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:
40,689 miles

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2007 Nissan Maxima wheels / hubs problems

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2007 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

May 142013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 124,856 miles


I own a 2007 Nissan Maxima. Coming home from a trip that lasted approximately 60 miles, I turned onto my street after about another mile I went over a bump, and it sounded like I had scrapped the bottom of the vehicle. I continued on. Within the next 500 feet or so the car began to pull extremely hard to the right. Knowing what a tire failure feels like, I immediately pulled over and got out. To my amazement my right rear tire had lost all air within seconds. If I had been traveling on the highway like I previously stated I would have spun out. After changing the tire I examined the flat and observed that the tire had two pieces of tread "torn" out of the tire in two separate locations. The first would be at approximately 2 O'clock and the second at 9 O'clock. Not directly parallel to each other. The tire had not been worn on the inside where the tread failed, so I deemed it not to be a chassis problem with the car. I have photos of the tire and still have it at this moment.

- Russellville, AR, USA

problem #3

Jan 042009


  • 19,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle has Continental conti pro contact tires, size P215-60R16. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate. The contact pulled the vehicle over and noticed that the rear passenger tire had completely blown out. The tire appeared to be shredded. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and a new tire was installed. The manufacturer advised her to send them the faulty tire. The contact believes that the tires should be recalled. The failure mileage was 19,900 and current mileage was 21,000.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #2

Jun 202008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle has Goodyear Eagle rs-a tires, size P245/45R18. While driving at any speed, the steering and the vehicle shook uncontrollably. The dealer balanced the tires, but the problem persisted. Goodyear stated that the tires were considered a ride disturbance. She would have to pay $116 per tire for four $300 tires. The contact was also informed that the tires would be replaced up to 25% tread wear; however, the tread wear is currently at 30%. the contact believes that in June, when the failure first began, her tires could have been at 25% tread wear. The failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 10/14/08 the consumer stated the tires had bad traction and were balanced 5 times. Updated 10/16/08.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008


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

- Tigard, OR, USA

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