2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5


Very poorly manufactured


The steering wheel shimmy's when reaching speeds of 50 mph and higher.

The trunk leaks.

The right passenger door panel vibrates when listening to music.

Multiple attempts to fix with no success.

General Comments:

Poorly manufactured. Considering lemmon law and writing to the President and CEO.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th November, 2004

29th Jan 2005, 16:19

You're going to write to the president because you blew your speakers and your trunk leaks?

Good luck.

24th Feb 2005, 13:30

I believe he or she meant the President of the Nissan Corp.

28th Mar 2005, 14:47

It's a bloody pity to see that the '04's have so many manufacturing problems, but I'd still like to see how they hold up. I don't think that this particular case constitutes as a lemon, but it's got problems that should be fixed under warranty and you should be able to return it for full price, but don't expect a recall to happen.

14th Sep 2005, 19:42

2004 was the redesigned model. Don't you know you never buy a first of anything, not until they work out all the glitches.

2nd Jun 2006, 03:05

I have a 2004...the only problem I found was an issue w/ the moonroof at 600 miles... and now I have 60,000 miles= no problems reported. Same Driver! Same Car! Same Power!

10th Feb 2008, 00:21

I have a 1996 Nissan Maxima with 137000 miles on it and it runs beautiful, I had a mechanic look at it and everything is solid, no rust, and a lot of new parts on it.. I'll never go with anything other than a Nissan.. all the way.. Good strong motors.

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5


Good if they can fix it, otherwise JUNK


Steering wheel shakes at 45mph and gets worse as speed increases. I have had my car in the shop 7 times and I am in the process of lemon lawing the car. After talking with the dealership, this is an ongoing problem that they do not have a fix for as of yet. My dealership has 8, 2004 maxima's SE and SL with the same problem.

General Comments:

The car would be great if it didn't shake at 45mph and above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2004

8th Mar 2005, 04:01


I also have the same problem with the front end vibration at speeds over 60mph. My car shakes very badly. If anyone ever finds out what the problem is with the car can you please email me at JNic103@yahoo.com so I can tell the idiots at my Nissan dealership. Its been there 4 times and they cannot fix the problem.


21st Mar 2006, 13:05

Yeah I agree with this comments. I rented Maxima 06 while my Toyota camry is in body shop. I like it's power, interior and exterior design, but the fact that it is very unstable in high speeds and fast take offs makes me wonder how could Nissan make such a rude mistake. I drove Infiniti G35 and it is quete different car, very stable on high speeds and steering wheel does not shake. So Nissan obviously made a big mistake for such an attractive car.

2004 Nissan Maxima SL 265hp


Sporty, responsive, comfortable car


Nothing has gone wrong, thus far. The car is very reliable and fun to drive.

General Comments:

The Nissan Maxima SL is a very nice car. Similar to the Infinity g35, Nissan really has a winner with this car. I have it loaded with every option and the navigation system, which is accurate to the location. Some references are outdated, but overall the computer was worth the purchase. I really like the Bose sound system and comfort of the leather seating. The hp really makes the car respond when needed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2004

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5


Great car, great interior, some irritating interior detail flaws. I'm going back to a Honda next


My brake rotors were warped at 24,000 miles. I called Nissan dealer in Burnsville Minnesota. They told me I had to pay to get new brake rotors. They neglected to tell me that there was a factory bulletin that addresses this issue. After doing some info digging on my own, they fessed up and agreed to fix my rotors at no cost. Apparently I'm not the only one with this problem.

General Comments:

My car seems to be making weird clunking sound, and it sounds different everytime and is difficult to reproduce.

My power seems to have decreased tremendously over the year that I've been driving it.

I keep up with all maintenance recommendation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th June, 2004

17th Jun 2004, 10:13

I agree with you, Nissan dealers try to rip you off, wherever they can. I am collecting some evidence so I can share my views on the negligence of Nissan dealers.

19th Oct 2004, 07:58

I have also had problems with my 2003 Nissan Maxima. The rotors were warped at about 34000 miles. I have talked to Nissan and they don't have enough complaints about the problem to recall it. So if you are having a problem with warped rotors on your Nissan please call Nissan and let them know about it so they can recall the brakes. Nissan Consumer Affairs phone number is 1-800-647-7261.