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#6889 of 8984 Cabin microfilter confusion - help!
May 17, 2003 (4:59 pm)
I have a 2003 SE and wanted to check out the status of the filter b/c I am getting a strange odor occasionally. I went to the trusty 'maxima.org' site and was directed to the courtesy-nissan parts web site for filter instructions that were supposed to be easy. I didn't think they were that easy and so have written to NISSAN to ask WTF on the cabin microfilter. Now, "warrenul" posts that the instructions are faulty so I am even more confused. A user-replaceable and supposedly washable filter should not require brain surgeon expertise to access. This is very disappointing but NOT surprising. Many car makers do NOT "design for maintainability (DFM)" like they should!
#6890 of 8984 Cabin Filter Install
May 19, 2003 (9:53 am)
Unless they left the Glove box finisher off on 2K models, I did not find one. However, to access the filter cover you have to remove the glove box assembly. (Too bad that you aren't able to slide the filters in from the bottom)
Start by removing the 2 screws attaching the metal latch bracket. Then remove the 4 screws that hold the glove box assembly to the dash. When you gently pull the glove box assembly down, you'll see that the Passenger airbag connector is secured to the glovebox, Why, who the freak knows. You need pliers to squeeze the plastic tabs in so that you can push the connector off of the glove box. Then push out the glove box light and you will then be able to completely separate the glove box assembly. The filter cover in held in by a steel clip on the lower edge. Use a screwdriver to pry it off. Be careful because it will inevitably come flying off and lodge itself in some god forsaken location, like under or between one of the seat rails.
After you remove the cover, you will be able to slide each of the filters out (in if the car came without filters). I found remnants of leaves and dirt inside the blower compartment. I used a vacuum with a long thin nozzle to get as much crap as I could.
When putting the cover back on, make sure that you first catch the top lip of the cover to the tab on the blower assembly. Otherwise it could fall off later on. Before you reinstall the glove box assembly you press the airbag connector and light back in the holes. Its a tight squeeze to get them back on and its better if you have small hands. I bet you that the dealer leaves it off.
After that, it will take a little bit of adjusting, but the glove box assembly has guide tabs that must be aligned before the screws can be re-installed.
First time took me close to an hour to complete, however, I know that I will be able to change the filter in 30 minutes or less.
Since my car did not come with one, I immediately noticed a difference. Now when the fan goes on I don't get any dust spewing from the vents. In addition, its a whole heck of a lot quieter as the filter act as a muffler for the blower motor.
However, I believe that the air flow is somewhat impeded, but thats okay beacause I don't like the air coming out of the vents like a wind tunnel anyhow.
Go ahead and take it out. Hope that this helps.
#6891 of 8984 Where is the best place to sell 97 Maxima GLE?
May 20, 2003 (1:25 pm)
I was wondering if anyone knew where was the best place to sell a low mileage Maxima GLE? Each of the online services seem like the charges are increasing and I'd like to get the most bang/viewers for my money. cars.com vs. yahoo classifieds vs. autotrader? Any thoughts? Thanks.
May 21, 2003 (1:46 am)
If anyone needs any TSB info, just email me. click on my user name.
My cousin was a service manager at a Nissan dealership and they routinely sent Maxima owners away giving them some BS excuse not to perform the TSB. I can give you the link to the TSB info you need so that the dealer cannot give you the brush-off!
This affects all Max owners 89-04. (ex., 02-03: hesitation that causes loss of power or delayed accel)
May 21, 2003 (6:07 am)
I wasn't really trying to start a "my Maxima is quicker than your Maxima" debate. But since you asked, here is my summary:
1995 Maxima SE w/ 190 hp/ 205 ft lbs mated to a 5-speed manual was generally tested at 6.6-6.7 seconds 0-60. Why subsequent 4th generations (96-99) were tested slightly slower is beyond me. They added a little weight to the 3,001 lbs of the 1995 model year, but not significantly so.
2000/2001 Fifth generation Maxima's seemed slower to me. I test drove one just about every time I had my Maxima in for service and came away unimpressed. The 222 horsepower / 217 lb torque rating was through "tweaking" the same 3.0 liter engine as in the 1995. I was always suspect of the real power increase. The actual weight gain, however, could not be disputed. I believe the 2000/2001 was tested at around 7.0-7.2 0-60 for the 5-speed, considerably slower for the automatic.
