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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,971 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Purchased car in July of 2007 four brand new chrome wheels from the dealer. By September of 2007 chrome began to peel on the inside of the wheel between the spokes on all four tires. Took it to the dealer in November and was told the best they could do was pay 50% of all costs. I called Consumer Affairs and they stated the same thing. I explained I couldn't afford the $1,500 it would costs me and that the dealer should warrant the cost since this incurred six months after I purchased the car. I refused the offer and continued driving on the peeling wheels. Recently, April 2008, my front passenger tire began to leak air. The car was bought back to the dealer and the rep stated the chrome was deteriorating from the inside. The rep stated that it was caused by fix a flat (not correct as the fix a flat was used to stop the leak in the first place) the faulty wheel was beaded and my tires were rotated. This has gone from a cosmetic issue to the issue of a health hazard in my daily driving. I have filed another complaint with Consumer Affairs on this matter and would like my wheels replaced by Nissan. I sincerely regret my purchase...

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #1

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

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