2000 Nissan Maxima SE from North America - Comments

9th Dec 2007, 14:14

I had the same problem as you guys, for years. Then I started thinking and I came to the conclusion that the light was on, only when I ued regular gas. Last week I decided not to be cheap anymore and put premium gas into the tank. The next day the light went off and I am a happy man now. So before spending thousands of dollars on catalytic converters, plugs, coils, oxygen sensors and so on, use the proper gas and then we will talk!

8th Jan 2008, 13:39

I have a 72K 2000 Maxima GLE. Many of the above comments resonate. Service Engine Light came on-replaced 6 spark plugs and 3 coils after private shop told me one cylindar was not firing properly.

50 miles later the light returned this time with shaking and stalling added to the mix. Shop then charged for new motory sensor and thought the problem stemmed from too much fuel entering and extinguishing the flame.

Car ran fine for another 30 miles and then problems returned. I am taking the car to the dealership, but thank those who posted above. It will help me determine what I DO and Don't need.

8th Feb 2008, 13:53

My wife has 2001 Nissan Maxima 20th Anniversary edition. About 6 months ago we had the 6 ignition coils replaced for close to $700 at an aftermarket shop. A couple of days later the service engine soon light came on. We never did get it back in to the shop as far as I remember. A couple of weeks ago, we were in a traffic accident and the car went into the dealership for rack and pinion, strut, etc.

In speaking with the service guy one day, he just happened to mention that the reason my service engine light was on was because the cat. conv. was bad. I am not sure whether he plugged it in or not to get a code, as the car was not there for that reason. It seems to be in line with what many of you have heard concerning these cars.

We purchased the Nissan Max because of prior positive experiences had by friends. I guess the party is over.

11th Sep 2008, 07:39

Big problem; the car would turn over but not start. Replace coils, then starter, fuel pump, etc. etc. etc.

Guess what it was -- ignition key was chipped, go figure, what a waste of good money. Hope this helps one of you out. (2000 Maxima SE)

16th Oct 2008, 18:49

The posting has actually been very comical due to all the same issues.

Same problem with the Service Light here with my boyfriends 2000 Maxima and my 1997 Maxima. Any help on why my boyfriends 2000 will not go into reverse? I have done the homework on the Internet and most state that it most likely is NOT the transmission but something else. What would that be? Most definitely state do not take the car to a transmission business. They all suggest take the car to a mechanic. Thing is... Each mechanic gives a different diagnosis. I just bought my 97 PRIOR To READING POSTINGS. I am currently without a job (Economy/Budget cuts...) I think instead of working as a Employment Recruiter, I should be applying for a job at a Car Repair Business.

So... Any suggestions?

Also ~ How do you get a recall started? Should I contact the Governor? I have already seen postings on The Better Business Bureau and that obviously didn't work.


30th Oct 2008, 22:42

Hello, I have a 2001 Maxima with a check engine light on with a code p0171 bank 1. I replaced both oxygen sensors at the firewall, and reset a light, but it came back on p0171 bank 1. Any ideas? Thank you...

16th Nov 2008, 16:31

I wish I found this forum before buying my 2001 Maxima Se. After 3 Years of owning my car with no problems, I'm having every problem you all have right now, car pulls very hard when I stop at a red light, misfires, car engine revs up high but doesn't move at all.

I just replaced a catalytic converter, light still on. I took it down to autozone and they gave me codes P306, P430 and P1320. A mechanic told me it was the ignition coils and he could replace them for $1200 I said no thanks I can do it myself.

I just got the ignition coils and will replace them tomorrow, but after reading all this post from everybody, I'm not sure I should be spending any more money on this car. It's funny I always thought that buying an imported car will give me less problems than a domestic, but I was wrong.

2nd Dec 2008, 12:12

I have a 2001 Maxima SE with 84k on it. Earlier this year, perhaps March, brought the car into the shop with Service Engine Soon light on. They explained that it was the O2 sensors. To try to save me money, they suggested replacing just the front sensors. A week later, back in with the SES light on again to get the rear sensors replaced. A few weeks later, returned with SES light on again to discover that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. A few weeks later, light's back on and the shop is tries to replace with Nissan cat and Nissan O2 sensors. Back in again, shop is now guessing that perhaps the computer needed to be reprogrammed. They take the car over to the Nissan dealership to let them do that. Couple weeks later, light back on, the shop tells me just to take it straight to the dealer. Dealer says that when they reprogrammed it, under pressure to let the shop get the car back to me, they don't allow the car to cycle completely after reprogramming. They reprogram and cycle it completely. Couple weeks later now, light's back on. The car has otherwise run fine, but now I'm concerned about the dying in park and at lights that I've read above. Driving home last night the radio came on by itself, too, so I'm starting to wonder if there is a ghost in electrical system. I use the regular unleaded gas and have been favoring the Sheetz convenience store gas (lowest price) though not always. I wonder if the car needs premium.

3rd Dec 2008, 22:37

OK, I have read a lot of posts just today about 2000 Maximas. My mothers car starts up fine, but when it is put into gear, it dies, only when it is cold. After the car warms up, it is OK. I looked at Nissan publications and looked up TSBs and found that the problem and fix is in TSB # ntb00008.

8th Dec 2008, 21:38

Nissan company should be aware of these problems, and instead of making money from their loyal customers, they should be fixing these problems so they can have more sales.

I have a Nissan Maxima 2005 SE, and already I'm having problems with the catalytic converter and sensors. I'm going to trade in the car and get a domestic car. At least the parts are cheaper.

27th Feb 2009, 10:24

It's really a shame, and at the same time I feel angry at the fact that we all have the same problems with the 200 Nissan Maxima!!

I had my 2000 Maxima for less than a year now. I bought it from an auction, so I don't have a warranty on it.

Just when it started to get cold, my car will start, but won't warm itself up. I've went from mechanic to mechanic, had all the coils, sensors, spark plugs, catalytic converter, etc... changed and still have the same problem, every morning when I start the car.

I've put so much money into this car that now I've given up on fixing it. I wish I read this site before I purchased it. This is terrible how we all seem to be wasting money into these cars!!! There has to be some way to get a recall going.

Please, if anyone out there has any information on how to get a recall on these cars... please post it. This has to be illegal!!!