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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
152,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Nissan Maxima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 182015

Maxima Elite V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles


Started with ABS unit running constantly, even when my 2004 Nissan Maxima was turned off. Long story short, car caught fire, totaling it.

Apparently this is a known problem.. Is Nissan liable?

Need other people who've had this problem.

- , Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012014

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

My 2004 Nissan Maxima Brake light came on at first and I went to a Nissan dealer while getting an oil change to get that looked at. As my car finished up I was told my brakes were fine maybe the snow triggered the problem, and to wait a few days to see if that noise and light would go off. It never did, in fact over a few days my ABS light came on as well and at this point figured this was an even worse problem, due to my battery dying over night even though my car was off something was causing it to die because I recently replace the battery about a few days after that problem. So what I did was ended up getting a diagnostic test for my entire car. Was told my ABS module needed to be replaced and after about a week ordered an ABS module, few days after that my car caught on fire.

- , Edgewood, MD, USA

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