hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,098 miles

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2003 Nissan Maxima engine problems

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2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

May 282009


  • 119,000 miles


I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima that stalled while I was driving down the highway. I was able to get the car restarted after a couple of minutes and I later researched the problem. Apparently, there was a recall for that problem (recall 03V455) involving 3 faulty sensors and my VIN fall inside the range of applied vins jn1da* 400002 - 515067. I did have my car repaired by Nissan at a cost to me of over $416 whereas, Nissan replaced two of the sensors. At this time, Nissan insists that my car and VIN do not apply. I had read on the internet that they are others with the same problem and Nissan refuses to correct their problem also. I agree that this is a safety problem since the car behind me came close to hitting me when my car stalled and the driver proceeded to honk the horn and shout and me. It is my believe that Nissan has not been diligent in their efforts to get this problem resolved and get this unsafe cars off the road. I would like Nissan to resolve this issue by 1.) reimbursing me for the cost of my repairs, 2.)repair the other faulty sensor that was part of the recall that they did not repair this time and 3.) repair others like mine that Nissan refuses to repair at this time.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #18

Apr 182009


  • 90,000 miles
My 2003 Maxima stalled out twice while driving, once while at a very busy intersection during rush hour. My mechanic informed me that Nissan had recalled the 2003 Maximas for a faulty cam sensor that causes the vehicle to stall. However, in typical fashion, Nissan told me that my VIN did not fall under the recall and they would not help me. My mechanic told me that the local Nissan dealership informed him that the part was on national backorder and he could not repair my vehicle. In the meantime, I could possibly be in an accident because of faulty manufacturing. My mechanic also informed me that Nissan has changed the part number, meaning that the part is the cause of the problem, which proves that my vehicle should be repaired by Nissan.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #17

Mar 092009


  • 215,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 70 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle hesitated intermittently. On separate occasions, the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failures occurred spontaneously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and they stated that the failures were related to the camshaft sensor. The technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling), but the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact experienced identical failures mentioned in the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 215,000 and current mileage was 225,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #16

May 172007


  • 91,953 miles


Car was being operated in normal fashion when it the engine shut off without warning during normal vehicle operation. Was able to get car off of road safely and then restarted, noticed check engine light was on. Took car home and called dealer to see if they could investigate. Took car to dealer and same thing happened on the way there. They investigate and found it was a camshaft position sensor malfunction. Had repairs completed and car works fine now. I also noticed there was a similar recall to models like mine under NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000, but after contacting Nissan directly, they said my VIN wasn't included in the original recall.

- Export, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 222008


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. While driving less than 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. All of the instrument panel lights illuminated and the vehicle was able to be restarted after a few minutes. An independent mechanic performed a diagnostic, which indicated that there was a cam and crank sensor malfunction (code P0340). The previous owner had the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure and current mileages were less than 115,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 022003


  • 68,500 miles
On 9-2-2008 I was driving my 2003 Nissan Maxima it just stopped running, towed to the dealer they replaced crank position sensor. Called Nissan North America Inc. And told them of the problem and ask about the recall of Maxima"S that had this problem that said my car was not under the recall. The only response was sorry! good thing I'm an experienced drive or I might have not been able to tell this- sorry no more Nissan cars!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 052008


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima gle. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle would completely shut off. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure and the vehicle lost all power. The failure occurred at least twelve times. The dealer and manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The current mileage was approximately 71,000 and failure mileage was approximately 69,000.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #12

Jul 092008


  • 110,000 miles
2003 Maxima SE 110,000 miles has oil leaking through seals between valve covers and spark plug wires. One ignition coil needed to be replaced. The real issue is that the seals cannot be repaired or replaced. Instead, the valve covers have to be re-purchased adding an extra $290 in parts to a labor intensive bill.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jul 022008


  • miles
The 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima are known to be burning engine oil. There is also a significant flaw which makes the car leak engine oil through the valve covers into the spark plugs and with the ignition system close by, there is potential for fire in these vehicles. Nissan of North America is not helping or willing to resolve this issue and shrugs customers by saying its normal. It is not normal to have lost 3/4th of your engine oil by the time next oil change is due !

