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Nissan's flagship midsized sedan was redesigned for 2000. It's much improved, although the changes are evolutionary rather than radical. The car retains its unsophisticated platform. The ride is stiff. The seat and driving position have improved, as has the steering. Handling is secure and predictable. The powerful and refined V6 added 32 hp and makes the car very quick. The automatic transmission shifts very smoothly.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
2001
NA
2002
NA
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2006
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. Side air bags available, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2009.
Model Summary
Nissan's flagship midsized sedan was redesigned for 2000. It's much improved, although the changes are evolutionary rather than radical. The car retains its unsophisticated platform. The ride is stiff. The seat and driving position have improved, as has the steering. Handling is secure and predictable. The powerful and refined V6 added 32 hp and makes the car very quick. The automatic transmission shifts very smoothly. Fit and finish are excellent, and there are some nice interior details.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (222 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Nissan Maxima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Was in a wreck”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“16 year old car living in Phoenix, AZ had some fading problems”

David P., AZ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“paint fading on roof, trunk and hood”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“The car is always kept in a garage. The paint clear coat started to chalk and peel”

John H., OH (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“rear quarter panel”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Clear coat is peeling off”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“rust issues in rear wheel openings; also, in lower front end of engine bay”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“There was no accidents with this car but rust appeared on the body on the front driver side of the car”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Left rear quarter panel is showing signs of extensive rust. Some rust bubbles showing in other area but not visible”

Thomas S., PA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Clear coat chalk & peel, rust on wheel wells and sides”

John H., OH (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“The areas over the rear wheels have rusted”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“very poor anti-corrosion for a car so young”

Marc S., MN (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“starting to see rust spots and think that it is due to having to park in the street. No garage available”

Frieda A., NJ (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“This vehicle has rust around both rear wheel wells. It also has serious rust in the member under the radiator”

Kenneth W., MD (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“difficult to replace”

Tim S., OR (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power Steering pressure hose failed. Had to be replaced”

William P., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Both front struts froze so I replaced all four struts”

Lewis W., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Have not fixed this yet. Was informed that struts were affecting stability at highway speeds”

Wayne B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Worn out, replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“replaced struts twice”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“needed new strut kit”

Anonymous, SK (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“During the spring check-up, the Nissan dealer told us to replace the front shocks and struts because of the driving safety. We replaced all of them”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Left side failed around 2013 & right side failed 2016”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“A front tire shredded and fell apart. AAA put on the small spare. We replaced all 4 tires, unaware that they were the original (2000) tires and were unsafe. Replacing them w/ $400 set from Walmart ( a chain I do not usually enter) and my front end problems disappeared . Go figure”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“replaced wheel bearings”

Peter S., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS light is on and won't go off. The ABS has been checked and is okay, so the problem is the sensor system”

Michael C., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“rear caliper failure”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“The brakes were replaced when originally purchased at 115236mi odometer reading. Replaced again at 149300 mi odometer reading. to me, that is normal wear of brakes especially when I have to go downhill from my home to get anywhere”

Anonymous, CT (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Rear brakes squeak and the drums are scored and need to be replaced for $244.00”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Feels stiff when pulled up. In cold winter days, parking brake couldn't be able to released fully”

Anonymous, BC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Rotors needed to be replaced. They vibrated when brakes were applied”

Bob R., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Rotors warped causing pulsation of brakes”

William P., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

“Brakes verified, pads replaced, rotors checked, still squeaks left side - evaluation continues”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced rotors and pads but breaks still squeak”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“worn brakes damaged the drum”

Anonymous, SK (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Replaced 2 in 1 year. First one bearing failed, great noise while driving. burning rubber smell, finally catch on fire.Second one was from junkyard, lasted for 3 months and failed to recharge battery in winter”

Anonymous, BC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Happened randomly not within the past 12 months, but I've never filled out a CR report before. Happened at ~150,000 miles”

Timothy S., PA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Only a single rear ignition coil. I'll be paying attention to see that the others continue working ok, but I'm not upset about this considering the fact that these are not that expensive, and there are so many miles on the car”

Timothy S., PA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Sensors malfunctioned”

Anonymous, GA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace ALL ignition coils (according to Nissan dealer who sold us the car) at about 45000 miles. We bought it in 2001 with 18000 miles. Recently had to replace another coil”

Hal B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“See previous response about computer”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Ignition switch

“Had to replace starter”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Had start replaced in 2011, then again February 2015”

Hal B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“starter motor failed - had to replace”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“catalytic converter (1 of 3) not operating correctly”

