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Electrical System Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 157 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 06/13/2016

My 2009 Nissan Maxima is no longer starting and the brake and steering wheel have locked. It does not recognize that I have a key even though I do. Any attempt to start the vehicle results in a sporadic tick tick or screeching type noise for lack of a better word.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 05/09/2016

Escl part is defective. Makes car completely inoperable. Manufacturer knows original part is defective but no recall. Extended warranty has expired and now part cost has doubled. Part was $380 but now is $680 with a slightly different part number. Cost doubled after warranty expired!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while attempting to enter the vehicle or when inside the vehicle, the ¿ no key¿ warning indicator illuminated. As a result, the contact was unable to start the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 03/17/2016

Steering lock box repair. Extended warranty was issued & needs to be extended indefinitely. This is a manufacturer defect. Consumers will experience this inconvenience at different lifecycles of the vehicle & should be given the same reimbursements/courtesy as other 2009 Nissan Maxima or altima owners.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 02/20/2016

Electronic steering column lock. 41. 4 k miles on car. Parked car, went to start, key light went on and the car was immobilized. Towed to dealership, filed a report with Nissan. Warranty extension specific to this issue no longer available by 6 months. $1,071 repair denied by Nissan because it was out of warranty. Could have been major safety issue if I was stuck in a remote location.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 02/19/2016

Parked vehicle would not recognize energized fob start signal, requiring tow to dealership, replacement of steering lock assembly (parts cost $744. 68). At 64,247 mi (out of warrantee), issue is of design without emergency mechanical starting procedure, extreme cost of replacement, unforeseen failure not due to operator.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 02/12/2016

"tamara inflators" seat belts didn't lock or light did not come on. Smashed body all the way to back seat bottom to ground. Engine was idling very high felt/sound as if we were going 60 but only was going 40. No air bags came on. Brakes grinding. Back window blew out and tires flat in back. . Windows slow on drivers side. When the sheriff tahoe hit us at 80mph on u. S. 40 greenfield in was in the shop at j&m truck an trailer on the west side of indianapolis having the oil leaked fixed and tires all fixed and rotors and lights by [xxx] a couple months prior. I had my little girl in the back seat as well where sheriff hit and ran. I uploaded a before and after picture. VIN#[xxx] 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 2009 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 02/04/2016

The steering wheel lock unit failed making the car not start leaving my wife stranded at a convenience store on a cold night. Nissan knows this is a widespread problem but is still letting its customers foot the $1000 bill for their poor design. It is a safety problem when it leaves my wife stranded!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 01/31/2016

Luckily in the driveway after loading car for food bank delivery, I tried to start but no light asking to press foot on brake to start came on was my first clue something was wrong. Key locks/unlocks/open trunk/alarm works but will not start engine. "key warning light" comes on. Tried both keys but nothing. Disconnected/reconnected battery without success. Steering wheel is unlocked. Insert fob to try & start manually but nothing. My neighbor is a local mechanic & came over to help. Stumped him so I guess I will be calling to get a tow to dealership in the morning after unloading food bank donations! after reading several hundred complaints about this issue in just a matter of few minutes, I am sure there are hundreds of thousand Nissan unsatisfied customers who have had to deal with this. Step up Nissan & do the right thing. I do not have $1000 to fix this problem. We also have an altima so wondering when that will go too. No more Nissans for us!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 01/15/2016

2012 Maxima s with door lock/unlock problem. Noticed it about a month ago. Key fob wouldn't lock/unlock the doors. Then about a week later the door lock/unlock button started working sporadically. A few days ago when dropping my daughter off for school she had trouble opening the back door to get out. Not only is this frustrating but now it's a safety hazard as well. As of right now my doors would not lock this morning. This is very frustrating and unsafe especially since there has been car breakins in my neighborhood. I have not taken the car in yet to officially see what the problem is.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 12
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 01/05/2016

The door lock actuators do not work and this requires me to ensure my doors are locked manually. The cost to repair is expensive and should be the responsibility of Nissan because it is apparently a defect. This defect is a security risk for potential theft and personal injury to the Nissan owner.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 2005 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

I've noticed way too many complaints about 2005 Nissan Maxima having transmission. Issues around 125k miles. Whenever I shift to reverse, drive , first,second, or third there is a delay and loud thud. I've seen way too many people having the same issue and the fact that there hasn't been a recall is a shame. Someone needs to do something. Anyone?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 21
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 22
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 23
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 2012 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2015

All 4 door lock actuators fail at the same time. Door lock switch and remote fail to lock or unlock the doors and the issue started on all 4 doors on the same day with no reason as to why.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Nissan Maxima 25
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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