6th Generation (2004—2008) Maxima Problems

This generations ranks 57th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (69%), engine (11%), and the body (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Jerks When Shifting 169 complaints at an average of 108,002 miles in the 2004 Nissan Maxima.
  2. Transmission Not Working Correctly 91 complaints at an average of 96,543 miles in the 2005 Nissan Maxima.
  3. Transmission Slips and Jerks 100 complaints at an average of 115,304 miles in the 2006 Nissan Maxima.

What Maxima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 27 0 30 10.91
2007 46 1 31 18.38
2006 182 2 34 33.5
2005 269 2 47 54.95
2004 349 2 76 67.79

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