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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 292005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


(1) over the past three years, I have documented a maintenance issue that I have been having with my 2004 Nissan Maxima SE. I originally explained to Nissan Consumer Affairs that my transmission was malfunctioning. (2) the clutch pedal would randomly and intermittently loose pressure/resistance while I was operating the vehicle. (3) I took the vehicle in for diagnosis and repair, at which the dealership was not able to duplicate the symptom I was experiencing (because it is random and intermittent). However, they were not driving it under the conditions that I was driving. They would test drive it for a few miles and conclude there was nothing wrong. I find a discrepancy in this methodology, because some symptoms may only occur after prolonged continuous use (which is apparently the case for my vehicle). On one occassion, I was not able to operate the vehicle, and was stranded in a middle lane of I-75. This is a safety issue because the resulting inoperability of the vehicle while in traffic poses an immediate threat for rear-end and possibly other types of crashes. I also travel with my two kids (ages 6 and 5) quite regularly, and I can no longer put them at risk.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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