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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    No. The document clearly states:

    Emission control and emission related parts are covered for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of vehicle use; and

    * Specified major emission control components are covered for the first 8 years or 80,000 miles of vehicle use.

    There are three specified major emission control components, covered for the first 8 years or 80,000 miles of vehicle use on 1995 and newer vehicles:

    * Catalytic converters.
    * The electronic emissions control unit or computer (ECU).
    * The onboard emissions diagnostic device or computer (OBD).
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I had the ECU "flashed" because of the bad O2 sensor, cost me $79. Doesn't that fit into the 8yr/80k? And my thorough investigation found that the problem with Nissan's O2 sensors is not the sensors themselves, it's the ECU. The paramaters for throwing a code were too narrow, so the reprogram widens them. The replacement of the O2 sensor itself was done as a "maintenance" item, even though it was probably fine and the ECU was to blame. This is VERY COMMON on 5th gen Maximas. Very well known in other Max enthusiast forums.
  • corgi33corgi33 Posts: 1
    The past few days I have noticed that when I merge with traffic entering the highway on the ramp. My maxima accelerates even after I take my foot off the gas pedal. When I apply the brakes the car slows down but makes a loud thump sound. When I took my Maxima to the dealer they checked it out and said nothing was wrong. I am very happy with my maxima but this acceleration problem concerns me. Any ideas or suggestions on what it could be?.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    Hi all, my dad is looking at a 2000 Maxima GXE with 57k miles, and they are asking $11,000 for it. He said it looked in about average condition. What are some of the known problems with this model? What all have you guys experienced with your maximas? He also wanted to know if this was one of the models that the timing belt had to be replaced at a certain mileage, and how costly it was. This is a private individual selling the car, and blue book on it is less than 10k, edmunds says around 10 or so, but the seller says "firm". Do you guys think this is a good deal? Options on the car are minimal, power windows, locks, mirrors, bose sound, and thats about it. no spoiler, no fog lights, nothin like that. Any info you guys can give will be very helpful. Thanks!
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    timing chain

    coil problems in ignition system I think
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Warped Rotors. Bad Coils. O2 sensors. No need replace timing chain. You can do better if you start shopping more Maximas. Can get SE or GLE that'll have many more features and better resale for same price. Keep looking and comparing.
  • Hey everyone,

    I have an 01 SE that has the front 02 sensor out (code P0420 on the computer). I've got 41K on it (so no warranty) and the dealer came back with $1100 to fix it because there is a tsb on this issue (NTB00-070b) that says replace the sensor and front tube assembly (the tube assy costs $700 alone!!!).

    OK, I need to replace the O2 sensor. Question is: Do I need to do the front tube assembly also? I've seen the tsb, asked around with a local mechanic and two dealers, etc.

    Has anyone else dealt with this? Or can you tell me what to look for with a "bad" front tube assembly? I'm having issues dropping 1K+ on a car I've owned less than 3 years.

