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2004 Nissan Maxima

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2004 Nissan Maxima SL
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By brandymac
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2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought car at 89K miles & replaced timing chains & transmission 2 weeks after(cost=$5k)& then replaced oil cooler gasket.Burns over 1 quart of oil per 1000 miles.Car now has 145k miles and I'm replacing the left Control Arm & brakes & rotors due to the damage. Dealer said it was normal for this car to burn this much oil.It is not leaking oil.Nissan was great about honoring the 2 recalls & fixed them no problem.The steering column vibrates roughly when driving even when alignment is done & balanced tires.Bought new Michelin Primacy tires which helped some.The turning radius is horrible. Car is super comfy& roomy for long trips.Love the style & sporty but 2 expensive 2 keep buying oil.


Favorite Features

Heated steering wheel & seats, CD changer, gas mileage is fabulous for as much room as this car has in rear seat, safety features, nice factory wheels, navigation, comfortable seats, leather wears very well, and good acceleration. Style is sporty and although it is 2004, many think it is a newer car. My spouse is 6'2" & fits comfortably in the car. I am 5'5" & can reach pedals easily. If there were no transmission or oil issues, I would keep this car forever.


Suggested Improvements

Turning radius is extremely bad, replaced transmission and timing chains at 92k, uses oil (at least 1 quart per 1k miles)and I have to carry a gallon with me to ensure I don't run out.


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Don't Buy a 2004 Nissan Maxima
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By mortega1
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2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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In 2007 I began to notice that the “chrome finish” on the front grill was beginning to peel off. This was also beginning to happen on the “chrome” accents that are embedded on the roof of the vehicle. In late 2008 the power window motor located in the driver’s door began to malfunction and now it is not functional at all. In 2009, the power door locks located on the driver’s side (front and rear doors) also began to malfunction. Power to the steering wheel column and the drivers seat have now also failed. I have also experienced issues with the air conditioning system and I have had several leaks in the o-rings that have been addressed several times. Do not purchase a Nissan product!!


Favorite Features

The first several years of ownership were good. The ride and performance was outstanding. The Bose stereo system is above average.


Suggested Improvements

The electrical system of this vehicle is faulty. Searches on the internet reveal other Nissan owners complaining of issue related to the electrical systems of this vehicle.


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DONT BUY A NISSAN MAXIMA
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By sergey1992
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2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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bought the car 3 months ago from dealership with 3 month warrenty car had no problems at all took it to a nissan machanick to check it out after driving the car for 3 months or 15000 miles the car started to experience severe jerking and transmission slipping.. the engine would not go more then 19 miles and the rpms would jump to large numbers and slip tne car starts kicking and doesnt drive i have the 2004 nissan maxima 3.5se model with 5 sp automatick transmission this car has been great until this point but 80xxx miles is reediculous for this type of money this was my 5TH AND LASTTTT MAXIMA I AM EVER BYING THESE MANUFACTURES RUINED THE GUD NAME OF NISSAN AND ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING TO REPA


Suggested Improvements

BUILT WITH MORE EFFORT AND BETTER WARRENTY


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Fantastic Ride!
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By MacGeek
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2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this Maxima a year ago, and it's amazing! Great performance, very responsive acceleration and breaking. Beautiful car inside and out. It has never broken down, never failed to start, no problems. Just routine maintenance.


Favorite Features

Leather Seats, Heated Front Seats, Wood Trim, BOSE stereo, auto-dimming mirror w/compass, performance, Xenon headlights and turning lamps, smooth & quiet ride.


Suggested Improvements

The grill is pealing really bad, and the headlight lenses have started to fog. Very annoying, especially on such a beautiful car. AUX input would be awesome.


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Bittersweet emotions
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By pp
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2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought my max new. Added billet grille & chrome wheels. So exciting! Major oil leak. Maintained by dealer exclusively (oil changed every 5,000 miles). At 105,000 the dealer recommended 10-30wt oil to muffle tapping noise in engine. Are hood, roof & trunk made of aluminum? Material is different than metal fenders. Although car was detailed professionally, the paint has totally faded and worn through to metal on hood & roof. Rest of ext is still shiny black. Embarrassing! Gray contact paper surrounding instr cluster is bubbling. Center console cushion has fallen off twice. Moonroof doesn't close without playing w/ switch. Auto tilt wheel doesn't always lift/lower when door opens.


Favorite Features

love the styling, roominess, comfort, heated steering wheel, power ext mirrors, auto tilt/telescopic steering wheel & seat when door opens. 6 1/2 years after buying, i still judge other cars by my max!


Suggested Improvements

too late for this car.


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