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 8 of 12)

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problem #99

Oct 152012


  • 95,000 miles


I'm concerned that the defective transmissions that Nissan knowingly placed in the 2006 Nissan Maxima is and will continue to cause bodily harm and fatalities. My car started out jerking, slipping so bad it would cause whip lash. Now it's at a point I have it parked because I'm scared that I, my family, or an innocent driver will be in an accident, or potentially killed. I recently called Consumer Affairs in reference to this matter and they wanted $5,100 to fix it. It's a shame that they knowingly are charging the consumers and harming the innocent. I'm a soldier!!! what if I half way protected this country? I pray someone will look into this matter. Innocent lives are at stake....

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #98

Sep 152012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly jerked forward. The failure occurred intermittently while driving and also idling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Mah

- Charolotte, NC, USA

problem #97

Feb 052013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Within the last month or so my vehicle has begun to display what appears to be a transmission problem. When I put it in reverse, then back into drive it hesitates and then jumps into gear. When I am accelerating (about 30-40 mph), my vehicle will hesitate or struggle to shift into the next gear. This happens most often at 30-40 mph but it has happen at faster and slower speeds and has happened with accelerating and decelerating. I have brought my vehicle to a repair shop who replaced the engine mounts at a cost of almost $1000 and that didn't fix the problem. Now they are stating the problem is the valve body. I brought it for a second opinion to the Nissan dealer and they state that I need a new transmission at a cost of $3500. I am about to bring it for a third opinion to a transmission shop. This is a safety concern in my opinion because the transmission could completely stall or give out while driving. I have researched this problem extensively online and have found hundreds of other stories of Maxima owners with the same or similar problem. I don't understand why Nissan hasn't been forced to recall these faulty transmissions. They obviously pose a danger to the public and they are obviously aware of the situation. I have found out about class action lawsuits against Nissan and have found out that Nissan has extended the warranty on the cvt transmissions (in the Altima), but I don't have that type of transmission. I would like to request that the NHTSA look into this problem further and take a look at the sheer number of owners who are dealing with this problem or who have. I would like to request that you demand Nissan to recall these vehicles and correct this problem. There is no reason that a transmission should need to be replaced in a vehicle after 70, 80 or 90 thousand miles. Thank you!

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #96

Oct 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Hard shift in low gears when engine is warm/hot. Will rev up to higher RPM when driving slowly then shifts to higher gear.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #95

Jan 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
First after buying this Nissan Maxima 2006, I noticed that my head light lamps needed to be changed every 14 months. I never had a car where I had to replace the head light lamps so often. Both of my other cars (Toyota and Honda) have over 100K miles and we never had to change the lamps on those cars. Next, the ABS brakes are not working properly, really" after 70K miles" wow! later I found out that this is a common problem with this car. The ABS appear to be running while the car is moving and on dry roads. Finally, the transmission. Why do I have a slipping transmission on a car with only 64K miles. After research, I found out that the problems that I'm having with this Nissan Maxima, hundreds of other owns are having the same problems. I always had Honda and Toyota cars and I decided to try something new in this Maxima. I will never buy Nissan again, I'm running back to Honda and Toyota!!!

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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problem #94

Oct 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Transmission hard inconsistent shifting, jerking, lurching, slipping.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #93

Jun 052012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


I got into the car then I stared up the car. Then I put the car in drive and when I begin to drive the car it started to jerk. After a while of driving the car I would stop at a light then I would get off of the brake to give it gas and the car would not move.

- Rockville Center, NY, USA

problem #92

Sep 012012


  • 100,200 miles
Transmission jerking and slipping going into and out of 2nd and 3rd gear. Very hard jerking. Nissan will not replace unless I pay $3,400. Saying internal transmission problem. The transmission shop said that it was the internal valve and all these Nissan transmissions have this problem. The one he would put in for me will have this fault.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #91

May 302012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Car has a serious transmission issue and it seems like this is a common problem with 2006 Maximas. In lower gears and in reverse, car lurches violently and slips. When accelerating, car revs very fast, but gets no power. This is starting to happen more and more and I have been told I need a new transmission. This vehicle was bought new in 2006 and should not have transmission issues at 90K miles. Given the multitude of complaints about this exact problem on various automobile forums, Nissan should take steps to fix this problem.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #90

