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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Jan 132005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The driver noticed while driving, a squeaking noise was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle started vibrating uncontrollably. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the structure of the vehicle was design defect from the manufacturer. A fix was not available at this time. Two months after purchase, the brakes began to squeal. Dealer said it was a creep groan and could not repair the problem. Consumer experienced 4 flat tires (Goodyear P245/45R18 - model # 96vs2eagrs-avsbrptl) all found to have defective splits called sidewalk circumferential cracks. Consumer received a safety recall notice regarding a sun roof shatter condition.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 222004


  • miles
Cracks in all four tires necessitated replacement after only 21,000 miles.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 062004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,727 miles
Steering wheel shimmies at speeds from 50-80 mph and also shimmies harshly when braking at lower speeds. I had this in for repair twice so far. The first time they turned the rotors. The next time they rotated the tires. Also, had gps/nav system in for repair three times to date. The dvd was reprogrammed the first time and replaced twice. I'm getting ready to file a lemon law complaint.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 212004


  • miles


March 2004 all four tires on my 2004 Nissan Maxima found to have cuts to the inside sidewall all the way around all four tires.the right rear tire run flat, due to the cuts and cracking on the taken to Nissan dealer.service department advised me that there was a manufacturing defect in the tires.suggested I go to Goodyear dealer and have tires replaced.suggested that the tires caused vibration in steering.Goodyear replaced all four tires in March 2004.auguest 2004 five months later the same problem persist, all four tires have cuts and cracks all the way around them same as steering is vibrating moore.problem not solved car taken back to Nissan service department.service manager advised that problems with tires have to be taken up with tire manufacture, did not even look at tires, told me he could not get to me today Aug 18,04, come back aug20,04 and they would see what they could do.Goodyear inspected the tires and informed me that they have replaced several tires on this year, make and model was suggested that there was a manufacturing defect in the car that is causeing the problem with the tires, the Goodyear dealer do not have the tires in stock, and do not no exactly when they will have them.Goodyear only make one tire to fit the Maxima SE P245/45R18.meanwhile I am still traveling on the defected tires putting my life at risk.I have to travel 45 miles oneway to get to the nearest Nissan/Goodyear dealer.this was not taken into considaration.Goodyear and Nissan are play ing pass the buck.however they are playing with my families life.please do not wait untill a life is taken before you act, to many lives are at risk.

- Unionsprings, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 162004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I am experiencing severe vibrations in the steering of my 2004 Nissan Maxima. In March of 2004 after several trips for rotations and balancing, all four tires were cracked on the enter wall of the tires. Nissian suggested that I go to Goodyear dealer and have the tires replaced. Goodyear replaced the tires and five months later, all four tires have cracked again. We questioned nissian to see if there was a problem with the vehicle that was causing the tires to crack. Nissian advise any problem concering the tires should be taken up with Goodyear and said it was nothing they could do. At this time, August 17, 2004 I still have all four cracked tires on my vehicle and it is vibrating even more. Goodyear advised that the only set of tires made for this vehicle is Goodyear Eagle rs-AP245/45R18. Goodyear advised us that they do not have this tire in stock and it will be about a week or so before they can get it. I was informed that they have replaced several tires for this year make and model car.

- Union Springs, AL, USA

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problem #4

Jul 112004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
Front end vibrates when driving on the freeway. Car has been to dealer multiple times for tire rotation, tire replacement and lowering of air pressure in tires. Issue is still not resolved and I am told this is how Nissan cars drive. The consumer has requested that NHTSA disregard this complaint. The consumer was responded to about her request to drop the complaint. Front end vibration as described by the consumer may result in a steering or suspension system failure therefore NHTSA requests from the consumer for information to be kept in files.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 172004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles


I am experiencing severe vibrations in the steering of my new 2004 Maxima. After several trips for alignment, rotations and balancing - I was advised I had a bad tire by the local Nissan dealer. They suggested I go to the local good year dealer and have the tire replaced. Upon arriving at the good year dealer - I was informed that they had replaced several tires for the year, make and model and it was suggested that there was a manufacturing defect in the design of the car and it's ability to absorb oscillation of the tire.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #2

May 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have a 2004 Maxima with less than 1500 miles. There is a noise apparently coming from the tires that sounds like a ringing noise. When going over a line crack in the pavement or bump between 20-50 mph it sounds like a hollow ringing sound. I upgraded tires from factory installed to michelins at about $500 more and the ringing continues. What gives?

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 072003


  • 3,500 miles
Front end vibration. Dealership did a front end alignment, but it corrected the problem temporarily. Also, dealership noticed cracks in the front driver and rear passenger side tires. The tire cracks may be the cause of the vibration.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

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