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Electrical System Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 140 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

Key lock will not allow car to start or turn ignition.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 01/13/2016

I was never notified that my 2009 Nissan Maxima has a malfunction called steering wheel lock failure. My car was on a city street when it would not start, it would not recognize my keys fob, and I was not able to start the car with the push to start button. Nothing happened. Nothing on the dashboard would show. I had my car towed to the Nissan dealership and this malfunction is costing me a lot of money. I did some research and this malfunction is something that a lot of people have complained about and I don't understand why this is not something that would be a recall. If this was a recall, then I never received a recall letter because I would have got this fixed a lot sooner before it happened to me.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

When trying to start the car, it fails to start. Steering has failed, not allowing the car to start. This issue has appeared twice on my car in 7 days. Thanks to youtube. Com I have been able to limp my way. I took the car to my local Nissan dealer, and the diagnosis was determined that steering lock has failed. They told me that that with parts and labor it would be $1,500. I researched this issue online and found pages and pages of online forums with people complaining about this issue. I called 1-800-Nissan they reviewed the case and offered me nothing in return. Nissan knows this is an issue; it should be a recall; however, they are doing nothing to rectify the problem. Nissan please fix this problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 12/18/2015

My door won't look. I have replaced one actuator on the door already. Now I have another 2 of them that are not working. Why do these keep breaking.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 12/14/2015

Unexpectedly, after driving one kid to school this morning, vehicle (stationary) would not start to drive my other kid to middle school. The electronic steering column lock (escl) unit that locks the steering wheel when the vehicle is parked and the ignition is turned off to help prevent theft prevents the vehicle from recognizing my key (fob), no regular key is issued, just button start. In my vehicle the escl may malfunction after the vehicle is locked and could prevent the engine from starting. Still waiting to hear the dreadful call from the dealer (have to be towed and I am not even done making payments for my 2010 Maxima) to see what the damage will be or if covered under an extended warranty. Not because the vehicle is in park, means it is not a safety issue. If you are stranded with a non reliable car, it is a safety issue, it can be in the middle of the mountains or the middle of a desert, no way to start a car if no mechanic key is issued and the only option, the fob, is not recognized by your own car.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

When was driving on 11/30/2015 and parking the car to go in a building and came back out and turn my light on and the trail light don't come on and the dash light don't come back on,and the power steering pump keep leaking.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 11/29/2015

Tried turning on my vehicle and the steering wheel was locked. Cannot start my vehicle, the brake is not working and the steering wheel is locked.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 11/11/2015

I was driving along a highway at 50 mph. When the steering wheel suddenly fell to my knees. This car has a retractable steering system. I was able to steer the car safely to the side of the road. I did not drive the car. The steering wheel was then able to be pushed back into the driving position. I brought the car to the dealership today, and they told me that the two electric motors in the steering column were defective (had to be replace) the cost woulkd be $2,000. The car has just 60,000 miles.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 10/14/2015

My 2010 Nissan Maxima experienced the steering lock failure and could not start the car. This, as I have been reading, is common and it's going to cost over $700. 00 to fix. This is bs Nissan!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

The steering column is lock and the car won't start using the intelligent key system. This was a problem with many car owners and Nissan issued an extended warranty which allowed for owners to have their car repaired if this issue happened within the warranty period. I purchased my car used and didn't experience this problem until after the extended warranty expired. I feel Nissan should have recalled all cars of this model to correct a problem that is clearly due to poor manufacturing. The recall would have costed more money, but it's the right thing to do.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 08/25/2015

S10 appropriate handling- letter from constituent re copy of letter addressed to carlos ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Nissan motor company, ltd notifying the company of a major automotive defect with Nissan's 2013 Maxima. The consumer stated while driving on the freeway, the vehicle suddenly lost all power and stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The consumer stated the vehicle the consumer stated the vehicle continued to hesitate, as if it were going to lose power, after retrieving it from the dealer. The dealer replaced the air flow meter and engine air filter.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 07/16/2015

I purchased a 2014 Nissan Maxima in January 2015 experienced problems with the electrical system in March of 2015 where the console screen (radio, heat/ac controls, gas mileage, etc. ) constantly blacked out/vertical and horizontal lines appeared. The screen was completely replaced and the repair was fixed by a local Nissan dealer. After receiving an oil change in early July 2015 (first free oil change) I noticed that my vehicle had a ticking and knocking noise/sound that was rather loud coming from the engine. I took the car to a local Nissan dealership and the vehicle was diagnosed with an engine knock from #1 main bearing. At the dealership a service appointment was set-up and I was provided a service bulletin (technical bulletin) from Nissan. The bulletin reads as follows: classification: em12-014a reference ntb12-01a dated December 17, 2013 that for 2009-2014 Maxima’s have engine knocks from #1 main bearing (on this notice there is a note “do not replace the engine for this issue”). I did not realize the Maxima had engine issues. If I knew this at the time of purchase I would have selected another vehicle. I have made a formal complaint to Nissan requesting the repurchase of this vehicle with various manufacture defects (currently waiting on a response). Additionally, I have tried to receive an even trade for a safe vehicle due to the manufacturer defects from the dealership where I brought this car but have been unsuccessful at this point due to the depreciation of the vehicle/current manufacturer defects (unsafe engine). This is utterly ridiculous for a car that has less than 7,000 miles to have so many defects that was purchased 6 months ago. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 07/15/2015

Me radio and gps and air and hit is the problem 1 day work others day no.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle's push to start feature would not start the vehicle until after several attempts. The key warning symbol illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred on three other occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

I attempted to start my car as I left work one afternoon and it would not start. The push start button was in the lock mode and the picture in the dash indicated that my wheel was locked, while my ant-theft light flashed continuously. I made several different attempts for hours to unlock the steering collar myself and start my car, only to fail over and over again which lead to me having it towed to a local Nissan dealership, the next day. The dealership ran a diagnostic test on the car and told me that I needed a new steering lock box, which typically does not go out on cars like mine (2009 Nissan Maxima). This seems to be a manufacture defect but I am being charged at least $1000 to fix this problem, with no fault of my own. Will you assist me in resolving this problem?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Although the car looks beautiful, it's quickly becoming one of my least favorite vehicles I've owned. When I start going forward, I have to wait and be very patient on the gas pedal to make sure it shifts properly or it will jerk myself and small children in the back forward. I park in a ramp at work and on more than one occassion the car was downshifting as I turned a corner going up the ramp and I was slowing for a pedestrian and the car jerked forward and the pedestrian jumped and gave me a scared look. Not only is that entirely embarassing as an executive but it is a huge safety hazard on multiple levels. The car seems to jerk the most from 1-2 and 2-3 and visa versa. I noted electrical as an affected part because no matter how many times I set the mirror and seats, every time I use reverse, the mirrors move and click until I adjust them to where I need them.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 04/18/2015

I arrive home at approximately 3:00 pm (pacific) and park my vehicle (I dont move it at all). At approximately 4:00 am (pacific) about 13 hours later. . . The vehicle is completely engulfed in flames!! the fire dept. Says it could be - it is more than likely an electrical fire.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 18
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 19
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 20
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 2009 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the security warning light kept randomly coming on and causing the vehicle not to start. The contact was unable to access the vehicle due to the security lock feature to turn the key and start the vehicle. The contact had to tow the vehicle numerous times each time the vehicle was unable to be accessed to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the steering lock control unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000. Dyd.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 22
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!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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