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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,137 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,410 miles


This car has had hardshifts, between 2-3 gears and horrible downshifts. Nearly impossible to drive in stop and go traffic. Many other people have these issues. Flair shifts when coasting. Slipping in and out of gears. Please help! the car shifts erratically and this is due to a production issue with these transmissions. Nissan knows of these problems and that's why they now use cvt transmissions. Please issue a recall!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 192009


  • 59,000 miles
Car burns approximately 1 litre per 1500 kilometers. The Nissan dealership says that this is burning within their guidelines.

- Hamilton, 00, USA

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