2004 Nissan Maxima Owner Reviews & Problems


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My Maxima is magnificent!

My 2004 Maxima has been very reliable as was the Maxima that I owned previously. I purchased it used in 2013 and have been extremely happy. My mechanic cannot believe how this car runs for a 14 year old. In fact he offered to buy it from me. This vehicle has comfortable seating and it has climate control that has not failed. The vehicle has needed very basic and the usual repairs for a "mature" car. I had the brake pads replaced twice in 5 years, exhaust pipe replaced and a new radiator was needed last summer otherwise nothing very costly.

- William A

Great old car. Some problems but still kicking!

We have had our Nissan for four years and it is still kicking. It has its issues but with 202,000 miles that is to be expected. My wife loves he heated seats and steering wheel. I love that it is paid for. The transmission kicks, it leaks coolant, and will overheat when the coolant gets low but it has not died yet. When it does finally give up the ghost we would love to get another newer Nissan maxima with fewer miles. I would highly recommend this car to friends and family.

- Marc D

My Nissan maxima is an amazing car that I highly recommend.

I love my maxima. I drive it daily and it handles great as well as it is great on gas. It came with a factory radio with Bose speakers which makes the stereo that much better. I love the sunroof as well as it is electric. The performance on this car is amazing, great for a road trip on just around town. The most comfortable car that I have ever had with the all power package. Truly a reliable care with very little issues.

- Elizabeth P

I love my car. After I fix the sensor. My car will drive very smooth.

One of the sensors keeps detaching. Otherwise, it drives very nice. The battery is correctly dead and unsure if it has an oil leak, very nice color, fully loaded, it has leather seats, a sunroof, power locks and windows, nice stereo. When the sensor detaches, it will just stop. It doesn't matter if it is on the highway or street. If I drive 80 mph to have a chance that the sensor doesn't detach and keep the moving.


My input on a Nissan Maxima.

After so many years of owning a car, it's bound to have repairs that need done just from normal wear and tear. However if you don't check/change your fluids often, you don't rotate your tires about every 3 months, or you don't do any service repairs then I'm sure your vehicle will have lots of problems. As for me, I love my Nissan. It's been a great car and it's close to 200,000 miles on it

- Leah W

2004 Nissan maxima review. . Love my car!

I really love my Nissan maxima, the drive is smooth its excellent on gas. I haven't really had to many problems with it. The car is reliable. I have had some issues with what the flapper. Which makes the car sound as if it needs an oil change. Parts are kind of expensive for this particular vehicle but I believe that goes to show that the car is a quality car.

- Love W

Amazing for traveling and short trips.

I spent 9 hours one way and no complaints roomy rides nice great highway mileage things I don't like parts are a little expensive and hard to find them in a junkyard which is a good thing that's how you know it's reliable handles great cruising on the back roads heated seats heated steering wheel great heater warms up quick when its cold out.

- Brady D

Blue sedan it drives smoothly has a moon roof which runs the length of the car.

The only thing I would want is an actual sunroof instead of a moonroof and the fuel econ thing needs to be more accurate those are about the only problems I have with the car besides that I love it the way the car picks up speed is great and the brakes stop on almost a dime so you don't have to be to concerned about braking super early.

- Lexus A

It's a great all around ride!

My maxima is a great vehicle just being older it's starting to show wear and tear. As a whole it has been a great vehicle over the years and has plenty miles left in it! Haven't really had to perform a ton of upkeep on it. Just the normal were from the miles being put on it. Comfortable, lots of space, and plenty of trunk space!

- Ethan C

Nissan maxima is very high end and easy on the pocket book.

My car has all the bells and whistles... From automatic locks and windows. Heated seats on those cold days. My car gets 29 mpg in town and 37 mpg on why The maintenance on this beauty is very simple. If I can do it anyone can! Bluetooth and reverse camera the list goes on and on... You can't go wrong with a Nissan.

- Savanna B

Beautiful car that combines good basics with lots of extra features.

Pros: fast, good looking, reasonably fuel efficient, dependable, comfortable, lots of extras, good balance between features and basics. Beautiful vehicle!! Cons: some problems with trim. A "hitch" in the acceleration. Interior ( leather seats, roof liner, etc.) has not held up as good as the exterior.

- Warren K

Best car I've ever owned period.

