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:
84,966 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 engine problems

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 302019


  • 70,000 miles


The timing chain tensioners prematurely wear, causing a whining noise as the chain rubs against the tensioner while the vehicle is turned on. This wear eventually grinds through the tensioner resulting in complete engine failure which can lead to a crash or injury. This began to happen for me just outside of the manufacturer warranty, and is a costly repair for a part of the engine that should not have to be maintained within the engines expected lifetime.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Feb 062017


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the service engine soon warning indicator illuminated. The contact restarted the vehicle and drove to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the camshaft position sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred two other times. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 052016


  • 86,162 miles
While waiting for a traffic light to turn green the car stalled. Had to turn the car starter several times before the car would start again. The dealer diagnosed the issue as a failed cam and crank shaft sensor. Prior to this incident the car had trouble starting and would stall when the engine was cold. The dealer diagnosed the issue as the fuel pump not holding its pressure. Cam and crank shaft sensors were replaced as well as the fuel pump.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 082014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 104,386 miles
About 4-5 months ago I noticed an oil spot on my driveway and as the months passed the spots got larger and larger. Now if the car is running my 2008 Maxima leaves a large oil spot wherever I am stopped. It is getting very aggravating because I now can't drive my car any long distances for fear of it running out of oil and causing severe engine damage. Please help!

- San Bernardino , CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302013


  • 103,280 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while that driving approximately 40 mph, a loud ticking noise emitted from the engine. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an unrelated repair when they detected that the timing chain would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 103,280.

- Del City, OK, USA

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