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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,016 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Mar 082016


  • 121,000 miles


Driving down the interstate, merging into the exit lane, I pressed the brake pedal to slow down to the light, as soon as I tap the gas pedal the car jumps out of gear and revs to approximately 6,000 RPM. Car then violently kicks back into gear, more than likely damaging all motor mounts and transmission mounts. It does the same thing when driving around small bends and taking turns. It put my car into limp mode in the middle of the street. This has been occurring for roughly the past 6 months

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 202015


  • 79,371 miles
I had adequate clearance to back into a parking space in front of a building. I put my car in reverse, gently pressed on the accelerator, and without warning my vehicle took off like a missile. Within seconds the rear of my car was against the building and my front end was against the car parked in the next space. To say I was stunned is an understatement. Weather conditions were not an issue and I was of sound mind and body. I firmly believe some kind of mechanical defect (possibly with my vehicle's accelerator) caused the accident. I am 100% confident I did not press too hard on the accelerator. I am the original owner of this vehicle which I have driven for over 8 years (I'm also a repeat owner of this make/model) so I am very familiar with how it handles. It accelerated inappropriately resulting in over $7,400 of damages to my car alone.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #31

May 012015


  • 126,000 miles
Although the car looks beautiful, it's quickly becoming one of my least favorite vehicles I've owned. When I start going forward, I have to wait and be very patient on the gas pedal to make sure it shifts properly or it will jerk myself and small children in the back forward. I park in a ramp at work and on more than one occassion the car was downshifting as I turned a corner going up the ramp and I was slowing for a pedestrian and the car jerked forward and the pedestrian jumped and gave me a scared look. Not only is that entirely embarassing as an executive but it is a huge safety hazard on multiple levels. The car seems to jerk the most from 1-2 and 2-3 and visa versa. I noted electrical as an affected part because no matter how many times I set the mirror and seats, every time I use reverse, the mirrors move and click until I adjust them to where I need them.

- Norwalk, IA, USA

problem #30

Apr 172015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 91,545 miles


My Maxima has been jerking and hesitating at low speeds. It is only when the car has been running for a bit and is warmed up. A few times it has slammed into gear so hard I thought I had been rear ended. It is so bad that I have to drive with my hazard light on. I'm afraid for my life and other drivers on the road. This problem shouldn't be taken lightly and I believe Nissan should be held accountable.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #29

Apr 182015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
My car stalls and shuts off unexpected when at a stop, it also will not accelerate over 40 mph in traffic. I took it to a local auto store to test the (service engine soon) light, comes back with codes relating to the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #28

Mar 242014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 119,066 miles
My car began jerking and shifting unexpectedly. It accelerated unexpectedly which caused me to lose control of the vehicle. My car crashed into my friend's home. After doing research I found that many people are having shifting problems. This is a definite safety issue.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #27

Aug 142014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 84,848 miles


My car will start off riding great but then the jerking starts and the acceleration stalls. I am so afraid that I may get in an accident as a result of the constant jerking. Sometimes my engine revs up and my car jerks as if the whole car will just fall apart. I pray everytime I get behind the wheel. I don't have $3,000 to get it repaired and I should not have to pay for it when there is a class action suit against Nissan for this issue. I am hoping that a recall is done so that I won't have to pay. I believe its a major safety issue because I can get in an accident or injure someone. It pisses me off that Nissan won't take responsibility.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #26

Nov 022013


  • 85,000 miles
Have taken the vehicle to the local Nissan dealership several times to have issues diagnosed and they would state there is nothing wrong. First started with having low and dirty oil and making a weird noise even after it has been serviced. Took the vehicle to a different place that the Nissan dealership said we should go. Their oil solution of royal purple synthetic oil did not work. Talked to the place where the vehicle was bought and because the warranty was expired they were unwilling to help. The vehicle currently has almost 108000 miles on it and have only owned it a year. I am afraid to drive the vehicle because of the hard shifting when driving and the slamming of the head against the head rest. It will slam into second, third and even fourth gear once it gets warmed up and take several seconds for the vehicle to engage and adjust the speed. I experience jerking coming from the rear while driving and recently while going from speed limits of 45 to 30 I felt a lose of power like it did not want to go. While parked it also slams into reverse and the first. I have a young son and this vehicle is defiantly not safe for him to drive in. I was told to replace the solenoids, timing chains, and to put a kit in it for the shifting issues. I also need to get an alignment done to address the shaking when going over 55mph. At this point the motor mounts probably need to be replaced. I'm still making payments on this vehicle and all warranties are expired. The air bags are also malfunctioning and the lights blink on and off this will cost up to a $1000 to have fixed. The check engine light also comes off and on but no codes show up. The RPM gauge gets stuck at 3 and you have to go over 40mph to get that gauge to work. Really don't want to have an accident because of the issues with the drive train and transmission.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #25

Feb 082012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Oct 162013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 36,087 miles


While casually driving, hands on steering wheel, foot on accelerator, asphalt road slightly damp but not wet, on a two way street with no reason to expect a sudden crisis, the aba brakes on my 2006 Maxima suddenly locked throwing the rear end of the vehicle into a slide facing oncoming traffic which at this time there happened to be none. When I felt the sudden action, which was like I had run into an invisible wall, I then hit the brakes attempting to stop the vehicle. The steering wheel seemed to float with no control of the direction headed. The car continued to accelerate instead of braking. This sent the vehicle back across to the right side of the road into a concrete curb and over into a grassy area before the car came to a stop. Only exterior minor damage from hitting a small sign post. Had it immediately towed to the dealer who road tested it but found no reason for the incident. They said there were no computer codes for what happened. I spoke to the service manager and called Nissan to explain what happened. They had no clue for why. I am still afraid to drive this car in heavy traffic for fear of a repeat. With such low miles and in the garage care over the years it is not time to trade it in.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #22

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 #21

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 #20

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 #19

Aug 232007


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle accelerated independently. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 99,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #18

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 #17

May 032013


  • 90,800 miles
I was driving my car at 40 mph in light rain. As I approached a red light, I lightly got on the brakes. Immediately, the ABS kicked in. The amount of braking force was well below the margin where ABS should kick in. Thinking it was a onetime deal, I drove cautiously and tried braking again. This ABS again kicked in immediately. The ABS kicking in did lengthen the stopping distance as I was not applying the brakes hard enough to effectively slow down. On the next attempt, acceleration, traction control kicked in upon acceleration, causing the car to shake violently. My car was taken to the shop where the right rear wheel speed sensor had build up on it. Checking forums about my car, this was a common occurrence and seems to be a design flaw. Under different circumstances, a collision could have resulted due to the issue. Nissan has a service bulletin for this issue, but in my eyes, this issue is should be a investigated further as control of vehicle speed is compromised.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #16

Nov 262012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
ABS comes on causing a grinding noise in in the front brakes reducing cars ability to stop safely.

- West Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #15

Feb 082013


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving through a car wash with the gear in drive, the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into a cement pole, and a parked vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and wrist. The police reported to the scene and a report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that an engineer would be sent to inspect the failure however, the engineer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000.

- Florida City, FL, USA

problem #14

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

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