Transmission Solenoid Problems of Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 27 problems related to transmission solenoid (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Maxima based on all problems reported for the Maxima.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 02/06/2017

My transmission started violently jerking from park to reverse and drive, had several repairs done to no avail. Car is stuck in third gear, which is dangerous because when I start to pull out onto the highway I have no power, the car just revs high rpms and goes really slow until I reach 40 mph. Its just a matter of time before I get hit, I always have to wait to make sure no car is coming in my direction. I have had the solenoids, valve body among other work done that hasn't helped at all at a cost of over $1500. 00 there are apparently thousands of complaints of the same issues all over the internet. Why is this not being recalled! its pure and simple theft. To buy a CA r that has a known defect and the company not caring to remedy the issue.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 12/12/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the gear shift failed. The check engine warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 188,000.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 09/21/2015

My 2006 Maxima has 89000 miles on it and started jerking when shifting gears, it began out of the blue. I was at at a stop light and had to back up for a fire truck and then drive forward and then my car jerked and shook the whole car. It had never done that before. I thought the engine was going to fall out. I drove home as slow as I could and my dad met me there. He got in the car and we tested it. Every time you reverse and go into drive it would stall and cough and make so that the engine felt like it was going to fall out of the car. We took it to the mechanic who at first thought it was the transmission fluid being low, so we filled it up. Then after about a week it started again with the jerking after taking it from reverse into drive. We took it to the transmission guy who said it could be the solenoid? so that would be about $300-500. In the end to rebuild the entire transmission on a Maxima with only 89,000 miles it costs $3500-4500 to fix which was absolutely ridiculous!!! Nissan needs to fix their product and stand behind it. Recall the problem and have it fixed before something bad happens.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 04/21/2015

Ongoing issue with 5 sp automatic transmission: started, intermittently around 2 years back @86k, and has increased to the point of not pulling into d or r without jumping or surging into gear, often nightmarish in tight quarters/parking, etc. Becoming dangerous as slipping at higher rps has become more prevalent of late, especially lower speed, light incline and increasing speeds. There are TSB's on this vehicle and have a case open with Nissanamerica, as of today's date 4/21/2015. Dealer has, at this point seems purposely?, misdiagnosing and non-acknowledgement of existing and known issues with the aw5550/51sn automatic transmission slippage and jumping/surging. It is a known issue with solenoids; do your research, there is plenty online in regards to this issue. The representative I spoke with today at Nissan will listen, but is advised to not answer questions in regards to this issue, and with good reason. . I know it is an older car, but is in great shape (bought used), there is a known defect, a known fix from the actual technical service bulletin:: 2004 - 2006 Maxima; 5-speed a/t shift issues technical service bulletin reference number(s): ntb11-035,â date of issue:â April 7, 2011 Nissan: 2004 - 2006 Maxima classification: at11-003 applied vehicles: 2004 - 2006 Maxima (a34) applied transmission: re5f22a 5-speed a/t if you confirm note: harsh 1-2 and/or 3-4 upshifts during moderate acceleration from a stop and/or harsh 4-3 and/or 2-1 downshifts when slowing to a stop. Action go to the repair flow chart for repair procedure. Refer to page 4 and 5 for location of a/t assembly serial number and valve body connector locations.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2013

Have taken the vehicle to the local Nissan dealership several times to have issues diagnosed and they would state there is nothing wrong. First started with having low and dirty oil and making a weird noise even after it has been serviced. Took the vehicle to a different place that the Nissan dealership said we should go. Their oil solution of royal purple synthetic oil did not work. Talked to the place where the vehicle was bought and because the warranty was expired they were unwilling to help. The vehicle currently has almost 108000 miles on it and have only owned it a year. I am afraid to drive the vehicle because of the hard shifting when driving and the slamming of the head against the head rest. It will slam into second, third and even fourth gear once it gets warmed up and take several seconds for the vehicle to engage and adjust the speed. I experience jerking coming from the rear while driving and recently while going from speed limits of 45 to 30 I felt a lose of power like it did not want to go. While parked it also slams into reverse and the first. I have a young son and this vehicle is defiantly not safe for him to drive in. I was told to replace the solenoids, timing chains, and to put a kit in it for the shifting issues. I also need to get an alignment done to address the shaking when going over 55mph. At this point the motor mounts probably need to be replaced. I'm still making payments on this vehicle and all warranties are expired. The air bags are also malfunctioning and the lights blink on and off this will cost up to a $1000 to have fixed. The check engine light also comes off and on but no codes show up. The rpm gauge gets stuck at 3 and you have to go over 40mph to get that gauge to work. Really don't want to have an accident because of the issues with the drive train and transmission.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 03/08/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the transmission slipped. The vehicle was taken to a transmission shop for inspection where they stated that the solenoids in the valve body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000. Kmj.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

