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Electrical System Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1



Nissan Maxima owners have reported 115 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 04/02/2015

Car does not start. Difficult time getting into the car while using my key fob. When I push the ignition button there is no nose and no lights. Tried jumping the car for 15 minutes with no success. I was told by the Nissan dealership mechanic that it is the steering lock system. This is going to cost me for towing and labor and parts. Money I do not have. Reading up on this problem tells me that there should have been a recall.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 03/31/2015

The ignition locks up, stranding me. The push button start will not engage the started, or will occasionally make a clicking noise without starting. Usually, after a few moments, the car will start. This sometimes takes more than 10 minutes.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 03/26/2015

Today is March 26, 2015 and for the past week; my car has been stalling when I am shifting gears. Today I was in a not safe situation at a red light. When I shifted the gears to my car to begin driving, the car stalled on me allowing me to only drive around 5-10 mph down the street. I had to hurry up and pull over because I had cars behind me.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

Car suddenly would not start. . . . Start button could not be pressed. Had tow to Nissan and confirmed it was the steering lock control unit. They want $1000 to fix it! it only has 31000 miles. It was purchased in sept 2009 and the 2009 model warranties were extended! I'm furious!.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

I have 2010 Nissan Maxima sv . Stopped by for gas and the start button did not respond. Read online and found potential steering lock issue. Called Nissan consumer service before contacting dealer. Say have to bring to dealer to diagnose. Nissan consumer totally useless. Confirm and did not help. Say there was a campaign for recall on steering wheel lock failure but does not applies to my vehicle. I asked at least help on the cost or discount on parts since it's manufacture defect. They say no. Have no choice. Paid 110 to tow to dealer and 900 bucks for part and labor to fix out of pocket. Not happy consumer. Hopefully if we get enough complaints in. . Nissan will do mandatory recall if we get government involvement. Please every one with similar issues file the complaint reports. !!!!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 01/27/2015

The electric steering wheel lock mechanism failed. Nissan knows this is a faulty part issue. They issued a recall for 2009 Maximas. They changed the part out in late 2010 models. However, those of us with early 2010 models are out of luck. We do not fall inside recall and we did not get the new part so all of us with failure have to pay to have vehicles towed to a dealership and pay $1,000 ($700. 00 parts & $300. 00 labor) for the repair. The vehicle literally will not even start. You cannot even get it into neutral so not sure how it can be towed. I am second owner and have less than 40,000 miles on car. I love the car and was thinking about getting a second one for wife to drive. Will not buy another Nissan nor recommend that anyone else do so if this is how they treat the consumer! I want this faulty part fixed free of charge!.


car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 01/23/2015

The electronic steering column lock (escl) failed on my 2010 Nissan Maxima. Nissan wants over $900 out of pocket to replace the part although this is a documented problem in many different models and years of Nissan vehicles that use the same part. There is no recall or reimbursement program in place as this time. There is for the 2009 altima and Maxima but not the 2010 models even though they use the same part. My car functions completely fine but without this part being replaced I cannot start my car. Something needs to be done about this immediately.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

2009 Nissan Maxima, purchased new--key fob light indicator illuminated on dashboard, car won't start, brake lights work, key fob unlocks doors and trunk. Warranty expired about 1k miles ago. I was told that the steering lock part, which may repair/solve the matter is about $1200. I am repulsed and utterly disgusted. Prior to this matter, the tilt feature [for steering wheel) on the car ceased to work.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 01/08/2015

