1999 Nissan Maxima 3.0L from North America
Always Waiting For The Check Engine Light To Come On Again!
Ignition coils! I always try to do my own auto repairs whenever I can. So when the check engine light came on, I went to Auto Zone to get them to read the codes to find out why the service engine light was on. After I got the codes, I did a little research and found out that a coil was the problem, so I replaced it. This fixed the problem, so I thought. Soon the light was back on. I had the codes checked; again - same problem, different coil. I think the cost of the defective coils should be picked up by Nissan, because this is a big ugly black mark on their reliability and customer service, since they refuse to issue a recall on what appears to be defective coils.
Hood supports no longer hold the hood up. I would rather have the support bar instead of this.
You may have to spend a lot of time and/or money if you are going to own this one. The last time I checked, the replacement coils were about $85 X 6 = $510 if you replace them all yourself (which is what most of what I've read recommends.) If you have it done it will cost about $800 ~ $1200. I also have read about another expensive repair on the knock sensor. This car has been a thorn in my side!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th July, 2007
I have had the same engine coil problems on my 1999 Maxima SE. I researched the problem online and found a lot of posts from people with the same problem. They even had it repaired or have done it themselves and it keeps recurring. I just let mine be. It ran with a massive lack of power, but it was better than wasting $480 on coils every two weeks.
My car's TCS Slip lights came on a week after I bought it, and when they are on, the car runs horribly. For a while they were off and on, now they are always on, along with the blinking check engine light and the air bag lights. I replaced all of the fluids, the oil and fuel filter and the spark plugs but to no avail.
My hood won't stay up so I use a snow brush, my CD player stopped working and only reads CD ERR every time.
Now it runs worse than ever and shakes violently when the gas pedal is depressed and surges when it is idling. It will only do a maximum of fifteen miles an hour up hill and pretty much has absolutely no power.
I am done with this car. I have sat up for several nights reviewing posts online and thumbing through my Haynes manual cover to cover. I spend every day off bent over the hood cleaning plugs, checking wiring, tubes and hoses for leaks. Checking the exhaust and intake manifolds for leaks. Checking the fuel pressure and the engine's combustion. looking for cracks on the manifolds.
Yep, I am done with it. I have come to the conclusion that the problem is not in the engine, but it is in the PCM, and that the car needs a whole new computer, one that won't send the wrong signals for the firing order of the spark plugs and injectors. But that would cost more than the car is worth, so goodbye Maxima, and so long Nissan!!!
AN old sage motor mechanic friend pointed out one component universally neglected.. The THERMOSTAT. If it jams open, then engine never warms up, so the choke cycle continues, it guzzles juice, the plugs foul, the valves and exhaust burn out...
SO open the radiator cap (not the plastic bottle) when COLD. Start the engine and let it idle. Note when the water first gushes from engine into the top of the radiator.. usually visible. Take the temperature. You need either a lab-style thermometer, or better, a multimeter with thermocouple and temperature range, just dunk the wire sender in the water.
Check the opening temp, usually somewhere below boiling. So 87 or 93 degrees C would be typical, but check as each model is different. DON'T open a hot radiator!!
If the water is flowing when the engine is cold you have a duff thermostat, jammed open (failsafe mode).
No instrument needed other than a Mk-1 Eyeball!
I actually got a new computer in my 99 within a year of buying it (2001), just made my warranty. My car has been a good car, normal wear and tear, radio buttons, high on my fan. Been a good car in my opinion though.