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:
49,500 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.

2008 Nissan Maxima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 192015


  • 50,000 miles


At temperatures below 20 F the brake pedal will not depress and the car will not stop. This is a recurring incident. Most recently, pulled away from parking spot (street parking) and drove towards an intersection with a stop sign. Tried to stop, but the brake pedal was stuck (would not depress) and the car rolled past the stop sign until it eventually rolled to a stop on the other side of the road. Honked horn to avoid collision as the street I crossed is a busy two-way road. Kept the car in park for about a minute while pumping the brakes, and they worked again after that. This seems to be a major complaint of 2005 Altima owners as well, please refer to the following webpage:

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 292013


  • 49,000 miles
The front rotors became warped for the 2nd time since I have owned the car. The first time the car had approx 23K miles, was under warranty and the vehicle was repaired at a local Nissan dealership. The car now has 49K miles and once again began vibrating when the brakes were applied. Car was taken to a mechanic, who recommended that both front rotors be replaced. Two sets of rotors in a car with less than 50K miles seems excessive.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

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