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2004 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (30%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 96 repairs.

2004 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (27%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 52 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2004 Nissan Maxima

Engine not specified

Nissan Maxima in Nigeria
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

76880 mi

$3500
transmision failed, transmission replaced with fairly used. but i was told that my fuel pump needs to be replaced becouse the engine goes off at times and sometime its takes time to start and when it does the transmision stays on fifth shift 

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2004 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

265-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2012
Jun 2012

153000 mi

US $198
noise, or grinding sound. noise when going over bumps and when turning 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

135000 mi

US $640
Alternator and a belt 
Nissan Maxima in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2007

85000 mi

US $145
Replace front grille due to chipping. 
Nissan Maxima in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2015
Aug 2010

69000 mi
Front struts cracked, axle boot leaks, front rotors need resurfacing. Estimate for struts and these repairs is $750. 
Apr 2011

75000 mi

US $500
Replaced struts. Replaced front axle boot due to leakage of right boot, rotors were resurfaced. 
Jun 2012

86000 mi

US $477
Service engine soon sensors needed replacement. 
Aug 2012

88500 mi

US $60
The "O" ring was leaking oil. It was replaced after 2 visits due to the inability to diagnose it immediately. The problem was fixed with the replacement of the "O" ring. 
Jun 2014

107000 mi

US $600
IVT Solenoid - 2 "Check engine light" came on and prompted these changes. 
Jun 2015

111000 mi

US $1300
The car was making a loud noise during driving. Upon inspection at the repair shop, it was found to need, 2 motor mounts,  NS new drive axle. 
Dec 2015

118000 mi

US $900
The air vent motors were replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2010 - May 2011
Mar 2011

180000 mi

US $1000
There was a problem with the variable valve timing sensor and it needed to be replaced. Spark plugs also replaced, oil change. Leaky radiator hose. 

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2004 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

265-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Nissan Maxima in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2014
Apr 2013

152700 mi

US $180
added new front brake pads and rotors 
Jun 2014

171000 mi

US $330
Added front brake pads, were worn Replaced master cylinder soft brake pedal 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2014
Mar 2013

260000 mi

US $812
CV shaft replaced, right side passenger. Battery and brake lights came on. 
Jun 2013

266000 mi

US $1700
ABS control system was replaced. 
Oct 2013

274000 mi
vacuum valve replaced 
Sep 2014

288000 mi
Brake light was on, but no problem was found. Display was faulty. 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2014
Jan 2013

159000 mi

US $1800
Brake light was on shop replaced front & rear brakes and rotors tie-rod ends and ball joints worn out 
Aug 2013

166000 mi

US $350
Strut mount bolt broke causing tire to fall to ground pulling axle out . 
Jan 2014

172000 mi

US $343
Right front wheel would pull sharply to the right intermittently. Replaced ball joint. Oil leak Took car back, still pulling sharply to the right. 
Nissan Maxima in Maryland, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

149500 mi

US $165
Problem: P0300 code-random mis-fire Dealer found no problem with thr car !!! 
Nissan Maxima in Arizona, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2013
Dec 2010

60000 mi

US $6000
Completely replaced transmission due to faulty transmission for this year and model. 
Oct 2013

91000 mi

US $2300
replaced actuator in driver control panel. Front struts 
Nov 2013

91000 mi

US $2100
Motor for front driver window failing Oil leak power steering leak and parts worn 
Nissan Maxima in Washington, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

148000 mi

US $41
Camshaft position sensor error - bank 2. Error code P0345. 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2012
Mar 2008

90000 mi

US $500
Replaced Cam Timing Sensors 
Nissan Maxima in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2008 - May 2013
Jan 2008

22000 mi

US $300
front strut broken, and warranty ended two weeks before. Nissan agreed to reimburse cost. 
May 2008

32000 mi
Rear passenger window came out of rubber track. Had to remove inside panel and trip and put track back in place. Did so with no problems. 
Dec 2008

38000 mi

US $350
Low pressure air conditioning hose needed replacing due to leak in hose. 
Jun 2009

42000 mi

US $640
motor mounts had failed and needed replacing 
Jul 2009

43500 mi

US $650
Dealer replaced both engine mounts 
Aug 2010

66000 mi

US $900
right front strut worn out- replaced both struts 
Nov 2011

76000 mi

US $1300
Timing chain was rubbing on guides. Dealer suggested replacing guides, and at the same time the timing chain. Kept car for 3 days, but gave me a new loaner. Repair successful and completely satisfactory. 
Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

139000 mi

US $2100
Oil leaks all over! And power steering hose busted. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Sep 2014 - Apr 2015
Nov 2014

168000 mi

US $200
Replaced brakes 
Dec 2014

169000 mi

US $35
Needs replacement 
Apr 2015

170000 mi

US $145
Replaced battery 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Apr 2003 - Sep 2010
Dec 2003