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 272008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. On several occasion his vehicle lost power, however he was able to pull over and the vehicle to restart. After a few minutes the vehicle lose power again. The manufacture took a report, nevertheless, the contact was notified that the vehicle was not included in recall 03V455000. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnose. The dealer information wasn't available. The current mileage was 80,000 the failure mileage was 70,000.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 252008

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles


Cam sensor failure. How do I determine VIN numbers affected by NHTSA recall 03V455000.

- Vidalia, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 192007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,200 miles
The car stalled on my while I was still traveling at 60mph and I lost control of the car. The vehicle started drifting to the right forcing me to get off the road where it suddenly stopped. A little scary don't you think? the vehicle also had the check engine light on. I later had the car diagnosed and it pulled an PO340 code(cam position sensor, crank position sensor) which was supposedly recalled by Nissan on Oct 04. My car's manufacture date was 12/02. I called Nissan corporate and they told me that apparently my car wasn't under recall when a bunch of other websites(cars.com, internetautoguide.com, NHTSA.gov). I know this doesn't make any sense when my life was in danger and I own 2 other Nissan cars, I don't get why a company wouldn't care about its loyal customers. I am a college student and looks like this issue is going to run me $1200 when personally I don't know why I need to be paying for it while the same car has a recall on it and the recall happens to be the same problem my car has. Please help me figure this out. Thanks for reading.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012007

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. The check engine indicator light illuminated while driving 45 mph. The contact brought the vehicle to a local auto zone and the cause of failure was found to be the engine light sensor. The vehicle was brought to the dealer on April 16, 2007 and the contact was told that the recall repair was already remedied. The dealer also stated that the contact would have to pay for the repairs, even though the vehicle was previously owned. The current mileagewas 67,700, and failure mileage was 66,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 172006

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,948 miles
: the contact stated the engine had difficulties starting and the check engine light illuminated while driving various speeds. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who replaced the crankcase position sensor. Afterwards, the check engine continued to illuminate. There was a NHTSA recall, # 03V455000, regarding the engine and engine cooling. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

May 252004

Maxima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The first incident occurred when my car, 2003 Altima was less than a year old. During the summer of 2004, the car would not start. It had a full tank of gas, the battery was fine and it was early in the morning around 8am. I attempted to turn the car on and I got nothing. It finally started after about an hour of trying to pump the gas without trying to flood the engine. I chalked it up to a hopefully one time event. It has happened 4 more times since then. Again in the fall of 2004 and I did take it to the dealer in arlington, va and they found nothing wrong. It happened twice in 2005 and most recently around memorial day and just this past week. I keep the maintenance up on the vehicle every, put "good" gas in the car but I still have these issues. The vehicle information section of this complaint only had Maxima gle and frontier listed as vehicle type, not the Altima. I submitted Maxima just to get through the complaint. My car is again a 2003 nissian Altima.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. NHTSA recall 03V455000 was issued. And the consumer took vehicle to Nissan for recall repairs. However, Nissan refused to do the recall repairs. The recall went out in December 2003, but the consumer purchased vehicle in January 2003. She never received a recall notice, and the manufacturer stated that the recall work must have been done. They did not have the documentation to prove that it was done. The vehicle was currently in the repair shop because rear brakes failed, and the dealership refused S to repair the brakes. There were several other problems with the vehicle, such as the stereo, suspension, and other things that they will not repair. The vehicle was still under warranty.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172005


  • 5,000 miles
After starting the vehicle engine warning light remained lit. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 232003

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,056 miles
Vehicle has a whirring/valve tapping noise between the 1500-2000 RPM. Have returned to the dealer X5 with 3 repair attempts. Cannot find concern.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 132004


  • 800 miles
Consumer received recall 03V511000 concerning engine cooling /electric vehicle: At any speed, the check engine light will illuminate and stay on. When the light comes on, the engine loses considerable power. Consumer claims that this make, model, and year is on recall. The recall number that was given does not correspond with the problem this vehicle is having.

- Farmington, MI, USA

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