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 6 of 12)

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problem #139

Jan 142011


  • 79,000 miles


While driving home in rush hour traffic with my 2 kids in the car, at a stop light, my Maxima all of a sudden wouldn't shift into gear. The engine would rev, but no movement happened. I tried every gear and was able to get over from the far lane to a parking lot (while almost getting hit twice). My car was towed to the Nissan dealership where I was told that the car that I had only had since 06/2010 needed its transmission replaced. Thankfully we had bought the extended warranty. Well, 5 months later in may of 2011, my car started jerking badly when shifting and sometimes didn't want to go into gear when shifting from reverse to drive. Guess what, Nissan dealership said the last transmission (2nd one for the car that was 5 years old had 85000 miles on it)was defective and needed to be replaced. Again, it was under warranty because it had been less than 12 mths or 12000 miles on the last transmission they had put in the car. Shockingly, here it is, a little over 2 years later and guess what"??? my car isn't wanting to go into reverse or drive without waiting for 30-90 seconds. Called the Nissan dealership and they are pretty sure the car needs a new transmission!!!!!! this will be the 4th transmission this 7 year old car has had. It has 125000 miles on the car, shouldn't it just be having transmission issues now???" oh and to top it all off, the car is no longer covered under the extended warranty and the Nissan won't cover the cost of replacing this transmission because it has been more than 12000 miles/12 mths since the last one was put in! something is definitely wrong with Nissan transmissions and I too will be sure to never purchase a Nissan ever again and will be sure to let all my friends know not to either!

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #138

May 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I recently purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima automatic transmission with roughly 47.5K miles on it. When I am in traffic and accelerating and breaking constantly, my car jams into gear. When I go from drive to reverse and back again (parallel parking, 3-point turn) my car has trouble getting into gear and then finally slams into gear. Mostly happens in first 3 gears. I have researched online and noticed that this is a recurring problem with the valve body in Nissan Maximas, specifically 2006 models.

- South Easton , MA, USA

problem #137

Aug 152009


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the transmission slipped. The vehicle failed to accelerate and would jerk when the accelerator pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The transmission system was flushed but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 65000.

- Laurel , MS, USA

problem #136

Aug 192013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 106,750 miles


I noticed that the transmission in my 2006 Nissan Maxima started to shift hard while driving and jerk into gear. I bought it three years prior as preowned from a Nissan dealership. It had 106K miles on it when it started to shift hard and jerk. I took it to pat peck Nissan in mobile, al to have it diagnosed and I was told that the transmission bands were going out and that the transmission needed to be replaced. Once I started to google Nissan Maxima transmissions, I came across where a civil lawsuit was filed against Nissan in 2012 claiming that Nissan knew or should have known about defective transmissions in the 2004-2006 Nissan Maximas and Altima. I contacted the corporate office of Nissan with my issue and to see if they were going to make this right. I then had to call them back for an status on my case and I was then told that because my warranty expired (4 months prior) that Nissan would not be able to assist me with this problem. I don't understand what my expired warranty has to do with a defective transmission?? a transmission should not be going out with 106K miles, mostly highway and the car has been taken care of. While I was online and discovered the lawsuit, there were so many complaints of people with the exact same issue. There is no way that the transmission should go out in everyone's car that has a 2004-2006 Maxima or Altima! I have owned three Nissan total and I will never by another Nissan again.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #135

Mar 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Transmission on my 2006 Maxima is slipping significantly!!! initially began acting up when putting in reverse from park or going from reverse to 1st. Had the transmission fluid checked--no problem found. Now, however, it slips when accelerating on the highway. The resulting jerk is as bad as having been rear-ended!! several times the transmission has hesitated so long when accelerating from a stop, that I have been afraid of being hit by the car behind me. Moreover, the slippage seems to be exacerbated when the A/C is running--which makes no sense to me--but the jolt I get when it finally finds the next gear is clearly much worse. At 100,000 miles, I'm going to be out-of-pocket for a new transmission that should have lasted at least twice the mileage!! I take care of my cars--got nearly 250,000 out of each of my previous cars: 2000 Accord, 1993 Mazda 626 and 1985 Camry. This is the first and last Nissan I will ever buy!!!!!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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problem #134

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 #133

Jul 232013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 114,459 miles


The car jerks or hesitates as it switches to drive; gears are getting stuck as they switch in stop and go traffic.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #132

