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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,800 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2011 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012011


  • 1,800 miles


The contact owns 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the check engine light began to illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle also would not shift out of first gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the transmission code was reset. The failure recurred one day later. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the contact was informed they were receiving various different codes for the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to install a button in the vehicle to help record the proper codes for the failure. The vehicle was with the dealer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 1,800 and the current mileage was 2,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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