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:
41,000 miles

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2011 Nissan Maxima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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