2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America



General Comments:

I bought the 04 Maxima in September 04. I do a lot of highway driving. I currently have 10k on the max and the only problem I had at 100miles was the moon roof; would not close shut. Had that fixed at the dealer at no cost (lubricant added). I live in Chicago and in the winter there is a lot of salt and its cold... I notice that the rear end of the car makes a squeaking noise when on a wavy road. So far I have no brake problems, I'll definitely post if I get any. However, my dash reported "battery and Brake" and I have not seen it ever since (weird). I have owned 4 Maximas and they all have performed excellent in terms of reliability and power. Gosh, I miss my 97 Max!!!

What I like about the 04 MAX:

1. It's a Maxima

2. Roomy

3. Style

4. Interior

5. Door handles

6. Sporty yet Luxurious

7. Bose sound

8. Response time when on the highway

9. Beat on the engine and it still idles like my 97

10. Good paint quality.

What I don't like about the 04 MAX:

1. Steering Play at fast takeoff

2. Wipers are cheap

3. Interest rate at 3% instead of what I wanted; 2%.

What I would like to see Nissan add in the future to the Maxima:

1. All Wheel drive system.

Some did you know (s) :

Did you know that you could lock all your doors using the remote device even if the car is ON?

Not responsible if you try it :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2004

3rd Jan 2005, 14:39

I would scarcely call the interest rate a fault of the vehicle. An extra percent on your purchase price is a reflection of the nations economy not Nissan. Three percent is soo low anyway. With the wiper blades - have you tried an after market set of blades - Again I feel that this is trivia. Tires make a big difference to steering feel and alignment will make a big difference as well. A suspension dealer could help with advice if the lightness of the steering is a problem. These are not performance cars although the motors are fabulous, Suspension is geared for comfort and cruising.

2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5 from North America


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.