2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America




Transmission slips.

General Comments:

My 2004 Maxima slips transmission. Shame on Nissan for not taking responsibility. This is a nice car, but transmission slip sucks from 2nd to 3rd gear.

Also it drives like a log.

I had a 1997 Maxima and never had a problem.

Personally I'm never buying buying a Maxima again. There are more competitive cars out there.

I'm getting a Lexus GS350. Sweet car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SE from North America


Selling to the next fool..


Well I thought I would join the club. Yes, yes, and yes, the 2004 Maxima is pretty nice car, but the trans issue has come down the line. Apparently 4000.00 takes away the current problem, however selling it will take it away forever.

Be advised, I too have put a complaint to this website (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/). Take the time to do so; make sure you have your VIN#, you're going to need it.

The car works great in cold weather and when it's cool outside. Don't go into above 90 degree weather, it will break your heart; it stalls, change the nice expensive sensors, oils, however I haven't changed the car. Well I guess that's the next thing so that I may not lose any more money. To anyone interested in this car that looks good parked, e-mail me lt1star1@gmail.com

Have a nice day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th June, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima XLE from North America


This car brings only trouble


When I first purchased my 2004 Maxima, I noticed the car (I bought it used with 80,000 miles) was jerking when stopping and accelerating about 1 month later. When it first started, it happened maybe once a month, or sometimes less. Over the course of 2 years, it has gotten much worse and more frequent. It jerks really hard when going from R to D, and when accelerating from 1st to 2nd gear. Now, when stopping at red lights or after slowing down, it struggles to change gears and the engine roars loudly, and the transmission is starting to bang.

I'm really frustrated, because although the car was used, the previous driver researched the problem and was smart enough to trade it in, and I was the unsuspecting buyer to buy it. I have had the transmission flushed twice, and it has had a diagnostic check that revealed nothing. The dealer concluded that since my transmission fluid is still dark after two flushes, it is the transmission. I was told that a used transmission will cost $3800 plus $78 an hour for labor. I didn't read the reviews on the car until mine starting having problems.

I want to know what can we do. If this many customers are having the exact same issue, then it is Nissan's responsibility (which they are ignoring), because I can't afford to fix the car at this moment and continue to make car payments on time each month.

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

Review Date: 5th June, 2010

2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5 from North America


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 from North America


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