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 7 of 12)

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problem #119

May 062013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop light, the vehicle lunged forward and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Crossett, AZ, USA

problem #118

Mar 122013


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked abnormally hard when shifting gears. When the vehicle would accelerate, the transmission slowed and slammed into gear. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer determined that the transmission exhibited an internal failure, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 149,000.

- West Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #117

Jun 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima that jerks when shifting from 1-2 and R- D. the engine reeves while the shifting.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #116

Sep 012009


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked abnormally and without warning. The contact was unable to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the transmission had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 85,000. The current mileage was 110,000.

- Jackson , MS, USA

problem #115

Apr 152013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The tcs, ABS, and the slip warning lights all illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that a rear sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. One week later the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the mechanic and the contact was awaiting the diagnosis. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 114,000. The consumer stated the vehicle would suddenly stop, and would not move. Once he removed his foot from the accelerator, the vehicle would just take off. Updated 12/16/13

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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problem #114

May 062013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
We just purchased this Maxima approximately a month ago. Once the car has been driven for about ten minutes straight, there is severe jerking and hesitation as it attempts to shift gears. We even experience this while on the interstate. It almost feels as if the transmission is going to fall out. It is now in the shop due to transmission repair. I see there is a class action lawsuit filed again Nissan due to the fact the they have knowledge of the faulty transmission and are not attempting to fix the issue. We are now out of money for an issue that I believe should be made very public. Had we known in the beginning about this incident, we would have chosen a different vehicle. Luckily for us, we were not involved in an accident like many people in the cases. I think that a recall needs to be placed in order due to this defect. I do not want anyone to experience what we are experiencing. No only are we still paying on the vehicle, we are now out of roughly $3,000 for a replacement transmission. Something needs to be done about this.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #113

Aug 162012


  • 95,690 miles


Slowed down while someone turned and the car sped up an almost hit the car turning. Then the car started accelerating and slowing down on its own. The car now jerks into gear and speeds up and slows down by itself. I have refused to drive the car and from everything I have read Nissan refuses to do anything but charge $3,500-$4,500 for a new transmission even though it is the same transmission that does not last 60,000 miles in some cars. This is a very dangerous car and needs to be recalled to fix the obvious defect in the transmission.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #112

Aug 082012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
In August of 2012 I was in my 2006 Nissan Maxima on my way home from work when I was in traffic during rush hour when I was waiting at the traffic light, with cars behind me when my car stopped and wouldn't start or move, the transmission had gone up a few months prior I took my car to Nissan to get a diagnostic they reported not only did I need a brand new transmission at a sum of $3500 but also a meter control amp which controls the drivers dashboard, I make car payments on this car still, I've been driving a car rental since Nov 2012 I can't afford it I need transportation, I have to get to work.I'm so frustrated I just found out yesterday that there is a class action lawsuit with Nissan North America due to these damage transmissions they sold the public, I so desperately in need of help I need my car fixed.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #111

Feb 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was driving my '06 Nissan Maxima SE home from work on the interstate. I pressed down on the gas to get into the other lane because traffic was speeding around me to fast. Upon me trying to get into the slower lane my car started to buckle and jerk and not have any power when I pressed on the gas pedal. My car just lost all power but the care was still running. I had no control of the car. Traffic was speeding around me and I looked up and saw a 18 wheeler slam on his breaks because my car was slowing down and stopped without warning. No brake lights or anything. My car was just creeping along in the middle of 5 O'clock traffic on I-20 at I-95N. I did not know what to do so I just sat there until finally a break came in the traffic about 30-45 mins later. Other drivershad to skid off the road to avoid hitting the cars infront of them because my "safe, dependable, and durable" Maxima was stuck and about to cause a whirlwind of a traffic pile up if not deaths because of the problem that my car has with its transmission. I had my vehicle to the nearest Nissan dealership and they denied anything was wrong with my vehicle. Not to mention that I had to pay the diagnostic fee for them to tell me that my car has no problems with the transmission. So, to make a long story shorter, I am out of a fee for the diagnostic charge by dick smith Nissan in columbia, SC. They claim that there is nothing wrong with my car! however, they did say that I need to spend $4,600 for a new transmission. I will never buy another Nissan product ever!!!!!!

