4th Generation (1995—1999) Maxima Problems

This generations ranks 15th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (26%), electrical (21%), and the fuel system (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Runs Roughly, Service Engine Light On 2 complaints at an average of 59,500 miles in the 1999 Nissan Maxima.
  2. Check Engine Light Comes On 3 complaints at an average of 94,829 miles in the 1997 Nissan Maxima.
  3. Engine Check Light Came On 2 complaints at an average of 139,500 miles in the 1996 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 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 7 4 45 2.03
1998 8 6 55 1.31
1997 10 6 55 1.53
1996 7 5 55 2.14
1995 10 5 65 1.23

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