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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#8068 of 8984 Rotors / brakes
Apr 03, 2004 (5:13 am)
I have a 1995 SE w/ 152,000 miles. Replaced the front pads twice (90,000 miles and 145,000 miles) and the rear pads once (120,000 miles). The rotors have never been touched.
A friend with a 2000 Maxima had a much worse experience. Rotors turned 1-2 times and then replaced in less than 3 years and 36,000 miles. She managed to get this covered by Nissan under warranty, and then traded the car last year.
Oddly, my 1995 Maxima has been by far the best car I have ever owned with respect to brakes (and everything else for that matter). My old 1978 Datsun B210 was the worst. And the 2-3 friends who have 2000+ Maximas have not been happy with their brake experience, and have other issues as well. Partly as a result, the only "Nissan" product that is remotely on my shopping list for a replacement sedan or SUV is the G35 6-speed, and it's near the bottom of a list that includes the TL, 330i, 530i, E320 CDI and a few others. Nothing by Nissan/Infiniti is on my SUV shopping list. But I still love my 1995 Maxima.
#8069 of 8984 Not just....
Apr 03, 2004 (10:23 am)
Rotors. On my 2k with 65,000 mi. I've replaced O2 sensors, coils, Mass Airflow sensor, LR Caliper and a fried headlight P-L-U-G.
On my wifes '02 Max. there was a safety recall for the Cam and crank angle sensors and a TSB for the rear wind noise. Depending on your VIN # , your '02 could be involved in 4 or 5 safety recalls. I feel like I live at my freakin dealer.
I would not recommend 5th . gens to ANYONE !!!
Let's hear from all you guys about how the " Made in Japan " cars are BETTER than the Smyrna Cars.
Nissan's Quality control needs serious attention.
Apr 03, 2004 (11:54 am)
I have a 2K SE - 47K miles. I had rotors warp once, and the power mirror mechanism failed and was replaced under warranty. Also replaced the transmisson control module under warranty via a service bulletin. That's all the problems I've had.
Apr 03, 2004 (4:30 pm)
On my y2k GLE, I only had to resurface the rotors after 3 years (about 33K miles), still under warranty/TSB. Then the Engine Control Module had to be reprogrammed after it started showing the Check Engine light. But the engine is starting to knock after about 40K miles. I have tried 91 octane gas, because I thought that maybe the 87-octane gas was causing it. It makes no difference. Maybe the ECM was not redone right?
#8072 of 8984 Problems ....?
Apr 03, 2004 (5:18 pm)
I have a 97 (40k miles) and 03 Max (7k miles), both are GLEs and both have been reliable and problem free. As to the 97, I have replaced two sets of brake pads and one set of tires, and that that's been it. I have yet to give the 97 a tune up, as the engine has been running flawlessly.
#8074 of 8984 I must admit...
Apr 05, 2004 (4:22 am)
that my 2k was an early build unit (April '99).
I believe there's a lesson in there somewhere!
Apr 05, 2004 (7:42 am)
but mine's a 4/2000 build date and i still have rotor problems... i doubt they changed rotor design between 99 and 2000
#8076 of 8984 knocking on regular gas
Apr 06, 2004 (4:39 am)
I don't mean to pick on norbert44, he may have his reasons for using 87 octane gas in a $25k car. Whether that has contributed to his consistent knocking problem, I'm not qualified to say.
HOWEVER, I still think this is generally the most penny-wise pound-foolish decision anyone could make. A post audit of my Maxima economics is as follows:
6,355 gallons of 93 octane premium gas
23.95 miles per gallon
$9,220.83 total gas expenditures
At an average savings of $0.10 per gallon, I would have saved $635 over the past 9.5 years (average of $67 per year). That's IF my gas mileage didn't suffer. If it dropped by 1 mile per gallon to 22.95, I would have burned an extra 277 gallons over 9.5 years at an average price of $1.35 (1.45 -0.10). As such, $374 of my savings would have been wiped out, leaving me with a whopping $261 in savings (about $27.50 per year). And I drive an above average 16,000 miles per year.
I can't honestly claim that the reason my engine runs as good as the day I bought the car is because I only burn 93 octane gas and change my oil every 4,000 miles. But I sure as hell wouldn't be "pound foolish" enough to burn 87 octane (or even 89-91) in the hopes of saving $27.50 or even $67 per year on a $25,000 car. Whatever remote chance that it could cause engine damage or lowered performance isn't worth it. Hell, you can buy a Chevy over a Maxima and save $10,000 if long term relaibility and performance isn't important to you.
I do make an effort to fill up with premium on Thursdays (6 cents off at Exxon). Proving that I'm not against getting a good deal, just against being imprudent about it.
#8077 of 8984 I agree...
Apr 06, 2004 (8:07 am)
...with habitat1. If the manufacturer is recommending premium, you can bet there's a pretty good reason.