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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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
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NA
NA
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Engine Cooling
NA
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Transmission Major
NA
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Transmission Minor
NA
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Drive System
NA
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Fuel System
NA
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Electric System
NA
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Climate System
NA
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Suspension
NA
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Brakes
NA
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Exhaust
NA
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Paint/Trim
NA
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Body Integrity
NA
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Body Hardware
NA
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Power Equipment
NA
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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 2013 Nissan Maxima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Engine STALLS at low speeds when I take my foot off the gas and press down again”

Wm S., TN (2013 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

“At times when starting if I take my foot off the gas and put it back down to resume, the car stalls very bad. I can't make it do this on purpose to demonstrate to the dealer”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“It stumbled a few times on taking off from a dead stop, but has since "cleared itself”

George M., CA (2013 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

“Getting oil change in Peoria, AZ and dealer said the engine mounts were broke. Fixed there---no charge. Provided a rental--no charge”

Anonymous, IL (2013 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

Premature brake wear

“The rotters on the back were under size and all the pads had bad surface ware”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“The front brake rotors had uneven run-out (wear). They required resurfacing”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

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

Alignment

“ABS controller had an internal short resulting in code P1212 for the TCS circuit. Corrective action included replacing the ABS controller; however, still having difficulty with steering and feels like the brakes are "pulling" severely and brakes are”

Gary H., NM (2013 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“The power steering pump failed with in the first 2 months of ownership and took a month to repair - waiting on parts from Japan”

C L., MB (2013 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint looks like it has water spots on it but they don't buff out. It is the strangest thing I have ever seen. I was told it is natural here in NC. Not that my dealership would tell me the truth though”

Carol P., NC (2013 Nissan Maxima SV 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The navigation system suffers from severe design defects listing major streets as UNKNOWN STREET NAME, inability to adjust voice guidance volume using volume controls & being sent in wrong direction (e.g., east instead of west)”

C L., MB (2013 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

“wind and road noise”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Nissan Maxima SV 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.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Car uses "smart key". Accidentally left start button in "on" position. Battery discharged in about 4 hours”

Anonymous, OH (2013 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

Tire pressure monitor

“Monitor has shown low pressure on front passenger tire 6 times. 5th time am told nail shrapnel in tire could not patch. $300 to replace tire. Sixth time just 2 days ago two months after replacing tire again monitor reflects low pressure on same tire”

Lauretta H., GA (2013 Nissan Maxima S 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

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.

Climate System

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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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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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