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#5094 of 8984 Synthetic Oil changes
Jul 06, 2002 (8:05 am)
I have 2 nissan maximas, a 1996 GXE and a 99 SE.
I bought the GXE new, and after 1000 miles, I changed the oil with regular oil but when the car hit 5K miles, I changed it to mobil one synthetic, and every 5K miles, I change the oil.
150K miles later, the car is running like a champ. engine is as good as new. So I would use synthetic after 5K miles, and change it every 5K miles thereafter. A few bucks spent on oil changes is worth it.
My 99 SE has 46K miles and I do the same thing. I basically buy a case of Mobil 1 and Nissan oil filters and take it to the local lube place and have them change my oil using my filter and oil. Since I am right there, I do see them use the oil and filter that I supply.
Also if you use synthetic oil later down the line, there will be no damage since cars these days have much better gaskets than cars of 20-30 years ago so that means, using synthetic wont make the gaskets leak.You should have nothing to worry about.
Good luck with your Maxima! Excellent purchase
Jul 07, 2002 (3:18 pm)
Hi all. Like the Maxima....why? 255hp, that's why. Big question. I now drive a v8 Taurus SHO with automatic....love the car, but I am again longing for the days when I had an 89 SHO that was cat quick and had 5 speed tranny. The 99 v8 has a pathetic auto tranny that saps all the juice out of the car. As such, even though I love the car part of me wants to get faster again and so I am thinking about a TL type S (bland looking) and maybe an Altima or Maxima with the manual tranny because I miss shifting gears myself.
Anyone out there who's driven both of the 2002/3 model (6 speed and auto). Is the manual significantly quicker than the automatic or are both as fast as I would like?
#5096 of 8984 Car Care Question
Jul 07, 2002 (4:34 pm)
Hey gang. Haven't written for a while. Just sold my '97 SE, waiting on an '03 SE, silverstone on black leather, titanium pkg., auto, with all the goodies. Up in Canada all new SE's have the titanium pkg. (or so I'm told). Anyway, wondering if it's wise to wax the new car right away, or is there a "preferred" product I should use on the new one. I've heard of a product called Zaino but don't know if it's available in Canada - have never seen it in the regular stores. Have you any suggestions? Also, is there a significant break-in period for the new engine? Any speeds I should avoid? Can't wait till it gets here - it's on a train coming east from the west coast - should be here within the week (I hope). Anyway, if anyone has a good product out there, that's also available in the Great White North, that'll protect my finish from bug-guts, let me know. Thanks.
#5097 of 8984 Minor knocking on 2002
Jul 07, 2002 (7:14 pm)
I have a 2002 SE 6spd with slightly over 3k miles, and just recently I've noticed some minor engine knocking. It happens when I give gas around 1000-2000RPM just after shifting, and it only lasts for a split second before it's gone. I faithfully use Mobil 93 octane, and together with it still being a new car this is a bit unexpected.
I searched the board a little for prior postings regarding knocking, but those dealt more with persistent pinging. Most of those seemed to involve ignition coil issues.
So my questions:
1) Anyone else experienced this type of behavior?
2) Is this normal, or something to be concerned about?
3) How sensitive are knock sensors? I assume the reason it goes away after a split second is that the sensor detects it and makes the appropriate adjustments. But the fact that I hear it at all is surprising - I would think the sensor is more sensitive than my ear. But I could be wrong.
One possibility is that I got some bad gas - I only started noticing it since my last fillup. Another remote idea I had is that it might be caused by the the heat/humidiity (but that could be a completely incorrect theory).
#5098 of 8984 minor knocking
Jul 07, 2002 (7:44 pm)
I also experienced minor knocking with my GLE several months ago after I got bad gas from a station which I had never used. The knocking vanished after I put in good gas from the station which I frequented. Some stations are simply not trustworthy even though you buy premium gas.
Jul 07, 2002 (8:34 pm)
i was driving to NY last wed, and a nice rock hit my windshield... now there's a nice pellet size crack.... well..it's weird... it looks like if a bullet hit the window..but when you touch it either from the inside or the outside..it's smooth... close inspection looks like the windshield is made of some sort of liquid.... is this fixable??
#5100 of 8984 chip in windshield
Jul 08, 2002 (12:13 am)
There is a process by which a glass shop can fix those "bullet holes" without replacing the windshield. The quality of the result varies though, depending on the size and nature of the crack.
Jul 08, 2002 (3:55 am)
I don't know if you understand that windshield glass is actually a sandwich of two pieces of glass with a center of a plastic film/sheet. They do this so that when a rock hits it, or when you're in an accident the glass doesn't shatter into thousands of very sharp pointed pieces of glass that tend to make a mess of the human body. So what you're looking at is an air bubble created between one of the sheets of glass and the plastic sheet. The glass shop fix that bodydouble talked about is going to fill that bubble with an epoxy that will dry clear. The quality of it depends upon how well the epoxy fills the void and how well the glass shop tries to make it happen. BTW, the side glass in a car is also "tempered" which means that it is specially heat treated to shatter into millions of pea sized balls or crumbs if it gets hit or broken. If you already knew this I apologize for the post and wish you luck on the repair.
Jul 08, 2002 (5:27 am)
thanks everyone for their insights on windshields... how much do you think it will run to fix the "bullet hole"
#5103 of 8984 windshield
Jul 08, 2002 (5:30 am)
Typically, the cost is around $50, but check with your insurance company first. Many will cover the repair with no deductible, since it's cheaper than replacing a windshield down the road.