definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,012 miles

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problem #25

Dec 282007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
Early failure of one or more ignition coils. The dealer (and neighborhood mechanic) can't tell which, so all 6 have to be replaced at a cost of $800+.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #24

Oct 252005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Check engine light came on whenever it was cold, below 40 degrees. Had ses code read. Bad ignition coils. Car ran very rough when this problem happened..

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #23

Jan 252007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
6 ignition coils need to be replaced at 45,000 from the local Nissan dealer for $1,200.

- Tenafly, NJ, USA

problem #22

Apr 262006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,580 miles
Service engine soon light came on and engine started misfiring. Took car to Nissan dealership and was quoted $900 to replace defective ignition coils. Car has 85000 miles.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,988 miles
2000 Nissan Maxima SE has serious issue with it's computer control. An engine code of po 403.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 082006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2000 Nissan Maxima with 42000 mile in otherwise excellent condition, generates pre-ignition knock. Has been diagnosed and shown Nissan service bulletin no: EC01-023 - ntb01-059 indicating frequent premature failure of such parts. Nissan to-date has not issued a recall or expressed willingness to pay for such repairs to the tune of about $800 per vehicle. Such widespread failing, obviously defective parts should be replaced by the manufacturer.

- East Dennis, MA, USA

problem #19

Aug 012005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a defect within the ignition coil system. The vehicle misfires, and it does not get the mileage that it used to get. This started on August 1, 2005. Contacted the dealer, and they advised to call the complaint line. The service engine light comes on before it misfires. Cannot get the vehicle to pass smog inspection when this happens. The dealership claims it will cost $700 to fix.

- Alta Loma , CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ongoing ignition coil failure in 2000 Maxima gle. Dealer insists that all six coils be replaced since the computer cannot ascertain which coil(s) is defective. Very expensive, and apparently a recurring problem with this model car. Vehicle repair should be subject to recall.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The "service engine soon" light comes on often. The dealer has reprogrammed the ECM under the emissions warranty, but the O2 sensor was bad and had to be replaced at 58K miles at my expense (over $400).

- Cornelia, GA, USA

problem #16

May 112005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE. It has 50K miles on it presently. In July 2003 the check engine light came on with 35K miles on it. I took the car to the local dealer for repair. The dealer stated that one of the six iginition coils went bad. It was replaced at no charge. On 05/11/05 on my way home from work the check engine light came on. I took the the car to the same local dealer that I did in 2003. The local dealer said I had the same problem of an iginition coil gone bad. I was asked to pay a $89.95 up front fee to diagnose the problem. I informed the dealer that when I originally purchased the car I also paid for an extended warranty. I was told by the service department that it was a good thing that I had purchased the extended warranty because the iginition coils go bad on the Maxima model frequently. The service department told me that once the old ignition coils are replaced they do not go bad anymore. I only have an extended warranty until 85K. After that, if any of my other iginition coils go bad it will be out of pocket expense. If the problem is as bad as the dealer's service department stated, then I feel Nissan should recall the iginition coils and replace them all.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Nov 012004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,702 miles
In late October my "check engine" light came on. I took my vehicle to foreign automotive and they ran a scan of my engine. The feed back showed that the code showed that my ignition coil(s) were going out and needed to be replaced. The owner of the business did a search for service recalls or service bulletins on 2000 Nissan Maxima's and found a service bulletin dated September 6, 2001 that showed that the ignition coils installed in certain vins were faulty and needed to be replaced. The owner of the shop called Nissan and asked if they were paying for the coils and they indicated they were not going to pay for the coils or the service. The shop re-set my "check engine" light and I told them I would get the coils replaced later in the year. Within a couple of days my "check engine" light came back on and my engine started "knocking". I decided to get the coils replaced. When the shop ordered the coils, two of the 6 were on back order because of the number of failures of these coils.

- Marshfield, WI, USA

problem #13

Mar 022005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 69,000 miles
I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE that had a failure of 6 coils at 69000 miles. Repair cost $715. I understand that this is a very common problem with this model. From the number of complaints that I have heard it seems that these parts should be subject to a recall. Please see: www.petitiononline.com/nis_ign/petition.html.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #12

Feb 102005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,125 miles
I believe there is a faulty consumer fleecing issue with 2000 Nissan Maximas. The vehicle's ignition coils seem to have a problem in workmanship and it is unrealistic for Nissan to expect their owners to bear the burden of replacing this obviously faulty part at costs exceeding $800. This defect can lead to a sudden loss of acceleration, and pose a dangerous driving situation. There has already been a tsb issued, and there is an official petition located at the following url: www.petitiononline.com/nis_ign/petition.html please help preserve our safety and request that Nissan recall 2000 Nissan Maximas due to faulty ignition coils. Thank you.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 142004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Website of an ongoing petition with over 1000 signatures as proof. (angelfire.com has petition & ongoing complaints) Nissan is manufacturing a faulty vehicle with known faulty parts -such as failing ignition coils. Eventually -and soon -one of the Nissan Maxima's customer's will try to enter traffic and be fatally killed with a failed engine that will not travel across the train track or out of the 18-wheeler's way due to this problem. It is just a matter of time. Nissan will not recall or even address that there is a problem. Consumer's are shelling out $800 + out of pocket on automobile repairs to the Maxima with barely 30K miles -and even less. It is just a matter of time.....some one will be killed. Nissan is aware of the problem---can something be done" has anyone else been injured due to their car failing because of this problem" I have had a very close call -but luckily not injured yet. This will be the 2nd ignition coil to replace. It seems that every 2 months now an ignition coil is going bad. The car will run very rough -it at all -and at times when trying to accelerate -the car will hesitate/fail and barely push through.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 072004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
On three separate occasions while driving (various speed) the engine check light would illuminate, then, the vehicle would commence to run/drive roughly. Vehicle been at the dealer on three separate occasions, and had the ignition coil replaced, but problem recurred.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 292004

Maxima 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle started shaking uncontrollably and then stalled. The driver was able to restart the vehicle and drove to the dealer. The mechanic informed the driver that the ignition coil needed to be replaced........ignition coils and spark plugs were replaced a tcost of $638.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 162004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I have 43,000 original miles on my 2000 Maxima and have had to replace the ignition modules (1 per cylinder) twice.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 102004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Replacement of (6) engine coils on the car with 56,035 miles. Cost & $754.72. There is a service bulletin from 09/06/2001. After researching, this seems to be a common problem - Nissan has designed bad ignition coils. Should berecalled as deffective parts.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 222003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
An ignition coil problem caused vehicle to run rough and stall. Consumer contacted Nissan in December of 2003. Manufacturer was of no help.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

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