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#2266 of 4184 Extended Warranty - after the fact
Jan 27, 2005 (11:59 am)
I picked up a 2004 SL with all the goodies in October 2004 - my 3rd Maxima. I am becoming increasingly concerned over Nissan's quality - as I have had a strut replaced, a side view mirror replaced due to faulty motor / memory mechanism, and now one of the steering wheel radio buttons is acting up. Nissan is replacing the whole steering wheel for that one (about a $3000.00 item from what I'm told). The car has 18,000 miles and is still under warranty.
Has anyone purchased an extended warranty FROM NISSAN (not one of the independent services I receive daily spam about)on a vehicle this long after the original purchase? What can expect to pay for that? (i.e. - I don't really expect to pay full price - I realize that extended warranties can be had at roughly 50% the first price the dealershipos give you when you negotiate the price of a vehicle.) Thanks!!
#2267 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coils [karen p]
Jan 27, 2005 (2:17 pm)
It may be the time that you might need to learn how to read the code and change these faulty ignition coils. It could save you alot of $$$. The link below is an sample of how to get the flash code.
I also bought a Haynes Repair Book for Maxima. Changing a ignition coils is not really hard. I changed one of my coils instead of the dealer wanted to changed all six. Yet, I have been driving for 30k and have yet seen the problem again. When you buy a new replacing coil, make sure that the part number on the new remanufactured coil different than the part number of the orginal old coil. Tell the dealer allows you to look up on his computer database or catalog... I believe that the new one has the last number with "2" where the original one is "1"
#2268 of 4184 Rattling-back window on 04
Jan 28, 2005 (11:16 am)
I purchased my 04 SE when they came out in the Spring of 2003. I only have 9500 miles on it....drive our huge F-250 diesel on trips....anyway for about 6 months now I get a rattling sound coming from the back window area? At first my husband and I thought it was because the brake light cover was not secure and hitting the window after having the windows tinted? But, it is secure. Anyone else having this problem? Thanks for any ideas? Yes, it will go to the dealership if we cannot find the problem.
#2269 of 4184 Re: Rattling-back window on 04 [luvmymaxie]
Jan 28, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Might save a trip to the dealer if one of you drives while the other sits in the back seat and see if you can track down the source.
#2270 of 4184 Re: Dashboard flim [redsono93]
Jan 29, 2005 (5:00 pm)
I made the same mistake with my 00 Maxima. I believe the owners manual warns against using any type of cleaners on the cover. There's really nothing you can do about it besides replacing it with a new one if its really bothering you.
#2271 of 4184 Re: Rattling-back window on 04 [alcan]
Jan 30, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Yep, my husband sat in the back seat and cannot pin point the noise. He is going to get into the truck and check and see if there is anything loose around the speakers? When I'm seating in the driver's seat, to me it sounds like it is coming from the brake cover? Hopefully we can find it. It is driving me up the wall!
#2272 of 4184 Re: Rattling-back window on 04 [luvmymaxie]
Jan 31, 2005 (2:49 am)
When I was an apprentice I used to get driven around in car trunks with a flashlight listening for noises while one of the licensed techs drove. It pinpointed lots of rattles and squeaks, but not the hot setup if you have motion sickness. LOL
#2273 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coils [hdao]
Jan 31, 2005 (7:42 am)
Wow, I just entered the forum and was blown away by all the folks that have had ignition coil problems with their Maximas! I'm in the same boat!
I had all six coils changed 36,000 miles. The dealership treated the service as if under warranty. A year later #2 coil went bad. I paid for replacement. 10 months later #6 coil went bad. So I replaced that coil and remaining four. I've spent over $700 total for repairs! Thanks for link to determine service engine warning and ECU code diagnosis. I will not take car to dealership for repair if it happens again. Seems as though Nissan should offer a recall with this many people experiencing the same problems!
#2274 of 4184 Re: Extended Warranty - after the fact [gtgray]
Jan 31, 2005 (3:40 pm)
I purchased a Nissan Certified used '99 Maxima in 2001 and went ahead and picked up the Nissan extended warranty while I was at it. Funny thing is, I never had anything happen with the car while it was under warranty (other than brake pads and the usual regular maintenance). I now have just over 100K miles on the car and some things have started happening (timing chain tensioners have failed, drive axles needed replacement)...but alas, my warranty expired at 100K. I've seen people say it's not worth the money or you can bargain the price down.
However, I say if you can get the price on the warranty dropped and have it included in your financing, why not buy it...at the very least for the peace of mind. I know it helped me rest easier at night knowing that if the engine dropped out of the car for some reason, it would be covered.
#2275 of 4184 '99 Maxima Timing Chain Issues
Jan 31, 2005 (3:56 pm)
Ok...let me start by saying I'm a poor college student needing the ultimate in car advice right now. First off, my '99 Nissan Maxima has been in the shop for a little over two weeks now. The first issue was new drive axles. They were quite noisy...lots of bad noises when turning. After those were replaced, my mechanic indicated that he heard a noise that indicated to him my timing chain was slipping. His shop got down to the timing chain and said that the tensioners on the chain were not working properly. Thus, the chain slipped. Does this sound unusual for a '99 Nissan Maxima with a little over 100K miles? I'll admit, this car has been driven very hard...lots of road trips, etc.
Secondly, I told him to go ahead and continue looking at the engine and before I know it, he's sent my heads out for re-machining (without even telling me or asking before-hand). Why would those need to be re-machined and is it plausible that it was caused by a timing chain issue?