2nd Generation (1985—1988) Maxima Problems

This generations ranks 7th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (66%), brakes (33%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Won\'t Turn Over 1 complaints at an average of 149,000 miles in the 1986 Nissan Maxima.
  2. Engine Smells Hot Like Its Burning Oil 1 complaints at an average of 158,000 miles in the 1985 Nissan Maxima.
  3. Brake Lights Stay on After Releasing Brake Pedal 1 complaints at an average of 161,000 miles in the 1987 Nissan Maxima.

What Maxima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 1986 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1988 0 1 2 0.0
1987 1 1 3 0.11
1986 1 2 3 0.21
1985 1 2 3 0.2

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