579 mi
Left rear door sticking. Adjusted striker plate. 
Aug 2004

8110 mi
1)Center arm rest cover separating; Console lid replaced. 2)Rt. sideview mirror paint peeling; Rt. mirror repainted. 3)Rt. front strut replaced. 4)Recall on skyview roof glass; Skyview roof glass replaced. 5)Rt. sideviw mirror replaced. 
Mar 2005

15915 mi
Replaced both front struts. 
Apr 2006

35280 mi
1)Dust boots on front struts loose. Boots reattached. 2)Recall to replace driver seat lumbar adjustment control switch. 
May 2006

39000 mi
1)Play in left front seat; Seat adjusted. 2)Both front struts replaced. 3)Replaced all 4 tires and had front end alignment. 
May 2007

56000 mi
Replaced belts. 
Mar 2008

74382 mi

US $97
Upper radiator hose leaking; hose replaced. 
Jul 2008

79388 mi

US $2195
Have had a rattling noise since 35,000 miles (Nissan dealers have proved unhelpful). Upon removing the cover to replace the main tensioner, it was determined that an internal gasket had failed thus restricting oil flow. Inner timing cover was replaced. 
Feb 2010

109000 mi

US $1412
Replaced two wheel bearings, one front, one rear, and repaired a minor oil leak. Engine oil cooler cracked and leaking. Replaced. 
Jul 2010

115000 mi
Right front strut making noise. While under warranty both front struts were replaced three times. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2009 - Apr 2015
Mar 2009

81840 mi

C $800
Rear right ABS sensor is a known issue but not covered by warranty or recall. 
Dec 2009

90520 mi

C $200
Wheel Bearings had to be replaced 
Apr 2015

124000 mi

C $500
Ball joints 
Nissan Maxima in Missouri, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2015
Dec 2009

74000 mi
Was told I have wear on one tie-rod end. Am putting off repair for several months as I was told I could. May trade the car instead of repairing it. 
May 2010

77000 mi

US $365
hose coming from A/C compressor replaced due to leaking vacuum. 
May 2012

98000 mi

US $55
Had an oil leak. Repair was to oil cooler..replacing the O ring gasket 
Nov 2012

103500 mi
Inner tie rod end replaced 
Dec 2015

133000 mi
radiator replaced as it was cracked and leaking fluid and engine was overheating 
Nissan Maxima in New Zealand
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

59520 mi
Central locking did not open and close the back doors. Door locks replaced free of charge as there was a known problem with the locks. 
Nissan Maxima in New Brunswick, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jan 2012
Jun 2010

58900 mi

C $300
rear brake pads so worn one rotor needed replacing as well 
Aug 2011

66960 mi

C $500
motor replaced for sunroof. Problem still not solved as sunroof will not close completely. Dealer will work on it next week 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

86000 mi
heat shield was loose and needed to be clamped 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2010 - Sep 2012
Oct 2010

161820 mi

C $275
Replace catalytic converter sensors. 
Mar 2011

169260 mi

C $2200
We had 2 CV axles replaced at a cost of $2200.00 with NAPA parts at the dealer.  
May 2011

172360 mi

C $1400
Replaced timing chain 
Sep 2012

198400 mi

C $1200
Replaced timing chain. 
Nissan Maxima in New South Wales, Australia
Sep 2010 - Apr 2011
Jan 2011

97300 mi

A $300
Power steering hose was leaking fluid. Replaced power steering hose 
Nissan Maxima in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Oct 2011

53320 mi

$125
A rattling noise in the front right shock absorber (Passenger side). It was diagnosed as a worn upper shock support. It was replaced and the problem got fixed. Sometimes when starting the engine, a cloud of blue gray smoke would come out of the exhaust pipe. It was suspected that the valve stem seals were worn and needed replacement. However it was found that the PCV valve was defective. Replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in Queensland, Australia
Apr 2008 - Dec 2012
May 2008

58900 mi

A $300
Central locking system. 
Sep 2011

99200 mi

A $275
Replaced front shock absorbers - wearing badly and in need of replacement 
Dec 2012

117800 mi

A $250
Leaking power steering cable that needed replacement. 
Nissan Maxima in Ohio, United States
May 2009 - Oct 2015
Jun 2009

123000 mi

US $1400
125K service including brakes rt rear wheel bearing 
Apr 2011

140000 mi

US $130
recharged air conditioning. Included dye in coolant to help ID the slow leak. 
Jun 2013

157000 mi

US $135
Replaced motor, window front left door. Window slow & stalled. First try dismantled and lubed window track. Improved, but motor died 3 days later. Time to repair 20 min research, 20 min to lube, 1.5 hr get parts with 20 min install motor. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Dec 2011

115000 mi

US $15
Replaced overhead light switch 
Jun 2012

121000 mi

US $46
Car would not start (would crank) pulled codes, replaced crankshaft position sensor. 

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2004 Nissan Maxima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Nissan Maxima in California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

105000 mi

US $430
Seal on power steering cracked and leaking profusely. Timing chain worn and needed to be replaced. 

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2004 Nissan Maxima Repair Histories

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