Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 60 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Maxima based on all problems reported for the Maxima.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 01/19/2018

Over heating gurgling in over flow, had radiator flushed and topped off,still over heat,looking at my recites it says I have a leaking water hose but no one replaced it, on 9/27/16. Drove my car threw winter then went to another machanic had the thermostat replaced on 6/30/17 still over heat, brought car back to Nissan dealer on 1/19/18 told them it still gurgels and there was a slight hesitation when driving and I noticed my power steering hose was leaking, was told I need a water pump and radiator, power steering said was fixed and visc valve was stuck open so replaced , said car is good to go so when my girl friend and I got in the car the check engine light was on he said it's probably because of the new parts he then took the light off said drive it 30 miles so I could have a smog done, drove south bound on hwy 101 in santa rosa going 60 mph and the car shut down and all lights where flashing, had no power to get in a safe place off the freeway, coasted down the off ramp to gas station and called Nissan, they said have it towed back, while waiting for tow I lifted my hood to find not only was my power steering still leeking but two other hoses were leeking as well. When I looked at my recite it said found that both power steering hoses were leeking as well as high pressure power line but only pressure hose was replaced, I asked why they all weren't replaced while showing them the leak they said we will order those hoses today and I don't have to pay, lol really? one day later the manager wanted to speak to me with the mechanic ,long story short now I need a alternator, battery, coil,spark plugs,so I go and buy the spark plugs and alternator another $ 321 and $245 to fix , it sits now at Nissan with more problems then ever,and it almost cost my friend and I my life on the freeway, I looked up recalls on my year and found there where some on it shutting down.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 09/20/2017

Car had just been shut off from running to store I ran inside my house real quick came back out to leave again but car didn't start. Battery light came on and I noticed white smoke coming from under hood. Smelled like electrical parts were burning so I opened hood to notice fire coming from alternator. I used my shirt to put out and during inspection of damage found the fire burned wire harnesses and part of valve cover assembly where oil cap is located. This is an original oem part and the car only has 118,000 original miles. Found that a recall was done on the years prior for same issue but dealer stated they would not do nothing due to no recall. Alternator s don't just catch fire. . .

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 07/06/2017

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact coasted the vehicle to the shoulder and it would not restart. The vehicle was jumpstarted and driven to an independent mechanic (auto zone in rochester, minnesota) who diagnosed that the alternator failed. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic, but the vehicle stalled again. The friend of the independent mechanic diagnosed that the bushing failed. The vehicle was taken to the contact's residence and had not been driven since. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 11/28/2013

Warranty just expired after 5 years. Few months later, the telescoping steering wheel started making grinding noises and will not telescope back and forth unless I manually push or pull hard. Got quoted $850 for a repair, but I refused to pay that much to get it fixed as it is not my fault. I see many 2009 Nissans having this problem and I am extremely disappointed in the manufacturer to not recall this! this might be my last Nissan as I already had 3 Nissan batteries, my alternator replaced and my driver's seat frame replaced! I can't wait until my car loan is paid off!.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 1997 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle was smoking from under the hood on several occasions. The contact indicated the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who indicated that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Dyd.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

1997 Nissan Maxima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system recall the consumer stated his vehicle should have been included in the recall, because he experienced the same problem as other Nissan's that were recalled.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 03/12/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that at engine startup, the check engine warning light illuminated and sparks became visible once the hood was opened. The fire department was contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the alternator had melted and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 11/30/2011

Started the car. Heard a strange noise while driving out of the driveway about 10 mph, then smelled something burning, stopped the car and saw smoke coming out from the engine. Turned the car off, opened the hood and saw that the alternator was on fire. After researching the internet, found several cases where the 1999 Maxima has an issue with the alternator catching on fire, in some cases causing the vehicle to burn. Also found out that Nissan had a recall on the 1998 Maxima for alternator fires. Called Nissan about the problem. A Nissan rep called back and called it a "thermal incident. " I explained that a fire is not a "thermal incident" but is a fire (this is like describing a shotgun wound as acute lead poisoning). The Nissan rep said that due to the age and mileage of the vehicle, anything could happen. I explained that I understand that components do fail over time, but that a fire is unacceptable and this event could have caused a house to burn down or a car accident. The Nissan rep said that the life of a Nissan is 100,000 miles and basically said that anything could happen after that. I asked her if that was Nissan's position and she assurred me that she spoke for Nissan. I explained that I had several cars with over 100,000 miles and that I had replaced components, but none of the vehicles caused a fire. Search the internet for Maxima alternator fire--there are several instances for years before and including 1999. This seems to indicate that this is a problem with the Maxima and that they should be recalled. Car fires are unacceptable.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1996 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 08/08/2011

