2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5


Don't get an 04 Maxima


I got my 04 Maxima with 86,000 on it. As soon as it got to 100,0000, the following things went wrong:

I had three different sensor problems, timing chain tensioner problem, heat shield that rattling when driving, replacing my 4 speed transmission...

I should have stayed with my 96 Max.. but 05-08 is somewhat better...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 DOHC


Not good, don't buy, please research beforehand!


When I bought the car, the car right away had to get front wheel bearings, all four rotors, all four brakes, transmission mount, all 4 tires, front sway bar links...

Now yesterday I was on the interstate and the car turned off after a big bang. I put it back to P, and turned off the car and restarted it.

I then put it in D and BANG again. I switched to manual and saw that the car was in 5th gear to start with.. no wonder there was a big BANG when I went from P to D.

The car went to 'fail safe mode' and I got to my destination with the car stuck in 5th gear.

I have been researching on this problem and there is even a engine service soon light on, so I went to Autozone; they told me 3 codes came up.. P0340, P0183, P0462.

It's pretty ridiculous; is there a solution yet?

General Comments:

The car is plagued with problems since the moment I got it. The car was sold to me 'as is' and only 4000 miles on the car. It has cost me $2000 already.

What is the solution to this problem?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SE V6


Can't afford to fix it, but can't fix it to afford me a ride to and from work!


Brakes have worn out twice already.

CD player died with my favorite CD in it 3 months into owning the car. Dealer wants $800 to replace the unit.

A/C control unit had to be replaced for over $600. Now it just blows out hot air all the time, even when it's off. And I live in Vegas!

Alternator belt fell off, leaving me stranded on the highway, during rush hour, in Las Vegas.

Car has been slipping, and slamming me forward while switching gears. Was told my motor mounts were out, and the mechanic wanted $600 to fix. Replaced the mounts for $400 and still have the same problem.

Now my car won't pass emissions, citing PO797 code for Pressure Control Solenoid "C" stuck ON, which means the valve has to be replaced for about $1300, on top of whatever it's going to cost me for either a new or rebuilt tranny.

General Comments:

I really liked the car when I first bought it. My first luxury car! Coming from a Dodge Neon, I thought I was stepping up a bit. I still like my car, but with all the problems I'm having and the costs I'm facing, I'm ready to turn my back on Nissan.

I have been sitting here reading all these comments from 2004, and can't understand why Nissan hasn't done anything that I know of as of yet? The dealers won't do anything to help, neither will the manufacturer or the dealerships.

Shame on Nissan for not stepping up to the plate. Yeah, Toyota may be doing what they're doing now cuz they got caught, and it's great advertisement regarding "owning" up to their problems, but I respect them more for it, and wouldn't mind owning one now!!

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

Review Date: 2nd April, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5 V6


Built cheap


Roof leaking.

ABS modulator gone bad.

Will not pass NJ inspection, may be due to O2 sensor..

Mileage counter, cruise control, and speedometer stopped working.

Passengers door lock won't work.

Driver's window motor lost a screw and failed. Had to replace.

General Comments:

I got the car relatively cheap from a car auction at 63,000 miles. Had problems with the brakes banging; took it to dealer, they said ABS modulator is bad, need to replace it for 2,200 dollars.

I replaced the window motor myself at 280.00 dollars.

Fixed the sky view roof with lots of silicone caulk.

The car is in the shop as I write this due to NJ inspection failure. I suspect an 02 sensor.

After owning 2 Volvo's and repairing them, the price to fix this Nissan is just as bad.

Seats are not as comfortable as the Volvo, and the overall quality is cheap.

The car is very reliable, always starts, but I should have just kept my Volvo and made the repairs. Now I have a 300.00 car payment and more repairs.

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

Review Date: 31st March, 2010