3rd Generation (1989—1994) Maxima Problems

Maxima owners with a 1989—1994 model year have the most problems with the engine (64%), electrical (10%), and the transmission (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Engine Noise 3 complaints at an average of 77,667 miles in the 1992 Nissan Maxima.
  2. Ticking Noise From Engine 2 complaints at an average of 104,000 miles in the 1993 Nissan Maxima.
  3. Stalls at Any Speed 5 complaints at an average of 128,400 miles in the 1993 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 1993 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 8 5 11 1.27
1993 13 6 11 2.8
1992 14 5 12 2.45
1991 6 4 8 1.04
1990 6 4 8 1.18
1989 1 4 7 0.28

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