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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,500 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.

2007 Nissan Maxima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 062009


  • 23,000 miles


I have a 2007 Nissan Maxima and my car shot out of a car wash and across 4 lanes of traffic and crashed into federal property. After the car was pushed from the dry option I put my foot on the brake took the car out of neutral, put it into drive and the car took off like a rocket. I had both feet on the brakes and had to use two hands to steer the car away from traffic. I had the choice of a light pole or a fence on federal property. I decided on the fence to be the least damaging. My grandson was in the car and it all happened within two minutes. I made eye contract with drivers to my left and right and honked my horn and everyone around saw I was having a problem and they stopped. I had no brakes and I reported this to Nissan and that was over two months ago and they are looking into this but I have not had a definite answer from them. I told them I need something to be done and that I feel I am driving an unsafe vehicle. They sent a contractor out twice to check it all out. The second time was for a test drive and checking the electrical system. Something failed in this car and I have only this car to drive to work. I do not feel safe, I want a fix. No one has said that it can or should be fixed. The dealership is not helping me at all.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008


  • miles
Front end jiggles or shakes during driving and stopping.

- Tigard, OR, USA

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