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2009 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (7%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (40%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (14%)

Chart based on 99 repairs.
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2009 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (1%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (50%)

Chart based on 86 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Nov 2014

139700 mi
Repaired sunroof 

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2009 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2012 - Sep 2017
Nov 2013

84400 mi

C $356
Several electrical items were having intermittent failures. Electrical system diagnosed new battery put in Push button start would not work. Had to replace electronic ignition start 
Dec 2013

84940 mi

C $160
HID lights failed. Bulb had exploded 
Feb 2017

123132 mi
Car would not start. After a few minutes of pumping the gas pedal, smell of gas. Knew fuel was getting to engine. Waited one minute. Car then started normally. Mechanic informed me that sometimes on 7th generation Maximas there is an occasional delay of computer communications delaying ignition. No problem since. This is the only time in 5 years and 100,000kms this has happened. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Jan 2015
Jul 2014

87300 mi

US $350
replaced left front wheel bearing 
Nissan Maxima in Washington, United States
Apr 2012 - Feb 2016
May 2012

17000 mi

US $72
battery failed to hold a charge. Would not start the car after driving for a hour. 
Nissan Maxima in Maryland, United States
Feb 2012 - Jul 2014
Oct 2013

51200 mi
The telescopic steering wheel motor broke for the second time. I have a 6 year 100,000 warranty, so it was covered. 
Mar 2014

53000 mi
Automatic tilt steering stopped working, clicks but the steering wheel won't moved. Happened before, was repaired by the dealership. 
Nissan Maxima in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2014
Aug 2013

56300 mi

US $50
Front left wheel bearing failed Failed motor for tilt and telescoping steering column for tilt 
Nissan Maxima in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2012
Feb 2012

83000 mi

US $200
TPMS sensor was leaking, causing tire to go flat. 
Nissan Maxima in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2011 - May 2015
Sep 2011

41540 mi
had to change the front wheel bearing on the driver's side. seats felt o.k. for about 8 months but has started rocking back and forth again. original seat change was done in dec. of 2010. dealer is looking for a repair that will last.(if repair again whit same part...will start rocking again?) 
Nov 2011

42160 mi
SEAT FRAME REPLACED AGAIN...NISSAN SAID SHOULD BE O.K.... WILL SEE THAT! (I HOPE SO). 
Apr 2012

47940 mi

C $200
after florida trip with the car, battery died...regular maintenance has been done at the dealership. seat o.k. for now. 
Jan 2014

46300 mi

C $100
Small squeak coming from rear brake...maintenance on all caliper solve the problem. Change the oil and filter at the same time. 
Aug 2014

61880 mi

C $150
brake calipers where jam again...lub. everything turn rotor at the same time. 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2013
Sep 2011

27000 mi
Replaced driver seat frame that moved front to back under acceleration and braking. There was a TSB for the repair. chrome trim replaced on cupholder door that had fallen off. 
Oct 2011

28000 mi
Cell in battery prematurely failed, factory warranty replaced battery 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Aug 2015
Jul 2012

56600 mi
door mirrors move when trying to change the view, but will tilt down only sometimes when backing out. 
Jul 2013

69440 mi

C $232
Bought tilt motor from Nissan USA for 132 and also a bracket for passenger seat vibration. Downloaded tsb for both online. Paid independent mechanic 100 for about 1.5 hours of labor for both repairs 
Sep 2013

71300 mi

C $80
rear passenger side wheel bearing 
Nissan Maxima in Georgia, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

28000 mi

US $95
Balancing forever, never seems right 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Mar 2014 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

63000 mi
rear suspension grunting when going over speed bumps slowly. Happens every winter when very cold. Dealer has repaired each time at no charge. Recurring problem with 2009 maximas. 
Nissan Maxima in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2017
May 2017

114112 mi

US $20
Front brake pads and rotors replaced Drain and fill All suspension needs replacement and the sport (sv) should be default because the body roll is crazy without front and rear stabilizer bars. The steering/buschs are tight but even conti contactExtreme DWSs cannot stop steering from erratic left and right movement (alty coupe suffered this also) 
Nissan Maxima in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2017
Jul 2017

73000 mi

US $200
Clunking sound when making a low speed left turn or going over a bump. Replaced right bearing cap... 
Aug 2017

75000 mi

US $315
Replaced right front inner axel boot. 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Feb 2014 - Jan 2015
Apr 2014

