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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,448 miles

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2001 Nissan Maxima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

May 262005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,896 miles


I have a complaint about a 2001 Nissan Maxima that had an electrical short in its wiring harness that completely destroyed the ECM (electronic control module) and throttle body injection system causing the car to stall under 1700 RPM's this caused the car to stall at highway speeds when RPM's dropped below the stated threshold I have looked at the NHTSA's service bulletins and complaint bulletins and these wiring harness shorts seem to be a consistent problem with Nissan's vehicles especially the Maxima model and also fire related shorts. I spoke with Nissan's complaint division and they just said due to miles its out of warranty and not their problem. After looking at various web sites dedicated to Nissan problems this is an ongoing problem even the service manager said that normally the alternator burns out before the ECM with these wiring shorts but said I was one of the unlucky ones, the last I heard wiring harnesses are suppose to be strapped down and not moving and properly wrapped and insulated so vibration does no wear through but apparently Nissan does not think so. I feel that this is a design defect and safety defect that NHTSA should look at.. also I am stuck with a nineteen hundred dollar bill from the dealer to fix the problem needless to say I am not happy. Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Simcerely jeff nelson Nissan ref no.# #4951395

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 212001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer smelled smoke, consumer then pulled over and lifted hood and found heavy smoke and wires burning, consumer cut off engine and burning stopped, then called aaa.

- Franklin Park, IL, USA

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