Engine Problems of Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 30 problems related to engine (under the engine and engine cooling 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   Engine problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima, bought brand new fully loaded car in early 2006. After 80,000 miles on it, the car started jerking on me. Had transmission fluid changed but it didnt help. Recently came to know that transmission needs to be replaced, a $5000 expense. The car starts jerking when it is hot or have been driven in city for atleast 15-20 mins. The shifting of gears is difficult. It has stopped on me many times while driving, a high risk when I am on highways. When merging on highway, the increase in speed takes longer than usual, so makes it very difficult to merge. Pls recall this, because it is not safe to drive and lot of people are experiencing this.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 04/04/2011

Driving to work on the freeway and the car bucked and randomly accelerated and idled high. Later found out that the iac valve had antifreeze that leaked through a gasket causing it to short out. Shortly after also discovered that the valve shorting out ($200 part) cause the ecm to short out. After labor and parts this turns a $200 repair into over a $2000 repair and causes for unsafe driving due to the erratic idle and surging at the time when the valve shorts out.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 03/07/2010

While doing normal driving, on two occasions, one coming down a slight hill and planning to stop at a corner, and once when pulling into my carport, with foot lightly on the brake, I noticed the engine racing at 2000 rpm or so, trying to accelerate. Was able to hold car with footbrake, and, after stopping, problem did not seem to repeat immediately.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 01/20/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Maxima. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the contact noticed that the vehicle jerked forward and vibrated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the control solenoid and valve body needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 17,000 and the current mileage is approximately 82,000. Updated 1/19/2010 updated 01/27/11.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 11/26/2009

I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and the engine keeps on slipping. It happens about 30% of the time when I'm shifting to first gear. I when the a transmission shop and had everything checked and they changed my transmission oil, but after about 2 weeks the slipping started again. I have read online that I'm not the only person having this problem with 04-06 Nissan Maximas. There are a lot people having engine slips with this car.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 07/12/2009

I recently brought a user Maxima 2004 se 3 weeks back. When I first drove it with 55,500miles on it. It is having this problem from day one but I did not observer clearly but these days I can feel the jerking affect. When I start driving the car it jerks from 1st to 2nd and sometime into 3rd. While accelerating from stop the rpm shows a high value (3k) but the car wont move accordingly. All of a sudden it picks and shifts two 2nd gear and start moving. This happens all the time when I accelerate from 0mph. I have not yet replaced due to the fact that almost all the 04 Maxima's are having this issue. Hope someday Nissan will recall these faulty transmission systems.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 03/12/2009

Wow! this is crazy! I have the same problem> I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and lately about a month ago when I put my car in drive it jerks big time. This is on and off. I took it to the Nissan dealer for them to say it was my motor mounts and they needed to be replaced. Well after hearing all these complaints it looks like I will just waste money to get these mounts replaced. My car has 81,000 miles on it and its been driven lightly and babied> I don't understand why they will not have a recall on this. Noone should have to pay money for an issue that's obviously messing people over!.

car image   Engine problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 03/03/2009

I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima and am hearing an engine whine noise when the car is reaching higher speeds. I do not yet hear it when idling but I am told its only a matter of time before I do. The noise sounds kind of like what an alternator hum in a poorly grounded sound setup makes. You can turn off the radio and a/c but you can still hear it.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 12/20/2008

I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima se with 103,000 miles. I am having transmission problems and after reading several forums on the internet, it seems as though I am not the only one with this problem. Nissan is not willing to rectify the situation - I can not afford to buy a new transmission, the car is still practically new! this is something that Nissan needs to do and issue a recall on all 2004 Nissan Maxima's - with the way the economy is going right now, this is an additional expense. . Read more...

