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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,000 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 182006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


: the contact stated the automatic door locks worked intermittently and at inappropriate times. On occasion, the vehicle's doors often would lock automatically without the contact's efforts. Sometimes this occurred with the driver door and other times with all doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealership twice where the problem could not be duplicated. The doors did not automatically lock while driving also the rear seat belt went into safety catch/lock mode when someone barely flicked the seat belt. The consumer could open the door at any time, the doors would not lock at timed. Updated 09/13/06.

- Allegan, MI, USA

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