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#273 of 4184 SPEEDOMETER PROBLEMS
Jun 18, 2001 (3:27 pm)
I have a 1996 Nissan Maxima with 73k miles. I am having problems with the speedometer. Sometimes it will just stay at 0mph when the car is moving, and then it will "spring" back to the actual mph. This has been occurring more and more often now, and I had the dealer check out the car and they told me the problem is a bad speedometer. Also, the check engine light is on because of this as well.
I was wondering if anyone else is having similar problems, because I heard this is a common occurrence in the Maxima. Anyway, I wanted to replace it with a used one but if this is a common problem, then that's probably not a good idea since the used speedometer may also have problems.
The dealer wants $400 to replace it with a new one. Is there a cheaper way to fix this problem?
Is it possible to buy the new speedometer from the dealership and have it installed by another mechanic who charges less?? Is it that difficult to change the speedometer that it's better to have the dealership do it?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
#274 of 4184 Re: Speedometer Problems
Jun 19, 2001 (8:17 am)
I have been having the EXACT same problem with my 97 SE. At first I thought the sending unit on the trans might be bad, but after it started happening more often, I noticed that rapping on the dash above the instrument cluster caused the needle to pop up right away. I haven't looked into this any further, but it may be as simple as a short in the connector
for the instrument cluster. I don't know what a new cluster would cost, but if you replace it yourself, it would be much cheaper. Plus, Maxima.org has a list of dealers that offer a 25% discount on parts. My local dealer couldn't (or wouldn't) touch the prices I got from Courtesy Nissan for a couple of emissions sensors.
#275 of 4184 Re: Speedometer Problems
Jun 19, 2001 (9:50 am)
This is the first time I've been to Edmunds, and in an odd way its almost gratifying to see that I'm not alone with my own speedometer problem. I own a '96 SE, 120k miles, which I'm now driving in Germany (fabulous long-haul car on the autobahns by the way). The speedo has been staying pegged at zero periodically over the last 40k+ miles. I replaced the speed sensor in an attempt to see if the cheap fix would do the job...it didn't. I've heard the same $400 estimate for a new speedo unit, but am reluctant to spend that much when there's no certainty that the problem will go away permanently. The speedometer invariably works well at speeds in excess of 60 mph, so I can keep track of things on the highway. Of interest, the cruise control is good only at speeds less than about 95 mph; above that I guess Nissan rightfully figures the driver should be completely focused on the task of driving.
If anyone has any additional insight into this speedometer thing, it sounds as if there are several of us who'd be happy to hear it.
#276 of 4184 Paint/Coolant Change
Jun 19, 2001 (4:01 pm)
Greetings from Seattle -
My first post here - normally spend my time over on the Outback site - I must say they have many fewer complaints about their cars (I also have a 2000 Outback wagon).
Paint - in my opinion, the paint on my 97 Maxima has been so-so in both chip resistance and overall scuff resistance. As it is the deep evergreen(?), it shows every chip and blemish quite noticeably.
Question - took my Max (which only has 15K miles on it) to my local mechanic last year (2000) for a coolant change. He said to forget it, as it has the "permanent" (e.g., at least 5-year) type coolant from the factory. As I only currently put about 1-2K miles per year on the car, I let it go. However, based on what the owner's manual says, and my experience with other cars, I'm thinking of doing it myself this summer with the "good stuff" from Prestone (forget the exact descriptor). Opinions? Recommendations?
Finally, the "service engine soon" light illuminated last week - I plan to take it to my mechanic and have him decode it. Sounds like I might expect the O2 sensor code. Do I understand that it's recommended to install a Bosch rather than the Nissan sensor?
Other than that, it's been a great car!
#277 of 4184 95 Maxima Shift lock does not release
Jun 20, 2001 (3:52 pm)
The shift lock on my 95 Nissan Maxima does not release to shift from part to drive. I have to play with the lock for a few minutes before it would release. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what maybe causing this problem.
The problem seems to go away when the weather is warm or once the car has been driven about.
#278 of 4184 Not Sure of Transmission Oil
Jun 22, 2001 (3:23 pm)
I recently replaced the clutch in my 1988 Nissan Maxima. Does anyone know what type of oil goes in the manual transmission. 85-90? Dexron?
#279 of 4184 Any problems with engine problems,or anything major wrong?
Jun 23, 2001 (6:53 am)
I'm looking for a new car. I was all set ,and
rearing to go to get a 2001 Camry till someone
told me that it was made cheaply,but still a
reliable car,but I still want one, but was
wondering if the Maxima has any problems with
engines or it's quality of it's making such as
door handles falling off,umcomfortable seats,
glued on outdoor mirrors, e.t.c. I guess what I
am tryin to say is that I want to know about the
reliablity,and durablity,but still like the
Camrys ,and they're still a reliable car,it's
just those minor thingys ....
#280 of 4184 what's the source?
Jun 23, 2001 (7:41 am)
Who told you the Camrys are made cheaply? Have you actually test driven one? Both Toyota and Nissan are very reliable. If you like the Camry, I would recommend the LE or better instead of the bottom of the line CE. The interior materials of the CE I understand are not as nice, and maybe that's what the person meant by saying "made cheaply." In terms of integrity of body hardware, I don't think there's much difference between Nissan and Toyota. They will both hold up fine.
Speaking from experience here - I owned a Camry LE for four-plus years and liked it very much. It had a minor problem of a taillight burning out too often. There must have been some peculiar wiring glitch on that particular car, I don't think that was a common problem at all. My current Maxima is my fourth Nissan product over the last 20 years. I like it better than the Camry because it seems sportier and more fun. Also the engine of the Maxima is widely considered to be one of the best around. But from a quality standpoint, you really can't go wrong with either one.
#281 of 4184 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE Vibration problems
Jun 23, 2001 (1:41 pm)
2000 Nissan Maxima 3.0 v6 mileage: 20600. I purchased the car in October 1999. For the past several weeks of May 2001 into June 2001 I started noticing a light vibration through the steering wheel, gas pedal, and front seats. This is most noticeable at 60 mph+. I took to the dealer the first time and they indicated that the car need wheel alignment, and balancing which they did. That did not resolve the problems. The second time they replaced the rotors and told me that I need a new front tire. Did that and the problem still persists. By the way the car also vibrates when I put the foot on the brakes at over 60 mph+. The service kept said everything' has checked OK. But yet I still have the same problem. Can anyone help me, Please????????
#282 of 4184 Sounds like they're guessing...
Jun 23, 2001 (2:45 pm)
This doesn't sound good. I would try another service department or an independent mechanic, if at all possible.