Burning Oil


Asked by Jun 02, 2010 at 07:26 PM about the 2002 Nissan Maxima

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey guys. Just bought a 2002  5.5 Gen Maxima 6 speed with 108,000 miles back in January and I was wondering how many people are having problems with burning oil? I have only been through one oil change since I got the car and I havent noticed the engine burning oil but I can ocasionally smell it ( just a hint)  from the exhaust. Doing research etc. before buying the car this issue seemed like a serious one but apparently it only occurs in about 10% to 15% of the engines. Is this a problem in all VQ35's or just in the Maxima? All comments and insight appreciated!

5 Answers


Owned a 2000 VQ35 Maxima and sold it with 148k with no oil leaks, no burning oil and no other problems, aside from a blown stabilizer link which is nothing. I bought the car with 60k on it.

most likley ,bad valve seals.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Why valve seals? Why not piston rings? or a bad PCV system?

you asked for a opinion .i gave you the best one with the milage,if it were a piston ring you would be blowing smoke out the rear all the time what we call a oil burner,for a bad pcv,you would build up pressure in the engine and blowing seals,like the rear main and others,it would be leaking oil all the time.papa 101.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your stupidity is moderately amusing at best....101...

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Maxima in your area?

CarGurus has 17,902 nationwide Maxima listings starting at $1,500.


Nissan Maxima Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
    Princess Ylda Cadely
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Altima
741 Great Deals out of 66,368 listings starting at $750
Used Honda Accord
539 Great Deals out of 91,748 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
802 Great Deals out of 70,728 listings starting at $1,112
Used Chevrolet Impala
363 Great Deals out of 27,127 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
362 Great Deals out of 50,912 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Malibu
581 Great Deals out of 47,926 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series
898 Great Deals out of 32,864 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Camaro
252 Great Deals out of 29,972 listings starting at $4,980
Used Acura TL
57 Great Deals out of 3,379 listings starting at $1,999
Used Kia Optima
351 Great Deals out of 28,789 listings starting at $1,900
Used Ford Mustang
278 Great Deals out of 38,263 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Maxima For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 4,425 listings starting at $15,991
2016 Nissan Maxima For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,330 listings starting at $13,980
2014 Nissan Maxima For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 2,180 listings starting at $7,777
2013 Nissan Maxima For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 552 listings starting at $6,990
2012 Nissan Maxima For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 519 listings starting at $5,997

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.