Electrical System Problems of Nissan Maxima
Nissan Maxima owners have reported 72 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle involved was a 2012 Nissan Maxima. I was driving south of the NJ turnpike I heard a loud boom sound and vibrations on the excelerator I looked in the rearview mirror and saw debree and a cloud of smoke. Smells of something burning also there was a tremendous amount of smoke coming from underneath the hood of my car. I immediately started pulling over from the middle lane as I'm pulling over almost causing a major accident the car went dead everything just blew out coast off to the shoulder almost killing myself and others. I immediately rushed out of the car and started running on the shoulder because I thought my car was going to blow up. I called roadside assistance and they called puleios tow truck of north brunswick NJ which was a horrible experience they towed me off the turnpike I had to pay $150 out of pocket for third party towing that I had no knowledge of no control of and no money! Nissan roadside supervisor octavia told me "that's your bill to pay and soon as you pay we will dispatch our tow tuck to take you to Nissan dealership. Where I had the car serviced. " after the money was paid I still had to wait another 2 1/2hr. After being stranded from quarter to 9am. Just heartless for a customer who was almost killed on the NJ turnpike all from there manufacturer defect in the battery which exploded and blew two big holes in the engine. Diagnostic done by north plainfield NJ. . . My engine is completely blown and the car is only 14 months old. Now how do you explain that!. It was Monday, October 21, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#2 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1N4AA5AP2A_. My car won't start because the steering control lock will not disengage thus making the car inoperable. Even with a new key fob, the car does not recognize this and will not change from "lock" mode to "acc" or "on" position. Basically, my car thinks I'm a thief. I have researched this and numerous people have had this issue with 2009 and 2010 Nissans that have a push start with this steering control lock. I called Nissan to discuss the issue and see if they would extend my warranty but they declined and forced me to make a claim after getting the car towed and serviced which could be anywhere from $700-1000. I am very skeptical about getting any money back from them and am interested in taking legal action should they not take care of this matter as it is a manufacturer malfunction and has nothing to do with wear and tear of vehicle. Which, btw, the vehicle is in great shape and has had regular maintenance checks so makes this even more frustrating. This problem occurred on Sep. 22, 2013.
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#3 - Electrical System problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima
The VIN of this vehicle is JN1CA21D3W_. The vehicle is a 1998 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that he attempted to activate the air conditioner but it would not start. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they stated that the a/c control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 185,000. It was 03/13/13 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#4 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The car is a 2004 Nissan Maxima. I was driving to work July 3rd, 2013 around 7:00am. I smelled smoke in my car so I pulled over, opened my hood and I didn't see anything. I got back in my car and continued to drive to work. I smelled smoke again, only this time to realize that my bottom was getting hot. I looked down to the right to see if my seat warmer was on and it wasn't. Then my seat began to move forward & backward by itself about 3 times. I turned back around to the front and there was a cloud of smoke in my face & flames at my feet. I quickly grabbed my phone and my ipad, released my seat belt, pulled up my emergency brake, opened the door and jumped out of my car falling onto the ground, jump up, and called 911. While waiting on the fire department & the police I stood there crying hysterically, terrified and watched my car go up in flames. This electrical system problem happened on Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013.
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#5 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle was a 2005 Nissan Maxima. While driving the car in town the car started jerking erratically, launching forward, hard jerks, car shaking like crazy, smell burning smell in the car, I almost hit other cars due to my car jerking forward. I was frightened. . . The car is very unsafe to drive to say the very least. It doesn't matter what speed you are driving, it jerks and launches forward at will. My children could have got seriously hurt riding in this car. I paid close to $800 toget this car fixed in may of 2013, only to have it all happen all over again as the Nissan corporation knew of defective transmissions in the Nissan maxiamas. Yet, they continue to sell these "death traps", to citizens. . This is an atrocity, whatthe Nissan corporation has to done it's consumers. This electrical system problem happened on 04/08/13.
