2003 Nissan Maxima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2003 Nissan Maxima as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The ground inside mass air flow (MAF) sensor can corrode and possibly cause drivability problems. The corrosion is enough to affect the sensor data but not enough to create a trouble code. Diagnosing this can be difficult because it won't always illuminate the Check Engine Light.

If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.

The crankshaft position sensor can fail causing the engine to run poorly or it may crank but fail to start.

The Camshaft position sensor can leak oil into its electrical connector causing the Check Engine light to illuminate. The engine may also stall intermittently as a result.

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 engine mount on the right side can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement.

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.