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2002 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (28%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 149 repairs.
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2002 Nissan Maxima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (27%)

Chart based on 133 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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2002 Nissan Maxima

Engine not specified

Nissan Maxima in Maryland, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

118000 mi

US $200
Alternator was bad.  
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

99000 mi

US $724
evap leak, replaced evap canister 

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2002 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2011 - Feb 2012
Dec 2011

133000 mi

US $200
Repaired line from clutch master cylinder to slave cylinder. 
Feb 2012

133000 mi

US $365
Replaced failed alternator. 
Nissan Maxima in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

124000 mi

US $150
Smoke test revealed that rust has devoured the neck of the gas tank, causing a vacuum leak. Estimated $200 for the replacement part. Fuel doesn't leak. Tires balanced and rotated. Compression test ran on all cylinders--everything's OK. 
Oct 2010

125000 mi

US $17
Replaced filler neck with one from junkyard to fix EVAP leak. Discovered the leak was coming from the EVAP canister's purge valve, not the filler neck. Cheated by FORMER mechanics. Total cost: $5 can of PB Blaster + $12 neck + my labor 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2011
Jun 2011

162000 mi

US $902
A/C stopped working, low side pressure was in excess of 140 psi, shop said the compressor was bad. Replaced compressor and dryer, flushed system, refilled with R-134. Air now blows nice and cold.  
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2017
Apr 2012

168200 mi

US $230
Mass Air Flow Sensor - Replaced with new. Used a 2001 Mass Air Flow Sensor from Nissan Dealer. Had to change over the intake air temperature thermistor from the 2002 MAFS, but it worked well. Intake Manifold Gaskets - Replaced all gaskets including Upper Plenum Gasket due to leak causing unstable idle condition, and rich fuel mixture condition. Ignition Coil - Replaced Ignition Coil in cylinder 3. Required removal of Intake Manifold to reach firewall side Bank (Bank 1) 
May 2012

168600 mi

US $820
Front Bank Primary Oxygen Sensor replaced. PCV valve replaced. Fuel Pump replaced. Fuel Strainer replaced. In-Tank Fuel Filter replaced. Electronic Throttle Assembly replaced. No change in car condition. Heavy bogging. 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2013
Dec 2009

84620 mi

US $640
Dealer replaced gas tank evaporator valve. Was setting off CEL. 
Feb 2010

85670 mi

US $320
Dealer replaced thermostat. Car was not warming up properly. 
Feb 2011

94700 mi

US $1100
Clutch, Flywheel, and Engine Mounts replaced due to wear. Replaced with Stage 2 clutch, aluminum flywheel, and urethane mounts. Labor was $450 
Mar 2011

96000 mi

US $680
The rear valve cover gasket was leaking oil into the ignition coils and caused coil on cylinder #5 to fail. Rear valve cover gasket was replaced as well as ignition coil on cylinder #5. The spark plugs were also replaced at this time. 
May 2011

97300 mi

US $240
Alternator was intermittently ceasing to function causing a sudden loss in power. Serpentine Belt replaced because of slippage. Alternator grounds and plug were corroded. Cleaned lubricated and reinstalled.  
Jan 2012

95300 mi

US $250
Passanger rear caliper was sticking in freezing weather. Replaced and bled caliper. 
Jan 2013

108000 mi

US $90
Hydraulics related to the clutch started acting up. Believe there to be air in the clutch lines/slave cylinder. Replaced transmission fluid. Car now shifts better but clutch engagement/disengagement is still inconsistent. 
Feb 2013

108200 mi

US $780
Throwout bearing failed making the car impossible to shift and making a loud squealing. Pressure plate was damaged. New sachs clutch kit installed. Car drives better much than with performance clutch. 
Oct 2013

114000 mi

US $300
Replaced Front Rotors due to harsh vibration, rear rotors warped as well due to sticky calipers. Rear pads replaced at the same time. MAF Sensor 
Dec 2013

114000 mi

US $400
Spark plugs fouled from driving with failed maf 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

180000 mi

US $350
Overheating, hole in hose 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
Jan 2002 - Mar 2010
Feb 2002

1000 mi
From the day I bought the car - the front has chipped more than any vehicle I've ever owned... The rest of the paint job seems fine but the front of the hood chips constantly. 
Feb 2008

80000 mi

US $120
Bearing/Hub on Rear Driver's side 
Nissan Maxima in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

90000 mi

US $50
Evap emission control system leak. 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
May 2016 - Jan 2017
May 2016

204000 mi

US $800
Frozen Rear Calipers 
Jun 2016

205000 mi

US $540
Engine Mount (Front, Right) 
Sep 2016

183000 mi

US $150
Muffler rusted out 
Jan 2017 P0420 code 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Oct 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

