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:
10,000 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact received a recall notice in September of 2006 regarding the subframe of the vehicle. The recall repair consisted of a rear wheel alignment. When she received the recall notice, she took the vehicle to the dealer and had the recall repair performed. Six months later, she took the vehicle back to the dealer for a tire inspection. The dealer stated that both rear tires appeared to be manufacturer defects. The contact purchased two new tires in March of 2007. The dealer refused to honor her warranty for the new tires because her vehicle was purchased at another dealer. She took the vehicle to the tire shop for a rotation and the mechanic stated that the tread was worn on both of her new rear tires. The mechanic also confirmed that when the recall was repaired, the rear wheel alignment was never performed. She called the dealer that performed the repair and they refused to show her the repair history paperwork. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 14,000 and current mileage was 20,000.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 052004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Struts on 2004 Maxima have had to be replaced twice so far (13,000 miles presently on car). First time at approx 6,000 miles.

- Trussville, AL, USA

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