2005 Nissan Maxima Reviews - Page 9 of 13

2005 Nissan Maxima SE from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Year 2005 was poorly designed, as evidenced by all the major problems

Faults:

My transmission went out at 76,000 miles. I can't believe it!! Luckily I purchased an extended warranty.

The mechanic at the Nissan dealer tried to tell me my warranty may not be honored, because I have 20 inch rims on my car. The mechanic stated to me that large rims cause a strain on the transmission. When I purchased the car, it had 18 inch rims on it. Go figure!!! Surely a 2 inch difference wouldn't cause a strain on a transmission.

This 2005 Maxima has given me nothing but trouble. Last year I had to have the fuel pump replaced. The mechanics at Nissan are not very accommodating when there is a warranty involved on a big job. I say if you don't want to honor your warranty, don't sell them.

I will never buy another Nissan after this experience. They are not very accommodating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2010

2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles

Summary:

Fair

Faults:

I have a 2005 Maxima and I am having the same transmission problems that everyone else is having.

The car has 79,000, and since December has problems shifting from 1st to 2nd gear.

I have taken my car in to two different transmission shops, and both told me I need to replace the transmission. The cost is about $3700.00 How can a transmission last only 5 years!!

I will never by another Nissan, and neither will my friends or family.

General Comments:

It's sad to say, don't buy a Nissan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2010

2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Now that the transmission is back to normal, I love it!

Faults:

The timing chain makes a noise, but more importantly the transmission began to jerk very violently, and changing the fluid did not help.

I found some good info about the root problem on the Internet, and had my mechanic fix it.

I ended up spending less than 1,300 bucks on the repair, instead of the 3 or 4 thousand dollars for a whole transmission that other Maxima owners are paying. My transmission works great now, and I finally feel safe in my car once again.

General Comments:

Besides the poorly designed timing chain and faulty transmission, this car is a beast. I can spin my tires in a heartbeat. Lots of power and a good look.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th November, 2009

2005 Nissan Maxima SE V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Good car, ignorant sales/service people

Faults:

I bought a used 2005 Maxima last year and it had 78000 miles. After the first week I ended taking the car back because it was jerking. Long story short, I have filed a complaint to NHTSA, which assists people who have major complaints with their car. Go ahead fellow Maxima owners, you should file too. Let's get someone to listen.

General Comments:

I love this car, but I cannot afford a new car that needs a transmission. Let's be serious, Nissan knows this car has problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2009

2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance69500 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

The bad thing about it is, this is a beautiful car!

Faults:

I have a 2005 Maxima SE with 69500 miles. I have been reading everyone's complaints about their transmissions and mine is doing the same thing too. When it gets warm, my transmission seems to slip, and when downshifting, it thumps and jerks. It only seems to have the problems in the lower gears.

I decided to go online and research this problem, and this is unreal about this transmission. I didn't think I was going to find this out, I thought it was just mine doing this. They need to recall it! Powertrain warranty only covers up to 60000.

Also my A/C started acting up when I only had 35000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2009

14th Oct 2009, 12:42

The car has been a good car, except for the transmission is not wanting to go into 2nd and 3rd gear. Then when it does, it jerks really hard, which is now messing up the motor mounts. There are many people with this issue. I made a complaint with safercar, which is with the NHTSA. The more complaints they get, they will investigate it and hopefully a recall will be issued. Here is the web site http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/. Please make a complaint as this issue needs to be resolved. We spend too much money for it not to be.

Here is another web site you can write to as well http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/nissan_maxima.html

The only way to fix this is to work together.

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 45 reviews