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:
67,789 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 242013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


The local dealer repair department eliminated the flashing air bag light on the dashboard with an adjustment to the computer. A few weeks later, the air bag light flashed again. This time, the same dealer replaced the passenger seat belt and the flashing light was extinguished. Again a few weeks later the same event recurred and the same dealer once again extinguished the flashing light and told me that a "glitch" caused the problem. While on a long trip of 2600 miles the air bag light flashed once again. At this time the odometer read 90,000 miles and the dealer told me that the passenger seat control module would need to be replaced at a cost of $1800. Note that of these four visits, the service department personnel did not give me any documentation nor charge me for the visits. I was told that the previous three visits were covered under warranty but the last visit was not under warranty. Higher personnel did not offer any recommendations to resolve this problem. Is this a safety issue" is this the procedure for undertaking this repair? how can I be reassured that this seat control module resolve the problem"

- Granby, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 042013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 49,367 miles
I got into my car and tried to start it and the ignition would not turn. This has happen several times since we purchased the car October 2007. We were told it was a built in safety factor and just turn the steering wheel and it would work. Well I tried to turn the wheel several times and it would not budge. I then tried to get out of my car and couldn't. I also could not open the windows because they are power windows and without the car running you cannot operate them.( you can check the records July 4th was an extremely hot day, in the 80's at that time) I finally I climbed over the gear shift and center console to get to the passenger door which I was able to open. ( I am 75 years old so you can imagine it was not easy, nor would it be for anyone. When my son came home from work he tried and was finally able to turn the steering wheel but said it took everything to turn it, and then he was able to start the car. This is a safety hazard not a safety factor. I will never buy a Nissan again.

- Marlton, NJ, 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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