22nd Aug 2005, 08:43

I too have experienced this problem with my 2000 Maxima SE. The service engine soon light came on-the car died on me, but I was able to restart it and get it to the dealership. Paid $730.00 Canadian for repair only to have the car die on me again the next day. Took it back to the dealership and was told that now it was an air flow problem which is about a $900.00 repair. However I only have to pay another $81.00 for the second visit!! Being a female with little knowledge of the workings of a car leaves me pretty much at the mercy of those working on it.

24th Aug 2005, 06:39

I've been have the exact problem (s) the other have described. And, have had the Oxygen sensor replaced only to have the "Service Engine Soon" light come back on.

Now, the Maxima has started to run rough. I have to let it idle for about a minute before putting it in gear. If I don't let it idle the car will fall way down in RPMs and stop in the middle of the street. It has not died, yet, but just about does. Engine runs very rough.

The current mileage is around 57,000, but the "Service Engine Soon" light has been coming on, for unknown reasons according to service people, since about 18,000 miles.

We've just continued to run the car with the light on. One of the servicemen even told us to do that.

14th Sep 2005, 22:23

Let's say your way over due for an oil change, Would this cause the service engine light to come on???

27th Oct 2005, 11:41

I have had the same problems that all of you have listed above. I have a 2000 Maxima SE with about 55,000 miles on it. I had an oxygen sensor replaced in the summer of 2005. It's not October and the service engine light just came back on yesterday. I haven't noticed any performance issues. I have read where it might be a problem with the gas cap not being tightened. Well... mine is tight. The Oxygen sensor ended up costing me over $300 and I don't want to have one replaced again if it keeps happening. Also, I really don't want to take it to the dealer. I bought the car used with 36,000 miles and I did not purchase the extended warranty. What I would like to hear is what ended up happening with the above posts.

30th Oct 2005, 12:41

I have a 2000 Maxima se and the service engine light has been on for a year, I replaced all of the sensors as well and the light just keeps coming on. I think it is a plot by Nissan.

30th Oct 2005, 22:59

FYI, I bought a used 2000 max for my daughter about 2 yrs ago. It had the engine check light come on about 6 mo. later.

It turned out it was the ignition coils going bad. Another known problem that Nissan knows about. It will cause the engine to "miss-fire". It only takes one or two coils to go bad. There are 6 of them. She got them replaced under the warranty we had bought with the used car. I think the coils are about $55 bucks each, but having the shop do it runs about 500 to 600 bucks.

9th Nov 2005, 07:03

Hi...we've had our 2002 Maxima for a few months now - bought it with 91,000 kms on it. The "service engine soon" light came on last night. Now I'm scared to take it in after reading all of your comments! Has anyone had a positive experience with this problem? Should I just ignore it? Yikes!!

10th Nov 2005, 14:58


I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima that I bought in 2001 with low miles on it at that time. It now has 99,600 miles on it & has been the best car I have ever had. My service engine soon light came on a few days ago. It went off yesterday. I do know that at 100,000 miles they recommend a tune up & I do know that I need one. I plan on trading this weekend only because I need something bigger. I am a grandma now & the car seat takes up a lot of room. As far as the Maxima goes though I would recommend it to anyone. I have not had to spend any money on my car in the 4 yrs I have had it.

13th Nov 2005, 14:54

LOL at least I know I'm not the only one.. I have a 2001 Maxima SE.. I got it less than a month ago, and the "Service Engine Soon" light came on today. I planned on calling the dealer and using a few 4-letter words, but they're not open on Sundays. I took it to AutoZone and they told me it was my oxygen sensor. When I got the car, I had them pull a CarFax report, and it said that it failed emissions last year due to the engine light (the dealer told me they had to replace the oxygen sensor). The car drives fine, and thankfully, I do have a warranty. Was there a recall due to this type of thing?!?!?!?! It seems to be widespread.

13th Nov 2005, 20:10

I have the same problems as all of you except the Grandma. I wonder why she needs a bigger car. Think about it.

But I did purchase my used 2000 Nissan Maxima in January of 2005. About a day later the check engine light came on. I brought it back, and they told me it was the mass air flow sensor, and they fixed it for free. It would have cost me about $400.

About two weeks later, the light came back on. It's been going on and off for about a month. Now it's just on and I think it's the catalytic converter. If you buy the catalytic converters from Nissan (keep in mind there are 3 of them), they will run you over $600 dollars for each one.

16th Nov 2005, 12:01

I have a 2001 Maxima Anniversary Edition. First cold day in Chicago and the service light came on on my way to school. Dealer says they charge $95 just to diagnose it. After reading all of the above I wonder if its worth it. It just passed emissions with flying colors. Plus being in college I'm broke anyway...

27th Nov 2005, 19:25

Maxima is a great car, but with this annoying problems I HATE THE CAR!. My Check Engine light is on for about 14 months and I try to ignore it. Now the car starts to run rough more often and it takes a minute or two to adjust. But when it run rough the Slip light and ABS light goes on and I don't know why. So I have to pull over turn the engine off and restart the car after a minute and it resolves it. It's a temporary fix. I'm just getting tired of this little things. I bough a Scanner code to see what is causing the check engine light come on. Showed OS2 sensor which I replaced it. After 2-3 months check engine light came on again and now shows 6 DIFFERENT CODES!!!

P0135,P0141,P0155,P0161 - those are os2 codes, P1320 which is the code to replace all ignition coils! because it can't determine which one is bad and last code is 1126? still working on it or let just say I gave up on researching

Bottom line is to fix my car I need to replace ALL 6 COILS and Air Flow Sensor. This SHOULD take car of my problem. I guess Maxima likes to run with the Check Engine light on