  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Kinda funny, my prev post says O2 sensors are a prob on Maxis, that's Nissans by the way and not just the Maxima. Here's my .02. What I know about Maxima O2 sensor problems is that the ECU is often to blame. For me, a "flash" program was entered into the ECU after my rear O2 sensor was replaced. I'm not that technical (on cars anyway), but my understanding was that it widened the parameters that the ECU would allow an O2 sensor to vary before throwing a code. In other words, the sensor could be fine but the ECU has a bad program so it THINKS it's bad. This could very well NOT be the case for you, but for others that are having sensor problems it's worth an investigation. To get the ECU updated it's like $79. So you could try that first, that'll clear the SES light, then you keep driving to see if comes back on. Only thing O2 sensors are good for is emissions, they help the computer regulate fuel to oxygen ratio, so it won't really hurt you to keep driving the car (most often). Except for maybe increased fuel consumption by running too rich. I replaced my O2 sensor ($330 with labor) but I should've just flashed ECU and left O2 cuz it was probably ok. Lastly, O2 sensors are actually considered a regular "maintenance" item, just like spark plugs!! Doesn't mean they should poop out at < 3yrs and 40K miles. Then again neither should my alternator on 2000 Max with 60K miles, but it did for $440. ~seeya
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    Yes - if the O2 sensor fails then you may run too rich which may affect your fuel economy or spark plugs; or you may run too lean resulting in high engine temperatures. If you monitor your temp gauge and all seems ok, then you're probably ok.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    Would you recommend a 2000 Maxima as a grocery getter? This would replace my mother's '93 SSEI Bonneville, which has about 118k on it. 57k is a little high, but that car should still have plenty of life left in it. The price is kinda high on it because the current owners, who are the second owners of the vehicle, have only had it a year, and supposedly still owe better thank 12 grand on the loan. They originally wanted $12,500 for it, but now are "firm" at $11,000. My dad drove it, and said it was okay, but nothing special. My parents would probably use this car for the occasional vacation. What do you guys think? Or do you think they could do better finding an SE or a GLE with all the bells and whistles?
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Find a same year SE or GLE for same price with lower miles and more bells and whistles. GXE is the stripped base model. 11K for a GXE is too much in my opinion. 2000 and 01 Max's are a dime a dozen around here at least. Keep shopping and do some comparing. An SE or GLE will have better resale at 100k miles as well.
  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    Was your alternator not covered by the 5 year 60,000 mile warranty? I had a 2000 SE and the alternator went on it after 55,000 miles. the car was not quite 3 years old and it was covered under warranty. I assumed since the car had that many miles that it must have been covered under the 5 year/60,000 mile warranty.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Nope, not covered under warranty, and I'm pretty surprised yours would be, sounds lucky to me. The 5/60 warranty is supposedly "powertrain" only, meaning transmission and/or motor. Anything after 3 yrs or 36k miles, excluding powertrain, is the owner being SOL. Although I have heard of some people lobbying Nissan for help with various well known product defect problems like coils, repeatedly warped rotors, etc. I found that the alternator part was like $225, then of course they hit me with the "Diagnostic" fee of $79, to make SURE it was the alternator, along with labor and tax, plus I think I threw in a oil change since I was due, and the total bill was like $400-440. Sucked. 2000 Max SE auto with 63K at the time.
  • ocuihsocuihs Posts: 138
    No wonder Nissan stopped production on SkyView Roofs in February 2004.
    Our 2004 Maxima is 10 months old with 5600 miles when the SkyView Roof shattered during our vacation to MA. It was a very loud thump heard from inside the car (thinking that one of my kids threw something toward the roof). But then I realized reading about other people&#146;s experiences with SkyView Roof problems.

    Immediately asked my wife to slowly open the shades and see the SkyView Roof (it was totally shattered into pieces). To keep an accident from happening and glasses flying off, we decided to stop at a rest area, which was ½ mile away to see how extent the damage was. It was really bad cause it was all shattered plus it started to bulge up from the middle and pieces of glass were starting to come off. We had our car towed to the nearest Nissan dealer (30 minutes) and they arranged a glass company to put a &#147;temporary fix&#148; the next day. This &#147;temporary fix&#148; was to help us last all the way home until we get it to our local dealer to replace it under warranty.

    ** &#147;Temporary Fix&#148; = sucked up loose glass pieces from the shades, covered, and taped from rain, etc.; Just left whatever was intact **

    ACTION# PE04-035
    DATE OPENED 12-APR-2004

    Shattered SkyView Roof pictures taken at the rest area:
  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    I looked into it a little to find out why my alternator was covered (because I didn't argue at all to get it covered) and found out that in Canada alternators are covered under the powertrain warranty for model year 1999 to 2001 cars( ain_warranty.html ). I am not sure why they would be covered in Canada and not in the US. My alternator died while I was on vacation 2 summers ago and the car had to be towed over 150 miles to the nearest Nissan dealer. Good thing everything was covered including the tow (roadside assistance is included with every Nissan in Canada).
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    No clue how an alternator would be covered under the powertrain warranty, other than it supplies power from an electric point of view anyway. Not covered in USA though,that much I know. Mine didn't fail completely, I was getting flickering lights, dash, clock, dome, headlights, etc all would flicker simultaneously. Supposedly alternator was overcharging aka "spiking", started to dry up juice in battery. Added juice, didn't replace batt, was still within specs.
  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    Ya, mine did that when it started to go. The ABS light first came on and off a few times. Then it was joined by the most lights on the dash. Then the speedometer and engine speed indicator started going up and down rapidly. It looked like the car was possesed. Then the whole thing just died. My battery was also low on water and they actually replaced it. Funny how the cars would have different warranties in the two countries. The cars are identical (except for speedometers having kilometers as their main units in Canada).
  • Follow up on the O2 sensor.

