by edoug93 on Feb 18, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Bought my 2004 maxima with just above 100,000 miles 2 and a half years ago,
have 125,000 miles on it now. It's a pretty fast car, rides comfortably at high speeds, and has really good stock speakers.
But, it has had way too many problems. Power steering pump died on me, tensioners on the chain broke, both cam shaft sensors died and would cut all power to the car when moving, sunroof won't open, the climate controls won't work, including the defrosters, which isn't fun in the winter. CD player doesn't work. I feel the transmission shifting heavy now, which isn't good at all. This car has turned me off to nissan, I will probably end up getting a different vehicle in the immediate future.
by ataylor13 on Feb 15, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased this car due to how beautiful it is and powerful, got a great deal on it but now I know why it was so cheap. After a week of having this car at 111,400 miles I realized it is having minor transmission issues. Going fast and staying at a consistent shift it drives like a dream. Stop and go traffic however; a nightmare. Wasted my time and money, currently looking for a new commuter due to me going to college and working.
by davidh11 on Jun 28, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought my '04 Maxima used in 2008 with 69K miles on it. I've had nothing but trouble with it since I bought it.
Transmission went out at 87k miles. The dealership's mechanic told me he has seen many Maximas come in with a bad Valve Body causing the tranny to slip and also slam into gear from park to drive. Luckily my extended warranty covered it.
Here is the long list of problems I've had with the car since then:
bad radiator fan assembly, ignition coil, valve cover gasket, 2 broken motor mounts, bad altenator, tie rod end, bad cat converter, rear wheel bearing, and power window motor.
I traded it in last week and good riddence!!
The Maxima has been fully redesigned for 2004. It now rides on the same underpinnings as the well-received Nissan Altima. This year's Maxima is longer, wider and more powerful than the previous version.