Notes: The 2007 Nissan Maxima has a significant trend of timing chain problems, which can ruin the engine.

Nissan used an "interference" design where the valves pop out into the path of the cylinder heads. Normally the timing chain keeps the valves opening at all the right times, but when Nissan's timing chain breaks or "jumps time", the cylinder heads smash into open valves & cause thousands of dollars of engine damage in one very quick & surprisingly unimpressive "PPPRRRRING!" sound.

Nissan Maximas from 2004-2006 have a widespread transmission defect, but judging from our complaint data, Nissan managed to fix the transmission problem for the 2007 model. The engine timing chain problems are a serious concern though.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace floor boards (3 reports)
2007 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152017

Maxima SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I understand Morgan and Morgan had a class action suit against Nissan for rotting floor boards. I noticed the problem when I had struts and breaks done to the car. Contacted consumer affairs and am waiting to hear if they are going to attempr rectification of the issue. If not, I am going to have the problem fixed and sue the companyh directly as they new the problem existed prior to this date.

- Louis V., East Boston, US

problem #2

Jan 012016

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This shocked me!! I had been taking my car to a Nissan Dealership for oil changes and basic maintenance. NEVER did they tell me the floorboards were rusted out to the point that the carpet was showing through in one area.!!!! It was not until they said I needed bushings, links and brakes that I brought that to independent mechanic I trust for opinion and job completion. He is the one who told me the news about my floorboards. What the hell!!

so , I got the opinion of a few body shops and they said NO Way would they touch it. They said it was extremely dangerous and one even said he would not allow anyone he knew to drive a car in that condition because he said it is a "unibody" or something like that. My understanding is that it meant it's all one molded piece? and that with those floorboards so rusted out on both sides, if I were hit, the car would not hold up as intended.

This car was always garage kept and washed regularly. I didn't contribute to this problem and I resent the Nissan dealership not telling me I was driving a car that was compromised and would not withstand a crash as well as it should. It's so common, they have a Kit to repair it!! I spent the money and replaced them . Wish I had sold it then because now I have another huge problem. Never again will I buy a Nissan. Never had so many expensive repairs with any car I have ever owned.

- phuston, Naperville, US

problem #1

Jul 032012

Maxima ES 3.5L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Unbelievable that this has occurred after only 6 years of use.

- Richard B., Lakefield, Ontario, Canada

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