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:
48,936 miles

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2008 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 262014


  • 49,000 miles


Purchased 2008 Maxima as 2nd owner when car was 6 months old with approx. 20K miles. Recently while having tired changed, noticed extreme rust on underside of the passenger front seat. In researching the internet, this appears to be a common problem with Maximas. This car has been babied since I have owned it, driving minimum miles. What is Nissan doing to address this problem?

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 182011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 48,871 miles
Purchase a 2008 Nissan Maxima with 48871 miles from glendora Toyota in California and full carfax report was not provided to me at time of purchase. Turns out after driving car for the two days I notice car is defective when driven car over 55 mph on freeway the body of car goes to one side while the tires go another way, it feels unstable and dangerous it swirls and suspension feels horrified it doesn't feel safe. After doing research and printing my own carfax report I come to fine out car has been to several big name dealerships here in southern California for inspection and repairs for alignment and chassis repair or lubrication as mention on report. I was not told this a dealer when I had ask car sale man " his words were car is find and no problems". I feel very unsafe driving this car but I have no other means of getting to work.

- Azusa, CA, USA

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