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:
15,830 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 132007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Nissan Maxima with defective Goodyear Eagle rsa tires customer wants all four tires replaced** the consumer received 2 new tires from savitt tire dealership both front tires had tread separation and stated the dealer who made the inspection informed the consumer the vehicle was very unsafe to drive. Goodyear made the decision to only replace the front 2 tires and to sell the consumer the other 2 in which he declined. The consumer does not know why retailer shipped 4 new tires to the dealer but Goodyear only agreed to give the consumer 2 new tires. The consumer provided a copy of a reimbursement form and an article about defective tires.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 012007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle has a set of Goodyear Eagle P245/45/R18 tires. The contact stated that there is a straight line on the top of her tires where it appears they may crack. She stated that she previously had three tires replaced for this same failure. The manufacturer has not been notified. The dot number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Plymouthting, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 212006


  • miles
Tire tread separation. Was told nothing can be done. Low mile tires original equipment tires replaced but very loud with same tire.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 032006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,381 miles


: the contact stated the inside tread on the tires had excessive wear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer recommended the tires be replaced.

- Spencer, OK, USA

problem #2

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

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problem #1

Mar 102004

(reported on)


  • 4,600 miles
4 tires were defective. They experienced tread separation and cracks along the sidewall.

- Union Springs, AL, USA

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