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!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,950 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 steering problems

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 192016


  • 132,000 miles


Steering column locking up key fob not being recognized by car. It wont let me start it.

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 092016


  • 42,000 miles
The vehicle would not start and the steering column locked due to a steering lock failure. The vehicle was stationary, and could not be started.

- Garden City, ID, USA

problem #4

Dec 102013


  • miles
The vehicle was in motion. While turning steering wheel slightly left entering into a curve, the 4 tires of the vehicle did not follow the command given by the steering wheel. Please note that the steering wheel turned with great ease. While removing foot from accelerator, the car did not slow. The breaks were not working properly and caused the 2011 Nissan Maxima to collide with a fixed object. This incident did not occur at a speed fast enough to cause the severe injuries that resulted. The driver side airbag knocked me unconscious and I have no recollection from the moment right before "impact" to when the vehicle came to a complete stop. The children in the back seat were seriously injured. The 10 year old was wearing his seatbelt properly. The 3 year old was in a 5 point harness properly restrained. Recently, the office of ken nugent informed me that the back seat came loose during the accident which caused both children's severe injuries. The children in the back seat were not adequately protected by the vehicle due to the back seat unhooking during the accident therefore causing safety restraints to be inadequate and possibly even more harmful. I also want to mention that the left rear passenger airbag did not deploy where the 10 year old was. The vehicle is poorly designed to survive even a minor collision. I have not been able to access the vehicle since the accident and Georgia state patrol tore it up before I could even have it inspected. I do not know where the vehicle is nor am I able to get that information. Georgia state patrol documented that the air bag on the left rear side did deploy but that document is inaccurate because I am a witness. I pray that this information will be used to prevent any and all similar incidents from occurring. I pray that you investigate similar claims and find enough evidence to get these dangerous cars off the road.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152015


  • miles


I have a 2011 Maxima and my family and I keep getting stranded. I unlock the car and then the break is stiff, steering wheel is locked and car won't start. This is the worst feeling when your sitting in a dark parking lot with 2 young kids. This needs to be recalled! I see several other people with the same issue!!

- Ft Myers, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 172013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 34,300 miles
Steering will not start. I have to paying for getting the car towed to the dealership. Luckily, I am under 36,000 miles so covered by warranty but will not cover expense for towing the car. I read this is very common issue with Nissan Maxima and feel that company should own responsibility for it.

- White Plains, NY, USA

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