2004 Nissan Maxima

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Nissan Maxima. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sporty handling
  • Stability
  • Five-speed-automatic operation
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Road noise

Notable Features of the 2004 Nissan Maxima

  • 265-hp V-6
  • Automatic or manual transmission
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • New Skyview roof

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Super comfortable and reliable car

by Xpelari from Boston,ma on December 16, 2017

I like the heated seats, heated steering wheel, memory seats, automatic mirrors, monitor, leather interior. Lot of space inside, powerful engine, smooth ride. Nice asthetics, holds good looks even 13 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Luxury Prestige and Good Horse Power

by katanga from New york 11434 on December 15, 2017

This vehicle performs extremely well for being 13 years old. It starts as soon as you turn the Key. It is reliable, comfortable and drives very well. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Nissan Maxima currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Nissan Maxima has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Maxima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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