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#3984 of 4184 Humming noise from passenger-side rear area
Apr 08, 2009 (8:45 am)
I recently bought a used 2001 Nissan Maxima SE with ~50,000 miles on it. The car is in great shape except for one thing. There is a humming noise coming from the passenger rear area. It starts around 25 mph, then gets loudest around 40 mph, and then it gets quieter (and higher in frequency) around 65 mph. The frequency increases with speed. It alsmot seems like a vinration that somehow gets transmitted through the suspension, I can even sense it with my feet when driving.
I was convinced that it was the wheel bearing, so I had both passenger-sode wheel bearings replaced. The noise is still the same. The mechanics have been trying to blame it on noisy tires. I have Sunny SN3800 225/45R17 tires on it, which are almost brand new. At low speeds, especially when coming to a stop, the tires are very loud (they sound like riding a mountain bike on a road).
Any ideas what this noise could be? Is it the tires, or something else?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, as this noise drives me totally crazy.
#3985 of 4184 Re: Humming noise from passenger-side rear area [dr_rebel]
Apr 08, 2009 (11:55 am)
If I remember correctly 2001 comes with full size spare.
Swap one wheel/tire out and see if sound pattern changes. If it does then may be its tires.
Also try asking on maxima.org forums.
#3986 of 4184 2003 SE, 72,000 miles
Apr 09, 2009 (10:09 am)
No problems with the car, although the blower motor is noisy in cold weather, which we won't have much more of here in CO until this fall. I'd been kicking around getting a new car, I like the new Max but the price-ouch! So we're considering keeping this a few more years.
Obviously we don't put lots of miles on our cars since I quit work, I was a sales rep putting 55,000/year back then. The Max is a solid car, ride is OK and it hasn't had any maintenance issues. I did the rear brakes about a year ago and the front about 2 years ago, I replaced the battery when I did the front brakes because my local shop had the brand I wanted and I was doing some TX to CO trips to ski and didn't want to get hit with one on the road.
From reading all the posts on here there's nothing inherent with Maxs that I should worry about, but I have never changed the tranny fluid or plugs. I know this engine has a timing chain instead of belt so no worries about that bill in another year.
Are there any issues out there that any of you suggest I take care of? Even a couple of hundred $ per month in maintenance is much less than the hit on a new car. Although in a couple of years there might be some '09 Maxs on the used market.
BTW, oil and filter every 5,000 miles, tires rotated every 10,000 and I run 85 or 87 octane regular gas. 27MPG highway, but I usually keep it right around 70 or a tad slower.
Thanks in advance.
Apr 09, 2009 (10:26 am)
2003 SE with 56k miles
recent mx work: tires, battery, brakes, drain/fill tranny fluid (twice)
no other major work
Got the new car itch but every time i test drive something, my Max feels better
#3988 of 4184 Re: Thanks [mrmacksima]
Apr 10, 2009 (10:29 am)
I am not sure whether my 95 nissan maxima still has a cd changer. The head unit has a cd jambed in it. I believe it came equipped with a cd changer. Where in the car would it be?
#3989 of 4184 Maxima repair costs
Apr 19, 2009 (2:47 pm)
What are the repair and maintenance costs of Maximas like?
Are they more expensive to repair compared to other imports (like Honda or Toyota)?
I'm particularly interested in the costs of ownership for a 1998 Maxima SE or 1995 Maxima. Both have automatic transmissions.
#3990 of 4184 Re: Maxima repair costs [lhy]
Apr 20, 2009 (2:22 am)
I have a 1997 maxima with 197k miles. I haven't found the repair costs to be anything extraordinary. I had the alternator replaced a few years ago which cost around $150 for parts and labor, and a new battery was $60. And I spent around $200 on a new exhaust system which I installed myself. Other than that I haven't had to repair/replace any other parts.
#3991 of 4184 Regarding Maxima Repairs and costs.
Apr 20, 2009 (12:55 pm)
As a mechanic and the owner of a 1995 Maxima with 136000 mls. on it, the costs have been only for the stadard maintainance and your replacement cost for wear and tear...brakes, filters, etc. Did have the CV joint go after about 90000, and had to have it replaced and did along with the struts. That was a decision that made the ride better. Other wise, the car has never had a major problem. The motor runs like new still and if you keep up with the basics, like oil and filters, and brake pads, it should go forever Just be sure you have a reputable mechanic, check out any used car you are going to buy, if you do not know enough to do it yourself....buyer beware. A well taken care of Maxima is good as gold. This is my 4th Nissan...2nd Maxima. I will buy another when the timecomes.
#3992 of 4184 Re: Engine Stalling Problem [rahman]
Apr 23, 2009 (5:34 pm)
Hello I have a the same prob with my car did you ever find out the prob?
#3993 of 4184 Re: Regarding Maxima Repairs and costs. [meister4U]
Apr 23, 2009 (8:52 pm)
I have heard that the aftermarket parts for the Maxima are limited, and that is why repairs might cost more, since you have to buy parts from Nissan. It that true?
Also, does the 1995 Maxima take regular unleaded fuel or only premium?
And the 1995 Maximas all have timing chains, not belts?