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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,398 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 5 of 12)

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problem #159

Feb 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,410 miles


This car has had hardshifts, between 2-3 gears and horrible downshifts. Nearly impossible to drive in stop and go traffic. Many other people have these issues. Flair shifts when coasting. Slipping in and out of gears. Please help! the car shifts erratically and this is due to a production issue with these transmissions. Nissan knows of these problems and that's why they now use cvt transmissions. Please issue a recall!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #158

Feb 192014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Transmission started slipping between 2nd and 3rd gears and very high RPM occurred at same time. Needed an entire transmission overhaul. Warranty good for 60 months or 60,000 miles. Transmission gave out at 57000 miles but car was purchased 7-18-06, so it is past the 60 months. Nissan taking no responsibility whatsoever, despite numerous transmission problems of Nissan owners. Paid over $3000 to fix transmission.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #157

Mar 132013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked abnormally as the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 53,900.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #156

Mar 102014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


After reading multiple reviews, it looks like my car is having the same issues. I am driving down the road and the freeways and suddenly my car would shut down. On the freeway. With 2 babies in the car. I have taken my car in multiple times and nothing seems to fix the issues. In addition, my car jerks multiple times and wont kick into gear while driving and then all of a sudden my "check engine light comes on".

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #155

May 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Transmission slipped while in traffic on the freeway, the engine revved up then the transmission slipped back into gear, jerking the car forward and nearly rear ending the car in front of me. This occurred several times in subsequent days until I had the transmission replaced.

- Draper, UT, USA

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problem #154

Dec 152013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My initial incident occurred sometime in December, after putting my vehicle in to gear (D) from park position it hesitated and then it felt as if my whole car jumped. I stepped on the gas to slowly accelerate and the cars engine revved up but the car did not move. It kind of scared me. It continued to do so on my drive home. It continues to do so off and on predominately when my car has had the opportunity to warm up. After doing some online research as to what could be causing the issue it seems that there are many complaints with this same matter. It is believed that the transmissions installed in Nissan Maximas are faulty and Nissan refused to do anything about this issue. It is very hazards to be driving like this and it is a very costly fix for a problem that should not be happening this early on or at all with a vehicle.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #153

May 112012


  • 101,000 miles


Every time I put car in gear it jumps and feels like car falling apart. As I am driving and get up to 50 miles per hour the car will jerk. I have replaced motor mounts, had transmission flushes, transmission fluid changes, new tires and car still jerks and tranny and gear shafts are faulty. The entire body of car feels like it's coming apart.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #152

Nov 052013


  • 82,000 miles
I bought the car with 81,000. Soon after, the transmission in the car started giving me hickups now and then and now, it hard shift from third to fourth and sometimes 1 to 2nd. The car has now 89,000 and I'm very disappointed with this for. A car with less than 100K miles.

- Mahopac , NY, USA

problem #151

Feb 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,500 miles
Transmission is slipping and bucking so hard that it feels as if you either hit someone or someone has hit you from behind. Causes you to lose speed and makes the cars behind you to slow down to avoid rear ending collision. When the vehicle is like this it gives you a very uneasy feeling as to what will happen next to cause you to become a hazard and put yourself and others in danger. The vehicle has gone through 2 rebuilt transmissions already this year alone and the problem is starting to resurface again.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #150

Oct 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I was a proud owner of a 2006 Maxima but now I am very disappointed. About two months ago, my car started jerking when switching gears, accelerating, parking, and slowing down. I went to Nissan and they told me that my transmission had internal failures and needed to be replaced at $4200!!! my car only has 73,000 miles should not need a new transmission. I looked on the internet and discovered that there are thousands of people who have had the same issues and have filed a class action lawsuit against Nissan because they know that their transmissions are messed up and they are trying not to own up to it. This is a safety concern because when it jerks violently or stalls, you lose control of the car which is very scary and terrifying. I will never buy another Nissan again!!!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #149

Dec 122013


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was stopped by the contact applying the parking brake, depressing the brake pedal and powering off the vehicle simultaneously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was informed that a spiral cable harness and the cruise control switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #148

Nov 192013


  • 82,000 miles
Pulling out into traffic car accelerated forward and gears not even reverse, my wife and granddaughter were stuck in middle of 4lane with no way to go anywhere.Nissan doesn't think they are I have to pay 2700 dollars for a transmission that has only 82000 miles on it. I have owned 4 Nissan in past, but no more.

- Midway, TN, USA

problem #147

Oct 142013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
While in 3rd gear going into 4th, it would hesitate for a good 2 seconds then pop into 4th. It also started doing the same thing while going into reverse from drive and vice versa. I just think it's quite suspicious that these problems I've been having with this car just started happening within a couple thousand miles of my warranty ending.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #146

Oct 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2006 Maxima with 78,000 miles. About 2 months ago the automatic transmission started jerking when shifting from gear 1 to gear 2. also jerking from reverse into drive. After stopping, the transmission does not engage and the rpms sky rocket until the gear engages. I have had the transmission serviced but the problem still continues. This is a major problem in heavy traffic where stopping and starting is required due to stop signs and lights. It could also result in another car rear-ending me because the transmission will not engage immediately when accelerating.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #145

Jun 202012


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima, I bought it used in 2011, about 6 months after the transmission starting small jerking when putting in reverse or drive. Then in January 2013 it started slipping in 1st 2nd and sometimes 3rd gears, I have also had the rpms rev up high and when the transmission finally engages it jerks so hard it feels like everything under the car is going to fall out! I have found out that I am looking at $3500 to repair and it would be a used transmission that is going to produce the same problems as my current one. I feel Nissan motor co should step up to the plate and take care of this problem!!!

- Greenbrier , AR, USA

problem #144

Sep 172013


  • 84,000 miles
When I'm driving slow in my 2006 Nissan Maxima, the rpms jump up to 3000. When I press on the gas it doesn't accelerate, the rpms just jump high. It mainly happens when I'm driving slow through residential neighborhoods.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #143

Oct 152012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle jerked abnormally. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Waynesboro, MS, USA

problem #142

Sep 092013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 20 mph when vehicle jerked while shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #141

Jun 012013


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle jerked, while shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a diagnostic was performed the transmission fluid and the valve gasket was replaced; however the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was taken a transmission specialist for a second opinion and the contact was advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000 and current mileage was 124,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #140

Jul 042011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 68,034 miles
When the vehicle is shifted from park to drive there is a hard jerk prior to engagement.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

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