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Transmission problem for nissan maxima 04

My nissan maxima 04 jerks when down shifting from 2-1. i was asked to do transmission flush at Nissa dealership , but that didnt work . i am still having the same problem. can someone help me out. my number is 2567971807

Emial ndgn_ekema@yahoo.com

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  • bankse40 Oct 24, 2008

    my nissan maxima 04 jerks when down shifting from 2-1.

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima and it does the same thing from 1-2 or vice versa. I have been advised that the transmission needs to be rebuilt w/ an estimate of $3400. Good luck to you

  • rsy_b123 Nov 14, 2008

    i have the same problem. trans has to be rebuilt - call Aamco - they'll know what they're doing. check out carsurvey.org - you're just one person in hundreds that has the same problem. we need to file a class action lawsuit.

  • l5smith Nov 26, 2008

    My problem is that the engine seems to be missing at low speed, 1000 - 2000 rpms. Does not happen upon normal acceleration.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    I have an 04 Nissan Maxima also and I have the same problem as others. The car jerks when shifting down or from park to drive or vice versa. I've only had the car a little over a year and now is not the time for this type expense.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    took my 2004 nissan maxima to aamco for repair if tranmissiom because it jerks when shifting gears they state car soesn't register codes on the diagnostic test

  • knjmiv Dec 12, 2008

    o4 maxima . warms up and transmission wont come out of 5 gear. Starts hard, then easier. If i let it sit for about 5 minutes starts fine and is back in first.
    Noticed from another blog, that ground wire was totally broke off, pulled the battery box out and changed. didnt fix the problem. any solutions?

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    my nissan maxima 04 jerks when down shifting from 2-1 and and 2-1.

  • mbnvisa Jan 17, 2009

    I am having the same problem with my 2004 Nissan Maxima call nissa corp. to address the situation they told me i had to take care of the proble for myself.

  • absolutmind Feb 22, 2009

    I just bought a 2004 Nissan Maxima and it is wonderful. But in the last week, the transmission has started being stuck in 5th gear. I'll start the car and it will either run properly with no jerking for a couple of minutes, or it will go straight to fifth gear. I can down shift, directly, to what I'm guessing is 2nd, but then up to 5th again with a huge ****. Could this be a computer issue, as when working properly there are absolutely no problems and it runs smoothly?

  • larkinb2968 Mar 14, 2009

    When driving between speeds of 20mph and 40mph, the vehicle will **** while accelerating. It wil **** harder once I hit the breaks and the speed drops below 40mph. Problem happens most once vehice has warmed up.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    i have the same problem and they told me i have to pay 3000 for a replacemt this is ridiculos.

  • Mark N Apr 06, 2009

    I have the same problem but luckily my car was still under warranty so they replced the transmission. I got the car back from the dealership and drove it for no more then 2 miles and it was still jerking when downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear and the same from 1st to 2nd. Also they put two transmission onto my car because the first one failed they said. I think this will be the last time I am buying Nissan or Infiniti.

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    please don't buy this piece of ****, i have the same problem with my car nissan 2004, seems like no one can help us.

  • Chami90655 May 08, 2009

    I have an 02 SE, just turned 102k miles, had to have a transmission rebuild. Cost was $1709. Slipping from 2nd to 3rd. 2 clutch plates were worn completely out. About all the rest were good! Repair cost INCLUDED a new torque converter! Still a bunch of money. Guess I'll have to keep it for another 100k miles....I bet it makes it....
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  • henesen00 May 13, 2009

    Your not alone...hundreds of people are experiencing the same problem. Its clearly a factory defect. My 04 maxima started jerking from 1st to 2nd and after decelerating at 34000 mi. No one seems to have a solution...not even nissan techs. They know its a problem but are doing nothing about it. I bought this car thinking that nissans were great dependable cars. This is my first and last Nissan.

  • certifiedG May 15, 2009

    they say my tranny is cool. But my maxima is still doin the same thing when i put it in drive it holds and then it grab the plate hard. THen when i am going 30 or 20 at a low rpm my motor rev high it is like its miss shifting someone out there had ur maxima 04 been doing this to u let me know what is wrong with it. PLEASE hit me up. lates

  • Taunya Mann Jun 07, 2013

    Our 04 maxima did the same thing, all codes were transmission related had rebuilt transmission put in, the problem only got worse with different transmission issues, then put new valve body in which brought new issues no power car still jerking into gear so the shop put in nissan valve body had all sensors replaced but still not working now shifting hard into reverse and still losing power so after a month this shop still has our car and now saying oil valves to transmission not enough pressure. HELP its driving me nuts. Answers please email me tkm71@rocketmail.com