The 2002/2003 SE 6-speed is quicker and faster than the 1995. Not significantly noticable from 0-60, as I believe it was tested at around 6.3. But I noticed that it continues to pull stronger at highway speeds, assuming you have it in the optimum gear. On the other hand, the 4-speed automatic version of the 2002/2003 absolutely did not feel as quick to me as my 1995 5-speed. Perhaps I'm just used to the quick start afforded by a manual transmission. Or perhaps the cars I tested had not been fully broken in. But there is no way I would trade the quickness and responsiveness of my 1995 5-speed for a 2003 automatic. Consider that my opinion, not a statement of fact.
One thing was clear to me in driving the 2003 Maxima 6-speed. Any more power is a waste of effort in a FWD platform. In spite of LSD, the car could not put it's power to the pavement effectively and the torque steer was unbearable. Again, perhaps I'm biased by my Honda S2000 that, with almost no torque, will significantly outaccelerate the Maxima. Same, however, for the less powerful, RWD, 330ci. Congrats to Nissan for taking FWD sedan performance about as far as anyone can with the 2003 Maxima 6-speed. If you want more, look to Infiniti, BMW or another RWD direction.
#6895 of 8984 TSB info
May 21, 2003 (8:45 am)
Actually any questions you have related to any TSBs can be answered right here in the Town Hall. Check out the discussion at this link: Technical Service Bulletins
May 21, 2003 (12:07 pm)
I have not posted lately and wanted to get some feedback.
I have a 2000 GXE (yes, one of the 5% ever made!) with 87,000 miles on it. I generally commute about 120 miles/ day on the highways of NH. Everything was going along fine when my "Check Engine Light" came on last week.
-One of the spark plugs blew out (I thought that they were scheduled for a 105,000 mile change?)
-Faulty Ignition Coil (took care of this bizarre knocking/tinny sound that I have had for about 50k miles that no one could figure out)
-Replaced Timing Belt
I hope that the problems are solved. Anything else I should be on the lookout for? These are the first problems I have ever had and I was hoping to keep this car for another 50k (at least).
Tire discussions: I replaced my originals with Michelin MXV4 Plus'. They are GREAT in NH snow.
Gas Dicussions: I attempt to use the Sunoco Ultra94 to reduce the engine knocking as much as possible.
May 21, 2003 (1:46 pm)
Replaced timing belt? I thought the 2000 Maxima had a timing chain (i.e. doesn't need to be replaced).
I had virtually no repairs (other than routine maintenance, tire replacement, etc.) for the first 7 years & 115,000 miles on my 1995 Maxima. In the 25k miles since then, I've had to replace the starter ($500+/-), water pump ($500 +/-), tempurature sensor ($150 +/-), and a couple of other minor items items. Overall, still very good for nearly 140k miles. Engine power is still great and I consistently get 28-30 mpg on the highway.
I would suggest that if you had knocking going on for 50k miles, you consider having the engine checked out by a mechanic. If it's O.K. another 50k miles for you shouldn't be a problem, especially given that you drive a lot of highway miles.
#6898 of 8984 '01 SE Brakes, (auto trans) / '00 time belt?
May 21, 2003 (3:04 pm)
Hello all. First, to pathtomax - your max does not have a timing belt. It is a timing chain and should not have to be replaced for way over 87,000 miles.
OK, now re: my brakes - had the TSB on the rotors done, no questions asked at around 21,500 miles. I asked what will happen when they warp again in another 8K or so? Service said they will replace before the warranty is up if that happens. Fine. That was around 2,000 miles ago. Now, I have a scraping , crunching kind of noise after the brakes are heated up and the brake petal is half way pressed. The sound coinsides with the wheel turning, like there is a high spot somewhere. It's weird and definatly not right. Service also told me on the initial brake "visit" that my rear pads were 70 to 80% used up while the fronts only 40% or so. I am going to let service know that they should give me new pads as this shows me that there is some problem with the rear brakes which should not wear faster than the fronts. Do you agree so far? One more thing - all 4 calipers have surface rust on them. Looks crappy. Is this common on these cars?
Going in for all this Friday. By the way, other than these brake issues and the TSB on the front end part a while back, the car has really been great. Thanks much for your input.