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2003 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 105 repairs.

2003 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (19%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 54 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2003 Nissan Maxima

Engine not specified

Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

135000 mi

US $200
Oxygen sensor replacement 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

129580 mi

C $180
Alternator replaced after only 15,000 km. Mechanic covered parts and most of the labour 

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2003 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2013

58300 mi

US $200
Had to replace muffler. Would not pass inspection 
Oct 2015

63000 mi

US $100
Replaced leaking radiator, cost of radiator $100 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Apr 2014
Dec 2013

190960 mi

C $300
Replaced alternator 
Nissan Maxima in South Carolina, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

124000 mi

US $350
Replaced high pressure hose on power steering system 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Oct 2012 - May 2014
Aug 2013

108000 mi

US $450
Replaced front brake pads and rotors and rear rotor. 
May 2014

112000 mi

US $600
The car was shutting off at low speeds and at times took a few times to turn back on. Couldn't be duplicated at the shop. Changing filters didn't help. Hard to diagnose without replacing sensors. Entire suspension system needed to be replaced- shocks, struts, etc. Belts needed replacing - had replaced some 2 years prior, but needed to replace them again. 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

140000 mi

US $120
Radiator replacement; OEM radiator began to fail (fluid leaking from upper seam in tank - but didn't fail completely) 
Apr 2014

150300 mi

US $15
Replaced front (right?) valve cover gasket. It was leaking. $15 part. 
Oct 2014

154700 mi

US $150
Power Steering hose replacement 
Nov 2015

171300 mi

US $20
Replaced worn sway bar links Replace rear (left?) valve cover gasket 
Nissan Maxima in Colorado, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

161000 mi

US $150
replaced coils 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Jul 2009

65000 mi

US $65
replaced auto climate amplifier 
Nov 2014

98000 mi

US $150
replaced radiator fan 
May 2015

103000 mi

US $150
Replaced radiator due to a leak. 
Dec 2015

107000 mi

US $500
replaced wheel bearing 
Nissan Maxima in Colorado, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Oct 2008

90000 mi

US $900
Replaced the Map Sensor 
May 2010

115000 mi

US $2000
Replaced Clutch and Fly Wheel 
Jun 2010

125000 mi

US $500
Replaced Mass Airflow Sensor 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

79500 mi

US $300
Rotor is broken 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2015 - May 2016
Apr 2015

105000 mi
Neutral position safety switch causing check engine light to come on, code P1706. $25 part, 1 hour labor. 
Sep 2015

110300 mi

US $600
Car was jerking when getting on/off the gas, and making a clunking noise when going over bumps. Engine subframe/radiator support rusted through. Mechanic cut away rusted bits and welded new steel in. 
Dec 2015

117000 mi

US $850
Right tie rod replaced Sway bar end links replaced Right control arm replaced 
Apr 2016

123000 mi

US $270
SRS light on dashboard started flashing. Entered diagnostics mode, and got one long flash followed by 6 short flashes. Looked up code and it indicates a problem with the front crash zone sensor. Wiring harness checked, sensor replaced. 
May 2016

123000 mi

US $1000
Front left brake caliper seized. Mechanic was able to rebuild, charged 1 hour of labor. Muffler rusted out, needed to be replaced. Heat shield loose and rattling. 
Nissan Maxima in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2014 - Sep 2015
Dec 2014

213000 mi

US $1340
New rear brake pads, rotors Replace ABS sensor 
Feb 2015

215000 mi

US $245
Replace L/F axle seal 
Jun 2015

218000 mi

US $450
Replace radiator, cap and coolant 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2015
May 2014

111000 mi

US $500
Catalyst back muffler 
Jun 2014

112000 mi

US $1200
New struts at all four corners, new lower control arms, all installed. 
Aug 2014

113300 mi

US $2500
oil pan and filter o ring replaced ECM reprogram per hesitation TSB 
Nov 2014

118000 mi

US $1900
Front Radiator support rusted out high pressure fuel pump hoses plus new engine mounts 
Mar 2015

121000 mi

US $800
Crankshaft pulley and idler pulley replacement. 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

147000 mi

US $1100
right control arm rnsuspension replaced, front brake pads 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2008 - Jun 2013
Sep 2009

60760 mi

C $300
Battery and (!) light came on after car sat for a couple of weeks. Checked voltage, 11.9, alternator not charging. Order one at my local shop, installed myself, no problems. 
Nissan Maxima in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2011 - Mar 2015
Feb 2011

44640 mi

C $1500
Extensive brake work, including calipers. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Mar 2012

102920 mi

C $40
Sqeaking noise when engine cold. Topped up power steering fluid. A couple of weeks later, still found power steering pump wet with fluid. 
Apr 2012

103720 mi

C $800
Power steering hose was leaking; hose replaced and fixed the problem. 
Aug 2013

113240 mi

C $800
Replaced tie rod end - steering was loose & clunky. exhaust u-tube broken causing exhaust noise 
Jan 2014

116940 mi

C $400
Drivers side high intensity discharge low beam was burned out. Replaced both low beam headlights as a precaution. 
Jan 2015

119340 mi

C $250
Engine pipe flex tube corroded; needed new one & had it welded (not bolted) in place. 
Feb 2015

119660 mi

C $300
Windshield cracked. I don't believe due to impact, just extremes of temperature. Although the shop that replaced it said they found some corrosion on the mating surface, potentially causing stress that could have contributed to the windshield cracking. 
Dec 2015

121520 mi
Would not go into reverse. 

