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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,105 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace timing chain tensioner (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 212015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles


Typical timing chain tensioner issue that is plastered all over the internet. Ticking/rattling noise that is worse on start up and gets a little bit better after the oil pressure is established. Dealer listened for 5 seconds under the hood and quoted me $2500 to replace the timing chains, tensioners, guides and water pump.

I love the Nissan product but Nissan needs to step up and contribute to solving this problem. I am having a tough time justifying sinking $2500 into a car that may only be worth 4K.

- , Bow Island, AB, Canada

problem #3

Nov 012013

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

The ticking noise began about a year ago. I bought the car new and only had I serviced by the dealer, when I brought my complaint to the dealer they told me that was to be expected, I told them, (don't piss down my back and tell me that it's raining) They really ticked me off! I am still dealing with this noise coming from her. Still ticked! Help!!!!!

- , Snellville, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132012

Maxima 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

When I first got this car it had 35.000 miles on it, and now with a little over 200.000 miles I had to have the timing chains,guilds etc replaced twice at $1.600 each time.I know now that i made a big mistake buying this 2004 Nissan Maxima. Every time i turn around something is wrong with this car.And what kills me about it repair shops tells me that i am lucky that i haven't replaced the engine or Transmission already and all they are good for is boat anchors.

- , Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

May 022012

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

i have a used nissan maxima and i just want some feed back on how to resolve the ticking noise in the engine maybe someone else has the same issues

- , North Adams, MA, USA

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