Common Nissan transmission problems include rough shifting between gears, hesitation while accelerating and sudden stops or jerking. These problems are all caused by faulty Nissan transmissions, according to NissanProblems.com.
Thousands of customers have lodged complaints about the above problems, with the most commonly affected cars being the Nissan Maxima 2004, 2005 and 2006, with similar problems affecting the Altima 2005 and 2006 and the Quest 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Due to transmission problems with their Nissans, numerous drivers experienced a complete loss of power and had to be towed to a dealership, notes NCConsumer.com. In all instances, the dealer diagnosed the issue as a problem in the radiator assembly, in which a failed transmission fluid cooler allowed coolant to mix with the transmission fluid. This contaminated the transmission fluid, causing damage to the internal transmission components and to the internal transmission computer. There were no warning signs leading up to the sudden failure.
CarComplaints.com has many comments about Nissan transmission problems. One driver says "The motor races, like the transmission has down shifted, then it catches up and the car starts accelerating normally. More times now, when it catches up, there is a "clunk" and you can hear it and feel it bucking."