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:
98,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 112015


  • 166,000 miles


I was driving on the interstate and I was going about 60mph then all of a sudden the car stalls out I have no control over the vehicle I come within seconds of being rear ended I'm in the middle lane so I have to figure out how to merge over but guess what I can't because the car is stalled out so I put caution lights on and it takes about twins before the car will even start back up and when it does its geared up to what sounds like a fifth gear and it barley takes off I'm talking my foot to the floor and it's taking off at 2mph come on now, so call for help get my car towed check engine light said it was crankshaft position sensor had it replaced check engine light went off came and picked up my car had to drive that day 45mins from where I lived and about E0mins into the trip bam it stalls again at 60mph same scenary after the car cools down it starts back up just fine but after 30mins of a constant drive it stalls out and I'm stuck in 5th gear....please help!

- Lancaster, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 142012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Car will not shift right-- dealership can't repair the problem and they do work on car and it doesn't fix the problem. We are out repair bills and the car is not fixed by no means.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Unsafe start. Engine will hesitate before going into gear at the same time will initiate high RPM's on it's own causing a unsafe start in crosswalks, driveways and public streets. The engine/transmission will engage in high RPM's on its in multiple gears before moving forward causing sudden jerks and fast starts. Transmission has a hard transition from gears causing a vibration throughout the car when changing gears. The Nissan North America corporation was notified in writing of this problem in 2012.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010


  • 86,000 miles


My ABS light came on about a year ago, I took it to the mechanic shop to have them look at it. And they told me I needed to replace the rear wheel hub and the ABS sensor so I did which cost me $800 dollars. The mechanic told me they get a lot of Maxima in there shop with the same problem. He said it was a Nissan manufacturers flaw. So make the long story short after I replaced the hub and the ABS sensor my ABS light still stays on and now I need and ABS control module which went bad because of the wheel hub getting rusty.

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 082010


  • 84,000 miles
The ABS control module on the Nissan 2004 is not only faulty but dangerous. The problem comes from a short on the passenger rear wheel sensor short which in turns causes the ABS module to fail. The ABS motor will run even without the key in the ignition causing the battery and motor to become very hot.

- Ecru, MS, USA

problem #1

Oct 052009


  • 94,000 miles
For about 8 months my ABS system would engage in the morning for about 5 miles or so every time I tried to stop. After that they were fine. I took the car to a few shops and they could not find the problem. I was told that since when this was happening the ABS lights were not showing in the dash that it was probable that it was a brake problem instead. I replaced the brakes and rotors with no luck. Three months later the whole ABS system failed and blew out.

- Monroe , NJ, USA

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