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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • inemerinemer Posts: 44
    Can some body give me a good advice?
    We have 2000 Nissan Maxima. Starting last Sunday, when we park our car in a garage trunks open him self. Our bedroom right over garage and all night I can hear clinking sound of trunks opener. Their two new thing in our house that was not here before Sunday: water heater and cell phone. I have another idea; maybe a button on a key remote control from Maxima gets stack and that why trunks opened every 1 min. I will check this theory tonight. Any other thought?
  • I have an '01 SE automatic with just under 3K miles on it. The car runs well however here are a few things I'm observing and wonder if any of this sounds familliar to anyone. First: 1st to second gear isn't "crisp". It kind of "slides" from 1st to 2nd however, the car accelerates strongly - no power loss during the shift change. Second: the engine or tranny seems to "whine" a bit. Normal sound? Again - doesn't seem to be a power loss or slippage except for what I described above. Third: the engine sounds just a little out of time, I suppose mostly when cold but there is no rough feel as I think there would be if the car really was out of time. These are sounds from inside the car. If I have the window opened and I am next to a wall or something, the car sounds most sweet. Lastly, I am only getting somewhere between 18 to 20 MPG (premium 93 octane)in hwy / city type driving. I have a lead foot and when on highway am usually between 70 / 80 MPH. The car seems to run great and realy "goes" when I want it to. Are these "observations" of an overly critical ear? What do you think? I think I may be overly critical and these may be normal for this car. I am realy happy with the performance of this car, all in all. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
  • q45manq45man Posts: 416
    Remember the mileage estimates are for 55 mph cruise NO AC on and for non Ethanol or MTBE blend gasoline! So 80/55= 45% higher rpm so 45%/2 ...3 cylinders fire per revolution 22% worse at minimum due to higher speed not counting the aerodynamic load which requies more HP generation.
    As you get away from the optimized fuel economy point [2000-2500 rpm] the injectors are richen to lower the combustion temperature. Not unusual to see a 25-30% decrease in cruise mpg when going 80 mph vs 55.
  • That kind of thing can happen, as you suggest, if the remote control gets stuck or is accidentally hit, which might happen if the remote is in your pocket and you're not too far from the garage. Something similar happened to us a couple of times until we got in the habit of hanging our car keys on a hook by the door. No more problems.
  • I have a 5speed 2000 se, so I can't speak to the auto trans but we get 21-24mpg regularly in fairly bad traffic commuting mostly with the climate air running (Houston), but we are not leadfoots except on occasion. Sounds like your milage is typical. Keep tires aired up, and don't drive like such a manic and you should be able to keep it in the 20's.

    In fact my wife was squealing about my hitting WOT and rowing through the gears on this one short entrance ramp -- even though she was the one who wanted the Max the most. Now I think she would have liked something sleepy like the Avalon instead! After the baby, you know she's more conservative. Keep telling her "you don't have to slow for this corner"...
  • I just purchased a 2000/GXE with 14,800 miles, car runs great but I've noticed a few things that maybe I can get some info. on.
    1. CD starts to skip when heat is on (4-5song in), CD itself is very warm when ejected.
    2. I can't open the driver door (when locked) with the handle, must hit lock release first, can this be reset?
    3. Brakes work fine but seem to grind a bit, is that normal?
    4. Drivers side window squeals, what/where do I apply white grease?

    I got 24 MPG on my first tank, not bad for 2/3 hi way 1/3 city.

    Appreciate any help!
  • Thanks for your posts on gas mileage, etc.
  • Hi have a 2001 Nissan Maxima GLE. I don't know exactly what color it is, it looks like a champagne color. The paid is falling apart. I used a sponge to wipe bird poop off the hood and it scratched the paint or the clear coat terribly. This morning a washed the car off with water and in a separate place on the hood and there was a chunk of paint missing and it looks like is going to start to peel off. I have an appointment with the Service Director this afternoon to see if he thinks it is a factory problem. I have owned 2 Honda Accords, and Acura Integra and a Ford Escort Wagon that were 9 + years old when I sold them and none of them have ever had paint problems like this. I have always lived in the same city in the same neighborhood and have driven in the same conditions.
  • This paint problem which Nissan is having, and by the looks of it isn't going to do anything about, is all too disturbing. I have plans on placing a deposit on a 2002 Maxima, fully loaded, this Saturday and hearing all these paint complaints really worries me. I'm truly beginning to give the purchase a second thought. After all I have owned many cars in the past. As a matter a fact I have owned cars from all of the Big 3 manufactures and none of them had paint issues. This is my first Import and I really do like the Max I just don't want to be connecting the dots on my new $30,000.00 vehicle two months down the road.
  • I may not be fashionable for saying this, but if you want to minimize the paint problems be careful with the colors. The problem just described was on the gold car. It is a heavy metalic. Glacier Mist, Majestic blue and Merlot are probably more durable colors since the paint doesn't have such a heavy metalic content.
  • I own 90 maxima that has been a great car (170k). Recent problems have arose that have all been fixed except two. 1st, car is hard to start when cold and dies later when driving with no warning. Both problems intermittent. Regarding the starting, if the car does not start immediately after turning the key, it isn't going to start on that try. After numerous trys (usually about 5) it starts and runs normally. While driving it runs perfectly except sometimes it will die with out any warning. Usually when at idle or near idle also when this happens the RPM gauge goes kind of crazy. Usually when I notice this the RPM gauge is near 0 then will usually bounce like it is trying to start with no accompanying engine noise or acceleration. The gauge appears to just do its own thing for a little bit. That may be unrelated but thought I would throw that in. I recently changed the timing belt(because it was time), the temp control sensor, the spark plugs, the distributor cap, rotor, and coil. All items except coil and timing belt were replaced to fix studdering when accelerating and the studdering stopped but now have this problem(I believe this problem was there all along just not noticed due to severe studdering always happening). Have tried to diagnose with ECU red and green lights but it shows all normal. Dealer and other mech unable to find problem so far. Since I have done some mech work in the past it sure seems to me like an ignition problem due to the rapid way it dies coupled with the fact that it drives normally otherwise. Any suggestions? My local parts guy had similar problem with 95 nissan pickup and he was replacing the crack angle sensor and the power module. No word yet if that fixed it for him.
  • I own 2000 maxima se automatic
    The problem is first to second gear slip or delay
    i know there is some bulletins ntb00039a but this bulletin did'nt resolv the problem.

