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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
120,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012010

Maxima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


When I accelerate, the engine makes a rattling sound and immediately goes away when I let off the gas. This started at 115,000 miles. I never fixed it. The car is now dead with blown head gasket(s) at 206,000.

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 162010

Maxima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My car has been making the rattling noise when i accelerate. It gets really loud at times. When I take my foot off the pedal it stops. What could it be?

- , Springfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282011

Maxima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I bought a used 2003 Nissan Maxima with 125,000 miles on it. I bought it knowing things wouldn't be perfect hinced the named used but a rattling/knocking noises started really bad yesterday. I've done a little research and found that it is anywhere from the timing chain to the alternator (most likely the timing chain). If anyone has suggestions please le me know. I regret buying Nissan now looking and knowing of all the problems they've had.



- , Hutto, TX, USA

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