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Electrical System Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1



Nissan Maxima owners have reported 94 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 08/29/2014

Electric steering column lock malfunctioned. The "key" light is on and will not start.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

I have an automatic door lock that is malfunctioning. It is currently on the driver side door only but from what I have read online, I expect to begin happening on other doors as the actuator's begin failing. Normally this may be a simple annoyance but since this vehicle uses a key fob it is not possible to quickly unlock the driver side door and there is no way to quickly secure the vehicle. There are several instances where either of these situations could put the someone at risk and in harms way, especially if the driver is relying on the safety mechanism to ensure children do not accidently open a door that has not been properly secured while traveling. The locking and unlocking of a vehicle is intended and designed to keep the vehicle, it's contents, and it's occupants safe and is heavily relied on in todays environment. I have seen estimates to repair this issue from over $500 to almost $2,000, a fairly expense repair for the vehicle owner but a fairly inexpensive cost for the manufacturer. Although this may seem like a stretch to call this a safety issue but for what other purpose are door locks intended? it is my request that the manufacturer issue a recall for faulty door lock actuator's.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

Tilt and telescopic motors both failed locking the steering wheel in an awkward and uncomfortable position for driving. Motors continue to try and run thus depleting the battery of energy while the car's engine is off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

Car will not completely start, (and the start is fine) alarm states its stole etc. Anti-thief. . . Been in shop for weeks and they can't figure out what is is how to fix it.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. After approximately ten minutes, I was able to restart the vehicle. The car has stalled in traffic three times over the last 3 weeks. I have read on the internet that there are many others with the same problem. Nissan refuses to correct the problem. When my car stalled the car behind me came close to hitting me. The car is unsafe to drive. I or my family could be killed in an accident due to the stalling of the car in traffic. Gm is now fixing the problem with their cars; after 13 deaths. Please ensure that owners of this car are safe! thanks you.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 05/29/2014

I drive the car and it is hard to shift gears. When I put the car in drive it jerks very hard. Called the dealership and it was said by the dealership that it is not the transmission but instead it was the motor mounts that were the problem. Once the motor mount was fixed, the problem still persist. I call the dealer back and they have yet to give me a response. When driving, in between 1st and 2nd gear it shift to the 4th or 5th gear causing the car to jerk forward if suddenly accelerated. Complicated situation.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 05/19/2014

The transmission is doing hard shifts and I fear it is going to fail. Also the throttle position sensor is giving me problems too.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 05/06/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while driving approximate 40 mph, the interior lights and entire power windows and power seats failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who informed that the body control module would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 05v512000 ( seats). The manufacturer was notified and they informed that the VIN was not included in the recall and that the recall expired due to the age of the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable. Js.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

In refrence to > NHTSA campaign number: 03v455000 component(s): engine and engine cooling I nearly crashed when my car died while merging onto a freeway. My car doesnt start like it used to. Very rough starts, continuously to get the engine to turn. It will die while car is moving. This happens abruptly and suddenly while driving. Rpms idle higher than normal. Engine loss. I used obd scanner to decipher the problem. I looked for recall online and found the one located above. It is identical to my issues. I contacted Nissan and they refused. I could have died. Please help thank you!.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

After about 1 mile of driving, there was a small explosion heard under the center console directly under the shift console. Fire started coming out from the shift console. Burned up center shifter console and carpet surrounding area.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 03/02/2014

Steering lock mechanism failure. Unable to start vehicle, not covered under warranty for 2010 model year, same part failed in 2009 model year, warranty extended for 2009 only.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 02/20/2014

The steering wheel lock broke not allowing car to start.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 01/29/2014

Yesterday I went into a store, came out to find out my electronic steering lock went up without warning. Its a widespread issue and is happening to 1000s of people. I been told Nissan is fully aware of the issue, but is only going to take care of the 2009 models. I don't understand how a major company such as Nissan would know about this and not take care of everyone having this issue. It's not a driver error, it's a factory error and Nissan should take full responsibility. The dealership I had it towed to says it's 900 dollars to fix and the part is on back order and they aren't sure when it would even come in. What am I supposed to do here? I don't have 900 dollars. This is my only means of transportation and I could be out of my vehicle for month's. I have been a Maxima lover since I can remember. I've had 3 Maximas. It's sad to say I will never purchase another Nissan again.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 12/06/2013

Cant start car. . Seems like steering wheel lock assembly malfunction. I have looked and noticed that alot of 2009 Nissans have had this issue.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 12/03/2013

I parked my car and went inside my inlaws with my 2 year old and 3 week old. When I went to leave my I-key warning light was on. The key opened the doors but the brake was locked and the vehicle wouldn't turn on. After looking online and checking the batteries in the key fobs I discovered this was a problem with the escl (electronic steering control lock). This is a known issue for Nissans produced in 2009. Nissan actually extended the 2009 models warranty for this part. My vehicle was produced in 2009 but is a 2010 model and not covered by the extended warranty. The repair for this is about $800 and should be covered under warranty. Nissan is ignoring this issue in 2010 models which is unacceptable. Had I been anywhere else this issue could have been much worse with me and my two kids stranded.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 11/26/2013

Abs braking system failure and actuator defect; abs system sensors and hubs previously replaced in August 2009 after notification to Nissan. Nissan has failed to notify public of an abs system design defect and to issue a recall although it has known about the problem in its vehicles since approximately 2004 and the dealers have been issued an advisory. Failure of these components can lead to failure in proper braking, significant reduction of engine power, loss of speedometer, and reportedly fire. Nissan also has been notified of re-ocurrence by complainant and refused to take responsibility for repair.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 10/21/2013

I was driving south of the NJ turnpike I heard a loud boom sound and vibrations on the accelerator I looked in the rearview mirror and saw debris 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[xxx]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! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

The local dealer repair department eliminated the flashing air bag light on the dashboard with an adjustment to the computer. A few weeks later, the air bag light flashed again. This time, the same dealer replaced the passenger seat belt and the flashing light was extinguished. Again a few weeks later the same event reoccurred and the same dealter once again extinguished the flashing light and told me that a "glitch" caused the problem. While on a long trip of 2600 miles the air bag light flashed once again. At this time the odomer read 90,000 miles and the dealer told me that the passenger seat control module would need to be replaced at a cost of $1800. 00. Note that of these four visits, the service department personnel did not give me any documentation nor charge me for the visits. I was told that the previous three visits were covered under warranty but the last visit was not under warranty. Higher personnel did not offer any recommendations to resolve this problem. Is this a safety issue? is this the procedure for undertaking this repair? how cqan I be reassured that this seat control module resolve the problem?.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 09/22/2013

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

The contact owns a 2011 Nissan altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side brake light failed several times. The dealer replaced the brake light bulb however the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 75,567.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 07/04/2013

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 07/03/2013

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 05/31/2013

Check engine light continues to come on. Identified that the idle control valve and gasket need to be replaced. Identified also that ecm is now burned out.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 05/22/2013

Fire in drivers side dashboard. . . Updated 07-05-13.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 04/14/2013

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.

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