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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,652 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 272015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


Floorboard in my 2004 Nissan Maxima is rotted out. Passenger side is almost right through. My mechanic said no other cars have this problem. Obviously, it is a Nissan defect. Safety issues aside, Nissan should stand by their product. We pay good money and expect to get what we paid for. Hold them accountable to fix or reimburse their customers! it is your job and responsibility to protect the consumer. Thank you.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #9

Nov 262014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Passenger side floor boards are rusted through.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #8

Nov 152011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I took possession of this vehicle around the 14th of November and this vehicle has been returned back to the dealership 6 times within a two week period. I think this could possible be a flood car there is a smell of mildew and the visor are water damaged. To this day the vehicle has not been fixed and it is the 26th day of December 2011. The transmission seems to be slipping and I am afraid to enter traffic as the car stalls and then sticks upon accelerating. The check engine light as well as the brake and ABS lights are constantly on when the dealership stated that they had turned them off. I can smell fumes upon starting and driving this car. I am parent and I don't like to give my child or any other person a ride because of the smells. The tires were bald on the car and twice when it rained I almost has 2 major collisions when the vehicle veered into the other lane driving 45 in a 65 mph zone. I am filing a complaint because I don't think this car is a good car. I have contacted the finance company and they are stating this is out of there hands. I have taken pictures of the different item that seems to be water damaged. I also will be filing a complaint with the consumer law group regarding this matter.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #7

May 182011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


The skyview roof in my 2004 Nissan Maxima is leaking water. During a hard rain when the car is sitting still for more than one hour, water will run through the interior lamps onto the interior. This is very annoying to the point that I hates when it rains. I have to place a large bath towel over the dashboard and gear lever to help prevent water and electrical damage! please help!

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #6

May 172011


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the floor boards on the front half of the vehicle were rusted and corroded. The manufacturer was contacted and informed him to take the vehicle to the dealer for the repairs. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer who advised that the vehicle was out of warranty. The manufacturer was contacted a second time and informed him to get an estimate on the repairs for possible assistance. The estimate was provided to the manufacturer but they offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired and a claim was filed with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Naperville, IL, USA

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problem #5

Aug 052009


  • 95,900 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima with 96,000 miles and the undercarriage floor board is rotting away. I take excellent care of all of my cars and the car looks brand new, never been in an accident and serviced through the local Nissan dealer for all work on it. I have had six Nissan Maximas (1987, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009) and I've never had an issue like this. I live in the northeast but I always have. I think something was up with the quality and materials for the 2004 model.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 132006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I leased an 04' Nissan Maxima. Parts have fallen off the car. The fit and finish are horrible on the car. The hood is mis-aligned. I have two recalls on the car as of 3-10-06, there is a smell of condensation inside, and now water is leaking inside through the roof.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90 miles
There was a gurgling noise from the heater core. Tsb #10003434. Dust got behind the protected screen in the dashboard, which made the dashboard components unreadable tsb#10003508.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #2

Mar 312004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,727 miles
Vibration noise coming from sunroof area when sun shade is open, but sunroof glass is closed.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 302004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
The car started up and was running fine. My wife went back into the house to get our daughter and found the car had stalled. The car has not started since. I am concerned about this situation, because of the fact that the car justed stalled for no apparent reason. I hate to think what could have happened if my wife was driving the car. In addition, according to several post on this is happening to other consumers. I have had other problems with this car since I purchased it 3-12-03. It has been back to the dealership several times for the following reasons: Service engine lights coming on, leaking sunroof, cd not working, a fog/condensation behind center console screen, and interior molding coming loose. I have called Nissan usa and spoke to matt at 310-771-8454 ext 8454. If you can help with this please contact me at 410-239-0119. Thank you for your time and efforts.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

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