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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,721 miles

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2008 Nissan Maxima miscellaneous problems

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

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

Oct 182016


  • miles
Driver and passenger floor rusted big whole on both side. Just look under the car this week when I took it to the mechanic

- Keasbey, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 172015


  • miles
Rusting in their cars¿ floorboards. Rusting large enough to see through the car floor.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

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