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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#752 of 8984 HELP
Jan 03, 2001 (6:14 pm)
I have a 1996 maxima and been really happy with it until yesterday. It hasn't been really given me any major problems. I have 63000 miles on it and have been serviced at the dealer regularly. Two days ago I have a hard time starting my car. Finally I started it after 5 minutes, but the "CHECK" light stayed on. I took it in to the dealer and the service manager told me that since I did not purchase the extended warranty, I would have to pay for the whole thing---which is some type of emission control/electrical module which will cost me $2500+ parts and labor. Needless to say, I am in shock. He proceeded to tell me that it seems like lately he has seen a lot of 95-97 models which have the same type of problems. But Nissan realized the problem but has not done a massive recall. He said that if I don't fix the problem, my car will be eventually stalled completely when stopping...I wonder if anyone out there had experiemced the same problem I have. I really don't know what to proceed. I think it is terrible to hit with a $2500 bill unexpectedly. THNAKS>
Jan 03, 2001 (8:10 pm)
The service manager told you all that BEFORE he even plugged the computer in to do a diagnostic?
I would go elsewhere to get a second opinion.
Jan 03, 2001 (8:44 pm)
As a current owner of a Y2K Max SE and several previous year Maxs, I may be able to shed some light on your problem.
I had a 95 Max that experienced poor or no starting occasionally. One day, the car didn't start at all and I had to have it towed to a Nissan dealer. When attempting to start it, I could hear the starter trying to do its thing, but it just wouldn't fire up. I thought the problem was related to engine flooding or fuel cut off. Anyway, the dealer had a TSB on the problem and it recommended several possible remmedies. Only one of them was covered under Nissan's standard warranty - the computer control module - which I had replaced. My Max had about 42K miles on it when this was done. Also, there is a starter replacement that apparently has more teeth and gives better performance than original factory issue (although they may have started to put this replacement starter on the 96s). There was one other thing they could try to resolve the problem, but I forget what it was and didn't have it done anyway.
Typically, I encountered the problem when my Max was started after having been previously started and run for only a short time (say less than a minute). Example: washing a cold Max in the driveway, then strating it up to put it in the garage. Next start, might have the problem. One thing I remember that the TSB stated was to try holding the gas pedal to the floor and attempt to start it, which is not the normal method of starting. Basically, this method of starting is used for flooded engines. Anyway, the engine control module replacement did in fact solve the problem except for one other instance afterwards, which I resolved by using the flooded engine starting procedure.
Check with your dealer or zone rep concerning this TSB and whether you could be covered or serviced in some way without cost to you. Also, if your situation is similar to mine, maybe try the flooded engine procedure (at home, or have AAA on standby) and see if that helps. Good luck.
#756 of 8984 HELP
Jan 03, 2001 (9:01 pm)
Thanks, HOOKEDONCARS & CANADIANCL for the info.
#757 of 8984 bkso, Hookedoncars, and Canadiancl
Jan 03, 2001 (10:09 pm)
I am having the exact same problem bkso described in post #720, except mine is a 1997 (although I don't think that matters)
Thanks for the posts in response... went to 2 dealers 3 months ago and neither one helped or said they knew anything about this problem showing up in other Maxis. I'm taking it back as soon as I can and I'm going to see what they can/will do.
Thanks again, and I will try to post if my problem is resolved.
(bkso, I would greatly appreciate it if you would also post another message if your situation is resolved.)
#758 of 8984 When to do first oil change?
Jan 04, 2001 (4:00 am)
I have just over 1K miles on my 2001 GLE. I've seen some posts recommending that the first oil change be done at 1K miles. Others say it's not necessary. I took the car to the dealership & asked for oil change. The shop foreman said they would do it if I wanted it but he also said that it wasn't necessary until 3K miles because of an additive that the dealership put in when they received the car from the factory.
What is the value of doing the first oil change at 1K? Is it necessary? I want to keep my baby in great shape. I love her! (I sure do miss Joe Nissan!)
#759 of 8984 Patero
Jan 04, 2001 (5:03 am)
According to Joe, Nissan puts no special additives into the oil. Many here have changed their oil after the first 1,000 miles. I waited until nearly 3,000 and put in Mobil 1 myself. If you do it yourself (sounds like you won't) you will find the factory installed filter will not come off easily.
20012kse, did it ever occur to you that gregg has a separate name for home and office? He doesn't try to hide his identity!
Jan 04, 2001 (5:08 am)
The reason for doing your first oil change at 1K miles is to remove the break in metal filings from your motor. The oil is still fine, but it has unwanted break in material floating around in it, but it most likely will get filtered out by your oil filter. I did my first oil change at 1000 miles, it can't hurt. It's good cheep insurance and it will make you feel beter and be good for your new Maxima.
#761 of 8984 jonesie - factory options
Jan 04, 2001 (8:03 am)
VIN does not give you any information on factory-installed options. However, any dealer connected to the Nissan system (which should be all of them) can easily find out which car has what options installed by looking it up electronically.
Furthermore, any changes done to the car, including maintenance, BY THE DEALER, are recorded in the Nissan system.