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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 9 of 16)

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problem #142

Apr 282012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 138 miles

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

Vehicle was purchased used, at first the vehicle jerked abruptly from 1st to 2nd, after driving it for a few miles it seems like its not gearing properly, now the vehicle starts jerking as soon as I start driving jerking from 1st, 2nd to 3rd, after 30 miles the vehicle drives ok. Also there's been times when the accelerator pedal is pressed and the vehicle fails to accelerate. Vehicle also jerks when changing to reverse. I took the vehicle to different mechanics and was advised that the transmission needs to be replaced, the cost could be about 4,000 to 5,000 which is about what the vehicle is worth. This should be taken care of by Nissan, there are many complaints about the same problem its obviously a manufacture problem and owner shouldn't be responsible for replacements costs.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #141

Aug 142012

Maxima

  • 115,000 miles
Car shifts really hard from 1st to 2nd and revs like its not catching gear like its supposed to do and the transmission flush is not the fix Nissan has a lot of complaints about this why is nothing getting done higher up before someone gets killed or serious injured. 543 reports and what has got done thus far. Also when putting in drive it pauses then switches into gear cause it to jerk real bad like the tranny an motor mounts are about to fall out. Please someone take action about this issue !!!!!!

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #140

Apr 112012

Maxima

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle jerked violently while shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and the dealer for inspection, who both advised the contact that the transmission sensor or cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #139

Feb 022012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles

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

I bought a brand new 2004 Nissan Maxima when they first came out, and everything was perfect. Nothing was wrong with it, and it drove smoothly. A few months ago, after hitting about 70,000 miles the transmission has been messing up. If the car is shifting up or down, into 1st, 2nd, or 3rd gear, it jerks. The more the car heats up, the harder the car jerks. It was jerks if I'm shifting into drive. There have been times when the car revs up to 5,000 rpms and jerks very hard. It is not safe at all, and there are many cars with the same problem.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #138

Mar 102010

Maxima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the transmission began to jerk with hesitation into the third gear. The failure also occurred whenever the gear selector was shifted into reverse. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised the contact that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the consistent problem. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

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problem #137

Jun 102011

Maxima

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact was traveling 30 mph when the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 142,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #136

May 182012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

The problem first occurred while driving at approximately 30 miles an hour. The automatic transmission made a thud noise and the gear indicator showed 5 instead of D and would no longer shift and felt like it would not accelerate. Even when trying to manually shift the transmission it would not go into D and would continue to indicate 5. Nissan serviced the transmission with a fluid change and this did not fix the problem. This has occurred on several occasions since then. The problem occurs at various speeds and now it sometimes causes the vehicle to shut off. This is a hazardous situation and we have been fortunate this has not occurred in heavy traffic and involved us in an accident.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #135

Jul 122011

Maxima

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that she experienced difficulty shifting the gears. The vehicle eventually shifted gears and the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The dealer stated that they had to replace the transmission. The vehicle had not been repaired.the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 73,000 and the current mileages was 94,000.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #134

Jun 062012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
I am the original owner of a 2004 Nissan Maxima. I like many others that have filed a complaint, am experiencing a transmission failure. The failure starts on the downshift from second to first gear after the car has been driven about 20 miles. The transmission begins to jerk. I have also experienced late shift on acceleration and a hard "thunk" when shifting into reverse. Dealer quoted $4000 for transmission replacement. I have noticed several complaints filed with NHTSA for this same failure, a class action law suit that has been filed in Sept. 2011, and several complaints on Nissan forums. When will Nissan be held accountable for a defective part?