    Appreciate any help!
  • The paint problems on the Maxima are well known.

    To read more about it, go to

    It seems like every color is problematic, not just the metallics.

    Galvinjjr, before you put your money down on the car, check out the web site above. It's a sad situation because the Maxima is such a great ride, but this paint problem is hard to overlook, esp. when considering resale value when you're ready to trade it in.

    I have a 2001 GXE in sterling mist and I have been "connecting the dots" since the third week that I owned the car. It's heartbreaking.

  • Hi,

    I'd like to suggest you replacing the fuel pump. Although, it fixed my problem on my other car (not Nissan), I think it's worth a try. The fuel pump doesn't cost much and easy to replace.

    Hope you get your car fix before the winter :)
  • Since I didn't get any responses for a while I assumed maybe I had gotten too technical. Anyway, I have an update. Your fuel pump idea was on track although they are expensive to me ($299), I will gladly change it if necessary. I want to the local dealer (3rd time) and talked with the lead mech. He suggested to diagnosis the problem by placing a fuel gauge in line to check fuel pressure and leave it there until the problem happened again. Then when it happens without doing anything else get out open the hood and check the gauge for proper pressure (somewhere around 35-40) I did that today and to my amazement the car started acting up within 5 minutes after putting it in while still in the garage and the fuel gage was on 0. (normal reading before) So I tried to further diagnosis wiring/ fuel relay / fuel pump. Mech told me the fuel pumps hardly ever fail and that it was probably something besides that. My multimeter was not up to the job so after reading in my maint book I decided to buy fuel relay and fuel pump. They would have to order fuel pump but had fuel relay in stock so I took the relay ($15) and put it in. Decided to wait and see what happens over the next few days. Learned a lot so far and hope I have it fixed with this. On a strange note, as I mentioned before the tach goes crazy when this happens well this time when I tried to start it the tach went berserk again. While the car is not running it is bouncing from 0 to 1 thousand erratically. This worries me that maybe I have an ignition type signal that is shutting off the fuel pump and causing this tach problem. I hope I am wrong.
  • I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima. No big problems to complain about except this awful rotten egg smell coming from the exhaust. I was told by a friend that the smell is from the detergents in the gasoline. So, I tried 3 different gasoline stations(Exxon, Shell, and Chevron) and I still notice the same problem. Is this an inherent problem with the Maxima or is it really the gas?
  • Rich, do you live in the Northeast? Many, if not most, brands of gas change their formula in the northeast to a "winter" blend as of Nov. 1. People were complaining about this last year. It goes away around the 1st of April when they change back again. I live in Virginia, have not had ANY problems with the sulphur type smell.

    Re paint problems - I have the Satin Blue. I have a few tiny "dots" of paint chips on the lower bumper, but none at all on the rest of the car. Looks great.
  • i have the satin blue and have not had problems either (so far). i've had the car since February 2001.
  • rdl40rdl40 Posts: 60
    I'm in the market for a new vehicle and the Maxima is one of those vehicles. I'm currently driving a '93 Taurus SHO manual 5-speed (170k miles) it's been a good car but time to move into something newer.

    I did drive the Maxima "02 6-speed, this car is really nice and one of the few 4 door sedans with a manual gear box. After reading some of your threads, I'm concerned about the Nissans paint related problems. Should I still buythis car?
    As a novice to the Nissan line up, are their any other issues I should know about this car? (reliability, resale, safety etc.)

    Only other car in the running is the Chrysler 300M special (with no available man. gearbox).

    Also, If I want to upgrade to 18" wheels and tires what size options do I have?

    thanks, ron
  • cmkmcmkm Posts: 3
    I have had my '00 Maxima SE 5 speed for almost 3 months now and the problem I've experienced more and more is that in 2nd gear while excelerating, the car `pings' alot there is a slight stuter during accelaration. Has anyone else noticed this or have suggestions. I've been almost always using 93 Octane and the problem wasn't evident when I bought the vehicle.
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