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You are in the Nissan Maxima
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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Dec 24, 2003 (4:19 pm)
You can go to any Autozone and they can do the same check free of cost. They will tell you what the codes are and you can look up the codes on the internet.
I have a 1999 Maxima which had the SES light come on at around 40K miles. I had to change ALL the 6 ignition coils. Nissan America paid for the Labor and I had to pay for the parts. But the car has been running flawless since. I heard that the ignition coils are a fairly common problem on the Maxima.
Dec 24, 2003 (11:19 pm)
aristotle, how did you get Nissan to pay for the labor?? i find it impossible to get Nissan to pay for anything..especially these dealerships in NYC..they're all about making a dime ..and dont really care about customer satification
Dec 27, 2003 (5:15 pm)
The dealer in Colorado Springs is no different. He refused to do anything free of cost. I called Nissan Consumer affairs (800-647-7261) and complained hard about the problem. They offered to pay for repair with great reluctance. The dealer makes a tidy profit on the parts which almost offsets the waiver of the labor charges.
If you are closer to the 36000 miles your chances are better. Also if you have been loyal to Nissan corporation by having bought more than one Nissan vehicle in the past that will help you even more. They also look for whether you do scheduled maintenance at the dealership. Others have had better luck than me. Nissan America has paid for both parts and labor. But they don't treat everyone equally. Loyalty factor and where the maintenance is done have a strong bearing on how far they'd go to help you. But be polite with them or else they won't pay a penny. That is what I found after trying different approaches.
Dec 29, 2003 (10:24 am)
Good luck on your search..but I have to disagree with some previous post. I just hit 100,000 miles on my 2000 SE. I have put no real money into the car except maybe one or 2 brake jobs, 1 set of tires, a new windshield (stone) and fluid changes. Other than that, it has been a very reliable car and I drive the heck out of it every day.
My only issues have been paint chipping, engine knocking (later models have the fixed coils) and a small rattle from the dash. This car is by far the best car I have owned. And for the $22K I paid, it was the best value around. It's a shame the new model is so much more money...
#7727 of 8984 Extended Warranty
Dec 30, 2003 (6:16 am)
I got an offer from Nissan to purchase a 36,000 miles or 3 year (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper warranty for $1,890. I am currently out of warranty at 55K miles on my 2001 GLE.
At the rate I am putting miles right now the warranty will be good for about 1.5 years (until I reach 91K miles). I am thinking of declining the offer. Does anyone here think otherwise?
Dec 30, 2003 (8:28 am)
$1900 for 18months of warranty? i don't think that's such a good deal.. you probably won't have any major issues (besides brakes,etc) until well over 100,000 miles...
if i were you, i would take the chance that the car won't have $1900 worth of repairs in the next 18months.... also factor in how much repairs have you had done since you had the car up to this point..
i think if you have a max that's fairly reliable for the first 50k miles, you'll have the same level of reliability at least until 100k miles
Dec 30, 2003 (11:09 am)
kyleknicks - yes, thanks. That was exactly my thinking. I've had only one failure so far in 55K miles - an O2 sensor that was fixed under warranty. Everything else was maintenance (and cutting warped rotors - pain in the neck!!!).
#7730 of 8984 "extended warrenty" or customer shakedown
Dec 30, 2003 (2:44 pm)
Lets say you had the dealer replace all the ignition coils and the O2 sensors. At the stealer (err dealer) rates. That's $720 for coils and $400 or so for O2 sensors (these are the only parts I've seen commonly fail). Total of $1120. This is not likely to happen twice in 18 months! So I'd say the warrenty is not worth it (as usual - why would they offer a warrenty they would loose money on anyway).
They "offered" me an extended warrenty a year ago as my 3 year one was running out. No costs were mentioned though so I don't consider that an offer! I tore it up and "recycled" it.
#7731 of 8984 sgrd0q/Warranty
Dec 31, 2003 (8:36 am)
I believe you have a pretty firm grip on the
I believe I'd ask myself......."assuming worst case
scenario, what potentially will be the return on
each dollar invested in this warranty considering
the overall reliability of the Max over the period
Almost $1900.00 will pay for quite a bit of maint.