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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#8818 of 8984 Re: Oxygen sensor [biancar]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:19 pm)
Hi, Biancar. It may or may not be covered.
I've been dealing with the same situation
as you for almost the past 12 months. To
digress, the SES light on my 2002 Maxima SE
came on for the first time back in July of
2005. It happened while I was passing
through Atlanta, GA coming from Tampa, FL
for vacation time in the GA mountains.
I had to find the nearest Nissan dealership
since I didn't know if I was supposed to be
driving the car with the light on. By the
time I located a Nissan dealership, it was
almost closing time, no one to assist. I
was told I would have to bring it back on
Monday.(This happened on a Friday.) But I
was told if there were no visible and
noticeable problems, I could still drive the
car. After trying to find the nearest
Nissan dealership to Blairsville, GA, which
would have required some distance driving,
I figured I'd take a gamble and not interrupt
my vacation. I had no further problems. In
fact, after about a day or two, the light
I took it to the local dealership in Tampa
after I returned home. Well, whatever code
or diagnosis they pulled supposedly was not
covered by the Fed.Emiss. Warranty. I
believe they wanted to charge something like
450 to $600 to replace two bad rear 02
sensors. Well, I was not ready to pay that
kind of money just right then. Well, you
know how it is when you get busy. I've been
driving the car for almost a year with no
problems, even though the SES light does
come on maybe once every couple of months for
a week and then goes off.
As a matter of fact, it was on for the past
two weeks and just went off today. I had
taken the car in to my local mechanic to
remove two nails from my right rear tire and
decided to have them diagnose the SES
problem since it was on when I took it in.
Well, they pulled a code PO138, and he also
gave me a printout of a TSB. He seems to
think that this is something that should be
covered by the Fed. Emiss. Warranty, but I'm
not so sure since the dealership already
told me no before. My neighbor across the
street is an experienced mechanic who has
replaced sensors. He also owns two Nissans,
so he's very familiar with the 02 sensor
problem. He's offered to rerun the code for
me and can probably do some additional
"sleuthing" to try to find out if this is a
Fed. Emiss. Warranty issue.
I'm thinking of taking him up on his offer
because I'm sure Nissan will charge me $90
just to do another diagnosis, while my
mechanic only charged $40 to do it. I hate
to spend another $90 and have them tell me
I'm going to have to pay for this. If I've
got to pay for it, I'd rather take it to my
own mechanic, since it's always going to cost
Sorry about the long letter, but just be
careful and keep your options open.
#8819 of 8984 Re: Oxygen sensor [biancar]
Jun 13, 2006 (9:04 am)
Fed Emissions warranty for Long Term Defects covers only cat converter and ECM for 8 years/80K miles, O2 sensors are covered as regular emissions defects for 3 years/36K miles. So, biancar, your 2000 GLE is not covered for O2 sensor. The part is $135 or so and if you want to follow the Service Buletin then you must do it at the dealer since noone else can re-program the computer for you, the labor will no doubt cost $200 in addition to the cost of the part. That's how they get you. The Service Bulletin is just a guideline to the dealer on how to perform a repair, it is not a recall. Sorry to bring the bad news
#8820 of 8984 Re: Oxygen sensor [maximafan]
Jun 13, 2006 (9:07 am)
if your SES light comes on and off then yor O2 sensor may be fouled. The O2 sensor measures the difference between oxygen content in the outside air and inside your exhaust, so if the receptacles are dirty then it may be throwing an error code. It could be your harness connector too. And as far as paying for diagnostics - Autozone does it for free, the scan your computer and give you the code and then you can just do your own research and figure out which part to replace.
#8821 of 8984 Re: Oxygen sensor [dmaljunk]
Jun 13, 2006 (3:21 pm)
We already paid $75 for the diagnostic test.
So guess I'm looking at a repair bill something north of $300, then. Wonder if they'll cut me a break since I just bought my Z there a couple months ago.
Oh well. The Maxima has not had anything wrong with it for the first five years. Then recently we replaced all the ignition coils, and now this. I guess for a six year old car we're still ahead of the game.
Jun 14, 2006 (6:00 am)
Is it me or does it seem strange for nissan to continue to use the 3.5l v6 in the maxima? Its in the altima and gives the altima almost as much horsepower as the max. IMO, nissan should have put the 4.0l v6 from the pathfinder suv into the maxima. It would have much more hp and torque and further the line between altima and maxima.
#8823 of 8984 Re: 07 Maxima [autoboy16]
Jun 14, 2006 (9:38 am)
I agree. I think the Maxima now occupies a sort of strange place in the line-up. It used to be "the 4 door sports car." Now they seem to be emphasizing luxury (which is fine, I guess), and the new "4 door sports car" is really the Infiniti G35.
I see a LOT more newer Altimas on the road than I do new Maximas.
I'd be curious to know where former Maxima owners are shopping now. Do they buy another Max, or figure to economize with the Altima that gives you 90% of what the Max does, or step up to the Infiniti? For those of you whose car is now 6 years old or older, what do you plan to do in the next few years - keep your current car until it falls apart, buy new Maxima when the time comes, or shop elsewhere?
Jun 14, 2006 (11:00 am)
i have a 2000 maxima gle which i bought in sept of 2000... im planning on driving this thing till it can't run anymore.. its got 59k miles on it... and still running great... the problems i've had on it were brake rotors..which i replaced all 4... and the exhaust pipe behind the muffler breaking into 2 pieces.. which was not too bad of a fix..... so i'm hoping for at least another 100k miles..
given the new look of the maxima since 04... i wont be shopping for a new max any longer..... i'll probably wait for the current new 5 series in about 3 to 4 yrs..and pick up an used one... those are beautiful
#8825 of 8984 Re: 00 maxima [kyleknicks]
Jun 14, 2006 (1:47 pm)
You and I were on these boards that same summer. I bought my GLE in the summer of 2000 - this is the one that right now needs the oxygen sensor replaced.
I agree with you that the body style of the 2000 - 2003 cars was more attractive than the current edition. I love the S-curve look around the tail lights, for instance - it's unique and attractive.
The new ones just haven't grown on me. The back end looks slab-sided or something, large and ungainly.
I'm with you, we're keeping ours until it just won't run anymore. Right now it has slightly upwards of 80,000 miles on it.
#8826 of 8984 Re: 00 maxima [biancar]
Jun 14, 2006 (10:15 pm)
I actually like the exterior of the current
generation Maxima. It was the interior that
I had a problem with. But it seems the 2007
is going to address that, plus some minor
front exterior freshening. The Maxima
remains a car of interest to me due to my
positive experience with my 2002 Max (present
problems with the 02 sensors excluded) I am
leasing my Max, so it will soon be time to
make that plunge for something new. I'm
really starting to like the new Lexus ES350
more and more. I've been reading the
Edmunds boards over there and the people that
have purchased the Lexus are really happy.
The Acura TL was at the top of my list, but
one thing negative that's starting to come
to my attention is that it doesn't seem like
Acura treats the customers as well as Lexus
and Infiniti. I don't know. I'm not getting
a good vibe about Acura Customer treatment.
I might even end up going with the 2007
Altima, if I decide I like it better than the
Max. It does seem as though the "sports car"
mantra is pushing more towards the Altima
these days. Time will tell.
#8827 of 8984 Re: 07 Maxima [autoboy16]
Jun 15, 2006 (3:30 pm)
Nissan uses that 3.5 in just about everything. They just tweak it for the specific models. No problems with my 02 SE so far. Had the 02 sensors replaced at about 35k, just before I was out of warranty. Just hit 60k miles and will need new tires soon. I still don't like the latest model. It just doesn't appeal to me.