2004-07 Nissan Transmission Problems

Mostly in the Maxima, but also affecting the Altima & Quest.

The Problem: Widespread transmission problems ranging from rough shifting between gears, hesitation while accelerating and sudden stops or jerking.

The Cost: Average out-of-pocket expense around $3,000, typically occuring around 100,000 miles.

A Transmission Nightmare

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.

Take, for example, the thousands of transmission related complaints rolling in to CarComplaints.com from owners. Whether it's hesitation between gears, rough shifting, sudden stops or diminished acceleration, there's absolutely nothing good about these garbage transmissions.

Nissan Transmission Complaints by Model Year

* Beyond the rough shifting, the spike in trsnsmission complaints also come from ridiculously bad coolant leaks that destroy entire transmissions.

Models Most Affected

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).

A 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 Nissan should be held accountable.

The suit is still in the "discovery" stage which means they're still collecting information. Apparently these things take some time ... far too much time.

What Owners are Saying And Doing

Having problems of this magnitude is awful enough, but to have a manufacturer turn a blind eye to the situation? That's enough to make owner's blood boil:

"This is my fourth (and last) nissan maxima. Nissan Corp will not even acknowledge that there is a problem. Right now, the problem mostly occurs when I am driving along and take my foot off of the gas and then try to accelerate again." says anthonywiggins on CarComplaints.com.

"The rpm's go up and then the transmission engages with a terrible jerk. One motor mount is already broken. The dealer suggests that I replace the mount, but what for? Until the transmission is fixed, it is only going to keep breaking the mounts. It's a damn shame Nissan will not do a recall on this problem!"

Let's face facts: transmission repair or replacement is always going to make your wallet shake. To have to pick up that bill, when so many others are having the same issue is particularly painful:

"At first I thought I had just got a bad transmission, the warranty is out, it's my responsibility I'll have to bite the bullet, and fix it some how. Then I discovered all the other complaints across the web with the same exact problem. This is an unjust move on the part of Nissan to not own up to their mistake."

Owners are reporting typical repair costs between $1700 - $3500, happening as early as 35,000 miles.

Actions You Can Take

This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.

  1. Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com

    CarComplaints.com 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. Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety

    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. Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA

    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

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