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Jo Tanner ASKED THE GUIDE

2009 Nissan Maxima engine light

Until last month I was very impressed with my 2009 Nissan Maxima 350 Ti, but then the engine light came on and it went into "safe mode" making it impossible to drive over any distance. Since then, I have taken it to three Nissan Service centres, but none could tell me what the problem is. All they tell me was that multiple "error" codes were being found. All are talking big dollars to fix it, although there is no guarantee that can solve the problem. Surely in this day and age, with technology as it is, there must be a way to fix this problem confidently. Has anyone had this complaint?

The engine warning light was telling you that there is a problem within the engine management system. Going into 'safe', better known as limp home mode, is a fail-safe system that allows you to drive the car, albeit at a much reduced pace, until you can get to a mechanic to have it fixed. The error codes that have been found should assist the mechanics to find the cause of the problem and fix it. There is really no choice, but to press on with the mechanics and trust them to find and fix the cause of the problem. If you doubt their competence then take your car somewhere else. Today's cars are much more complex than cars in the past, and most problems seem to affect the computer systems that effectively control them. They're much harder to fix than the cars of old.

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