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#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?
#2276 of 4184 100,000 milers
Jan 31, 2005 (4:30 pm)
To both of you who have Maxes with over 100,000 miles: they are going to need things. CV boots split, timing chains loosen, batteries die. Older cars with lots of miles cost money; the question is, how much and how often? If you haven't had much problems up to now, that's a good sign and all you can go by.
Jan 31, 2005 (6:56 pm)
I have always wanted a nissan maxima but the cost was outrageous. I have found a used one that is a 2001 and has 104,000 miles one owner I am carrying it tomorrow to have my machanic look it over. I have been reading alot of bad things about maximas that scare me. I was told to make sure to have the timing belt or chain checked. Is there anything else that I should have checked before I decide to buy the car.
Jan 31, 2005 (10:23 pm)
The most common failures on an 01 Maxima are going to be the coils, 02 sensors, MAF sensors, tranny and the brakes. Beyond that, they're pretty solid and should go 150k easy. I've got 75K on my 2000 and so far needed an 02 sensor and an altenator. That's it, nothing else, not even brake pads yet at 75K!! Yes, you heard me, I'm on original brakes, pads and all, at 75K. Had them inspected recently and mechanic was astonished and said don't think twice until summer, and the rears are more worn than the fronts.
#2279 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [luvmymaxie]
Feb 01, 2005 (10:36 am)
SO true about the struts...I had mine replaced last week after less than 2 months on my '04 SE, roughly 4300km.
The shimy I have felt as well but only around 80-100km/h (50-60 miles/hr) and the tires were caked with snow. Very cold out as well. -24 degC.
The only other things about mine that are suspect are the mysterious water dripping from the upper console (sunglasses holder) and the cloth on my headrest un-stitching. The dealer has given me no reason to complain about them though. Very helpful, so far.
#2280 of 4184 seat adjustment
Feb 02, 2005 (7:54 am)
I HAVE A 2005 MAXIMA SL WHEN MY OTHER HALF DRIVES AND LEAVES THE CAR THE SEAT ONLY GOES BACK AUTOMATICALLY A LITTLE AMOUNT MAKING IT HARD FOR ME TO GET IN SHE IS SHORTER THEN ME . IS THERE ANYWAY TO SET THIS UP TO GO BACK MORE WHEN THE CAR IS TURNED OFF TOM
#2281 of 4184 Re: Extended Warranty - after the fact [gtgray]
Feb 02, 2005 (8:02 pm)
gtgray - trust me, getting the extended warranty won't help - I know from experience. I own a 2001 SE. I purchased the extended 100k mile warranty while the car was new. While owning my Max has been an overall positive experience, trying to make a warranty claim was a dismal experience - the extended warranty will not cover most of the parts that will break (I'll mention why in a second), and the dealership and Nissan will try to squirm out of any claims that could be honored otherwise. Total cost of repairs for my Maxima - $1500. Total covered by warranty - $0. Brake rotors (a common problem for my model), air control valve, ECU reprogram (a problem from the factory), wind noise, front axle nuts were lose (from the factory),...the list goes on.
Nissan will not offer an all-inclusive or bumper to bumper extended warranty. Instead, they'll present an impressive looking list of components they will cover. Don't be fooled - most of the items are repeated 2 or 3 times on the list. Keep in mind that Nissan retains a database from each dealer on what models have what problems. They use that information in many ways, one of which is to statistically predict which components may fail in the next 100,000 miles. Also keep in mind, they wouldn't offer to sell the extended warranty if they didn't think they could make money on it. Another trick - the extended warranty will also only cover labor if a part is replaced (which is why they wouldn't pay for the ECU reflash or axle nuts). The dealership made a couple of extra bucks off of me from that one!
If you're seriously concerned about the quality of your vehicle, you might want to trade it in for another vehicle. I love my Nissan, but I won't buy another due to the lack of customer service.
#2282 of 4184 P100 , need info..
Feb 03, 2005 (5:23 am)
I've got a 2k Max. with 73,000 mi. on it. At 35,000 I had the front rotors turned because they were warped. I now need to replace the front pads. I will also probably replace the rotors.
Do you know what the minimum rotor thickness is ?
How much material is normally removed to true up a rotor ( .020 in., .030 in.) ?? I know it will vary but approx. how much material will be removed if the rotor is warped ? I know, it depends on how bad the rotor is but, just give me a ballpark number if you can. Thanks in advance !!
#2283 of 4184 Re: Extended Warranty - after the fact [zoner1]
Feb 03, 2005 (9:27 am)
Zoner1 - Thanks for your input - food for thought. The truth is...I love this car - except for the few annoyances and the crappy turning radius (I still can't park it straight!)
I was looking to get extended warranty because I'm either keeping it for the long haul...or handing it over to my mother (1996 Maxima GLE w/ cold start problem) and checking out a TL. Maybe Honda's quality is still up to snuff. Boy....I'll miss my heated steering wheel, though.