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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima has widespread transmission problems. It starts with the vehicle jerking when shifting, & progresses to full-blown transmission failure.

Maxima owners report spending $3,000 to replace the transmission, typically around when the odometer hits 100,000 miles.

There's a class action lawsuit filed in late 2011, & it is still in the "discovery" stage. Apparently, these things take time ... far too much time.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,642 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 6 of 16)

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problem #202

Mar 212013

Maxima

  • 87,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle jerked between first and second gear. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the transmission was flushed. The failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 87,000.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #201

Mar 282013

Maxima

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 51 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted after several minutes and proceeded to function normally. The contact stated that four years prior to the recent failure, the same symptoms lead to the contact having to replace the engine and the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 200,000.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #200

Feb 012012

Maxima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 to 25 mph the contact experienced extreme jerking when going into second gear. Immediately after, the service engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. After diagnosis, they advised him that the 5 speed automatic transmission needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 114,587. The VIN was unavailable.

- Mewark, OH, USA

problem #199

Oct 112011

Maxima

  • 98,104 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission slips and hesitates as you place in gear. Once you place it in gear from drive to park to reverse it jerks very hard which places pressure on the motor mounts causing them to have problems. All of the Nissan Maxima's have a serious manufactured flaw with there transmission. This is a serious flaw and should have been recalled by Nissan, all of the complaints made are all stating the same thing. This is clearly a manufacture defect. This defect occurs even if you are sitting still with your feet on the brakes and attempt to shift from park to drive to reverse the vehicle jerks so hard it moves the vehicle even though your feet is on the brakes. This is a serious issue. Once the engine warms up the transmission begins to slip even as the vehicle approach a stop light or stop sign the car down shifts itself and jerk as it shifts.

- Punta Gorda , FL, USA

problem #198

Mar 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Unsafe start. Engine will hesitate before going into gear at the same time will initiate high RPM's on it's own causing a unsafe start in crosswalks, driveways and public streets. The engine/transmission will engage in high RPM's on its in multiple gears before moving forward causing sudden jerks and fast starts. Transmission has a hard transition from gears causing a vibration throughout the car when changing gears. The Nissan North America corporation was notified in writing of this problem in 2012.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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problem #197

Jan 012009

Maxima

  • 100,000 miles
Automatic transmission has very hard shifts and delays in shifting between gears occurs more often after warming up.

- Media, PA, USA

problem #196

Mar 122013

Maxima

  • 132,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at a low rate of speed between 10-30mph the car RPM will shift up to 4-5 while still stuck in first gear then it will give a very hard jerk forward!!!! that's not safe.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #195

Dec 032012

Maxima

  • 145,000 miles
The transmission slips frequently, often hesitation when switching from park/reverse/drive and when switching from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd. The slip often results in lack of power to the wheels and then a sudden jerk when it does finally kick in. It can be very dangerous when you pull into traffic and expect the vehicle to accelerate normally and instead get stuck between gears. Should be a recall on this transmission since it is apparent from online research that this is a very common occurrence.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #194

Mar 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 to 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting the vehicle, the contact was unable to shift to any gears. The vehicle was later towed to an independent mechanic. After diagnosis, they advised him that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000. The current was approximately 130,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #193

Mar 102013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 174,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while accelerating to 20 mph, the vehicle jerked harshly. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages was approximately 174,200.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #192

Mar 102013

Maxima

  • 115,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle jerked while shifting from first to second gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the body valve had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #191

Feb 262013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 101,200 miles
Original owner 2004 Maxima SE 3.5 transmission shifts in jerking motion problem affecting 3rd gear. Hard jerks as trans.downshifts engine revs-up while trying to upshift out of 2nd gear.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #190

Mar 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,126 miles
In heavy traffic, the 2004 Nissan Maxima transmission was knocking and slipping, had excessive high RPM's causing the car to "burn rubber", and jerked heavily when shifting. A rating severity of 10 is given due to having had 4 near miss (possible) accidents in a period of 20 minutes. The car was sent to the repair shop and items were replaced that the mechanic said would fix the problem (engine mounts). The car was driven again and displayed the same defects. The car manufacture was notified of these defects on 3/7/2013. These conditions pose a safety hazard not only to myself but also to my passengers (which are family and friends), other drivers on the road as well as innocent pedestrians that may come in contact with my car when I finally do have that serious life threatening accident due to my transmission defect.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #189

Dec 122012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle jerked forward when switching gears. Additionally, the vehicle stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

problem #188

Feb 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Car starting shifting extremely hard when changing from 1st to 2nd gear thought I was rear ended. Proceeded to research and came across many owners of this make model and year having the same issue and now as I change gears to park it idles for a few seconds then changes extremely loud and make a banging noise. I'm extremely worried for my safety due to the fact I commute back and fourth to work far distances and I bought this car at the Nissan dealership with confidence my car only has 101,000 miles and its a 2004 so it hasn't been abused.

- Lancaster , PA, USA

problem #187

Feb 082012

Maxima

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, the vehicle changed gears and jerked very hard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated the transmission needed to be flushed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #186

Apr 132010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 112 miles
On that day I was driving to work and out of no where the car stop running I hit the gas but it was doing nothing.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #185

Jan 302013

Maxima

  • 108,190 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while attempting to make a right turn the transmission malfunction with out any warnings and he was unable to continue driving. The contact stated that the failure had occurred once before and the transmission had to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 108,190.

- Gilbert , AZ, USA

problem #184

Jun 062012

Maxima

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle jerked abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they advised the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Donaldsonville, LA, USA

problem #183

Aug 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I had gears banging and jerking from P-R, P-D, D-R, 2-3, 3-4, 4-3 and 3-2. also when driving under 25mph, if I let off the gas to slow down, then accelerate, the rpms jump almost to redline, then the gear catches and rockets the car forward! very dangerous! also while driving I came to a stop at a red light, when the light turned green I pressed the gas pedal to find the car would accelerate very slowly. I shifted to manual mode to find the transmission was stuck in 5th gear. I pulled over, turned car off, restarted minutes later and it was fine. The next day I get in my car to find I had reverse, but its stuck in 5th gear again when shifted to D/manual. I have been without a car for 1 year and 6 months now because of this. Nissan knows about this defect, but will not admit it because they are making so much money selling $5,000 transmissions and $1,500 valve bodies. Not to mention labor fees and all the small parts to people trying to fix this themselves. Nissan made 8 different versions of this valvebody trying to get it right, but finally gave up and just put a cvt tranny in the 09' and newer Maximas. Leaving the 6th gen owners to fend for ourselves. I spent $15,000 on my Maxima, now I have to spend $5,000 every 2 years just to keep it" that's not right. Nissan you have lost my love and respect. Your about to lose me as a customer. You should show your loyal customers some real loyalty and recall the AW55-50/51sn re5F22A transmissions. Not only because this is your fault, but also because there are children that ride in these cars and its only a matter of time before someone is killed. Do you want a child's blood on your hands Nissan" man up and take responsibilty before that happens and maybe you'll save your company.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

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