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:
44,925 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.

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 092013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


ABS sensor problems. Vehicle will not accelerate.

- Sauk, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 272011


  • 36,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle decreased acceleration to 20 mph without warning and despite that the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the ABS sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and the current mileages were 36,300.

- Jamaica Plains, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 232011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. While the contact was driving, the vehicle failed to accelerate over 30 mph and when the brakes were applied there was excessive vibration. In addition, the ABS and traction control system warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The contact was able to continue driving cautiously to his residence and upon arrival the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the ABS actuator and both rear brake sensors would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and was taken an independent mechanic; however they advised for that type of repair the vehicle be taken back to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they were unable to provide assistance. The failure mileage was 54,000. Updated 01/30/12

- Reading , MA, USA

problem #7

Apr 252011


  • 97 miles


2007 Nissan Maxima. ABS actuates during acceleration and normal braking no lights on constantly.

- St. Albans, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 222011


  • 52,800 miles
After leaving home & driving 1 mile the car would not accelerate to highway speed and had difficulty going over 30 mph. At just over 40 mph the engine was running at over 4,500 RPM. Not wanting to risk driving the car on the highway to the nearest Nissan dealer (20+ mi.), I made an appointment with a shop closer to home. When I drove to the shop it was difficult to maintain any speed over 40 mph and the car slowed to under 25 mph going up an incline. Half way to the shop, approx. 4 miles, several warning lights lit up on the dash. At the shop the mechanic said that the ABS brake system was showing a problem with the right rear sensor, after talking to the Nissan dealer where I bought the car it was decided that the right rear ABS sensor should be replaced. That was done but it did not solve the problem. More phone calls were made and the consensus was that the ABS actuator (control unit) needed to be replaced. The Nissan dealer indicated that ABS brake system problems are common with this vehicle. A failure of such a critical part in the ABS brake system would be very dangerous at highway speeds.. this was an expensive repair and the ABS system control unit is something that should last the life of the vehicle. With a vehicle with just over 50,000 miles, it seems like there is a design or manufacturing problem here.

- Richmond, MN, USA

problem #5

Mar 142011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 26,425 miles
We bought a new 2007 Maxima in 5/07. At 26,425 miles (almost 2 years old), the front rotors needed replaced because they were warped and thin. Now, another 25,804 miles (and almost 2 years after the first replacement) the same problem has occurred. They tried to blame it on hard braking and/or driving steep hills regularly; which is not accurate. Rotors should not fail with low miles. We have a 20 year old car that we replaced the rotors once. I searched the web for similar complaints and found On their web site, there were numerous complaints about the Maxima rotors. I believe that this problem is under reported by consumers and the company. The company should not be getting away with this.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 232011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 54,800 miles


I first took my 07 Maxima in to the dealership Oct 2010 because the car lost engine power when it was cold outside. They had it for about a week and finally decided the car needed a rear wheel sensor and a larger hole ground in the rear "knuckle" to let moisture and salt out. This cost me $807 and they assured me this was not a common problem and the car was fixed. It is now Feb 2011 and the car is back in the shop. The diagnosis is 2 more wheel sensors need replaced and now it also needs a ABS actuator. Total bill $2500. When this problem is occurring the car loses power which is probably not a bad idea cause the brake pedal goes down to the floor while growling and acting like it is sliding on ice. Nissan knows there is a problem with these cars as I know they issued a service bulletin to grind some openings in the plastic cover to let moisture out. They will not issue a recall though. I have seen many of these complaints for 2006 Maximas.

- Milan, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 142004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2007 Nissan Maxima ABS activates with normal braking. There was a service bulletin ntb07-016B for this problem which is clearly a design defect from Nissan. As I was driving and catching speed I noticed my car slipped into a lower gear I would hear ABS engaging and if I stepped on the brake pedal ABS would be activated. Took it to the dealer even though I have no warranty they told me it would cost me $1,200 to replace the bearings and the sensors as they were corroded due to water and dirt trapped where the sensors rest. The service bulletin clearly states that a piece has to be grinded off on knuckle in order to allow proper drainage of water and dirt. This is a safety concern and a very expensive repair to be done coming out of consumers pockets due to the obvious design defect from Nissan. They should be held responsible for this ongoing defect and a recall should be mandated to correct this potential hazard while driving.

- Jackson Heights, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 092010


  • 47,900 miles
I experienced a complete brake failure resulting from failure of the master brake cylinder on my 2007 Nissan Maxima with only 48,000 miles. Fortunately, the failure occurred while backing out of the service bay at kal tire located in ladner bc, Canada. It was necessary to employ the parking brake to stop the vehicle. Because I reside in point roberts wa, I could not take the risk of driving 45 miles to the nearest Nissan dealer located in bellingham wa. Ladner is only 5 or 6 miles from point roberts wa. Had I ran the Maxima down I-5 down to bellingham wa, this complete brake failure would have been lethal when driving at stated expressway speed limits of 70 mph. The failure of a master brake valve at 48,000 miles is unprecedented in my 50 years of driving experience. I have requested the valve be held for analysis and I will be happy to mail it to you for your perusal should you wish to diagnose it. This valve not covered under the 36,000 mile warranty, per the Nissan dealer located in bellingham wa. I conclude this communication by expressing my concerns regarding the relative safety of this master brake cylinder. It is not unreasonable to state lives are at stake in this matter.

- Point Roberts , WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 172010


  • 30,932 miles
Clicking and popping when I make a turn or go over a bump. Brakes squeak sometimes when driving. I took the car to a Nissan dealer and it was driving worst than before. The car started pulling to the right.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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