95000 mi

US $120
Replaced a worn tire rod. 
Nissan Maxima in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2014

73720 mi
Check Engine Light came on. Evaporation issue. 
Jun 2016

97340 mi
Slight hesitation when full throttle applied at low RPM (1500-3000rpm) 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Oct 2017
Oct 2009

70060 mi
Car would not go over 2400 RPM. Car put itself in “safe” mode. Used car dealer repaired – only took 30 minutes. Said some wire had come loose. Since then, it’s been fine. He did not charge me anything. 
Dec 2009

71920 mi

C $75
Replaced worn left outer tie-rod. Brake pedal hydraulic line problem. If engine lost power brake pedal would seize. Replaced tube in brake system that included internal valve to allow two-way vaccuum flow. Hydraulic clutch line leak causing clutch pedal to fail. Replaced tubing and bled clutch to fix problem. 
Sep 2011

86180 mi

C $40
Heat shield came loose. Mechanic just ripped it off as it was rusting. 
Feb 2012

88640 mi

C $200
Exhaust pipe developed hole, replaced pipe. 
Apr 2012

90200 mi

C $200
Replace muffler which had developed hole. 
Sep 2012

92380 mi

C $140
Exhaust pipe had rusted. Mechanic cut out rusted piece and welded a new section in place. 
Jan 2015

90640 mi

C $400
Window regulator on drivers side - cable snapped, window would not go up or down properly. Needed to replace window regulator. 
Sep 2015

105400 mi

C $400
Power steering high-pressure hose leaking. Replaced. 
Sep 2016

111600 mi

C $275
Mechanic replaced right upper strut mount and pin in brake caliper. Rattle noise was then gone, repair successful. 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2011
Jun 2011

117800 mi

C $85
Rattling from front suspension, replaced sway bar bushings and end links 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Dec 2005 - Mar 2010
Aug 2005

35000 mi
Bose Stereo speaker in drivers door was cutting in and out, was replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2005

36 mi
Bose System was refusing to play CDs all the way through, was skipping constantly. Replaced free of charge under warranty. 
Jul 2008

84000 mi
O2 sensors out, ignition coils replaced. All covered under extended warranty. Car is running like a dream again 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2009

110000 mi

US $1900
Clutch disc and pressure plate failure including failure of throw-out bearing. Factory flywheel anti-slip disc damaged. Replaced clutch disc,pressure plate and flywheel with performance replacement parts. 2 worn engine mounts were replaced. 
Sep 2009

115000 mi
Power steering pressure hose failure causing excessive leakage of power steering fluid. Problem can be temporarily remedied by refilling resevor once a week but hose MUST be replaced. 
Nov 2009

116100 mi

US $150
High pressure power steering hose was replaced. Part was not oem nissan part. Steering pump unfortunately still buzzes but does not leak anymore. Recommendation made to use OEM part next time. 
Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

135000 mi

US $3100
Intake Valve Timing Control, Bank 1 
Nov 2009

135800 mi

US $300
Blower motor and resistor 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

162000 mi
obd2 code P0507 = idle speed too high. Dealer would not reset idle speed without significant expense  
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Mar 2011
Aug 2010

91140 mi

C $500
Front struts replaced 

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2002 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Nissan Maxima in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Sep 2014

225000 mi

US $2000
Service Engine Soon light stays on. Engine stalls occasionally when at stop light/signs, even when driving (all dashboard lights flash) then shuts down (placing in neutral to re-start), pressing gas too quickly sometimes causes stall 
Nissan Maxima in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2015
Oct 2014

127500 mi

US $390
The high pressure power steering hose was leaking. 
Mar 2015

130000 mi
Passenger air bag was replaced by dealer for free on 9/2013 due to a recall for free but subsequently went bad and there was no warranty from the factory. 
Nissan Maxima in Colorado, United States
Nov 2014 - Feb 2016
Jan 2015

172700 mi

US $900
Right cam seal replacement. Power steering pump replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in Oregon, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

92200 mi

US $400
Gas gauge 
Nissan Maxima in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016
Oct 2013

108800 mi
Bottom of wheel wells rusted out. 
Dec 2013

110360 mi

C $700
Radiator Split so bought new one. When I went to install I discovered the lower rad. support had rusted about 65% threw. The support also holds up the front motor mount. There is a service bulletin in the U.S.A. but not in Canada . 
Sep 2014

117800 mi

C $550
Exhaust in perfect shape the flanges rusted out. Rear valve cover leaking oil in spark plug holes number 3 coil burnt out. 
Nov 2014

