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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,868 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.

2004 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 022013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 144,100 miles


While vehicle in for routine service, the technician pointed out significant rot to front passenger floor board on the undercarriage of the vehicle. I see from the listed complaints that this seems to be a systemic problem for this particular vehicle and model year.

- Lebanon, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 272013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 105,153 miles
Rusting of underbody {floor board} driver and passager, visible holes, diameter size of over 1 foot.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2004 Maxima sl with 90,000(mi) as I was driving on a rainy day I noticed the passenger front mat was getting wet when I got home I removed the mat and carpet and to my surprised I found a sizable rust hole in the floor passenger side. I took the car to the dealer and informed the manager of my discovery she told me that she was going to contact Nissan and find out what to do. In the mean time I stopped by a few autobody shops to get quotes on fixing it I tried 5 shops and most of them refuse to touch it because is a structural part of the vehicle, they also told me they thought I should go see the dealer as the car shouldn't rust like that being so new. A few days later I went back to the dealer and asked the manager if she ha heard from Nissan she said no, she mentioned that she has seen couple more cars come in for inspections and they noticed that the bottoms on the passenger sides were rusted consequently failing inspection. Nissan should make a recall or force to make a recall on this issue my car is worthless because of the structural damage it has. Nissan should be responsible for these repairs for using weak or cheaper materials.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
On November 15, 2011, I was walking across the parking lot of food store and noticed something hanging down from the passenger side of the car under the passenger seat. Upon investigation I found a hole in the bottom of the car where it had rotted out. The metal is flaking off and the hole continues to get bigger. I looked online to see if there had been a recall to fix the problem and found many other people with the same problem. Nissan refuses to recall or repair the problem.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 042003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85 miles
When driving vehicle shook uncontrollably at any speed. There was a severe vibration in the steering wheel, seats, a defect in the rubber molding of the windshield, the brakes squealed, the brake rotors were out of round and a grinding sound when the steering wheel was turned. The tires were rotated a few times, the brakes were lubed and sanded, power steering rack was adjusted, brake rotors were replaced and a brand new set of tires were added.

- Crofton, MD, USA

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