fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,829 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced the intake manifold gasket (1 reports)
1997 Nissan Maxima engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 052010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,488 miles


Hi my nissan maxima 1997 is having some problems like idle is very low when the engine is warm! then while driving it was ok but when you stop at the intersection or traffic lights the "IDLE drops down again and it will go dead when you try to restart sometimes it won't start and u "hear the "SQUEAKING NOISE! tell what do you think the problem was?

- , Sydney, NSW, Australia

problem #2

Aug 302009

Maxima GLE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

The check engine light used to come on and off regularly. Though there was a bit of shaking at stops, there was no major problem. Even took a cross country trip from North Carolina to Texas in it,regularly touching 100/Mph.

Then my yearly inspection came this year in September,09 and it failed because the check engine light was on (code P174). My mechanic suggested an illegal way to get it through inspection by paying $200. Of course, I refused it,considering it to be unethical and would rather invest in repairing it. So, here I am with a bill of $ 909 for replacing the manifold gasket.....reading this forum has opened my eyes to this technical defect in Nissan vehicle's. Surely they should correct this defect of overheating in the manifold area which burns the gasket!!! and they should cover the cost of repairing this defect at their dealerships,irrespective of the car's year of manufacture.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 092003

(reported on)

Maxima GXE

  • 74,000 miles

I've noticed that other people have also had this problem in the late 90's models. Nothing seems to fix the problem (except maybe a new engine)

- , Rock Island, IL, USA

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