The timing chain tensioner
may bleed off oil pressure after the engine is shut down. This can cause a rattling noise when the engine is started cold and a revised timing chain tensioner and guide are available to correct this issue.
Average mileage: 125,009 (80,000–240,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6 DOHC, 3.0L V6 SOHC
12 model years affected: 1994
, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
20 people reported this problem
I bought this maxima real cheap through a friend of a friend. Went for about a10 mile drive and the oil light started flashing and heard the timing chain slapping loudly.i drove it home, took the front valve cover off and i couldn't believe what i saw.there was so much sludge in there!!! Unbelievable the car still runs good as out does. gonnaclean it out best i can,drop the oil pan and clean the screen,replace the tensioners and guides,and hope for the best!!