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:
55,517 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Maxima brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012011


  • 62,000 miles


06 Nissan Maxima. Failed right rear ABS sensor. Per the dealer, a design flaw causes moisture to build up and causes the ABS sensor to fail after time. Had to purchase new sensor, cap, and hub. The new sensor and cap do not fit the original wheel hub so a new one had to be purchased. The mechanic also had to modify the hub by drilling a hole in it to allow moisture to escape to prevent the same problem from happening. In talking with the dealership, they have had multiple Maximas in for this repair. One dealership didn't have the parts needed as they've had so many repairs.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 112011


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima - the ABS system has failed, Nissan is claiming a $2000 repair. I have known and read of several dozen other owners with the same year and model having this problem. This is a manufacturer failure and needs to be recalled and repaired.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Dec 172010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
From Nov 2009 to Jan 2010, I replaced the actuator, rear wheel sensor, hub and components. Now, the dealership states that I will have to replace all of that again (Dec 2010). A part that was replaced last year rusted causing "rust intrusion" and Nissan does not consider that part to be defective (even though that same part is less that a year old). So in less than a year, I have spent $4000 to have the same issues repaired (not really) twice.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 272010


  • 53,100 miles


2006 Nissan Maxima, bad ABS sensor (due to water intrusion) on right rear wheel causing ABS to kick on when not necessary. I bought my car brand new and have always done all the recommended checks up. My vehicle currently has 53,000 and after a price of 3,000 to correct the issue in which Nissan already knows about!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 272008


  • 38,000 miles
Nissan, Maxima 2006 anti lock braking system- the ABS (ant lock braking system) fails due to corrosion. Nissan has a known failure (at least since 2008) of the ABS for this model vehicle. The brakes will suddenly pulsate when engaged. There is a technical bulletin put out by Nissan which cost the consumer approximately $120. However, some of the service centers do not know about the repair or either refuse to fix it in the manner that Nissan prescribes. Len stoler Nissan of owings mills Maryland attempted to make me pay $4400 for partial renewal of the entire braking system on a 2006 vehicle in 2008. I think the public should be made aware of the failure because it happens without any warning signs and the vehicle brakes in a delayed pulsating manner.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 232010


  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. On Saturday the 23rd of January I was driving it home and noticed that the brakes felt spongy. No light was on, but I did hear a strange noise. I took it to an independent shop who recommended changing out the brakes and rotors, which I had done on all 4 corners. I took it home, and the next day when I tried to stop it made a clunking noise and the antilock system started pushing against the brake pedal. This was on dry pavement and the braking distance was severely compromised. I took it back to the shop and they checked it out, and found a tsb that Nissan has out for these cars. Corrosion or sediment builds up inside the wheel hub where the antilock sensor ring is located, and sends out false signals. In my case the hub had to be cleaned and the sensor replaced. I took it to a Nissan dealer who performed all the repairs. When I asked the service tech how many Maximas they have to do this to, he said "all of them". I also checked an online forum I belong to ( and it is a common problem with the 2004 and up models. I'm not sure how Nissan hasn't had to issue a recall on an issue that affects an essential safety system on the car. In my case the stopping distance was severely affected in dry paving, and I am sure it would have been worse if it was wet or frozen. If Nissan has issued a tsb on it they know there is a problem there, and even if they have come up with a fix it doesn't seem like it should be up to the customer to pay to correct a design flaw that affects safety-related systems.

- Marion, IA, USA

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