Notes: The 2010 Nissan Maxima is a very good reliable vehicle. Beware of Maximas from 2009, and 2004-2006 though.

The 2009 Maxima has an expensive problem where the steering lock prevents the car from starting, & costs upwards of $1,000 to fix!

Nissan Maximas from 2004-2006 have a widespread transmission defect, but judging from our complaint data, Nissan fixed the transmission problem starting with the 2007 model.

For the 2010 Maxima, so far so good!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,000 miles

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2010 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 272015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Driving vehicle at a speed of 60 mph when a portion of glass from the panoramic roof detached from the roof assembly. Reported the issue to dealership on 2 different occasions about water leakage prior to this happening. Dealer 1 stated they could not recreate issue. Dealer 2 stated that a seal was causing a water leak but a weather seal would not cause a panoramic roof to detach. Nissan still refuses to acknowledge a manufacturer defect even after the roof completely detached from the vehicle and is also unwilling to help their customers. This could have caused serious injury as I was on a major highway. Please make this as a known issue and force Nissan to release a recall or tsb at the minimum. The next person who this happens to may not be so lucky. There are also multiple reports of this same roof glass on this model exploding while driving.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 062015


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Maxima. While driving at approximately 70 mph, the sun roof glass shattered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Holly Sping , NC, USA

problem #1

May 112011


  • 16,000 miles
I was driving and the highway and my sunroof exploded. Nothing hit it nor was it damaged previously.

- Bedford Hills, NY, USA

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