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 1 of 7)

problem #127

May 172013


  • 47,500 miles


Suddenly broke down while in rush hour traffic. Car was towed and had cam sensors replaced. Transmission began to slip shortly afterwards. The engine would rev but the car would not accelerate. It then would begin to abruptly shift but not gain speed. There was also knocking when shifting from drive to park and vice versa. Would at times be stuck at 20mph or the engine would rev. Had to pull over on several occasions with my children in the car fearing that it might accelerate and rear end another vehicle or abruptly lose speed and myself be rear ended. Also lets off a horrible sulfur smell. Was diagnosed with transmission failure on 8/22/13 with 48500 miles.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #126

Mar 242012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle violently jerked when shifting gears at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 7/12/12 updated 08/08/12

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #125

Mar 092010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After 65000 miles transmission started to show problems. Mostly from 1 to 2 gear it jumps like a mule. Almost undriveable. I have spoken to the dealer but warranty is no longer active so most spend 3500 dollars. I would never buy Nissan again.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #124

Sep 012011


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the transmission continued to shift extremely hard when changing gears. When driving for over a period of thirty minutes, the vehicle would downshift extremely hard and rough. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who ran a diagnostic test and informed the contact that the transmission would need replacing. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #123

Apr 012011


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would hesitate before shifting gears. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would jerk whenver the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 84,000.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #122

Aug 152011


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle was violently jerking and switching between gears. The contact was awaiting a service appointment with the dealer. The manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileages were 73,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #121

Jun 102011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


6/10/2011 the transmission on my 2006 Nissan Maxima failed without warning which prevented the car from accelerating. This was while on the turnpike in pa with traffic merging and moving at speeds of up to 75mph. Luckily I was able to coast to the side of the road without getting into an accident or causing an accident. Upon further research I see transmission issues are very common for this make and model car through the production years of 04-07. This is very dangerous and I can see it leading up to and including death due to an accident. The dealer I purchased the car from replaced the transmission under warranty, but I am again having issues with my transmissions showing signs of failure again. To date, my car has been in the shop for a total of 32 days for the same transmissions issue.

- East Greenville, PA, USA

problem #120

Mar 012011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the vehicle was violently jerking. When she was attempting to shift between gears, the vehicle would stall. The dealer made two attempts to duplicate the failure but to no avail. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was awaiting a response. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 98,987. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #119

Aug 022011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I have a 2006 Maxima w/ 104K miles that is having the same jerking issues. In Aug 2011, the car lurched and jumped so bad in traffic while slowing down. It also happens whenever I am pulling from a stop light or reversing. This issue continued and sometime I have to stop the car because I thought I was going to get into an accident. Since this appears after the car is driven for about 15 minutes, I will let the car sit for a while before I drive it again. It will drive fine for a few miles and start lurching again. I took the car to our local Nissan dealer and I was told that I will need to pay them $105 for an inspection. I went on to tell them the issue and the service person acted as if he does not know what I was talking about. He was sarcastic in our conversation and he told me that I may have to buy a new transmission.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #118

Jun 142011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Automatic transmission lags during normal acceleration. Hard shift from park or reverse to drive continuing to a delay before actually being able to drive.

- Roanoke, TX, USA

problem #117

Jul 292011


  • 40,000 miles


Beginning at 38K miles the transmission has stopped engaging properly when accelerating between 1st & 2nd gear of the automatic transmission. This occurs between 20 and 35mph and causes the vehicle to slam into gear with a force that negatively impacts the driver's ability to control the car causing an unsafe driving event. The event is as powerful as being hit from the rear while driving. The dealer charged $200 to flush the trans but this had no effect. I have made several attempts to engage the dealer but have had no response. I have investigated this problem and found it is wide spread with this models' 2005 & 2006 year vehicles but is denied by the manufacturer as a warranty coverage problem. Please forward this complaint to Nissan usa and request a reply.

