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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,875 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 engine problems

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 302015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Timing chain needed to be replaced. Understand from internet search that there have been many complaints about the Nissan timing chains and their defective design and nature. According to dealer, no recall or service bulletins issued about this defect.

- New Canaan , CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 182009


  • miles
I'm having a high pitch whine coming especially from the passenger side. The pitch gets louder with RPM changes. It's constantly there, as soon as the car is on, whether the car is idling, accelerating or decelerating. This whine comes from the speakers, because when I disconnected the oem bose amplifier, the noise was gone. I believe this is known as the "alternator whine" so I changed a new alternator told by the dealer, and changed to another oem bose amplifier, but the "whine" still remains. The high pitch noise is very annoying and causes migraines.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,624 miles
My new 2007 Nissan Maxima was "bucking" at 40 mph & 60 mph. The service engine soon came on. Later that day, the vehicle stalled out on me 3 times. The next day I was able to drive the vehicle to the dealership. They indicated that it was the cam shaft. The next day I was able to pick up my vehicle. However, I couldn't get it out of the dealership parking lot after stalling 3 times each time I put it into drive. The mechanic was authorized to take my vehicle over night to drive it after being able to test drive it. I was informed the next day that the mechanic couldn't get it out of the dealership parking lot either. They have been in touch with the manufacturer, but they can't seem to locate any error.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

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