Notes: The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a very good reliable vehicle, continuing a stretch of good model years from 2010. 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 2012 Maxima, so far so good!


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,300 miles

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2012 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 22,300 miles


Me and my wife were traveling northbound in our 2012 Nissan Maxima around 30mph on western avenue in Chicago when suddenly a Ford Focus 2007 that ran a stop sign traveling East bound on rosemont avenue T-boned us on driver's side. As our car was moving at a significant speed it stopped after crashing into a fire hydrant which was on the corner of the intersection. My wife was taken to a hospital in an ambulance with arm and back injuries and I also had injuries on my left arm, shoulder and lower back. My main concern is why none of the airbags deployed if the car was traveling at a speed more than 20 mph and hit a solid object(fire hydrant). Both of us were wearing seat belts. The car was declared totaled by both the insurance investigators. I am glad that this did not happened at a high speed otherwise I would resting in peace not be filing this complain. Nissan should be questioned as to what speed the airbags in Maxima deploy and why none of them including curtain and frontal deployed.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

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