Only problem I've had with the car, is the windows power went out. Other than that simple problem, it's one of the best cars I've ever driven and owned. It is very reliable, I've never broke down or had any trouble with other parts. It is very comfortable, the leather interior is extremely nice.

- Anthony C

Good quality auto; has a Bose stereo system.

I have had only one problem, and that was with the alternator. That was in 2017, after having car for 13 yrs. Replaced battery once at the same time. That is the only problem I have ever had. It is a good quality car and very reliable. I like the heated steering wheel, and seats.

- Jean M

Awesome bang for your buck.

This car is fantastic, owned it for 2 years now and put 35k on it. I lowered it and added some power modifications and this thing is quick. Has issues with burning oil so check it every week or so just to be sure. Great looking car and so much power and luxury for the money.

- Charlie E

Love the heated steering wheel and seats in the winter.

Very good quality in performance. Never had any major problems. Only, one minor problem with alternator. All electrical parts are good. All power is good. Only, problem is with top coat on driver's side from years of direct sunlight. The top coat is peeling.

- Melody M

Great mileage, nearly does not have any trouble.

No problems, just tune up and change spark plugs. Great car to have for years. Most people think the maxima is useless but personally I love my car. Most of my family is in the maxima family. Everybody should have a maxima. Buy the car and you will love it.

- Terrence E

I don't think there's anything important to know but I do recommend a Nissan of any kind. They really are good cars.

It runs properly and the seats are quite comfy. There is quite a bit of mileage on it but I feel it'll get me through a few years. It's a nice dark gray color and I have no complaint about it really. It get me from point A to point B in an efficient manner.

- Akeerah T

It takes me to the places I have to commute to everyday.

It very nice and luxurious car on the inside. I love the fact that it has Bose speakers built-in, nice tech and lux features inside. Look decent on the outside too. But my car has a few issues with some electric work and my transmission is really bad now.

- Ryan O

It is a reliable little car and easy on gas.

I love my vehicle. It has had some hiccups but everything so far has been easy fixes. It is a little beat up but it has for the most part been a reliable car. It has enough room for our little family and is not a gas hog. All in all it is a great car.

- Autumn P

The maxima has state of the art Bose sound system.

The steering is tight and gives driver full control on the road. Car runs very quiet and so smooth you barely can feel it is running. Large windshield makes it easy to see from wide ranges. Sunroof is unique and can let just enough air in.

- Dj T

That it's been a very good, dependable car and I like it very much.

I love my vehicle. It has heated seats and steering wheel. It's very roomy inside and has a very large trunk. The only thing I dislike is that I had to replace the transmission after only 60k miles.

- Kim D

Safe and dependable. Very comfortable.

I like that it is reliable, has heated seats, heated steering wheel, automatic side mirrors. I dislike that it has a wide turning radius, and that it has a lot of miles now that it is older.

- Cam A

Valve lifters as to be replaced at too low of mileage. 120000 miles is to low.

It is the most luxurious model in the Nissan lineup. It's a four-door sedan. Power everything. Navigation system, all leather. My dislike is had to get new valve lifters at 120000 miles.

- Charles H

The young Maxima and it's backseat

Has good pick up, Its reliable and I got mine for relatively cheap. It's a great car for a younger individual. It is not great for a family of 4+ the back seat lacks leg room and width.

- Alex B

Highly recommended Nissans.. excellent car

It's a great car...held up nice after 14 years. Not much rust at all. Very fast and reliable. Have not had to put much money into repairs. Very comfortable and sharp looking

- Jennifer N

Does not waste a lot of gas.

It is a great car. I love it have not had any issues with it except wear and tear. . I highly recommended the car and I currently looking into trading for a newer model.

- Iris I

Do not buy this year of the car. Buy 2008 and later.

I think it has good gas mileage. It has a few issues that I believe the company should have recalled instead they force you to pay for pricey repairs of their mistakes.

- Tiffany D

It is beyond comfortable, the seats fit me like a glove.

It's one of the most luxurious vehicles I have ever owned and a reasonable price. Only real downside is it does wear out the struts on the front pretty quickly.

- Dylan H

2004 Nissan Maxima Model SL

My vehicle has been problem free with the only complaint being the poor gas mileage. I have been told that the back seat is very comfortable by passengers

- mark s

Great vehicle to own dependable and reliable.

