really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,175 miles

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problem #75

Dec 142005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima that is experiencing the same problem as thousands of other purchasers of this same model. With 79,000 miles, the check engine light comes on and the code indicates that there is a problem with the ignition coils. I have attempted to replace the plugs but the service engine light comes back on after a couple days. The quoted repair cost is $800. Based on the large volume of complaints, this is a problem that should be subject to a recall by Nissan.

- Bridgeton, MO, USA

problem #74

Jan 042006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Ignition coil failure on 2000 Nissan Maxima SE.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #73

Jan 032006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles
Ignition coils have failed again. !St failure was at 36,800 miles. Cost of $680, 2nd at 131,000. Cost ??. fails in the winter.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #72

Dec 202005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,550 miles
My check engine soon light had been coming on and a diagnostic test had indicated multiple misfires. The Nissan tech said the coil numbers could not be identified and suggested all be replaced. This cost me $815. Nissan is aware of this apparently widespead problem with this make/model/year and continues to fleece its customers. All you need do is search net for customers talking about this problem.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

problem #71

Dec 292005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Ignition coils failed at 40,000 miles. This is a known defect on the 2000 Nissan Maxima.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #70

Dec 282005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,551 miles
Failure of ignition coils on 2000 Nissan Maxima SE w/ 60K miles.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #69

Dec 242005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,589 miles
Our 2000 Maxima about 1 month ago started running rough for a short period of time on and off every 2 weeks. This week the engine service light came on. After researching the problem on the internet I discovered that many other Maxima owners have had this problem. The ignition coil are going bad. A Nissan design flaw. I have only 46900 miles on my car. This should not happen. My Nissan dealer wants $105 per ignition coil plus installation. Over $800 I told him I will never pay that price. I have taken it to midas. They will purchase the coils and install them at a much less labor cost. I will never by another Nissan as I feel they had a defective parts doomed to fail. I am penalized for not driving more miles before the warranty expired. I can order on line these coils for $65 each from another Nissan dealer. What makes me aggravated my local dealer in clearwater Florida offers me no discount on parts or break on the labor knowing that this is a wide spread problem with this car. Nissan should at least reimburse me for part of this repair or offer a discount on these parts. The sad part about it I have read about other owners of this car who have had to replace these parts more than once. That is unacceptable.

- Clearwwater, FL, USA

problem #68

Nov 012005


  • miles
I have purchased three (3) Nissan Maximas year 2000. All have developed defective ignition coils which are very expensive to replace. All Nissan Maximas have this problem - it should be repaired under a recall.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 122005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 52,956 miles
On or about when my 2000 Nissan Maxima reached 52,000 miles the check engine light came on which turned out to be my 6 ignition coils. According to other mechanics these coils are supposed to last the life of the car or at the very least much longer than 52,000 miles. I had replaced one due to the cost of $84 a piece and a labor cost of $280. This fixed the problem but I was told that eventually all the coils would fail. Well, that day has come and I must replace all the remaining coils. I am surprised that the dealer mechanic was aware that these parts failed with such frequency and that a recall has not yet been submitted. Please investigate Nissan on this defective part and protect us consumers from this fraud.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #66

Sep 122005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,003 miles
I drive a well maintained 2000 Nissan Maxima SE that is regularly serviced. I took the car to the shop at 100,000 due to "service engine soon" light. The diagnosis was to replace all 6 ignition coils - because 1 was likely bad, they couldn't tell which one, and that once one goes the others follow suit. They wanted $1400. I believe this is a manufacturers defect and should be recalled, but Nissan refuses to recall this part. Hundreds and hundreds of 2000 Maxima owners are having the same problem with these ignition coils. It makes me wronder about Nissan these days.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #65

Sep 032005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I have 49K miles on my 2000 Nissan Maxima when the dealer told me I needed to replace all 6 ignition coils. These are supposed to last the life of the car and many others have complained about the same problem.

