2000 Nissan Maxima GLE from North America
2000 Nissan Maximas need a recall
2000 Nissan Maximas need a major recall to correct the O2 sensor!
I have the 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE model, but it seems like almost all the 2000 Maximas are notorious for the "service engine soon" light being on all the time, even if you get it fixed.
My Maxima had that problem starting at around 25k mile. Diagnosis came back with the oxygen sensor problem. Other time it was the coils. Those two problems happened a few times while the car was still on warranty. But, I really HATE my Maxima now with the expired warranty, because it's costing me a fortune to fix everything each time the light comes on.
At around 75K miles, I had to replace all six coil packs. I have no idea if all six were needed all at the same time. It could have been just one or a few, I wouldn't know. That cost me well over $1000, and I still had to pay the "diagnostic fee"! I was also told to replace the starter and that was over $400. I spent even more on that day on getting other things replaced (engine belt, C/V boot, other small things).
After spending a few thousand dollars that day, I was hoping to never to go back to the dealer for a service for at least two years! Well, I thought it was my bad luck, but it seems like it's just the 2000 Maxima! The service engine light came on again after about two weeks! I was so upset, but I've had that problem of having that light coming on after getting a service done by the dealership numerous times. Thus, I decided to just ignore it. The light came on and off whenever it felt like. Just last week, I went in for an emission check for the annual registration, and it didn't pass, because of the "service engine soon" light!
Now, I had to go back to the dealership and get it checked or get the light disappeared! So, I went in and the diagnosis came back with bad oxygen sensor and the cat converter. Estimate came out to be $1400 (parts & labor), and that doesn't include the diagnostic fee of $145! Does the cat converter need to be replaced immediately after the "service engine soon" light comes on? How much time do I have before I absolutely have to replace it? Does anyone know?
Now I hate the dealership as well. I strongly feel that they are plotting something on my car for the next service. I came out without getting anything fixed/replaced, and just paid the diagnostic fee. And, I don't understand why it took them two days to diagnose.
I plan on taking the Maxima to a local shop and hear what they have to say. I really wish I got rid of this very stressful money eating 2000 Maxima last year or before 70K miles! I spent too much money on it already that I can't even get rid of it now.
I really don't understand why there is no recall for the oxygen sensor problem!
This car need a recall to correct the O2 sensor problem that occurs too often!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th August, 2006
18th Aug 2006, 15:14
You should check your owner’s manual warranty. I think it is the federal requirement to cover the cat converter for 8 years, 80,000 miles.
18th Aug 2006, 22:24
After putting in over $3,000.00 in repairs for the same problems you describe, I too came to hate my 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE.
When is Nissan going to take responsibility for these problems? I have found their customer service department to be very rude and unresponsive.