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Brake Disc Rotor Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 47 problems related to brake disc rotor (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Maxima based on all problems reported for the Maxima.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 05/01/2008

With only 30,000 miles on my Maxima I have had to replace 1)motor mount 2)front strut 3)rotors (need to be replaced again) and still the wheel shakes even at low speeds.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 06/04/2007

We own a 2001 Maxima, purchased new, and like lots of other people on this web site, have experienced rotor problems. We have had them resurfaced and replaced at least 4 times since we have owned the car. The car only has 64,000 miles on it, not driven on dirt roads, I do not jam on the brakes, or anything like that, and we have owned other vehicles and never have had this problem with them. We also own a 1999 Chevrolet pickup with more miles on it, and have never had this problem on it. Nissan says, like it tells everyone else, that it is the driver's habits which is untrue, and they just do not want to take the responsibility for this obvious defect. We are tired of having to fix these brakes, and spend unnecessary money every 12,000-15,000 miles. It feels like it is not safe when we are trying to stop the car, as it vibrates in the steering wheel terribly, and feels like you could very easily lose control of the vehicle. Next time we purchase a car, we would probably not consider a Nissan because of this.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. Since the vehicle was purchased, the contact has experienced failures with the radio and headlights, the rotors were replaced three times, the front coil springs were replaced twice, and the battery wiring burned. Currently, the transmission pulls when the vehicle is accelerated. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer to diagnose the transmission failure. The manufacturer stated that no recalls were available for any of the failures. The current mileage was 49,000 and failure mileage was 26,000.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 10/03/2006

Multiple strut failures on a car with only 28k miles. Also brake rotors continue to warp. This is unacceptable for such a new car.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 07/19/2006

: the contact stated, while decelerating or depressing the break pedal, the front wheels and steering wheel vibrated and jerked from left to right. The problem was recurring, but not constant. The vehicle was inspected and serviced on four separate occasions. Each time, the front break rotors were turned, eliminating the vibration for a short period of time. The manufactured determined the rotors overheat at times, warping the rotors, and suggested the vehicle be taken to another service dealer. The manufacturer also confirmed that warranty has expired, so services would be provided at cost.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 06/22/2006

At 13k miles, when traveling over 50 mph and I step on the brake, the steering wheel and front end judders violently. This has caused much concern and worry. However, when I took my car to the dealer I was told that the rotors could be "machined down to a smooth finish at my expense of $120. 00". I asked why it wasn't covered under my warranty and was told, "because it's considered maintenance. " for a new car - 2004, under 30k miles that is bull and Nissan should fix the problem!.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 04/05/2006

Front brakes pulsate violently when braking. Front end shimmies constantly. Original front tires wore out within 10,000 miles. Nissan continues to ignore the design flaws and component failures (rotor failure) in this 2004 Maxima. Owners are getting nothing but the runaround when vehicle safety is a huge issue.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2006

My 2004 Nissan Maxima has been experiencing loud rattling noise when driving and severe shaking of the steering when applying the brakes. In April 2006 I took the car to the dealership. They stated the struts and suspension needed to be placed and insisted I pay for it. The struts had been replaced in the car previously in April of 2005 along with defective rotors. They also suggested the belts be replaced because they were cracking. I have not had the car two years yet, but parts on this vehicle continue to malfunction exhibiting all signs of defective manufacturing. Additionally I replaced two of the originally tires (goodyear rsa 18") at 12k and 20k miles for tears in the sidewalls. I have reviewed the other complaints on file for this vehicle from other owners and unfortunately I share the same problems with my Maxima.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 03/17/2006

Ever since the first day I purchased my 2004 Nissan Maxima, I noticed something rather odd. At 50 mph, even less at most times, there is a terrible shimmy which can cause a serious accident. When I step on the brakes at or above 50 mph, the wheel shakes ferociously out of control, and this can cause a serious serious accident, especially in rain or snow, and even on dry land. I am not the only one. Everyone with a 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima has this problem. This is a lemon.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 02/21/2006

: the contact stated the steering wheel vibrated while the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, which determined the front rotors needed to be turned and the rear passenger side caliper was rusted to the rotor. The front rotors were turned and the rear caliper and rotor was cleaned. There have been no further problems. Updated 4/11/2006 - the consumer indicated that there is still a slight vibration in the steering column.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 02/06/2006

The contact stated the abs had failed multiple times. During the first occurrence the brakes did not function. Upon inspection the dealership determined the right abs sensor had to be replaced. The right sensor was replaced. The second failure occurred after the vehicle had been through the carwash. The brakes required more pressure to function properly. The sensor light stayed on for a couple of days. The problem went away by itself. In October 2005 there was a vibration in the steering wheel. After the dealership inspected the vehicle they replaced the brake rotors. When the problem returned the abs light had come on and went off two days later. The brakes worked when the light came on and failed when the light went off. Upon inspection the dealership determined the left abs sensor had to be replaced. The repairs had not been made.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 05/30/2005

1) normal driving conditions, no extraordinary events 2) 'brake judder' causing uncontrolled movement of steering wheel 3) taken to dealer in February 2005, rotors re-surfaced, problem recurrence after only 7,000 miles (may 30, 2005). Taken to dealer June 09, 2005. Dealer will not replace rotors at menufacturer's cost.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 05/15/2005

Front struts replaced on my brand new 2004 Nissan Maxima after 9 months. I also had to have my rotors turned after 18k miles. I know of others that had/have the same problems.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 05/07/2005

