The crankshaft position sensor can fail causing the engine to run poorly or it may crank but fail to start.
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Repairpal verified 2002 Nissan Maxima problems
The thermostat may become stuck closed, causing an overheating condition. Replacement of the thermostat will be required to correct this concern.
Problems with the ignition coil will cause the vehicle to misfire or not start.
The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.