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:
75,500 miles

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2007 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 122015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles


I took my car in to my mechanic at city auto repair to balance my tires and my mechanic found that underneath my car on my driver's side is rusting out and has a hole in it. There is apparently water coming in the car from somewhere and rusting out the floor pan on the driver's side of the car. I googled this problem and there are many complaints about this problem with Maxima's and Altima's. Nissan just did a recall for this exact problem, but only recalled SUV's. it's a fire hazard because the electrical harness can short out and cause a fire. I would ask that any and all Nissan cars (not just SUV's) be recalled for this problem. I also contacted Nissan about this problem and they refused to take responsibility for this problem and refused to pay for repair of the problem.

- Centreville , VA, USA

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