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2003 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Chart based on 86 repairs.

2003 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

Chart based on 51 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

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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 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 - Jun 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. 
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. 

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2003 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

117700 mi

US $400
Replaced radiator 
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 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 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 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 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 

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2003 Nissan Maxima Repair Histories

83 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Nissan Maxima. 41 of these members (49.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 86 repairs to 2003 Nissan Maximas--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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