16th May 2009, 04:10

I've owned my 2k Maxima SE for about 2 years now. Experienced the starting problem, the idle problem, and that annoying check engine light. Got the car diagnosed, and guess what, it wasn't coils. It was the MAF (mass air flow) sensor. A genuine MAF sensor was cheaper than getting one at Kragens and Autozone. That cured the problem, the car runs like new. About the starting problem, I really did need a new starter. Hopefully this should shed some light.

2nd Jun 2009, 21:58

I'm also having problems with my 2000 Maxima SE. Took to the dealer today and they told me 918.00. I can't believe Nissan is this sloppy. Thanks for all your comments. I am going to shop around on the web and try to purchase the coils and go to a mechanic.

9th Jul 2009, 18:08

My 2000 Nissan Maxima had some of the same problems with the check engine light coming on, but my mechanic said that the light was firing an error. We replaced the coils before that so they did not think that was the reason the check engine light was on. Last week my Maxima engine caught on fire. My insurance company is still in the process of doing an investigation into what started the fire. Hopefully this does not happen to anyone else.

16th Jul 2009, 00:16

99 Maxima SE

110,468 miles

#6 coil replaced at 36,000 miles.

Waiting for (most likely) #3 coil to fail after mechanic replaced plugs and said there was a general error code that came up. Said it could mean a coil malfunction, but that we might as well wait for the check engine light to indicate which one.

21st Aug 2009, 13:21

I have 2000 Maxima with 102k miles. It threw SES light on yesterday with code P1320. I assume I need new ignition coils as many of you guys. I am going to buy BWD coils and NGK iridium plugs from O'Reilly. Do you guys have any experience with these parts?

I loved this car until it reached 100k miles.

31st Aug 2009, 13:32

I have a 2000 Maxima that I bought a week ago. It will not turn over. It makes a clicking noise when you turn the ignition switch. Replaced battery. I think it may be the starter, but someone said there is a relay it could be? Which one should I check? Thanks.

22nd Sep 2009, 14:13

I have a 2000 Max. I have replaced the 02 sensor and the starter and two front boots. It's cost about $1500 altogether. 2 weeks ago the SES light came on and now I am reading about the coils. I would like to know what happens if you don't replace the coils? I mean it's a lot of money and if it's really only 1 why do all 6?

10th Oct 2009, 13:05

If your Maxima is misfiring because of a coil, and you drive it anyway... it may well cause other problems in the emissions system.. the catalytic converter could become damaged and fail emissions... the converter is $1000.000... so be mindful of driving the car with a dead cylinder.. it could become very expensive.. so it may be more prudent to replace the coils.. Good Luck!!

13th Oct 2009, 15:09

I have a 2000 Maxima SE with 44k. My local garage I have been going to for 20 years gave the repair a shot by replacing the #4 coil and a spark plug. The check engine light still remained on with the P1320 code and they recommended I bring it back to Nissan. I decided to research the code on the internet first. Wow! I was blown away (and disheartened) by all the others experiencing this problem and the cost associated with it. As a single female not experienced at all with cars, I regret that I will probably have to go and fight this one with Nissan. I signed the petition. I appreciated reading all the posted comments and info.

18th Oct 2009, 19:30

Where is cylinder #1 on a 99 Nissan Maxima?

16th Dec 2009, 12:34

I have a 2000 Maxima that I bought in August of '07. It had about 130k miles on it...

The car ran great for a few months and then started sputtering like it was going to die and I noticed a sulfur smell. Check engine light also came on. Once I was finally able to get a diagnosis, I found out I needed to replace the coil packs and spark plugs (all 6). Because of money being tight, I was not able to do that until May/June of this past summer.

Finally! My car was fixed, no more stress! Right? WRONG! Not even 2 months later (July/August) it started sputtering again, check engine light back on, and the sulfur smell. Diagnosis: coil #6 was out. OK... replaced that one thanks to the mechanic friend who replaced them the first time.

Now here it is December and guess what - it has started all over again. I'm getting fed up and have sworn off Nissan's for the rest of my days. I'm going back to a Camry as soon as I can afford to get rid of this junk.

Anyone figure out the underlying cause as to why this keeps happening to our Maxima's? There has to be something causing the coil packs to go out - not just faulty coil packs!

12th May 2010, 10:56

Hey everyone, I am having a problem and I have no idea what the problem is. I have a 2000 SE. At first I thought it was a tranny problem, but I took it to a friend to check the tranny, but he said it was fine. When I am driving the car, it will suddenly shift out of gear and run the rpms really high, but won't shift back. I will pull over and turn the car off and let it sit a minute or two, crank it up and I am off. I check the transmission fluid all the time and it's at the right level... Does anyone have any clue to what it could be???

25th Jun 2010, 14:05

As most have said, welcome to the club.. 2000 SE purchased new.. fine until we reached about 50K miles. Replaced the O2 sensors, TCS /slip light on periodically as well. I have the same issue with shifting.. I found that if you let off the gas and let the tach drop down to 2 or 2.5, the car will shift.. very discouraged as I only have 71K miles on the car, and had hoped to keep it much longer.

I too signed the petition in hopes that Nissan will stand behind their customers. We have owned Nissans for more than 20+ years.. If I could be assured that replacing all 6 coils would finally fix the problem, I would spend what I had to.. The car is great otherwise.

My final stand will be to see if they can diagnose all the issues and assure a repair. At least at my dealer, they offer a warranty on repair work and parts.. I will give them one more shot before giving up.

31st Jul 2010, 22:35

I just wanted to add to this, from an Australian perspective. I have read a few comments regarding the A33 misfire due to the coils. I have owned mine since new in 2000; the dealer had to replace 2 of the coils under warranty, as I was lucky enough to purchase an extended warranty. The car was about 4 1/2 yrs old, $250 each at the time I was told, glad I didn't have to pay. It has had this problem on and off over all these years, lately getting more often. It has done 130000 KM. It doesn't matter if the engine is hot or cold, it just happens. I agree there should be a recall as this is a global problem with the Maximas. Other than that, I am quite happy with the car.