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#6 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1N4BA41E48_. I got into my car and tried to start it and the ignition would not turn. This has happen severl times since we purchased the car October 2007. We were told it was a built in safety factor and just turn the steering wheel and it would work. Well I tried to turn the wheel several times and it would not budge. I then tried to get out of my car and couldn't. I also could not open the windows because they are power windows and without the car running you cannot operate them. ( you can check the records July 4 th was an extremely hot day, in the 80's at that time) I finally I climbed over the gear shift and center console to get to the passenger door which I was able to open. ( I am 75 years old so you can imagine it was not easy, nor would it be for anyone. When my son came home from work he tried and was finally able to turn the steering wheel but said it took everything to turn it, and then he was able to start the car. This is a safety hazard not a safety factor. I will never buy a Nissan again. It was Thursday, July 4, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#7 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle is a 2004 Nissan Maxima. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1N4BA41E34_. Fire in drivers side dashboard. . . Updated 07-05-13. The failure date was May 22, 2013.
#8 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle was a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The VIN of the problem Maxima is 1N4BA41E24_. Cd player does not connect to speakers. Sound muffled. This issue happened on Fri., Mar. 15, 2013.
#9 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The car was a 2004 Nissan Maxima. VIN of the vehicle was 1N4BA41E14_. Anti-lock brakes engage almost every time brake is applied. TSB says rust has to be cleaned out of the right rear wheel hub and a drain hole has to be added, right rear abs($250 +) sensor has to be replaced, with possible replacement of abs actuator($1000 +) required. This electrical system issue occurred 04/14/13.
#10 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima
The car is a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The VIN of the car is 1N4AA51E19_. The steering lock module stopped working. I was unable to start the car, the steering wheel and brakes were locked. The keyfob battery was fine, as was the car battery. I hear that this is a known issue with 2009 Nissans. I just bought the car 7 weeks ago. Had to have it towed to a dealer. They diagnosed the problem. Have to wait 3 days for the part. Total cost - approx $900. This problem occurred on Sat., Mar. 9, 2013.
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#11 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima. Check engine light came on and within a few days problem began. When driving down an incline and turning one way or the other the car will die, steering will lock up and there is no way to steer. Unable to restart engine until you come to a complete stop, put in park then it takes multiple attempts to restart. You also cannot even steer over to the side of the road to get out of traffic. This almost caused me to have an accident on two different occasions. I found out that Nissan has a recall on altimas with this same issue, but will not cover and recall my vehicle. This is very dangerous and I do not understand why they would only recall certain makes when it is the same exact error code on both vehicles. It is a p3040 cam sensor/cam shaft recall through Nissan. However, they say my make and model does not fall under this recall. Shouldn't they recall all vehicles with this same problem? thank you for your help in this safety issue. This problem occurred on February 1, 2013.
#12 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle involved was a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The VIN of this Maxima is 1N4AA51E29_. Steering/brake lock failed to disengage with attempted engine start up. Key indicator light and security lights flashing on dash. Steering lock required replacement after car was towed to nearest Nissan dealership. This repair was not covered under warranty which had expired 7 month earlier. On line research would suggest this is a fairly common occurrence; a Nissan service bulletin has apparently be published for this issue as it was referenced by the service department providing the repair. This electrical system issue occurred Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
#13 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima
The car involved was a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The VIN of the car is 1N4AA51E29_. Steering wheel lock/ignition part failed just out of warranty. Part# 48700-9n00b. This problem occurred on Dec. 11, 2012.
#14 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The car is a 2004 Nissan Maxima. We have been having problems with our transmission for a few months now, we took it to the dealership (cerritos Nissan) and they say the problem is that we need a new transmission. This will be our third tranny and the car only has 120,000+ miles on it. Our first transmission lasted 5yrs. Before having to be replaced and now this one has lasted 3yrs. The transmission now is stuck in 5th gear when you switch to the tip tronic setting to see the gearing and this is the reason there is no power during acceleration. We also need motor mounts now because of the violent jerking that the tranny does when put into gear. And the dealership also said we needed a timing chain replacement because it was bad as well, total repair cost $6700. 00+. I've recently taken my car to another mechanic and he said the timing chain was perfectly fine. Our driver side window switches do not work again, that was replaced 1yr ago. And we are now on our third set of front struts. It was 07/10/2009 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#15 - Electrical System problem of the 1987 Nissan Maxima
1987 Nissan Maxima. The consumer writes in regard to vehicle fire under the hood. The consumer stated while driving, one of the passengers started to smell burning wire. Soon after his wife noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The consumer managed to get to a safe spot and was able to put the fire out. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where the he was informed the injectors did not want to shut down. The consumer was also informed a recall had been issued for an injector problem and the recall had never been performed. This issue happened on Nov. 1, 2012.
