Notes: The 2008 Maxima continues a very good model year (2007 is also good) with an extremely low complaint rate & no major defects. Beware of Maximas from 2009, & 2004-2006 though.

Nissan Maximas from 2004-2006 have a widespread transmission defect, but judging from our complaint data, Nissan fixed the problem starting with the 2007 model.

The 2009 Maxima has an expensive problem where the steering lock prevents the car from starting, & costs upwards of $1,000 to fix!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,500 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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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 282015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


It started with what the technicians mentioned as a "misfire, " and I kept smelling something burning through the air vents inside the car. After spending $1200 for a complete tune-up with Nissan parts, fixing a motor mount, and a cheap hose that crumbled as they were repairing the car in February 2014 I had to spend another $500 in November to replace the same Nissan spark plugs that burned out after no where near their usage date and replace back coils. I took the car to Nissan to look at the service engine light and ask why one headlight is foggy and the other one is not in which they had no answer so I had to pay $75 for them to clean the foggy light and now it's foggy again so they say $1200 for a new one which is ridiculous to me. The paint is fading and the chrome is completely gone on the roof and this is 2008 model which makes no sense to me. After spending this in 2014, in February 2015 I had to pay Nissan $2000 to replace the catalyst converter, fix an oil leak, tpm sensor for the second time, and for a brake flush and rear brakes. I took the car in to Nissan today and tire pressure light is on spent two hours them for them to tell me it was a small leak in the tire that they patched and something keeping the rim from sealing around the tire completely. Today I get home and the driver seat would not move backwards or forward after my wife leave to go to work the seat starts to work as I am on the highway driving in heavy traffic and it moves forward all the way to the steering wheel causing me to press down further on the gas which was very dangerous and I was able to struggle to pull over in side median in order to maneuver out of the seat and cut the car off. After standing on side the highway, pressing the seat device it finally moved back enough for me to continue driving to work.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When trying to adjust drivers side seat, the seat will not adjust but will eventually adjust after the driver has already started to drive. The seat then adjusts all the way to the front which puts the driver as close as possible to the steering wheel and also puts the drivers feet close to the brake and gas pedal which causes inadvertent pressing of both gas and brake.

- Houston, TX, USA

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