Nissan Maxima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Maxima owners have reported a total of 6,693 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Maxima. The 2004 Nissan Maxima cars have the most problems reported (1,690 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Maxima

  Common problems of Nissan Maxima

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Nissan Maxima cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (2,203 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (699 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Maxima

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
2,203
  Engine And Engine Cooling
699
  Electrical System
699
  Steering
452
  Air Bag
394
  Service Brakes
326
  Equipment
326
  Suspension
282
  Structure
235
  Tire
223
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
207
  Exterior Lighting
98
  Visibility
91
  Unknown Or Other
88
  Seats
83
  Electronic Stability Control
51
  Other Fuel System
51
  Gasoline Fuel System
44
  Wheel
41
  Seat Belt
38
  Latches/locks/linkage
30
  Traction Control System
9
  Air Brake
8
  Child Seat
6
  Parking Brake
5
  Interior Lighting
3
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Maxima of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Maxima model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Maxima model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Maxima Model Years

Maxima
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 1244,4051    
0.27
  2017 4789,2842    
0.26
  2016 7472,0023    
0.34
  2014 5975,7025    
0.16
  2013 5043,4646    
0.19
  2012 9563,9237    
0.21
  2011 9963,2178    
0.20
  2010 33566,7059    
0.56
  2009 38658,38710    
0.66
  2008 9438,94011    
0.22
  2007 16264,74412    
0.21
  2006 72063,88913    
0.87
  2005 1,12874,64114    
1.08
  2004 1,690120,53515    
0.93
  2003 22661,79316    
0.23
  2002 25185,20117    
0.17
  2001 214100,81318    
0.12
  2000 461173,55319    
0.14

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Maxima is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Maxima
3
  2017 Maxima
11
  2016 Maxima
10
  2014 Maxima
8
  2013 Maxima
6
  2012 Maxima
5
  2011 Maxima
4
  2010 Maxima
13
  2009 Maxima
27
  2008 Maxima
13
  2007 Maxima
6
  2006 Maxima
20
  2005 Maxima
29
  2004 Maxima
116
  2003 Maxima
36
  2002 Maxima
37
  2001 Maxima
12
  2000 Maxima
30
  1999 Maxima
20
  1998 Maxima
17
  1997 Maxima
3
  1996 Maxima
21


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