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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 7 of 16)

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problem #182

Jan 092013

Maxima

  • 79,000 miles

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

The transmission throws itself into 5th gear and the whole vehicle jerks when it happens. Now it happens every day, the fluid is clean aswell as the filter, this is an ongoing problem with the Maxima of that generation. I am an employee of Toyota and I really think this is unsafe and I know Nissan knows about the issue but will not do anything because of the price of what the recall may be but this needs to be addressed.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #181

Feb 042013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 125,437 miles
Transmission will rev high, bang into gears 1-2, 2-3, 3-2, and R-, causing the car to jerk. Very unsettling. Common problem to this model vehicle. Very fearful of causing an accident 1 day.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #180

Feb 012012

Maxima

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly shook violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 76,500.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #179

Jan 052013

Maxima

  • 10,000 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 approximately 45 mph, the vehicle hesitated while accelerating. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal repeatedly and the vehicle lunged forward independently. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised that the speed and ABS sensors would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #178

May 252011

Maxima

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the transmission slipped gears and the vehicle jerked. The contact also stated that a loud clunking noise was heard and the engine revved rapidly. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to three authorized dealers and they were unable to duplicate the problem. The technicians informed the contact that the motor mount needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #177

Sep 012012

Maxima

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle began to jerk and the rpms increased to 6000. The accelerator pedal also became unresponsive. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the transmission was flushed however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the dealer and the throttle body was replaced. The failure recurred. The dealer then informed the contact that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 107,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #176

Jan 072013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles

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

The car is jerking/bucking violently when shifting from reverse into drive and again when shifting into first and second gears. It is also jerking when downshifting from second to first gear. At first, the shifting problem was an occasional occurrence, however, it has progressively gotten worse. Now it is almost constant. After researching this problem, I have found that hundreds and hundreds of '04-05 Maxima owners are experiencing the exact same problems. This is quite obviously a Nissan manufacturing defect that should be corrected by Nissan Corp.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #175

Jan 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
My transmission stop working.

- Hiealeah, FL, USA

problem #174

Jan 032013

Maxima

  • 133,000 miles
Transmission is jerking when shifting thru most gears and sometimes gets worse while driving long periods. I feel this problem needs to be taken care of and Nissan needs to be held responsible and needs to be put out there for everyone to see how money hungry they are for not wanting to help. They are taking money from people when they know the problem. I even seen companies come out with parts that help the problem because they know there is a market for this problem. You need to make Nissan fix there problem and make right because in today market this is not going to end well with the people who are getting screwed over. I have been working with green light auto who is tired of dealing with this car because it has this issues now let me tell you this new mounts, fluid all new even sensors and 02's that are noted to go and cause these issues. Still have the problem. You need to make them fix this problem before the transmission fails and kills someone due to an accident then we will start having people sue and get some help from legal matters. Class action law suite is also filled and is going on as well. Shows that everyone is tired of the crap.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #173

Apr 102012

Maxima

  • 101,000 miles
Transmission failed while driving causing vehicle to come to a complete stop while in traffic almost causing an accident by vehicles following. Nissan has completely ignored this inherent transmission failure on thousands of these model year vehicles. A recall is necessary to fix this totally flawed transmission, and give the consumer some sense of responsibility that Nissan so far has failed to show.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #172

Mar 012012

Maxima

  • 82,000 miles

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

The vehicle has a very sever jerking or kicking sensation when shifting up or down around the speed of 20-30mph. It happens very often. Even when applying the brakes to slow, the car still jerks forward violently.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #171

Jan 062013

Maxima

  • 71,914 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and continue to drive without failure. Additionally, the contact stated that when the gear was shifted from park to reverse, the vehicle would jerk. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 71,914.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #170

Jun 132012

Maxima

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle began to stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the power transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions for the identical failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Penbroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #169

Jan 062012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
When car is warm and I shift from park to drive, the car hesitates, jerks and take a few seconds to go into gear. Also, upon accelerating on a highway on-ramp, the rpms rev up high but the car does not accelerate as expected which bogs down the response. I have almost been hit numerous times merging onto a highway or trying to get up a ramp. This is a safety issue - even more so when my children are in the backseat. Upon doing research online, I have discovered that it is apparently a function of the transmission used in the 2004 Maxima. I will be getting this car fixed but felt that this organization needed to be aware of the problem.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #168

Apr 182012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle jerks into gears when shifting up, as well as shifting down. Gears will often get stuck in high and manual shift will sometimes work. It takes a while for the car to go from park to drive while sitting still and jerks when it finally shifts to drive. Gears will often slip while shifting while driving down the road from 1st gear to 4th gear. The car will rev very high and then kick like a horse for the gears to shift into place.

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #167

Oct 042012

Maxima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph and releasing his foot from the accelerator pedal, the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #166

Jul 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
When trying to merge onto highway or avoid traffic, the car slips going into gear. With the transmission slipping it is difficult to operate safely as its hard to predict the vehicles behavior. It is a costly repair and according to research the problem is not that uncommon with said vehicle. Please investigate and recall.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #165

Aug 012012

Maxima

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20-30 mph, the vehicle began jerking and shifting violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised her that they would drain and seal the transmission fluid. The vehicle was repaired by draining and sealing the transmission fluid. The failure recurred approximately two weeks after the repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. The current mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #164

Jul 102009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
We have been having problems with our transmission for a few months now, we took it to the dealership (cerritos Nissan) and they say the problem is that we need a new transmission. This will be our third tranny and the car only has 120,000+ miles on it. Our first transmission lasted 5yrs. Before having to be replaced and now this one has lasted 3yrs. The transmission now is stuck in 5th gear when you switch to the tip tronic setting to see the gearing and this is the reason there is no power during acceleration. We also need motor mounts now because of the violent jerking that the tranny does when put into gear. And the dealership also said we needed a timing chain replacement because it was bad as well, total repair cost $6700+. I've recently taken my car to another mechanic and he said the timing chain was perfectly fine. Our driver side window switches do not work again, that was replaced 1yr ago. And we are now on our third set of front struts.

- Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA

problem #163

Dec 062012

Maxima

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when attempting to shift into drive or reverse, the vehicle would shake violently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 68,000.

- Totowa, NJ, USA

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