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The Maxima is a quick car, but it doesn't add much over the less costly Nissan Altima overall. While pleasant, it falls short in some ways. Handling is responsive, but at low speeds the steering is overly light. The car is quiet, and the ride is decent. But the new coupelike silhouette has compromised visibility, trunk room and rear-seat comfort.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Nissan Maxima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“tech said rears were leaking.They were replaced”

S F., PA (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Grinding noise, dealer replaced LF wheel bearing under warranty”

John S., KY (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

“Both front wheel bearings replaced within last 6 months”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Pump blockage, pump required replacement”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

“I have replaced multiple actuators required to open and lock doors by remote or push button operation on door handles. I have done this twice on driver's door”

Bryan M., TX (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Light indicates tire pressure but when checked nothing is wrong”

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“The aftermarket security system installed for the initial purchase caused a problem with the sensor for the "trunk open" alarm”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

“Replaced low beams. OEM lamps were very dim. Connectors don't stay on new lamps”

Edward Y., NH (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The sensor that measures air coming into fuel injection system said a fault. IEG sensor or something. They told me I needed a new one. I looked it up on google and it says there was a spray that cleaned most of this up without a needing a new one. I did that and it has been fine sense”

Donald C., FL (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

“MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR FAILED. CAR HAD TO BE TOWED TO DEALER”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“MAF failed and was replaced. Error code was manually cleared and computer was reset, however, the computer kept reading an error at random times and would put the car in limp-home mode. Computer had to be reflashed at dealership”

Pete L., MN (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light came on indicating the computer needed to be reprogrammed. This was not covered under warranty”

Allen H., IL (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C compressor clutch worn out. Replaced it”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the head gasket because it was beginning to leak, fortunately it was still covered undered warranty. Otherwise it would have cost around $2300”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“'Cheap trim pieces in interior and exterior. Headlights are faded”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“Car would not start. Said it needed a new motherboard”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Maxima)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“I think they are worn out, very loud, went to dealer, they say they have never had one wear out, and the said it would be about 700 dollars for each one”

Donald C., IL (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Check engine light came on indicating the timing chain cover needed to be replaced. It took a week and was covered under warranty”

Allen H., IL (2011 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“There has a constant antifreeze smell that comes from the radiator area that the company has never found or repaired! I believe it is a vapor smell coming from the radiator when the car is hot from driving. There is no leaks , the fluid does not go d”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“brake ware on rear brakes only”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“Radio sometimes won't turn on”

Tim W., OH (2011 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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