2004 Nissan Maxima Overview

Maxima

Looking for a Used Maxima in your area?

CarGurus has 24,394 nationwide Maxima listings starting at $999.

ZIP:
Average user score
4.2 5 stars
Based on 28 reviews

2004 Nissan Maxima Overview

Sharing the same chassis as the Altima, and actually now a bit smaller than its fellow mid-size sedan, the 2004 Nissan Maxima looks to distinguish itself with a sporty makeover and a focus on personal luxury and refinement. It adds three inches to its wheelbase and over an inch in width, for more interior comfort. It also gets a new and highly rated 3.5 V6 that hits 265-hp, 20 more than in the Altima.

The 2004 Maxima comes in the sports-oriented SE and more upscale SL trims. A 6-speed manual is standard on the SE, while a 5-speed auto tran comes with the SL. The automatic is optional for the SE. Both sedans feature the Skyview glass panel that stretches the length of the roof for better visibility for all passengers. It doesn't open like a sunroof, but a traditional sunroof is optional. The 2004 Maxima does not offer a sedan without this panel. Both SE and SL trims come with power seats, cruise control, auto-dimming mirrors, power folding mirrors, a garage opener, ABS brakes, and CD player. Traction and stability control are available options. The SL adds heated leather seats, memory settings, and power passenger seat. Many of the SL features are options for the SE. The SE focuses on performance, with a stiffer suspension and larger 18-inch tires. Xenon headlights and a rear spoiler are options for the SE. Both cars can also be equipped with a DVD system.

The new styling of the 2004 Maxima emphasizes fun, with a sloping coupe-like roofline. The roomy sedan seats five, but there is an option to replace the rear bench with two heated bucket seats and a center console. Since the Altima has the lower price tag, the 2004 Maxima emphasizes its posh interior loaded with convenient and indulgent features. Owners like the extra attention on them and they love the V6 engine. The ride is smooth, even in the SE. Downsides are an extremely wide turning radius and reported problems with the front struts, rotors, traditional sunroof getting stuck, and a tendency for steering wheel shudder at high speeds.

Updated

What's your take on the 2004 Nissan Maxima?

2004 Nissan Maxima Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2004 Nissan Maxima against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2004 Nissan Maxima vs:

    Have you driven a 2004 Nissan Maxima?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2004 Nissan MaximaPeople researching a 2004 Nissan Maxima contacted a dealer about

    Maxima

    Looking for a Used Maxima in your area?

    CarGurus has 24,394 nationwide Maxima listings starting at $999.

    ZIP:
    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Nissan Maxima Questions

    My Gf Just Bought A Maxima And It's Got 200k+ Miles. Last Two Times It's Be...

    It's an automatic and i tried shifting out of D and back but still won't go. After about 5-10min, it'll rev up to 4000rpm on its own and then it'll be fine. Craziest thing I've ever witnessed. Plea...

    5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)
    5

    Hid Xenon Lights

    I have 2004 Nissan Maxima, I ordered these lights for it the other day as I'm wanting to change over to them becuz they ones in the car aren't very bright. Can someone please tell me if this is a ...

    10 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    2004 Nissan Maxima Se

    Snow tires I was told only on the front of the vehicle. Is this correct information. A friend told me this could be dangerous,causing me to fishtail when turning on sket surfaces.

    8 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    2004 Nissan Maxima Engine Smoke

    My engine is smoking and knocking

    7 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    Abs Light On 2004 Nissan Maxima

    My abs, brake, vdc light is on. Changed wheel speed sensor and light still on

    1,058 views with 8 answers (last answer about a month ago)