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List of 2000 Nissan Maxima Problems That Most Customers Face

The Nissan Maxima is one of the medium-sized sedans manufactured by Nissan, which packs about 290 horsepower and comprises a 3.5 liter V6 engine. There are two antithetic trim levels that are rendered by the company, namely S and SV. The car is amongst the largest selling cars in Australia by the Japanese giants.

Despite many of the amazing features of Nissan Maxima, there are many problems that are faced by many of the customers. Some of the many problems faced by the customers of 2000 Nissan Maxima are as follows:

1. Size

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The car is built in such a manner that it can be included in the car shortlist by the customers. The Maxima can carry only four adults along with one child. It can fit up to five people if they do not mind squeezing a bit.

2. Rough Roads

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The four-wheeler vehicle does not prove to be quite good on the rough Australian roads and is comparatively less smooth on the smooth surfaces. Also, the car is not equally responsive as compared to many other cars.

3. Engine Start


As per the customer reviews, it has been reported that the engine of the car does not start immediately when one turn the keys. The owner or the driver has to wait for some seconds to start the car, which is one major issue.

4. Ignition Coil Failure

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As mentioned above, the vehicle does not start immediately even though the engine light remains on. Due to this there is a failure of the ignition coil. This is among the biggest issues of the 2000 Nissan Maxima. For the failure of the ignition coil, the customers can either replace the coils or the entire exhaust system.

5. Failure of O2 Sensor


There have been ample reviews against the service engine. The light of the service engine remains on for almost all the time when the car is in use. Due to this, the car’s O2 sensor fails. If the oxygen sensor fails, there might be a reduction in the entire fuel economy of the car, and also, there are chances that the catalytic converter of the car fails, too. To fix this, the customers need to replace the coils and also reset the computer system.

6. Engine and Engine Heating Problems

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There are many reports that say that the engine of the car gets overheated quite easily. The overheating of a car can damage the car beyond the financial expenses of the owner. There are many problems that are faced due to overheating. Some of the many problems are cracking of the head gasket, warped cylinders, and many more. The parts that are made available to solve this problem are quite high in price, and so the difficulty sometimes results in reasons to ditch the car.

7. Automatic Transmission Slipping


As per the reviews, it has been noted that the car suffers from a slip of transmission. The experts do not recommend driving the car while the transmission slips, as the safety of the vehicle becomes unpredictable. The car can also shift from one gear to another without any warning sign, often shaking, and hence resulting in major damage.

If there are any signs of transmission slipping, one should get it fixed as soon as possible. Customers can replace the car’s revolution sensor to get rid of this problem.

8. Unlocking the Door

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Not only do the keys start the engine of the car some minutes later, but the keys also do not unlock the door of the car the minute the key is inserted. Such problems are quite small, but they cause many difficulties for the owner many times. One of the customers reported that the keys of the vehicle were made in the worst manner ever.

9. Recliner Problems

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There were many problems based on the front seat, i.e., reclining issues with the seat. Sometimes, the seat of the car won’t slide forward, which makes it hard for the passengers to enter the backward seats of the car. Also, the seat won’t adjust as per the backrest recline. There were reviews that said that their back started paining after they made the long journey via this car.

10. Body Problems


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There are many reviews against the body and paint problems of the car. Some of the many problems are as follows:

  • Excessive chips
  • Scratches
  • ​Door problems
  • Poor structure

11. Old Structure Models


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Earlier, the car had many reviews against its bad structure. It has been said that the car makers did not pay much attention to the structure of the car back in 2000. Such a problem never seemed to happen in the previous models of the company.

In the year 2003, the company came up with a radical structure, which not only helped it to gain more sales as compared to the previous years but also the problems of the customers a solution regarding the structure of the car.

12. Cooling System Problems


It is known that the overheating of the engine may cause problems for the car and also the owner. To get rid of the overheating issues, the customers are suggested to cool the system down. This can be done by adding some coolant to the engine. There have been reports that say that the engine of Nissan Maxima does not cool down immediately.

The engine takes much longer than required to cool down, and this causes many financial expenses to the owner of the car.

13. Extra Accessories Problems

No doubt that the vehicle looks amazing when it runs on the road, but there have been many problems regarding the extra accessories of the car. Many of the extra accessories of the car are not easily available. The customers then have to buy such parts or accessories from many far places, which causes them extra fare and duty charges also sometimes.

14. Air Bags Problem


Many of the customers have said that the airbags of the car do not work appropriately, which means that they do not open when they have to. The customers have also reported that they have been very close to the accident, yet the airbags of the car did not open.

15. AC/Heater Problems


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There have been issues regarding the AC and the heater. The heater of the car either renders too much heat or does not work at all, and the same is the case with the AC of the car. Both the systems do not work as directed by the driver of the car. Also, there have been times when the AC drops down to zero and then refuses to go up.

16. Electrical Problems

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Lastly, there have been electrical problems that the customers suffer from. Some of the highly faced electrical problems are as follows:

  • Short battery life
  • Lights of brake system
  • ​Failure of premature alternator
  • ​Ignition heating problems
  • ​Wiring
  • ​Fuses
  • ​Circuit breakers
  • Switch issues


Are you planning to buy a new Nissan car? We have listed all the problems regarding the 2000 Nissan Maxima above. As per the expert’s advice, the customers should read the above reviews and then purchase a new car for themselves. If you have any queries regarding the blog above, our team of experts is always there to assist you. We would be more than pleased to help you. Also, we value our customers’ reviews way too much. Do like, comment, and share our blog with our friends and family.