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:
65,502 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 152010


  • 140,000 miles


My car has not cranked on several occasions leaving me stranded. Also rattling sound for a long time when starting the car. This morning when I cranked my car it sounded like something broke loose, unable to drive will have to get it checked out also rust spots are forming on my hood, front bumper and both sides of my windshield.

- Bladenboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 102010


  • miles
Rusting of underbody (floor), under driver and passenger, visible holes, diameter size of over 1 foot.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 012010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 50,008 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima with 50,008 miles on it and recently had the ABS coming on while I was driving and no dash warning lights on, brought it to the dealer to find out that the right rear ABS speed sensor went bad but why didn't any warning lights come on they pulled the ABS fuse and now the warning lights are on but you absolutely can not stop the vehicle when this happen this imagine hitting the brakes at 55 mph with your two year old in car and its not stopping because when you ABS sensor goes bad it turns on the ABS which does not allow your normal brakes to operate and do not throw any of your dash lights on, if I had the money for a lawyer I would be going after Nissan right now it should work so if you have a problem with your ABS it should turn at least your warning lights and then disconnect the ABS so you can use your normal brakes to actually stop the car..... also none of the front end and rear end body lines match up to none of the gaps between hood and fenders are the same can get finger in one side and not the other same with the trunk, and the car has only been in one accident that I know of that I reported had gotten side swiped at 45 mph on drivers side by big truck also notice that front and rear windshields do not have Nissan stamp on windows the car fax was clean well the on the dealership I bought car from was clean I think this car was wrecked front and rear and fixed and wasn't reported then sold to me with 26,800 miles when I bought it no sits at 50,000 cause have nothing but problems with I would like a state inspector to look at car my opinion is car is unsafe but only one I have and still owe more than 10,000 dollars on it please help.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #1

May 152007


  • 72,000 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima. After having brake work done several times, the real problem was diagnosed. There is a problem with the struts. Both front struts need to be replaced. Car has 72,000 miles and has been very well taken care of. This is not normal wear and tear and it is a serious problem. The steering wheel shakes, there is a squeaking sound, and car sometimes seems to pull to one side or the other. Nissan has said that they will assume no responsibility. As a consumer, I respectfully ask that you look into this matter.

- Southaven, MS, USA

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