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#2045 of 4184 re:renault
Jul 26, 2004 (2:43 pm)
No doubt there are some assembly issues directly attributable to good old American shoddy workmanship. However, there are also cheaper, lower quality parts being used, which accounts for a number of warranty issues. A good example is cheap coils and Bridgestone tires used on 2000-2003 Maximas, which were assembled in Japan.
Personally I detest cost cutting measures like introduction of low quality questionable parts in order to save money. No matter how carefully a vehicle is assembled, if you make it out of low quality parts manufactured by people who make 65 cents and hour, you are not going to have a good product. Nissan is not the only company guilty of this approach- there are many others.
Personally I much rather pay a few thousand dollars more for a well built quality vehicle. This is why I will be looking at Lexus products in the future. I already walked away from an 03 Nissan Maxima and an 04 Nissan Titan. I will not buy a new vehicle that exhibits severe wheel vibration during a test drive, or something that comes out of a factory with a fist sized paint flaw. Are you listening Carlos Ghosn?
Jul 26, 2004 (2:51 pm)
I believe I have to agree with your response. Lower quality materials are being used. It's noticeable across the line, in all Nissans. I don't like the interiors in the 04 Max and Altima (even with new for 05). I work on databases and I think the old addage "garbage in = garbage out" applies quite nicely . Cheap materials going in is going to result in quality issues. I am in need of a midsize SUV and I'm thinking Pathfinder over Murano, even though the Murano would fit my needs better and gets better mileage, because I feel the Pathfinder is still old Nissan versus new. Until 05 version anyway.
#2047 of 4184 Re: p100 [ccermak]
Jul 26, 2004 (5:13 pm)
i just bought a Highlander and like it
#2048 of 4184 Re: front end "BONG"
Jul 26, 2004 (5:34 pm)
I have a 2004 SL. I had a front end rattle at 10,000 miles that was driving me nuts.....no performance problem, just the presence of a heavy rattle in the front end while driving over minor road imperfections. Nissan knew exactly what it was when I went to the dealership....a bad front passenger-side strut. The head mechanic there said that they've seen so many of them on the 2004's that they are actuallu making money on them. Nissan pays for 1.5hrs of labor for the fix, but they get it done in about 45 minutes.
Jul 26, 2004 (5:40 pm)
Also, the 02/03 have the 6 speed manual, if you can find one as well as the xenon head lights.
No problems with my 02 SE.
Jul 26, 2004 (7:54 pm)
aggiedog-Yeah, the 6-speed sounds pretty nice. Haven't seena single one of them out here though. I testdrove the '02 with auto and was suitable impressed.
gtgray- i think all the brands have some problems; especially earlier on. Took 6 months to get the rattles out of my 02 Camry. In the end, was a service bulletin than led them to a bad weld deep under the windshield.
ccermak- I did did drive a '00 SE and an '02 SE. I was really impressed with each. The '00 had the kind of power I was used to before with my old Maxima. 58k miles and felt brand new in every respect. I do agree with you about the extra horsepower, and will likely get an 02 or 03. Yeah, I had no car payments for 7 years until I made the mistake of getting rid of my last maxima. Are you a DBA or a developer?
#2051 of 4184 Battery/Alternator
Jul 27, 2004 (6:02 am)
Bought a used '01 20th AE Maxima about 6 months ago, 28K miles, 2 weeks ago driving along, let my foot off the gas to stop for rush hour traffic and all the lights on the dash came on (Air bag light flashing, ABS, O/D light on), then the engine drops down into O/D and radio/clock/A/C goes off. Just happen to be by the dealer and drove into the service. They called me later in the day to say that it needs a battery, then they do a computer check and he says everything is fine. This all might be in my mind, but just wanted to check with the board.... when you need a new battery, does it stop in the middle of driving? I would think that the alternator should have been charging the battery enough even at driving, but with these new cars, nothing is normal anymore. Maybe something wrong with alternator?
Another thing, it feels like the car is dragging and not coasting when driving highway. I'm probably not wording properly, but it feels very tight and hesitant to just cruise along like my '96 Maxima did. It doesn't feel like the transmission is missing or slipping, but tight and not cruising smoothly? Anyone have any thoughts?
Jul 27, 2004 (6:09 am)
Actually, I'm an Essbase Administrator, dealing with OLAP cube databases. But we source our data from Oracle tables so I'm in there quite a bit as well, usually with Toad. Plus we use Informatica to move the data around. So an Informatica and Essbase developer, SQL programmer, and an Admin, but not a DBA in Oracle.
#2053 of 4184 Re: derrickm [ccermak]
Jul 28, 2004 (3:40 am)
I have a friend who does that sort of thing--I understand that it's a good skill to have!
I do .net development using Oracle, SAP, etc.--mostly salesorder entry and processing, material pricing, inventory stuff.
#2054 of 4184 Pulsing brakes on Maxima
Jul 28, 2004 (12:55 pm)
I an the original owner of a 1995 Maxima with 155K miles on it. It's been a great car with very few problems. I had major service (tune-up, etc.) done in March and no problems surfaced at that time. When I had it in for an oil change last month, the technician said the engine still looked great and I should get another 50-100K out of it. However, recently my brakes have been pulsing when coming to a normal slow speed stop, like at a stop sign. If I'm stopping a little quicker from say 30 mph, you can really feel it. I have ABS, and there is no trouble light showing on the dash. I suspect the ABS is engaging every time I brake. Has anyone else had this problem? THanks!