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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,200 miles

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2010 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2010 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012016


  • 94,600 miles


Takata recall the hood shakes tremendously when speeds are reached at 70+. the car shakes so bad that it seems as if the hood is going to come through the windshield if you don't decrease your speed. While driving down the highway and increasing speed to 65+ the hood starts to shake, I thought at first maybe that it was the wind but then I soon recognized this couldn't be the case because the sun was out and the wind wasn't blowing.

- Belzoni, MS, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 012011


  • 47,000 miles
This is not a safety complaint. However, I purchased this 2010 Nissan Maxima one year ago. About one month after I purchased it, the paint started chipping off the bumper and now it looks terrible. I paid a lot of money for this vehicle and it was my ideal car and I definitely did not expect to have any issues with it whatsoever, especially one month after my purchase. Now I am having second thoughts about the quality put into the exterior of the Nissan. Love the car itself but very disappointed with the quality. Very disappointed and can't say that I will be purchasing another one. What's sad is that there is no warranty on the exterior when it was only a year and a half old. Definitely not a good look.

- Foley, AL, USA

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