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#16 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
The car involved was a 2005 Nissan Maxima. Car revs up on its own, also slips when accelerating I parked the car and gear would slam when shift from park to drive,reverse and whenever shifted told it is due to a bad body valve which is a very common problem for the 2004 thru 2006 Nissan Maxima and other Nissan models. This issue happened on Jul. 7, 2012.
#17 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Nissan Maxima
The car involved is a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The VIN of the car is 1N4BA41E68_. When trying to adjust drivers side seat, the seat will not adjust but will eventually adjust after the driver has already started to drive. The seat then adjusts all the way to the front which puts the driver as close as possible to the steering wheel and also puts the drivers feet close to the brake and gas pedal which causes inadvertent pressing of both gas and brake. This electrical system problem happened on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
#18 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima
I purchased a 2006 Nissan Maxima in February 2011. . When I purchased the car it appeared to be in good running condition. . There were a few visible problems such as the headlights,running light,power seats, or windows weren't working properly. . That problem was fixed and the owner agreed to fix the brakes and the remainder of the problems however almost a year later my anti brake light is still on & the dealership have not made any attempt to fix my car. 4months after having the car the speedometer stopped working and the odometer,the gas gauge goes back & forth,the service engine light remains on and the car jerks while driving and sometimes when shifting the car out of drive into reverse it jerks hard. I have quite a few friends who have Maxima's also and have the same problem with their cars. . It's obvious it's a defect with the transmissions,speed gauge & so many other defects with these cars. Somewhere there has to be someone who can help myself as well as others who are experiencing these problems. I have read far too many complaints about these particular cars. The cost to repair these cars are expensive & not to mention the cost to have your transmission replaced & on top of all that you are still responsible for paying your car note. Hopefully soon there will be a solution to this problem. Thanks in advance!!!. It was June 23, 2011 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#19 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima and I read so many complaint about this vehicle especially the transmission I am having and there hasn't been a recall I have had problem with this vehicle such as axle radiator navigation don't work went out electrical problems car is pulling because of transmission. It was Thu., Dec. 4, 2008 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#20 - Electrical System problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima
The car involved was a 2000 Nissan Maxima. The car started accelerating and then died while driving down the road. Had to exit off the road fast as the car coasted down to prevent other cars from hitting the car. In danger of other cars running over car while our car malfunction. Took car to shop and was told a 2 dollar o-ring on the auto control valve had allowed air leakage and this in turned caused failure of the ecm electron control module. Both auto control valve and ecm needs replacing where the car can be safely driven. The fact of this failure did not bring in the engine service light till after the event and fact it will cost over $2000 dollars to repair a car that is not work much more $3000 are just facts. Nissan needs to at least send out to their customers that owns of this model and make could have this condition than can happen and exist and cause erratic behavior of the car if not check by Nissan. A $2 dollar part causing a $2000 dollar repair. This electrical system issue occurred Feb. 18, 2012.
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#21 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle was a 2006 Nissan Maxima. Vehicle started showing warning lights and responding sporadically, working smoothly then failing in various manners including: failing to accelerate after stopped at traffic light, lost power when exiting highway, lurched while driving on interstate, lights failed then turned back on, flashing failure lights, loss of fuel errors, others. Investigation revealed that a faulty design in the car computer housing and location made it possible for dimes to fall from the dash into an opening, which appeared to be a test port, in the computer causing shorts resulting in the sporadic behavior and ultimate complete failure of the unit. The mechanic was able to find technical publications that documented this known defect and the associated dangerous implications. The failure date was Monday, March 15, 2010.
