Nissan Maxima Transmission Problems & Cost | AW55-50SN | RE0F10A CVT

The Nissan Maxima was equipped with the RE0F09B, the RE4F04A,  the Aisin Warner AW55-50SN and most recently later models have the Nissan CVT transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Maxima transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Nissan Maxima Transmission Models

Nissan Maxima: RE0F09B Transmission
Nissan Maxima: RE4F04A Transmission
Nissan Maxima: Aisin Warner AW55-50SN
Nissan Maxima: RE0F10A CVT Transmission

Nissan Maxima Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Use Get An Estimate for pricing on CVT and other models

Replacement Nissan Maxima Transmission Prices:

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What are the DTC codes related to Nissan Maxima transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
U1000Cannot Communicate with TCM / Class 2 Communications Failure
U0402Invalid Data Received From Transmission Control Module
P0703Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0725Engine Speed Input Circuit
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0746Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0840Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A”
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0845Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit
P0868Transmission Fluid Pressure Low
P1705Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction

Nissan Maxima Transmission Recalls

None Found

Nissan Maxima Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Nissan Maxima Transmission Problems

Vehicle will not move forward when the shifter is placed in the Drive position – RE0F10A CVT transmission
Problem – After placing the vehicle in Drive, it may refuse to move as if the transmission is slipping or cannot engage forward gear.
Solution – The problem could be as simple as low CVT fluid or a failed speed sensor. However it can also be failed transmission pump or forward clutch.

Erratic Shifting / Loss of Forward Gears: If you’re experiencing AW55-50SN transmission problems like slipping, erratic shifting, or failed gear engagement, the causes could range from a failed AW55-50SN solenoid / AW55-50SN-HD solenoid, to a AW55-50SN torque convertor issue.

Loss of 4th Gear and/or Reverse: Another common AW55-50SN problem is an inoperable fourth or reverse gear. These issues are often caused by design flaws in the Reverse Boost Valve, channel plate, and stripped splines on the 4th gear clutch hub shaft.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Nissan Maxima can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Nissan Maxima transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Nissan Maxima transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Nissan Maxima transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Nissan Maxima transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Nissan Maxima transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Nissan Maxima transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Nissan Maxima transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Nissan Maxima transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Nissan Maxima transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Nissan Maxima Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Nissan Maxima Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Maxima Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Maxima Transmission

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

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28 days ago

2010 nissan maxima loss of power

28 days ago

loss of power

Marisa scott
5 months ago

I have a 2012 maxima and my Rpm keep going up and down between 1000 to 2000 rpm while driving l like to no what it is I put car on machine the code was p0744 torque converter clutch circuit intermittent I really don’t know what it means or what to do

Last edited 5 months ago by Marisa scott
9 months ago

My 2008 Nissan Maxima won’t go past 0mph. It turns on but won’t go anywhere.

Josephine Monillas
11 months ago

Have a 2007 Maxima having issues. Wont go past 50mph. Diagnosis says “Transmission Reverse I/P circuit Malfunction”…
How can I fix myself?

1 year ago

Have a 2005 nissan maxima have to shift to low gear to start out then to drive. Thanks

11 months ago
Reply to  cameron

Change valve Body

Curt Renfro
1 year ago

2016-2017 Nissan Maxima – Knowing the Jatco transmission is a feeble match-up with this engine, would the Aisin-Warner be better? Would a larger transmission cooler assist CVT in lasting longer, and would it void the warrantee? The biggest complaint is the heat that CVT’s create. Otherwise can you mate another transmission to these 3.5 liter engines without major mods?

Parvez Khan
3 years ago

Hi..I have Nissan Maxim 2011 model, i am facing rattling sound very loudly when car is running for few k.m. then i have to stop car and again if i start it start moving, fault code shows TCM…do i need to replace or repair CVT, and any after market parts are available ? also need to know apart from Nissan Maxim any other Nissan model car CVT can fix into Maxim ?

3 years ago

2012 maxima,starts fine in neutral.shfts to reverse, neutral,and drive,but will not go into park position,what can i do to fix it?

3 years ago

Nissan I’m upset

Rodoolfo Agadier
3 years ago

The 4E4F04A Transmission installed on my Serena van, year 2000 releases its gear or no speed after an hour of driving, and after few minutes of stopped it catches its gear again. That is why I can”t go for a long drive because of this problem. Please advice. Thank you very much.

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