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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,333 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 062008


  • 76,000 miles


I have a 2004 Nissan max SE, 6 sp manual transmission. My clutch failed completely out of the blue at 76K miles, currently has 98K. I can barely shift in for the first 20 minutes from cold start, it slips out of gear while driving, sometimes the clutch loses pressure. The dealership was of no help to me. I have been driving stick exclusively for 20 years and this is the worst clutch I have ever driven. I constantly have shift shock and the car is not enjoyable to drive, whatsoever.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #2

May 042006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
May 4, 2006 I was traveling on West academy/green St. Northbound. The clutch had just been replaced for the second time and it malfunctioned again. (it literally sucks to the floorboard with no play to disengage to neutral, this had happened to my husband twice prior, I panicked didn't see the red light or stopped traffic and slammed into the car stopped in front of me at an estimated speed on 40 mph never hitting the brakes. The damage to the car was severe with an insurance pay out just shy of $10,000 dollars. The damage was only to the front of the car, no airbags deployed (there are eight airbags in the front passenger compartment) I was restrained by the seat belt. It was not enough for me not to be injured, I hit the steering wheel and gear shift causing severe bruising to my arms, legs, chest and a bump on the head.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The clutch in the consumer's 2004 Nissan Maxima went to the floor. The vehicle's clutch went to the floor which did not allow the consumer to shift gear and resulted in the vehicle slowing down to a stop. The consumer could force the transmission into the next gear but worried about the damage to the gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find anything wrong. The problem occurred each day the vehicle was driven.

- West Hills, CA, USA

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