#22 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
I am a Nissan Maxima lover!! I have had a 95 max, a 00 max, and now a 04 max. I had no major problems what so ever with my Maximas except for this 04. This car is literally driving me crazy! first the car started jerking. Then my windows started sticking my driver and passenger window will go down then sometimes not come back up. Then later it started making this embarrassing rattling noise. Everytime I got an oil change it would stop for a while. I needed a dependable car which is why I got another Nissan but about two weeks ago I was grocery shopping with my kids and as I turned on the highway headed home the whole car shut down in the middle of traffic. How dangerous is that. I managed to coast to a gas station and had to call aaa to tow it home now I am stuck with a car that I cannot drive and have to continue to make car payments on. Ive been told it was a mixture of my transmission and timing chain. There have been several reports on this site with transmission and timing chain problems. Unless Nissan does something about this my next car will be a Ford fusion! love my Maxima but cannot endanger my kids with an undependable vehicle. With all that business Nissan gets what harm will it cause for you to help your customers fix cars that you caused the problem to with this faulty engine and transmission problems. It would keep customers like me coming back to Nissans. I do like the new models but I dont want to go through this problem with a newer car. Nissan what are you going to do?????. It was Feb. 26, 2010 when this electrical system issue happened.
#23 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1N4BA41E14_. Tl- the vehicle involved is a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the abs sensor and warning light would activate, causing the vehicle to catch on fire. There were no injuries. The fire department filed a report. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repair to the failure. The dealer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 97,000. Nw. This problem occurred on Monday, January 3, 2011.
#24 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1N4AA5AP3A_. The vehicle is a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The contact attempted to lock her vehicle with the keyless alarm system but was unable to do so. She entered the vehicle and then attempted to start the vehicle but there was no power. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but they were unable to duplicate the failure. Approximately one day later, the alarm suddenly sounded without warning. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer took a complaint for the contact and advised her that they were unaware of the issue. The current and failure mileages were approximately 9,800. Updated 3/21/11 updated 04/25/11. This issue happened on Feb. 13, 2011.
#25 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima
I purchase my 2004 Nissan Maxima in July 2003. Since I have had the car I've had nothing but major problems. I perform the required maintenance on the car and still have numerous problems. I have had to replace things that should have lasted on the car the cd player has been replace and when out again twice. Tensor assembly and timing belt also 1500. And now I have the replace my transmission another 3100. 00. This is ridiculous for a car that has a luxury price tag. Nissan has not be helpful at all and do not try to answer of help in any way. Nissan needs to recall all 2004 models. This electrical system problem happened on June 4, 2009.
#26 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Nissan Maxima
The car involved was a 2007 Nissan Maxima. I purchased a new 2007 Nissan quest and had the remote start option installed, which was an audiovox as-9076 when inspecting the vehicle, I found that with the remote start package installed, it was possible to use the lock/unlock buttons on the doors to start the vehicle without the key. My concern here is that my wife comes home and gets out of the car to get my son out of the back and my one year old son could lock and start the car without the keys, if my wife left her purse on the front seat while she got him, the only thing she could do would be to call the police, as I doubt she would be able to break the window. The most dangerous scenario I can think of would be in the middle of the hottest day of the summer or something which could result in serious injury to a child, or a heart attack to his mother. I have had the remote start system disabled and we have another appointment with the dealer to "correct" the problem, they tried once and said they could not correct it, so I left it disabled until either removed or corrected, but if someone else had the same option installed and did not know about the buttons, I believe that it could be just a matter of time before a horrible accident happens to an innocent child, which I would hope can be avoided. I have already contacted Nissan, the dealership, and audiovox with my concerns as well, but no one seems to believe this danger exists, or merits any serious attention. Perhaps I'm wrong, but the potential consequences if I am right, are worth my time in trying to let someone know. Thank you. This issue happened on Jan. 9, 2007.
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#27 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima
2006 Nissan Maxima numerous electronic problems affecting the transmission. Creating safety concerns, this is not a isolated condition, I know of 3 people who has had the same conditions. These are the ones I know about. This problem is ongoing. This electrical system problem happened on Thu., Mar. 1, 2007.
