16th May 2008, 10:32

I have a 2000 Maxima GLE... like everyone else I have had to replace all 6 coils at 75000 miles, which I did myself at $75 each from Autozone, a total of $450 in coils, but $0 in labor.. it's really not too tough a job, the dealership just loves to rip everyone off.

Now I continue to receive the SES light for a bad O2 sensor, but I noticed this only occurs for me when I use the lower octane fuel. If I put in 93, the car seams to be really happy. Now my power drivers seat does not work anymore, the dealership said a bad motor and it will be $1,000 to fix.. I said no and looked myself.. I found not a bad motor, but instead a bad wire harness, it got pinched in the tracks of the seat and shorted the wires out, which then shorted out the buttons on the side of the seat. These dealerships are like doctors.. if you feel the diagnosis is wrong or just a very high price, go get it checked out somewhere else, chances are you're being screwed and don't even know it.

24th May 2008, 23:28


I am reading all of these comments after spending nearly $ 3000 to fix my Nissan Maxima 2000.

One of the problems was the O2 sensor.

I Will never consider buying a Nissan again.

12th Jun 2008, 09:39

I really wish I had read this a year ago when I bought my Nisaan maxima GLE. I hate my car now. I have spent almost 1500 on replacing the coils, spark plugs, alternator, etc. and the SES light is still on. One piece of advice for anyone who has just got the SES light on is to change the spark plugs. They are just $12 each and they will protect your ignition coils if they haven't yet gone bad.

I guess I will have to change the MAF meter now.. god knows how much that's going to cost me.. but I really want to get rid of the car now.

I have sworn I will never buy a Nissan again, and discourage anyone wanting to buy ione.

19th Sep 2008, 09:14

I also have a 2000 Maxima GLE (81K miles), which I loved when I bought in Oct of 2000. It seems like about 2 years after I bought it I've spent a ton of money on unusual thing. I must have spent over 2K on brakse, and now today after spending 800 on a new alternator and battery 2 days ago am now spending 890 on 5 new coils. The car was hesitating and almost stalling after I got it back. I also had to replace the whole exhaust system 2 years ago, that was 1K $. This car has been a huge money pit to me. I won't be buying another Nissan.

29th Sep 2008, 09:40


I own a 2001 Nissan Maxima, I bought it just a month back for 6 grands. It has 108K miles on it.

I had the same problem couple of days back and shelved out 730$ for having both the oxygen sensors replaced :( Hmm, 1/8th of what I paid to own the car to have these stupid sensors replaced.

Going by so many forums, I also strongly support that Nissan should recall these sensors

1st Oct 2008, 23:43

Wow wow wow... I too own a 2000 GLE.. does it seem like it's mostly the GLE's are having problems? Or is this thread just for GLE's?

Well.. so quick history, I had lots of brake issues... calipers seizing on me... I had to replace the orig rotors with Brembos.. recently got the error code for 02 sensor at 70k miles.. had one of the sensors changed and now the SES light is back on for P0420.. dealership says it's the cat.. and wants $1100.. found out that there's 3 cat converters in this car.. online parts store.. you could get all 3 cats direct fit for $600..

Why would I have the dealership fix a car that has soooo many problems? With the money I saved not getting my max fixed at the dealership.. I think I'm going to pay a shop to change out the rest of the 3 O2 sensors.. and then probably the MAF eventually.. but that means there's still the coils...

Oh man.. this was my first car out of college.. new, back in Sept of 2008.. turning into a money pit and a nightmare..

4th Nov 2008, 15:39

Just had 2 coils and spark plugs replaced on my 2000 max because of shuddering of engine and sputtering out. Had to get it towed there because it got to the point where I couldn't drive over 20 mph. My mechanic gave up after replacing the coils and plugs. I towed to an electrical shop waiting for verdict. Class action lawsuit time with punitive damages for all the scary times we all must have had unable to accelerate on a freeway entrance. Talk about emotional trauma.

17th Nov 2008, 23:19

I am an owner of a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE. It has 199,200 miles. and I am sad to say, I will not see it turn to 200,000. I bought the car brand new with 700 miles. I enjoyed my car to the fullest and just could not let it go. I tried to hold on to it to pass to my teenage son. I must say, I have had my share of problems. It began for me around 130,000 miles. Let's see, where do I begin?

I have replaced the front struts, the O2 sensors, the coils as well as, (the underlying problem) the mass air flow. I replaced the radiator and the fan assembly kit, and the starter. The suspension still made noises and did not understand why, when, I had KYB struts installed, come to find out, I had to replace the stabilizer links as well as the inner tie rod. I've also replaced the ball joint. All of this suspension problems were on the front passenger side. I also had problems with the speed sensor. I replaced it once, in time, I had to replace the whole transmission. Needless to say, the transmission did not acclimate well, we replaced the speed sensor once again, which resulted us in replacing the computer module. Now at 199,000 miles. the car is throwing a p0505 code. I'm sure you all have read that this is the idle sensor. All of these problems and replacements occured in the past 3-4 years. I am finally washing my hands of this vehicle. I do not feel comfortable selling it to anyone. I will donate to a tax accredited charity and take the write-off.

I love the new 2009 maximas, but will refrain from buying another Nissan. I am going back to Toyota. At least with a Toyota, when reaching very high mileage, at most, I will probably have to replace the radiator and starter, nothing more.

Good luck to all you Nissan owners! Here shortly I will no longer be.

12th Dec 2008, 13:35

I also own a 2000 Maxima (SE) and have had some of the same problems that many others have had. However, when I bought the car used from a Chevy dealer, they replaced the ignition coils and the mass air flow sensor (warranty) and claimed that it was some sort of unstated recall by Nissan. While this may be complete BS, I'm not sure why they'd fabricate such a story -- what's the point? I don't know if this was some sort of a limited campaign but perhaps the many folks here should see what can be done through the dealer network. I know that many dealers are only interested in protecting their bottom line, but if you push hard enough you should be able to get the truth.

Thankfully for me, I've not had nearly as many problems with my Maxima as some others here. Yes, the MAF and coils went at about 70k, but at 125k now, it's running well and has had no repairs since. The only odd issue with my Max is that nobody can seem to get the alignment set. No accidents evident or recorded, so I'm not quite sure why an alignment is such a problem. It is a mystery.