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I don't know if this is the way to fix this problem, but i found this site in the internet with this information, i hope it can help:
There seem to be some common issues among Nissan Maxima owners who have the 2000-2004 models. These tend to range from intermittent rough idle to reported transmission problems, to a drastic decrease in performance. We are looking in to the real cause of the problems, and offering our advice on what to do, and what NOT to do.
We looked into how to troubleshoot the intermittent rough idle problem in the latest article. It can be attributed to the ignition coils, which have proven to go bad in the first few years of ownership. The next issue we are going after is the supposed transmission problems I have been hearing about. This problem has been described as a hesitation in the shifting from 1st to 2nd, or 2nd to 3rd under half to full throttle. It also causes hard shifting, and the appearance of a "rev limiter" around 4000 rpms. The TSB (technical service bulletin) out for this says that the solenoid control assembly in the transmission is to blame. This assembly is responsible for the correct shift times for the transmission. Sounds like the right answer, right?
Maybe. These control assemblies can go bad, but it is only due to the build up of debris in the transmission system. This debris comes from clutch material and burned transmission fluid. With that much clutch material worn down, you would most likely have some slipping in the transmission occurring. If it is indeed slipping, then I would look at a transmission rebuild or replacement. Simply replacing the control assembly would just delay the inevitable, and cost you 500-750 dollars.
The issue I have described is NOT the transmission. I repeat. NOT the transmission. In my example, I have not described any slipping of the transmission. In a lot of cases, this "transmission" symptom is accompanied by a pinging engine and low performance. This is most likely a fuel related problem. The ping is from a lean fuel mixture (not enough gas). The poor performance could be from the same cause. If the knock sensor or the trans solenoids were bad, you would eventually get an engine trouble code from the ECU/TCU. The first place to check is the fuel filter in the gas tank. There is not an external filter on these cars, and that filter in the tank is SELDOM changed. The new filter should fix the engine ping, the performance issues, and the "transmission" type symptoms. The "rev limiter" feel is from the engine not having enough fuel to continue raising the rpms. The hard shift is from the transmission anticipating the faster shift needed at higher rpms, but the engine is not performing correctly, so the acceleration is not there to complete the smooth shift. All these systems work intricately together. Lower the fuel pressure available to the injectors, and all of the above symptoms can occur.
Be sure to have the codes checked. In a lot of cases I have seen, these issues come and go with no check engine light. That is a good sign it could be the fuel filter. You may also have a dirty throttle body, which I recommend cleaning when you replace the filter.
Good luck, and stay TUNED!
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I made a formal complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs. Also, I made a complaint on www.NHTSA.gov, everyone needs to do this! I was told by a Nissan Consumer Affairs Representative that until there is enough people complaining, they won't file a recall. WE NEED TO DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY! The number for Nissan Consumer Affairs is 800-647-7261. They will treat you like ****, but follow the protocal. If we all act now, they will have to address it!

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  • rsy_b123 Mar 26, 2009

    has a class action lawsuit been filed?

  • rsy_b123 Mar 26, 2009

    we replaced the tranny with a used one for $2500 and then getting rid of the car ASAP! This is BS and someone is going to lose control while driving. I wonder how Nissan will handle that issue......

  • victoria Oct 12, 2010

    how many complaints are enough? i saw the 04 already has 468!!!!!!! i have an 05 and there are only 126 complaints. is that not enough to be a real problem?

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At a minimum, you need a rebuilt & UPDATED valve body. At the most a transmission rebuild with valve body updates. Its all explained right here: http://www.enginegeeks.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3

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A class action lawsuit will be a waste of time. It will only make some law firm wealthy and take years to get through the courts. Nissan is more worried about their image. The solution: send e-mails to John Stossel of Fox Business News describing the issue.

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Guys, Another thing that causes this issue is the MAF meter. Withour tripping any ECU codes, the MAF meter can cause strangly similar issues as the clogged fuel filter that was quoted above. We have seen 3 different maximas with identical problems, and changing the fuel filter and MAF meter did the trick for all of them. Transmission shifts great, and the performance is back in full force. I have yet seen one that actually needed a transmission. The 3 biggest issues I have seen are the ignition coils, fuel filter assembly, and the MAF meter. If you run a K&N filter, and used any of the oil to clean it, the oil can damage the MAF meter, causing this problem too. Matt - Majestic Modifications (quoted above)

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I just brought my 04 Max in for a new valve body. It has been doing the shift shock 2-3, 2-1 routine for 2 years now. The dealer (Windsor Nissan) seems to be very knowledgable about the problem (at this point I'm well informed about the RE5F22A Aisin Warner transmission and am not an "easy customer"). The cost is $1700 out the door. I'll post how it works out

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

  • iflylow9 Oct 12, 2010

    It worked out well, car is still trouble free at 187,000 miles. Other than the transmission valve body work (for $1,700) I've had no problems.

  • KENDRALYNE DAVIS Apr 18, 2013

    MY 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA HESITATES AND THEN JUMPS INTO GEAR WHEN I PUT IT IN DRIVE.

