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:
44,533 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 transmission problems

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 142010


  • 49,300 miles


Car after warmed up is getting stuck in first gear, had back to dealer and they could not trigger the problem, hooked up computer and can not get an error code so they called Nissan usa and was advised to replace the computer program that tells the transmission to shift, I had the car back for three days and same problem, brought right back to dealership, they had for another two weeks and I just received a call that they can not duplicate the problem to come pick it up, as soon as I drove out of the dealership the car would not shift into second gear its hung up in first and then my ABS were acting up sounded like they were dragging on the ground brought right back to dealer they have had the car for 27 days and still can't figure out what's wrong.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162009


  • 81,000 miles
Car jerks transmission slips, it happens all the time... except at speeds 55 or higher. Nissan would not fix the car.. I just missed the extended warranty mileage and they will not stand by the product.

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 052007

Maxima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle has an intelligent key. The vehicle was turned off, but it automatically continued running and began to roll. The dealer diagnosed the cause of failure as the transmission. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle could be traded back, but not for the full price. The current mileage is 4,200 and failure mileage was 3,300.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

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