Car fire. My son's car caught on fire while he was driving it due to a part Nissan knew was defective. There is a recall for 1997-1999 Nissan Maximas due to a defect in their alternators that caused them to catch fire. Details about the recall are below. My son was driving his 1996 Maxima when the alternator caught fire. Luckily, he escaped without injury. Although his car was not included in the recall, clearly the part that started the fire is the same and it is the part that ignited the fire. I spoke with Nissan consumer affairs three times over the past couple of weeks. I am contacting you because I was not able to get Nissan to discuss this event in terms of the security aspect of it. Unfortunately, they chose to look at it strictly as a warranty issue. It stands to reason, if this part was in my son¿s car, it is also in other 1996 Maximas. The next person who experiences a car fire due to a faulty alternator may not be as lucky as my son. Note: I bought back the alternator from the service department and I have it at home. . Read more...

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 12/09/2010

Purchased used from dealer in petaluma California in February 2010. No problems until vehicle began loosing power while driving at 55. Dash abs indicator light came on. Vehicle suddenly slowed to 5 miles an hour, rpm's decreased. Steering still enabled as well as brakes. Almost caused accident several times. Towed to dealer (santa rosa Nissan, santa rosa California). Rented a car. Just received call from dealer stating I need an alternator, belts and have a massive oil leak at valve cover gasket. Told him I spilled oil yesterday, my mechanic already checked for leaks, there are none. Made him aware of the 3 recalls on this vehicle addressing loss of power (2 out of 3 recalls). Said he would check and get back to me. My mechanics have not mentioned belts or alternator to me.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 09/25/2009

While traveling in the number (2) lane of the us 405 n freeway at speeds of over 65 mph, I noticed that the battery light started flickering, and within 10 seconds the accelerator ceased to respond when pressure was applied. When the accelerator was pushed, the engine would rev, and the rpm gauge would show the gauge moving up, but the engine would not respond. I pushed the accelerator all the way inwards, but the engine would not respond. Approximately 15-20 seconds later, I noticed that the engine ceased operating, and the wheel locked. I was also unable to apply the brakes, as when I pushed the brakes nothing happened and the brake pedal felt very stiff and non-responsive. At the same time, lights on the dashboard cluster were illuminated. I started panicking as I had no control of a vehicle traveling over 60 mph on a freeway during evening hours los angeles traffic. I immediately activated my emergency indicators, and waited in complete panic until the vehicle came to a rolling stop on the side of the freeway. During the same evening, the vehicle started to exhibit the same malfunctions as experienced earlier that day and the vehicle died in the middle of the street. Diagnosis: client states vehicle won't start. Brake and battery lights are on after charging the battery performed battery test with the battery tester center midtronics Nissan mcr620. Gr8 battery tester was unable at this time. Test results good battery and charging system incident. Upon inspection terminal 1 connector f6 found terminal melting where connect to alternator and also part of the harness and alternator burnt due to terminal nut loose and has much play. Call Nissan tech line, and report the incident and also for help. The consumer also stated when he applied the brake, the steering wheel and the entire vehicle started to shake. The battery light would illuminate at times when the vehicle was in park and would start to flicker and flash. Updated 05/05/10.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 12/28/2007

Nothing but problems since the vehicle was purchases new in '01. From replacing the alternator, strong shutter in breaks even after replacing twice and needs again, replaced rear oxygen sensors twice with now a third needed, replaced mass air flow sensor, and now vehicle is out of commission due to needing a new computer system, idle speed control sensor, and rear O2 sensors(again)! also a leaking power steering pump and power window motors are near death. I understand wear and tear on a vehicle but this is an extreme case! potential epa issues due to the oxygen sensors failing time after time.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 06/19/2007

