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#2938 of 4184 Expectations in years 3-5
Oct 24, 2005 (6:00 am)
I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima that was purchased in summer of 02 (first 03 sold in the city actually). Since the car's factory warranty was only 3yr/36k, I am no longer under warranty protection and did not buy an extended warranty. Increased fuel costs combined with an upcoming transition into a sales role has made me consider trading in for something with better gas mileage (getting between 15.5-17.5 MPG depending on season - mostly city/suburban driving). However, the fact that I've already seen most of the depreciation on the car has made me hesitant to dump it since years 3-5 tend to be where most of the value is found in a vehicle (up front depreciation has already rolled off, residual depreciation per year reduced significantly going forward). So the $64k question is how reliable can I expect the car to be in the next 2-3 years? If I keep a car that will start to eat up repairs, I lose, but if I trade in what would have been a highly reliable car and start all over, I also lose.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
#2939 of 4184 92 nisan maxima se
Oct 24, 2005 (5:08 pm)
my nissan will surge while holding the gas to the floor rpm goes up then down then will go away and run fine for 2 or 3 mins then statrs surging again any ideas??
#2940 of 4184 Maxima Transmission and Coolant
Oct 24, 2005 (7:13 pm)
I have a 1991 Maxima with auto transmission and it was working fine, I noticed that it's transmission fluid level has increased, initially I removed some of it and brought it to level by thinking that mechanic has made a mistake, then next day it was again high, then I noticed that it was probably a seal leakage and coolant was mixing with transmission fluid. In between that I noticed that gears have started slipping too. But they work, it only happens when fluid/transmission gets warmer. I have stopped using the vehicle.
Can any one give me an idea what would be the cost of fixing that leakage, as one mechanic told me it will be around $1500-2000. So I have not dared to go to another one so far.
Some one on the forum told me that I can import a used transmission from Japan and the whole cost would be less than $1000 including labor etc. But I have yet to get the name of the company which imports parts.
Any other ideas?
#2941 of 4184 Re: Maxima Transmission and Coolant [abha]
Oct 25, 2005 (6:21 am)
Did your coolant level go down? I am not a mechanic, but I doubt that it's possible for coolant to get into your transmission. Also, I think it's easier to find a used low-mileage transmission at a junk yard, than to have one shipped from Japan. There's a web site, car-parts.com, that gives you a way to search a lot of junk yards' inventory. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
#2942 of 4184 Re: Maxima Transmission and Coolant [just_phil]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 25, 2005 (6:39 am)
Yeah it can. Your automatic trans is cooled by your car's radiator, which has a separate tank for recirculating a/t fluid around the radiator. If the wall between the two tanks leaks, then you have this problem.
Anyway, have the radiator tested by all means or the problem will re-occur.
#2944 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy /vibrations [jvel7]
Oct 27, 2005 (5:53 pm)
Did you get your brake rotors checked for the shimmy? The brake rotors seem to go bad fast on these cars. They need recalls for the rotors, the struts and transmission!
#2945 of 4184 05' MAXIMA TRANSMISSION
Oct 28, 2005 (7:29 am)
PURCHASED AN 05 MAXIMA TWO MONTHS AGO. DRIVING AROUND TOWN THE TRANS SHIFTING IS WAY TOO EXCESSIVE. TURNING A CORNER AT MODERATE SPEED IT PICKS A GEAR TOO LOW THEN A SECOND LATER IT UPSHIFTS AND THEN AGAIN ALL WITHIN 20-30 YARDS. THE SHIFTS ARE NOT SMOOTH AT ALL,THE TRANS IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A DOWN SHIFT WHEN THE ENGINE TORQUE WILL PULL THE CAR WITHOUT ONE. HAS ANY MAXIMA OWNER HAD THIS PROBLEM .
#2946 of 4184 Re: 05' MAXIMA TRANSMISSION [loupost]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 28, 2005 (10:02 am)
Try posting with your CAPS LOCK OFF. Most members of online forums ignore posts with CAPS LOCKS as it is interpreted as "shouting" and is also very hard for most people to read.