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:
75,000 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 steering problems

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 215,000 miles


I was at a Nissan dealership getting a new intelli-key made for the car when the steering wheel lock broke. I found out this would be the third time this locking mechanism has been replaced on this car alone. The technician turned the steering wheel to the right and the lock broke and locked into place. How many times does the same part have to break on a Nissan before you consider it to be a bad part? the steering lock was recalled before it left the factory, replaced 2 times over the next 7 years. The steering lock is not a part that fails because it is repeatedly used or because of too many miles, it is caused by a poor quality part! once again this is the 3rd time this part has been replaced on this vehicle, I have had 18 cars over the last 30 years and I have never had a steering lock fail.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 082010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. While driving in reverse approximately 5 mph, there was a complete loss in the power steering for a period of one minute. The failure occurred during cold weather temperatures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two separate occasions for the similar defect and they were unable to duplicate the problem each time. The manufacturer was not notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 022010


  • 35,000 miles
Hear a clicking noise when making turns. I took it into the dealer and they could not find anything. I was told they tighten the steering. I was close to my factory warranty expiring. It lasted until 3 months later and the clicking is back. I was told I would be charged to look at since it is out of warranty.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008


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

- Tigard, OR, USA

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