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:
30,900 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.

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 302016


  • 67,000 miles


Check engine indicator light has come on intermittently 3 times in the past two months. Upon getting a diagnostic test at a Nissan dealership, the second time the light came on, I was told they needed the car another day, for a longer time to further investigate the two codes that came up during the test. The check engine light went back out a few days later. Now two months later the light is on again and this time as I was leaving a shopping center parking lot, turning onto a main road the car made a jerking/surge-stop motion as if it did not want to accelerate. It continued to do this same motion any time I slowed down or stopped at a light or slowed down to make a turn during my 2.5-3.0 mile trip to my house. I did not drive the car for the next 24-28 hours. Upon driving the car to the dealership to drop off for service I did not experience the jerking/surge-stop motion. After assessing the vehicle today I was informed that the rear timing chain cover has deteriorated causing problems with oil pressure to the engine, code P0011. There were also two other codes for heating system P1217 and transmission fluid pressure P0868. Total cost of repairs $2984. My car is 5 years old, approximately 67,000 miles on it so it is outside of the warranty. After reading others similar complaints about transmission issues just outside of the warranty period, knowing that previous model years had problems that ended up extended warranty it is very disturbing and disappointing to know that Nissan is not further investigating these issues further. Also, other issues I have had tire pressure indicator light coming on intermittently and car not starting but all dash lights staying on had technical bulletins. The latter should be a quick resolve yet I was charged almost $400 for something not mentioned in the related bulletin. Nissan lacks responsible customer service!!!

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 232015


  • miles
2011 Nissan Maxima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle shuts down while driving. The consumer stated the vehicle jerked three times, before it shut off. The consumer was informed, the air filter had not been changed in a year. The dealer claimed, the consumer refused to have the air filter changed.

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 292014


  • miles
I purchased my 2011 Nissan Maxima brand new in may of 2011. About a year after I purchased my car, the dealership notified me that my engine mount was seriously damaged and needed to be replaced. I contacted my warranty company and found out the particular piece needing to be replaced wasn't covered under my warranty. I was facing a $1000+ repair bill. Needless to say, I have still not been able to repair my engine mount. I am trying to understand how, on a brand new car, can an engine mount be damaged to the point of needing repair and then my warranty not covering that particular piece? also, for the last 6-7 months, the service engine soon light has been coming on and going off. The car wasn't riding or operating any different so I dismissed it. Recently however, at roughly 85K miles, my service engine soon light has been on and will not go off. When I was at a stop light, my car just shut down. I was able to restart it but while I was accelerating, around about 40mph, the car began to jerk as if it was trying to shift but was confused. The gas tank was at about 1/4 of a tank when all of this occurred. My car is only 3 years old and I am having major issues and cannot understand why, when I bought this car brand new and keep up with all of the regular maintenance.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 202014


  • 55,400 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the vehicle stalled as all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,400. Mailed out 01/13/15

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 232014


  • 41,000 miles
Tsb ntb12-071- factory bearing problems 2009 " 2012 Maxima; engine knock from #1 main bearing 2009 " 2012 Maxima (A35) no.1 main bearing knock noise confirmation use the following criteria and symptoms to confirm the knock noise is coming from the no. 1 crankshaft main bearing. Knock noise from no.1 main bearing is confirmed if all of the following symptoms exist: " not heard at cold start. " can be heard at warm idle (not a cold start condition). " heard best from under the engine with the vehicle lifted. " using stethoscope, the knock can be isolated to the lower front of the engine (near the # 1 or # 2 main bearing). " cannot be heard driving at highway speeds. " cannot be heard sitting in the vehicle with the radio on. Planet Nissan -5850 centennial center blcd- las vegas nv 89149- refused to resolved or fix this problems [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Las Vegass, NV, USA

problem #1

Dec 092012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The car has a push button start and could not be turned-off. All emergency procedures in the manual were followed and the car could not be turned-off. The deal actually let the car run until it ran out of gas. There was no evidence there was any issue with the car until I went to turn it off, then the engine would not shut-off. A driver could be in need of gas, or need to stop with children in the car and would be in a situation where the car will not stop running. The doors would not lock with the car running.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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