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:
132,489 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima fuel system problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 092009


  • 132,489 miles


My 2004 Nissan Maxima has become a safety hazard in that it jerks violently while shifting gears and losses power during acceleration. I was on the highway and was very close to being involved in a serious accident with a semi when my car suddenly slowed and when I applied pressure on the pedal it jerk violently like someone had rear-ended me. There was a semi right behind me approaching at a rapid speed. Because I hadn't applied my brakes he didn't realize my car would suddenly slow down in front of him. I was terrified to say the least. I made calls to Nissan but they could care less and will assume no responsibility for their faulty equipment. After doing significant research in assessing the issue and trying to find a solution I found that many other people who own this particular model have the same problem. I was also told that mechanics have done many things like new or rebuilt transmissions, engine mounts replaced, fuel filter replacements, etc. None of which have solved the problem.

- Flossmoor, IL, USA

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