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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,433 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Nissan Maxima steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 182015


  • 184,400 miles


Driving on circle intersection the car shut off unable to turn steering wheel and crashed into a building totaling car.

- Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 052010


  • 140,000 miles
After the car has been driven awhile and warmed up, 30 mins or so. The steering wheel starts to jerk and the car pulls to the left. When this happens the car drives like it's on a flat tire, a kluck kluck kluck sound is coming from the front end, but the tires are not flat. I even replaced the old tires with new ones. The steering becomes very erratic. I've taken it twice to a Nissan dealer and a sears auto center, and was told everything was tight in the front end. No one seems to know what the problem is, because they can't get the car to recreate this condition. What would be the likely cause that would make this happen?

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 202009


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the suspension was making a knocking sound along with a loud noise coming from the steering wheel. The noises are heard each time the steering wheel is turned to the left or right and when driving uphill. The contact also experiences difficulty controlling the steering wheel. The dealer stated that there were no recalls for his vehicle; however, they advised him to call the manufacturer to check if the VIN is included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V146000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower arm). The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,200 miles


This max had the transverse link recall performed in 9/02. At this time, the left axle was not properly placed back in the transmission. We took the car back several times and they kept blowing us off. Finally, my wife was driving the car in the mobile tunnel and the trans went out along with the steering and suspension. Nissan repaired the vehicle but it still drives like a piece of junk. These guys are ridiculous and need to be dealt with seriously. I have since filed suit but would appreciate any help.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #2

Jul 232002


  • miles
While making a left turn on the highway he lost control of the vehicle. Due to the steering going out. Please provide information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Ebington, MA, USA

problem #1

May 082002


  • miles
For unknown reason, the vehicle swerved towards the right side and the vehicle jumped the curb due to the uncontrollable steering. The tires become deflated causing damage to the rims of the front and back tires on the right side of the vehicle.

- Centreville, VA, USA

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