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:
75,651 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #27

Jun 162010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle slipped out of gear causing the vehicle to lunge forward. The dealer was contacted and stated that they were unable to offer her assistance. The transmission failure had become progressively worse over time. The vehicle identification number was not available. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 89,009. Updated 09/15/10. Updated 09/16/10

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #26

Jan 072010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle began to abnormally jerk before stalling. The vehicle was towed to her place of residence. The contact was able to restart the vehicle the next day and took it to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer replaced the motor mounts but did not correct the failure. The contact took the vehicle to a different dealer where a transmission flush was performed. The dealer also advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but would not provide any assistance. The transmission was not replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 74,323.

- Fayetteville , NC, USA

problem #25

Jul 082010


  • 58,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving at a speed of 55 mph or less, the vehicle would jerk excessively before shifting into gear. The dealer advised that the transmission valve and motor mounts were defective and would need to be replaced. The dealer advised having a diagnostic test performed on the vehicle before proceeding with repairs, at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 58,300.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #24

Jul 122010


  • 80,000 miles


Transmission shift delay from park to drive or reverse, transmission slip during acceleration as if in neutral then catches and jerks.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #23

Jul 102010


  • 151,000 miles
I just bought a Nissan Maxima 2006 it is a really nice car, but I did start noticing that the shifting of gears specially from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd jerks, it's being like that lately, today when entering a busy street with my family in the car, the transmission sleeps and did not move, a truck almost hit the car, we stay parked on the middle of the road for 2 or 3 seconds until the car move again, but those 2 or 3 seconds can cost my hold family lives. I did start searching for this car defects and it looks like a very common issue, a defect from the factory and Nissan and the government don't do anything about it. Shame on Nissan and the responsible party for making this big companies to sale safe and good quality products, and stand behind their product free of this type of defects, according to what I did find out, it is a transmission problem that it may cost thousands, and the factory knowing about it, don't lift a finger.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #22

Jul 042010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Maxima with 89000 miles on it. Recently, the car jerks when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. T\at low speeds, it revs to 5000 RPM and will not accelerate at stops. After researching online, I found many complaints of the exact problems word-for-word. Some have been in accidents due to this uncontrollable problem. Others have opted to park their vehicles due to the unsafe conditions. Nissan is aware of the problem, but offers no recall or assistance.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #21

Jun 252010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I recently purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima SE with 60,000 miles from a dealership here in tucson, AZ. After about 2 weeks, I started to notice the transmission was shifting rather rough. I also noticed it was "revving up" on its own when I would push the gas, and while it was trying to shift from 1st to 2nd gear, or from 2nd to 3rd. I also noticed a "jerking" while shifting, whether it be upshift, or downshifting. I took it to my mechanic and he could find absolutely nothing wrong with the vehicle. I went online to see if there were any other people having the same problems as myself, and I was horrified! I cannot believe there hasn't been a recall. Toyota recently had a similar incidence where the gas pedal would push down, and the driver wouldn't be able to stop and would cause accidents! this is very similar to what's happening with the Maxima. I don't understand why it must take a fatality, to make Nissan do the right thing and fix the problem before anyone is hurt!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #20

Feb 092010


  • miles
We owe a 2006 automatic Nissan Maxima with now approximately 112,000 miles. We have been experiencing problems with what appears to be the transmission. The car will jerk really hard when trying to shift between 2 and 3; when you attempt to accelerate and when you come to a stop. We have taken the car a Nissan dealership and had other diagnostic test performed. However, we were told that the entire motor needs to be replaced and their are no issues with the transmission. However, we took the car to another company who found no problems with the engine. This car has been serviced as required: The transmission has been flushed and filters replaced; spark plugs replaced, fuel injection flushed, and oil filters and oil changed. After going on the website and seeing numerous complaints regarding this issue with other Nissan Maximas, I'm filing this complaint because their appears to be a problem with Nissan Maxima's transmissions. This is a very costly expense and one that I believe Nissan needs to be accountable for because it seems to be a common problem with the 2006 Maxima transmissions.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #19

Jun 252010


  • 97,000 miles
2006 Maxima transmission is slipping it started slipping around 97,000 miles, I took my car to the shop about this problem and I was told that they could not find anything wrong, now it is getting worse, while I am driving the car jerks very hard and then it starts to not change out and when it does change out it speeds the car up.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #18

May 252010


  • 90,000 miles
I purchased my 06 Nissan Maxima earlier this year. Now I am faced with a problem with the transmission at only 90K miles. I looked online and found that an unbelievable number of consumers have had the same problem. This problem creates dangerous situations as the vehicle may slip out of gear in places where it can cause an accident. Also when the engine revs due to gear slippage it can cause acceleration which could also cause an accident. There are nearly 100 complaints on just one blog I found, all relating to the 04-06 Nissan Maxima. I think Nissan needs to take action and get their problem fixed for their customers.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 221984