59200 mi
Transmission was slipping shop replaced transmission 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2017
Jun 2016

66000 mi

US $295
Master cylinder leaking fluid into booster. Master cylinder replaced and system bled. 
Oct 2017

76000 mi

US $400
Telescoping steering wheel broke five years ago. Waited for the right part to come down in price. In 2012 I would have to buy a superset of what needed repair which was over $1000. Now there is a subset part offered for $400. Seat rocks 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2013
Nov 2012

40300 mi
Front struts, control arms replaced 
Nissan Maxima in Maryland, United States
Nov 2013 - Oct 2017
Dec 2013

57000 mi
The CVT transmission failed. The transmission was replaced under the trans warranty. 
Mar 2017

91000 mi

US $2200
Clunking noise coming from front end. Replaced both front strut assemblies, both sway bar end links, both lower control arms and a front end alignment 
Jun 2017

97000 mi
Replaced the ignition steering wheel lock under recall 
Nissan Maxima in Oklahoma, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2013
Aug 2011

35000 mi
Replaced steering wheel motor. Replaced steering wheel motor 
Mar 2013

56000 mi

US $95
Battery replaced for the second time since new. I have a friend who has had the same problem twice like myself with his 09 Maxima. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

56000 mi
Sqeaking from rear when driving over bumps 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2015
Feb 2014

90300 mi

US $550
Controller to lock drive side door stopped working. could not open or close door lock with key fob. 
Nissan Maxima in Nevada, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

16000 mi
Auto tilt steering failure, heavy grinding noise - wheel stuck tilted to maximum height. Front strut assemblies missing bushings from factory - recall 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2012
Sep 2009

4000 mi
There is now a service bulletin for the problem with the front struts. My driver side was fixed but it took 4 weeks to get new parts. In that time my sunroof has begun to creek every time I drive over an uneven surface. 
Jan 2010

8000 mi
Air bag light comes on when I am sitting in the passenger seat. I'm a 145lb adult and the light is constantly on telling me the airbag is off. Of course it could not be replicated. I had to take it back with the light on still to get them to fix it. Entire roof of car had to be taken off to replace the panoramic sunroof. Had broken welds in it. Tried 3 other things unsuccessfully to repair it. Finally Nissan gave in and spent over $10K to replace it. This occurred in December 2009. 
Nissan Maxima in Arkansas, United States
Apr 2009 - Sep 2016
Dec 2009

10000 mi
Drivers seat rocked slightly when starting or stopping. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
May 2009

5000 mi
charcoal canister evap vent valve replaced 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Feb 2009 - Nov 2016
Feb 2010

24000 mi
Driver seat heater turns itself off with ambient temperature below 30 degrees. Passenger rear suspension squeak over any small bump or railroad tracks. Dealer said lubed sway bars or torsion bar? 
Mar 2010

24000 mi
Driver seat heater shuts down within 2-3 minutes when outside temp is below 30-35 degrees. Dealer installed previously ordered parts to replace lower heater unit. New parts did not correct problem and fix is unknown. 
Mar 2012

54000 mi

US $50
When new tires were purchased a corroded tire pressure sensor failed. New sensor installed by tire shop but shop didn't have tool to "register" sensor with electronics and shut off tire pressure warning light. 20 minutes cost $50 at dealer. 
Sep 2012

63000 mi

US $110
2 steering wheel motors failed, one for telescoping wheel and one for up/down positioning. Dealer quoted $1200 to fix. I purchase both motors online for $400 and paid local shop $118 to install. 
Jan 2013

82300 mi

US $120
A TPMS sensor failed. After replacing battery, TPMS sensor for one wheel was not being recognized by car system. Problem was low battery voltage on tire sending unit. Battery failed to hold a charge - 2 bad cells diagnosed. 
Nov 2013

82700 mi
TPMS sensor on one wheel stopped communicating with CPU. Tire dealer reset at no charge. 
Jun 2014

92000 mi
TPMS sensor failed to read. Sensor reset by tire shop for free. 
Dec 2014

102000 mi

US $55
Felt like engine miss about once every 10 miles only at highway speeds. Would do it about 2-3 trips per week.Dealer could not duplicate nor find cause in fuel or electrical system. No "codes". Found only corroded battery connection. 
Nissan Maxima in Georgia, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2015
Oct 2012

