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2003 Nissan Maxima Transmission Issue

We have a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE Titanium Edition. It has acquired a transmission problem. This only occurs when it is near 100 degrees outside and the AC is on. I am assuming that it is heat related. I think it may just be a sensor. Anyway, here is the problem. After driving for a while and then coming to a stop or near stop, it does not want to shift gears or gets hung and just revs when you press on the throttle. It wont go. After a short period of time everthing is usually back to normal. Sometimes I have to completely stop and then manually shift it through the gears to make it work. Does anyone know what might cause this? I would appreciate any input.

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same car and it is at the dealership as I type. About a week ago, after a 3 hour drive, the car would not shift out of 1st from a stop light. After a few minutes, it shifted normally and I took it to the dealership the next day. They read the error codes but could find no issue. They updated the software on the control module and said "fixed". It happened again last night on my way home. When I drove it this morning, it seemed to be "locked" in 3rd gear. Took it back to the dealership. They put a meter on the transmission speed sensor and after getting an initial reading, the signal dropped out completely, meaning the sensor was not longer telling the transmission the speed. It puts in in 3rd gear as a failsafe. They are ordering a new sensor. $430 installed.

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    jfowler1953 Aug 14, 2012

    My 2003 Maxima SE is doing about the same thing. 140,000 miles. 1st the cruise control lights go blinking and can't set cruise.

  • E Crayton Nov 14, 2012

    I have the same problem!! Cruise light blinking and all!! What the hell is going on?? I had both output speed sensor and whatever the other sensor was called replaced 5 months ago. Problem stopped until a few days ago... it is back and I don't know what to do. Mechanic is saying I need to replace the TCM (transmission control module). Anyone have any input???

  • cuzzo money Jan 07, 2013

    its the transmission control module i had maximas sence 2003 and had that problem before


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Electronic throttle assembly failure, which has throttle position sensor built into it, that is a sensor for the transmission and tells the computer where the throttle is to adjust/shift if needed. I would look into the throttle assembly.

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I have Nissan Maxima 2003 S.touring. It's gear not working, car is started but gear is not moving forward and backward.Can any buddy please tell me what is the problem ?

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I have the same car. First transmission went at 29,200 miles. No Reverse, rev the heck out of it to get it to move forward. Nissan replaced it with a new one in Feb 2005. Two weeks ago the same thing happened again with 72,500 miles. This time they won't change it because I have my car serviced locally and not at the dealership (and I don't keep many of my oil change receipts but I had them from this past year). Take the valve cover off, it's clean as hell! And what does oil changes have to do with the transmission. How about saying you didn't do the recommended transmission flush. Well that's because I never made the mileage on either one. Anyway NISSAN USA has been no help, the dealership (Newburgh Nissan) on the otherhand is at least trying to work with me. So bring it in and plug it in to see what code it's spitting out. I could be the start of something very expensive!

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