It is a solid car with one major transmission fault
I have read comments on transmission issues with the Maxima. I have the same hard shift, spike, problems that others have commented about. The common issue with these transmissions seems to be the valve body wearing, which causes fluid to leak by increasing pressure to open the valve, causing hard shift or delayed engagement in drive. A valve body costs about $700, and the labor is about $200 from a shop that is reasonable. Trans fluid cost is about $70, and a filter around $25. Do not waste money trying to change the fluid and filter if the hard shift is constant.
Otherwise, the Maxima is a good car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd February, 2010