David P., AZ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“system required cleaning”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“check engine light, replaced catalytic converter (first time with this car); check engine light still comes on occasionally, but then goes off”

Anonymous, MD (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“for the 2nd time since buying the vehicle,, the catalytic converters, O2 sensors, and possibly more of the anti-pollution system need to be replaced. Cost of the repair is between $4000.00 and $5000.00. It must be done as the vehicle can't pass a smog test without these repairs”

Erich B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“mass air flow senser”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light came on. Had sensor replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light was O2 sensor failure”

Anonymous, CO (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced more than one O2 sensors and coils”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Computer and six s in electronic ignition all failed. This is second time. Happened before at 65000 miles. Very, very difficult for local speciality repair shops to correctly Cost at Nissan dealership service was $1700. Still does not run well”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“several of the mounts are broken”

Erich B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“The head gasket is leaking”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“Had several oil leaks”

Anonymous, GA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“Small leak somewhere when hot and cooling down when parked. Mechanic feels it is because the cars age causes issues and will address it when we are ready for major work. Of course, unless it increases”

Carolyn T., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“engine leaks a lot of oil. Will cost more to fix it than the car is worth”

Anonymous, ID (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“Seal is leaking oil over the front of the engine”

Erich B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“The engine leaks oil through the main seals--cost of repair is about $4000.00, so I haven't had it done yet”

Erich B., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“It was 15 years old and wore out”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced a/c compressor and related parts”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“The car is a 1999 maxima, the system is stuck on heat. The auto repair place has to manually change the equipment from heat to cold. We have either cold or hot depending on what we tell the repair place to put the duckwork on”

James B., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

“Fan is blowing OK in short trip. In a long trip say from LA to San Diego, the fan is blowing loud but no air coming out. It is difficult to fix because when we bring the car to dealer or maintenance shop, they cannot create the failure. No fix so far”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

“A/C doesn't cool. Replacement would be $300+”

John M., AZ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Told allready”

James B., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Brand new, haven't had checked out yet, will have it in shop Monday”

Carolyn T., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“i had to replace the radiator”

Forrest H., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

“It was actually minor part replacement on the clutch pedal which had lost some bolts”

W S., VA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Had to do some work on the transmission due to leakage and gasket replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Slave cylinder failed - could not disengage the clutch”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Vehicle will "stall" while driving and slip into neutral with no excelleration. Had to take to mechanic who replaced coil and transmission sensor”

Ray D., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

“When accelerating while driving up a hill, the car starts to make a noise when the car reaches about 3000 RMP. This immediately causes the car to slow down. When I remove my foot from the gas pedal, the car goes back to normal, but at a slower spee”

Anonymous, BC (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“The transmission seal has been leaking for a year due to being old they want 6 000 dollars to fix . No way let it leak my garage floor has a pool of oil”

Richard S., IL (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“WOULD NOT SHIFT OUT OF FIRST GEAR”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Recently replaced this hope it will fix my slipping problem with the transmission”

Ray D., CA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

“failed and the cost to replace was outrageous. my watch works just fine”

Anonymous, CO (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“Light bulb was replaced and did not work. I was told it is electrical. I will have our mechanic check it out”

Bettieanne B., ON (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Lights are extremely DIM. Even high beams are so dim that they are unsafe. Had them replaced several times with no improvement. Have seen comments that this is a common problem”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“This car was not garaged so water has contributed. The door locks are erratic, turning themselves on and off with closing the door on passenger side”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“The Smart entry totally failed. I have to manually lock and unlock the doors”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“see abive”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Squealing fan belts. They probably need to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“For the past four years, I have been to the dealer with rattling tail pipe. They fix the support bracket and it stops rattle for 3 to 4 weeks then it returns”

Anonymous, CT (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“had to replace 3 sensors, CAMSHAFT, Bank 1 Sensor 1 (Heated oxygen), and Coil Assy-Ignit”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)
Radio

“I had to replace the entire radio system due to the radio not working. the antenna fell off. the cd player got a cd stuck in it The channels on the radio did not respond or did there own picking”

Richard S., IL (2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0-L V6)

“The original Bose radio - and the head unit in particular - failed completely”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Radiator replaced”

Peter S., TX (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced but this is normal after 200000 miles”

Erik M., LA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Routine end of life failure of muffler”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Replaced both CV axles because of vibration”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“the inside rubber strip kept sticking to the window and made it hard to open and close”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“Head Gasket and main seal replaced because of oil leaks”

Erik M., LA (2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0-L V6)
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