I had the transmission flushed/serviced at a local Nissan dealership. The transmission started slipping and jerking between speeds of 20 to 30 mph. Sometime it also slips and jerks when I engage the reverse gear. I also started smelling a faint burning smell since then. At a 130000 I had the transmission fluid drained and filled again as the color of the fluid had changed to dark red. I had hoped that the slipping and jerking would go away, but that has not happened. In fact it has grown worse. I have gone online and have found out that mine is not an isolated problem. There are thousands of complaints from 2004-06 Maxima owners who are having similar problems with their transmissions. I think it is about time that Nissan owns up to this transmission problem with these 2004-06 Maximas and issues a recall, replacement and a fix of these defective transmissions. There are posts on numerous Nissan forums about owners who have figured out that all these problems are solenoid and valve related, within the bad transmissions. I did approach a Nissan dealership, explained this problem in detail, but got nowhere with them. They refuse to acknowledge that such a problem exists. I however got estimate of $4500 from one dealership for replacing the transmission in my car. I also understand there has been a class action lawsuit by some Nissan Maxima owners since 2011. I am currently researching joining them in this lawsuit. I am on my third Maxima since 1999. If Nissan does not come through with a recall/replacement/fix of this problem, this is surely my last one.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 10/11/2012

In October 2012 it initially started when I was shifting into drive and the car jerking forward. Then about a month later at a stop light it jerked forward when I accelerated as the light turned green. The acceleration was sluggish (like going from 1st to 2nd gear in a standard) you could feel the change in gear. Once the gear changed occurred and the speed was constant it seem to catch and go into drive as normal but this time the check engine light came on. The jerk forward was very noticeable and very scary. As a result I brought it to an auto mechanic, they ran diagnostics and a code came up of po750. This code relates to the solenoid pack which is in the valve body and a part of the transmission. The mechanic did a lot of research and finally went to the Nissan dealer to find out how they solved the problem and their answer to him was to replace the transmission not the solenoid pack. The dealership was familiar with this "defect" because they had replaced quite a few transmissions as a result of this problem. I then went on to a website, aboutautomobile. Com, and found numerous complaints related to this problem for the 2006 Maxima. This is unacceptable and really should be looked at. The median mileage that this defect occurs is around 77k. This problem poses a dangerous situation when driving, a high cost repair (3500 dollars) to replace the transmission which is what the Nissan dealerships recommend and not a good feeling about a car that's not really that old. Please let me know what can be done about this issue or where I can go to get help. Of course the extended warranty ended in March 2012. Which makes it a lot harder to deal with. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 10/01/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while accelerating from a stop sign, the vehicle shifted erratically. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 06/18/lj the consumer stated the Nissan service rep advised that the vehicle does not shift because it has a cvt transmission. When the vehicle would lunge foward a loud thud could be heard. The consumer stated after some researching the failure was found to be in the shift solenoid. The vehicles goes into limp mode. Updated 06/24/2013.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 09/12/2012

The transmission shifts hard from 2nd to 3rd after driving about 20 minutes. Then it shifts hard up and down. When going from park or reverse into drive it will not engage gear and then slams into gear. While driving at freeway speeds it will slip gears. It also slips gears after pulling out at a stop sign. A diagnostic check revealed that it has a pressure control solenoid c stuck on . I have found many many online posts on forums about the same exact problem at about the same milage on many 2004 Maximas. I am concerned that I can not drive it safely and Nissan knows about this failure in the car and choose to do nothing.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 09/07/2012

