2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5


My car needs a new transmission per the Nissan dealership who do the diagnostics


Hard shifting 2nd to 1st and 3rd at 47,000. This is one owner car. The car has lots of squeaking when backing up.

General Comments:

Power has decreased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2011

6th Jan 2011, 15:59

Get a second opinion from an independent mechanic.

10th Jan 2011, 10:31

You might want to elaborate a little here. Is it a manual or an automatic? What does the dealer want to charge you for the new tranny? I agree with the above poster, that you should take it to a private mechanic. Dealers are always looking to just replace things when you may need just a simple fix. Never just rust the dealer on a major fix!

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5


Ditto on the timing chain issue. Bought the Nissan new in 2004, always maintained oil changes and checkups, but have had major issues annually. I started hearing a rattle a few weeks back that got progressively worse. Took it to a local mechanic. He said he would love the chance to replace the timing chain, because it would be a week's worth of work for his mechanics, but he said it would be in my best interest to drive the car til the engine dies, then just replace the whole engine. Said that there was no telling what other problems he might find with valves or whatever once he opened up the engine, so it wouldn't be in my best interest to fix it.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable to sit in. That's it on the good. It has had numerous problems over its six years in existence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th December, 2010

15th Dec 2010, 19:44

I would fix this fast.

A new engine is a lot of money, and doing the chain work is a lot cheaper.


2004 Nissan Maxima


Nissan needs to issue a recall on the transmission installed in the 2004 Nissan Maximas


I purchased a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The car jerks when changing gears. I have been told I need new struts. And the thing that concerns me the most is that the car will rev up as if I am pushing down on the gas, when really I am not increasing my speed. This has happened when I was simply driving slowly through a parking lot.

I purchased this car, because I thought it would be safe and dependable. I am very disappointed in the performance of this car. It will cost me a great deal of money to have this car repaired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5


Never again


1) Driver's door was making noises when braking, going over bumps or accelerating.

2) Engine consumed 1 quart of oil per 1500km

3) Timing chain tensioners went bad, causing the chain to rattle. $1200 fix.

4) Alternator went bad.

5) Front passenger side ball joint went bad, so lower control arm had been replaced.

6) Rust stain under drivers floor mat underneath. It's no doubt a manufacturer's defect, as it's common for all Maximas, Altimas and Infinitis.

7) Freon somehow escaped the system, so had to be refilled

8) AT has died completely at 206k.

9) Motor mounts gone bad twice.

10) Sunroof stopped working after every time you disconnect the battery.

11) Hand brake didn't work.

General Comments:

When everything is working, it's a beautiful place to be in, and driving is fun and enjoyable. The problem is I have never had everything working in this car. Once I fix a problem, something else will go bad.

I had read some reports on this site before buying a car, but I was sure that if you take a proper care of it, it will run fine. I was wrong. Almost every major problem I have had with that vehicle is a well known issue on the net.

$6k in repairs in just a year was too much for me, so I got rid of it. Spoke to many Nissan owners, since I was a member of an enthusiast club, and many of them had similar problems with never ending repairs.

Feels like when Nissan moved its manufacturing to the US, is a factor to all general quality issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2010