My 1999 Nissan Maxima se had one coil replaced in 2003. This year I replaced the alternator as well. My airbag light flashes constantly and my clock goes in and out of service. My service engine soon light came on and the car runs very rough. When idling it sounds like a choking piece of crap and on the hills the light flashes. I was told I had a bad coil again and took it for a diagnostic that said multiple misfire and replace all six coils. I have read complaint after complaint about coils. When I bought my Maxima new I thought I was buying a car that was reliable but I am hearing that coil replacement is the rule not the exception. I also have rear brake noise. . . . Since year three of owning the car. I have replaced two sets of brake pads as well.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 06/04/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Maxima gle. When accelerating from a stop, the vehicle will completely shut off and not restart. The incident occurred twice and the vehicle was towed to a mechanic on both occasions. The first time the battery was replaced and the second time the cause of failure was determined to be the crank position sensor. The contact is experiencing the same failure as noted in recall # 03v455000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The current and failure mileages were 54,550. The consumer stated Nissan did not find the cause of the problem, when the vehicle was taken to an independent dealer he determined the cause was a fluctuating voltage given out by the alternator and a worn wire harness which could of shorted the system. Upon the repair of the defects, there is no further investigation needed. Updated 07/18/07.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 11/30/2006

On 30 November 2006 I started the car which then quit running and started smoking from under the hood. I could see the alternator was burning so I pulled the battery cable to stop the fire. Damage affected the alternator, electrical connector and some wiring. I discovered there was a recall for defective alternators on this vehicle. My alternator failure appears to be the same as the failures covered by the NHTSA campaign id 02v171000 dated June 24, 2002. I contacted Nissan on December 1, 2006 who stated my VIN was within the range of vehicles for this recall and they would contact the dealer after further research. I contacted the dealer who stated it appeared the vehicle should be covered by the recall but could not proceed until authorization from Nissan. On 8 December, 2006,after 7 days, Nissan contacted me and stated my VIN was not included in the recall and refused to fix the defective alternator. Nissan could not explain how my VIN was within the range of vehicles affected by the recall but my particular VIN was not included. I had the vehicle repaired at my expense and had to turn-in the defective alternator as a core so the defective alternator is not available for inspection. It appears the range of defective alternators is larger than Nissan is willing to accept responsibility. This is a safety defect that needs to be addressed and Nissan held accountable. The damage could have been much worse.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 08/30/2006

: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled however it would restart. This had occurred since the vehicle was purchased. It was taken to a dealer who could not determine the cause of the problem. There have been several repairs to the vehicle including the replacement of three oxygen sensors, the alternator and starter. There was a recall #02v171000 pertaining to the electrical system. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 12/15/06.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 08/09/2006

Prob #4 on August 9, 2006, I went to leave for work and my car would not start at all. When I turned the key it sounded as if it would start, but it would not turn over. It is an alternator problem. I had enough with this car. After reading and printing all the complaints on this website, I ended up with 42 pages of complaints, 3 to a page. A number of the complaints had alternator problems and the Maxima dying on them while driving around the same mileage that my car is at right now, 27,300. My car is only 3 years old and it would not start!!! when my husband came home from work it started right up for him. I refuse to drive this car now. I am pregnant and cannot risk being stuck on the side of the road somewhere. My husband called the Nissan dealership and spoke the man who sold us the car, we are going to try to get out of the lease. I have a complete lemon. On top of all this, I received two recall notices on this car. The first one is for corrosion in the back bumper for "salty" states. Since NY is considered a salty state, I am suppose to get this taken car of by their "caring" dealerships. I called Nissan in smithtown, NY and made an appointment for 7/20/06 who lost my appt. I made this appointment a month and half before this. She put the service manager on the phone who told me he cant make an appointment for me until Nov! I told him I would call corp and he said go ahead. Another complaint to corp, nothing done. Received another recall notice that the coils in the head rest can go on fire! not only is the car terrible, but the dealerships are no better. All this money customers spend on this car and the service workers and managers at both habberstad and smithtown are rude & obnoxious. Corp told me to try another dealership! I told her I will not drive all over long island to find a dealership who will actually help their customers, and that the amount of money I paid for this car, no one should be treated this way. Nissan should be investigated.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 04/17/2006

