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:
70,200 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

brakes problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

May 302005


  • 70,200 miles


Over the course of several months, the "slip" indicator light on my dashboard would blink as the right front wheel locked up and I would hear a grinding noise. My Nissan dealer could not duplicate this event. When this lock up would happen, the car "pulled" violently to the right and I would lose control of the car. When these events would happen my vehicle speed would be between 25 and 40 mph and on a dry road and either driving straight or around a minor curve. On sat. 5/30 while driving between 35 and 45 mph the slip light came on 3 times within 10 minutes. The first time a violent pull to the right with loss of control causing me to go onto the shoulder of the road. The second time, both front brakes engaged and the car almost came to a complete stop and the car behind me missed rear ending me by 5-6 feet. The third time both front wheels locked up pulling me to the right. No damage. There is no warning when these events happen. Sudden and shocking loss of vehicle control. The brakes lights do not come on. My Nissan dealer tells me that there have been no "codes" in the past, but on sat. The vehicle "threw" a code indicating the yaw/G force sensor had failed. As the driver of the car, you are out of control and risking your life, property, and the safety of other motorists. This dangerous condition can lead to accidents, property damage, injury and possibly death.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #1

May 302005


  • 70,200 miles
I've had a total failure of the vehicle dynamic control/stability control. The yaw/G force sensor failed. Prior to this being discovered by a code on the car's computer, I complained to the dealer that on dry roads, on straight always and curves at speeds between 25 and 45, the passenger front brake would engage without warning and the car would pull violently to the right. Dealer investigated and could not duplicate the experiences. On sat. 5/30 in under 10 minutes 3 times I experienced a sudden and uncontrollable application of the right front brake which pulled me off the road and onto the shoulder of the road 2 times and the application of both front brakes which caused the car to come to a sudden full stop. I was nearly rear ended by the car behind me. When this failure happens it is un announced, sudden violent and the brake lights do not come on. Nissan confirms the sensor has failed. This is a dangerous condition and can lead to accidents, property damage, injuries and possibly death.

- Weston, CT, USA

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