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 12/15/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions. Pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by an unintended lunge and forceful acceleration. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was shifting in the first, second and third gears. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned the engine off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician recommended replacement of the transmission. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 03/04/10. The consumer also complained that when accelerating, the transmission would jerk. The dealer found internal transmission failure. The transmission fluid was burned. Also the front and rear engine mounts were broken. The consumer had an accident due to the shifting problems with the transmission. 08/11/10.

car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 11/01/2008

Terrible transmission issues with my 2004 Nissan Maxima.

car image   Engine problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 08/29/2007

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Maxima. While driving 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke rising from under the hood of the vehicle. He shut the vehicle off when he arrived home and it failed to restart. He inspected the vehicle and determined that the alternator failed. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 02v171000 (electrical system:alternator/generator/regulator). The current and failure mileages were 69,000.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 06/06/2007

I drive a 2000 Nissan Maxima that currently has 48000 miles on it. I developed an engine ping at 45000 miles and took it to the dealer for sevice. They replaced all 6 coil packs and air something or other at a cost of $1300. 00. I have driven it 5000 more miles and I once again have an engine ping. I took it back to the dealer a second time to which they told me I was a quart low on oil and that would cause a ping. They did an oil & filter change. I was pleased as I drove away and heard no engine ping, however about 30 miles later it came back. Their theory of being 1 quart low on oil is not correct. I decided to research this problem on the net, and see that this is a very common problem with Nissan's. This is not a cheap fix and I think Nissan should have to recall this as it should not be a consumer fix.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 06/29/2006

Car began idling very rough when stopped, almost to the point of shaking back and forth. When attempting to accelerate, car seemed like it had almost no power. Same thing happened when climbing hills, to the point where car would almost stop and put driver in danger of being struck from behind by traffic in the same lane. Had to stop driving car and bring to dealer.

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car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 05/15/2006

This is problem #1: (I had so far 4/5 major problems) purchased 2004 Nissan Maxima brand new. Within 2 months of driving this car, the thermostat kept registering at h, pinned at h. When I took it to the dealership in huntington, NY, they could not find the problem. Was told, when it pinns at hot again, bring the car in. Well, when I driving to work and the thermostat was pinned at hot again, I called the dealership to tell them and the receptionist said I could not bring my car in, it was not an emergency. I informed her that I don't know what type of problem this can be and what if my engine ceases? she said there was nothing I can do, and I can come in next week. I drove there anyway, and had to grab a mechanic to see that my car thermostat was indeed pinned at hot. It turned out to be a "electrical" problem and they had to replace the entire thermostat, and dash board. Also, while all my problems were going on, my trunk pops open when I reverse every now and then. Of course, the wonderful mechanics at the service dept in huntington could not duplicate the problem. . What a surprise??.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 04/28/2006

My 2000 Nissan Maxima has been experience problems with the "check engine soon" light. A dealer hooked it up to a computer and indicated a code of p1320 - faulty coil - misfire on cylinder 4. He told me in his experience with 2000 Nissan Maximas he can replace one, but customer will be back because the coils are defective and other will eventually go. I feel since they are defective cylinders, Nissan should recall the parts.

car image   Engine problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 02/01/2006

Engine wiring harness has broken causing engine to misfire. Took to dealer and they said this happens all the time. Want $700 to fix and from research it appears it often breaks again.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 01/24/2006

Check engine sign came on in my Nissan Maxima se 2000. I took it to a local repair shop for a inspection and my car failed state emission test. Also mechanic told me that my car had dtc p1320 and p0302, ignition signal problem and cylinder misfire.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 01/16/2006

I purchased a new 2005 Nissan Maxima on Feb. 12 2005. Since my purchase I have had to bring the car back to the dealership soon after the purchase. The first problem was that the throttle went out and had to be replaced. Now on 01/16/06 the entire engine has to be replaced. The dealership states that the vehicle has thrown a rod. My car is not even a year old yet, brand new with less than 10,000 miles on it. I will be without a vehicle for 2-3 weeks. I have been a loyal Nissan owner for over 13 yrs. I have purchased nothing but Nissan vehicles since moving to texas. I am so upset that I can't even put it to words, I will never,ever, buy another Nissan product due to all the hard aches I have gone through with the purchase of my new vehicle. I can't even enjoy the vehicle because it spends half the time in the service department. I want to get out from under my lease, unsure if I can even do that. Then trying to contact your company has been a living nightmare. I could cry right now. You want a complaint you got a big one. Now, what are you going to do about it! I need someone in charge to contact me ASAP. I will contact my news station, local radio station whatever it takes and let everyone in the entire state of TX. Know how I have been treated by Nissan motors.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 11/29/2005

