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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,376 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Jul 232007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle has a set of Goodyear Eagle rs-a, size P245/45R18 tires. The contact received a recall notice indicating that her tires could potentially be defective and, if the tires have any cracks, they should be replaced. There were no cracks or damage to her tires. While driving 25 mph, the front passenger side tire blew out. The tires were never inspected on a regular basis. The mechanic stated that there was no way the tire should have failed, unless she was given a defective set. Her tires displayed no evidence of the defect. The mechanic also stated that she had at least 10,000 more miles left on the tire. The tires have not been replaced. The VIN, engine size, dot number, and recall number were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 40,000.

- Princeton, MN, USA

problem #28

Jul 192007

(reported on)


  • miles
Goodyear tire and rubber company customer satisfaction program reimbursement form customer is upset about 4 year time lapses** the consumer stated had vehicle for 4 years now and now the dealer is informing customers that the tires may be subject to cracks in the mid to upper sidewall of the tire and to take the vehicle to the nearest Goodyear. The consumer stated that the original tires were replaced and would not be purchasing anymore Goodyear tires.

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #27

Jun 042006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side Goodyear Eagle tires (size P245R18) have cracked. The manufacturer stated that the tires are not a safety issue and would not replace them. The purchase date and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 65,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #26

Nov 122005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle contains the originally manufactured Goodyear Eagle rs-a (P245/45R18) tires. All four tires have cracked. The contact replaced them with four new Michelin tires. The current mileage is 15,695 and failure mileage was 15,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #25

Dec 212006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While driving 35 mph, the front passenger side tire blew out and cracks were present in the tread. The remaining Goodyear Eagle rs-a (P245/45R18) tires were also cracked. All four tires were replaced. The contact does not have the invoice or the tires. The current mileage is 40,000 and failure mileage was 39,000.

- New York City , NY, USA

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problem #24

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 #23

Mar 082007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,550 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While driving 5 mph into the driveway it was difficult to steer the vehicle. The contact observed a large crack around the rim of the tire. The dealer informed the contact that all four of the tires were a safety hazard and they recommended that she no longer drive the vehicle. The Goodyear manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to town fair tire and speak with a representative. The dot# for 3 tires are M6A9cmwr1703, and one tire dot# was M6A9cmwr5203. All of the tires are Goodyear Eagle, size 245/45R18V. Town fair inspected the tires and confirmed with Goodyear that all four tires were a safety hazard at 23,000 miles. Goodyear stated that they would pay 75% of the tire replacement; however, the contact feels that Goodyear should pay the full amount. The contact filed a complaint with Goodyear and was given case # 888402. The contact will also be filing a complaint with the attorney general in her local area. The contact has one of the tires if necessary for the investigation. The current mileage was 23,552. Update 04/17/07. *

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #22

Oct 232006


  • miles
Goodyear Eagle rsa18 tires are consistently flat over a few month period. Nissan states that it is goodyears problem, but Goodyear has no recall on these tires.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #21

Jul 192006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
While driving on the NJ turn pike at 70 mph, my husband felt what seemed like a tire going flat. He proceeded to try to get to the shoulder. Suddenly, the left rear tire blew and he totally lost control of the vehicle. He was hit head-on and in the rear. Both he and the driver of the other vehicle were injured and transported to the hospital. Two days later we went to see the car at the towing garage and we saw the rear passenger tire was split on the sidewall. These tires were replaced recently and were rotated and checked by Goodyear three months ago. Goodyear saw nothing wrong with the tires at that time. Is Goodyear waiting for a death to occur before they issues a recall? there are many complaints about the rsa18" tires.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 042006


  • 24,400 miles
1) flat tire on Nissan Maxima 2004 car with 2003 manufactured good year Eagle rs-a P245 45R18 96V tires.... 2) ties are defective an independent Goodyear employee told me so, and told me they are unsafe to drive on and still would not replace them because they have not been recalled as of yet but offered a $100 off each tire, they are $300 tires.. the tires have 24K miles on them, the front tires are worse then the rear but all are the same. The tread still has at least half the tread if not more left... there is severe cracking and it is possible they could blow out on others and cause serious injury, I have pictures I can send if you send me a direct email address.. 3) I took the car to Goodyear they said the tire is defected and unsafe to drive, but sent me on my way because I do not believe I should have to pay a dime for unsafe defective tires........ someone will be killed driving on those tires.... they are a road hazard...

- Stratford, NJ, USA

problem #19

Apr 212006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,916 miles


: the contact stated a recall letter was received in the mail 4/20/06. The NHTSA recall, # 05V512000, concerning seat: Front assembly: Power adjust. The dealer was notified on 4/21/06 to have the recall repaired. The dealer stated the first available appointment would be 4/26/06, however the contact believed this is not going to be remedied in a timely manor. Updated 5/16/2006 - the brake made noise and the tire deflated due to dry rot.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #18

Oct 192005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,348 miles
No incidents led up to failure. Went to Nissan dealer and complained of road noise from front of car. Dealer said 2 tires were cracked and posed a danger of coming apart. Said they would be liable if allowed me to leave without new tires. Investigated on the internet: There are multiple reports of Goodyear Eagle tires on 2004 Nissan Maxima's (oem) that have developed dangerous cracks. These should be recalled. Cracks are appearing on "side facing inward" part of tires not easily visable by consumers. Mileage on tires was 30348. Was told to take tires to Goodyear dealer but have not gotten there yet.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #17

Oct 042005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Nissan Maxima. The consumer stated the driver's side front and rear tire split on the sidewalls. The front tire split on the complete circumference of the tire, between the wheel and the tread. These were Goodyear tires, P245/45R18. These were the original tires for the vehicle. There have been no other problems with the other two tires.

