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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,125 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Nissan Maxima engine problems

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 092010


  • 130,000 miles


Completing tune up on vehicle when oil was found in spark plug tube which could have led to engine failure/fire. Nissan customer service was notified and failed to correct the issue. Should be seals/gaskets between valve cover and spark plug tube seals. I also discovered that earlier and later models other than 2002 and 2003 models have the seals installed from the manufacturer.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #7

Nov 012004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Maxima. While driving between 2 and 50 mph, the vehicle lost power. The power steering and brakes failed and the service engine warning light illuminated also. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The dealer stated that the crank position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 25,000 and current mileage was 60,189.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,800 miles
Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. The dealership repaired the problem two times, but the problem recurred. The vehicles crank sensor failed which caused the engine to lose power.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 272004


  • miles


This incident inovlves my Nissan Maxima 2002 SE with automatic transmission. While driving on I-25 in rush hour traffic at approximately 70 mph, the car started to buck and engine power was severely reduced. The car immediately slowed to less than 45 mph and just missed being hit from behind by the following traffic. I was fortunate to maintain control and work my way over to the shoulder. When stopped the car stalled and was difficult to restart. I was able to restart the car and was able to drive to the dealership at very reduced speed (<45 mph). The dealership informed me of a current technical service bulletin out for the car and that since my car was out of warranty (3 yr/36000 mile) current mileage 37500. I would have to incur the cost of replacement. This seems to be a very serious defect with the mass/flow sensor according to the bulletin and I wonder why this is not a recall type replacement. I consider myself lucky to be here with such a severe product defect. Especially one that is easily repaired and should be instituted in cars currently in service but not yet repaired. Nissan's reluctance to incur the cost of my repair just because it's out of warranty is a bad customer relation move on their part, but besides that I believe not recalling this part puts other motorists at risk. Thank you.

- Frederick, CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 282003


  • 27,200 miles
While driving 20 mph the vehicle's engine stalled in an intersection. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide any additional information.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 302003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The vehicle experienced valve rattle from motor on initial start up and bluish smoke came out of the tail pipe. The car was left parked and subsequently started the following morning. The problem did not recur at the dealer.

- Sunnyvale, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 012003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
While traveling at 65 mph, the vehicle would shut off. The driver lost the brakes, and steering and had to manually come to a safe stop. Nissan replaced the air flow sensor.

- Walton, KY, USA

problem #1

May 012003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Excessive paint chips from hood and front bumper knocking/pinging during hard accelerating or under load.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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