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #64

May 012003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I purchased a used 2000 Nissan Maxima that had 28,000 miles on it almost 3 years ago. I have only put 6,000 miles on the car, but have had problems with the check engine light being on almost continuously since I purchased the vehicle. I took it to my regular mechanic when it had to pass smog inspection. He temporarily fixed the engine light problem, but soon as I accelerated over 50 miles per hour, the light came on again. I have also had problems with the brakes, which had to be completely replaced twice, the ignition (car wouldn't start), and, a problem with the car when downshifting (engine seizes up violently). There is also a suspension problem, as car makes loud noise every time I have to go over speed bumps. My son is ready to get his driver's license, and I will have to get rid of this car at a loss, as I do not feel the car is safe for him to drive.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #63

Jul 152005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,975 miles
Service check light came on 8/19/02 @ 53,532 miles and found O2 sensor was bad and replaced. $188 to repair. Service check light and tcs/slip light came on 10/24/03 @ 74,000 miles and found ignition coils failing intermittently. Replaced ignition coils and spark plugs to prevent ignition coils from failing. $707 to repair service check light came on 4/13/05 @ 95,000 miles and found air mass controller failing. Replaced air mass controller. $421 to repair service check light and tcs/slip light came on 715/05 @ 97,980 miles and found ignition coils failing intermittently and possible electrical harness failure. The failure has not been isolated and repairs have not been as of 7/22/05. Requesting old parts for current failure.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #62

Jun 022005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Service engine light came on, checked by a local mechanic. He called miller Nissan (woodland hills) to verify the problem. One of the ignition coils had failed, and Nissan advised him that all 6 need to be replaced ($77 each) because even if one is replaced, more will inevitably fail. I looked this up on the web and was shocked to see the number of complaints, and this problem does not seem to be taken seriously by Nissan motors.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #61

Mar 182005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,900 miles
The car began to run rough, the "service engine soon" light came on. When hooked up to diagnostics, the ignition problem code came up. The problem would clear up and then repeat again. I was told one of the ignition coils to the spark plug was the problem....I was going to wait to determine which one it was. I talked to the parts person at the Nissan dealer - he told me they had had problems with these coils and had updated them. He also said I might as well replace them all, because the rest will fail soon. The price for each was quoted as $76.77! the car needs six to replace them all. The parts are not available except through Nissan. I checked at other dealers and got the same results, except I was able to purchase the six coils at $47.33 each, plus shipping. My car has only 45,000 miles on it. Replacing the coils fixed the problem. The new coils are designated as updated by the white circle they have now put on the part. I contacted the 800 number to lodge a complaint with Nissan. They were essentially not very helpful, other than giving me a claim number. (claim number 48940766) when looking for these parts, I also found some on E-bay. The individual selling them made sure to let people know that these were the "good" or "updated" parts, not the problem original ones. The part numbers (two different coils are needed to replace the front and rear parts) are 22448-2Y000 and 22448-2Y005.

- Eureka, CA, USA

problem #60

Jun 042004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Car ran rough. Check engine light came on. Dealer said all coils need to be replaced. Not under warranty. Over $600 for this. Called Nissan direct. They said they would not pay for defective parts even though they said they are well aware of this problem with the Nissan Maxima !

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #59

Feb 012005


  • miles
Nissan Maxima 2000, has bad ignition coils that cause vehicle to stall constantly.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #58

Mar 112005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Check engine light (cel) came on for the third time in 3 years. First time at 27000 miles was due to error in ECM program. 2nd or 3rd times (43000 and 61000 miles) were both due to ignition coils. Both times all six ignition coils had to be replaced by Nissan authorized service center.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #57

Jan 102005


  • miles
Having put less than 1,000 miles on our (newly purchased) used Nissan Maxima (67,000 miles total), we started having problems with the vehicle starting properly. It was taken in for repair, and we had to replace all 6 ignition coils at a cost of over $600. It was then told to us that this is a common problem that the shop had seen on many occasions.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #56

Dec 102004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The ignition coils failed. On my 2000 Nissan Maxima SE! this is the subject of the tsb issued by Nissan #ntb01-059. My dealer will not repair this free of charge, although this appears to be a universal problem for the make, model and year of my vehicle (and for years 95-01)!

- Austin, TX, USA

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