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #133

Feb 012011

Maxima

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle surged independently. The vehicle also would not respond immediately when the driver applied the accelerator and instead, would stall for seconds before jerking forward. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that he would need to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 94,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #132

Jun 252012

Maxima

  • 100,000 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 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and failed to accelerate. After a few moments, the vehicle began to accelerate. The vehicle then jerked while shifting gears and nearly crashed into another vehicle. The failure had occurred previously. The vehicle was taken to repair shop, where they stated that the vehicle had a manufacturer's defect on the valve body of the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified, however no assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Byram, MS, USA

problem #131

May 302012

Maxima

  • 98,100 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle became hesitant to accelerate while depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle also began to jerk. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,100.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #130

Dec 082008

Maxima

  • 65,518 miles
Tranmission skipped @ 65,518 wich I was told was out of the powertrain warranty paid $4,000 on 12/08/08 for what I thought was a new tranmission. Found out later Nissan uses re-built trani. Right after the initional trani was put in I continued to have the same problem...took it a few times back but all I got was the run around...they stated it might be the motor mount, that got fixed still the problem was there. The car went thru diagnostic reading from 2009 thru 2012 but since the engine light was not on it would not give any diagnosis codes.... until April of this year my transmission skipped again @ approx. $113,500 while being tested by a Nissan mechanic...updated 07/13/12

- Baldwin Park , CA, USA

problem #129

Sep 072011

Maxima

  • 124,000 miles
Transmission is failing prematurely. This should not happen to a car of this price range/age. Nissan refuses to acknowledge there is a defect. Transmission is very jerky and sometimes refuses to change gear.

- Cochranville, PA, USA

problem #128

Oct 122011

Maxima

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when the transmission began to jerk slightly. The failure became progressively worse over time and the transmission exhibited a violent jerk. The malfunction recurred whenever the transmission would shift from first gear and also when driving in reverse. The vehicle was taken to an independent transmission center for diagnosis. The contact was awaiting a response from the technician. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #127

Apr 302012

Maxima

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when shifting from first to second gear or from second to first gear while driving 35 mph, the vehicle would jerk severely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #126

May 282012

Maxima

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle jerked forward and began to decelerate. The contact continued to depress the accelerator pedal until the vehicle began to accelerate normally. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #125

May 042010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I purchased a brand new Nissan Maxima 8 yrs ago. For the last 2 yrs it has been given me problems with the transmission. The car will get stuck in between gears and then suddenly jerk will I'm driving, which is very scary and dangerous. I've noticed that it tends to get worse when it's hot or I am going incline. I've done some research and it seems to be a recurring problem with the 2004 and 2005 models. I purposely bought a brand new car to avoid these types of problems. I don't think it's fair that I have to pay $3,000 to fix it when it's obvious that it is a manufacture flaw. It's very frustrating to see so many complaints filed against this model, and Nissan not taking responsibility for it. I hope this can change soon.

- Woods Cross, UT, USA

problem #124

Apr 242012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,600 miles
Transmission jerks when shifting from 1st to 2nd and when downshifting. Also jerks and banks hard when the vehicle is put into drive after reversing. If the brake is not pressed really hard, the vehicle lungs forward very hard.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #123

Jun 062011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2004 Nissan Maxima has suffered severe transmission problems over the course of the last year. When the vehicle is switched from "park, " to "drive, " it sometimes takes several seconds to engage. When it does, the car jerks really bad. Also, the car jerks horribly bad when shifting between gears while driving. The jerking can be so severe at times, the car will veer to the left. I fee that this is a huge safety concern! the car has almost veered into oncoming traffic on more than one occasion! when the vehicle is at a dead stop (stop sign, red light, etc.), it will also take a few seconds to engage itself to drive. My Nissan Maxima has less than 60,000 miles! no car should be having such severe problems at such a young age. I have been reviewing this problem on the internet, and it appears that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Nissan Maxima car owners who are having the same problem. It is absolutely ridiculous that Nissan would turn a blind eye to an issue that they have to be aware of!! I have been a huge advocate of Nissan, if this issue does not get resolved by Nissan, you can bet that I will not only never buy a Nissan again, but convince everyone I know to never buy a Nissan.

- Portland, OR, USA

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