I bought a 2004 Nissan Maxima se a year and two months ago. It had 91,000 miles on it. The transmission started slamming gears a few months ago right around 100k miles. I had it looked at and no problem could be found. But then on 1/8/15 the transmission got stuck in 5th gear. It would go into park and reverse fine but in drive it went straight into 5th. I was able to get it to slowly drive to a friends house wher I parked and left it over night and borrowed a vehicle from them. The next morning I came back cranked it and it was fine. So I drove it towards the repair shop. It dies as I pull in. They run a diagnostic and they say the cam sensor is bad. The really expensive warranty that supposedly covers my car from bumper to bumper is claiming that this part is not covered in my bumper to bumper warranty so now I'm suck with a really expensive repair bill if I want to drive my car again. The thing is I get on line and see that there are thousands and thousands of people who have had the same problems I'm having and Nissan is aware of the defect in the year model of car and are doing nothing to fix it and no ones warranties are covering the repairs. I'm a single mother and I make very little money so I don't have the extra income to fix this problem that clearly should be a recall in the first place. I hope that you will make Nissan accountable one day for their blatant screwing of their customers.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 12/28/2014

Went to the supermarket and the car would not turn back on. The key light on the dash board is lite but the car is in lock mode and doesn't allow the car to turn on. It seems that the car isn't recognizing that the key is near to allow it to be turned on. I think there should be a recall on this issue. I've seen hundreds of people with the same issue. I don't have money to fix the issue or get it towed. The car is still in the supermarket parking lot. This is a nightmare. Nissan should take full responsibility for this issue and fix all of these cars free of charge.


 
car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 12/08/2014

We own a 2010 Nissan Maxima manufactured in 2009. We bought the vehicle new in January 2010. On Monday, my car refused to start. After conducting some research, I discovered our vehicle has a defective escl which is leaving people stranded because their car won't turn on and neither will any accessory function there are hundreds upon hundreds of complaints on the internet from loyal customers who have spent $700 to $1600 fixing this problem. 2009 models are now part of an extended warranty program to replace this part. My vehicle is not part of that extended warranty even though it is the same exact part. Yesterday, I called Nissan of America to request that my vehicle be added to the extended warranty program. The employees informed me that I could take my vehicle to the Nissan dealership for repair, pay the bill and then submit for a "good will" reimbursement that may or may not be granted after an undefined evaluation period. Later in the evening, I spoke to a supervisor after she called. Again, I received the same information. After 25 minutes, I finally got it bumped to the executive department for consideration of my request for appeal. Frankly, I fully expect to have the same response tomorrow. I have not been on the phone dealing with this issue for almost an hour and a half. Nissan want me to get the car fixed first and then submit a reimbursement that may or may not be granted. This is not acceptable. Adding my VIN to the extended warranty program will solve this issue. The bottom line is I am respectfully requesting that my vehicle be immediately added to the extended warranty program to replace the escl and for my tow bill to the dealership be reimbursed. This is a safety issue as it is leaving motorists stranded because they can't turn their car on, can't roll down the windows, and can't turn on any accessories.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 11/20/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled as the all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,400. Ss.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 11/19/2014

Car parked at my employment parking lot and will not start because the steering wheel locked and key intelligent key light is on. Key does not work. This has been a problem with Nissan for years, and Nissan wants to charge me $100 for diagnostics when they already know what the problem is and how to fix it. Complaint: vehicle won't start; Nissan's failure to recall this problem and have it corrected; failure to start with steering wheel in lock position and intelligent key does not work. The intelligent key is not that intelligent!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

The electronic steering wheel lock on the vehicle has malfunctioned and will not allow the steering wheel to lock. This ultimately prevents the car from starting do to the push to start feature. Nissan released a warranty extension for the 2009 model Maxima which is identical to 2010 model that I have, but the replacement part for my vehicle is not covered under the warranty. Please investigate this issue because there are almost 100 similar complaints listed on NHTSA website.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 11/02/2014

Reaches a normal beverage center in my Nissan Maxima 2009 and went out in 4 hours when not lit it wanted to turn on my car, the screen showed two intelligent keys warning lights Nissan and security indicator, the key worked properly, the lights of the car too, the problem is just not turned on at all, I went to Nissan dealership and are charging me 1400 usd to fix my car and I see I'm not the only one with this problem in 2009 Nissan Maxima is very common to have some guarantee should the damaged piece, I need help with my car.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 10/19/2014