  • 65,000 miles


2006 Nissan Maxima not properly shifting jerks and hard bumps when accelerating or decelerating, sometimes the car feels like it's trying to change gears and is sucking for gas then the hard bump comes. It bump so hard doing acceleration the service engine light came on 2 days ago. I have been told by the local Nissan dealership it's the motor mounts other repair companies says it's more serious and it's the transmission. I call Nissan motor co. And was told their are no recalls, but when I looked on and other sites a multitude of people are having the same problem. The main problem occurs in shifting between first and second gear. It has occurred every day on nearly every startup since for about a week now. I was quoted for a new transmission, but have yet to correct the problem.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jun 012010


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima not properly shifting jerks and hard bumps when accelerating or decelerating, sometimes the car feels like it's trying to change gears and is sucking for gas then the hard bump comes. It bump so hard doing acceleration the service engine light came on 2 days ago. I have been told by the local Nissan dealership it's the motor mounts other repair companies says it's more serious and it's the transmission. I call Nissan motor co. And was told their are no recalls, but when I looked on and other sites a multitude of people are having the same problem.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #15

Mar 132010


  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima and a little after my 96,000 mark the car started jerking very hard on up shifting. Especially between 1st and 2nd shift it is very harsh. Between the 20 to 30 mph and stopping. When at high speeds its not a problem. I choose to research the issue and they are alot of complaints with the same issues. Please help us. This need to be a recall enforced by the government safety department.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #14

Apr 302010


  • 95,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima SE power- 96,000 miles, train/ transmission is slipping in and out of gear between second, third, and fourth gears. It currently gets stuck in 5th gear on the freeway. On the city roadways I currently press on the gas pedal, the car will not move and all of a sudden slip into gear, causing a jerking sensation and sometimes making the car move into the other lane. When bringing the car to a stop, the car doesn't move out of gear and at the stop light the car will down shift; causing the car to move forward a couple of feet. Many other Maximas between 2004-2006 have been experiencing the same problems. Their really needs to be a recall on the Maxima between 2004-2006 models before someone gets hurt.

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #13

Feb 022010


  • 115,000 miles
We have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. For the past several months, my wife has complained of the vehicle "jerking" as in automatically change gears and lunging forward. She travels approx 25 miles to and from work each day, plus family driving (e.g. kids activities). The issue would present itself several times a day and the "jerking" became so violent that we took the car to our mechanic to try and diagnosis the issue. He was not able to diagnose and since the issue continued to present itself, we went out to the internet to see if there was possible a recall or other information. What we found is that this has been a complaint by many individuals with regard to the Nissan Maxima model. My wife's fear is not only the mechanical issue, but that the car would "jerk", or "accelerate" automatically causing property or personal injury to self or others. Based on the number of complaints we saw on the internet on this very issue, we feel it requires investigation. Please see the attached website as an example:C:\my_data\2006 Nissan Maxima automatic transmission complaints.mht.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 022010


  • 75,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) Nissan Maxima transmissions are failing a an incredible rate. I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima 75K miles who's transmission has started slipping while driving. I will accelerate and all of a sudden I loose the transmission the engine revs up since I'm still pushing on the gas pedal. I am now not accelerating but coasting on the freeway while traffic behind me is moving forward and then my car will slam back into gear. I have not yet been hit from behind but it is only a matter of time. I googled Nissan Maxima transmission problems and found this web site there are 16 pages of complaints regarding the same or similar issues. I believe Nissan has a major problem that they are unwilling to do anything about unless forced to by our government safety department. Please look into this problem. [xxx]

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 262010


  • 61,565 miles
Operator was driving vehicle Friday evening in town and slowed for a stop light. Transmission jerked from 2nd to 1st gear. When accelerating vehicle jerked from 1st to 2nd gear and drove normally for several miles until a left turn was made into residential neighborhood at which time the transmissions' gears began to slip up and down while operator maintained a constant speed which resulted in a jerking motion of entire vehicle. Transmission shifts hard from 1st to 2nd gear and 2nd to 1st gear. Vehicle dies in 1st gear in manual mode. Gears slip in and out while driving. Dealer diagnosed transmission failure with resolution of replacement costing nearly $3500. Vehicle is 1,500 miles out of factory power train warranty. Numerous complaints posted report similar problems with 2004 and 2005 models. Operator does not currently have funds to cover cost of repairs which leaves wife and child without a vehicle.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #10

Mar 012007


  • miles
2006 Nissan Maxima numerous electronic problems affecting the transmission. Creating safety concerns, this is not a isolated condition, I know of 3 people who has had the same conditions. These are the ones I know about. This problem is ongoing.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Mar 042010


  • miles
I bought Nissan certified used car in Nov 2009. By this January 2010 I started experiencing clank or hard shift in gear from 1st to 2nd it also clanks when coming down from 2nd to 1st gear. Dealer ship says it is not covered under certified warranty and I need to replace transmission. There are thousands of people who experience same problem with Nissan Maxima I have about 60K miles on odo.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012010


  • 90,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima transmission is bad and has to be repaired. This appears to be common and known by Nissan and everyone in the transmission business. The cost is $3500. Nissan has not done a recall to fix the valve body problem.

- Collierville, TN, USA

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