1999 Nissan Maxima SE 1.7 from North America
Looks good, but has problems and am sorry I purchased it
Ignition coil went out and all were replaced.
Oxygen sensor had to be replaced two weeks later.
Now the knock sensor needs to be replaced (I don't know what that is, but that's what the computer code shows)
I fell in love with this car when I saw it. I went to Nissan because I had previously owned one and had been very pleased with it. When I needed to replace my Ford, I immediately went to Nissan. Was very pleased with the car until about 6 months ago when I began having problems.
The check engine light began to come on so I had it checked out at an independent mechanic. The code was about the ignition coil misfire problem and a knock sensor code. This code continued to appear after clearing it and the car wouldn't pass state inspection so I had it fixed to the tune of $800!
After this was fixed the check engine light again appeared and this time it was the knock sensor code and the O2 sensor. I had the oxygen sensor repaired then at a cost of $300 (I am now up to $1100)!
I had been driving the car about 1 month after these repairs and began hearing a high pitched "ping" sound, but no check engine code, very strange!!! I called the mechanic and he indicated it was the knock sensor. When I asked why the check engine light didn't come on he said that Nissan managed to get this problem passed without having the check engine light appear (it is an emission problem, so I'm told).
I am now looking at another $300 (now it will be nearly $1500 in auto repairs in about 1 1/2 months!). Neither my husband, son or I are able to repair vehicles and must depend on auto technicians we trust for this service.
I really liked the car when I bought it because it looked sporty and had all the features I wanted plus a whole lot more, so I bought it. I am now regretting this purchase and don't believe I'll purchase Nissan again because of these problem and having to stand the cost of repairs myself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th January, 2004
I have a 1999 Nissan Maxima GXE. Check Engine Light came at 50,000 miles. I had it diagnosed by the dealer and was told it was the knock sensor and had to replaced for about $950.00. I decided not to and the car is still going strong at 119,000 miles. These stupid sensors suck.