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).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,500 miles

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2009 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the dashboard of the vehicle was very sticky. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000. Updated 02/12/16

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 132014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
My dashboard is all melted from the sun uv rays. It looks awful its all sticky like glue and also causes a glare on the windshield at night and in the day.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 242011


  • 35,000 miles
Dashboard is melting. It is sticky and has a glue like residue on the surface. It causes a severe glare when driving towards the sun. This creates an unsafe driving condition. Additionally, the console trim is disintegrating.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 252013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I bought my Maxima last year and noticed my dash was sticky tried to wipe it off with a wet rag using water and it would not go away it is now spreading to me it looks like the resin in the dash material is melting. I have never seen such a thing it I looks like I have water on my dash. When I am driving into the sun the reflection of the area shines on to my windshield almost blinding me. No other part of the interior looks this way. I am concerned with driving it an do not see this to be something I should be responsible to replace. Like I said I have owned a lot of vehicles and have never seen a dash board look like this.

- Seguin, TX, USA

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