118700 mi
P0507 code, reset computer to relearn mode.Car was running good when code came up . 
Jul 2015

122860 mi
Rotors and one rear calliper. 
Nissan Maxima in Virginia, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2015
Feb 2014

66100 mi

US $50
The brake pedal switch broke so my brake lights were not illuminating. 
May 2015

80100 mi

US $120
Replaced front and rear cam sensors. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Jul 2014 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

106000 mi

US $135
#4 ignition coil failure. Causing rough idle and rough operation. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2015 - Mar 2017
Feb 2015

59920 mi

C $60
Stabilizer Link replaced 
Nov 2016

73160 mi

C $900
Replaced both outer tie rod ends and one lower control arm 
Nissan Maxima in Washington, United States
May 2015 - May 2015
May 2015 Failed alternator 
Nissan Maxima in Florida, United States
- Apr 2003
Jun 2002

1800 mi
Dim check engine light. Dealer replaced instrument cluster under warranty 
Apr 2003

22000 mi
Front sway bar links replaced due to banging noise over bumps 
Nissan Maxima in Arizona, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2013

104000 mi

US $500
front left tie rod + wheel bearing 
Jul 2013

105000 mi

US $650
replaced MAF 
Apr 2014

107000 mi

US $300
strut & mount + bearing replacement 
Sep 2014

110000 mi

US $175
one of the radiator fans stopped working, replaced both. 
May 2015

117000 mi

US $388
replaced both front rotors & brake pads @ Brake Masters 
Jan 2016

122000 mi

US $500
power steering pump was leaking - replaced new. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

77000 mi

US $225
Replaced MAF sensor 
Nissan Maxima in Illinois, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2017
May 2017

185000 mi

US $130
Stabilizer bars were replaced with new parts.Job took less than 1 hour. 
Nissan Maxima in Ohio, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017
Apr 2016

158000 mi

US $950
Front right wheel hub bearing was worn out. U-joint boot was discovered to be torn. Replaced wheel bearing, axle, and boot. 
Jun 2016

158000 mi

US $118
HID headlight failed; replaced both with Philips HID bulbs. 
Jul 2016

158800 mi

US $1475
Replaced all four shock/struts and aligned. 
Sep 2016

163000 mi

US $113
Replaced intake air control valve to correct code P1800. 
Dec 2016

169000 mi

US $161
Transmission shifts from 1 to 2 were sometimes very hard, and were getting worse. Had Valvoline do a complete transmission flush and the transmission works like new again. 
Apr 2017

177000 mi

US $93
HVAC fan wouldn't run. Discovered broken wire on diode inside fan control amplifier. Replaced fan control amplifier. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Jul 2015 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

90000 mi

US $350
Was hearing whirring sound from passenger side wheel at low speeds, and squeaking from LCA, new wheel bearing & hub assembly and new LCA on both sides, problem solved. 
Nissan Maxima in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Jan 2014

US $350
Replaced all 3 catalytic converters 
Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2015
Jul 2009

104000 mi

US $1709
Transmission slipage noticed, went to shop to get checked out. Had to rebuild automatic trans, slip between 2nd and 3rd gear. 
Apr 2010

108000 mi

US $225
"evap sensor"(?) out had to be replaced 
Aug 2011

119000 mi
Had to replace 2 O2 sensors, check engine light on. 
Oct 2015

158000 mi

US $90
had to replace 2 belts 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013
Sep 2012

129000 mi

US $234
Vibration in the front at highway speeds that could not be corrected by balancing tires. Alignment was in spec. Replaced wheel bearing. Rip discovered in drivers side half shaft boot. Had control arms replaced two months back and it looks like that shop ripped the boot. 
Oct 2012

130000 mi

US $460
Leaking high pressure power steering hose. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jan 2011
Mar 2008

120850 mi

US $470
Wheel bearing/passenger side axle replacement, new theromostat 
Apr 2008

123875 mi

US $231
Bank 1 rear O2 sensor replaced 
May 2008

125940 mi

US $345
Replaced radiator 
Jan 2009

142350 mi

US $170
Replaced outer tie rods 
Mar 2009

146505 mi

US $175
Bank 1 rear O2 replaced (bad heater element) 
Jul 2009

157260 mi

US $218
Starter replaced 
Dec 2009

166000 mi
Replaced both precats with used (lower mileage) precats to clear a P0420 code. Since the replacement, no codes. Old precats showed signs of deterioration. 
Sep 2010

182000 mi

US $330
Passenger side engine mount was replaced 
Nissan Maxima in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2014
Feb 2013

