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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,943 miles

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2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 092016

Maxima

  • 60,171 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced trouble starting and the engine power was reduced. The service engine soon warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine control sensor, crank position sensor, and camshaft position sensor were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,171.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

Jul 052016

Maxima

  • 101,000 miles
I recently purchased a 2003 Nissan Maxima that was Maryland state inspected. I drove it for about a week when I was driving along on a busy road and the car stalled in the middle of the roadway. Luckily, nobody was injured or hit the stalled car. The car had to be towed to the Nissan repair shop. It was diagnosed with two defective camshaft sensors. I found out that this part was recalled under Nissan's recall program, so I called them to see if they would replace the part. They refused to cover the cost of the replacement of the part even though they replaced these parts before under your recall.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #23

Jan 042012

Maxima

  • miles
Oil cooler leak replaced O ring 5 times replaced not fixed yet.

- Fairview, NM, USA

problem #22

Jan 022016

Maxima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle stalls at random, rough/no start, loss of power, engine light/code shaft sensor. Same symptoms as recall for this year our VIN wasn't included in the list of recalled vehicles.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #21

Jan 042016

Maxima

  • 86,600 miles
This is reference to two situation concerning Nissan recalls. In 2014 I took my car to sansone Nissan dealer on rt 1, NJ to take care of the airbag recall issue NHTSA ref#15V287000. My airbag light was not on when I took it to the dealer, after I came home a week later the airbag light came on. I don't think the dealer took care of the recall issue, if they did my airbag light would not be on. I would like Nissan to give authorization to the dealer to correct this problem. My second issue was on Jan 2016, I was driving to work, all of a sudden the car shut off on me, the brake lock up and all I could do was stair to the side of the road..I was lucky that there wasn't any oncoming traffic. I had to call the tow truck to have my car towed but before the tow truck came I tried starting the car again and it started. I was a few minutes from home, so I drove back home and I had my local mechanic picked it up and did a diagnosis on it. He said it was the crank position sensor, I purchased it and he installed it. The car started working a little better but my service engine soon warning light is still on. I did a little investigation and found out that there was a recall for engine and engine cooling recall #03V455000. I read it and found that the consequence on the recall is the exact same thing that happen to me. Again sansone dealer on rt. 1 in NJ is claiming that they took care of this issue but I was never told that this was a recall by Nissan. I wanted Nissan to correct this problem based on the fix under NHTSA ref# 03V455000. I've been taking car of all the maintenance on my car since I purchased it from Nissan but I feel that Nissan is responsible for these two issue, since it was defect in design on their end.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #20

Feb 042016

Maxima

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #19

Dec 072012

Maxima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving at various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle's title was re-worked; therefore, the dealer was not obligated to perform any recall or warranty work on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Rockford, TN, USA

problem #18

Nov 102015

Maxima

  • 114,259 miles
The vehicle stalled when it was driven at speed of 20 to 35 mph. The warning light on and the car can start again after the gear changed to neutral. It has been happened two times in a month and then mileages is 114000 miles. The Nissan workshop can't figure out it dues to camshaft sensor problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 302013

Maxima

  • 73,000 miles
While driving, car suddenly stops responding, the steering wheel locks into position, the engine looses power, and stops running. It happened four times over the past two years. The speed of the vehicle during the incidents was between 20 - 35 mph.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 142015

Maxima

  • 130,150 miles
Was driving on 4 lane divided road at approx. 50 mph. When depressed gas pedal to accelerate, car acted like it wasn't getting gas. After a few seconds, it acted normal again. Came upon stop light. As I was waiting for light to change, engine suddenly cut off without any warning, all dash lights flashed. I immediately cut the A/C, radio and lights thinking it was my battery going bad. I put the car in park and restarted it with no problem. I immediately drove approx. 15 miles to nearest aaa shop to get battery checked. Battery checked out fine and mechanic looked under hood and could not see anything obvious. I got home and found out that this year Nissan had been recalled for camshaft problems. The description of camshaft problems (engine suddenly turning off) made me suspicious especially since it had been recalled. Took to Nissan dealership next morning and they confirmed that the camshaft was weak so they replaced ($552 expense). Don't understand why all the Nissan 2003 Maximas were not recalled for this problem. I am asking that Nissan considering recalling all the 2003 Maximas for this problem. I was very frightened when engine cut out and could have be stuck in the middle of the road and rear-ended. I am grateful I was stopped when it happened and not traveling at a high speed.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #15