Start-up and idle problem from 2004 to 2006 fuel system induction serviced November 2004 throttle body serviced in November 2004 starter motor assembly replaced in December 2005 fuel system indication serviced in November 2005 throttle body serviced in November 2005 six (6) engine coils replaced in January 2006 each time taken in to dealership for repair due to the start-up and idle problem. Dealership would not identify the defective engine coil and replace it alone. Dealership required all six engine coils be replaced due to Nissan directive.

car image   Engine problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 09/15/2005

Failed engine coils which lead to poor performance and severe jumping.

car image   Engine problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2005

2004 Maxima has had timing chain noise for years has been blowing oil for 2 years now transmission is banging and shifting very hard losing power etc. For 3 months now had trans flushed did not help at all tires were defective in the first year a/c has not worked for 2 years this car is very much a lemon.

car image   Engine problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 11/03/2004

I purchased a Nissan Maxima sl at the start of November 2004. A harness inside the engine containing a sensor to detect engine knocks was damaged by a rodent. This caused the engine to misfire which caused the transmission to buck, stop shifting, change speed of the car on it's own,lose acceleration, not shift, shift suddenly and put the driver in a situation where if they did not compensate they could be injured or killed. The problem started when I bought the car and worsened over the next three thousand miles of driving. The dealer and manufacturer ignored the problem and said they could not duplicate it until I said I would pay for them to plug the engine into a diagnostic computer. At this point they found a misfire code, the problem was identified my the master mechanic and the dealer replaced the harness at my expense! the manufacture refused to take responsibility for a dangerous defect. This is a defect in their computer logic and/or design. A sensor malfunction should not cause an engine misfire and transmission to fail. Note the date of November 3 2004 indicates that the problem started when I purchased the car and it continued until the harness was replaced. I have contacted the manufacturer many times and they are not returning my calls. The master mechanic said he has seen this problem many times before which tells me that this is perhaps a long standing problem that Nissan chooses to ignore.

car image   Engine problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 02/21/2004

Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. The dealership repaired the problem two times, but the problem recurred. The vehicles crank sensor failed which caused the engine to lose power.

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car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 02/08/2004

I need to replace the following for my 99 Nissan Maxima so far:- (1) 2 oxygen sensors. (2) 1 engine control module (3) 6 ignition coils and 1 condenser now, the traction control system is not working. My Maxima has only 52,000 miles. All these repairs right after 36,000 miles. Nissan should recall all these. However, I know NHTSA won't recall it because there is no injuries. Thank you very much.

car image   Engine problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 26
Failure Date: 11/21/2003

I had to replace one coil on my 99 Maxima earlier this year. This past Friday I had to replace the other 5. From my research on the internet, this is a frequent problem, yet no recall to date.

car image   Engine problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 27
Failure Date: 10/01/2003

While traveling at 65 mph, the vehicle would shut off. The driver lost the brakes, and steering and had to manually come to a safe stop. Nissan replaced the air flow sensor.

car image   Engine problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 28
Failure Date: 05/23/2003

Loss of power.

car image   Engine problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 29
Failure Date: 05/01/2003

Excessive paint chips from hood and front bumper knocking/pinging during hard accelerating or under load.

car image   Engine problem of the 1996 Nissan Maxima 30

The vehicle caught on fire while parked in the driveway. The fire started from the main engine compartment per the fire department. Please provide more information.

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