2005 Nissan Maxima SL from North America - Comments

8th Sep 2008, 05:40

Transmission Problems Nissan Maxima SE 2005- I thought I was the only one until I found this site and several others.

My problem started about 1 year ago, (Had it for 3 years) rough shifting from 2nd gear to 3rd gear and from 3rd gear to 2nd gear. When slowing down going around the it shifts down hard, when accelerating it feels like a delay before shifting again then it shifts hard back into 3rd gear. The bad part is it don't happen every second so when I bring to the dealer they say there is nothing wrong with the car, no check engine like comes on no rough shifting. Keep in mind it only happens when the car is warm. By the time they test drive it's cold again.

First the dealer said it was a motor mount, so apparently they felt the rough shifting. They replaced the mount and the problem remained the same.

Second I took it to the dealer again this time they said nothing was wrong with the car, 1 mile after leaving the dealer the hard shifting happened AGAIN.

Third, took to a different Nissan dealer, same thing. They said the check light is not on and they feel nothing car is fine. Soon as I get close to home turning the corner another hard shift. Parking the car same day I put it in reverse it's fine, I put it back into drive w/o releasing the brake it shifted hard (I was not moving at this time)

I wanna keep the car cause I love it BUT, the Transmission is killing me. Can any one help? Sorry for the long comment.

9th Sep 2008, 17:43

Same problem as above. Transmission gets confused around 20-30mph. Only after warmup, but not always. Trans will race then slam into gear. Took it to the dealer who could not find anything wrong. Disappointing. I like the car, but this is more than annoying.

12th Dec 2008, 17:40

I owned a Nissan Maxima SE which had major transmission problems. It was downshifting, causing the rides to be jumpy. I took it to several mechanics. Everyone said it was a sensor. May be the throttle control sensor. I spent so much money investigating that I just got rid of it. Nissan company is NOT a TRUE Japanese cars as they are 44% owned by Renault of France and they are NOT manufactured in Japan. They are manufactured in the U.S.

7th Jan 2009, 06:25

Transmission problem finally solved - at least I think so... Dealer couldn't find any problems last time I took it in (a few months ago), but I noticed the 'service engine soon' light came on last week, I had the computer scanned - shift problem error! I took it back to the dealer who said a shifting solenoid was not acting correctly. They don't rebuild these transmissions anymore so they ordered a new one. Hopefully this will solve the problem. '05 Maxima SL.

19th Jan 2009, 12:25

2005 Nissan Maxima, 74k miles and the transmission is slipping. I also have a friend who has an '05 Maxima 77k miles and hers is messing up bad as well. There is obviously a problem with the 2005 Maxima's transmission! Someone needs to report this to the Lemon Law.

8th Feb 2009, 09:45

I also have a Nissan Maxima 2005 SE that has 90,000. It is having problems with car shifts between 2nd to 3rd gear. I bought it to a dealer yesterday, but they don't see any problems with it. Although, when it slips I feel it more when the car is cold than when it is warm. If anybody figures out what the problem is, please write on here and let us all know.

11th Mar 2009, 20:07

Guys I am currently shopping for a 2004 or 2005 Nissan Maxima, but after reading your comments on all the problems you have encountered, I am changing my mind. What do you think about the 2006 Maxima, as I loves those cars, are they having issues also?

2nd Apr 2009, 19:06

I myself have a 2005 Maxima SE. Still under warranty, roughly has 58,000 miles.

When I shift from park to drive, I feel a thump. It's beginning to get worse and worse. Have called my local dealership and have scheduled an appointment. I will try to have the vehicle warm so they themselves can see before there own eyes. Thinking about trading it in and getting something else. Will keep you guys informed. Have the appointment Saturday. Will post results.

3rd Apr 2009, 09:33

This is very disappointing to hear. I've had a problem with my AC compressor/discharge line and the Bose CD/back speakers. I called and talked with consumer relations, and the service was AWFUL!!! I like my car, but after all of this I will not buy another Nissan again. My family member and friend is having transmission, A/C, motor mount problems. Nissan used to have excellent quality, but right now I don't understand.

10th Apr 2009, 20:29

My 2005 Max has had a few problems too, including A/C going bad (cost me about $750 with my own mechanic, and now the transmission. Started with clunking and grinding noises, which seemed to be worse when turning. The mechanic found bad transmission bearings and had to tear the tranny apart and replace. $850 later, seems to be running fine, but a car with under 50k miles should not have these issues. I will keep it for a couple more years, but no more Nissans for me. Next car is a BMW, as we have this also, and it drives very, very well. Sad though, the Max has so much promise and looks great...

16th Apr 2009, 11:42

Same problem over here. Have a 2005 Maxima; I purchased it in November of 2008, and in January of 2009 the transmission started acting up in 2nd and 3rd gears, same problem as above. I took it to the dealer in January. Of course they said nothing was wrong with it. Then 3 months later I bring it back to the dealer, and sure enough they say I need a new transmission. Luckily it's under the warranty along with a rent a car, so it's only costing me $50.

14th May 2009, 15:53

I bought a used 2005 Maxima last year. It was a company car prior with one owner. It had some issues, but it only had 32K miles. So, plenty of warranty left. This is my second Maxima and third Nissan.

The transmission started acting up this year as described numerous times above. I took it to the dealer when the erratic behavior was more constant. The dealer agreed the transmission was bad. They replaced the transmission at no cost to me. I am still a satisfied Maxima owner.

31st May 2009, 16:29

Fellow 05 Maxima owners. I have the same tranny problem if not worse. There is a green sensor above the throttle body, on the right side. Wiggle it, the problem will not happen as much. Also I don't think it is the tranny, it feels like the fuel pump. I have no money to repair the car but I'm pretty sure the fuel pump is the problem. Good luck. Again, I'm broke and in college so I can't fix it at all. The fuel pump is under the back seat. I'm going to try and clean it or something. I will probably never buy a Nissan again. I blew 15k when I bought this car.