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2004 Nissan Maxima

2004 Nissan Maxima

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4.1
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My Second Max

by from Waynesville, MO on December 22, 2010

I bought my 95' Maxima with 171,000 miles on it. 5 spd of course. I like the manual shifts because the engines last longer. Now I just bought an 04 with 67,736 miles on it. It has all the creature com...
I bought my 95' Maxima with 171,000 miles on it. 5 spd of course. I like the manual shifts because the engines last longer. Now I just bought an 04 with 67,736 miles on it. It has all the creature comforts and it is also a six spd, the executive edition. The only thing that had to be fixed was the throttle position sensor which the dealer replaced and the battery. I 'm satisfied with the exception of the Skyview Roof. Would have preferred the moonroof. Overall, it is truly the best reliable sports sedan for the money.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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transmission problems

by from texas on November 23, 2013

I bought this case with 42k miles on it, excellent first owner, all service records provided. At around 60k, problems started, it will leak with it rains. Center console and inside door panel will be ...
I bought this case with 42k miles on it, excellent first owner, all service records provided. At around 60k, problems started, it will leak with it rains. Center console and inside door panel will be wet. The sliding sunroof will spontaneously open while driving, embarrassing with company in the car. Anyways that's small problems. At around 85k, the gear started shifting hesitantly from R to D or from P. Very subtle at first, then a few months after notice a huge losses of power and started giving a noticeable pause/lurch when driving and heard changes, you feel it more in lower gear. By this time I took it to the shop, had the engine mounts replaced, $300 after extended warranty. This was a fix for a month, then it started back, this time worse. The car cut off on my at a traffic light, it would cut off after driving it for a few minutes. This was a dangerous situation just trying to get home. Next day, took it to the shop. Thank God for that extended warranty. New transmission cost $5k plus other sensors. ,I paid only th deductible. One year later, exactly one year later, problems again with the acceleration and shifting in low gear. Parked the car immediately and brought to the shop the next day, this time some sensors btw tranny failed + got other little things looked at. This maxed out my extended warranty. So now I'm just sitting on thin ice, waiting to save up some money to get out of this car. And if you're wondering, I did all the recommended service etc err rd and my family only had nissan vehicles.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Maxima Lover

by from Home on the range, KS on January 5, 2010

I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima SL and it has been a great car. I bought it used with 75,000 miles and have had it for 2 years and it now has 89,000 miles and yet to have a single issue with it. It is fun...
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima SL and it has been a great car. I bought it used with 75,000 miles and have had it for 2 years and it now has 89,000 miles and yet to have a single issue with it. It is fun to drive, looks great, and has plenty of room and luxury for the price. The turning radius is too large, but when you get used to it its not a problem. To anyone looking to get an Altima I would much rather pay a little more for the performance luxury and style of the Maxima. The 3.5 liter v6 is awesome and it gets 24 mpg on average witch is amazing for the size of the car with automatic transmission and the 265 horsepower. I test drove about one hundred cars and researched many of them online and this car had everything I wanted and at an affordable price. Just another happy Maxima owner.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Family car AND fun? YES!!!

by from Kansas City, MO on August 12, 2010

This is the 3rd Maxima I've owned and it takes the fun factor to a much higher level than my previous one. The acceleration is strong once you reach the upper rpm's (3800+ thanks to the variable valve...
This is the 3rd Maxima I've owned and it takes the fun factor to a much higher level than my previous one. The acceleration is strong once you reach the upper rpm's (3800+ thanks to the variable valve technology) and handling is great. The ride may be firm for those accustomed to a Lincoln, Cadillac or Lexus but I like it. The interior is amazingly roomy and seats are very comfortable - even at my size (6' 2"/230 lbs). Fuel economy driving about 60% highway has consistently been around 23 mpg. I bought this used with 126k miles on it so did have a couple relatively minor issues to resolve. The only problem I have now is a known issue with the radio where the front left speaker cuts out (only) when playing a cd. Though I've only had it 4 months, it's my second favorite car ever. I would definitely recommend one to someone looking for a sports car but married to someone that wants a family-friendly vehicle. The auto transmission also has the slap-shift feature which allows you to manually select gears making this car even more fun - and safe on icy/slippery roads.
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Unpredictable

