2004 Nissan Maxima Reviews - Page 23 of 30

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles

Summary:

One crappy Maxima

Faults:

Front struts failed and had to be replaced five times.

Transmission slip-ping from 1st to 2nd gear.

Faulty hood stay had to be replaced.

Rear springs had to be replaced due to squeaking noises.

Leaking gas canister and faulty vent control valve needed replacing.

Under carriage sub frame needed replacing due to corrosion.

Sky light needed to be replaced due to improper curing of glass.

Shifter plate loose and needed to be replaced.

Axle boot leaking and needed to be replaced.

Rear sway bars needed to be replaced due to squeaking noise.

Stabilizer bar bushings coming out of bracket and needed to be replaced.

Fog lights blown out three times and needed to be replaced.

Exhaust heat shield removed and never replaced due to rattling noise.

Rear shocks replaced due to leaking.

Muffler bracket replaced due to corrosion.

Kick plate loose and damaged - needed to be replaced.

With this Maxima I could have opened a LEMONade stand!!!

General Comments:

A great look in and out. That's about all. The 2004 Nissan Maxima is a piece of crap that needs to be shredded and scrapped. Mechanically in decline. Rest in HELL!!! A waste of hard earned money.

From: Fly Boy Kev-o Crooklyn's Finest Bad Boy Ryderz Mc / aka LLCOOLK

Live to Ride-Ride to Die. Good Ole' New York, New York.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

23rd Nov 2008, 17:11

Well, that tears it for me. After reading the comments on this car, I can understand why they are selling for such low money. I was just offered one for $3,600 with 81,000 miles. Nope, want no part of transmissions, strange noises in the front end, rattles, struts, and the list goes on...

I am currently driving a 1996 Infiniti I-30t with five speed and it is one of the best cars I have ever owned. My 1985 Maxima SE/five speed lasted me 350,000 miles, and the 1991 Maxima SE/five speed just lost count of miles with second engine after more than 250,000 and it is still going!

I was wondering about the newer ones, as mine is now 12 years old, but I guess I will drive it until it can no longer be fixed, if it ever needs it. Really a sad commentary on the newer Nissan products, and I really don't like to spend the money for premium gas on the newer models. Also, I read about the drive-by-wire system, and that frankly scares the Hell out of me. I pass. Not my next car.

2004 Nissan Maxima SE V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Don't Know
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

No good

Faults:

Struts are being replaced as I write.

I have had 4 Nissan products since 1999, and have loved the cars... however this one (2004 Maxima) has ruined me off ever owning another one.

The front end never seemed to align properly, and even after changing the tires a couple of times, nothing seemed to help. Finally, it was so bad that it was almost 'bottoming' out every time you went down the road.

We took it in, and sure enough, the struts were gone on it. The mechanic told us that several dealers were having problems with the 2004 Maxima's struts. A dealer in Austin, TX has had to stock the replacement struts because of so much call for them.

The dealer I purchased from has indicated that they will, of course, not do anything... but I am sooo disappointed in Nissan. The struts they used to build this car are bad, and Nissan is not doing anything about it.

A 2004 Nissan Maxima in NJ had to have its struts replaced three times, and the poor owner filed suit against Nissan over it wanting to have it declared a 'lemon'. Nissan knows they have this problem and are not doing anything about it.

My husband and I both drive Nissans, but we are trading them off as soon as possible, and will never own another one.

I had a 1999 Nissan Maxima for several years and loved that car. It is a shame that over some struts, Nissan is losing a lot of loyal customers.

General Comments:

Artificial feel to steering.

Bad struts.

Front end alignment never right.

Too bad, was a really beautiful car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2007

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 116 reviews