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CarComplaints.com 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!

7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$750
Average Mileage:
93,250 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replace floor boards (1 reports)
2008 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 172015

Maxima SE 3.5L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Both floor boards rusted through on a car with less than 75,000 miles and 7 yrs old. This is not common for cars in my area.

- bradvk, Clive, IA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012015

Maxima LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

MY MECHANIC WAS DOING A BRAKE JOB ON MY CAR SO MY CAR WAS JACKED UP WHEN HE WENT UNDER MY CAR HE NOTICED BOTH FLOOR BOARDS ARE ROTTED AWAY. HOW CAN A CAR 8 YRS OLD HAVE FLOOR BOARDS TOTALLY ROTTED AWAY. THE 2008 ALTIMA'S HAD A RECALL FOR THIS FOR 2008 MODELS SO I GUESS SOME OF THE MAXIMA'S THAT YEAR WERE PUT TOGETHER WITH THE SAME CRAPPY METAL. YOU PAY TOO MUCH FOR THESE NISSAN'S FOR THE FLOOR TO BE ROTTING AWAY.

- Angela L., Matawan, NJ, US

problem #4

Oct 092015

Maxima SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I saw a news segment where 2008 Nissan Altima's where having rotted driver side floor boards so I decided to check my 2008 Maxima.

Sure enough the floor boards are rotted. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and before that brought it to the dealer which said car was out of warranty. Consumer affairs assigned a case and eventually contacted me and said Nissan would NOT fix the problem.

Why is this happening to an 8 year old car?

- Donald R., Ossining, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 022013

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Both sides of my floor boards are rusted. I'm gonna be riding Fred Flintstone style soon. I've heard of many others with the same problem

- Michael G., Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014

Maxima SL 3.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 87,400 miles

Floor boards rotted through all the way to the carpet. I live in a snow state where roads are salted, but I often get underbody flushes. The car was only 6 years old when I noticed the problem. I have never had a 6 year old car rust so fast....I have never had any car to rust this bad.

- Rod F., Milwaukee, WI, USA

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problem #1

Dec 092013

Maxima

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

This was my first and last Nissan. 5-years old and rotted floor boards? I am the original owner of the vehicle and it has been well taken care of. Very disappointed to learn from my mechanic that this has happened. I have the extended warranty to 100,000 miles but it only covers mechanical. A 5-year old car should not rot out!

- George A., Manchester Center, VT, USA

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