Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,105 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace timing chain tensioner (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 212015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles


Typical timing chain tensioner issue that is plastered all over the internet. Ticking/rattling noise that is worse on start up and gets a little bit better after the oil pressure is established. Dealer listened for 5 seconds under the hood and quoted me $2500 to replace the timing chains, tensioners, guides and water pump.

I love the Nissan product but Nissan needs to step up and contribute to solving this problem. I am having a tough time justifying sinking $2500 into a car that may only be worth 4K.

- , Bow Island, AB, Canada

problem #3

Nov 012013

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

The ticking noise began about a year ago. I bought the car new and only had I serviced by the dealer, when I brought my complaint to the dealer they told me that was to be expected, I told them, (don't piss down my back and tell me that it's raining) They really ticked me off! I am still dealing with this noise coming from her. Still ticked! Help!!!!!

- , Snellville, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132012

Maxima 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

When I first got this car it had 35.000 miles on it, and now with a little over 200.000 miles I had to have the timing chains,guilds etc replaced twice at $1.600 each time.I know now that i made a big mistake buying this 2004 Nissan Maxima. Every time i turn around something is wrong with this car.And what kills me about it repair shops tells me that i am lucky that i haven't replaced the engine or Transmission already and all they are good for is boat anchors.

- , Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

May 022012

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

i have a used nissan maxima and i just want some feed back on how to resolve the ticking noise in the engine maybe someone else has the same issues

- , North Adams, MA, USA

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