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#1556 of 4184 Coil problems
Oct 23, 2003 (9:49 am)
Our mechanic charged us $500.00 for 2 coil replacement (at 43,000 miles). And problems didn't desapear. Then dealer replaced all coils on our Maxima 99 and charged us $500.00 more. We payed $1000 total fixing known problem. No new nissans for us any more. And now I see proud owners of 2000-2003 Maxima having same problems. Ha-ha-ha! Nissan is great in hiding problems, selecting scrap part manufacturers, forcing thousands customers to pay BIG Money for their crap.
#1557 of 4184 coil problems
Oct 23, 2003 (5:52 pm)
If your mechanic charged you $ 500 for replacement of two coils, he ripped you off royally. Here is the cost of parts: $ 70 per coil (I checked couple of weeks ago with the Nissan dealer, the quote was for the 98 model, which uses identical coils as the 99 model). It takes a person like me exactly half hour to replace all six coils (I did change my spark plugs recently which necessitates removal and reinstallation of coils). So for two coils, 10 minutes. The cost of parts $ 150 plus local tax. $ 350 for 10 minutes worth of work? Even if your mechanic checked the coils with an ohmmeter, this would not justify such an outrageous fee.
It is true that Nissan should have recalled their vehicles and upgrade the coils for free. VW and Audi did recalll about 300,000 vehicles for the same reason recently. I have not had any problems with coils on the 98 Maxima with 71K miles yet but I will not be surprised if I have to fork over $ 420 for new coils pretty soon.
Oct 24, 2003 (4:39 am)
I think the cars that are affected the most are the 2000-2001 model year Maximas. Earlier models and 2002+ models seem to have this problem quite infrequently. You may be ok with your '98 Maxima.
Oct 24, 2003 (5:02 am)
Another alternative could be to try and find an owner of a 2004 (2001-2003's?) Maxima (with the 17" wheels) and see if you could trade wheels and tires?
You might even end up with some extra cash out of the deal and it would add an additional 1/2 of rubber between your wheel and the road.
I recall the same issue surfacing when the 00 Maxima's came out originally with 16" wheels on the SE. A few months into production Nissan made 17" standard on the SE and there were quite a few drivers wanting to swap.
Some wanted the 17'looks and didn't care so much about the stiffer ride and some wanted the better ride and were willing to give up a bit in looks.
Oct 24, 2003 (7:10 am)
I wonder if the Pathfinder coils would fit/work. I haven't heard of any problems with them (2001 model and on). Same basic engine. Same coil over plug design.
#1561 of 4184 1993 maxima brake light fuse
Oct 26, 2003 (11:00 am)
insert new 15 amp fuse & hit brake pedal & the fuse blows. tried several & they just keep blowing. any ideas out there ??
#1562 of 4184 96 maxima SE when can I expect to start having problems
Oct 27, 2003 (9:03 am)
I have a 96 Maxima SE, 109K miles. Stick shift, recent clutch change. No major problems yet but since it is over 100K miles and the car is getting old, was wondering till when can I expect to drive this car relatively trouble-free. Hoping to get some feedback from owners of similar vintage as well as others.
#1563 of 4184 91 Maxi $126K miles / 200K+kms
Oct 27, 2003 (9:08 am)
I expect it to last to about 250-300kms w/no issues. As long as you maintain it properly, don't worry too much.
PS My Protege is also great BTW
#1564 of 4184 93 Maxima brake light fuse
Oct 27, 2003 (8:42 pm)
There are several possibilities:
1. Defective brake light switch located under the brake pedal. The switch could be shorting to ground internally when activated. The best way to determine if the switch is shorting to ground is to bypass the switch by disconnecting the leads from it and jumpering the leads to complete the circuit. If the fuse does not blow, then the switch has a short.
2. If bypassing the switch test still blows the fuse, you may have a brake light wiring short somewhere downstream of the brake switch, shorting to ground becuase of damaged insulation. Trace the wires from the switch if the switch turns out not to be faulty.
#1565 of 4184 Tire size and ride
Oct 28, 2003 (4:27 pm)
I have an 02 Maxima SE. I recently upsized my tires to the 225/55/17 (instead of the 225/50/17) and I think the ride quality is NOTICEABLY IMPROVED. Granted, I switched to a grand touring tire instead of a sport tire but these tires corner even better than those horrid RE 92s.
Bumps aren't as harsh, pavement changes are less noticeable, and the ride is quieter (so much so that I notice I have the rear window air leaks that there is a TSB for).