Jan 112012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
When I first bought the car it was working fine but just two days after the car started to jerk hard the mph would go all the way to the last number like it was reving up took it back to the dealer ship they took it to one of there mechanics and told them that the transmission would had to be replace and Ford wouldnt pay for it not one penny are even half I put down 5000 for the car at they could of paid half are gave us a new car I have two kids with me in the car every day am just scared it my stale when am on the freeway.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #89

Jun 112012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,654 miles


Transmission began to slip in 2nd and 3rd gears marked by engine RPM spikes then hard shifts into gear in both up and down shifts. Fuel mileage as a result dropped approximately 2 mpg due to surging engine RPM. Additional problems were marked by a violent continual vibration at cruising speeds under light acceleration in 3rd and 4th gears.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #88

Jun 142012


  • 72,000 miles
My car shifts hard between 1 and 2 gear. Got new motor mounts thinking this is the problem no such luck still shifting hard.

- Parsons, KS, USA

problem #87

Oct 202010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
***faulty transmission*** my 2006 Nissan Maxima jerks, takes time to accelerate in traffic, and it barely wants to move once stopping for a red light. The gear spontaneously gets stuck in either 1st or 5th and I have to pull over and turn the car off and then back on so that I can get to my destination. This is so dangerous. My car has been properly maintained throughout the years and upon my research, I have found that others (have had/and are still having) the same problems that I am experiencing right now. This is not safe or fair to me as a consumer. A recall needs to be done asap.

- Marion, SC, USA

problem #86

Dec 032012


  • 75,125 miles
The car would not go when I was pressing the gas pedal after stopping at the light. It has continued to have sudden stops. When trying to drive on the interstate the car will not exceed 40 miles per hour.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #85

Jan 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima. Consumer writes in regards to transmission failure. The consumer was also informed the engine would soon fail as well.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #84

Nov 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 108,983 miles
From 0 to 60 second and third gear jerks violently, hesitating between gears. After stopping at the vehicle remained in 5th gear and would not down shift back to first. Stranded in traffic attempted to drive forward, engine is revving at 3500 to 4500 rpms, but not accelerating.

- Toney, AL, USA

problem #83

Sep 032012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission hesitated whenever it was placed into gear and it shifted hard whenever the transmission switched gears. The contact stated the failure did not happen all the time, but was re-occurring failure. The contact had the vehicle inspected by a dealer who diagnose that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact stated that when the failure was not occuring the vehicle runs completely fine. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 67,000. Updated 01/02/2013 the consumer stated the failures withthe transmisson has not been resolved, so, a new tranission would likely fail in 60,000 miles updated 1/9/2013

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #82

Oct 112012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
In October 2012 it initially started when I was shifting into drive and the car jerking forward. Then about a month later at a stop light it jerked forward when I accelerated as the light turned green. The acceleration was sluggish (like going from 1st to 2nd gear in a standard) you could feel the change in gear. Once the gear changed occurred and the speed was constant it seem to catch and go into drive as normal but this time the check engine light came on. The jerk forward was very noticeable and very scary. As a result I brought it to an auto mechanic, they ran diagnostics and a code came up of PO750. This code relates to the solenoid pack which is in the valve body and a part of the transmission. The mechanic did a lot of research and finally went to the Nissan dealer to find out how they solved the problem and their answer to him was to replace the transmission not the solenoid pack. The dealership was familiar with this "defect" because they had replaced quite a few transmissions as a result of this problem. I then went on to a website,, and found numerous complaints related to this problem for the 2006 Maxima. This is unacceptable and really should be looked at. The median mileage that this defect occurs is around 77K. This problem poses a dangerous situation when driving, a high cost repair (3500 dollars) to replace the transmission which is what the Nissan dealerships recommend and not a good feeling about a car that's not really that old. Please let me know what can be done about this issue or where I can go to get help. Of course the extended warranty ended in March 2012. Which makes it a lot harder to deal with. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #81

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 #80

May 142012


  • 101,327 miles
The transmission jerks when it shifts from first couple seems that Nissan new of the problem, but never tuck any action on fixing it. It started with 04 models and keeps on happening. If I had known that Nissan modes had such problems I would have never bought the car. Now it cost 3000$-4000$ to fix the problem.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

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