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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022012

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The car had about 120000 kms and started jerking. Nissan said it was just filter and fluid . Did not stop and eventually went out at about 140000 kms and cost me $5100 to replace.

- , Cobourg, ON, Canada

problem #1

Aug 302014

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

I bought my 2004 Maxima about 2 months ago, it runs fine but I have parked it on a driveway that is steep and it got locked in park twice. I had to get it towed twice, it only has 81,000 miles. I bought it for May, 17 old daughter, but it's a pain in the ass!!!! It's in the shop now waiting for them to put a new transmission in. Thank goodness it came with a warranty, Nissan needs to do something about this.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

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