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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,532 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.

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2008 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 232014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I noticed a small crack on the passenger side dash. The small crack has grown to 4 inches. There is a clear "line" that the crack is following - and it appears to be exactly where the air bag would deploy. The dealership suggested that someone used a knife or scissors on the dash?? no vinyl repair shop will attempt a repair as it is near the airbag. There is one other complaint registered for this same issue. Clearly it is a manufacturer's issue that Nissan will not take care of.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 062014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I started noticing a crack in the dashboard - passenger side front seat in the summer. The crack continues to grow and it looks like the airbag is about to burst out. You can see a definite line where the crack is going to continue to grow. The outline of the airbag is obvious, which I have never seen before. I have asked if my vehicle has a takata airbag, which no one will answer.

- Enoree, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 152014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,127 miles
The floor board on the driver's side is rusted through. This is a safety hazard and I have contacted Nissan to see if they would assist in covering the repairs. I contacted Nissan and I was told by [xxx] that "Nissan could not offer any assistance for the is just too far out of warranty." My vehicle is only six years old and after additional research have found that rusted out floors are quickly becoming a problem for Nissan. My goal here is to make sure others are aware of this problem that Nissan is ignoring. I would like Nissan to repair my vehicle without charge to me. Any assistance or advice you can give me will be appreciated. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle was parked when the contact noticed a large gap between the front hood and front bumper. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the bumper was built to factory standards. They were unable to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Renton, WA, USA

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