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2003 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Nissan Maxima in Arizona, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

111000 mi

US $1800
replaced broken throttle mechanism, replaced water pump, replaced rear driver side hub bearing, front brake pads & turned rotors 
Mar 2010

111000 mi
engine valve cover gasket leaking, transmission slipping 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2010 - Sep 2014
Mar 2010

124000 mi

C $1300
required and overdue maintenance, fixed a leak in cooling system. 
Jun 2010

125240 mi

C $500
O2 sensor replaced 
May 2011

128340 mi

C $90
Bracket of exhaust system had broken, rusted away. Shop rewelded and put in support brace. 
Aug 2012

132360 mi

C $400
replaced tierod end. 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

69440 mi

C $8780
check engine light on - coil saturated with oil - cylinder not firing- replaced valve covers and all 6 sparkplugs 
Aug 2010

70060 mi

C $1035
replaced all 6 coils 
Nissan Maxima in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

153000 mi

US $80
Leaky top of radiator crimp seal 
Nissan Maxima in Nevada, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
Sep 2012

156000 mi

US $100
replaced spark plugs and valve guides because they were leaking oil into spark plug bays if left undriven for approx 24 hrs. causing misfire on random cyl. 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

97000 mi

US $225
Alternator failed, car went into limp mode but was still running. Towed to shop, alternator replaced. 
Feb 2016

100300 mi
Car started flashing the battery and brake lights intermittently. Took car to shop who installed previous alternator and left them with car for the day. They replaced the alternator at no charge. 
Nissan Maxima in Virginia, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2014
Sep 2009

121000 mi

US $300
A sensor mounted on the transmission went bad & caused the check engine light and transmission light to come on.  
Nov 2010

140000 mi

US $500
Front struts needed replacing. 
Nov 2011

160000 mi

US $600
Leaking radiator...replaced. Leaking power steering hose...replaced. 
Jul 2012

167000 mi

US $300
Valve cover gasket leaking oil and needed replacing. Also needed tune up to replace orignial spark plugs. 
Jan 2013

183000 mi

US $150
Replaced alternator 
Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

123000 mi

US $600
Replaced VV intake solonoids (both).  
Nissan Maxima in California, United States
- Dec 2004
Dec 2004

40000 mi

US $150
Wind noise from rear door window frame. Replaced rubber seal 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
May 2007

53740 mi

US $290
Change oil and filter; fixed trunk latch; fixed seat adjustment motors under warranty. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

117700 mi

US $400
Replaced radiator 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2011 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

99200 mi

C $100
tie rod ends replacement 
Nissan Maxima in Ohio, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2012

94300 mi

US $700
My car was making a clunking noise so got it fixed by getting the swaybar end links and tie rod replaced I had a large evap leak so got it replaced 
Nissan Maxima in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2004 - Sep 2012
Mar 2004

30000 mi
Brought car in for burning 1 quart of oil before oil change was due. Told this was normal. Now have 135,000 miles and burns 1 quart every 600 miles or so. Seems common on 3.5L VQ engines 
Feb 2009

75000 mi

US $200
Had a grinding noise coming from the front of my car. Replaced both ball bearings on wheel hubs and the rear as well. Had a grinding noise coming from the front of my car. Replaced both bearings and also the rear as well. 
Sep 2012

135000 mi

US $50
One Bad ignition coil 
Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2011 - Dec 2013
Jan 2012

117000 mi

US $1200
Electronic motor mount malfunctioned and sent a surge of electricity to the computer and fried it. The car was still running but smelled like something was in fire. 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2009
Jul 2009

84000 mi

US $200
front struts replaced due to horrible roads here in Chicago 
Oct 2009

87000 mi

US $80
outer tie rods replaced 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - Mar 2016
Nov 2013

124000 mi

C $543
Replaced brake pads front rear 4 rotors 1 rear caliper Muffler syste, 
Jul 2014

127720 mi

C $200
evap issue replace all hoses, will not reset. evap will not reset, replaced knock sensor 
Sep 2014

128340 mi

C $140
evap would not reset engine light on 
Oct 2015

136800 mi
replaced pads and rotors 
Mar 2016

137640 mi
Evap issue never found. 
Nissan Maxima in Oklahoma, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2014
Oct 2013

127500 mi

US $350
Alternator went out. 
Nissan Maxima in Georgia, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

133000 mi

US $365
High pressure hose for power steering pump. Started leaking fluid. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

107700 mi

US $235
Oil Pan was changed 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
May 2013

58000 mi

US $540
Clunking sound during low speed turns resulted in diagnosis of bad bushings on lower control arm. Noise at front wheel diagnosed as bad front wheel bearing. 
Oct 2013

71300 mi

US $150
Replaced worn rear strut cartridges. 
Mar 2014

79000 mi

US $300
Needed to replace lower control arm with worn bushings. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Apr 2013
Feb 2013

176460 mi

C $250
ignition coil 

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2003 Nissan Maxima Repair Histories

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