Nissan Maxima - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Maxima owners have reported a total of 6,518 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 (1,687 problems).

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

  Common problems of Nissan Maxima

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Nissan Maxima cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (2,177 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (684 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Maxima

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
2,177
  Electrical System
684
  Engine And Engine Cooling
682
  Steering
449
  Air Bag
369
  Service Brakes
310
  Equipment
300
  Suspension
277
  Structure
224
  Tire
223
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
203
  Exterior Lighting
92
  Visibility
90
  Unknown Or Other
88
  Seats
83
  Electronic Stability Control
45
  Other Fuel System
44
  Gasoline Fuel System
43
  Wheel
39
  Seat Belt
35
  Latches/locks/linkage
30
  Traction Control System
9
  Air Brake
8
  Child Seat
6
  Parking Brake
5
  Interior Lighting
3

  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
  2017 1789,2851    
0.19
  2016 5772,0032    
0.40
  2014 4875,7024    
0.16
  2013 4043,4645    
0.18
  2012 8363,9236    
0.22
  2011 8763,2177    
0.20
  2010 32466,7058    
0.61
  2009 36858,3879    
0.70
  2008 9038,94010    
0.23
  2007 15764,74411    
0.22
  2006 71463,88912    
0.93
  2005 1,12074,64113    
1.15
  2004 1,687120,53514    
1.00
  2003 21861,79315    
0.24
  2002 24685,20116    
0.18
  2001 213100,81317    
0.12
  2000 460173,55318    
0.15

  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
1
  2017 Maxima
7
  2016 Maxima
9
  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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