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:
33,442 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 steering problems

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


While driving the car, high pressure power steering hose burst and lost all power steering fluid causing power steering to fail. Was able to bring car to a stop and had it towed to Nissan dealer where hose was replaced. I have heard of several other Nissan vehicles with this problem but no recall as of yet!

- Highland Village, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Dec 252008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 1,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that her vehicle cannot make a U-turn. The turns are too short for the steering wheel and not sharp enough for the vehicle. The dealer stated that the vehicle was designed in that manner. The contact stated that she will call the manufacturer and file a complaint. The failure mileage was 1,400. Updated 05/26/09 updated 05/28/09.

- Atlanta, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 042008


  • miles
Rattling noise comes from steering column, defective rack and pinion gear assy. Had to be replaced.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

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