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!


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,500 miles

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2012 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 232016


  • miles


This is my second Nissan Maxima that has experienced problems with the transmission. Every Maxima I buy every time the car reaches 100,000 and is out of warranty the transmissions goes out. I contacted Nissan to have someone look into this as a problem with their vehicles and they informed me that they hadn't received and complaints about transmissions.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 222014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I purchased my Nissan Maxima band new two years ago. Over the past two years my vehicle received all required maintenance, which was performed at the dealership where I purchased the vehicle. At 67,000 miles the transmission completely failed. I was told by the dealer that 'it just happens sometimes with performance engines'. the transmission is under warranty, but I am now totally disenchanted with the vehicle. I keep vehicles for the lifetime of a car. I still have a 2000 Honda Accord with over 300,000 miles (original transmission and engine). I no longer feel that the replaced transmission on my Maxima is reliable.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

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