Jul 162013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Recent dangerous issues with my 2006 Maxima. Lately it has been jumping, or jerking when accelerating from a stop, or after mild braking. It is so sudden, feels like I may have been rear ended! I noticed two weeks ago a little jump in the rpms, but nothing too major. Routine maintenance and "everything looked good". that's what they always say.. sat Aug, 2, 2013, turned into a residential area from a highway, my rpms jumped so high and my car seemed to almost stall or freeze, it jumped to RPM 6. I was so startled I stopped the car and turned it off. Later in the night it drove again fine. Two days later, after getting off the highway, my car did it again, up to 5, then a moment later up to 4-5. I then came to a four way stop and gently accelerated only for my car to freeze/jump/jerk again but this time all the way to 7. I had to drift off to the side of road and turn my car off again. Sat there for 20 min until trying to start engine and drive home, 3 miles from home, exiting a major highway. 10- 45 mph. Not catching the correct gear, or not receiving the fuel properly to the engine, inhibiting all driving abilities, speed and safety. Literally can feel it as a driver. Incredibly scary, supposed to be safe, expensive car. Do not want to be killed by a tractor trailer, all because Nissan won't take responsibility, claim a recall that is obviously a nation wide issue. 255 out of 375 complaints on this websites are for the power train of 2006 Maximas. Power train=that is 92.7 % of the problem with 2006 Nissan Maxima. If that does not constitute fault, then what does" how many people have to be injured, or killed before this is recognized" disgusting, ashamed, pathetic.

- Westampton, NJ, USA

problem #131

Feb 132013


  • 90,000 miles
1. when slowing down around a turn, upon accelerating, there was a hard knock. Almost felt as if I had gotten rear ended. 2. when slowing down to a stop, shifting from 3 to 2 was also very hard.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #130

Nov 122012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
When driving the car it slams into second and third gear. Then when I put it into reverse it will not go into reverse right away and sometimes it slams into reverse and jerks the car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #129

Apr 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My car began shifting (abruptly and hard) when slowing down or stopping I'd say maybe 2nd to 3rd gear. It was dissatisfied to know after online research that this is an ongoing issue and Nissan will have no part in resolving the problem. Not happy!! so now I must replace the valve body from what I've found because it's not the tranny just "the brains" for the tranny.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #128

May 152013


  • 92,000 miles
Transmission is slipping.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #127

Jun 012012


  • 64,000 miles
We have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. We bought it used in Jan 2012. By June 2013, we noticed transmission issues. When accelerating, it hesitates and then bangs into gear. When parking it hesitates and bangs into reverse and drive. The radiator is also having issues. I am afraid to drive it more than 10 miles at a time. This seems like a massive issue with several Nissan models from 2004-2006. Let's hope Nissan accepts their faulty equipment and does what is right to help everyone get it fixed. Many people do not have the money for repairs and/or are upside down in loan.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #126

Mar 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 152,648 miles
Engine starts fine. When car is shifted from park to drive there is a delayed engagement, followed by a harsh thud as car goes into gear. I have worked professionally as a mechanic and have rebuilt several automatic transmissions. This appears to be a problem with the valve body. The internet is covered in complaints on this problem; just go to google and type in "Maxima transmission problems." Unfortunately, most people don't have my mechanical aptitude and the Nissan is not owning up to the problem so it ends up costing the customer $3,000 -$4,500 or more to have the problem fixed. My car no longer has the "harsh delayed shift, " initially in the morning, but after driven 30 miles or so, then the problem manifests itself. Let me know if I can help in your analysis.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #125

May 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Delayed shifts. Hard shift from 1st to 3rd gears. Hard down shifts.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #124

Aug 252012


  • 110,000 miles
I had to replace the radiator and the transmission. I spent $4,000 for repairs. Nissan is appealing the class action law suit. I am upside down on this vehicle. I need to get ride of it, now the motor whines??

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #123

Jul 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 62,588 miles
My car started to jerk and had trouble moving from one gear to the next. As I started to accelerate, the engine would rev for a few seconds, then jerk, and finally shift to the next gear. When parallel parking, it would jerk upon shifting. I was very concerned about stalling in traffic and possibly being hit. On 7/1/13 I brought my car to the Nissan dealership for inspection. The next day they told me that I needed a new transmission and valve body; estimated cost $6,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #122

May 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,900 miles
When pulling out of a parking space, going from park to reverse, a hard shift is heard and felt and then from reverse to drive, same thing....abnormal. There are hard shifts and reluctant shifts during drive time. Driving to an appointment, taxi in front pulled to left turn lane and almost changed the direction to come back to my lane. I applied brakes assertively (no skid) and taxi remained in turn lane so I continued by acceleration (not aggressively). The car sounded as though it was in neutral and then spun the tires. This was a normal maneuver and should not have had the spin result. The problem will be evaluated in the very near future by a reputable mechanic.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #121

Jun 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
After my car warms up if I go from neutral to drive it does not change immediately. It takes about 3 to 5 seconds then it slams into gear.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #120

Jan 072013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 193,629 miles
Transmission is shifts hard when put in reverse and drive. While driving car tends to shift hard.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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