- Darby, PA, USA

problem #116

Jul 142011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
The automatic transmission in my Nissan Maxima 2006 jerks when it changes from 1st to 2nd and 3rd. This also happens when I shift from park to reverse. Sometimes during acceleration, there is a 2 to 5 second delay before the car reacts which is extremely dangerous when merging into traffic. These problems usually happen after the car has warmed up and have become increasingly worse.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #115

Jan 022011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
We have been having transmission problems with my 2006 Nissan Maxima. It started a few months ago. It starts to jerk gradually. It really doesn't start doing it until the vehicle is hot and has been running for a while. We took it to get diagnosed but it did not read as the transmission at first. As the problem progressed, we took it again and was told that it was the transmission and that it was going to cost a whole bunch of money that we do not have. I started to do research on my issue. Just to find out that I was not the only one with this issue but many more like me. Food for thought, I have in-laws with older Nissan that are still running with over 200 thousand miles on them. They never had to replace any mechanical parts because of how good they were made then. What does that tell us about the newer models. They were not made to last and we the consumers are to pay for it. Not them. These defective Nissan that were made and purchased in mid 2000's may have not been in accidents/caused accidents/injuries but we want to avoid that. We need Nissan to do something about this issue because these problems we are having will and might cause an accident. All we are asking for is to have our vehicles taken care of.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #114

Jul 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
For the past 12 months, our 2006 Nissan Maxima has been experiencing major transmission/power train issues that have made the vehicle extremely unsafe to operate. It began as severe jerking when shifting into gear, and has progressed to a nearly uncontrollable driving machine. There are multitudes of owners with similar issues, and the manufacturer has refused to acknowledge/address the issue. I have communicated with Nissan's Consumer Affairs department and received no response whatsoever. It is so unsafe that I will not allow my 16 year old to drive the vehicle over fear and angst that she may unintentionally drive over a pedestrian or child. Someone needs to pressure Nissan to recall and address this major, known issue.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #113

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 #112

May 292011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 5 mph the contact heard a loud clanging sound and it became difficult to shift the gears. The contact stated the failure occurred intermittently and over time had become progressively worse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #111

Jun 252011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2006 Nissan Maxima. I notice the transmission was slipping when changing gears. It also was jerking repeatedly while changing into 1st and 2nd gear and then back down from 2nd to 1st. I was told by a Nissan service advisor that my car needed a transmission flush. I had the flush done on the car, problems still exist. Nissan now says I need a new transmission. $3500. There are thousand of people with this same problem. This transmission should be recalled, before someone get hurt and Nissan stop stealing people hard earned money. When they know something is wrong with the car.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #110

Feb 252011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Vehicle not shifting properly, transmisson slips, loud bang from reverse to drive. Does not accelerate when needs to.vehicle transmission replaced at 74,000 miles.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #109

Jun 132011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The transmission on my Nissan Maxima 2006 constantly jerks and makes load thumping sound when placing the car in gear especially from a dead start and when braking from highway speeds to full stop.the transmission was flushed by the dealer in 2010 it ran smooth for about a month and is now showing signs of malfunctioning each time it is driven.

- Selma, AL, USA

problem #108

May 312011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I would like to add to the growing number of concerned consumers that are experiencing the same problem that I'm having with my 2006 Nissan Maxima sl transmission. I purchased this vehicle in August 09. I currently have 64,000 miles and had the vehicle less than 2yrs. And now the transmission has gone up. Also to make matters worst my extended warranty expired at 57,000 miles and the expiration date is August 2012. Carmax or the warranty company will not honor the policy, stating that the mileage came first. However; my experience with transmission problems started over the memorial day weekend 2011. As my family & I was driving back from South Carolina my air condition went out after a very loud thrusting motion accompanied by a hard jerk. After returning home the vehicle was taken to a local repair shop who diagnosed the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. (code #P0780) indicated that there were several things that would cause this problem. The first is gear section - shift malfunction and the second being wiring TR sensor, shift solenoids and last but not lease transmission mechanical fault. The manufacturer was contacted but have not yet responded.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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