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When my check engine light came on, I took it to Advanced Auto Parts for their free diagnostic check. The computer said that it was a cam sensor. I took it to a mechanic that was referred to by AA Parts. After diagnosis from the mechanic, he told me that it was a timing chain problem and that it would cost roughly 700 bucks for parts and labor. It is still under warranty but it could only be done in-house, and that is in MS and I am in NC although I think the drive would be worth it. What do you think? It is a 2002, 59900 mi, and drives perfectly fine. If you could e-mail your response to, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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I have just had a similar problem with my Nissan Cefiro (Maxima)2000
The Fault light came on and it was the front cam sensor. The part cost $183NZ ($##@) and took a few minutes to replace. Fault light went out...all ok. The told me it was a timing problem too and maybe the chains needed changing ($2500NZ) for that.
Mine has the Variable Timing System (neo Engine) which is what yours may also have. I would be changing the sensor first as that is probably the problem. Mine has only done 44,000K's (ex Japan so always suspect) and with yours only 59000 I doubt there is anything wrong with the timing chain. Hope this helps

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