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.


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2004 Nissan Maxima brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012013


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2004 Nissan Maxima SE (equipped with six speed manual transmission) component faiure: Clutch master cylinder 1st occurence - April 2008 ~31,000 miles sudden total loss of clutch pedal pressure resulting in inability to put car into any gear while driving without any prior warnings, experienced total loss of clutch pedal pressure while driving in heavy traffic on a bridge, resulting in extreme safety concerns trying to get out of harms way. Jammed car into gear without pressure clutch resulted in several thousand dollars of consequential damages to the transmission gears. Nissan replaced the failed clutch master cylinder at a cost of approximately $400. Transmission was fixed by Nissan under warranty. 2nd occurence - March 2013 ~58,000 miles sudden partial loss (1/2) of clutch pedal pressure while driving home in stop and go traffic. No longer can drive car due to safety/reliability concerns. In both of the occurences above, full clutch pressure returned after letting car sit and coll down for approximately 1/2 hour. A search of the we revealed that many drives of Nissan's of this vintage have experienced identical symptoms of clutch pedal pressure failure. Dealer will not admit it is a problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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