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!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,053 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

Jan 312015


  • 62,053 miles


Intermittent high RPM's with no control of speed. Would happen then not happen for days. Would not go at stop signs/stop lights then surge forward when the transmission (we later learned) finally engaged. On a day it wasn't acting up we took it to where we bought it (dealership) and they immediately notified us that we needed a brand new transmission $5,500. 2,053 miles outside of warranty. We could not believe that when they contacted corporate no consideration for our long-term relationship.never in a million years did we think it was something so serious as a complete transmission failure. This transmission is supposedly the second (improved) transmission type that Nissan has put in the Maxima with the prior generation of transmissions being given a warranty of up to 10 years or 100,000 miles due to all the prior problems that were supposed to have been fixed with this second generation. Now, they won't even honor the transmission issue with a 62,053 mileage. The transmissions aren't fixed! we have 2 small grandchildren we pick up every other week and regularly use the car to pick them up. How scary to have realized we could have been in an accident with the kids in the car because we had no idea that the transmission on a car with only 62,053 miles would be completely shot. Someone please at your organization look into this.

- Upland, CA, USA

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