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#2708 of 4184 Re: Shell V-Power and low fuel mileage??? [gchu5]
Jul 05, 2005 (9:41 pm)
Another thing that I noticed was that when using 92 octane gasoline, revving engine becomes a lot easier. In fact, I had to consciously not to overstep in order not to revv engine in high 3 ~ 4 thousand RPM range in lower gears (1st and 2nd gear).
Is this normal? This is the first time that I own a performance car (a new 2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE). I am not sure if what I observe is expected.
I also noticed that when using 89 or less octane gasoline, it is not as easy to revv the engine in lower gears, as say, using 92 octane gasoline.
#2709 of 4184 Re: Shell V-Power and low fuel mileage??? [gchu5]
Jul 06, 2005 (1:48 pm)
I don't remember anything about avoiding gasolines with high detergent. I do know that some new models like your car would suggest not using fuel injectors, etc. I would only say that if your manual says not to use fuel with high amounts of additvies, then you should follow your manual, it's always the best advice. Now personally for me, I would never use lower than a 89 octane. If you keep using 89 and notice pinging or knock noises, switch to premium for a couple of applications, though i believe it'll be rare. Even though the prices for gas is off the roof, premium fuel is always the best for our cars because higher octane burns more SLOWLY thats why high compression cars like ourselves need these premium fuels. Now it doesn't hurt to go from premium back down to 89, you're just not running as good and powerful as you could be. Using the recommended premium fuel, it causes slower burn allowing the gas to be more resistant to pressure, meaning it can be compressed more before it explodes on its own without the spark. If you degrade from 92 to 89, it CAN to a point cause your ECU to notice the degraded octane and retard timing, thus less power output and sluggish pedal feet. Remember to use only Top Tier Gas: you can find these gas at Shell, QuickTrip, Chevron,etc. www.toptiergas.com
#2710 of 4184 02 Maxima Air Flow Sensor
Jul 07, 2005 (8:32 am)
My '02 Max stalled out on the way home a few days ago. Turns out that they have to replace the mass air flow sensor - to the tune of $800. Ouch. Naturally I'm just out of warranty - 3 yrs, 2 months and 41,000 miles. Pretty hefty bill for a pretty young car. I'm not too happy about it.
But anyway, the symptoms were that it would start up and then almost immediately stall out, in case anyone else encounters it.
#2711 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [kjhuck]
Jul 07, 2005 (11:30 am)
There is a Technical Service Bulletin put out by Nissan for the 2004 Maxima, 04-085, that says how they are supposed to fix the shimmy. It involves match mounting the tires and then match mounting them to the hubs. I finally had it with them and was going to go to a Lemon Law. The car is now in the shop. Nissan engineers came out and think the only way to solve the problem is to replace the whole front end steering with a 2005 steering rack which they are doing with factory techs today. You have to get on these people or they will blow you off. The service rep. tried to tell me it was a high performance car and that all of them have a shimmy.
#2712 of 4184 Maxima 2004 Rear break problems
Jul 09, 2005 (7:35 am)
Just had a complete overhaul done on my rear breaks for my Maxima 2004 after less than 27000 miles, break pads, discs, 485$ worth!
Has anyone ever had this issue?
#2713 of 4184 Using hydraulic floor jack
Jul 09, 2005 (10:29 am)
Anyone know where the jack points would be on a 2001 maxima if I juse a hydraulic floor jack rather than the factory jack? My hydraulic jack has basically a small deep plate so it won't match up with the recommended jack points.
#2714 of 4184 Re: engine roams [dwill_22]
Jul 09, 2005 (10:27 pm)
I too have experienced the mysterious bumping/vibration pulse sensation at stoplights in my 99 Maxima SE at 57,000 miles. In my experience the problem occurs when the car is in reverse or drive and is worst when the air conditioner is running. I have had it checked several professional technicians and none will give me a straight answer as to the exact cause. Two months ago, I had a service engine light come on after experiencing the problem for several weeks. The code indicated a bad rear O2 sensor which I replaced myself. Thankfully, I have not experienced the vibration problem after replacing the O2 sensor. Before that, it was driving me crazy! Does anyone know for sure if a bad O2 sensor could cause these vibration pulses? It appears from my surfing that this problem is not unusual for Maximas of this vintage. It seems like someone out there should know by now exactly what this problem is by now! Please share your wisdom!
#2716 of 4184 Re: 2001 Maxima reliability? [kagedude]
Jul 12, 2005 (5:02 pm)
I was wondering how you made out with 800-Nissan1. I am having trouble with O2 sensors code p0141. I had them replaced and the computer reprogrammed. Then the SES returned the next day. They dealer said it was a "ghost" code and to call if it comes on again. Sure enough, the next day it came back on. They replaced the O2 sensors again but still the SES light comes back. Now they want to start looking into the wiring harness, etc, to see why the trouble won't go away. I am fearful this will never end.
#2717 of 4184 Re: Hesitation during driving. [highroller]
Jul 12, 2005 (6:00 pm)
Air filter is inspected and cleaned (if needed) every 3k miles. Over kill for a K&N but it is habit.