pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace velocity timing control sprocket (1 reports)
  2. should have been recalled (1 reports)
1993 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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1993 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

May 011995

Maxima SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


In 1995 the engine of my 1993 Nissan Maxima began knocking. While under factory warranty, the Velocity Timing Control (VTC) sprocket was rebuilt at Paul Walsh Nissan in Macon, GA which was a "redesigned" part. Shortly thereafter, the engine began knocking again and Paul Walsh rebuilt the part again. Shortly after, it began knocking again. I took it to Conyers Nissan in Conyers, GA and they rebuilt the VTC sprocket a third time under warranty. It began knocking again shortly after being rebuilt and Conyers Nissan refused to fix it. I contacted Nissan corporate and was told it must be something that I was doing to cause the problem and they refused to do anything about it.

I contacted a lawyer who said it would cost as much in legal fees to pursue lemon law as it would to replace the car. So, I found an independent Nissan certified mechanic who rebuilt the VTC Sprocket a fourth time. It began knocking again and he went back into the engine and replaced rather than rebuilt the part. I never had any trouble thereafter, but the car was worn out and using oil by then. I contacted Nissan corportate again and they offered to give me $1000 off the purchase of a new Nissan if I wanted to trade the car in, AS IF I WOULD ACTUALLY WANT ANOTHER NISSAN!!!!!!

Fifteen years later I still have the car which has LOTS of problems now, but I couldn't get any money for it if I sold it. I rarely drive it and no farther than short distances in light traffic. Nissan should be ashamed of not backing their product on a "redesigned" product! I will tell my story until I die (15 years now) and stopping anyone from buying a Nissan is the only satisfaction I will get! SHAME ON YOU, NISSAN!!!!

- Mary T., Monticello, GA, US

problem #1

Feb 202007

(reported on)

Maxima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I took my 93' Maxima in while under warranty for a ticking noise - I was told it was the nature of the beast and they all do it and that it wasn't a problem. A few months later, warranty off, I went in for a minor thing, and was told they had a $1400 solution for what they had just told me was not a problem. I still have it, they didn't fix it, and it hasn't blown up yet-just run a cleaner through it occasionally. It's got about 170,000 on it-don't know for sure since the odometer stopped working at 123,000. It's an embarrassing noise that shouldn't be there. Nissan should be ashamed for they way this was handled-it should have been recalled. I loved this car in its prime, but I will never own another Nissan.

- Bk F., Oregon City, OR, US

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