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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,000 miles

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2008 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 272015


  • 113,000 miles


On February 17, 2015, my daughter drove into a 3' ditch with about 4" of standing water with algea standing on top of the water. I had the vehicle inspected by my local mechanic to see if anything was damaged and had the oil levels checked as well and we continued to drive the vehicle for about 2500 miles. In May 2015 I chose to have the car repaired, front bumper etc. After the bodyshop finished with the car the airbag light needed to be reset by Nissan. We continued to drive the car for another 500 miles and the transmission stopped. I was informed by my transmission mechanic that there was a recall on the vehicle with an extended warranty. I had the vehicle transported back to Nissan for repair on July 27, 2015 and 10 -15 days later I was called and asked if the vehicle had been wrecked. Nissan warranty denied the claim based on the opinion the the car was flooded. The transmission oils were checked numerous times with no signs of water damaged. Nissan warranty referred me back to farm bureau to file an insurance claim based on the car was flooded in the accident that happened in February 2015. I had the transmission removed and brians transmission found the belt inside the transmission had broken and come apart. I went back to Nissan and requested that a Nissan representative come and review the transmission in its current state and to reopen the warranty claim. They informed me that they were not changing their minds this was a closed issue. Currently I am uncertain what will be my next move. I requested to speak to Nissan warranty but was informed by Nissan corporation that Nissan warranty does not speak to individuals. Nissan Corp. Did refer me back to the dealership to say that deacon jones Nissan would have to be the one to initiate the request and they informed me this afternoon that they would pay up to $500 for repairs.

- Pikeville, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 082014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while at a complete stop and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the crank and cam sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Kingston Junction, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012


  • 124,000 miles
Transmission jerking

- Savannah, TN, USA

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