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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,400 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.

2011 Nissan Maxima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012016


  • 126,000 miles


Starter motor failure. Intermittent on and off. Failing starter produces noise when stationary and in motion. Check engine light is intermittent. Diagnosed and confirmed failure in starter.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Dec 182015


  • miles
My door won't look. I have replaced one actuator on the door already. Now I have another 2 of them that are not working. Why do these keep breaking.

- Des Allemands, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Car periodically goes completely dead even when it is turned off and in park position. Key light keeps on blinking and eventually nothing works. I have to get another car to recharge the battery for at least 3 min. This is the 3rd occurrence and second battery. Brought the car brand new.

- Murfreesboro , TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 012013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side brake light failed several times. The dealer replaced the brake light bulb however the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 75,567.

- Enfield, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 062012


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the key locking security feature failed to operate because the ignition key was left inside of the vehicle. An independent mechanic was able to unlock the door for entrance. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

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