What's Wrong with the Nissan Maxima?

Maxima owners have made 1296 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the transmission (50%), followed by the engine (16%) and the electrical (6%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Maxima.

Comparing Maxima Generations

You should avoid the 6th generation (2004–2008) Maxima because of its overall PainRank™ of 36.72. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
8th Gen Maxima 2016–2018
33 4.18
7th Gen Maxima 2009–2015
208 10.15
6th Gen Maxima 2004–2008
867 36.72
5th Gen Maxima 2000–2003
95 5.93
4th Gen Maxima 1995–1999
42 1.65
3rd Gen Maxima 1989–1994
48 1.5
2nd Gen Maxima 1985–1988
3 0.13

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    The Worst Maxima Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2011 (38), 2016 (29), 2008 (26), 2001 (23), 2002 (18), 1992 (14), 1993 (13), 2003 (11), 1995 (10), 1997 (10), 2014 (9), 2012 (9), 2013 (9), 1998 (8), 1994 (8), 1996 (7), 1999 (7), 1990 (6), 1991 (6), 2017 (4), 1985 (1), 1989 (1), 1986 (1), 1987 (1), 2015 (0), 1988 (0), and 2018 (0).