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2009 Maxima Problems



  • pbabs1pbabs1 Posts: 2
    thank you for responding...they replaced the front struts this past MOnday and I didn't even make it out of the dealership parking lot before it made a "clanging Noise. Since Monday I have experienced same + other noises/issues. I need to call them again to let them know...cause yesterday is when something banged up against the break pedal....1st new car ever- I am very sad....
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    well then Nissan postponed the recall because it was suppose to start on October 5th because that is what their website said; maybe it's going to affect more altima and maxima's then they originally thought so they postponed it; with Nissan who knows!
  • This may sound like a dumb question, but since I just got mine how do I tell if I have the 60/40 seat in the back, I am hoping I do so that may be the culprit of the creaking noise problem. I am going to call my dealer tomorrow fairly angry though that this problem has just now developed after I bought it. Has anyone had luck with getting the dealer to completely fix the creaking noise from the back?
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    if you have the 60/40 split seats there will be two white/gray trunk pulls in the back ceiling of the trunk that you pull down; the passenger side also has a release up above and behind the rear headrest in the car; if you have the premium package you won't have the 60/40 split seats!
  • Nissan North America just called me back. I have had a claim open with them since August. When the first recall came out, October 5th for the strut insulator I thought my problems would go away. Well according to Nissan my car is not on that recall list. I have been pressing them to fix the grinding noise on my right front wheel. They have already replaced the strut and sway bar once but it didn't fix it. During the phone call today they told me that there will be ANOTHER recall posted on October 19th and hopfully my car will be part of that recall. They would not tell me the details of the future recall but instead told me to call my dealership. The car has been making this noise since June. I am not happy at all with my brand new Nissan Maxima.
  • Just as an update to the creaking noise coming from my new 2009 maxima SV. I took it into the dealer a few days ago and they basically took apart everything from the back seat to the trunk to find it. Evidently, in the left rear in the trunk there was two pieces of metal that come together in the body and compensate for body roll. For some reason they were supposed to be welded together but were not, so hence every bump/turn/etc they were rubbing today and making the creaking noise. They put a spot weld on them and at least for a few days now I haven't heard anything. Needless to say I wasn't too happy to see my brand new car in complete pieces, but at least it is all back together now!
  • aishadaishad Posts: 2
    Can anyone tell me what the break in period for the Maxima 09 is? I've had my car for almost 3 months, since August 3. I currently have 1,510 miles on the car and I'm at 12.9 mpg... I called Nissan and they said it would fluctuate, but there's no fluctuation just a steady decline. I live in NYC... so I'm going off the 19 city miles. I know its a new car, but is it normal for the mpg to be soo low??
  • ahossa1ahossa1 Posts: 52
    You have 290HP so don't expect expect 19MPH in the city.U may get close to 16MPH. U bought performance over gas conservation.
  • aishadaishad Posts: 2
    but 12.9? I guess its my fault for not doing more research before I got the car. Not to mention my car was apart of the recall.. Starting to regret this purchase :-(
  • lsu50lsu50 Posts: 1
    I have a one month old 2009 Nissan Maxima with 1200 miles. Yesterday at a red light the service engine soon light, the slip indicator light and the vehicle dynamic control off light all came on. The car would not accelerate and would only idle at ten miles per hour. I checked all fluids levels and everything is Ok. This morning only the service engine light remained on and the car performed normally but after about five minutes the other two lights came on and the car again lost the ability to accelerate and would only idle. I am now trying to contact my dealer to get it towed in for service. Has anyone experienced this problem?
  • I have heard nothing, but excellent reviews on the Nissan Maxima. I had a 2004 Nissan Altima and never had a problem with the Altima other than changing the fuses. I could not afford the newer model Maxima; However I was able to purchase a 2008 Altima at 23,000. The next day the transmission failed and the car was towed back to Nissan.
    Any suggestions? :(
  • I was just writing about my 2008 Nissan Maximas transmission. The car would not accelerate after 60 mph. It did not change gears. Once I stopped the car it completely "went dead". I had bought the car used; However it was one day old for me. It has been towed back to Nissan. I am seriously considering a refund and purchasing for the same price an Altima. I had zero problems with my Altima that was a 2004.
  • My 2009 maxima sv with 8,000 miles was recently in for service, the dealership rotated the tires and now I have a mild vibration at 75+mph. I emailed the dealership and they thought maybe a "wieght" fell off when rotating the tires. My guess is if I bring the car in they'll charge me $99 to rebalance. Do you think they would cover this for free/warranty? Should I just go to a local tire shop and have the tires rebalanced for much less $$$?
  • At 8000 miles, everything should be under warranty.
  • I have an 09 Maxima and have been having issues with the clunking noise in the front end. The have already replaced the struts and strut bearings, but the noise is still there. The problem is, they can never reproduce the sound. I have taken the technician on a drive and showed him...he acknowledged hearing it, but when it got back to the shop they couldn't find the problem. I am taking it to another shop this week.

    Another problem I have is the anchor for the drivers side front floor mat. It came loose and wouldn't hold the floor mat. They tried gluing it in place, but that didn't work. Then they replaced the carpet (scratched the paint in the process and had to have that fixed). It wasn't two weeks and the anchor came loose again. Any ideas? Anyone else having that problem?
  • I have had the same clunking noise since May. I have taken this to the dealership approx 7 times to try and get this issue resolved. Still not fixed.
    I have a case opened with Nissan Corporate and still no resolution. Maybe if enough people complain this will get resolved soon. Very disappointed!
  • I am also a victim of this noise at the front end. I have taken the car to the dealership in Memphis Tn over 5+ times. They have replaced the struts and bearings and I hear the sound STILL!!! It seems to occur when I make left turns. I have taken the drive with the mechanic and ironically it does not make a sound!

