31st Jul 2002, 15:58

I also have exactly the same problem with my Maxima 1993.

The transmission has been re-built 2 times, but the problem still the same. Where did you get that service with

$350 cost?

26th Aug 2003, 14:07

I just bought a 1993 Maxima for $1,500, and after finding out about the transmission problem, I thought I got ripped off, but now I guess I didn't. I'll just go and get it fixed. Hence, a 1993 Maxima with 152K Miles with a DOHC V6 costing me under 2K is just GREAT.

25th Oct 2003, 10:15

I own 1993 Nissan Maxima. It just started to sit (as if in neutral) when I shift into Drive. Waiting a few seconds, it then goes into gear. What exactly is the switch that you had replaced? Maybe same cause for mine. thanks.

12th Aug 2004, 14:09

I just bought a Maxima with the same problem when I shift into Drive. I don't even have my license yet and the car has problems, I've driven the car like 3 miles that's it. Does anyone think it would be safe to drive it like that for a while till I have more money to get it fixed? Any one knows the name of the switch that has to be replaced? I guess we all have the same problem :- ( HELP.

3rd Sep 2004, 07:11

I have a very similar problem. when I shift into drive, it seems to do the neutral thing - but if I just wiggle it a little downward - it's like it finally shifts into drive and is fine. but this scares me! my brother in law is a mechanic - I just got off the phone with him and he said there could be something loose. I have to get a buddy to help me though - he said to have the car running, shift into drive - while someone is watching the transmission to maybe see something that needs tightening... any other info on this problem would be helpful.


30th Nov 2004, 07:18

I'm so happy I found these comments; I was thinking my car was on it's way to an expensive transmission job!

I have another question... for anyone who knows...

I have a 93 GXE with an auto climate control system. This past year, the auto button does not work, and I barely get any heat... and when I do, the heat "runs out" quickly and it's cold again (the car temperature gage actually goes down). Is this a problem with the climate control unit or is it related to the radiator??? Please let me know if you've had the same problem or if you know of a good source of info on this problem. - Emily.

27th Feb 2005, 19:31

Hi Emily,

I have a 1993 Nissan Maxima GXE, and have run into a similar problem with the heater. While my car temp gauge doesn't drop, the heat that comes out of the panel is just barely warm, even when I have the temp. set to 77 degrees (25 Celsius). Moreover, heat only seems to come out of the driver-side panel -- the passenger side ones expel cool air.

A radiator flush might help. I had one done recently, but haven't needed to use my heater, so I can't really tell if it's helped. Also, check your anti-freeze levels. If they are too low, the heater won't be as efficient. Pinched heater hoses or a blockage in a heater hose could also be the problem.

Below is a website that discusses this problem:


If anyone else is having similar difficulties and has found a solution that I didn't mention, please do post here & let me know. I haven't noticed any drastic improvement after my radiator flush, so any other tips would be appreciated.



12th May 2005, 19:30


My name is Marcus, and I have a 1993 Maxima SE. I love the power and stylishness of the car, but I'm worried about the engine. it seems to have an oil leak (I can smell oil burning when engine is hot) but I can't find it. I was thinking of having the engine rebuilt.. Any recommendations?

Thanx in advance!

24th Jun 2005, 23:20

Can someone tell me what switch was replaced on the transmission? I am having the same problem.


17th Apr 2007, 09:12

I am having the same problem with my 1993 Maxima. The transmission is sticking. What is the part number for the switch? keith.runnels@stewartorg.com.

2nd Apr 2008, 04:31

I'm having the same problem regarding the transmission switch. Could you please tell me the name of this switch! Or can you give me a part number. This could save me a lot. Also, can you tell me if it would be advisable to purchase a Air Mass Meter from a Junk Yard? And if so! What parts should I acquire?

Thank You.


15th Apr 2008, 23:22

I am having the same problem with my tranny. I have to bring it down to 1st gear before I put it in drive, and it works after that, but I'm worried about it getting worse. What's the name of that switch?

10th Jun 2008, 18:22

Hello, I have a 93 Nissan Maxima GXE, and when I stop at a stop light, it starts to hesitate, but never dies though, and it gets worse when the A/C is on. I'm at a loss here; can anyone help?

18th Sep 2008, 21:04

My 1993 Maxima SE with the VE30DE engine is missing on #5 cylinder. Checked almost all possible causes, ie; switched coils from a known working one, spark plugs, tested ignition control module, and harness wiring. I'm at the point that it must be the fuel injector. So my question is: Just how much of a pain in the butt is it to get the intake manifold off, and getting to the injector? If anyone has done this at home, let me know.

Thanks for any input.

18th Oct 2008, 21:27

You need to change the valves. It seems as if you have a couple of burnt valves.

23rd Oct 2008, 19:59

I have a 1993 Nissan Maxima and I am having exact same problem. I have to press the gas pedal completely to get the car moving from stop, however after that point it runs fine. Can someone please tell me the part number of the switch that was replaced?? Thanks. (yat_33@yahoo.com)

9th Dec 2008, 23:05

The switch that is talked about for US$350 is most likely the following:-

Vehicle Revolution Sensor.

It can be replaced easily as it is at the bottom of the transmission and held in place by one 6mm bolt, and it comes with a replacement o-ring in the Nissan package. It is easy to get to and easy to change. This will not fix all the problems described in this thread. It fixes error code 1 when diagnostic is run on the auto transmission and this part is indicated as the failure.

20th Jul 2009, 00:58

Where is the switch?

22nd Feb 2010, 15:27

Can somebody please tell me where I can get that switch for my 93 Nissan Maxima, cuz I'm having the same exact problem with it in drive, and acting like if it was in neutral. Please email me ASAP at moearmistead3@yahoo.com

17th Jun 2010, 16:55

I have a 1993; just got it, and I have the same problem. I love the car and I don't know what to do with it now. I also have a 1991, and it runs great with no problems, but I don't know if I should just buy a used transmission that works good, and get it put in, or buy that part that the guy was talking about. Someone please let me know. Thank you dacandyman13@aol.com Neal.