Nissan manufactured (and then covered up) a defective timing chain tensioning

Whether it's hesitation between gears, rough shifting, sudden stops or diminished acceleration, there's absolutely nothing good about these garbage transmissions.

This generation of Nissan vehicles is not without problems. And we’re not talking about little dash rattles here, we’re talking about expensive, hair-pulling car destroying issues.

Nissan Transmission Complaints

The Nissan Maxima (2004 / 2005 / 2006) seems to have the worst of the worst, but there are reports of similar problems in the Altima (2005 / 2006) and Quest (2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007).

Class-Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed on on September 30, 2011 accusing Nissan of premature transmission failure in the 2004-06 Maxima, 2005-06 Altima and 2004-07 Quest vehicles with automatic transmission and the 3.5 liter V6 engine.

As stated in the suit, these vehicles are subject to:

…transmission slippage, premature clutch wear, overheating, and other problems that ultimately result in serious and expensive damage to the vehicles’ transmission.

So in other words, these transmission are crap. And rather than alerting consumers, Nissan “concealed this problem from its customers at the time of purchase or lease and thereafter” should be held accountable.

Class Dismissed

The case didn’t get off to a good start when in September 2012, all claims of “breach of implied warranty of merchantability” were dismissed.

The case still had claims of breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and consumer fraud to work with.

However, that all came to a screeching halt in December, 2014 when the class-action was decertified. The presiding NJ federal judge ruled that “all the Class claims brought forth by the suit’s named plaintiffs cannot be supported by evidence and are untimely.”

The case was Howard Teba v. Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.

Torque converter image by BerndB under Creative Commons

Vehicles That Might Have This Problem

What Owners Are Saying

“I had not known about the transmission issues that would come with the 2004 Nissan Maxima. Had I known, I would not have bought the car, it was a waste of my money. The car often jerks when driving, making my daughter terrified that she is going to hit another car. Replacing the transmission would be too costly.”

2004 Maxima Owner in Illinois

“My [Altima has] been meticulously maintained. Very low mileage (74,508). Problem started 2016 when the car is cold transmission jerks from 1-2 gears. It became more and more troublesome. I took it a transmission shop and they had to rebuild the transmission, R&R transmission, Master Rebuild Kit, Filter, Direct Band, Bushing Kit, Transmission Fluid, Rebuilt Torque Converter, Valvebody. Price $2,745.66!”

2005 Altima Owner in Colorado

“My mechanic knew what it was as soon as I told him. He described my problem when I said it shifted funny. Said it was common with that transmission.”

2005 Quest owner in Virginia

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint

  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify the CAS

  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA

  4. Contact Nissan

    Nissan Support

    P.O. Box 191 Gardena CA 90248 USA

    This site is not affiliated with Nissan.