Common problems with the Nissan Maxima vary depending on the model year, with the most common complaints involving transmission problems. The 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 year models of the car garnered the most reported issues as of 2015.
Transmission problems are the most common complaint, most often reported with the 2004, 2005 and 2006 models. Many drivers report that the car jerks during shifting, while many others report that the transmission slips or fails completely.
The problems are most likely to occur with automatic transmissions; on average, they occur at around 104,000 miles and have a typical repair cost of about $2,900. On the 2010 model, the most common problem is a defective anti-theft passlock, which often occurs at around 60,000 miles. The typical cost to repair the passlock issue is just over $1,000.
Other widely reported Maxima problems include a defective air conditioner (often the result of a leak in the low pressure AC hose), a failed ignition coil, a peeling glossy clear coat and an engine oil cooler leak resulting from a failed seal.
Nissan Maxima recalls have also involved defective front airbag inflator modules on various models, front strut problems on the 2009 and 2010 models, and defective sunroofs on the 2004 model.