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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.
#2284 of 4184 Re: 2001 Maxima [ccermak]
Feb 03, 2005 (4:54 pm)
Shortly after we purchased our 1st Nissan Maxima in July 2001, there was strong odor inside the car. As we were in Las Vegas at that time and have dirty laundry in the trunk, we attributed those smelly odor to the hot temperature plus our dirty laundry. This bad smell went away as soon as we returned to LA. Soon, this incident was totally forgotten.
Late last October, just 2 months after the manufacturer warranty expires, we paid nearly $800 to replace 2 rear oxygen sensors. Now, Jan 31, 05 one of the front sensors needs to be replaced.
We followed all the scheduled maintenance at a Nissan Dealer and it only has 33K miles--so much expensive repair so soon. So, we contacted the Nissan HQ's Consumer Affair department for assistance.
However, we have been passed around like a ball between dealer's maintenance personnel and Nissan's Consumer Affair Staff.
Wonder if we have any recourse in this case. We appreciate advise from anyone.
#2285 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [merdie]
Feb 04, 2005 (12:46 pm)
Tell these hypocrites that quite a few US states in the midwest have a speed limit of 75 MPH on their interstate highways. Last time I checked, you do not need to apply for a passport to drive in one of these states.
I am becoming more and more convinced that this company is going down the toilet very fast. I do not think they will be getting my business any time soon.
They took a great car like Maxima and turned it into a POS, because of neverending greed and using ever cheaper and lower quality parts in this car. Cheap parts + shoddy workmanship = junk
The formula above works equally well in any country, on any product.
#2286 of 4184 Re: Rattling-back window on 04 [luvmymaxie]
Feb 08, 2005 (8:43 am)
Do you hear the rarrling when sound system is on or all the time. I had the same issue when I bought my Maxima 2005 SL. I had to tak eit back to the dealership couple of times.
Even now I hear that rattling some times butwhen i opena dn close the trunk a couple of times it goes away. I normally hear the sound when I am playing a song which has more bass.
Anyways, what they did was that they replaced the insulation in the area where speakers are installed. I guess this is a problem with more than one cars.
Maybe you want to take it back to the dealership and have them check the insulation in the rear speakers and break light area.