2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America
Nice car if you don't mind walking
Transmission, transmission again, and now it's a transmission again. Yes, the car has its third transmission in it, and it is showing the same symptoms. Dealer says can't rebuild, orders a rebuilt and installs it every time. Got the first replaced just 2 months out of warranty at no cost by contacting Nissan, the next one on the 12 month/12k mile warranty that the trans had, but I'll be on my own on this one. A 5000 dollar transmission every 2 years is just a part of owning a Maxima (a very common problem).
Timing chain guide breaking and chain rattling. Secondary chains eat thru their tensioners (supposedly new parts have fixed these problems). Approx 60k miles (known flaw with Nissan service bulletin).
A/C suction hose failed at faulty crimp. Approx 40k miles (common problem).
Chrome trim above the doors on the roof turned grey and peely looking (very common problem). Approx 40k miles.
Rattly exhaust noise, which Nissan has a service bulletin for, dealer said not confirmed, and I have just got used to it.
Drives well except for torque steer and poor turning radius. Handles and accelerates great.
I find the seats uncomfortable, but my wife likes them.
Just finally wore out the front brakes at 65k, which I think proves the car hasn't been abused. This was suppose to be our newer reliable car to go places in, but here we are on vacation right now, wondering if it's gonna get us home, once again. The transmission obviously can't be fixed, and the Internet is full of people with the same problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th July, 2011
Are you guys SURE the transmissions are giving up??? I think you guys are exaggerating.
Virtually every negative review on the Maxima comes out of the States. Here in New Zealand we get the Japanese J31 Teana, which is badged Maxima for the NZ market. They have proven extremely popular, and have had no real issues that I'm aware of. I own an '04, and it's been brilliant.
The only thing to watch for is the CVT transmissions, which are extremely expensive to service, and literally worth more than the car to replace. (I made sure I got the last of the old 4 speeders).
That said, does this mean the US Maximas are somehow inherently worse than the ones we get? If so, why? They have the same 3.5 engine and gearbox, don't they?