2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 from North America
My car is great. There are two sides to electronics: love the comfort and hate the price!
Light indicates problems with the coils. I called the dealer, and they told me that Nissan recommends that all 6 coils be replaced, because when one goes bad, the others tend to go right after. They also recommended I change all spark plugs (Note: I changed spark plugs less than a year ago).
The mechanic quoted me about $700.00, almost $500.00 in parts alone. Coils are about $70.00 a piece.
I just purchased the coils from a store on Ebay and paid $201.00, delivery included (Deutsche Parts USA).
It pays to shop around. Now, I expect to have it all done for about $500-$550.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th September, 2009
28th Feb 2014, 04:37
How are you doing with those coils from eBay?
I would like to know .... The general consensus from sites such as maxima.org (lots of knowledge there) is that it does not pay to buy the cheap coils; they tend to fail soon. Buy the improved OEM ones, called "dotted" coils - see the next paragraph. They are made by Hitachi,; you can get them for ~ $65; see rockauto.com.
To explain: The original Nissan coils had a design problem. Nissan fixed it with a re-design - called "coils with a dot" to differentiate them from the earlier ones. And yes, there is a big dot on these coils.
Re. the aftermarket (E-bay, etc.) coils, the $64,000 question is: Which Nissan design did they copy - the early one, or the improved "coil with a dot" ???