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2012 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (32%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 22 repairs.
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2012 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (35%)

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Chart based on 20 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

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

Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

21000 mi

US $129
rough idle w warm engine. Dealer could not identify issue and consulted with Nissan tech line... eventually cleaning the MAFS and throttle body cleared the problem... took 3 days to reach that solution. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

43400 mi

C $600
Car was purchased pre-owned, parking brake did not work when purchased. Repaired. 
Nov 2017

67580 mi

C $1220
Left rear wheel bearing was noisy, both rear wheel bearings replaced. Clunking sound from rear of car when going over speed bumps, sway bar links replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Nov 2015
Aug 2013

7400 mi
water leaking into interior from sunroof drain holes. dealer repaired and cleaned stained roof. 
Nissan Maxima in Maryland, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

73000 mi

US $300
Headlight and fog light replacement, passenger side 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

55000 mi
Car died while driving on interstate with random cylinder misfire. CEL code pulled later to confirm. Towed. Removed air intake. Cleaned intake, MAF sensor, and throttle body. Car ran fine after. 
Nissan Maxima in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2015
Jan 2015

US $100
Washer fluid was leaking from reservoir. 
Apr 2015

33000 mi

US $200
Washer fluid pump didn't work. 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

78000 mi

US $550
Passenger-side, rear bearing became noisy. 
Jun 2017

90000 mi

US $950
A dead battery on a hot day had me bring to shop, expecting a simple replacement. Dealer diagnosed a bad diode (of three?) in alterator leading to OV and liekly premature failure for new battery. Learned that in order to repalce alternator it is required to remove AC compressor (!!!!). Online research showed this to be true, so went ahead with whole package. The dealer has treated me will in past, so am choosing to not doubt diagnosis. 
Dec 2017

100000 mi

US $500
Noisy Left Front Wheel bearing. 
Feb 2018

106000 mi

US $1100
Failed Power STeering Pump. COld weatehr suspected 
May 2018

112000 mi

US $500
My car is a wheel bearing lemon 
Nissan Maxima in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

28000 mi
Front driver's side wheel bearing 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2014 - Jul 2018
Jan 2015 Battery has died four times since new and the car had to be jumped each time. Each time the battery failed, the car had been sitting for several days, started ok,proceeded to drive with ac and head lights on. Next start the battery was dead 
Dec 2016

9000 mi
Battery failed 
Nissan Maxima in Mississippi, United States
Feb 2014 - Jul 2015
Jun 2014

42000 mi

US $350
Fender well had come loose. Nissan had ignored this on a maintenance visit. In the end the entire fender well had to be replaced. On MY DIME!!! The Sunroof tracks were also replaced but covered by warranty. 
Jul 2015

66000 mi
A new transmission. Apparently Nissan Maxima dies between 60:70,000rnmiles. My 2006 did the same thing. I'm done with the Maxima! 
Nissan Maxima in Georgia, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Apr 2012

5000 mi
Driver Window regulator replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2015

27000 mi

US $139
replaced battery 

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