Notes: The 2011 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 2011 Maxima, so far so good!


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,758 miles

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2011 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012016


  • miles


I have a 2011 Maxima, I purchased new on 5/1/2011. I noticed about 7 months ago my dashboard started becoming shiny looking and sticky to the touch. My car isn't a garage kept car, but I've always used a windshield shade to keep the sun & heat off my dash. Apparently, this dosen't help. It's like my dashboard is slowly melting away! it's getting to the point now where it's causing a glare in direct sunlight and making seeing the road harder now.. oh, and I've only used a damp cloth to clean it in the past, no chemicals, etc.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 39,516 miles
The rear glass panel of sunroof "exploded" with chunks of glass coming off the panel and over the next few hours the entire panel exhibited major cracking throughout. Sunroof was closed at the time and outside temperature was about 45 degrees. Wife was slowing on highway to turn into driveway. She stated the nearest vehicle was over 1/4 mile ahead of her so no possibility of rock being thrown from their tires. Sounded like a shotgun blast in the car when it occurred. Since it was the back panel no glass fell into the car that we could see.

- Eagle, ID, USA

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