Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: We don't recommend the 2009 Maxima nearly as highly as the 2007-2008 Maxima, because NHTSA complaints show a pattern of the steering lock module failing.

When the module fails it prevents the car from starting, & Nissan dealers charge over $1,000 (!!) to repair it. Nissan recalled the module on some other 2009 models with the same steering lock problem, but for some reason they left out the 2009 Maxima.

If you're thinking about buying a 2009 Maxima, instead consider a 2007-2008, or 2010 (or newer).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,750 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.

2009 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 242010


  • 7,500 miles


Approaching a parking lot gate slowly with my foot gently on the brake. Engine suddenly surged to full power. I'm a 250 lb. Male and applied brakes with both feet and couldn't stop vehicle. Hit the gate arm causing little damage (inconsequential). Finally stopped and engine returned to idle when I managed to shift to neutral.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

May 212009


  • 12,000 miles
While pulling into a parking space, I experienced an unintentional acceleration of my 2009 Maxima. I hit a light pole damaging the front right side of my car. Several months later I experienced the same type of acceleration, but I reacted in time by using my brakes.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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