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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 102010


  • 117,000 miles


I bought the 2004 Nissan Maxima sl for my wife in 2008. It was a one owner with about 90,000 highway miles, I loved the car and had no problems until Feb 2010. The ABS system started acting up. Sounds like the ABS is trying to engage every time you hit the brakes. Nissan dealership wanted $100 just to hook it to computer to see what the problem was, no thank you. I had a mechanic friend hook his service computer up while I drove and like many other consumers, my Maxima has a right (passenger) rear speed sensor that is bad, this causes the brakes to not function properly, all the while there are no service lights on the dash, you can pull the ABS fuse and but then that knocks out 1/2 of the cluster, including speedometer, gas gauge, parts of the obc, this is a huge problem suffered by many consumers and needs to be addressed immediately.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 252006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 109,000 miles
: the contact stated that while driving 72 mph, a piston in the engine fractured causing oil to leak out of the vehicle. The instrument panel failed to provide a warning that the oil was low, and that the vehicle was overheating. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to repair the problem.

- Placentia, CA, USA

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