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:
32,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Maxima steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


My 2004 Nissan Maxima exp transmission problems @ 65K replaced out of warranty since then the car has had (4) front motor mounts (1) transmission mount.(1)rack and pinion replaced, (1) right front axle replaced. Struts are now bad! wheel bearings replaced, oil seals replaced and the front end makes noise like something big is loose. Over $12,000 dollars into vehicle last year alone" when the car came back with the new trans it still was not right ? I notified the dealer and they said they could not find anything? I chose not to pay @ last minute to bring to there attention and I was sent to collections? I am still paying the $3,997 plus $1,500 fine for isf the vehicle is on its 2nd transmission and its gone bad now as well" Nissan did replace the right axle @no/charge that was all.

- La Quinta , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012006


  • miles
Very bad steering wheel shimmy in 2004 Nissan Maxima. This problem has been attempted to be fixed by buying new tires, changing the wheels, putting on new rotors, rotating and balancing the tires, and tightening the steering rack. The Nissan dealership also replaced all the lugs saying they were the wrong kind when in fact they installed the wrong ones.

- Belmont, MS, USA

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