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#2164 of 4182 Re: check service soon, P0420 [t2029]
Nov 24, 2004 (10:07 am)
Just received the same message,
I am the 2002 Maxima owner who has had my car completely fall apart.
after having the clutch disk replaced, air conditioning motor replaced, etc, I had a check engine light and the computer gave me the same deal, P0420. How many problems does it take to get a recall? I have absolutely no faith in nissan and will not buy another one. I know cars break and not every car is perfect but I am going on $1,000 of repairs at 42,500 miles. Not acceptable for a car with a $29K MSRP.
Nov 24, 2004 (11:51 am)
O2's are probably the most common problem on Nissans. I went thru the same ordeal, reprogram ECU to widen parameters that trip the SES light and either replace or wait for the light to come back on. The theory is that usually when the light comes on (P0420) it's because the ECU program is off and the sensor is still actually fine. If you've had your ECU done, then months later it's on again, it's probably the sensor this time, as that is a common failure. The catch is there are no aftermarket O2 sensors for Nissan Maximas, you're stuck using an OEM part which you can only buy at the dealer. Don't believe me, try buying one at Autozone when they diagnose your code. The Bosch won't fit. Anyway, depending on which one it is, and your level of mechanical ability, would determine whether you can do for yourself. The parts look just like a spark plug so it ain't rocket science, more of an issue of getting at them and removing them as they're usually located near the exhaust and frozen in. They normally have to be heated with a torch slowly and warmed up in order to break them loose. This is all hearsay, but from multiple sources. I had dealer fix mine to the tune of $330 because $135/part + $79 ECU flash + labor. Maybe cheaper elsewhere, but still need to get part from stealer.
#2166 of 4182 Re: check service soon, P0420 [njay1]
Nov 24, 2004 (12:13 pm)
If you have a lot of problems with your car, then you hate that car even if you know others have had good experiences with theirs. I feel that way about my Forester, which also had a long list of problems starting quite early. Although I know intellectually that lots of people love their Subarus, I'm not sure I'll ever buy another one. If I had all the problems you've had with your Nissan I'm sure I'd feel the same way. On the other hand, you've owned other Nissans that you liked, so maybe you just got the one made by the shift on their off day? From my Subaru experience I can tell you that coil packs and 02 sensors are not problems peculiar to Nissans! My '01 Max has 41,000 miles, so it's too soon to say how it will hold up, but I have had a much better experience with it so far than I did with my Subaru. Sometimes it seems that if a car has problems early, they never stop.
#2167 of 4182 Re: 04 SE Auto - low mpg? [funpolice]
Nov 27, 2004 (7:24 pm)
I have a 00. I have been copmplaining about milage since day one. They finally after 33 k reprogramed the o2 sensors. This helped the situation but now it is happening again.
#2168 of 4182 coil # 2 problem
Nov 27, 2004 (7:44 pm)
I have a 00 se and I am having trouble with coil#2. I had it replaced at 35k under the so called goodwill gesture. The car was out of the 3 year mark. Before the goodwill came through it was recommended to replace all of them for $611.00. Then they stated, "we know which one it is, we will only do that one." Yesterday at 49k my max miss fired and started to run rough. The engine light flashed 3 times and went off. I parked the car and waited until this morning to start it. It started fine but the engine light was on. I called the dealer and he said it is probably the coil again. With all these complaints you think they would do something. I will be contacting my lawyer . I will keep you informed. Anyone else with this problem?
#2169 of 4182 Re: Warning lights coming on intermitently [duke_wa]
Nov 28, 2004 (12:51 am)
It is probably the coil problem that has been mentioned several times in this message board. I had the same issue with my 2000 maxima...started with traction control light, then all lights...
#2170 of 4182 Re: check service soon, P0420 [suydam]
Nov 29, 2004 (3:05 pm)
This is my second nissan with problems. I thought like you after my '96 Pathfinder was a problem so I gave Nissan the benefit of the doubt and bought my '02 Maxima. Now that my second Nissan is giving me fits, I see this as a trend rather than an "off day."
#2171 of 4182 Re: check service soon, P0420 [njay1]
Nov 29, 2004 (4:46 pm)
My '95 Maxima was a disaster and I swore off Nissan after that. A sampling:
Failed A/C evaporator and filter ($1000)
Failed power seat ($650)
Failed heated seat ($350)
Starter making grinding noises ($400)
Repeated O2 sensor failures ($2-300ish per)
Failed knock sensor ($400)
Seized parking brake, despite frequent use
Failed wheel bearings, both sides (warr)
Chronic brake rotor warping & alignment problems
Windshield cracked after hitting pothole (no pre-existing crack that I could find!)
Rust on four separate areas of the body
Fragile paint/body panels very susceptible to dings
Multiple, loud interior rattles many of which the dealer could not fix
All this despite dealer maintenance by the book, careful driving, frequent rustproofing detailing etc. The car only had 99K when I finally got rid of it and I wasn't sorry at all to see it go.
#2172 of 4182 Re: coil # 2 problem [badge13]
Nov 29, 2004 (5:45 pm)
I had almost the identical situation as yours at very close milage (37k first time and 55k second time). I'm not sure which coil #, but they fixed it the first time for free (but if I wanted all coils changed they were only giving me a $300 credit against the $800 job). The second time I drove with the light on for a couple of weeks and traded the car for a new 05 (which i love so far).
#2173 of 4182 Re: check service soon, P0420 [morehp]
Nov 29, 2004 (5:48 pm)
I have not had similar experiences with the nissan's i have owned. I'm sure it was very inconvenient having to deal with the issues. With that said, from a cost stanpoint, adding up all your issues is around $2,000, which you could spend if you had a timing belt go while driving on the highway. My point is this...nissans hold there value and i bet you got your $2,000 back when you sold your car...for example, a Taurus bought new for $17k would fetch around $2,000 with 99k miles on it (if it made it that far)...