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 7 of 7)

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problem #7

Aug 152007


  • 55,000 miles


I own a 2006 Nissan Maxima with 58,000 mi. I have been encountering trans. Problems since 55/56,000 mi. I have had trans fluid flushed with no success. The trans clanks occasionally while changing gears and emits a slight screeching noise around $3000 RPM's that sounds like metal to metal contact. If this was any other component I might be able to let it go, but the trans. Usually gets progressively worse at a rapid rate once you begin noticing symptoms. Dealer recommends new tranny. I have reviewed this issue online and there are multiple owners encountering this same issue. You would think that with so many owner having similar issues since 2004, that some type of a solution would have been proposed to loyal Nissan owners that have to foot the numerous bills for the dealers ridiculous guessing game quick fixes. Nissan owners are being taken advantage of and this has got to be addressed and compensated in some way.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #6

May 052007


  • miles
My 2006 Maxima has had a shifting problem since I purchased it with about 40,000 km. The shifts from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 1st are very harsh and erratic. The problem occurs mostly in stop and go or very low speed traffic (20 - 30 km/hr) high speed shifts are no problem. Took the vehicle to three different dealerships and no one could properly diagnose or repair the problem. Finally found an independent mechanic who suggested that the shift solenoids were not working properly, between the two of us we convinced a dealer to change out the transmission and torque converter for new components. However, while the problem got better, it did not disappear and is now getting just as bad as with the original transmission. Repeat visits to the dealer for further diagnosis did not result in anything wrong being found and they were unable to resolve the issue. Ultimately I was told that it was just the way the transmission operates and there is no fix. I really like the vehicle but this transmission issue makes me hesitant to buy another Nissan.... even though they have changed their transmission design.

- Carvel, 00, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009


  • 82,000 miles
I'm having transmission problems with my 2006 Nissan Maxima. The car has 82,000 miles on and the problem is just starting to surface. I get a jerking motion when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd or it downshifts from 2nd to 1st. It jerks especially hard when making a turn and the car slows down and picks up speed again.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 042009


  • 83,000 miles


Have an 06 Maxima SE the car- jerking on the upshift from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, sometimes even on the downshift. The car was problem-free for the 1st couple of months but the last 3-4 weeks have been a nightmare. The jerking gets so bad, it feels like you're getting punched! the problem is intermittent and rarely occurs on the highway. Took the car to my friend - a mechanic. He said there's nothing wrong with the transmission, but it seems my engine mount is broken and that might be causing the "thump engine mount was replaced and same problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 092009


  • 69,832 miles
I did not have a crash. I have had two vehicles with the same problems. I had a 2003 Nissan Altima and I currently have a 2006 Nissan Maxima. They both experience a jerking motion upon shifting, will sometimes stall to shift. I decided to do some research on the internet and found out that many many people have experienced this exact same problem. Please help me out. This needs to be recalled.

- Eunice, LA, USA

problem #2

Nov 011975


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and the car is jerking and jumping while driving and upon stopping. It occurs everytime I drive the car and I've took it to the shop and it was put on a diagnostic and they stated that its a transmission problem. Their should be a mandatory recall for these cars because I'm not the only one with this problem. Please help us and look into this. Nissan is not trying to help us at all.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 202006

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective 2006 Nissan Maxima.. the contact stated that on 06/19/2006 his wife was driving the vehicle to work. She came to a stop sign and when she went to pull out, the vehicle would barely move. It seemed like the transmission would not shift and she could only go 20 mph after taking off. The same problem recurred often. Took the vehicle to a Honda dealer, who hooked it up to computer to look at diagnostic codes. However, the computer did not show anything wrong. Thus, out of the first 35 days since the purchase of the car, it was in the repaie shop 18 days.

- Mount Joy, PA, USA

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