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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,260 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 brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 202014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the ABS light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, but the cause of the failure was unknown. The dealer did not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact left the dealer and took her vehicle to her residence. The contact then noticed a fire emerging from the engine compartment. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Dyd... updated 03/24/14

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 132013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While initiating my brakes the ABS appears to be activating, and causing load noise and shaking almost sounds like my brakes with caliper broke and im trying to stop vehicle that way. I turn vehicle off, and it resets itself to normal. Brakes work well and I move on, a day or 2 later same thing, so every time im coming to a stop sign I start pumping the brakes and hoping they are working, vehicle now has over 100K miles, and problem been happening since about 60K. Not sure what to do.but looking at this site, seems like Nissan doesn't want to recall this part. And to top it off, now my Nissan armada ABS light and brakes are acting up the same way. Coincidence or flaw parts??

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 142013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 167,300 miles
Anti-lock brakes engage almost every time brake is applied. Tsb says rust has to be cleaned out of the right rear wheel hub and a drain hole has to be added, right rear ABS($250 +) sensor has to be replaced, with possible replacement of ABS actuator($1000 +) required.

- Woodland, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 062010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 70,002 miles
Second time the rear ABS sensors and actuator have to be replaced. Come on Nissan. You knew there were problems here. I will probably never buy another Nissan.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
The car is jerking/bucking violently when shifting from reverse into drive and again when shifting into first and second gears. It is also jerking when downshifting from second to first gear. At first, the shifting problem was an occasional occurrence, however, it has progressively gotten worse. Now it is almost constant. After researching this problem, I have found that hundreds and hundreds of '04-05 Maxima owners are experiencing the exact same problems. This is quite obviously a Nissan manufacturing defect that should be corrected by Nissan Corp.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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