- Tunnel Hill, GA, USA

problem #16

May 182005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima, it came with Goodyear tires. The tires now make very loud road noise. The dealer, after 3 or 4 trips advised the road noise was due to a bent rim. (the car has never been driven roughly, bent rim must have been from ordinary driving and/or average pot hole). I had the bent rim fixed. However, the loud road noise continues. The dealer says there is no recall on these tires & tells me I need to take the issue with the tire dealership, or manufacturer. They evidently refuse to back the products, they put on their new cars, they sell on their lots. I also had a defective strut on the right rear. It took three trips to the dealership, before the problem was finally found. And then a fourth trip, to have it fixed, once they had ordered & received the part. It's too bad such a potentially great car, has created such a bad experience for me, a first time Nissan buyer. This, due to lack of support from Nissan motors & lack of quality control on suspensions & tires. I will never purchase another Nissan automobile, due to this experience & lack of product backing by the manufacturer.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #15

Aug 242005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
2004 Nissan Maxima that has Continental, contitouring, tire, size P225/55/R17 leaked air almost to the point of being flat. This happens over a period of time, such as two weeks, these leaks were slow, and occurred four tires. Consumer was driving about 35 mph in a school zone and heard a pop, pulled ove, R and the right rear tire was completely flat on the rim. This occurred near a gas station, and consumer drove there to gas station to put air in the tire, but the air system at the gas station would not work. Called family member to bring an air piggy and the tire would not inflate. Waited for tire dealer to open because this was early in the morning and they could not inflate the tire. Upon further inspection they note tha T inside of the tire running vertically from the rim to the top of the tire had a split. Due to tread separation this could not be repaired, and a new tire would have to be purchased. Contacted dealer, who suggested discussing this matter with tire manufacturer. Contacted Continental, who said consumer would have to taketire to an authorized service center which was a considerable drive for inspection of the tire. Called a second time, and they said they would send out a call tag and request tires back. Consumer had all four tires replaced with a different brand and paid for this out of pocket. Have not sent those tires to Continental at this time.

- Centre, AL, USA

problem #14

Jul 302005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Maxima 2004 has Eagle rs-a 245-45 tires which became cracked in a circular pattern at 32,000. Goodyear replaced tires and offered prorate, but cost was still $555. Internet Maxima owners have found cracks on inside of tire as well as early as 16,000 miles. I believe that this is dangerous. The noise was greater, the grip of the tire seemed to be less, the bumps on the road were more noticeable, and the tires felt "wishy-washy" at times. Once I put on the new tires again with Eagle rs-a the car felt totally different and better, although it was bitter sweet to have the same tires again. Can you help in this matter please?

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 192005


  • miles
I've got a 2004 Nissan Maxima. I have aprox 21,000 miles on it. My Goodyear rsa tires (oem) have started to split on the side wall. My tires still have over 60% of the tread left. Goodyear is prorating the tires at 25% of tire wear used. My concern is that I know for a fact that my Maxima is not the only car that has had trouble with these tires. It would be horrible, if someone with the same problem didn't know about it and had an accident because the side of their tire blew out. has many people that have reported this same problem.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #12

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

problem #11

May 202005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,942 miles
Purchased 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE in July, 2003. It has aluminum wheels ("rims") and low profile tires. In March, 2005, I hit a pothole, which flattened the front passenger tire and dented the rim. I had to change the tire, and then replaced that rim (tire was ok). In may, 2005, my front driver tire was low. I drove a half mile at 20 mph to the closest gas station and filled the tire. I took it to the dealer to investigate why it was low. They noted that the rim was cracked, said it was dangerous to drive that way, and put the "donut" spare on in place of the cracked rim. Besides the cracked rim being a safety issue (the dealer says that I "must have hit something", and claims to have no warranty liability), I believe the wheel/tire design of the 2004 Maxima is a safety issue. I have been driving for 32 years and never had a problem with a rim on a car. Now in the space of a month or two, I had a dented rim that stranded me in a remote area until I could change the tire, and now a cracked rim that I had to immediately remove from the car. I don't know whether it is because the rim is aluminum and perhaps brittle and not sturdy, or because low profile tires leave relatively little tire between the road and the rim, making "everyday potholes" that are common in the northeast in the springtime a hazard to the wheels ("rims"). but after having two rims that failed just a month or two apart such that they each had to be totally replaced, I believe there is a design flaw in this car that lends itself to these safety problems that I experienced with my car. I opened a complaint on this issue with Nissan, file #4947551. I was given no assurance that any action would be taken, except that they would "look at this", and was told they would not even send me any response to my complaint to let me know their decision as to what they do or don't plan to do regarding my issue.

- Woodstock, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 022004


  • 20,000 miles
Goodyear Eagle tires sll cracked on inner sidewalls and could not be used, had tires replaced. All of the tires were cracked on the inner sidewalls.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

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