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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 2
Average Mileage:
52,082 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.

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Mar 112008


  • 72,000 miles


Transmission slipped and vehicle surged forward striking a vehicle. ABS system faulted as I stopped.

- Midvale , UT, USA

problem #10

Feb 262009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 100 mph, the vehicle drove off a hill, struck a stop sign, made 360 degree turns into an intersection, and crashed through a brick wall and a chain fence before landing in someone's home. Two occupants were killed, including the driver. The contact stated that the driver of the vehicle was always very cautious when driving and would have obeyed the speed limit. Through online research, the contact found several complaints for her make and model vehicle, including unexpected aceleration and brake failure. The manufacturer was not notified. A police report was filed. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Nov 012007


  • miles
Anti-lock brakes would fire during normal braking, at higher speeds. Had to have multiple wheel sensors replaced. Dealer claims is it corrosion related.

- St Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #8

Jan 282009


  • 44,000 miles


ABS system failed after 5 years and 44,000 miles. Needs $2000+ to repair. This is unacceptable, especially since this is not an isolated incident. This has happened to many, many other owners of this make/model car. Nissan issued a tsb but will not accept responsibility.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 062008


  • 80,000 miles
The ABS pump in the Maxima is defective. It grinds and grinds and the light doesn't come on. The mechanics could not find what was wrong with the car until the sound was so loud, you could hear it from outside the car. The car is only a few years old and this should not happen. If you visit, you can see on the forum that everyone with an '04 Maxima has an ABS problem. This needs to be recalled and Nissan should fix these. This is over $1000 of work from the mechanic. We have owned 6 Nissan and this is the only time this has ever happened. It is very upsetting that Nissan will not acknowledge this problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 022008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. On approximately six occasions, the engine revved while approaching a stop. The brake was being depressed at the time of the failures. The ABS actuator had to be replaced at 62,000 miles. Two of the Goodyear tires cracked and had to be replaced. The current mileage was 63,000 and failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 12/1/08 the consumer also stated there was a problem with the transmission. Updated 12/05/08.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 312008


  • 68,000 miles


ABS light came on with the brake light then vibrating noise started. Now every time that I break the car shuts off is able to start on again but about every time I break it shut off again is very dangerous and someone could get hurt. When I bought the car they told me it was a manufacture problem and it was not going to affect the car and now it is. I own the car for 10 months and the warranty expired so now IżM stuck paying for 3000 dollars to get it fixed when in still making payment on the car and can't even afford it.

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 112008


  • 56,000 miles
It started with a loud noise out of the left front wheel then the ABS light came on then the back and service engine light and then the speedometer would read the speed. Then it shuts down if im at a stop light for a while or out of nowhere this is not safe!!! at all as it can cause and accident. Its has happened at turning lanes and the car behind thank god stop in time or else he would of rear ended me. Soo I took it to the dealer and said it needed a new ABS pump, harness, and ipdm. I've only had this car for 9months its a 2004 Nissan Maxima with 56,000miles on it and for the price I paid this shouldn't be happening to a car that claims to be sooooo reliable. Not happy at all!!!!! now im stuck paying $2500 for repair and something that I've read sooo many complaints about and Nissan just avoids it and says cant do anything since it has no warranty very disappointed!!!! angry!!! frustrated!!! and broke!!!!!

- Rochelle, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 282007


  • miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE that I bought 2 years ago with 14000 miles on it. Currently have 24000 miles so I don't drive a lot. In those 2 years, I've had struts, brakes, rotors, A/C problems, tons of anti-lock brake issues(was in shop 4 times) and at 19000 miles, a tire blowout and again another one at 24000 miles. I submitted my paperwork for cracked sidewalls on my Goodyear rsa tires on July 1,2007 and have not heard anything yet. This car has been the car from you know where. It just has problem after problem--I get one thing fixed and something else seems to come up.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 212006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,916 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter was received in the mail 4/20/06. The NHTSA recall, # 05V512000, concerning seat: Front assembly: Power adjust. The dealer was notified on 4/21/06 to have the recall repaired. The dealer stated the first available appointment would be 4/26/06, however the contact believed this is not going to be remedied in a timely manor. Updated 5/16/2006 - the brake made noise and the tire deflated due to dry rot.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer complained about an ABS brake system problem. When applying the brake a loud noise was heard. When turning, a clanking loud noise was also heard. Consumer took the vehicle to the deals on 4 separate occasions, however, the problem recurred.

- Elizabeth City, NC, USA

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