16th Mar 2007, 10:16

Thank goodness for the post on 8th Mar 2007, 21:19. I have an 2000 Infiniti I30t, basically a glorified Nissan Maxima. Aroun 60K miles I realized the vehicle had lost power. I went to the dealer and they told me is because of the age of the vehicle, 60K miles are you kidding me? I replied. He suggested we do a fuel injection flush for around $250 dollars, since I loved my car I went ahead and did it anyway. Well it went downhill from there after that here is the milestone:

60K Miles - Loss of power, replaced battery and did fuel injection flush, and replaced they fuel filter. It didn't really fix the problem.

85K Miles - Engine light is on, it must be the 02 sensors they said, so they replaced them.

100K Service - replaced belts, spark plugs, changed oil, and all the standard crap dealership do to rip one off.

110K Miles - Engine is stalling every now and then. I take it to the dealearship and I find out "one of the Catalytic converts is bad." Yes my friends this car has 3 Catalytic converters. So this did solve the problem.

135K Miles - The engine is beginning to bug me, sometimes it feels like it has more power than all the other times. Also the transmission once in a while shifts hard, so I am getting scared. I take it in, and they say it is the Mass air flow control. They also found out that the radiator had a hole on the neck where you screw the cap on, so I need a new radiator. This also explains why the heater was no longer working, because I didn't have coolant. Oh and don't you guys hate the fact that the lights on the clock go bad? Also a couple of buttons on my thermostat no longer have light at night.

So there is something in common between all the problems I have had so far: 02 sensor, catalytic converter, transmission hard shifting/lagging, and Mass Air flow. I am beginning to think that this are all symptoms of the main problem. I think the main problem all along was the Mass Air flow control. This messed up my 02 sensors and Cat converters. My car is still at dealership, and yes many hundreds of dollars are going to be spent once again. Why the heck should I buy a Nissan/Infiniti again? I think I am switching over to Lexus.

Oh by the way, why in the heck would some cheapskate steal my infiniti emblem from the front grill? I would understand if it was a BMW, but please, it's an older car.

19th Mar 2007, 17:25

I have a 2000 Maxima GLE with 200,000 miles, had the trans fluid changed once and a couple of tuneups, maybe just once. Car has gotten to where it dies when I put it into Park. Happens about 50 % of the time. Other than that it runs great, has plenty of power. Any ideas about the Park thing?

28th Mar 2007, 13:04

To the original poster:

You should check your transmission fluid. If that is not the problem, then it is most likely your MAF.

See this site for a better description:


Maxima.org has a lot of useful info... you just have to find it.

2nd Apr 2007, 10:08

Purchased 2000 SE 127,000km in January,In Feb noticed a stutter in first 5 min driving on cold days (most days are in Nova Scotia) then SE light came on late Feb, took to dealer replaced rear oxygen sensor $400.00, and they said MAF at 95% should replace soon. Still stuttered, March 31 SES light back on.. looks like I will try and replace MAF myself from NAPA and see if that helps.. Can't believe all the posts on this issue and can't believe I didn't check them before buying : (

Otherwise great ride.

4th Apr 2007, 12:18

I have a 2003 Maxima SE. Ran great for almost four years, now its been in the shop about 6 times in 2 months. Last time it was in I had a to fix an oil leak, then when it was returned the steering wheel shakes badly when I go over 60mph. Told it was a dented rim I would have to replace for 400 bucks. Rotated and balanced tires three times at three different Nissans because each place told me the other did it wrong. Replaced 4 headlight bulbs, also lights on the thermostat are all out. BOSE system won't play any CD's unless car has been running for a half hour even if it's a brand new CD. The SES is now one after it was just on 3 months ago when they replaced my air filter. Just replaced muffler at 93k...going to Nissan Saturday and can't even express my anger at how much this car has cost me. Not even sure now if its OK to drive with this SES light on!

9th Apr 2007, 07:44

Well I own a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE, And I would have to say Maxima's are one of the best cars out there! Minor problems and repairs, but what cars don't! AND let me add I have 116,000k on it. It's all about maintenence! You take care of it, it will last you a lifetime!

14th Apr 2007, 12:13

At 116k miles, I had the 'stalling at stop light/sign' problem start. Actually... it wouldn't stay on unless I kept my foot on the gas. Dealership said it was the ECM and wanted $1600 (parts & labor) to replace. Took it to a local garage, had a refurbished one shipped from Cali and it ran PERFECT for about 24 hours. Just walked in the door and saw this forum online. The SES light started flashing and got an engine-shaking rough idle.. going to check out for a misfire now. Will be back to let everyone know...thanks.

21st Apr 2007, 15:43

Hello and help! I have 2000 Maxima SE, babied and treated well with 75,000. Warning light came on. Dealership shocked me with $2100 estimate to replace ECM, 2 motor mounts, IAC, plus labor. What can I do? They said the motor mounts took out all the rest. Most expense part is 850 they say for the ECM.

I know nothing about cars. What is going on? The car runs smoothly since I left their shop last week and the light hasn't come back on. I just had my 75.000 mile check up too. Over the four and half years I've owned it I've spent so much on many warning lights.

I took it to my neighborhood mechanic, very honest man. He said he saw just a little wear on a motor mount. And he agrees the car runs well. How could the car run if the ECM was shorted out like the dealership said? I'm so perplexed. I keep thinking they take advantage of us women. But my husband knows no more about it.

Thank you, Georgeanne.

Please reply if you can with some kind of advice. Should I take it to a car dealer and trade it in while it runs well? And no light is on.

27th Apr 2007, 12:28

Bought a used 1998 Nissan Maxima with 80000 miles. Within one month of purchase the SES light turned on. Took to mechanic and he couldn’t figure out why and suggested a dealer look at it. The dealer says it's the vent control valve and canister ($500) and the air fuel induction service for ($175). After reading all of these comments, I’m selling this car and buying a Toyota or Honda, which was my first inclination!