it became so unsafe that driving it is foolish. At what point will Nissan, who collected that $32,500 be forced to cough some of that back up to correct issues like this in order to continue selling vehicles in the United States"

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #13

Mar 112016


  • 140,000 miles
Paint is peeling off of the hood and body.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #12

Jun 132016


  • 69,000 miles
My 2006 Maxima have rusted out front floor boards. The car only has 69,000 miles on it and has been garage sense buying the car new in 2006. There seems to be a problem with floor because of other owners having the same problem.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 082016


  • miles


Got the car in 2012 and was doing fine for a while until the end of 2014. Car had started jerking when switching between park, drive, and reverse and would also stall in between. By February, the car started revving and stalling during stops and was bad when I was in traffic. I had to try and get above 25 mph because below that, the car would seriously act up. Eventually stopped driving until this year when I took it to a shop to get checked out. While driving there the car revved and stall at every light and I almost hit the back of a car when it decided to rev at a 4 way stop on a hill. It's either jerking, stalling, or revving. I know it's a transmission issue and will be a costly fix. I honestly don't have the money for it. In between all this, the paint has severely started to fade and I have noticed other Nissan in my area going through the same issues. Also, why does the airbag light come on even someone is sitting in the passenger seat? the car just has been one issue after the other. Will not be purchasing another Nissan.

- Lena, MS, USA

problem #10

Oct 312015


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the floor of the front end of the vehicle was rusted rotted out. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000. The VIN was not available.

- Grand Mound, IA, USA

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problem #9

Feb 112014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 150,873 miles
Excessive corrosion of floorboards. Only carpet is between road and ground on both driver and front passenger compartment. Car never in accident and exterior/body shows no signs of corrosion. Believe this is a design flaw and could be dangerous if carpet lets loose and feet can hit ground.

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #8

Mar 142015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. I was going 30 mph, I hit a truck that was stopped at a red light. My airbags did not deploy. $4870 in damage but my insurance company said there was not enough damage to be considered a total loss ($170 away from being considered a total loss).

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #7

Aug 162014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Drivers and passenger side front floor pans disintegrated due to rust corrosion. These pans tie the center tube to the side frames so any structural integrity there is lost. There is no longer support for the passenger and drivers feet, only the carpet is keeping them from falling through to the road.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 292014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The floor boards in this 2006 Nissan Maxima are badly rotted through. It probably has been going on for quite some time. I spoke with the Nissan dealer today. They want $1200 to patch the floor boards. It is a major safety defect in manufacturing and design. I believe this and all cars of this model and year should be recalled and fixed by Nissan. There are numerous postings on the internet for the same problem on this and other Nissan model cars of the same vintage. Nissan refuses to acknowledge this defect and take any action. I need your intervention.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 Nissan Maxima has been feeling weird for some weeks now. Every time it was taken to the mechanic shop they were never ever able to pinpoint the issue. After having spent hundreds of dollars on a new valve body, transmission flush, etc. The issue now seems to be the transmission! my transmission is completely out! I am very disappointed that I have spent $21,000+ on this car to get nothing but dept out of it! after almost getting into multiple accidents from the sudden jerking of the transmission, I can say I will never purchase another Nissan vehicle again!!!!! I wish I would have done research on this vehicle sooner so that I could have traded it in before it was too late. My mother who also purchased a Nissan (quest) is beginning to have the same problems. We are very disappointed with the company. The least Nissan could do it repair the damage for all the customers that are going through the same issue!

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 282013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


While my mechanic was doing maintenance work on my 2006 Nissan Maxima, he found the front floorboards are completely rusted and corroded. He was surprised that my feet had not gone thru the floor. I was told this has been seen before and when I call Nissan that told me it was not covered. My auto has just researched 73,000 mi.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 202013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being appraised for a trade-in on a new vehicle, the owner of the dealership, noticed that the front driver and passenger floor boards were rusted through. The owner stated it would cost $1000 to have the floor boards replaced. The contact enclosed a copy of the bill for $506 to have the floor boards replaced at the auto body shop, as well as pictures. The owner of the dealership, suggested that the driver's side be replaced because it was in the same rotted out condition as the passenger side. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 3/22/13

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152012


  • miles
Issues with the transmission surging and then a hard jerk or gear shift.took it to the shop, and before checking, the shop owner was familiar with the issue because mine was the 4th '06 Maxima that had been brought in that week with the same problems. I have a black car thats 6 years old and the paint has faded almost to white on the roof of my car.

- Lugoff, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side floorboards on were rusted completely from the interior to the exterior of the vehicle. The contact could see the ground from the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was notified who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Peoria, HI, USA

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