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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,400 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. When the vehicle was started, the clutch would not shift into any of the gears. The dealer repaired the master cylinder and the clutch system twice, yet, the failure continued. Another dealer stated that the transmission was failing. The vehicle has not been repaired and is currently parked. The failure mileage was 29,000 and current mileage was 83,000. Updated 06/17/08. The consumer stated the fule pump and map sensor was replaced. Updated

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 302004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
The car started up and was running fine. My wife went back into the house to get our daughter and found the car had stalled. The car has not started since. I am concerned about this situation, because of the fact that the car justed stalled for no apparent reason. I hate to think what could have happened if my wife was driving the car. In addition, according to several post on this is happening to other consumers. I have had other problems with this car since I purchased it 3-12-03. It has been back to the dealership several times for the following reasons: Service engine lights coming on, leaking sunroof, cd not working, a fog/condensation behind center console screen, and interior molding coming loose. I have called Nissan usa and spoke to matt at 310-771-8454 ext 8454. If you can help with this please contact me at 410-239-0119. Thank you for your time and efforts.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

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