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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,694 miles

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2004 Nissan Maxima windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 312005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,389 miles


Windshield crack without any apparent cause. Crack started at the driver's side lower edge of window and spread across 1/2 of windshield within a few hours. No evidence of any object striking the windshield. Vehicle is kept garaged at night and only has 5400 miles after 6 months use.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The windshield rubber on the top was loose when I bought this car. Also I noticed there was a scratchy sound when I turned on the wiper right on the first day I took this car home. I checked it and found out that the wiper rubber was came loose and the steel touch the windshield class. It scratch the windshield. The stevens creek dealer was very nice and they did change the windshield and tighten the seal arround the windshield. 2 days ago it was rain preaty hard in where I live. In the morning when I drove the car I was shock that there was water coming out from the lights interior. It was preaty bad and I couldn't believe I paid so much for this piece a junk. Many times the engine would stalled, you can't gas and loose the power. I brought it to the same dealer, they couldn't regenerate the problem thus they don't know how to fix it. The tire vibrate between 50-80 mph and they couldn't fix that one either. I've been driving so many cars...and this is the worst one. This is would be my first and last Nissan and I'm planning to sale it asap. I have a feeling that this car's resale value would be lot lower the mistsubishi. One more thing; the driver seat cover on the back came loose also and it hanging on the seat and shows the inside of the seat. Did I tell you this car is a piece of junk already? now you know.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

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