21st Jul 2010, 20:04

OK, I've got a 2000 Maxima doing the same thing. It stalls while at the traffic light, coming into to a complete stop, and at idle in park. My situation was a little different, because it didn't want to start right after it shut off. That was until I found that the battery terminals were very dirty. I cleaned the terminals and it didn't do it for a while. Then, it started doing it again. I tried everything I can think of, but there's no codes, or no engine light on.

I am going to replace the idle-air-control valve... let's see what happens. HOPE THIS WORKS!!

15th Aug 2010, 21:36

I had the stalling problem with my 2000 Maxima. I changed the MAF sensor and the problem was gone. It is an easy part to change also.

11th Nov 2010, 23:43

I have a 2000 Maxima SE with 119,00 miles on it. I am having a problem starting it. I know it isn't the battery, because the car turns over and over and over, and then if I press on the gas pedal while it trying to start, it will start. Then sometimes it starts right up. I have also had all of the same problems as listed above in the comments, with the shuddering and shaking while driving and coil problems etc. Has anyone else had the starting problem I am describing? I would appreciate any advice you could give.


22nd Dec 2010, 15:57

I have a 2000 Maxima GLE, original owner, almost 137,000 miles on it. I have had the hesitation and stuttering (replaced coils) - recommend replacing them all when it happens, because once one of them goes, the others are following within the next 6-12 months, so if you have the money, might as well do it while it's in the shop.

The O2 sensors are a pain and will be the crux of the SES light being on, again... once they go, others will follow.

I just had to replace my catalytic convertors and, of course, replacing the mass air flow doo-hickey also to pass emissions. I have enjoyed the car, but that dang SES light will drive you to drink.

16th Jan 2011, 06:55

Just replaced all coils. I use high grade gas. Lights still on... slip SES & TLC. Totally frustrated at 138 K miles. I am the original owner of this Massachusetts 2000 Maxima GLE. Gas cap was new last year. Non Nissan mechanic baffled. Now what do I do? I am not a handy female mechanic!

2nd Mar 2011, 12:16

2000 Maxima GLE with about 100,000 miles. Problem started about 2 years ago with 70,000 miles... stalling from time to time (very infrequent, once a month maybe) when slowing down from driving on the highway at first stop light, or when slowing down to park somewhere. Would stall, so would start up again, and maybe wouldn't do it for another month.

Progressively since then it has been happening more often. I tried changing MAF, solved it a bit, but came back. Tried changing coil packs and sparks which made no difference at all.

I finally took it into dealer a while back, who said I need a new ECM, and quoted $2200 for part and labor. Did not do it. After reading some forums, tried cleaning MAF. I also reset the light, it did not come on for quite a while, but stalling started right away again.

Also, of late, sometimes in cold starts, it's hard to start (like not getting fuel) so you have to press the accelerator quite aggressively to start, which is not good when engine is very cold. Stalling is happening almost continuously now every time I slow down to park. I have not felt a loss of power, and is quite smooth when driving. But at times, the cold start is very rough, almost like its "missing" or running with a cylinder down, but only sometimes. Other times, is is as smooth as when new... ?

I have bought a new idle air control valve and will try that and report back. I have also had a technician friend suggest it could be as simple as clogged fuel injectors or fuel filter. I guess I could try that next if this doesn't work.

For what its worth, I do use a K & N filter, which I keep clean, and re-oil (but not over oil) often. I am tempted to throw a jobber cheap filter in to see if it makes a difference. My air intake after the filter, leading to the MAF sensor was clean as a whistle.

I also like the idea of trying to clean the throttle body. I am no tech, so I don't even know for sure what or where this is, but will research it.

What defines a great car? Ride, comfort, looks, options... Or mostly reliability? I have owned Honda since 1984, and Acuras only since 1995. All have been perfect, and not once ever in the shop for anything. My current TL and MDX are now 7 years old, never once in a shop, both with fairly high mileage. My Maxima was bought 3 years ago from brother in law who upgraded to an Infiniti - he is anal with cars, and this was a gem, so I bought it for my daughter. But it has been a mechanical nightmare. I wish I had searched this site previously. When driving, it is comfortable, has lots of options, and rides great, too bad about these electrical/mechanical issues. Never another Nissan for me...

If anyone has tips regarding cleaning throttle body, or changing some of the sensors such as crank position sensor, throttle position sensor, knock sensor or speed sensor, let me know (curtis@gveag.com) or post to this site. These are things I have on my list to try next after changing the idle air control valve.


30th Mar 2011, 10:41

I have been having the same problem with my 99 I just replaced 2 oxygen sensors and a knock sensor and it still does it. I need help too. LOL.

17th Apr 2011, 11:03

I think I have the same problem, I would start my Maxima and attempt to drive away in a couple of minutes but the engine would bog, the RPMs would drop and would eventually die. It also happens when I try to put it in reverse or drive down the road (when I eventually get it going). I would be coming to a stop and the RPMs would drop until the engine dies.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Love the car, never had a problem with it 'til now.

5th Jul 2011, 10:02

Just reporting back regarding my earlier post. Idle air control valve replacement seemed to work for a while, but the stalling has returned and seemingly worse of late. It used to be just when at a stop light from slowing down, but now, it's even just approaching a turn and letting off the accelerator, it dies. Have to shift into neutral while driving, sometimes turning, start the car, which usually requires some gas, and then shift back into drive. Have to drive with left foot braking and right foot on the gas to keep RPM's above 1000 all the time now. Truly do not know what to do?

12th Jul 2011, 08:34

I have the exact same problem; what was it? Did you ever fix it?