    I decided to go ahead and replace just the sensor with my local mechanic (price difference of $150 lower than the dealer).

    The weekend before I would drop it off, I popped the hood and snooped around a bit. Noticed the air filter was pretty bad so I dropped in a new one (nothing special, Walmart - Fram special for $7.50).

    Drove the car to work on Monday morning the light was on. Went out for lunch and it was OFF!!! It's been off ever since. It must have reset itself because the code wasn't showing up any more. Now the air filter was dirty but not unusable that I replaced. Anyone heard of that?
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    how many miles since last change
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Don't matter how many miles on air filters, matters on conditions of those miles. A couple thousand miles of dirt roads versus no dirt roads makes an enourmous difference on the filter. My folks live on a dirt road and they require air filter changes WAY more frequently than my cars do. I run a K&N and clean it myself, reusable for up to 1,000,000 miles. Then again it cost $50!
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    if he drove on dirt i felt he would tell us
  • ocuihsocuihs Posts: 138
    my bad, please ignore the first statement on my previous post: "No wonder Nissan stopped production on SkyView Roofs in February 2004." I read it wrong on

    our SkyView Roof's glass replacement is fixed in 3 business days. Nissan overnight the glass to our dealer yesterday and fixed it today.

    Overall, it was a superb experience!!

    The dealer in MA and our local dealer have this award: "Nissan Owner First Award of Excellence".

    The "temporary fix" to prevent from the weather and SkyView Roof's glass replacement pictures:
  • fasterfaster Posts: 2
    Hi, My 01 SE has many issues that I want to take it to a service shop for checking. Mainly I want to check suspensions, tires, brakes, and steering.

    Can any one recommend an honest, skillful, and competitively priced mechanic (or shop) in Northern Virginia (Fairfax)?

    I am willing to drive a bit farther to get a person/shop if they meet my needs.

    Thank you very much for your kind help in advance.

  • slj930slj930 Posts: 2
    Hi! I just recently purchased a 2000 Maxima SE. I've had no complaints, except last month I started to hear a buzzing noice after the engine is turned off. I had someone take it to a Nissan dealer and was told that the problem was the Electronic Engine Mounts.

    From searching previous chat discussions, I see this is a common problem for this model. What this mechanic said that I had a hard time with is that if the problem isn't fixed, it could cause some sort of electical or computer short. Has anyone heard of this before?

    I was told that the repair would cost approximately $700 (high mileage, no longer on warranty), but if it's something that can be put off or is just a nuisance noise, obviously I'd much rather put it off for the time being. The car is performing great otherwise.

    Thanks in advance for any info anyone can provide.
  • balbal Posts: 2
    Had the same identical experience, with no solution at the moment. Dealer tried reducing the tire pressue, no improvement. Will be asking dealer to change tires to see if that resolves issue.
  • balbal Posts: 2
    I noticed that you had a March posting, have you found a solution to your problem?
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 252
    Thank you all for your knowledge, suggestions, etc. My dad didn't get the Maxima, and is now looking at the Buick line, such as a Park Avenue. Found one today, a '99 Ultra with 52k, leather, moonroof, power/heated seats, all the goodies for $13k. I think it'll suit him, and mom, much better. It'll have more room and be more comfortable on trips. Thanks again!
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    spray parts of the front end with water, and tighten every frame bolt you can see
  • Does anyone know if there is a fix from Nissan on the exploding Sky View roofs and sunroofs and also on the front end "bong" and suspension/tire vibration problems?
  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    only the skyview was exploding, not the traditional sunroof.
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