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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,667 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 302007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I own a 2004 Nissan Maxima. I had the tires replaced at around 30,000 miles due to "cupping" on the tires. They wore terribly and were making a terrible noise. I then had to have the right front strut and bearings replaced at 31,000 miles and now at 47,000 miles my left front strut and bearings needs replacing, which will cost me nearly $400. The car has a bad vibration in the steering wheel at 50-60 miles per hour and when braking. Now, my new set of tires have worn badly and are so noisy that you cannot hold a normal conversation at freeway speed. I love the look of the car, but I cannot wait to get rid of it! it is obviously not safe if the suspension bounces you all over the road! additionally, I have had to have the heat shield replaced once and now it needs it again. The power outlets are in the worst possible places I have ever seen. Nissan....please do something about this before your loyal customers pay for this flaw!

- Vilonia, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 242005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima that has been having problems with the struts from day one. Also the car has a shimmy at a certain speed

- Waterford , CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 152005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Brand new 2004 Nissan Maxima, driven normally for months and recently started noticing the struts making a banging noise over normal light road bumps. The ride quality has since deteriorated and is now reaching the point of being dangerous to drive. It has been to two Nissan dealers so far who refuse to acknowledge the problem and keep trying to blame it on me, meanwhile hundreds of other people complain about the same problem, and many other dealerships acknowledge it. There must be something done at the coroprate level from Nissan to rectify this problem. Allowing the dealers to decide what is good and bad, while half of the parts are defective is solving nothing, and only creating more of a hazard and hassle for all Maxima owners.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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