It is a great vehicle. I have had no problems with it runs smoothly and I plan to upgraded to a newer one in the near future for now it works great.

- Iris A

The car is comfortable and easy to handle.

I like maneuverability and size. I dislike the mileage. I dislike the cost of repairs due to the difficulty of getting to the parts in the vehicle.

- Carol P

Nissan Maxima is the all around perfect car, at least the one I own. Has over 260,000 miles and going strong.

Like the speed, gas mileage, comfort, look, reliability. Dislike The glitch in the radio and that parts are expensive. But the car itself I love.

- mike C

It is incredible ride, generally.

It is a beautiful car with a classic look. It is comfortable for both the driver and passengers. It drives so smoothly and has amazing pick-up.

- Martin P

The car has cool headlights and drives nice.

It rides smooth and has plenty of space. The speaker system is a very good and has nice bass. Finally the motor is powerful to be a v6.

- Amanda Horton H

Transmission went out got to have that replaced not too expensive a lot cheaper than i expected

Have to have transmission replaced it went out about a month ago. Not too expensive. Cheaper than what i thought it was gonna be

- LeaAnn A

Safety, it has a lot of air bags in it and The car has a very comfortable ride.

The car didn't hold up. It preform as I expected. The engine wore out only after a few years. It did however have a smooth ride.

- Anna M

It is a blue Nissan maxima.

I like everything about my car except the gas mileage. If I could get more miles to my gallon I'd be a lot happier with my car.

- Ashlee D

Fast but old. With a lil bit of money but in, will be new

Limited Problems for a 14 year old car. Needs shocks and brakes.had other minor problems like electrical and air sensor.

- Demetrius L

That the car gets me from point a to point b.

Well anyone with a brain would know not to buy a used broken car from nj, but all in all its roomy comforting, and fast.

- Erin C

It is mine! Very comfortable. The third seat is useless though.

It is a second hand vehicle.. It is simple and drives smoothly.. It is a family oriented vehicle. It is not too fancy..

- Mary N

It is my first car, and I still owe it.

I love how it drives. It is very reliable. It is comfortable to drive and be a passenger. And it only has 78,000 miles.

- Diana H

I take great pride in the maintenance, and condition of my vehicle.

It is an excellent vehicle. It is well maintained. It runs very well. I have owed it for 10 years. It is payed off.

- Gregory B

The transmission went out at about 160000 miles. To me that's way to soon. This was common with that year model.

I like that it is roomie for a sedan. Has lots of trunk space. I don't like that It doesn't have satellite radio.

- Kenyance D

Transmission failed too soon

We love our car. Only issue we have had was that we had to change the transmission after 5 years of having it.

- Paola V

Its keyless entry with remote start.

Car is good on gas. Rides smooth on streets or highway. It is a limited addition with many neat features.

- Nicole A

It is my car and it is not for sale.

It is reliable, cute, black, clean, 4WDr, 4 doors, electric windows, sunroof, radio, floor covers, fast.

- Kori H

It is reliable and parts are not expensive.

It is stylish. Very roomy. I like the sun roof. I dislike the console and cigarette lighter location.

- Dawn T

The make and model has transmission issues early on in the life of the car as per internet forums

The car has good performance. The car has adequate gas mileage. The car has transmission issues

- Eugene D

Might cost for maintenance

Style and spacious interior are very nice to have. However gas mileage is not that good

- Hiromi W

It is paid off fully and has low mileage for the year

It is reliable. It is roomy. It has plenty of power. The gas mileage is not very good

- Adam K

it can last many years. it is a very reliable vehicle.

it is a reliable vehicle. it handles very good and also gets good mileage.

- steven W

My car drives good. The drive is smooth on a long road. Keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Drives good. CD player doesn't work. Power steering leaks which sucks.

- Kenia C

The maxima is a spacious family car. Great for traveling comfortably. Has lasted my family 5 years and is very reliable if well maintained.

0 to 60 in 6 seconds. It has great gas mileage and a sleek look

- Madison H

It has lots of legroom for folks.

My Nissan Maxima is very comfortable and it's fun to ride in.

- Chris P

The Nissan is a wonderful car. It is a lot bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.

Very comfortable car. Gets good gas mileage. Love the color.

- sally m

It has a moon roof which I really wanted a sunroof and I really want a key fob

I'm happy with it and would not trade it for anything.

- Krysti O