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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,278 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.

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2004 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Dec 152011


  • 87,000 miles


While in for routine maintenance, mechanic noticed extensive corrosion on both the passenger and driver side of the metal underneath both front seats. First layer was rotted through on both side and on the passenger side there is also a small hole rotted through the second layer. Vehicle was not taken to a Nissan dealer as of yet.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 042008


  • miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima and I read so many complaint about this vehicle especially the transmission I am having and there hasn't been a recall I have had problem with this vehicle such as axle radiator navigation don't work went out electrical problems car is pulling because of transmission.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 182011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 20004 Nissan Maxima. While at an independent mechanic for routine maintenance the contact was made aware of holes due to corrosion on the front driver and passenger side floor boards. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians stated the floor board had to be replaced. There was also a buzzing noise in the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the timing chain had to be replaced. The timing chain was replaced; however, the floor board was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 082011


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for routine maintenance when he was advised that the passenger side floorboard was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #2

May 012011


  • 73,000 miles
The passenger floor board has rusted through creating a hole about 7" by 14" under the carpet. Nissan was contacted through our local dealer in may and Nissan responded that they would not repair the issue without cost to us. In investigating it is interesting to note that the panel that is rusted out appears to be painted in a green gloss primer when the remainder of the floor is the body color of white. In searching the internet it appears that there are many other Maxima owners with the same issue. The car is garage kept in Ohio, and rarely has a passenger on that side. Car is in my wife's name.

- Kent, OH, USA

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problem #1

Apr 162008


  • miles
Front and rear suspension, steering, brakes, body work, drivers door. Had issues right after wife bought the car she went without me but upon looking at car after she came home with it did the car fax on it on thing were some electrical checks that's it no accidents. Steering tight when I drove it and noticed noise from suspension when going over railroad tracks and driver door sagging. Brought to dealer next day and the said a bar was rubbing on another they fix they said nothing wrong with suspension in hearing things is there exact words and replaced the door hinges which are purple and the car is red door sagging again but I was involved in accident end of 2008 got sideswiped by 2500 Dodge Ram truck at 45 mph on driverside having problems with that because body shop on repair damage not replaced I brought my car to another body shop because of issues im having and they said work was done incorrectly. And transmission has always when I drive more than 20 miles continuously when I come to stop and start again the tranny always slips bad between 2nd and 3rd gear and into 4th sometimes.

- Auburn, NY, USA

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