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:
27,500 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 202008


  • miles


I was backing the car out of my driveway when the car stopped moving in reverse and moved forward. After stopping the car I attempted to back it again with the same results only the car moved forward enough to hit my fence causing minor damage to the driver side bumper. I called my dealership and the sent a tow truck and towed the car to the dealership. When I arrived at the dealership I was told that the car would probably need a new transmission. After a few days the service department call and said the car did in fact need a new transmission. This is a new car about four months old with maybe 5,000 miles on it.

- Henryille, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008


  • 55,000 miles
When I shift the gears from drive to reverse and vice versa - I can hear the cliking as it shift S and jerks as it does it.

- River Grove, IL, USA

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