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:
28,252 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jan 092004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 381 miles


When vehicle is driven at 50+ mph, steering wheel vibrates badly. Took the car to dealer and they rebalanced wheels and tires. Problem still persists. Complained to Nissan Consumer Affairs.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving the consumer noticed that the vehicle shimmied and vibrated harshly. The vehicle's tires had also begun to were excessively.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 142003


  • miles
Around 50 to 60 mph, the steering wheel shimmies. Original tires were balanced 3 times, did not correct problem. Dealer then replaced tires, problem still persist. Also intermittent rattling at various speeds coming from front driver suspension.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 232003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles
Intermittently at 55 mph steering wheel vibrated badly. Dealer replaced the wheels and tires twice, but problem still persisted.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 212003

(reported on)

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
When driving at 50 to 60 mph, the steering wheel shimmies. Dealer replaced all four tires and wheels, but it did not correct the problem. The dealer claimed it was a normal characteristic of the vehicle.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

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