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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
119,600 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace window motor (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Nissan Maxima windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 202012

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The answer to this problem Value Body..It's not the transmission..I just had my repaired last week it cost me $1832.00 with a year warranty..Now I have a sensor that came on a P1031 Heater bank 1 and a P1148 Closed Loop Bank 1 not to mention that my motor in my drive window is about to go out.This is crazy Nissan needs to stand behind this product..This is my 3rd Nissan and MY LAST!!!!! f anyone has any information about the Items that I have posted in this email I can be reached at There should be a RECALL on these parts this car cost too much money

- Jeff H., Charlotte, NC, US

problem #4

Apr 012012

Maxima ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

I bought this Nissan Maxima 2004 car used in March of 2012. One month after purchasing this car on a day of a snow blizzard my right front passenger window would not go up. It would make an attempt and then it would roll back down on its own. i had to cover the window with a black garbage back so the snow would not mess up my leather interior. when i took it back to the mechanic they told me the the window motor was failing and it had been cracked not allowing enough force to hold the window up. The dealer could not find a used motor for this car and refused to buy one from the nissan dealer because it was too expensive. so he had me wait another two days to have the motor rebuild. after reinstalling it has not given me a problem but NOW THE SAME PROBLEM IS GOING ON WITH THE FRONT RIGHT DRIVER SIDE. THIS SEEMS TO BE A COMMON PROBLEM WITH NISSAN WINDOWS AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED AT NO CHARGE. WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS GOING ON WITH THIS TRANSMISSION, BRAKES, PAINT FADE, CLEAR COAT PEELING, AIR CONDIOTIONING FAILING . NISSAN SHOULD BE REPLACING ALL THIS AT FREE OF CHARGE. THESE NISSAN MAXIMAS 6TH GENERATION HAVE BEEN A PAINT IN THE ASS!!! PLEASE RECONSIDER IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY A NISSAN MAXIMA. I WOULD'VE RATHER TAKEN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

- ambrosi, Elizabeth, NJ, US

problem #3

Nov 022011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

This problem is such a headache. I love to use the sunroof, but every time I open it- I'm scared that will be the time it won't close. To top it off, the sunroof has two different controls and if one works the other doesn't.

- johnsonmo, Saint Joseph, MO, US

problem #2

Sep 082011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Rear driver side window will not work.This car has so many problems!! Certain websites have similar customer complaints and vow this car needs to be recalled...I agree to the fullest extent!!

- johnsonmo, Saint Joseph, MO, US

problem #1

Dec 012010

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

As simple as it sounds, an electric window failure on top of all that was already bad with the car, made things unbearable.

- Antonio V., Millis, MA, US

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