Jun 122010

Maxima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V361000 (air bags); however, the air bag warning light illuminated months after the recall repair. The failure recurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In addition, the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed and there was a loud clicking noise. The engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the bank 1 and bank 2 sensor had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 242015

Maxima

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was merged over to the emergency lane, where it was turned off and restarted; however, the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 9/25/2015..updated 10/19/15

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 152015

Maxima

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving 40 mph, the brake lights illuminated and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to crank twice before being able to be restarted. The engine light illuminated shortly after the failure. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility. The technician stated that the cam shaft sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. However, the vehicle was not a part of NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and all warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the cam shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 7/13/15 the consumer stated the vehicle hard to start. Updated 07/16/15

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 202015

Maxima

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While making a right turn at 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the cam shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #10

Nov 152014

Maxima

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crank position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Fontana , CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Maxima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the vehicle accelerated independently causing the contact to crash into three parked vehicles. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. Also, the contact stated that the after preceding from a stop, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the crank cam position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 242014

Maxima

  • 94,400 miles
As verified by an independent mechanic, the camshaft sensor shut the car down during operation on the highway. I was advised that this specific problem was the subject of a recall in 2003 (notice of which was never given to me) and I found two independent internet references to a recall for this specific problem (recall #33403), one of which contained a range of affected VIN's that included my car. I sent the information to Nissan with the supporting documentation but was summarily rejected on the basis that my VIN simply did not appear on their computer. I asked if it was because the recall was in 2003, but did not receive a reply. Nissan refused to replace the defective part(s); consequently, I had the work performed by an independent mechanic. Hence, the question: Is this 10-year old (apparently voluntary) recall enforceable by the nhtsb? Nissan could obviously not care less.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 032014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 174,000 miles
While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. After approximately ten minutes, I was able to restart the vehicle. The car has stalled in traffic three times over the last 3 weeks. I have read on the internet that there are many others with the same problem. Nissan refuses to correct the problem. When my car stalled the car behind me came close to hitting me. The car is unsafe to drive. I or my family could be killed in an accident due to the stalling of the car in traffic. GM is now fixing the problem with their cars; after 13 deaths. Please ensure that owners of this car are safe! thanks you.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #6

Feb 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
While driving at approx 30 mph, the car shut off as my child and I were coming to a stoplight. I had no problem restarting and encountered this same problem 4 more times during my trip, including failure to idle. Check engine light never came on. Next time, I was driving approx 45 mph and the car shut off and it tried restarting itself while I was trying to find a safe place to pull over. The car restarted again no problem. Then as my husband and I were driving at approx. 60 mph the car began to lurch (stopping and attempting to start again by itself). Pulled off the road and was able to restart the car, all of these instances no check engine light. Lastly, I was unable to start the car after parking it away from home and it was acting like it was "flooded". after 20 minutes of attempted starting, it finally took and I drove home on the back roads. After several attempts at home to recreate the no start problem, the check engine light is finally on! at this point, I'm not driving this vehicle until we have the bank 2 camshaft position sensor replaced. We ran a code reader and got a P0345 code. Nissan has a recall on this year make/model but I, like many, many other consumers have been told, their VIN is not part of the recall from 2003. I would like to know if anyone's VIN fell into their recall. I just told the Nissan "customer service" that I am afraid driving this car could result in fatalities, and they suggested I take it to the dealership and maybe they could do something for me! like sell me a new car? never again, Nissan.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

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