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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,125 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012011


  • miles


I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima, bought brand new fully loaded car in early 2006. After 80,000 miles on it, the car started jerking on me. Had transmission fluid changed but it didnt help. Recently came to know that transmission needs to be replaced, a $5000 expense. The car starts jerking when it is hot or have been driven in city for atleast 15-20 mins. The shifting of gears is difficult. It has stopped on me many times while driving, a high risk when I am on highways. When merging on highway, the increase in speed takes longer than usual, so makes it very difficult to merge. Pls recall this, because it is not safe to drive and lot of people are experiencing this.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 042010


  • miles
2006 Nissan Maxima transmission keeps slipping and jerking in-between gears. There is a growling noise coming from the engine. There is a squeaking coming from the front driverside shock. Took to Nissan dealership to have it inspected and ended up having to have the transmission rebuilt and they couldn't "reconstruct the noises from the shock" and they couldn't identify the what was causing the noise from the engine.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #2

May 202010


  • 70,000 miles
On Thursday, May 20th our 2006 Nissan Maxima quit running. The oil light came on as I was driving at approximately 75mph on a freeway overpass. Within 60 seconds of the light coming on the engine starting making a horrible noise. I was able to clear the freeway before it quit running. In the car were me (the driver), my husband (front passenger seat) and our 8 month old niece (strapped in a rear facing carseat). Car was eventually towed to a Nissan dealer where they state they believe the oil pump is defective. Car has approximately 70,000 miles and is out of warranty. No previous engine issues or repairs have been noticed. At this point, Nissan is not taking responsibility for the engine failure.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072009


  • 38,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly pulled to the right and the contact crashed into the vehicle next to him. The contact's vehicle flipped over several times. She sustained injuries to her left arm. No one else was injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the contact's insurance company. Prior to the crash, she noticed that the vehicle would stall while driving at any speed. The current and failure mileages were 38,500.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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