With its roomy accommodations, the 2004 Nissan Maxima is a good choice for shoppers seeking a sedan that seats passengers in comfort. The Maxima also offers a bevy of premium amenities and a rewarding V6.
The 2004 Nissan Maxima is a midsize sedan that seats up to five passengers. It’s sold in SE and SL trims, and all models are front-wheel drive.
Nissan has redesigned the Maxima for the 2004 model year. The new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, and it comes with a more potent engine.
The 2004 Nissan Maxima’s sheet metal features clean lines and a contemporary aesthetic. In front, broad headlights curve upward with the slope of the car’s rounded hood. The Maxima’s profile spotlights bold, raised fenders. Its shapely roofline and unique C-pillar design provide a coupe-like appearance.
Base models are equipped with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof (Nissan calls this feature a SkyView roof), chrome-colored exterior accents, UV-reducing solar glass, a dual exhaust with four ports and chrome finishers, front fog lights and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. Optional features include a power sunroof, self-leveling xenon headlights and smaller 17-inch wheels.
Those seated within the 2004 Maxima’s cabin enjoy a reasonably upscale environment and spacious accommodations, and the standard glass roof gives the interior an airy feel. The Maxima’s dash is smooth and sculpted, and it complements the look of the cabin. The center stack is flanked by vertically oriented air vents and features clean, modern design cues. Both rows of seating provide excellent legroom for passengers. The Maxima’s trunk delivers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control with rear ventilation ducts, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat and power windows and door locks. Options include heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and leather upholstery. The Maxima’s available Elite package replaces the rear bench seat with a pair of bucket seats, and this reduces passenger capacity to four.
Maxima drivers are treated to comfortable handling and an engine that provides strong acceleration. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a five-speed automatic. Power is sent to the car’s front wheels.
All Maxima sedans are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that kicks out 265 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Models with a manual transmission are available with a helical limited-slip differential.
With the manual transmission, the 2004 Maxima achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18/27 mpg city/highway. Maximas with an automatic transmission achieve gas mileage of up to 18/26 mpg.
There’s a respectable range of tech features offered with the 2004 Maxima. Base models are equipped with cruise control, a cassette player, a CD player and an eight-speaker sound system.
Optional features include a navigation system, a 7-inch display screen, an eight-speaker Bose stereo and a six-disc CD changer.
By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 7/18/2018)
Warren Clarke is a writer and editor whose work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News and Edmunds.com. He enjoys providing car owners with information that can help enhance and simplify their lives.
"fully loaded, leather interior, power windows, power door locks, BOSE sound system. V6, 3.5 Liter engine, AC, power steering, Heated seats, heated steering wheel also! bought it for $6,800, runs great!" Read Less
by P HOUTS on November 23, 2014
"Seemed like a nice car, always had good luck with Nissans before. 5 speed autos are junk from 04 to 06 which i didn't learn till i got it home from the dealership. Which wont do anything about it. A $1500 dollar roughly fix." Read Less
by RP on October 31, 2014
"Overall the car is in amazing shape, no rust extremely clean interior and very solid vehicle. However, was never told by the dealer that this car had sever transmission problems. Transmission when changing from park to drive does not engage and when it does a very big jolt when the transmission engages. Also when driving, and accelerating, at a certain point the engine RPM's go up to 5000rpm's and eventually transmission engages with a jolt. Transmission needs to be replaced as well as just today found out that the ABS module needs to be replaced. Thinking of selling car as is." Read Less
by K. INGRAM on October 4, 2014
"My college aged son needed a car to get around. Maxima has always been a good car so it seemed like a win win. It has turned into a nightmare. We have spent over $2000 in repairs since we purchased the car a month ago. Tire rods, ball bearing, timing belt, hoses, water pump, window motor, tires. " Read Less
CARFAX Info for 2004 Nissan Maxima
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2004 Nissan Maxima Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2004 Nissan Maxima is $3,495 - $5,995.
The average selling price is $4,392.
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$27,660 - $29,560
This is the price range for the 2004 Nissan Maxima based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$3,495 - $5,995
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