45000 mi

US $250
service engine light, replaced oxygen sensor in order to pass emissions testing. 
Nissan Maxima in Georgia, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2013
Jan 2011

146000 mi

US $900
Replaced front struts/shocks and rear shocks. Worn out. 
May 2013

147600 mi

US $450
Replaced left front wheel bearing. Leaking trailing edge bushing. 
Nissan Maxima in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

107260 mi

C $2000
steering rack leaking and tie rod end and right lower ball joint 
Nissan Maxima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

143000 mi

US $18
Gasket from cross over tube was leaking. Cheap part, but lots of work to get to it. Airbox assembly comes out along with most of the cooling lines on that side. So far seems to have fixed it. It caused lots of rust, though. Check engine light on from small air leak. Happened before, thought it was fixed. Now it is back. I'll look into it when it is warmer out. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

93000 mi

US $900
front suspension on both sides weak, creaky noise, spongy and understeering on higher speed constant radius turns. 92K miles of NYC traffic will wear and tear, so struts were replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

117000 mi

US $2200
Transmission started slipping on all gears and needed replacement. First major issue I've ever had with this car. 
Nissan Maxima in Texas, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2015
May 2010

93200 mi

US $600
Went in for brakes and found a bad strut 
Jun 2010

94000 mi

US $600
Had radiator fluid changed, seem on radiator started leaking after flush. 
Jan 2015

US $2000
Oil leaks. 
Nissan Maxima in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jun 2014
Jun 2013

158720 mi

C $165
Replacer lower oil pan 
Jun 2014

168640 mi

C $2100
Had to replace the suspension system for the first time ever. Surprised original asted so long. 
Nissan Maxima in Washington, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2009

80000 mi

US $800
My car has a clanging noise sometimes when I hit the gas....problem was not fixed, additives being added to my gas to try and break up carbon build up. 
Nissan Maxima in Missouri, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

195000 mi

US $38
Worn Tie Rods. Replaced and had vehicle aligned. 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2009
Jun 2008

138000 mi

US $800
Maxima needed new struts and alignment which is standard maintenance 
Nissan Maxima in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

68200 mi

C $150
Lower Oil pan 
Jul 2009

70680 mi

C $150
Lower oil pan rusted out. It is my understanding that this is a common problem due to silicon (no gasket) or faulty coating 
Nissan Maxima in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2008 - Feb 2010
Mar 2009

124000 mi

US $270
Replaced right outer tie rod Replaced right outer tie rod 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

93000 mi

US $200
Timing sensor will probably have to be replaced. 
Nissan Maxima in Indiana, United States
Jul 2007 - Sep 2016
Sep 2010

63000 mi

US $80
Rusted section of original exhuast was repaired with a kit from Autozone. 
Nissan Maxima in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2007 - Oct 2015
Jun 2010

67580 mi

C $800
Replaced front engine mount. 
Mar 2013

84940 mi

C $600
Rear right break occasionally shows overheating symptoms. Rear right break caliper sticking. Replaced both rear break calipers. 
Feb 2014

89280 mi

C $400
Replaced front wheel bearing. 
Nov 2014

92380 mi

C $20
Daytime Running Lights (Canadian car) module broken down. Fixed by me. Tracked it to cold solder joint in DRL module. The reapir would cost $400 at a dealer. 
May 2015

94240 mi

C $180
Replaced front wheel bearing. This bearing was previously replaced 15 months ago. Either faulty part or it was damaged when installed previously. 
Nissan Maxima in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2017
May 2011

104000 mi

US $50
Replaced Evaporator Canister Purge Valve after getting SES light with codes P1448 and P0455. Replaced Evaporator Canister Purge Valve after getting SES light with codes P1448 and P0455. 
Apr 2012

130000 mi

US $100
Mechanic noticed a radiator leak; replaced the radiator. 
Sep 2012

145000 mi

US $490
Shaking when braking. Inner Tie Rods had play. 
Jan 2014

123000 mi

US $1300
New catalytic converter,  oil filter housing replacement, o2 sensor. 
Nissan Maxima in New York, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012
Jun 2011

123000 mi

US $800
ignition coil had to be replaced. The car idled extremely rough and the tachometer went crazy. 
Oct 2011

125000 mi
The transmission was having difficulty changing gears between 50 and 55 mph. Had the pan dropped, fluid flushed and the magnets cleaned. For now, it is better. 
Mar 2012

150000 mi

US $500
Wheel bearings needed to be replaced 

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2002 Nissan Maxima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Nissan Maxima in New Jersey, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2011
Jun 2010

98000 mi

US $300
Air Bag light on 
Sep 2010

102000 mi
Replaced shocks. 

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