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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,620 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 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. After the contact's sun roof was replaced, he began to see bubbles on the replaced glass and rust on the roof of his vehicle. Nissan was notified, but has not done anything to correct the failures. The current mileage was 41,000 and failure mileage was 38,000.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 312004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,100 miles
I was driving on the highway at 65 mph then all of a sudden I hear a loud popping noise. I became startled and swerved. I looked up and saw that the glass on my skyview sunroof was shattered. There were no cars next to me nor any trees overhead.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 222004


  • miles
My 2004 Nissan Maxima was parked in my driveway. I turned the key and shut the driver door. When I shut the door the sunroof glass shattered all over me and the car. There was glass everywhere. The glass that was left on the sunroof was pointing upward. I got cut on my hands and my head was filled with glass. There was no warning or sound or notice whatsoever. This is something that needs to be investigated as it can be a serious hazard to people that are driving and this incident occurs.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 072004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving a 2004 Maxima ( a rental from enterprise) on interstate 91 in ct. On 3/7/2004, out of no where the glass roof exploded outward. Glass covered me and the backseat of the car. Nothing hit the car, I went under no overpasses, there were no other vehicles around me at the time. I nearly lost control of the car and suffered minor scratches to forehead and arm from the shattered glass. I strongly feel that this was some sort of defect and want this documented as to prevent further injury to other driver's of this make vehicle.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 272004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was exiting the highway stopped at a red light. I heard a loud popping noise. I opened the visor of the skyview and the entire glass was shattered. I got out the car and asked the guy behind me in a van if he saw something hit my car, he said hed didn't see anything hit my car. The skyview was popped up like someone had punched it out from the inside. The entire glass was shattered. The weather that day was rainy and about 60 - 65 degrees. I had the defroster on 80 degrees for the front windows and also had the back defroster on. I have done research on the web and so far have found two other people with the exact same complaint.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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