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2004 Nissan Maxima from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic

Summary:

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

Faults:

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 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Never again

Faults:

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

2004 Nissan Maxima from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

The car is good, except for the transmission problem, because Nissan fixed the tire problem

Faults:

I purchased my Nissan Maxima brand new in 2004 with 87 miles, and had no problems until the factory warranty was about to go on the car.

When it had about 67,000 miles on it, I had a serious jerking problem with the transmission, and so I was talking to a service guy at the Nissan dealership where I had my car serviced, and he told me not to tell the manager, but he had the 05 Nissan, and once he found out about the transmission problems, he turned his back in, and recommended that I do the same thing.

Since I'd had the car for 4 years, and only had 2 years remaining to pay for the car, I thought that if he could change the fluids, that it would get better. So I spent $1000.00, and nothing changed, and he said that they had changed out several, and that the fluids sets up and gets like syrup, and he said that myself and others should file a class action lawsuit.

Bad bad Nissan, and to think all I wanted was a Nissan, because in the past they were so dependable, but never again Nissan, you have lost a valued customer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I love the design and handling of the car

Faults:

My front tires wore badly at 22,000 miles.

My transmission started slipping at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car handles good and gets good gas mileage.

The headlight dimmer switch will shut off the lights when depressing the turn signal at night.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th October, 2010

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