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:
58,938 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 052010


  • 62,000 miles


I brought my 2006 Maxima new and had all kind of problems with the car at the very beginning. Everything was under warranty, but when my car had about 62000 miles the car started slipping and missing gears so I took it back to the dealership and they told me that my transmission wasn't cover under the power train because there were 2 types of transmission put into the Maxima and the one that my car had was not cover under the power train. I called Nissan corporate offices and didn't get any satisfaction. I had to replace the trans and many other things on this car. I would not ever or suggest that anyone buy a Nissan. I believed that Nissan knew about this problem before the first complaint was ever made. Same on you Nissan

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 022015


  • 117,000 miles
When going to accelerate or change gears (park to reverse) the car jerks. When driving in city and I break then take off, the car engine rev's like the gear has slipped..

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #8

Jan 062010


  • 97,000 miles
I was at the light waiting to make a left turn into my neighborhood and as I got a break to turn in front of traffic my car jerked and cut off. My 2 year old and 3 year old was also in the car I was terrified and now scared to make a turn in front of traffic bc my car may cost me and my kids our life car isn't safe to drive like that.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Apr 132013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I had to do replace a worn engine mount on my car, which required lowering the front suspension member (Nissan speak), or cradle as I call it. I noticed that the front mounting studs were extremely corroded. I do live in a snow/salt state, Ohio. The rear studs looked ok. The worst of the front studs had approximately 25% of the stud rotted away due to corrosion. This is not a simple replaceable a bolt, so I had no choice but to reassemble the cradle with the studs as is. If these studs were to fail, the result could be catastrophic. I thought you should know about this. As a side note, this same car had a severely corroded floor that had to be cut out and repaired as well. It appears Nissan does not build a car suited for the snow/salt areas.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

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problem #5

Mar 212012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,743 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud snapping sound from the front end of the vehicle. The contact then noticed that the front passenger side tire was flat and the front passenger side coil spring was fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised the contact that the driver and passenger side coil springs were fractured and would have to be replaced. The front passenger side tire would also need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 68,743 updated 04/26/12 the struts and stabilizer bar were replaced. Updated 04/27/12

- Waddington, NY, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jul 142009


  • 65,000 miles
I purchased my 06' Maxima in 08' I had it for about 2 months and the cd player doesnt play any thing it skips spits the cd out and an error mesg. Comes up. I took it to the dealer and they "fixed it" so they say 1 week later it starts with the same issue I called and they said they can do anything about it maybe its the cd. So I never got that issue fixed. An other issue is my car has about 70K miles and every time the car goes 20-30 mph it has a hard hit to change gears every time. My car get serviced every 3-4 months and now I need a new tranmission!! I only work about 20 miles from where I live how can that be" also I had to replace some kind of brake part. Every time I went to brake the car made this noise and it started to shake the sound was this grinding sound then an other sound started like when you press the brakes and the roads are wet. But shaking real bad. I went to the dealer and they said its w & T on the car. When I asked him how offten this happens and he said not that offten so how can that be" other than that its little thing like my truck lock doesnt stay put I have to tighten the bolts of it once aweek please make Nissan do a re-call I have read all the compalints and they are all the same and expensive issue.

- Somerset , NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 062006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,639 miles
I bought a 2006 Nissan Maxima 2/27/06 and it has a rattling noise somewhere underneath the car. When I notice this noise bring it to a Nissan dealer where I bought the vehicle. They work on it several time and still didn't fix it. I was unhappy with this and launch a complaint with Nissan consumer affair. A consumer affair specialist told me to take it another dealer which I did. Now it's been a month or more going back and forth to get this noise problem corrected. I still have the car which still have this rattling noise.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 152006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to brake at 20 mph, the vehicle swerves to the left and right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer stated this was normal for a vehicle with 18 inch tires. The dealership told the consumer the reason he experienced the jerking of the vehicle was because the vehicle has 18 inch wheels and the wheels want to follow the road irregularities. Updated 04/06/06

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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