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!


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,158 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.

2010 Nissan Maxima transmission problems

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2010 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 312011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


On 3 occasions, when trying to stop the car from a slow speed, the throttle failed to disconnect. I was able to slow the car down from 25 mph to 3mph, but I could not get it to stop until I put it into neutral. When I did that, the engine raced just like it would if you were on the gas and shifted to neutral. I have had the car for 13 months and this did not happen until2 months ago, and has now happened 3 times. Of course, Nissan can't replicate and says there is nothing wrong. Only happened at slow speed and within 5 minutes of starting the car after sitting for several hours.. weather was above 70 all 3 times.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 032011

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
Purchased a new 2010 Nissan Maxima. This past weekend, 4-3-11 while traveling engine developed a loud sound like metal to metal grinding or loud muffler. Car taken to the dealership to have checked, has been there for 4 days and yesterday we were informed that the transmission needed replaced. Extremely low mileage on this model & no excuse for this transmission to be bad already! it appears there have been other reports of transmissions going bad in the Nissan Maxima, can this be investigated??

- Shirleysburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 072010


  • 2,975 miles
While doing normal driving, on two occasions, one coming down a slight hill and planning to stop at a corner, and once when pulling into my carport, with foot lightly on the brake, I noticed the engine racing at 2000 RPM or so, trying to accelerate. Was able to hold car with footbrake, and, after stopping, problem did not seem to repeat immediately.

- Potomac, MD, USA

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