definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,203 miles

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2002 Nissan Maxima drivetrain problems

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 242009

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Per Nissan, no recalls on the following= 1.cd player does not work, shows error 2. fuel gauge does not work, shows full all the time and have ran out of gas-complete safety hazard!! 3.transmission needed replaced-did not have reverse-complete safety hazard 4.catalytic converter needed replaced-stalled on the side of the highway due to loss of power and avoided an accident-complete safety hazard 5.motor needed replaced-motor quit working while on the highway-avoided an accident while I lost power. I went over and beyond always replacing the motor oil & filter at 3000 miles 6.speakers quit working and will blare back on unexpectedly while driving startling me, the volume does not work-complete safety hazard 7.front air bag sensor corroded and had to be replaced-thankfully no injuries as a result if I had been in an accident! 8.front suspension replaced including pin-Nissan shows a notice on this but not a recall!!!!"???" 9.drivers side door arm rest broke apart and had cut my elbow while driving 10.rear wheel wells/fenders are rusting thru.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 292013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 25,612 miles
The car had a recall performed on 08/02/2011 to replace crankshaft and camshaft position sensors, the car ran perfectly before the said recall. The mentioned recall also included an earlier recall which was ineffective. Some time after the recall was performed the car would stall intermittently without triggering a code. Finally the stalling triggered a code on 01/29/13 which was a crankshaft position sensor. The dealer confirmed that the crankshaft position sensor code was triggered but denied that it had anything to do with the stalling problem and returned the car with the intermittent stalling condition without a diagnoses. Eventually the car was diagnosed as a bad crankshaft position sensor and repaired on 11/08/2013 after two more visits to the dealer and numerous calls to Nissan North America. This was very same crankshaft position sensor installed by the recall #R3022 which was bad and in effect renders recall #R3022 (Nissan) ineffective, at least in my case. Nissan refused to pay for diagnoses and repair of the failed recall. This failed recall cost me $656.08 as well as endangered many lives. Note: The car only has 26,000 miles on it.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
The radiator core support is rusting and has lead to a large hole on the bottom. The engine brace is mounted where the rust is forming. If the rust forms bad enough around the bolts the engine could fall down. Also the hood latch is connected the bottom of the core support. If this fails the rust can cause the hood to open while driving.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,200 miles
This max had the transverse link recall performed in 9/02. At this time, the left axle was not properly placed back in the transmission. We took the car back several times and they kept blowing us off. Finally, my wife was driving the car in the mobile tunnel and the trans went out along with the steering and suspension. Nissan repaired the vehicle but it still drives like a piece of junk. These guys are ridiculous and need to be dealt with seriously. I have since filed suit but would appreciate any help.

- Brandon, MS, USA

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