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All About 2008 Nissan Maxima Transmission Recalls


When you maintain your car properly, you can usually feel pretty good about its safety on the road. And of course, if a major safety defect is discovered in your vehicle, you should receive a formal recall notification. Unfortunately, not all security flaws are remembered.

Does the 2008 Nissan Maxima have transmission recalls?

Officially, there was no recall notice regarding the transmission, but that doesn’t mean the owners haven’t reported as:

  • Complete transmission failure
  • Transmission stuck in gear
  • Harsh/noisy shift
  • Change without notice

Do you drive a 2008 Nissan Maxima? If so, you should be aware of these potential security issues. We’ve covered some of the most common transmission complaints in detail below for your convenience.


Transmission failure

NHTSA Complaint ID: 11282875

The owner of this 2008 Maxima claims that while driving down the highway, the rpm reading on the vehicle’s instrument panel began to jump erratically and the vehicle would not accelerate.

Finally, the vehicle stopped due to inertia, forcing the driver to stop in the middle of a merging lane. After being towed to a shop, the driver was told the transmission had failed and needed to be replaced.

The transmission stuck in the gear

NHTSA Complaint ID Number: 11010533

This complaint, filed in July 2017, reports that after accidentally draining the battery by leaving the ignition in accessory mode, the vehicle was stuck in first gear, even after the battery burned out.

After towing the vehicle to a dealer, the diagnosis was that the transmission needed to be replaced.

Strong and hard transmission shift

NHTSA Complaint ID: 10237925

The owner of this 2008 Maxima reported in August 2008 that when shifting from gear to reverse and back again, the gears can be heard making clicking noises. During this time, the transmission and the vehicle itself appear to jerk or rush when changing gears.

The owner did not report bringing the car in for service or inspection.

The car moves backward.

NHTSA Complaint ID: 10252900

In this 2008 NHTSA Complaint, the owner of a 2008 Maxima claims that while backing out of a driveway, the vehicle suddenly stopped and began moving forward.

After being inspected, the vehicle was found to need a new transmission with only about 5,000 miles on the odometer.

How do you handle a 2008 Nissan Maxima recall?

You can always check your 2008 Maxima for open recalls on the NHTSA Reminder Page. Simply enter your VIN and you will instantly receive a list of open recalls on your car.

Don’t put off setting reminders; Contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261 for help finding an authorized service center and scheduling your free repair as soon as possible.


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