This vehicle has been maintained well over the years. It is absolutely incredible on how many people share the same problems that I have and that Nissan has not done nothing about it. My car started shifting really hard from 2nd to 3rd gear, it also gets stuck on 5th gear once the transmission is heated up. I know that it is the transmission that is defective or else there would not be so many videos on the internet about how to repair the solenoids that are inside the valve body. The car is in horrible driving condition and I even drive around with my hazards on because of the violent downshifts shake up the car and myself.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 07/02/2012

Transmission started to shift rough, slip and make the engine rev high between shifts, this is known problem with this type of auto, mainly involving the transmission valve body and solenoids.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 10/05/2011

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 20 mph, the transmission failed to shift properly with extreme hesitation. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic that informed the valve body and solenoid would need to replace within the transmission. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Js.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 08/31/2011

Nissan Maxima 2010 - sport edition. The cvt transmission exhibits severe lose of power on 75mph roadway driving between phoenix and flagstaff arizona, up elevation. Lack of power is present in heavy traffic as well. On 75 mph highways the cvt begins to whine, the engine has high rpm, loud whining noise from cvt, and car gets stuck in 6th gear in both manual shift mode and drive mode. The vehicle will not accelerate or maintain speed with other vehicles at the posted 75 mph speed limit. The vehicle will not give a code but once gave a p1778 code - faulty solenoid or step up motor. This issue occurs frequently within city driving as well, in addition to high speed highways on long drives over hilly roads climbing up elevation. In city driving the cvt will not respond when the gas pedal is depressed leaving the vehicle in the center of traffic when entering a busy highway. At other times the vehicle is able to accelerate dramatically (normal) to the speed of cars on a busy main street (55mph). And, then suddenly the car just lacks power when entering a busy 3-4 lane street (55 mph) and you find yourself in the middle of busy 3-4 lane street with approaching oncoming traffic. The vehicle is barely able to get itself out of the way at full throttle. The problem has been getting progressively worst and did not occur when the car was purchased new. Cvt fluid was changed at 44,000 miles prior to Nissan recommendation. This cvt transmission sucks and the dealerships are giving customers a hard time since the problem doesn't not give a engine trouble code. The code p1778 eventually is cleared from the computer on its own when it does occur. The problem with this cvt transmission persists and is a major safety issue because the vehicle will suddenly fail to accelerate and maintain the posted speed limit during city driving and on high speed highways.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 06/16/2011

My 2005 Nissan Maxima is also showing signs of transmission problems. I have been experiencing jerky shifts when change gears. I took my car to the Nissan dealership in newburgh NY , (which I dont recommend!!! ) the car came back with code p0797 , pressure controle solenoid valve stuck on. They looked at the car and found broken wire from ground, which cost me over 400$. When I was driving home I experience the same sensation off jerking while accelerating from gare 1 to 2 (and 2-1). The next day the check engine light came back on. I checked the code in autozone, the same code p0797 was read. Brought the car back to the dealership just to find out that, they look "deeper" in to the issue and found another problem (same code !!!!) supposedly 2 valves on transmission need to be replaced , that will cost another 1200$. I took the car to amcco just to make sure I am doing the right think and found out that the code p0797 stands for mechanical issues not electrical (not for the broken wire!!!!). I called dealership and after long conversation with the manager I was told that they will work with me(not sure yet how) ,but because of my numerous complains he wont fix the valves anymore he want to replace the whole transmission. Estimate 4500$ . The manager told me strait up that he knows Maximas have issues with transmission(it took him about 30 min. To came strait forward). He forgot to tell me how he will work with me.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 05/31/2011

I would like to add to the growing number of concerned consumers that are experiencing the same problem that I'm having with my 2006 Nissan Maxima sl transmission. I purchased this vehicle in August 09. I currently have 64,000 miles and had the vehicle less than 2yrs. And now the transmission has gone up. Also to make matters worst my extented warrenty expired at 57,000 miles and the experation date is August 2012. Carmax or the warrenty company will not honor the policy, stating that the milage came first. However; my experience with transmission problems started over the memorial day weekend 2011. As my family & I was driving back from south carolina my air condition went out after a very loud thrusting motion accompanied by a hard jerk. After returning home the vehicle was taken to a local repair shop who diagnosed the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. (code #p0780) indicated that there were several things that would cause this problem. The first is gear section - shift malfunction and the second being wiring tr sensor, shift solenoids and last but not lease transmission mechanical fault. The manufacturer was contacted but have not yet responsed.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 12/17/2010