by from Virginia on February 27, 2014

I bought my 04 SE with 120k miles on it. Noticed the same trans problems a lot of other people have mentioned. Shifts really hard and jerks between gears during normal highway driving. Kinda scary whe...
I bought my 04 SE with 120k miles on it. Noticed the same trans problems a lot of other people have mentioned. Shifts really hard and jerks between gears during normal highway driving. Kinda scary when you're not expecting it. I haven't had it replaced it yet but it needs it. I'm now at 171k and it hasn't left me stranded yet. I did have the throttle position sensor changed but would definitely look somewhere else next time for a different car. I love the performance aspect and all of the options on this car (especially the heated steering wheel) but the transmission is a large component to have go bad.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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2004 Nissan Maxima SE

by from Mississippi on September 20, 2014

First, we have owned 4 Nissan cars, 3 Nissan trucks, and the trucks were purchased from the family business when "retired." The current 2004 Nissan Maxima we purchased in 2004 with 3 miles on it, stil...
First, we have owned 4 Nissan cars, 3 Nissan trucks, and the trucks were purchased from the family business when "retired." The current 2004 Nissan Maxima we purchased in 2004 with 3 miles on it, still in "plastic." It now has over 250,000 and the major issue was having to replace the control console on the Dual-Control A/C and a sensor/resistor. Cost about $550. Other than this, it has been routine service every 3000 miles. We use quality oil, oil filter each time, have replaced tires @ about 60,000 miles as needed , and a VERY expensive headlight. Fog lights have occasionally stopped working, then start again. Headliner along rear window top area has started to "unglue" but is still repairable with minimum effort & time if I'd just remember to do it when @ home. All of our Nissans have been wonderful vehicles. When the time comes, if we can afford a new Maxima, we will stick with what works. Good mileage and comfortable when traveling. The Bose radio system really can crank out the music, and the XM is used more than any other radio feature. We love our Nissans!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Fun to drive and an eye turner

by from Canada on July 22, 2009

Best car I've owned. I previously owned an Audi 90 (so unreliable) a Camry (so boring) and an Acura TL. I was surprised how the Maxima was superior to the TL in handling, performance and quality finis...
Best car I've owned. I previously owned an Audi 90 (so unreliable) a Camry (so boring) and an Acura TL. I was surprised how the Maxima was superior to the TL in handling, performance and quality finish. I would advise to use premium fuel. Regular lead to a slight ping noise.
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Not Maxima

by from Dalton , Georgia on March 23, 2010

This engine performs great but uses oil. The car handles poorly in rain and on rough roads. Always a new rattle and knock under the hood. The A/C and heater controls have a mind of their own. The Bose...
This engine performs great but uses oil. The car handles poorly in rain and on rough roads. Always a new rattle and knock under the hood. The A/C and heater controls have a mind of their own. The Bose stereo is outstanding and the heated leather sets are very comfortable. This 2004 Maxima doesn't come close to the quality or performance of the the 1999 Maxima I owned for 10 years.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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I love this car

by from Trenton, NJ on February 17, 2013

I have had a Maxima for 7 years now and it still runs GREATTT. I would recommend this car to anyone. From a family person or a teen. GREAT AUTOMOBILE.
I have had a Maxima for 7 years now and it still runs GREATTT. I would recommend this car to anyone. From a family person or a teen. GREAT AUTOMOBILE.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Most powerful and reliable vehicle.

by from Philadelphia, PA on September 29, 2006

All power options! Maximum safety and economy! Redesigned and more upscale than ever before, the 2004 Maxima re-emerges as the car it used to be - one of the best combinations of performance, luxury ...
All power options! Maximum safety and economy! Redesigned and more upscale than ever before, the 2004 Maxima re-emerges as the car it used to be - one of the best combinations of performance, luxury and value in the midsize segment. It arrives with a roomier interior, lots of upscale options and a V-6 that purrs. It bounces back in its original role as Nissan's "premier" car, second only to the Z in name recognition.
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