2004 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: Very Poor Quality Vehicle

2004 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Review

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3.5 SL Sedan (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Very Poor Quality Vehicle
By Mike S. on


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


I absolutely will never, ever buy Nissan products again. The issues with this car are innumerable but I'll try and include them in order of decreasing cost to fix: New transmission (other complaints on this site) @ 70K miles, new paint job due to defective black paint that lasted only 3 years, new front struts at 65K miles, new front bearings @ 60K miles, front wheel shimmy is recurring issue since day 1, front headlamps are not clear due to sun after 4 years. The front turning radius is that of an 18-wheeler.

Best Features

It looks nice on the showroom floor. Just don't drive it off the showroom floor.

Worst Features

Nissan does not stand behind their vehicles. Nissan needs a reliability improvement program. Transmission, paint, suspension. The design team should be embarrassed. The quality is awful.
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By vkmaxima
on 06/12/11 14:18 PM (PDT)

I can agree with the bearings, struts, and transmission. Which btw has to have the oil changed every 30k miles, not 60k. As for the paint and headlights...that's do to poor maintenance.

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