#28 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima
The car was a 2006 Nissan Maxima. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1N4BA41E96_. I purchased my car in June, 2010 and in July I noticed when I shift my gears it has a jerk to it, also I noticed the clutch will go all the way down and want come up. Causing me to pull over out of traffic cut the car off put it in gear and then start the car up and take off! I thought I would love Nissan, this is my 1st and last Nissan car that I will purchase I have 3 kids and I am almost scared to drive them around in my car. This car has been in the shop at least 5 times within the 3 months that I have had it. It was in the shop for 2 weeks the last time, I don't know what's going on but I do know that I will never purchase a Nissan vehicle anymore, and I will advise my friend's and family to do the same. I hate it when my family tells me that I have purchased a lemon! that's embarrassing. I have a 3 month old car that jerks for no reason, and the clutch acts up. It was Monday, June 28, 2010 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#29 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
The VIN of this vehicle was 1N4BA41E85_. I called on 1/31/05 and filed a formal complaint for my 2005 Nissan Maxima. I have not heard back from anyone as yet and I am wondering how I need to proceed. It was Jan. 14, 2005 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#30 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
The consumer took the 2005 Nissan Maxima to the dealer for electrical problems and was told of a pending recall (05v51200) concerning the power front seat. The recall work was performed but the consumer was concerned about the work not being performed prior to delivery. This electrical system problem happened on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.
#31 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Nissan Maxima. I locked the car with the remote and the car just kept arming itself every 5 minutes. I was also driving the car and it just lock by itself. I find this to be very dangerous because the remote is not being used and the car is just arming itself every 5 minutes. Also the car is making noise and the car is not even two years yet. It was purchased brand new and I am quite fed up. It was Friday, September 15, 2006 when this electrical system issue happened.
#32 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
My 2005 Nissan Maxima sl caught on fire under the dash board on the driver's left side on 2/05/08 at approx 12:00 that day. After returning from a short drive, I smelled smoke. Upon parking in my driveway and exiting the car we notice fire coming from under the dash board. Once we extinguished the flames and called the fire dept we realized the source appeared to be in the area of the fuse housing area. I've had a recurring problem with this vehicle for quite some time. My service record is quite extensive on the electrical problems associated with this one vehicle. The latest being 12/28/07 when I had my vehicle in for servicing for the driver seat failure to move. My vehicle was returned to me on 12/31/07 and the seat was operable then, but I was told by the service tech that they weren't sure if the problem was solved but it was working at the present time. As an ensuing result I was unaware I was driving a vehicle that could of went in flames when being driven. I've attempted to contact Nissan corp and have been unable to make contact with anyone other than the rep that took my information on 2/8/08. I've also attempted to contact the owner of the local Nissan dealership where I purchased my vehicle and haven't had any luck there either. My vehicle is currently at ray bryant Nissan dealership to be repaired, again, post the fire damage. This is the same dealership I've been bringing my vehicle to for al of the problems that have existed with this car. Any help and guidance you can offer me with this matter will be greatly appreciated. This electrical system problem happened on February 5, 2008.
#33 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima
Improper braking function with abs in 2005 Nissan Maxima - started with noise and "soft" brakes. It continued to a point where the abs was incorrectly being activated (even when the car was off). It seems to be related to a speed sensor in the wheels. This controls the abs activation and the speedometer/odometer. The speedometer has stopped working. And due to the abs being under constant strain, the abs control module is going to have to be replaced. It was Thu., Feb. 18, 2010 when this electrical system issue happened.
Other Electrical System related problems of Nissan Maxima:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Ignition Coils Failure problems||147|
|Electrical System problems||72|
|Ignition Module problems||40|
|Underhood Wiring problems||13|
|O2 Sensor problems||12|
|Car Will Not Start problems||11|
|Ignition Switch problems||7|
|Anti-theft Controller problems||6|
|Mass Air Flow Sensor problems||4|
|Battery Dead problems||4|
|Instrument Panel problems||4|