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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,832 miles

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2007 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

May 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced for routine maintenance, the mechanic noticed that the front driver and passenger side floorboards were severely corroded and rusted. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 8/22/14

- Evergreen Park , IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 112014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While vehicle was in shop I was alerted to the fact both front boards were rusted through to the ground.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 122014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I took my Nissan in for a routine oil change at pep boys and was immediately notified of rust on the floor boards on both sides of the car. It was brought to my attention that the driver side is becoming a safety issue and can fail at any time due to the severity of the problem. I notified my local Nissan dealership and was given a quote for the repairs. I forwarded said quote to Consumer Affairs at Nissan of North America and was later notified that the manufacture declined any solution to my problem. It has come to my attention that many cars of the same make and model have the same exact issue. It has been reported before both with the NHTSA as well as the BBB. If it is a prevalent problem the manufacturer should take responsibility for the defect and try to repair all issues before people are hurt. The repairs are extensive, labor consuming and expensive.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 232012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that one of the bolts that held the drivers seat corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who decided to put a piece of sheet metal where the rust was located as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls and advised the contact to reach out to NHTSA. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Reading, PA, USA

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