really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,994 miles

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2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 302013


  • 73,000 miles


While driving, car suddenly stops responding, the steering wheel locks into position, the engine looses power, and stops running. It happened four times over the past two years. The speed of the vehicle during the incidents was between 20 - 35 mph.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the vehicle accelerated independently causing the contact to crash into three parked vehicles. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. Also, the contact stated that the after preceding from a stop, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the crank cam position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
The consumer stated on 2003 Nissan Maxima the rear brakes went out at 27,000 miles. After they were fixed in June there was a clicking noise coming from them. The vehicle died on July 11, 2005, while in traffic. She pulled the vehicle over and after 5 tries the vehicle finally started. The temperature gauge went all the way to hot, and the set light came on. The dealer stated that 7 service codes came up and they stated that the computer needed to be replaced. About 10 miles before this happened the vehicle surged, but no lights came on. It was a really hot day, she was going about 60 mph. The vehicle is currently at the service department for both issues.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302004


  • miles
While pulling inside of the parking lot vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brakes, and pedal went to the floor. Consumer placed both feet on the brake pedal and vehicle continued to accelerate. Then, consumer lost control of the vehicle and collided into a building. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy. But passenger's side air bag did deploy. Driver sustained injuries, and went to the hospital on his own. Vehicle was towed to a body shop.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 122004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,970 miles
While stopped at a traffic light with my foot on the brake pedal the engine began to race. I pushed hard on the brake pedal to keep from being launched into the car ahead of me as the engine continued to accelerate. I put the gear shift in neutral and tapped on the gas pedal to see if that would affect the revved up engine. I don't know that this was the source of solving the problem but in a couple of seconds the engine did return to regular idle speed. I didn't think to look at the tachometer to check the RPM but can tell you from the noise inside the car it was high. All of this took place in a period of about 5-10 seconds.

- Sandy, UT, USA

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