: the contact stated the alternator caught on fire. There is an NHTSA recall, # 02v171000 regarding the electrical system: alternator/generator/regulator. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 03/16/2006

On Thursday, March 16, 2006 at approximately 10:15am I went out to my driveway and started my 1998 Nissan Maxima. Upon starting there was a terrible grinding noise. I turned the car off and restated it at which time the car began smoking. I drove the car directly to my independent service station (approximately 1/4 mile ) for them to check the vehicle. Upon opening the hood, we observed fire, which was extinguished. Further observation confirmed that the alternator had caught fire and the service station made the repairs. The old parts are available for inspection. As there is a recall on some 1998 Nissan Maxima's for this problem I can't understand why this matter is being taken so lightly. The next time this occurs, the results could be tragic.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 12/15/2005

The contact stated while pulling out of the driveway the alternator caught on fire, and the fire was immediately extinguished. The vehicle has not been taken to dealership yet for inspection. The alternator was replaced prior to this incident under NHTSA recall 02v171000 . The manufacturer has agreed to fix the vehicle under the recall. The repairs have not made.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 08/19/2005

1997 Maxima se. I pulled into my garage and could smell something burning. I lifted the hood of the car and saw smoke coming from the alternator. It drained the battery. As I replaced the battery, the alternator caught fire.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 08/15/2005

There is a recall for the alternator, however, Nissan stated this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. The consumer started the vehicle and could hear a sound and viewed smoke coming from under the hood. The consumer opened the hood and saw fire in middle of the alternator. This happened on August 15, 2005. The vehicle was repaired. The consumer kept the bad alternator. Recall campaign# 02v171000. The consumer requested reimbursement for the replacement of the alternator. There was also a vibration in the steering wheel while driving on the highway.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 07/22/2005

Recall-Nissan Maxima alternator ,1998 . Open recall,does not need to be original owner. Before I was informed of recall alternator stopped working (on highway going 55 lucky to be alive)! after repairs were made,car came out of repair shop with air bag light blinking. Took car to Nissan. After paying $100. 00,they informed me side air bags were faulty and they're not sure if front air bags will work properly. After I was informed of recall I brought car back to Nissan,they replaced new alternator with another new alternator and paid me for the first alternator. My claim is that the faulty alternator under a recall notice caused my air bags to stop working. Nissan has informed me it's possible we will look into it. Have not heard anything from Nissan. They did inform me it would cost $1,200. 00 to fix. So now my son is driving the car without knowing one way or the other if the air bags will work. Nissans not sure if fronts will work! Nissan needs to replace air bags at there cost. There product caused the problem.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 06/29/2005

My battery/brake lights went on my 2003 Nissan murano and the engine died while I was on the highway. I lost my brakes and steering and almost caused a big accident on the highway with speeding cars behind me going 55-65 mph. I was able to start the car again but it died at the entrance of a one lane road leading to the fdr drive in new york city. Worse is that there a big construction under the 59th st. Bridge and I was stuck right in the middle of this construction and caused a major, major traffic from york avenue till fdr. I had to be pushed out of fdr (awds cannot be towed) and had to pay the tow truck. After that I had to call a flatbed to bring my car to the dealer. This should have been recalled long time ago so people do not go thru what I went thru. Do you have to wait till people die on the highway? the alternator and battery was replaced by dealer since it was under warranty. I was charged for the new battery! and of course, I had to pay for the towing.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 06/18/2005

My wife backed the car out of the garage and noticed a burning smell. She turned off the engine and got me. When I opened the hood there was smoke and a burning smell. The alternator had started to burn as well as the wiring harness. This issue was covered by NHTSA campaign id 02v171000, but Nissan says my VIN was not among those affected and my car is not covered by the recall.

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