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Call me, i am out of callifornia, sacramento, i can rebuild your transmission for $2500. These are one of the most complicated ones to rebuild. (916)623-5603 (Andrew)Been doing this for over 8 years, working for the same big companies mentioned, except less B.S.now that i work for myself and i do my best to keep up the reputation.When the transmission jerks and has hard shifting, delayed engagement or delayed downshift or eradic shifting, it needs to be overhauled. Dont trust it to anyone that has a good sales pitch and a nice shirt, trust it to someone who loves what they do and doesnt just do it for the buck.

If you need good used OEM replacement parts for any make or model, I have access to the nation's largest used parts inventory (with warranty) and we ship worldwide wide.

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Check engine and trans ecm for codes first

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I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima and I have been advise that the transmission needs to rebuilt $3400

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The car is fast like a race car. Most race cars race 2 or 3 times and are junked. Junk it and get yerself into a good American car.

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It's the trans, get a reman. from Nissan. I have 29 years w/ Nissan reaching the highest level Platinum Master Tech, Winning NisTec competitions, and Shop foreman responsible for diagnosing "problem child" vehicles. Everyone of these Maxima's I've looked at with the symptoms described has burnt fluid and when it down/up-shifts can jar fillings loose, valve body WON'T fix it. Rebuild is a mother, most trans shops that try end up getting a Nissan reman after repeated attempts fail.

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The valve body seems to have worked alright for me, we bought the car a couple weeks ago at EXACTLY kelly blue book price at 141,000 miles with a one year FULL coverage warranty (i live about an hour and a half from the maxima production plant in Smyrna, TN). however, the car is still incorrectly downshifting, specifically when i'm riding my breaks going down a hill. it is convenient and almost seems like the computer is sensing the terrain and shifting the car like you would in a manual transmission (i have an automatic). i'm also witnessing the random rpm flutter when i slow down or let off the gas for an extended period. i love the maxima and the 04, regardless of its problem, still has one of the best v6 engines in the business and drives reminiscent of my old g35 (keyless starter failed at 100,000 miles on the dot, sold it).

i'm still unsure if the transmission is giong to neeed more work, but the valve body sure as hell got rid of the hard shifting, its all smooth as silk now. i just dont like seeing my rpms flutter... (drops down to 500 rpms from ~1500 at cruising speed for only a moment, then back up to actual rpms)

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  • james Fulton Nov 15, 2012

    i am going to get my fuel filter and MAF checked at my own personal mechanic before i activate my warranty again at the dealership to make sure that we can agree that is the problem. if i am going to need a whole new transmission, i will likely be selling the car regretfully.

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SHOPS STOP LYING TO PEOPLE!
Ok, I am about to solve the mistery on the transmission problems with these 2004 and 2005 Nissan Maxima.
I had 2 Maxima's 2004, let's call car A with a bad transmission and good motor, and car B with good transmission and bad motor.
1. I swap engines from car B to car A, after that, car A runned good with not a single issue.
2. Car B was with out and engine and a bad transmission,
3. I found a motor and transmission from a wrecked salvage 2005 Nissan Maxima with only 25,000 miles in it,
4. After the installation of the good engine and transmission on car B, I found a broken solenoid,
lets call the good engine and transmission (SET).
5. Remember car A is fixed, but car B had a bad transmission.
6. After removing the bad transmission from car B, the SET had a broken transmission solenoid called (pressure control valve solenoid) cause by the accident, the transmission valve cover had a small dent, right where the solenoid is, that how it got broke,
7. Since I still had the bad transmission from car B, the solenoid from that transmission were good in shape, so I thought I was lucky enough to swap the solenoid from car B to the SET,
after I did that I was good to go very confident that car B was going to run fine, but it did not.
8. Car B with a 25,000 miles SET end it up doing the exact same problem that it had before with the transmission, it is near impossible that the problem is the wear on the valve body since the SET only has 25,000 miles and I only swap the solenoid. 2 of them to be exact.
8. Now I am in the market to buy just the 2 brand new solenoids and cross my fingers, Nissan for some reason, they dont want to sell the solenoids by them self, you need to get the complete valve body assy. and shops are happy with that idea cause it is more money on the pocket for dealers and shops, so I hope is the solenoids, they are really easy to replace, just by removing the valve body cover and remove 2 bolts, 1 for each solenoid and that's it. I called one guy who owens a shop and I ask him if he sells the solenoids remanufactured and he started yelling cause he is thinking that we are stupids since he had many people asking about these solenoids and he is saying that the problem is the valve body it self, he make me mad because I only asked him for the solenoids not to try to make me buy the new valve body assy. I will follow up after I find the solenoids and replace these on my Maxima just to confirm, any questions e mail me back at aslk1209@hotmail.com thanks

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