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#2928 of 4184 2001 Maxima - Starting Problem
Oct 17, 2005 (7:38 am)
I've got a 2001 Maxima (automatic, not stick) that has problems starting when it's warm/humid or raining. It will crank, but won't turnover. It usually takes 2 - 3 times to get it started. I've taken it to 3 different Nissan service centers 4 different times and they keep telling me that nothing's wrong. This is extremely annoying when I know that something is wrong!!!! They've checked the starter and the computer, but they said that no code is coming up.
Recently, I've replaced 3 sensors, one front and two rear along with the air filter. I thought this might make a difference, but it didn't. My service writer thinks it may be electrical, but he can't pinpoint anything unless they get a code or my car acts up while they have it in the shop. This is frustrating because the problem is intermittent.
My question is this: can something else be the problem without showing up on the computer? My friends are telling me that they think it's the ignition switch. Since I have a Nissan service contract, I can't have a backyard mechanic work on my car as it might void my warranty. Car experts, any suggestions?
#2929 of 4184 Re: 2001 Maxima - Starting Problem [nberzati]
Oct 17, 2005 (8:38 am)
Usually it's the starter, i don't understand how the dealer can misconcept this. IT could also be the alternator.
#2930 of 4184 Re: 2001 Maxima - Starting Problem [highroller]
Oct 17, 2005 (9:49 am)
I've had alternators go out on me before and I don't think that's what's wrong in this case. I suspect that the service writer is correct in guessing that it's electrical. I just can't be sure until it gets worse or a code finally shows up. The problem is that it's intermittent and doesn't happen every day. I just don't want to end up getting stuck far from home with a car that won't start.
#2931 of 4184 Re: 02 Oxygen Sensors in 2001 Maxima [lapasada]
Oct 17, 2005 (8:08 pm)
I own a 2001 Maxima (bought last year). I've replaced 3 sensors, one in the front and both rear sensors. I was told by my service writer that Nissan has a technical service bulletin "TSB" vs. a recall on the sensors. I think the difference is that you don't really hear about the bulletins like you do the recalls. Apparently the sensors are a problem with that year and some other years as well. Thank God for warranties!!!! The total replacement cost for both rear sensors was $850 - $150 each for the sensors, $200 each for the labor and $150 to re-program the computer.
As far as your question about the grade of gas being a factor, I only have to say that I've always used premium/ultimate in my car, not only because the book recommends it, but because I believe the octane level should be higher to burn cleaner. I had a Toyota Corolla and I used a cheaper grade of gasoline just once and my car was shaking so bad and didn't have any pick-up, I thought the engine was blown. Prior to that, I never had a problem with the Corolla.
P.S. My original reply went to bobbyr4 by mistake. Sorry Bobby.
#2932 of 4184 Re: High mileage [blackstone3]
Oct 18, 2005 (9:58 am)
I've got almost 84K on my 2000 SE. Only major repair was for ignition coils earlier this year.
Other standard repairs:
Change of serpentine belt, tires, battery, front & rear brakes and front rotors.
I've kept up on the maintenance and haven't had any repairs out of the ordinary.
#2933 of 4184 Re: strange noise on the passange side [pho]
Oct 18, 2005 (10:33 am)
I also have a 2003 maxima (se) and also heard rattles coming from passenger side on rough road. when I brought it up to the dealer, they said it was the result of faulty tie rod ends and replaced them. seemed to address the problem at first, but eventually the rattle came back. my rattle didn't sound like coins, more hollow sounding than that, so might not be same problem.
#2934 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy /vibrations [nashville]
Oct 19, 2005 (6:19 pm)
Interesting that I am seeing this same issue across many Maxima owners. I also have a 2005 SL with shimmy and acceleration problems. Not to mention that the transmission bangs into gear occasionally, most of the times when slowing down. I am very interested in participating in a class action lawsuit since my car has been in the shop 3 times for this very same problem. I get the infamous "we could not recreate problem" excuse. Of course, you test drive it at 50-60mph on a local road and not on the highway. I am very disappointed so far considering I owned 2 Nissan Altima's prior ( ' 99 & ' 02). Not to mention the dealer would not pay for my rental for the day or provide a loaner. I will note all of these threads and write a letter to Nissan Corporation. I am at the point where I will probably retain an attorney. Good luck to all.
#2935 of 4184 Question on TSB repairs
Oct 20, 2005 (7:55 am)
I'm wondering if someone can tell me if they know the answer to this. I've had a problem with the CD player in my car for a couple years. It started about a year or so after I purchased my 2002 Maxima. It never was a priority to me - although I did mention it to the dealer service when I had the car in for some routine work.
To make a long story short - nothing was ever done about it and the problem still exists.
However, purely by coincidence I discovered today that there is a Nissan TSB (Service Bulletin) that describes the exact problem I'm seeing and provides the solution (ordering a new Audio unit, etc).
I'm wondering if the fact that there is a TSB for an acknowleged problem means that it will be fixed at no charge if I take the car to the dealer (even though it is beyond its 3yr / 36000 coverage).
Wondering if anyone has any experience with TSBs and how dealers react to them.
#2936 of 4184 Re: Question on TSB repairs [oberndk]
Oct 20, 2005 (9:38 am)
I replaced my cd player last year at no charge. That was a known problem on Max. Make sure to tell the dealer there was a TSB on that problem.
#2937 of 4184 Re: High mileage [blackstone3]
Oct 21, 2005 (6:25 pm)
I have an 01 Max SE, with 90K. Dealer just informed me that I need a Catalytic Converter ($800). Will talk to my mechanic first. But besides that Back brakes dealer ($400) rip off - Front brakes by the mechanic on the corner ($100) back in 02.