Contact states when the vehicle is in reverse there is a loud squeaking noise when the brake pedal is pushed. Also, there is vibration when the brake pedal is pushed while driving the vehicle. A goodyear service dealer stated the rotors needed to be replaced. The dealer where the vehicle was purchased said there was nothing wrong with the brakes. This has been ongoing since the vehicle was purchased.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 08/30/2004

The steering wheel would pulsate when slowing down on the highway to pay a toll, making the car difficult to steer. I brought the car to a Nissan dealer and was told the rotors were warped. The car has only 30,000 miles and was still under warranty but the dealer refused to cover the obviously defective rotors. Instead they charged me $150 to resurface the two front rotors to fix this problem. I believe this is only a temporary fix, and the rotors will warp again just because they are a defective part, and Nissan doesn't want to take any responsibility for this problem.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 08/25/2004

While driving at highway speed steering wheel shook. Dealership inspected vehicle twice. First time they tightened the suspension system. The second time dealership replaced the front rotors, but the problem recurred. Also, radiator failed.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 08/15/2004

I have a three year lease. Two years into the lease I have had to replace all four tires and now the brakes. The rear brakes froze up. The capliers, rotors, and pabs need to be replaced on the rear and the rotors on the front. I have never had to do this with a car before.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2004

I have experienced repeated problems on at least 6 occasions since I have owned this car with the rotors. Everytime I have this fixed the dealer determined that this was caused by my driving habits which I did not agree with seeing as how I have owned 3 cars prior and have never experienced this problem. I have had to have the catalytic converter replaced, 3 oxygen sensors replaced, and 2 wheel sensors. These occurrences have spanned over 18 months and have cost lots of money! the calipers have locked, and the car caught on fire in the wheel well, also. I have tried to get assistance from the dealer I bought the car from, no assistance from the local Nissan dealer in raleigh, and last, but not least - Nissan themselves - they even lied to me on the phone and told me that it was sent back to the local Nissan dealer, who had the right to cover the costs, but was denying the charge. The local Nissan dealer disputed this and it left me with nothing but frustration and with a lemon of a car! I purchased this car with less than 40000 miles and checked the VIN through carfax. I also checked what consumer reports said about the make and model. From what I have experienced ,and the complaints I have seen on this site, I will never purchase another Nissan again, and feel that the rotors and sensors should be investigated by Nissan.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 04/11/2004

Purchase new car Dec 2003, car vibrated while braking and making a rubbing noise when turning, this was at 11,000 miles, rotors were turned and then problem started again and the rotor were turned a second time. The rotors were turned a third time when the noise returned the fourth visit the rotors were replaced after much protest by the dealership. Now the problem is back again the noise has returned. . Do you have any information regarding a defect with the rotors, struts, or brake pads. . The brake pads were also replaced after I insisted that they were replaced. The dealership continues to say that the rotors get hot and can warp when you hit water on the road, surely the rotors should not have to be replaced after a year of normal wear. I also have a 1997 Toyota 4 runner and a 95 4-runner and have never had to replace the rotors. Please advise.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

Brakes failed to hold and smoke came from rear brakes. At approx 7500 miles, vehicle was taken to dealership to investigate grinding and sqealing brake sounds. The rotors were resurfaced. Cars was taken back on two more occasions to report brake sounds. Dealership could reproduce sounds during test drive and said the brakes were fine. The last incident with the lock up and smoke, vehicle with approx. 44,000 miles was diagnosed as needing brake reline and rear brake cables at a cost of $400 plus. The problem of too much brake pedal was said to be the norm. Brake pedal travel was never this much when vehicle was purchased.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 10/14/2003

Front rotors/pads completely wore out. Consumer replaced them three times in just 40, 000 miles. Rotors resurfaced twice by dealer. Once on 11/19/01 at 16252 miles. Second was on 04/29/02 at 21510 miles. The third was 10/10/03 at 40000 miles. This repair was by a private motor shop.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 10/04/2003

When driving vehicle shook uncontrollably at any speed. There was a severe vibration in the steering wheel, seats, a defect in the rubber molding of the windshield, the brakes squealed, the brake rotors were out of round and a grinding sound when the steering wheel was turned. The tires were rotated a few times, the brakes were lubed and sanded, power steering rack was adjusted, brake rotors were replaced and a brand new set of tires were added.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 08/01/2003

Within 50,000 miles roters have been replaced three times and have been resurfaced once. The first rotor replacement occurred at 15, 000 miles. Symptoms of the problem range from shaking steering wheel, having to pump the brakes to reduce shaking and grinding sounds that occur during breaking. The car is driven on the highway with infrequent city stop and go driving. The dealership has replaced or resurfaced the roters on all four occassions free of charge, but fails to admit that there is any defect and cites possible driving habits as the cause of the problem.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 07/25/2003

Warped rotors resurfaced once 18,000 miles ago because of heavy vibration in steering on braking (close to loss of control of car). Experiencing same problem again and dealer claims it's due to drive habits and refuses to service under extended warranty. The warped rotors causes you to have to pump the brakes to slow the car down which would explain the wear on the brake due to defective rotors. I do mostly highway driving so brakes not used extensively. Need to look at the possibility that some component is causing the rotors to overheat and warp and not a result of heavy braking. Spouse experiencing same problem on 2002 pathfinder with 22,000 miles. Please investigate as I think this is a widespread problem that Nissan is trying to attribute to the consumers' drive habits. Let's not wait for severe injury to occur before taking action.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 07/18/2003

Almost every 10,000 miles there is a problem with the brakes. On 7/18/2003 vehicle was taken to the dealer who resurfaced the rotors on the front and back.