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!


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,700 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 232012


  • 5,700 miles


Engine started knocking, I took it to the Nissan dealer who pulled the oil pan and found pieces of the main crankshaft bearings in the bottom of the oil pan. The car was still driving ok and the knock could not be heard from inside the car. Nissan replaced the short block engine. Had I not noticed the knock and taken it to the dealer the engine would have eventually seized up and could have caused a dangerous driving situation. I bought the car new and had the first oil change at 3100 miles by a Nissan dealer and the engine failed at approximately 5700 miles after 4 months of use.

- Mcalester, OK, USA

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