    What should I do now? Who has the number to Nissan America?
  • My car is in the shop right now. They made a pair of strut sleeves to try to minimize the noise. The number for Nissan North America is 1-866-799-1690. I would recommend calling daily. It has taken me since June. They replaced the struts once already and when that didn't work they built the sleeves for me. We will see if it works. Very dissapointed in this car and Nissan service.
  • I am in the same boat. It is horrible.
  • i am on the phone with they guy now at nissan america. He is telling me that my car, although an 09, is not under the recall VIN!!!??? I mean we got the car earlier in the year I cannot imagine why it would not be included. Regardless of the fact of if its in the recall, we are experiencing the noises and problems explained in the recall.

    This is ludicrous
  • I have been calling the Nissan Customer Service Rep for the Western region for an update on my file every other day and they never return my call.

    If people like myself have been reporting this issue since May and Nissan hasn't been able to implement a fix, does anyone know if this could be considered a Lemon? Or does Nissan have the obligation to find a resolution since there are so many people experiencing the same issue?
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Hi, I wanted to find out from any current 2009 Maxima owners who have at least 10-20k miles on their cars if you have begun to have any brake/rotor issues in regards to grinding/squeaking when applying the brakes or have had the pads replaced already and/or rotors resurfaced?

    Reason I ask is that I have a 2010 Maxima with about 3k miles on it and I noticed that at times the brake pedal seems touchy and that I have to really press it down hard to get good braking from the car; I just got off a 2005 FX35 lease where I had to have the brakes replaced and rotors resurfaced every 10k miles and I wanted to know if I have to look forward to this on my 2010 Max

    Also of concern is that on the Altima forum, a lot of people, even 2009 Altima owners are having brake/rotor issues and I was hoping that is wouldn't translate into a problem on the 2009 and 2010 Maxima's as well
  • I have 05 Max
    If you go OEM even if you drive like me and avoid using brakes, you need to replace them approximately every 20-25 k. The rotors are the Achilles heal of Maxima. You can only resurface them once, essentially you are being forced to replace them every 40-45k miles.
  • Has anyone had problems with the monitor on the 09 maxima. During a rain storm yellowish spots appeared on the ipod screen. they have replaced the monitor and the problem was fixed, for about 5 minutes and now they're back Now I'm being told that it has always been that way..
  • I have a 2009 Maxima. I purchased it July of 2008, I now have 25,000 miles on it. I noticed from the first month I owned it that the brake rotors showed excessive wear,the breaks squeak, I have a squeak and clunk coming from the right front suspension. It only happens when I turn right and go up an incline. Have you noticed that the inside of the door jams on the drivers and passengers door were the front fender meets the door on the inside of the fender is not painted. it is gray primer. The dealers say they are all that way. That doesn't make it right.(poor excuse) My trunk liner on the trunk ceiling is falling down. ( I ordered the parts a year ago, still no call)
    I have been to two Nissan Dalers, Both have written repair orders, both told me they would have the Western Regional representative get in touch with me and I have written a letter to Nissan USA. This has been going on for 18months. As of today I still have not had a call from anyone, the first dealer went out of business and the second dealer has never called me back to tell me to come in to have my car repaired. I think it is time for a class action law suit. We all spent good money for what was supposed to be one of the best cars on the market.
    A poor economy is no excuse for poor customer service from a company that used to offer the best in the industry. Is any anyone intrusted in getting together on these issues.
    Seattle 01/24/2010
  • It should be easy for you to obtain and good following. I haven't had any problems yet with my 2009 and hopefully I won't. But..... I know a former Nissan dealer in my area that parted ways with Nissan for the same reason. He thought they make great cars but the customer service from Nissan corporate was terrible. He also sells Toyota and Chevy and claims that they bend over backwards to make the customer satisfied. However, Nissan's customer service was severely lacking and he just couldn't deal with it anymore. They wanted him to build a separate $5 million showroom separate from his other brands during a time when car sales were hurting.
    Nissan needs to take a serious look at their customer relations.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    agree with you totally on Nissan corporate customer service, this regional rep thing they have is absolutely pointless and worthless most of the time being when you speak to the regional rep they either can't help you or just tell you to go back to the dealer; when you call Nissan corp they tell you to speak to the regional rep

    Absolutetly ridiculous; I've leased several different makes in the last 6 years, Infiniti, Acura, Toyota, and now Nissan; Nissan has been the worse when it comes to customer service; they don't even respond when you send them a letter; with Acura they were up my [non-permissible content removed] all the time trying to help me out so you have to take it with a grain of salt

    I do agree Nissan needs to step up their customer service because when they have vehicles like the Maxima and Murano, which they charge just as much for as an Infiniti, Acura, and Lexus, you need to be giving your customers the same level of service that the luxury divisions do!!
  • I will be out of town for a week. When I return the first week of February I will contact and post the name and phone number of an attorney that will work on drafting a letter to Nissian on our behalf.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Please post no phone numbers! Otherwise your post will have to be removed.
  • vinnievinnie Posts: 10
    Uh, folks - Nissan has issued a recall for front strut replacement due to issues with the upper your dealer for more info....
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