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Old 01-02-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Automatic 4 speed to automatic 5 speed

Happy New year 2010! I would like to if someone converted a nissan maxima 2002 se vq35 4 speed automatic to a 5 speed automatic from from a 2004 to 2006 maxima tranny? And is it plug ang play?


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Well I can tell you that it is definitely NOT plug and play.


You would probably need the 6th gen TCM or ECU or both.
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if you really want to do it, your hands will be very dirty and you will probably have a headache for 2010!
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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you will also need some wireing harness that feed the trans info and info to tcm from trans.. the 5 speed auto's are very expenseve to rebuild compared to the 4 speed auto's. the 5 speeds have major valve body problems. the valve body solinoids are not sold seperatly so you have to buy the whole valve body assy.around $850 from dealer

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I hear of more 6th gen auto maximas with tranny issues than 5th gen, so I'd stay away.
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thankz for the fast response guys.
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Here's a link to the same question which I posed long ago. It has some interesting replies including simulations which show a very minor performance gain.

http://forums.maxima.org/6th-generat...-question.html
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here's the thing about the 5spd tranny, it's not a real 5 gears transmission, it's a CVT, the 6th gen went away with the traditional auto tranny. They put CVT, that's why they don't even offer 5 spd or 6 spd manual. So why would you want to go to a CVT? Only way you can get a real automatic, is the 7spd, offered on the Z and found on all Infiniti.
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here's the thing about the 5spd tranny, it's not a real 5 gears transmission, it's a CVT, the 6th gen went away with the traditional auto tranny. They put CVT, that's why they don't even offer 5 spd or 6 spd manual. So why would you want to go to a CVT? Only way you can get a real automatic, is the 7spd, offered on the Z and found on all Infiniti.
CVT wasn't offered initially in the 6th gens, they had 4 (base model) and 5 speed automatics. I believe the CVT came out in 2007.
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CVT wasn't offered initially in the 6th gens, they had 4 (base model) and 5 speed automatics. I believe the CVT came out in 2007.

Are you sure, i recall it was CVT, that's one of the turn off, when they rolled in the 6th gen in 2004 since I remember they had put the technology on the flagship car.
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Are you sure, i recall it was CVT, that's one of the turn off, when they rolled in the 6th gen in 2004 since I remember they had put the technology on the flagship car.
they offered 4sp and 5sp autos in 2004, then just 5sp till 2007
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Yes.

First 6gens ahd a 4AT or a 6MT
After a few months, they went to a 5AT and kept the 6MT

so most 04-06 are 5AT or 6MT, with a few 04s that have a 4AT

in 07 they went to the cvt

and the 7 speed auto is for a longitudal motor and won't fit in a maxima
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Yes.

First 6gens ahd a 4AT or a 6MT
After a few months, they went to a 5AT and kept the 6MT

so most 04-06 are 5AT or 6MT, with a few 04s that have a 4AT

in 07 they went to the cvt

and the 7 speed auto is for a longitudal motor and won't fit in a maxima
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