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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,932 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.

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

May 202006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


Faulty bose sound system 6 cd changer. Left side speaker on & off. I called so many times to Nissan Corp. No proper reply. So many people have same kind of problem. Nissan use faulty parts and never recalled and fix this units.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 172010


  • 12,000 miles
Transmission jerks/slips between the 1st and 2nd gear shifts when accelerating and decelerating.

- Stoney Creek - Hamilton, 00, USA

problem #2

Nov 272008


  • 76,000 miles
Transmission jerks on 2nd and 3rd gear. Common problem with 2004 Nissan Maxima SE, and Nissan refuses to do anything.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 062004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,727 miles
Steering wheel shimmies at speeds from 50-80 mph and also shimmies harshly when braking at lower speeds. I had this in for repair twice so far. The first time they turned the rotors. The next time they rotated the tires. Also, had gps/nav system in for repair three times to date. The dvd was reprogrammed the first time and replaced twice. I'm getting ready to file a lemon law complaint.

- Crestview, FL, USA

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