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#2214 of 4184 Re: 2004 Maxima SL Problems [rindge]
Dec 25, 2004 (2:03 pm)
"Maybe it is not made for the cold weather".
No. It is a Japanese car formerly made in Japan, now completely redesigned for 2004 and manufactured in a newly built plan in the US for the first time. I do not buy first year newly redesigned models, ESPECIALLY if they start production in the US for the first time. Ford Escort, VW rabbit, and Mercedes ML320 are good examples of dismal quality produced out of US plants during the first year of production. There are quite a few problems with Nissan Armada and Titan traucks quality as well.
When a vehicle undergoes major redesign, you are always taking risks, until all major bugs are worked out. Even Hondas and Toyotas suffer from the new redesign syndrome.
#2215 of 4184 Not made for cold weather?
Dec 26, 2004 (9:34 am)
Can't attest to the '04s or '05s, but our '01 is making it through our major ice storm like a champ. Right now it's the only functioning car and has been travelling ice-covered roads daily. It was buried under 8 inches of snow and ice, and one back door was frozen initially but thawed out after we ran it for awhile. I'd talk to your dealer ASAP because it should be performing better than you describe.
#2216 of 4184 Hard starting 2K Maxima
Dec 26, 2004 (2:13 pm)
Car only has 22K on it and sits in garage but driven every other day about 50 miles. Runs very well and it is maintained well. Recently would not start but sounded like it just wouln't catch. AAA came and he kept cranking it and it finally started. Told me nothing wrong, just the cold from the cement garage floor penetrated the fuel injectors and drained them of gas. Runs well. Keep tank full. He rec. using a fuel injector additive like STP occ. Anyone ever heard of such a thing? Can't argue success. Also there is what looks like a grounding wire hanging under the car that should be attched to the body...anyone ever notice same??
#2217 of 4184 Re: Hard starting 2K Maxima [heart2]
Dec 27, 2004 (5:20 pm)
"...just the cold from the cement garage floor penetrated the fuel injectors and drained them of gas".
And the cold from the cement garage floor penetrated the tires and drained them of air...
Seriously, your probable cause is just water condensation in the tank. Try some gas drier in your gas tank.
#2218 of 4184 Re: Hard starting 2K Maxima [heart2]
Dec 28, 2004 (10:48 am)
I had a similar problem when I first bought the car home from the dealership.Eventually, they found out that the fuel pump that caused the car to have a hard start up. Good-Luck
#2219 of 4184 Re: NISSAN MAXIMA SE WONT STAY ON
Dec 28, 2004 (7:35 pm)
We bought a 2001 nissan maxima with 72,000 miles a couple a months ago ran fine then one day dies out in the middle of traffic took it to the shop they first say its the air intake valve then they say its the ecm which basically is the brian of the engine its the computer of the car put 700.00 dollars into it now it needs 1300.00 more to fix the computer. can anyone help what should we do thank you
#2220 of 4184 RE: RAFA - 01 max dies
Dec 30, 2004 (10:14 am)
I take it you are out of any warranty with the seller. It would not hurt to ask, good dealerships will work with you to preserve their reputation and at least give a discount to repairs.
Your message is light on details but it seems like you are saying the ECM need to be replaced. This is a possibility, but I'd have Autozone or someone check the trouble codes stored on the computer, perhaps you are having trouble with a sensor or something. It also appears your shop is guessing if they don't know the difference between a valve and the ECM not working. There are diagnostics they can run to check each system.
I have a 00 and its been a good car, get it fixed and enjoy.
#2221 of 4184 95 Nissan Maxima HELP!!!!
Dec 30, 2004 (10:57 pm)
Hi! Just drove my car from Maryland to Portland, OR and of course have a multitude of problems some of which I have fixed. Could someone help with these PLEASE!
1. There is a metal on metal scraping nose about 80% of the time the car is moving (use to be a low groaning noise). Could this just be a timing belt issue? What would cause this noise and how can I fix it?
2. How do you change head lights?
3. How do you change the air filter?
4. My engine light is forever on. Since 95 Nissan Maxima's can't be given emissons test with the light on (and I have changed nox, O2, and everything!) what is the easiest way to make the engine light magically turn off temporarily? i.e. seperate the fuse for all dash board lights? Pull the bulb out (but this I think has to be done through the dash?)
5. My front wheel makes a sputtering noise (I think) may this have anything to do with the sprokets?
Sigh...please help! I should have been a automechanic major in colleg...lot of good neuroscience did me...ARGH!
#2222 of 4184 Re: 95 Nissan Maxima HELP!!!! [docr]
Dec 31, 2004 (8:35 am)
I suspect #1 and #5 maybe the same issue, brakes. Have you had them checked?
The 95 Maxima doesn't have a timing belt, it has a timing chain which should be good for ~200,000k. How many miles are on your car?
Instructions on changing the headlight bulb are in the owner's manual. Did you get one? It's simple as access is from the back of the headlight fixture in side the engine compartment.
The check engine light is telling you something is worng. Take it to an Autozone store and have them read the error codes and they can tell you what to start checking first (for free).
One of the most common problems with 95-99 maximas was filling them with gas and either having the engine running while you filled up or not having a good seal with the gas cap.
Seriously, autozone is a great place to start fixing what's wrong, not just turning off the check engine light (which they can do also).
#2223 of 4184 Re: Nissan Maxima RPM issue [jme20002]
Jan 02, 2005 (5:05 pm)
I have a 2004 Maxima SL that I have owned for 5 months and went to the dealership today to trade it in. I have 28,000 miles, and am completely disgusted. This is my FOURTH Maxima...and have never had such problems. All my previous Maxima's went well over 180,000 miles with no problems.
The biggest problem is my transmission. It has been to Nissan 3 times since October. The first 2 times they replaced 1 sensor, and the last time they told me that they were working with Nissan engineers to diagnose the problem. Basically, it shifts hard, squeaks between 2nd and 3rd gear, but the worst problem was I would get stuck in 1st gear after stopping at a stop light. It would rev up and would not shift out of 1st gear. I would have to pull over, shut the car off, and turn it back on. They replaced 2 sensors, and told me that there are 2 other Maximas in the country that have the same problem.
The second time it went to Nissan, they also had to replace the struts...and unknown to me...they also replaced the radiator, as they said it was leaking.
This morning, my sunroof wouldn't open. I am done, and will probably be trading it in this week. I truly feel I have a lemon.