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:
30,500 miles

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2012 Nissan Maxima miscellaneous problems

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2012 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 222016


  • 61,000 miles


The sunroof exploded spontaneously. I was sitting in evening rush hour traffic, at an almost stand still. The inside roof panel/cover was pulled back, but the sunroof itself was not opened. I had turned the A/C on and off a few times because although it wasn't very hot outside (upper 70S), I was making a business call over the car's bluetooth system, and had rolled the windows up in order to hear the call clearly. After the car got cold, I turned the air off. Before I could open the windows, so the car could warm back up inside, there was a large "boom" and subsequently glass from the sunroof began falling down into the center console.

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 232016


  • miles
Tire recall from hankook tire for ventus S1 noble 2, 245/45R18. I have called hankook several times and they will not help. My tires are the ones they are recalling. All I want is the refund they state in the letter they sent to me certified.

- Frisco, TX, USA

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