I bought my 2005 Nissan Maxima se used and it ran fine a first, but within 2 months the transmission began acting up by jerking, hard shifting and hi engine rev's. I took it to the Nissan dealer and they blame everything else except the transmission. They said it was the motor mounts, but they were new then it was this sensor and that sensor, the dog, the cat anything but the transmission. The dealer gave me a powertrain warranty when I bought the car so I took it to Nissan to do a transmission swap while I had the car there getting some other work done. Since it was another warranty company other than Nissan, they tried to milk the warranty company with parts thrown at it while my car was there. The service manager said that broken subharness caused the problem. With the subharness repaired it did not fix the problem. Next he called and said I had a bad vias solenoid was the problem and that would fix it. He called back the next day and said "well your car is still stuck in 4th gear and I would like to try something else. I told him no since the warranty company had called me and telling me what Nissan had told them and I was being to another story. They told me to take it to a transmission shop from the Nissan stealership since Nissan was playing us both. The car had become a hazard to drive because it stalled in the middle of shifts and it was hard to predict what it would do next. The car worked fine as long as the transmission was cold, but when it warmed up it was hard jerk and shift city. I nick named the car mule kick since it kicked like a mule. I paid the stealership for the work done I but didn't want to since they didn't fix it and it left on a tow truck. Nissan will blame your grandma for the problem before they say it is their transmissions. . These cars need to be recalled and as for this Nissan stealership I would not buy a . 50 sugar cookie from them.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 11/17/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately between 5-15 mph, the contact heard a loud knocking noise coming from the transmission. Also, the transmission failed to shift correctly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 08/13/2010

The transmission start shifting funny 2 years ago. In between 15-20 miles (1 gear) there was a delay and a click during shifting. At that time I had a warranty on my car , but the dealership's mechanics didn't identify a problem, right now it become more visible and the other dealer found the transmission replacement needed but the cat is out of warranty and replacement will be more than $ 4,000. I asked Nissan corp. To cover this replacement as a goodwill repair, but was denied due to out warranty status (which makes no sense to me, as if I would't be out of warranty why should I request repair from Nissan corp. As I would be able to do it in any dealership). Plus I have abs unit to be replace, but the problem is only in the solenoid not in unit, but the dealers do not replace the solenoid but need to replace the unit for $1,900.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 04/21/2010

Shift solenoid is giving me problems at 90,000 miles. The car jerks sometimes when taking off or at certain speeds the engine may rev high then jerk. A mechanic has explained that this is common on the 2004 Maxima's.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 02/16/2010

In October of 2008 the car started jerking really hard when shifting between 1 and 2nd gears. Mainly when I was slowing down to take a turn or when approaching a light and then tried to accelerate. Dealer said that I needed to replace transmission or have it rebuilt. I had the transmission rebuilt in January 2009 problem was gone for a little while and then began again about once a week. With time the problem the shifting kept getting harder and harder. February 2010 the check engine light came on. Now the car will sometimes jerk really hard and make a really loud clanking noise when shifting. When it does this the car acts like it does not want to accelerate. When car is driven for a few minutes, then turned off and then turned on again then the noise is gone and car accelerates just fine. Problem occurs about every other day. When taken to the dealer they said it was the shift solenoid that's related to the transmission.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

04 Nissan Maxima started slipping in 3rd gear and from rev. To drive around 63,000 miles. The transmission and valve bodies need to be rebuilt or replaced along with the solenoids. Not to mention a broken axle when trying to cross traffic. In light of the Toyota debacle, when will you make Nissan "do the right thing?".

