Overheating Due to Stuck Closed Thermostat on Nissan Maxima

The thermostat may become stuck closed, causing an overheating condition. Replacement of the thermostat will be required to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 139,677 (58,000–243,000)
5 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006
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2003 Nissan Maxima93,780
My car began to smoke from under the hood when I was parked and all the antifreeze came out. I added water, then added about half a gallon of antifreeze coolant to it. But the thermostat keeps moving from half to three quarters back to a little lower than half, back and forth. I am taking my car to my mechanic in the a.m.
2002 Nissan Maxima243,000
If let sat an run for a long time it will over heat
2004 Nissan Maxima140,000
car overheats when idling and goes back to normal temp when driving.
While drivin in congested area and idling for 20 minutes the water temp overheated amd I stopped to get more water. I drove to a garage where I was told that water pump was OK and the thermostat had to be replaced. I was able to continue with that repair and have had no problems after that, about 14 months ago.
2002 Nissan Maxima133,000
Replaced thermostat and radiator.
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