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:
52,088 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 082011


  • miles


My 06 Nissan Maxima has 91 thousand miles on it's transmission but for the last 10 thousand miles it has I can feel the change of gears when I accelerate the car. I thought this was normal, but reading a lot of forums I was wrong. I even changed the transmission oil at 50 thousand miles to make sure it last longer. But that's not the case. I feel ripped off and screwed. Also when I park it moves 4 inches in either direction and its getting worse. I do oil changes regularly and have receipts to proof it. Thank you

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 022010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima in 2009 the vehicle with approx. 67,000 as fine for the first 2 months. Here is where my problems started to occur, when turning towards the highway I accelerated to speed the car hesitated and was putting then the check engine light went on. Once I returned from out of state I contacted the dealership empire Nissan in lakewood, Colorado and let them know what the situation was, the salesmen stated to disconnect the wire to the battery to reset the light, I did that and it went right back on after a couple of starts. I took the vehicle to a local mechanic where he said it was the oxygen sensor? it was replaced, then the vehicle was fine for awhile until the odometer read approx. 75,000 I noticed that if I was going down a hill at a fast pace then pushed the brakes to slow down the RPM's revved up to 5 and the engine would make a loud noise to accompany the RPM's at 5. vehicle has been worse ever since I noticed that, it then started to slip in gear, going from R to D or D to R once shifter is in place it would pause then jerk into gear. Took the vehicle to aamco they stated that it was the motor mounts and also the fluids to the transmission. $700 later the vehicle is worse! now the car while in motion will kick and jerk hard in gear while the RPM's go all the way up to 5. when car comes to a stop with foot on the break car will jump forward. My latest incident is when at a stop and move to accelerate the car starts off as if it was in 5th gear! got the car home and put the shifter in manual transmission and it reads the engine is in 5th gear. I am a single mother of 4 young children, the car is so unpredictable, whether it is going to jerk into gear or completely stall out. There has to be something done with the transmission before someone gets killed driving this same type of car, there are several pages of complaints on the same issue with the same car, please please do a recall on the transmission of the 2006 Nissan Maxima!!!!!!

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 182010


  • 63,354 miles
The power train manual transmission has a defect that causes it to go out. I have already been told its a manufactures defect but the company refuses to pay for my repairs because its after my warranty. I think that if the made a faulty product they should be held responsible. Not the consumer. I will supply my VIN number but after I am contacted. Thank you.

- Carson , CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 192009


  • 70,000 miles
Transmission jerk into 1st gear. Transmission surge when accelerating after slowing down. Car jerks when going from drive to reverse. Problem occurs regularly when car is warmed up. After some research I found that many of Nissan owners are having the same problem. There should be a recall on these defect transmission. Its really not fair that there getting away with this and are still selling these defect cars. Right now my check engine light is on.

- Somerdale, NJ, USA

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