Ignition Problems of Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima owners have reported 33 problems related to ignition (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   Ignition problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 04/06/2012

The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the key locking security feature failed to operate because the ignition key was left inside of the vehicle. An independent mechanic was able to unlock the door for entrance. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 01/04/2012

I'm unable to turn on accessory ignition or start car due to defective steering wheel lock mechanism. Part #48700-jk000. Manufacture is unable to supply me with a new one. This is a known issue by Nissan motors, not just for Maxima, but all intelligent key models. Currently can't even roll windows up.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 10/06/2010

The contact owns a 2000 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that when restarting the vehicle, the engine would misfire and the vehicle would shake abnormally. The vehicle would also shake abnormally when driving at various speeds and would sporadically begin to lose power. The dealer performed a diagnosis on the vehicle and determined that the ignition was defective. Most recently, the check engine warning light was illuminated and would not shut off. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 36,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2005 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 06/23/2009

My 2005 Maxima had been parked in my garage when an electrical fire occurred near or in the fuse panel. We do not know when the fire occurred. The fire had somehow contained itself and self-extinguished. The car was sealed so we assume it ran out of oxygen as the smoke did not leak to the garage. The lower dash panel on the left side of the steering column appears to be the initial fire. As I am not an expert, I can only assume the housing for the fuse panel would relate to the cause of the fire as this is where most of the damage occurred. The fire melted that panel to the floorboard and spread around the steering column, around the ignition and slightly up to the upper dashboard (right side), again causing the dash to melt. Prior to the fire the driver's side power seat would not engage any movement. I had not attempted to fix it as I rarely, if ever, move my seat. This had occurred approximately 4-6 months prior to the fire. Another electrical issue the car had prior was the seat belt light indicator would remain on when the driver's side seat belt was indeed buckled. I do not know if these electrical issues relate to the electrical fire. I did however find another report on NHTSA involving the same type of power seat issues and similar electrical fire to the same make, model and year of my Maxima. At this time the Nissan dealership is not sure how the fire started and is not claiming Nissan liability. I am concerned the dealership will not investigate the cause of fire and replace the damaged components of my car with the same potential electrical fire hazards. I feel this fire should be cause for investigation as my Maxima appears to be at least the second Nissan with the same exact electrical issues and fire.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 04/25/2007

Check engine light on. I had the vehicle checked said they could not tell which coil is bad so all 6 has to be replaced. This is sad we have to pay to fix parts that might not be broken just because Nissan wants to make extra money I guess or they would have made it so you will know exactly which coil is bad! I think there should be a recall and Nissan should fix this part seeing has they know there is a problem with it. Unless of course Nissan doesn't stand by there vehicles!!!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 04/17/2007

Engine runs rough during cold weather (<50 degrees) and trips the code for engine misfire. The code does not always tell which cylinder has the misfire. Engine coils determined to be the problem, but replacement only delays another misfiring for a while. I like the car but doubt I'll ever buy another Nissan because of this issue.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 03/01/2007

1999 Nissan Maxima. Service engine light goes on. Fault code indicates engine misfire. Several coils have been replaced but they now intermittently fail on cylinder 4 and 6.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 02/28/2007

With only 50,000 miles on my Maxima, the check engine light came on. After bringing it to nappoli Nissan in milford, I was told that the several of the coils were bad and they recommended replacing all six ($1191. 82). After looking on line I found that numerous complaints were posted. I call Nissan and they told me because there was no recall and the warranty was up at 36000 miles they could not help. Nissan has change the part , obviously because of a design flaw and I feel they should be liable for the repair!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1997 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 10/11/2006

They told me when I was purchasing the 1997 Nissan Maxima that it has been through there inspection. As soon as I was driving the car home and was at a stop the engine turn off. It took me two times to start the engine again to start up. The next day I called the dealer and spoke to him about the car took it in to get it repaired. The next day the car is still having problems. While driving and coming to a stop engine just turns off. It took me five times to play around with the ignition to get it started again and the engine light is on. In the glover compartment I have found the enclosed copy of the repair invoice from the previous owner that states he was having the same problem that I have know with the engine. They never mention to me that the car was having any problems. I bought the car as is paid cash. I tried to return the car and get my money back. But the dealer ship said no. I purchased this car at the planet Nissan 5850 centennial center blvd. Las vegas nv 89149. (702)876-8000. I'm very upset that they sold me a lemon of a car that I purchased and that I have been paying out of pocket to fix .

