hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,604 miles

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2001 Nissan Maxima engine problems

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2001 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 252016


  • 177,000 miles


The lower radiator support beam rusted out causing the engine support to brake free from the beam. Now the entire lower support beam needs to be replaced at an extremely high cost of labor and parts. This is a common problem according to all the car websites and the youtube videos showing how to change out the beam. I do not see any recalls for this. For as many people who seem to have had this problem it should have been recalled. People were having this problem 5 yrs ago according to the videos and reports. According to the body shop this is a major problem and they have seen a lot of this type of corrosion issues with this Nissan model and year. According to what I have been told a very serious accident can occur while driving this vehicle if the beam breaks while in motion at high speed. There are still a large number of this year and make on the street and no warnings have been given to the public.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 032015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the cam shaft and crank shaft part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. No further details were available. The VIN was not included NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 182015

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 164,627 miles
Engine codes po 420 and po 174.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


Went to fix the passenger air bag recall and dealer informed that front cross frame/bar's metal is falling apart because of severe corrosion/rusting which is main support for the radiator and the engine. Also advised that it's highly dangerous to drive since engine/radiator can just fall anytime when it lacks the support. When Nissan Consumer Affairs is approached they failed to admit the defective material used but responded that vehicle is out of warranty and they could not cover. Also observed similar recent complaints from other owners, hope our complaints gets further attention and concerns are addressed.

- Iselin, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 222013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the front control arm and motor mount failed. The contact also stated that the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 222011


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the engine unexpectedly stalled without warning when driving from a complete stop. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal function. The similar failure occurred continuously. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

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