Nissan’s roots were planted in 1911 by Masujiro Hashimoto and the Kwaishinsha Company. After several mergers, the Nissan Motor Company officially was launched in 1933. The Maxima hit the market in 1976 as an upgraded trim on the Nissan Bluebird. The Maxima became its own model in 1985. The 2004 Maxima had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $27,100 for the SE model and $29,350 for the well-equipped SL.
Engine – The 2004 Nissan Maxima was equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 265 horsepower at 5,800 revolutions per minute, or RPM. The maximum torque was 255 foot-lbs. at 4,400 RPM. The engine had a bore of 3.76 inches and a stroke of 3.20 inches. The engine compression ratio was 10.3:1. The oil pressure rating was 43 pounds per square inch, or PSI, at 2,000 RPM. A five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive was a standard feature; a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive was an option.