Notes: We don't recommend the 2009 Maxima nearly as highly as the 2007-2008 Maxima, because NHTSA complaints show a pattern of the steering lock module failing.

When the module fails it prevents the car from starting, & Nissan dealers charge over $1,000 (!!) to repair it. Nissan recalled the module on some other 2009 models with the same steering lock problem, but for some reason they left out the 2009 Maxima.

If you're thinking about buying a 2009 Maxima, instead consider a 2007-2008, or 2010 (or newer).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,958 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.

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2009 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 282014


  • 79,916 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Maxima. While driving 45 mph, the sunroof glass abruptly fractured. The contact sustained scratches to the eyes that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,916.

- High Point , NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 082014


  • miles
I have a 2009 Nissan Maxima S-model and I was driving home and I had my sunroof tilted. The sunroof glass made a loud noise and the glass shattered above my head. I looked for signs of an object hitting the top of my car but none were present. The glass shattered from the inside of the car outwards.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

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