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#1535 of 4184 My 99 Maxima ignition coils were replaced
Oct 01, 2003 (6:45 pm)
I had my 99 Maxima GXE coils go bad at around 40000 miles. I had very similar symptoms as you (mo_can) described. I took it to a local shop who thought it was a problem with the coils but were not 100% sure. Instead of wasting more time and money in diagnosis at that shop I took it to the Nissan dealer who said the coils had to be replaced. I called Nissan Consumer affairs (800-647-7261 )and requested them to pay for the coils as my bumper-to-bumper warranty had expired just a few months prior to that. They agreed to reimburse me the service fees for replacement. But I had to pay for the coils. The dealer makes a tidy profit when you buy the coil from them. But the car has been running very smoothly since.
This seems to be a very common problem with the 1999/2000 Nissans. The problem seems to occur at different times for different people based on the following factors, in my opinion ( I may be wrong ):
1. How cold it gets in your area in winter.
2. Do you warm up the engine before driving, especially in winter? While you may not need to warm your car in summer, in winter somehow Nissan vehicles seem to do poorly over time when compared to Honda or Toyota and this affects the life of the coils. May be they have fixed the coil problem now.
When you ask Nissan America be real polite with them. That seems to work better than if you demand reimbursement from them. Technically they are not required to pay for this beyond 36K miles and they will tell you that. But don't let them get off easily. be persistent and polite. The amount of reimbursement varies from person to person based on how close you are to 36K miles, whether you go to the Nissan dealer for all scheduled maintenance and whether you have been loyal to Nissan with your previous car purchases ( They look at all those factors, believe me! ).
If Nissan refuses to reimburse you then you can purchase these coils at a lower price elsewhere and get it replaced by a local shop who may not charge you too much money for labor. My Nissan dealer recommended that I replace all coils instead of just the coil or 2 that went bad. I did not know whether he was saying this to make more money off me or whether that was indeed the right thing to do.
Good luck to you both. New coils do make a big difference.
Oct 03, 2003 (4:39 am)
Is your check engine light on? Mine was and I took the vehicle in for service. After the dealer told me they wouldn't cover the cost of replacing the coils, I complained. They basically said, "tough luck," but gave me the number of Nissan customer service. They picked up the entire bill, but only after asking me how much I serviced my vehicle. They seemed to like the fact that I get all the regular maintenance done at the dealership. Interestingly, when I picked up the vehicle, "Customer Retention Credit" was listed on the service invoice.
#1537 of 4184 Service Engine Soon (SES) Light
Oct 06, 2003 (8:17 am)
I have a 1998 GLE Maxima with 52k miles a few nights ago I stopped to get gas, about a hour later my Service Engine Soon (SES) Light came on and still is on. I thought the gas cap may not have been on tight so I rechecked it, and it was on as tight as it could be on. I do remember I was in a hurry and I didn't use the highest grade of gas at the pump but I have not notice and change in the way the car drives since the light has come on. I have read somewhere that after a certain amount of restarts and or removing the key the Service Engine Soon (SES) Light will go out by it self and reset. I am considering taking it to the dealer to have them check it out or just wait and see if it goes out in a few more days. Will this do more damage? What could cause this light to come on? Also is it true that Autozone will check the codes for free at any of their locations? What should I do at this points? Any suggestions?
Oct 06, 2003 (8:42 am)
Yes, it is true, they will check codes for free.
#1539 of 4184 Autozone ditto
Oct 06, 2003 (12:19 pm)
I had mine pulled for free at Autozone. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that it's your rear O2 sensor. I have 2K SE and as soon as I hit 54K my rear O2 sensor tripped the SES. I've heard fron TONS of others that this is way too common on Maxis. Get it pulled at Autozone and see. Otherwise to reset you can disconnect your battery for an hour and reconnect.
Oct 06, 2003 (1:18 pm)
The Airbag light is flashing on my '95 Maxima after (I suspect) the battery was disconnected during some minor body work.
Any ideas on how/where to look? The dealer here wanted to replace the SRS for $1700, but they have not been reliable in the past, and actually dishonest.
thanks in advance
#1541 of 4184 '00 Maxima Engine Problems
Oct 09, 2003 (10:06 am)
In the above posts by mo_can and aristotle, I also feel the stutter and "skips a beat" when the engine is running at low RPMs and most noticeable at stop lights. It is also doing it when the car is in park.
I took it to the mechanic and had a full diagnostic done. He checked coils, spark plugs and all the other problems that previous people has described and everything checked out okay. The car did not display any error codes and the service engine light never came on prior to taking the car to the shop. However, the mechanic did replace an air flow sensor and it seemed to run fine when I took it home yesterday. The mechanic also mentioned that there could be some carbon build up on the injectors and I should run some fuel cleaner in when filling up the car with gas for the next couple of fillings.
This morning, the engine was doing the same thing as it did prior to taking it in. I called him again and he told me to wait until the service engine light to come on and in the meantime put fuel cleaner (Techron by Chevron) in the with the gas for the next couple of stops. He also told me when he checked for codes, he resetted the computer and that I need to drive the car for a while so the computer had a chance to do a full cycle and be able to check everything to make the appropriate adjustments.....
Should I continue with his advice or take it somewhere else for a different opinion? Thanks!
#1542 of 4184 2000 Nissan Maxima Engine Problem
Oct 17, 2003 (12:48 pm)
My Maxima has 52,000 miles on it. A couple of weeks ago it started to stall now and then. Now it happens a lot.
So, I took it to the dealer that I bought it from yesterday and they changed reset some computer on it. They also said that since the chip was being changed I needed to buy a new battery for it. They also suggested that since it's almost time for the 60,000 mile check up that I should have the fuel injectors flushed. They said when the mechanic drove it it never stalled?
So, I agreed to have them do the work at a cost of $250. I picked up the car last night and drove it home. It stalled on me (3) times. I called them this morning and told them that I was still having problems so they asked me to bring it back in.
I spoke with the mechanic and showed him in their parking lot that it's still stalling. He asked me when the last time I had the air filter changed. I told him recently when I had the oil changed. We looked at the air filter and it looked brand new. He said that since it wasn't a Nissan product then that could be the problem. So, I purchased an air filter from them and guess what? The car still stalls!!!!!
So, I've made another appointment with this dealership for next week. Hopefully someone there can figure out what's going on?
Bumming out in Connecticut
Oct 17, 2003 (2:23 pm)
Get coils checked, MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor checked, make sure they check fuel pressure, sounds like fuel pump to me. A couple reasons why an engine would stall, either no fuel, no spark, or too much fuel and flooding out. No SES (service engine soon) light on?? That air filter issue was bogus, they suckered you into buying one. How bout throttle body, ever get that cleaned?
#1544 of 4184 2000 Nissan Maxima engine problem
Oct 17, 2003 (4:23 pm)
A dirty fuel filter could also cause problems. Did you ever change that?
If I were you I would give them their air filter back and demand my money back. Also, they should not charge more than $5 an hour for this kind of incompetent trial-and-error "diagnostic" service.