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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,583 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 #5

Apr 262007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. After starting the vehicle smoke was present beneath the seat and the fuse box. The fire was contained to the passenger seat. There were no injuries. The police extinguished the fire. A police and fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact stated that the vehicle was a part of recall 05V512000 for the seat/power adjust. However, the dealer stated that the part was on back order. The failure and current mileage were 46,000.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 082006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter NHTSA recall # 05V512000 was received, regarding the seats: Front assembly: Power adjust. The dealership determined the recall could not be performed until the power seat motor was replaced.

- Rivervale, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 212006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,916 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter was received in the mail 4/20/06. The NHTSA recall, # 05V512000, concerning seat: Front assembly: Power adjust. The dealer was notified on 4/21/06 to have the recall repaired. The dealer stated the first available appointment would be 4/26/06, however the contact believed this is not going to be remedied in a timely manor. Updated 5/16/2006 - the brake made noise and the tire deflated due to dry rot.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 032006

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer's 2004 Maxima was recalled for the wiring harness in the driver's seat. The consumer made and appointment and took the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired. When the consumer arrived at the dealer she was told that the part was not available and that it had to be ordered. *****

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
: the contact stated there was no ongoing problem with the vehicle. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V512000 on the vehicle regarding the seats; front assembly; power adjust. The parts needed to repair their vehicle are not available at their local dealership. The manufacturer confirmed the parts are not available.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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