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 09/05/2006

2000 Nissan Maxima engine misfire poor acceleration defective coil packs. Service advisor recommends replacing all six coil packs with new design @ my expense. Replaced one defective coil pack & spark plug in that cylinder.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 08/23/2006

2000 Nissan Maxima. Problem with engine misfiring related to ntb01059. Problem continues to recur though coil packs (6) are replaced. This is expensive. Nissan knows about it. There are websites and petitions with over 3000 names of people having this recurring problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 07/01/2006

My check engine light is on - and the car is running poorly. There is an issue with it jerking intermittently while driving. I have been told by the repair shop that there is a technical service bulletin on this car for bad engine coils and harnesses. Total cost to repair is between $3,000-4,000. If a manufacturer knows there is a problem with a car it produces, it should have a recall and repair the cars affected.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 02/19/2006

We purchased our 2006 Nissan Maxima 3 weeks ago. As of today the car has been in the shop 2 times, and is currently having problems. It will be taken back Monday and hopefully will receive a new car. It all started when one day I was driving and the locks on the doors started locking and unlocking by themselves, the windows wouldn't roll down and when I got home I wasn't able to turn my key in the ignition. After about 10 minutes of trying to hold down the lock manually in order to get out of my car, I finally times it right before the lock slapped back and was able to escape. We took it in the shop where it remained for 6 days. We got it back and a few days later the hazard lights stopped working, the center console lights wouldn't light up, and one of the vents wouldn't turn. They took it back in for a day and we took it back home. It worked properly for a day until the locks started acting up again. We've had it with this car. It's been in the shop more than its been with us, and we've only owned it 3 weeks. We paid $32k for a rotten egg and we're tired of getting the run around.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 02/17/2006

I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima after looking on the internet for parts to fix my car I came across a site called car survey about people with 2000 Maximas complaining about the same problem with there car. Reading further into it I have the same problem with my car. The car stalls in drive and in park this is a real problem for all of us considering that Nissan wants about 1,000 dollars to fix this problem which I believe and a lot of people believe are the coils. This is a lot of money to most of us trying to raise a family and do not have that type of money. When I bought this Maxima I was thinking I bought a nice reliable car, not knowing about this problem which a lot of people have experienced already. I am hoping that this letter among others will further convince Nissan to do something about this problem considering it seems to be a defect in these cars thank you very much.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 02/08/2006

My 2000 Nissan Maxima with only 46,000 miles on it needed a major repair that ended up costing me $1,000. The repair was the replacement of all cylinder coils because they were misfiring.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 12/20/2005

My check engine soon light had been coming on and a diagnostic test had indicated multiple misfires. The Nissan tech said the coil numbers could not be identified and suggested all be replaced. This cost me $815. Nissan is aware of this apparently widespead problem with this make/model/year and continues to fleece its customers. All you need do is search net for customers talking about this problem.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 12/07/2004

I have a 2000 Maxima with now over 100,000 miles on it. When I was way under that I had misfiring problems which turned out to be the coils. All 6 were replaced. Not even a week later they were replaced again. I am now at 119,000 miles and my car is sputtering and stalling upon starting up. I have read the same problem with somone else and they had to replace their coils. My car is no longer under waranty. So I hope dearly that it's not the coils again. Which I'm sure it is. Nissan needed to have recalled this car a long time ago. It is simply rediculous that the consumer should have to pay for Nissan's mistakes. If Nissan will not fix my car if it is the coils this time I will never buy another Nissan again and I currently have 2 of them.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 11/20/2004

Highway driving, car jerks and sputters, could cause a crash ses light came on, car idles rough, car stalls replaced all 6 ignition coils, problem recurred a few days later.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 09/10/2004

Just found out that we should replace all 6 coils in our 1999 Maxima. Nissan was aware of this problem and decided to rip us off even more (since the car is falling apart in eveyway possible) by only offering replacement coils - which are better instead of a recall. It wasn't until I had the coil problem that I learned that it was a problem in all Nissan '99 Maximas. It is costing me over $700!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 07/10/2004

My 2000 Nissan Maxima started vibrating really badlly and the check engine light came on. After turning off the car and turning back on the problem went away, but I had it towed to Nissan dealer and they later diagnosied it as a bad igition coil. This happened at 40,000 miles and now at 67000 the same problem is occuring again. I researched the problem on the web and noticed may owners of Nissan have the same problem and it's frustrating that a recall has not been made. It's a safefy hazzard when the coil goes bad while driving. I have no faith in Nissan and looking forward to getting another quality car. It won't be a Nissan!!!!!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 07/04/2004

Ignion coli faliure, common on 2000 Maxima.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 06/04/2004

Car ran rough. Check engine light came on. Dealer said all coils need to be replaced. Not under warranty. Over $600 for this . Called Nissan direct. They said they would not pay for defective parts even though they said they are well aware of this problem with the Nissan Maxima !.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

