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2000 Nissan Maxima repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 235 repairs.
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2000 Nissan Maxima engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (37%)

Chart based on 87 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2000 Nissan Maxima

Engine not specified

109000 mi

US $758
All six coil packs starting acting up. Car had no power and sounded like it was under water. my catalytic converter went bad. i started to smeel what smelt like rotten eggs every time i acclerated hard. a result of the catalytic converter going bad i had to replace 2 o2 sensors as well 
115000 mi Service Engine Soon light was on for last six months - Autozone said the code meant lean fuel - Ran terrible when you first started up - Mechanic said that the ignition coils need replaced and the O2 sensors needed to replace. 
74000 mi

US $240
Need new battery, oil change, wipers & oil sensor--was causing a leak. 
102920 mi

C $150
Small leak detected in Transmission connection to radiator. Radiator connector broke off completely from corrosion. Entirely new cooler order and radiator (for transmission) bypassed. Center beam on which the front and rear hydraulic motor mounts rest came off of the front frame due to complete corrosion of the metal. New pieces fashioned and welded into place. Beam bolted back onto new frame. Exhaust also repaired. 
107860 mi

C $600
Repaired poorly done exhaust work (including flex pipe). 
120000 mi

US $1000
Engine light code said catalytic converter. Repair shop said I needed the central converter. Cost $1000. Repaired. Two days later light came back on. New code has several versions (1 said O2 sensor, other front catalytic conver, other reset light) 
80000 mi

US $370
120000 mi

US $700
Problem with rough starting-traced to ECU (partially burned out by defective electronic engine mounts). Dealer wanted nearly $3000 for repair. Local shop replaced ecu with remanufactured one. Engine mounts left unconnected. Problem partially resolved. 

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2000 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

222-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed manual FWD

102000 mi SES (Service Engine Soon), otherwise known as the check engine light came on. P0420 code thrown. Reset computer and came back again after ~20 miles. Took in for second opinion for P0420 code, could be bad catalytic converter. Nissan has a TSB out for this code, which neccesiates a ECM reflash however. This will be the next step. 
141284 mi

US $800
Work done by A&J Nissan 
106000 mi

US $120
Oxygen sensor. Bank two sensor 1 
139000 mi

US $370
replaced all six ignition coils with oem coils from Rockauto. successfully shutoff check engine light. 
163300 mi

US $175
Muffler replaced 
165000 mi changed exhaust Y pipe 
159000 mi

US $380
Replace radiator after top tank split 
163000 mi

US $150
Replace idler pulley on serpentine belt 
165000 mi

US $450
Replace evap canister due to emissions code. 
166900 mi Noise heard from front end while driving, traced to worn engine mount. 
124800 mi Coils keep going bad. Replaced all 6 a year ago and two of those since. This week it was misfiring, disconnecting the coil had no effect meaning it wasn't firing at all. Swapped cylinders and problem followed the coil (12 months old) 
193000 mi Idle air control valve went bad. sold car 

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2000 Nissan Maxima 4dr Sedan

222-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

129000 mi

US $750
104100 mi

US $75
Ign coil failed. Car has 6 at approx $100 each. Known issue with this year model Mass Air Flow sensor failed. 
105000 mi

US $95
Ign coil #2 failure Known Nissan problem 
105900 mi

US $89
Ignition coil#3 failure. The other three will fail shortly 
110000 mi SES light on. Cause is poor ECU design that is too sensitive to #2 o2 sensor reading and thinks cat converter bad 
134000 mi Leak at top of radiator. Very slight but need to add water every month 
126000 mi

US $700
Cooling fan system coming apart. Also had spark plus cables replaced. 
140800 mi

US $76
Had to determine where the oil leak was coming from. Looks like rear main seal or upper oil pan Upper oilpan was leaking at the half moon seal 
153200 mi

US $650
Ecu was fried due to the motor mounts causing a short. Replaced ece and motor mounts Notices radiator was leaking, replaced and flushed the system. 
154000 mi

US $290
Engine would stall on start when the engine was warm. 
106500 mi

US $100
The radiator had a slow leak between the top plastic cap and the aluminum. 
97000 mi

US $200
O2 sensor 
59914 mi

US $411
Replace rear 3 ignition coils. 
67616 mi

US $236
Replaced front 3 ignition coils. 
87383 mi

US $249
Replaced mass air flow sensor. 
147600 mi

US $775
air mas sensor replaced 
28390 mi

US $1
The ECU was replaced. No cost - done under warranty. 
49800 mi

US $500
Replaced all six ignition coils. Dealer refused to replace them under warranty, although this is a well-known problem with 5th-gen Maximas. 
97210 mi

US $349
The EGR pipe was replaced. It cracked under hard acceleration in a tight right-hand turn. I now suspect this was because the right engine mount was getting weak .... 
117200 mi

