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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

drivetrain problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 8 of 16)

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problem #162

Dec 032006

Maxima

  • 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 attempting to shift into drive, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the transmission had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 109,000. The VIN was not available.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #161

Jun 132012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 133,926 miles
Nissan Maxima 2004 automatic transmission failure. Symptoms started as a hard jerk into gear when going from drive to reverse and back to drive. I changed the fluid and that worked for awhile but the hard jerking started again which led to transmission failure.

- Calimesa, CA, USA

problem #160

Jul 032012

Maxima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while shifting gears the transmission became hesitant. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #159

Jun 202012

Maxima

  • 89,000 miles

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

Seems like when weather is warm, transmission jerks in 1,2,3 gears. Happens when slowing down and speeding up. Research indicates that this is a common problem with them make and model. Shouldn't Nissan be made to own their issue. Most vehicles never have a transmission problem, especially when regularly serviced. Not the case with this car. My wife won't drive it, and I won't let her. Im trying to be very careful with it, but the problem is there. I can't afford the fix. Help.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #158

Apr 202011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
When accelerating there is a hard jerky stall shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Afraid I'm going to be rear-ended. When decelerating, there is a hard shift jerk from 3rd to 2nd gear. Reminds me of semi truck road signs (no engine brake allowed).

- San Marcos, TX, USA

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problem #157

Feb 012012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Transmission started to "slip" around 100,000 miles. I took it to five star Nissan in warner robins ga, they said there was no problem and recommend transmission fluid flush, which they did perform. At about 111,000 miles, the transmission began to slip again, and it started to "shift hard". I took it back to five star Nissan who advised me "the transmission is shot". luckily it did not fail in traffic.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #156

Nov 092010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 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 the vehicle would hesitate after shifting into gear and would also shake violently when engaging in gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 128,179. Updated 12/21/12 updated 1/4/2013

- Gainesville , FL, USA

problem #155

Nov 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
After stopping at traffic signal, the car doesn't move and starts jerking when shifting between gears. 2 months back the gear wouldn't shift from 5th, took to dealer they replaced a bad sensor and now it jerks and doesn't move when shifting gears.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #154

Oct 012012

Maxima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while shifting from park to reverse he heard a loud noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was able to be driven to an independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the transmission was slipping. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #153

May 262012

Maxima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph the vehicle began to shake violently and stalled. The contact was able to eventually merge to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's home. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the transmission valve body had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was not available.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #152

Sep 012009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles

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

The problem started small and has become an issue with the vehicle. The transmission shifts hard and lags between shifts. When the transmission finally engages it does so with a hard bang.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #151

Oct 112011

Maxima

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle would shift improperly when accelerating until it reached third gear. Once the vehicle reached third gear, it would start to jerk and exhibit an abnormal popping sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer did not provide a reason for the failure. The transmission was replaced. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Newbraunfiles, TX, USA

problem #150

Jul 012012

Maxima

  • 128,000 miles
It started with a delay from reverse to 1st, or vice-versa, followed by a hard "thud" as the car got into gear. Then, every time the car warmed up, the transmission would slip while switching gears. Now, the car will only operate in reverse and 5th gear. So it's like driving a lawn mower. I see that hundreds of others have had this same problem and reported it on-line. Although my car was at the dealership just this weekend, and they mentioned nothing about a history with this model/year.

- Hightstown, NJ, USA

problem #149

Aug 062012

Maxima

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would shake violently whenever the transmission was shifted from park to drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the valve body needed to be replaced. Also, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a second opinion who stated that the transmission motor mounts and the radiator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage was 113,065.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #148

Jul 072012

Maxima

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that as the engine was started and the gear was placed in drive, the vehicle would jerk abnormally. The failure would also occur when shifting from first to second gears, accelerating or reversing. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who inspected the vehicle and located the failure at the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,000 and the current mileage 110,000. The VIN was not available.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #147

Mar 212012

Maxima

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the transmission slipped. The vehicle was taken to a transmission repair shop for inspection who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was contacted but did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #146

Aug 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Delayed engagement of transmission from reverse to drive and neutral to drive, also "shift jerk" at various speeds while accelerating.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #145

Aug 292012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated when shifting gears. In addition, the vehicle was slow to respond when accelerating at initial start-up or when accelerating from a complete stop. The dealer was contacted and advised the contact that the transmission would need to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle was repaired on 9/13/2012. The approximate failure and current mileage was 123,303. Updated 01/18/13 the consumer stated the dealer advised that the cam and crank shaft sensors went bad. The sensors are responsible for telling the vehicle which gear to be in at start up. With the sensor failure, the car sits in 5th gear. There is no immediate acceleration after sitting idle, or when starting the car. Updated 1/24/2013

- Woodbridge , VA, USA

problem #144

Jul 292012

Maxima

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 25 mph when he noticed that the vehicle would jerk when shifting gears. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 124,000.

- Union , KY, USA

problem #143

Jun 052012

Maxima

  • 95,000 miles
I am the only owner of my 04 Nissan Maxima and have experienced my Maxima violently jerking when taking off or when stopping. Also while taking off to turn at an intersection or at a stop sign it sometimes stalls. I have 3 children under the age of 5 and am very concerned that my car is going to stall and I will be hit in the side of my car. I had the car tested by a private company and they said it was the transmission. I have looked online and there are thousands of complaints about the Nissan Maxima 04-07 models. No one is doing anything about it and someone will end up getting hurt if this problem continues. Please check out website www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2004/Nissan/Maxima/automatic+transmission.

- Annonymous, TX, USA

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