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 11/19/2009

2004 Nissan Maxima with severe jerking 1st-2ng gear, rvm revving high, not going into gearfor about a month or so. Symptoms started at about 80,000 miles. Took to Nissan dealer. . . Said nothing wrong with transmission. 2 weeks later, car almost failed while I was attempting to go up a hill. On that day, I was pushing on gas, rvm revving high, but car not picking up speed, car started to jerk, and almost had accident. Very dangerous and scary . Looked it up on internet that night, and found multiple complaints about the same thing. I took car to aamco since dealer said nothing wrong. Aamco and they told me about Nissan having technical service bulletin saying solenoid control assembly is problem. But now, transmission has failed and cost is 3500. 00. Aamco wants to put in "updated solenoid" that was re-engineered after people started having these problems and replaced the parts contaminated with the debris (basically overhaul the tranny) apparently, the solenoid material breaks off and goes throughout the transmission causing debris build up and eventual transmission failure. Placing new transmission doesn't help because it is an engineering flaw with the solenoid. The fix is to put in the re-engineered updated solenoid so doesn't break apart and cause debris throughout transmission like the one original solenoid assembly placed in car. Why didn't Nissan tell me that? they just said "nothing is wrong with your transmission". Are they waiting for a mortality to occur? is that how they want to treat their consumers? I have been talking to Nissan corp for 2 weeks now. They don't even want to acknowledge their is a problem even though it is on their own technical service bulletin!.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 04/25/2009

I too have a 2004 Maxima. I maintain the car at the dealer,. While driving, the gears will slips out and at times sticks at the 5th gear the only way it comes out of the 5th gear is by turning off the car, sit for several minutes while the engine cools and starting again. I was told the problem with the gear shifting is I need to change the valve assembly. It was changed and 2day later the same problem existed. I took it back and I am told I need to change the at solenoid assembly and or replace the transmission. This is apparently a know problem with the 04 Maximas and something needs to be done about it!!.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 12/18/2008

My 04 Maxima currently has just over 50,000 miles on it. I have noticed some hard shifts over the past few months, but they had been very intermittent. The other day however I noticed the service engine soon light was on and when accelerating from a stop I realized that I barely had any power! after engine shut off the acceleration was back to normal. The service engine soon light remained on. The code was pulled and reset. P 0797 pressure control solenoid, stuck on. Repair cost approximately 4000 dollars. Problem outstanding. The struts have also gone bad. Problem outstanding. I have also had to replace the battery. The front right rotor is warped and causes steering wheel shim when downhill braking. Problem outstanding. My car had begun to idle very low twice and actually died once. Problem outstanding. A weld on the heat shield of the catalytic converter has come loose and causes a noticeable vibration when accelerating when cold. This subsides once it's heated up probably due to metal expansion. Problem outstanding. I have also replaced the tires due too bad alignment camber on some and also castor I believe it was wearing the tires unevenly.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 26
Failure Date: 12/02/2008

I live in washington state. I bought my 2005 Maxima se in Feb 24 2007 with 48,000 miles on it. When it reach 98,000 miles (mostly highway miles), my automatic transmission began displaying shifting problems. 1. From park and/or reverse to drive it had a 5 second delay to shift into gear, and when it did it shifted hard. 2. Transmission slipped out of gear during slow and go driving causing the engine to rev at high rpm?s and then slamming into gear. 3. Very hard shifts between 1st and 2nd gear when shifting up and down at speeds of 15 to 25 mph. 4. Once it slipped out of gear, and shut my engine down. During slow and go driving I could feel the transmission begin to shift at15 mph, and get a hard shift at about 20 and 25 mph. It shifted hard back and forth between high and low gears. I also, experienced lag time, and high rpm?s before it slammed into gears when shifting. Every transmission place I went to wanted $3500 to $4000 to replace it. As an alternative, I bought a used automatic transmission with 62,000 miles in Dec 15 2008, and had it installed for $2000. 00. After 150,000 miles (mostly highway miles) on the replacement transmission I began to experience identical problems as described above. I?ve had the cam sensors, solenoids, and fluids replaced and it still response the same way. I find it odd of 2 different transmissions that acting the same way. Also, ever since I got this car I have to replace the headlights ever year. Not good for a car that cost $40,000 new from a company that used to have a good reputation.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 27

Transmission solenoid failed.

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