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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,667 miles

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2006 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 152010


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact felt an abnormal vibration in the steering wheel. In addition, when driving over uneven road surfaces, the front end of the vehicle would shake excessively. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a tire rotation and balancing. The technicians stated that the service could not be performed because all four wheels were abnormally bent. The contact was advised to purchase four new wheels. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Laurel, MD, 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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