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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,628 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Oct 152004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,805 miles


This vehicle has moderate vibration at highway speeds. The dealer has done the following to try and eliminate the problem: 1). balanced all 4 tires - 14oct04. 2). adjusted the steering rack, and balanced 4 tires - 18oct04. 3). replaced front tires, and balanced - 25oct04 (am). 4). replaced rear tires, and balanced - 25oct04 (pm). The dealer's service manager rode with me (during the test drive) following each of these events, and the vibration still exists. Also, the exterior finish has a rough feel to it. It appears that this vehicle was in an area where clear coating as being applied (to a different vehicle), and was not properly protected. Visually, one cannot tell. Touching the vehicle, the exterior surfaces are not smooth to the touch.

- Pleasant View, TN, USA

problem #5

Oct 142004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1. normal driving; 2. both front struts on the vehicle were blown; and 3. dealer replaced the parts under warranty.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 012004


  • 7,000 miles
Sun roof assembly was replaced due to leakage because it was installed wrongly. The strut suspension malfunctioned, it made a clunking noise as if it was loose.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 272004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles


The Maxima had 1600 miles on it and the right front strut failed. The car was driven under normal road conditions; no excessive roads encountered. The dealership replaced both front struts. At 5500 miles the right front strut is begining to fail yet again. Nissan is knowingly replacing defective struts with defective struts! the reason is that no other struts are commercially available

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 052004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When driving 5 mph a rattling noise came from the front. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who determined that front strut needed to be replaced, and that part was on back order.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Jul 312004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
Passenger side strut makes noise when going over bumps.

- Arverne, NY, USA

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