5th Generation (2000—2003) Maxima Problems

Maxima owners with a 2000—2003 model year have the most problems with the engine (65%), electrical (7%), and the interior (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Ticking Noise Coming From Engine 5 complaints at an average of 96,812 miles in the 2002 Nissan Maxima.
  2. Stolen Headlights 1 complaints at an average of 100 miles in the 2003 Nissan Maxima.
  3. Engine Light Is on, Ignition Coil Failure 10 complaints at an average of 75,836 miles in the 2000 Nissan Maxima.

What Maxima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 11 2 36 5.53
2002 18 7 53 4.74
2001 23 5 78 5.58
2000 43 3 92 7.88

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