US $200
Another trip to solve the clunking from front passeneger side. Thanks to maxima.org, suspected the right engine mount. Replaced the mount and both belts (AC+PS). The car now drives like new! to eliminate a persistent clunk, replaced the passenger-side engine mount 
132000 mi

US $2300
Both pre-cats had to be replaced because the CAT monitor were "incomplete" - this is a new law in California 
172000 mi

US $1060
Also, new flex pipe needed for pre-catalytic converter. 
195000 mi Rough, grumbly idle. Sounded like an exhaust leak. No discernable difference in performance. Accessory Belt squeal on startup 
166000 mi

US $200
Downstream O2 sensors on CA emissions model Auto. 
181700 mi

US $600
Replaced Motor and Transmission mounts 
48360 mi Tailpipe, muffler, and pipe over axle is one piece connected by a flange to rest of exhaust. This flange is poorly welded and separates. Have seen this several times on maxima and infiniti i30. Grind to metal and re-weld or replace unit. 
169000 mi Mass Air Flow Sensor replaced because engine would try to idle, but would kill for warm starts only. 
240000 mi

US $70
Heater blew cold. Changed thermostat. Heater continued to blow cold. Next day, the heater started blowing hot again. Cause unknown. 
245000 mi

US $94
Crankshaft position sensor (CPS) malfunction. OBD II code P1336. Replace CPS, problem still exists. Replacing CPS wiring harness next. 
141000 mi

US $240
One cylinder not working. Solenoid replaced. Radiator top cracked, promoted leaking when hot. Mechanic noticed while testing the car after repair of the first problem. Radiator top replaced.  
149000 mi

US $1306
Speed sensor. Thermostat. 
161000 mi

US $400
Check engine light turn on, diagnostic suggested replacement of oxygen sensor. Two were replaced. Computer reset, check engine back within a week. Shop claims that before re setting the computer indicated to replace the speed sensor. 
163000 mi

US $225
Second oxygen sensor replace, speed sensor also replace. Engine light turn off after resetting it and has not come back as of today. also seems to have corrected a problem with the transmission been idle. 
200000 mi

US $170
Radiator' plastic enclosure broke while on the highway, engine overheated. Radiator was not original but a replacement due to the original' enclosure also leaked but not as bad as the replacement. 
213000 mi

US $204
Car would hesitate when idle. Suspected the spark plugs needed replacement but after replacing them, the problem continued. Had to replace the ignition coil number 4 to fix the problem. 
198900 mi

C $500
replaced rusted radiator support, radiator (small leak) 
209560 mi

C $25
EVAP canister vent valve leak 
156000 mi

US $48
Leaking oil through valve cover, replaced both valve cover gaskets 
100000 mi

US $200
102000 mi

US $80
Cylinder 3 ignition coil was misfiring, replaced. 
130000 mi

US $300
Replaced precat front since the original one was shot. Gas mileage was poor before and still poor after. SES light is still on, will take on autozone to check. 
115000 mi

US $370
Radiator developed leak. 
143000 mi

US $480
Replaced front motor mount 
145200 mi

US $670
Harmonic balancer came apart. 
109120 mi

C $155
Exhaust - muffler and tail pipe 
112220 mi

C $472
Flex pipe for exhaust 
114080 mi

C $460
MAF sensor 
120600 mi Oxygen sensor 
125000 mi

US $170
New muffler needed 
122000 mi

US $1200
there were several leaks around the engine and in the fuel pressure switch.  
147000 mi

US $300
Starter coil on piston # 1 needing to be replaced 
159640 mi

C $45
One broken bracket for the exhaust. 
166260 mi

C $200
Radiator crack, leaking. 

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2000 Nissan Maxima 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

98000 mi

US $60
O2 sensor was bad. There are 3 O2 sensors. This one is before the catalytic converter. 
128000 mi

US $120
Check engine light (SES light) was on. Code indicated it was the PNP switch on my manual transmission (Park-Neutral Position switch). Had to drain tranny and replace the switch. Repair was simple, but new part was hard to find. Ordered it online. 
97000 mi

US $700
Engine missed badly on two occasions, check engine light came on both times. #6 cylinder coil bad, replaced and problem fixed. 
89000 mi

US $65
Loose shield and hole in exhaust between precats 2 & and 3. Loose hangar was replaced on resonator after MAIN cat 
98000 mi fuel gauge dropped to completely empty where it remained until I traded it in for an '07 outback 

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2000 Nissan Maxima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi P0138 and P0139 code.... replaced O2 sensor. 
139500 mi

C $350
Mass air flow meter 
130000 mi Radiator was leaking through the top joint with the plastic cap and the aluminum heat exchanger. 

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2000 Nissan Maxima 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

145000 mi

US $1200
Replaced catalytic converter. 
77000 mi

US $200
Faulty ignition coil - quick fix but took day to get proper part. 

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