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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#4698 of 8981 Hood Flapping/Bouncing
Apr 16, 2002 (4:20 pm)
I had a similar hood flutter on my 2002 SE (went in for an oil change on my 208K 1991 Sentra and came out with a Maxima) at high speeds or when driving into strong head winds. Mine was particularly noticeable at the hood's edges.
I spoke to my service guy at the dealer and he knew exactly what I was describing. They installed a supplemental hood gasket kit that prevent excess air from flowing under the leading edge of the hood. For obvious liability reasons, they don't do a high speed test drive to verify the problem.
The kit consists of 3 gaskets - one each along the top of the headlight assemblies and a third on the underside of the leading edge of the hood in the area over the radiator (except where the air inlet to the engine is located). I'm not sure if there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this, but it was done under warranty and there seemed to be a repair kit.
Not sure how the part numbers would be in Canada but here's what it said on my service order:
"Hood flutters a highway speeds
If required test and repair hood bond joints, install bumper/head lamp pack components.
Parts: [all descriptions were truncated]
65829-2Y900 Pack-Rim F
65829-2Y900 Pack-Rim F"
Apparently Nissan allows them to bill 0.8 hours for this repair, so its not major.
I've had no problems since then. The installation is neat and the gaskets don't look like some second thought add-on, so I'm satisfied. I did notice that my friend's new I-35 had the same gaskets installed on the top of the head lamp assemblies, so apparently this affected Infiniti also.
Apr 16, 2002 (5:31 pm)
Did they give you that watch there on the spot, or something you have to mail to get the watch shipped to you later. I drove an Altima a few months ago and got the same watch shipped to me a few weeks later.
#4700 of 8981 where are Maximas made?
Apr 16, 2002 (6:16 pm)
Is the Maxima still made in Japan?
Apr 16, 2002 (7:14 pm)
Yes Maxima's are still made in Japan. I'm not sure starting when but Maxima's will be built in USA. I wonder if they will be built in Japan and USA or just built in USA. Maybe someone out there can bring us up to speed on this subject.
#4702 of 8981 made in
Apr 16, 2002 (7:18 pm)
japan but the newer generation will be in the states. Which would be summer of next year if not earlier.
#4703 of 8981 will quality suffer?
Apr 16, 2002 (7:42 pm)
I hope when production moves to the US, quality doesn't suffer. The '99 Camry I have is made much more poorly than the '89 made in Japan model.
Apr 16, 2002 (8:11 pm)
Not sure, but you can always go with the G35, its made in japan if you are worried about stuff like that.
#4705 of 8981 RE: Post# 4529
Apr 17, 2002 (4:50 am)
johngolden, the (3) rubber gaskets or trim pieces that the dealer added
to your car were actually STANDARD equiptment on the 2k Max. I guess
Nissan did some cost cutting in later models so that they could up-content
the Max a little........ie. auto-dimming mirror, Steering wheel mounted
audio controls etc.
Also, I saw a TSB somewhere that mentions numerous fixes for the hood
flapping. Some cars will have problems in different areas of the hood. One
vehicle may only need the hood stops adjusted and another may have some
spot-welds missing which would require the dealer to use adhesive
in those areas of the hood.
#4706 of 8981 Danny25 - watch
Apr 17, 2002 (6:53 am)
It was actually the Altima testdrive offer, but I wanted to drive the Maxima instead. I should be getting this watch in the mail in a while. Not a bad deal...I get to drive a beautiful new Maxima...and get free stuff for it!