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Average Mileage:
139,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2002 Nissan Maxima cooling system problems

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #1

May 192013

Maxima SE 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


I was driving home on the freeway about 75 m.p.h. and without any warning lights or overheating to tell me that there might be a problem. Lost power and had to pull over to the side of the road in the middle of the night about 25 miles from home. I checked the radiator and it was steaming even when the gauge didn't tell it was hot. I added water, checked to see if water was in the oil, but nothing, no water under the car. Tried to start the car but engine wasn't firing and sounded like the water was entering the pistons. Had a friend tow me to the next exit, where the next morning I went to check it and no water in the radiator so put water in the radiator and still no water in the oil and none under the car until I noticed water coming out of the tail pipe. I was told it was a cracked head but not sure. I was hoping there was a recall, so I don't have to pay for it and work on it, because it seems like it is going to be a pain in the ass.

- , Creswell, OR, USA

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