The electronic steering wheel lock on the vehicle has malfunctioned and will not allow the steering wheel to lock. This ultimately prevents the car from starting do to the push to start feature. Nissan released a warranty extension for the 2009 model Maxima which is identical to 2010 model that I have, but the replacement part for my vehicle is not covered under the warranty. The new part will cost me $965 out of pocket. Apparently this is a known problem with Nissan Maxima vehicles. Please investigate this issue because there are almost 100 similar complaints listed on NHTSA website.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

The abs system is defective based upon Nissan manufacturers bulletin regarding Maxima's years 2004, 2005, 2006. The requirement of Nissan to replace 2-rear wheel hubs $444. 10, 2-rear abs wheel sensors $627. 20, and possibly the abs actuator-assy $1306. 51 all due to the technical fact that water accumulates in the wheel hubs and causes failure of the sensors & abs actuator assy to properly engage the abs computer ( actuator), causing the abs computer to continually turn on it's pump motor making the vehicle be unstable and not stop evenly. I'm advised by Nissan service the effect of the actuator continually running will cause it to burn out prematurely but Nissan is requiring the customer to make the repairs at their own expense even though this issue has been apparent in 2004, 2005, 2006. The inherent danger to myself as the owner, passengers, pedestrians, other vehicles is of paramount concern in consideration of operating this vehicle.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 09/18/2014

I bought used 2004 Nissan Maxima car at north shore auto mall on 9/18/14,the service tech. Drove car up to front of dealership w/car still running he test drove car w/me( didn't think anything about it at the time) I got in and we went for a test drive, car was great. Got back to dealer, gave the balance. Once I left dealer, while driving on highway the car started to skip & felt like it was going to stall, I pulled over to right lane, put hazards on w/traffic behind me, the car stalled, I almost caused a collision, cars were beeping, swerving out of the way, I couldn't get any acceleration with it in drive, so I put it in neutral & after 3 try's it started up w/much hesitation. I was scared for my life & others on the road, I took side streets to make it home & when I stopped at stop sign it stalled again, I repeated the same steps as above w/hazards on the whole ride home. Now I know why the service tech. Took test ride w/me. I had a friend with me as my witness. This car wont pass inspection , the check engine light will not turn off, I called dealer he said make an appt, I said I only have 7 days for inspection sticker, he said, he has nothing to do with service and to call them. I called on Monday the 22nd &1st,available appt. Wasn't til 9/25/14, my 7 days were up on that Thursday. He said he'll call me around noon, I waited til Friday 5pm, he nor anyone in serv. Called to update me & let me know car will be there over the weekend. What do I do & whats the time limit on fixing my car w/o any communication to me. Im sooooo upset at the lack of professionalism and ethics, im afraid if I say something derogatory, they will sabotage my car. Please help me. . !!!!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 08/29/2014

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 20
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 21
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 22
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 2005 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

When I brought my car after 2-3 months I had transmission problems, I took it to the Nissan dealership to get it fix. After , a couple of weeks I still was having problems with the car , I took it back they said , it wasn't nothing wrong with it . Then my air condition went out, it was my air compresser took it in to the Nissan dealership to get it fix, after, a week or two it went out again took it back to the dealership to get it looked at I was told it needed a part ( some type of clip ). June 10 , 2014 my car was on fire in my garage while I was sleeping. When I woke up that morning my headlights were flashing off and on . When I open the door my window was full of sut and my windshield was cracked . When I open the car door on the driver side the dash board and under the dashboard was melted , the odometer and the fuse box (everything on the driver side was melted ) . You can smelled the smoke,that it was on fire. The fire department was called out just in case it sparked back up. Under the hood was not damage. I have pictures of damages. They had to push the car out of the garage it wouldn't go into gear. The results was it started from the fuse box. My car was totaled out by my insurance adjuster. I feel this matter need to be looked into and something need to be done about this situation . This is a serious situation that need to be looked into before it happen to someone else .

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 24
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 25
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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