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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,500 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

May 272005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles


Consumer leased new Maxima. About 6 months later had to replace a tire. Took vehicle to service dealer and had replacement. Over this weekend a different tire came off while driving, but the repaired tire has slits in the tread as all the other ones do as well. The dealer noted this was a problem with the 2004 Maxima. Also there is shock problems known to Nissan but no recalls but dealers are aware of this and must replace those issues including the sunroof which apparently can shatter under extreme heat. Car is currently in shop for repair.

- Woodmere, NY, USA

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