Driving under normal conditions. Ping and nocking coming from engine during light acceleration. Causes loss of power , loud noise and possible internal engine damage if goes un repaird. Nissan is aware of the problem but chooses not to make it a recall. Uses tactics to get owner of vehicle to pay for repair or ultimately repairs while making customer aware they are one of the lucky ones.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 03/15/2004

Engine coils - I recently discovered that I have an engine coil problem in my 99 Nissan Maxima. I found this very disturbing considering when I purchased this car it was one of the leaders when it came to engine performance. What I found even more disturbing was when the dealer informed me that they usually go out around this time, which does not seem to be normal to me. Especially given the amount of replacement costs. I spent some time on the internet and discovered this is a reoccuring problem and there is even a petition for it. This makes me rethink my choice of purchasing a Nissan for reliability. Especially, given that Nissan is not standing by their product and ensuring this problem is rectified for the customer at no additional costs. I am a loyal Nissan customer and have gotten several individuals to purchase Nissan's however this experience is changing my outlook completely. In closing, I would like to mention that when I looked for recall information on Nissan's website it was surprising to see the comments "we're our own toughest critics", if this is true why aren't the number of people experiencing my problem being taken care of, why are engine coils a reoccurring issues that the consumer have to bear the expense for? I will be escalating this matter, but wanted to lodge a complaint here as well. I do not think that a human life should be sacrificed in order to catch the eye of a manufacturer when it comes to vehicle performance.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 11/20/2003

I also had problems with the electrical engine: ignition. I had my #6 coil replaced recently. This is my third and last Nissan. Their quality has gone way down. My mechanic advise me to sell it as soon as possible. He had many complaints/ problems with Nissan cars. You'll end end spending more money and getting more headaches han it's worth. Nissan needs to be more responsible for their products!-their customer service won't do you any good. I don't expect anything from them. I hope that more people would come out with their problems so that it can be investigated. I've always brought it to the dealership to get my car serviced, but it seems like no one knows what they're doing. They never seem to fix the right thing, and you end up wasting money on service you don't need.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 26
Failure Date: 06/23/2003

Excessive cranking time before engine turns over. Occasionally have to attempt to start more than once. Once started engine makes a chattering noise as the rpm's drop to idle. . . Dealer states "cannot duplicate at this time".

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 27
Failure Date: 06/18/2003

The coil has gone out on my 2000 Nissan Maxima twice now the first time catching on fire. The first time I just thought that it was just a part that needed to be replaced, after a little research I now believe that this is a defective part that needs to be recalled.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 28
Failure Date: 05/01/2003

All coils had to be replaced. It seems like a very high number of Maximas produced in 1999 had this problem. Mine started occurring at 39000 miles. Dealer refused to cover repair cost that (including parts) was quoted at $1200.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 29
Failure Date: 04/20/2003

Engine is not working smoothly after starting. Car is shaking. Dealer replaced coils, all 6. Problem was gone for about 8 months but it's back again.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 30
Failure Date: 06/15/2002

I took car to Nissan dealership after no. 2 coil was bad and they wanted to replace all of the coil packs, rather expensive. I got a second opinion, and they replced the bad one only. A month later, no. 4 went bad while driving in traffic. When the part came in for this one, it was a different part number. Something is fishy here. There needs to be a recall. The private repair company told me there appears to be a massive problem getting parts, yet no recall?.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 31
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

Vehicle is losing power intermittently while driving. Dealer notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 32
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

We are currently waiting for a # 6 coil for our 2000 Maxima, this part is on back order from the manufacturer and there are no available parts in the u. S. Since this part is on hold for other customers at other dealerships in the area, it seems to me that this part is failing on a lot of new cars(under three years old) this part should be recalled. We've also experienced a failure with the transmission and since our car was still under warranty at the time, we had it fixed at the manufacturers expense. Instead of receiving a new one we received a "rebuilt" one. How do you have a "rebuilt" transmission on hand for a brand new car is a question I've never had answered from the maufacturer.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 Nissan Maxima 33
Failure Date: 07/28/2000

Ignition system immoblized when using proper coded Nissan keys. Car towed to dealer . Keys recoded. A car that can't be depended upon is a safety hazard. I want system rewired and deleted from car. Others are having the same problem. When will it happen again? what if it's late at night and no phone available? I have a bad heart. This could kill me. I am told only a Nissan dealer can repair this. My favorite garage can't. Called Nissan to complain four times. Talked to four differant people. Got four differant stories. Please make these people rewire this car so it can never possibly happen again. They know this problem exist but only offer verbal reassurance which is not satisfactory.

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