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #110

Mar 012013


  • 115,000 miles
While driving at slow speed I noticed that the gear shifts were really hard and jerky, both up shift and down shift. I pulled over and stopped the car and put the car in park it was fine then when I put the car in drive it did no slowly move forward like it normally would. So I pressed the gas pedal slowly and noticed the gear shift into first really hard it felt like something just hit the car. I researched and found that several people with this 6th generation Nissan Maxima (2006) and the 5 speed at have the same issue. I called Nissan and they did not offer to fix the issue for me. I was told that I did not have a "business relationship" with the dealer and they would not be able to help me. Upon asking to elaborate what a "business relationship" meant, they told me that it was not serviced by Nissan dealerships on a regular basis. I am really disappointed with Nissan for not taking responsibility for using faulty equipment.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #109

Jul 092012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


While driving my Maxima started to with a little kick going into 2nd there is a major kick when giving it gas or going to reverse..anything in reverse 1st 2nd or 3rd gear has a hard kick..there are alot to other customers with same problem and Nissan wont help there needs to be a recall.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #108

Aug 032012


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and lunged forward independently. The contact performed online research and determined that there was a transmission failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 104,000.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #107

Mar 282013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 71,117 miles
My transmission is failing after only 71,117 miles. The RPM revs but the car doesn't move then it jerks into gear. This problem is occurring in several 2006 Nissan Maximas. There has to be a manufactures defect with the transmission. This problem has been ongoing. My question is what is the Nissan corporation going to do. I will not purchase another Nissan until they rectify this issue with the failing transmission.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 052011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased my Nissan Maxima brand new in January 2006. I started feeling my car having problems getting in gear in 2011. Now its getting worst. My check engine light is on, and I was told my the dealership that it is the transmission. I have seen now that Nissan had transmission issues with the 2006 Maximas and I believe that they should be recalled. I am in the navy and I need my car, for me and my family and I can't afford to purchase a new transmission, let alone a new car.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #105

Jun 102012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Transmission hesitation when attempting to enter traffic or advance when moving slowly, like what occurs when a traffic light changes when you are approaching it. The engine will rev (RPM approx 4000-6000) then slam into gear and jerk forward. This causes the danger of being propelled into traffic at the wrong time or simply getting rear-ended. My vehicle also has the problem of hesitating when I place the gear shift lever into reverse. Research has shown this is a common problem with this generation Nissan Maxima and they have failed to take ownership and correct it.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #104

Mar 042013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle began to jerk, lunge and decelerated independently. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

- Donaldson, LA, USA

problem #103

Sep 222012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle jerks at low speeds between 10-25 mph while accelerating and decelerating (1st-2nd gears). Vehicle also jerks from shifting park to reverse or drive, reverse to drive and drive to reverse. Vehicle jerks so severe at low speeds, it feels like being rear-ended. Vehicle will do this while trying to merge into traffic which is a safety hazard.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #102

Feb 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Vehicle hard shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. It also hard shifts during deceleration around 1st or 2nd gears. This problem is widely reported on Nissan forums and on the internet. I believe it should be investigated as a recall issue as it has the possibility to cause injury. It feels like you are getting kicked when it does it.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #101

Nov 302012


  • 118,000 miles
Whe warmed up rpms shoot up. Hard shifting between gears.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #100

Jan 192013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,223 miles
Sudden acceleration after the brakes were applied. Vehicle 1 hit two other vehicles, minor damage to them and then vehicle 1 flipped onto the driver's side. No one was injured. Nissan Maxima has been serviced twice for sudden acceleration at the Nissan dealership. The Nissan Maxima was judged to be a total loss due to the damage incurred.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

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