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:
64,500 miles

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2007 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012015


  • 142,000 miles


Floor pans under both the drivers and front passenger seat are completely rusted out.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 012014


  • miles
2007 Nissan Maxima. Consumer writes in regards to corrosion in the floor boards, on both the driver's and passenger side.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 012011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. While replacing the front driver side tire due to a flat, the road side assistance technician informed the contact that the entire floorboard was corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the floorboard would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000. Updated 01/18/2012 updated 02/03/12

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042009


  • miles
I have had several problems with this car...this being the latest. Since buying this vehicle brand new I have had to have the entire dashboard replaced because it warped, the radio replaced, the chrome rails on top of the car replaced and now I took my vehicle in for service because I was hearing a "chirping" noise. I then got a call back and was told that the compressor had gone bad. But it gets better as right after that I was told that Nissan got a bad batch of compressors and they can't get a new one for me. But it still gets better...I was then told that if I don't replace the compressor (at a cost of over 1K) then it will fail and damage the belts, which will cause the power steering to fail as well as damaging the condenser. So I need a part that Nissan says is defective so they don't have anymore of them and are waiting on a new supplier, but in addition to that if I don't get this part it will cause additional damage to the car.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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