34300 mi
Motor that lifts steering wheel for 'easy entry and exit' had slight squeak. Earlier oiling did not fix, so dealer replaced motor in steering column. Done free for 'customer satisfaction', even though warranty expired a year ago 
Nissan Maxima in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Apr 2015
Dec 2012

110000 mi

US $500
Right front wheel bearing needed replacement 
Feb 2013

112700 mi

US $400
Right passenger spring fractured. 
Mar 2013

114000 mi

US $400
Replaced left front wheel bearing 
Feb 2015

162600 mi

US $600
Complete failure of alternator 
Nissan Maxima in Ohio, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 2017
Feb 2012

38300 mi

US $100
Battery died and I replaced it myself. 
Dec 2012

49000 mi

US $425
The electric motor for the steering column stopped working. The steering column would no longer go up when pushing the button. 
Nov 2014

79000 mi

US $50
Exhaust system was rattling bad. Dealer replaced clips that hold on the heat shield on the exhaust. 
Mar 2015

83000 mi

US $760
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) light would not go out even with tires fully inflated. Dealer replaced 2 TPMS sensors in the wheels. Diagnostic said low battery in the 2 TPMS sensors that were replaced. 
Nov 2016

112800 mi

US $650
I had a loose inner and outer tie-rod end on the front passenger side. This was causing a slight wobble in the wheels. This was noticed after a tire rotation. Both inner and outer Tie-rod ends where replaced. 
Apr 2017

117000 mi

US $200
Squealing sound from brakes and a vibration under braking. Replaced brake pads and turned rotors. 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2013
Jul 2010

33000 mi
driver's seat was rocking.  fuel door did not close and was not flush to rear quarter panel. 
Feb 2013

70900 mi

US $53
Steering wheel lock mechanism failed. it was replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2014
Sep 2013

76000 mi

US $285
Car shaking - 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2011 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

26660 mi
High mount (3rd) brake light not working. Repaired by nissan dealership 
Nissan Maxima in Oklahoma, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2014
Jul 2012

41500 mi

US $780
Power telescope gears on steering wheel stripped. 
Apr 2013

51000 mi

US $540
Replaced defective power telescope motor in steering wheel. 
Jun 2013

53000 mi

US $800
Replace tilt motor on steering column. 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2017
Sep 2012

23000 mi
Both motors in the steering column were replaced. 
Mar 2017

64000 mi

US $364
Required new TPS units. 
Nissan Maxima in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2017
Feb 2014

88100 mi
Electronic Steering Column Lock (ESCL) malfunction after the steering column is locked and prevent the engine from starting. This condition occur when attempting to start the vehicle, and not while driving. 
Jun 2016

127000 mi

US $150
Replace one failed and corroded TPM. The low tire pressure light was annoying so decided to replace the tire pressure monitor. 
Feb 2017

135000 mi

US $130
Another tire pressure monitor was not functional. This is a second since original manufacturing date of 2009. 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Oct 2017
Nov 2009

52500 mi
Replace defective Climate controlled Driver's Seat 
Mar 2011

112000 mi

US $500
Climate controlled drivers seat quit working again (4th time) Replaced thermo-sensors in back and seat. 
May 2011

120000 mi

US $650
Replaced both tilt and telescoping motors in steering wheel assy after both motors quit working. 
Oct 2011

146000 mi

US $600
Replaced elecric engine cooling fan assy. When fan would kick on made horrendous noise. 
Dec 2011

151000 mi

US $150
Passenger Side Sunroof seal became detached when cruising at 70MPH with sunroof open. Ordered and replaced Passenger Sunroof Seal. 
Aug 2014

255000 mi

US $830
Alternator failed 
Feb 2015

276000 mi

US $90
Master window switch replaced after driver window switch broke. 
Nov 2016

350500 mi

US $150
Original Power Steering Pump began slow leak at shaft so replaced it. Probably could have gone another 100,000 but I do not like leaks of any sort! 
Dec 2016

348000 mi

US $140
Replacement pwr steering failed, replaced with new unit 
Oct 2017

372000 mi

US $428
Replaced radiator 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2009 - Sep 2011
Mar 2010

15500 mi
Sounded like the right rear shocks were squeaking but dealer could not replicate. They thought was a squeaking headliner so they fixed that. Noise, however, has still not gone away so problem not fixed. Need to take in again but no time yet. 

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