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:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162014

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


I brought this car from a friend, he sold that to me for a reasonable price. After few days of purchase it had a bad transmission which was jerking while shifting. I didn't take care of that initially and the problem grew more making the gear shift worse. Took the car to a friend recommended repair shop, they tried to fix it by giving a quote of 2300$ though it was a big pain spending that much. I expected my car to return in fixed condition. They replaced the transmission but it turned out to carry the same problems within no time. I guess the problem cannot be fixed for ever.

- , Fairborn, OH, US

problem #1

Jan 012014

Maxima LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

They can't find what's causing the fuse to blow. I can be anywhere, (PICKING UP GRANDCHILDREN FROM SCHOOL) all of a sudden it won't go in gear. Had the fuse replaced three times in one week. They say it has something to do with the brakes??????????

Help. What is causing this?

- , Ruston, LA, USA

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