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#4134 of 4180 Double Transmissions Problems
Jun 27, 2011 (6:43 pm)
In Oct. 2010, my transmission started shifting hard between gears on my 2006 Maxima (approx. 78,000 miles). My extended warranty company paid to have the transmission repaired by installing a used one (49,000 miles.) It's now 8 months later and the same thing is happening again (with approx. 8,000 new miles on it.) Fortunately, the mechanics who put the used one in have a 1 year warranty, but I fear the same thing will happen again once another tranny is put in. Plus, my extended warranty expires in Nov. 2011.
I would never buy another one...ever!
#4135 of 4180 Re: Double Transmissions Problems [murrow1]
Jun 28, 2011 (11:06 am)
Let me get this straight.....you'd NEVER buy this car again even though the problem didn't surface until over 78k miles? I'm sure there are plenty of stories of well over 100k trouble-free miles out there, but seems to me that many cars will start showing their age after 75k miles.
Also, it's worth pointing out that the Maxima now uses an entirely different transmission.
Finally, I had the same problem with my 2006, and it ended up being the tranny fluid pump, not the tranny itself. Perhaps the repair didn't address the real problem.
#4136 of 4180 Re: Double Transmissions Problems [murrow1]
Jun 28, 2011 (11:22 am)
I feel your pain on the transmission. I had to replace the transmission in my '97 maxima in May 2010. No warranty so I put one in it from a junk yard. Of course my transmission issues didn't start until I had 200,000 miles on the car and the new (junk yard trans) had 110,000 on it. So I guess I should expect to start seeing transmission issues again around 300,000? Wow, so should I also never buy another Maxima?
#4137 of 4180 pricing 3 motor mounts for Nissan maxima 2000 automatic
Aug 07, 2011 (1:02 pm)
Hi Nissan Maxima experts,
I'm currently looking to replace the 3 motor mounts that have broken on my Nissan Maxima 2000 automatic, including the lower cradle mount (in between the right and left mount), the right passenger side mount, and the left radiator side mount. The older this car gets, the more expensive it's becoming to get it fixed. Rather than take it to a dealership, I would like to buy these parts inexpensively somewhere, and then take it to a repair shop for the labor of installing them. While I've discovered an inexpensive wholesaler to purchase the mounts from, I have yet to locate a reliable and inexpensive place to get the installation done. Would any Nissan Maxima 2000 experts here please give me an idea of how much I should expect to pay on the lower and upper ends to do the installation? I've heard that some places are likely to charge a single price for installing all 3 motor mounts. Help with this will go a long way for me and my pocketbook.
Thank you in advance.
#4138 of 4180 Re: pricing 3 motor mounts for Nissan maxima 2000 automatic [emceeaye]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 07, 2011 (7:52 pm)
I'd figure about 4.5 hours total. There may be some time-saving in doing all three.
I'm not so sure I agree with the way you are planning to do this, however. Most shops don't take all that kindly to having parts brought in from outside, and even if they are amenable to that, they will not warranty the labor should the part fail---so in other words, if you buy the part from them, and it fails, they replace it for free. If you bring them a part from who knows where, and it fails, YOU pay for the labor again, not them.
So your plan has some risks and although the mounts are somewhat expensive, they aren't *that* expensive. I don't think your $100 or so savings is worth this risk...in my opinion.
#4139 of 4180 Trouble starting my '97 Maxima
Aug 08, 2011 (8:15 pm)
A friend of mines replaced my leaking radiator the other day on my '97 Maxima. Ever since he replaced it, whenever the car is driven for more than 30 minutes and is then turned off, it won't re-start until it's completely cooled down (30-45 minutes later). I'll turn the key and nothing happens until the car has competely cooled down. Once it has cooled down, the car starts with no problem. There is no indication, in terms of the dashboard temp gage which stays in the normal range when it's being driven, that it's overheating. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? I'd appreciate any advice.
#4140 of 4180 Re: Trouble starting my '97 Maxima [imnotaplayaa]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 08, 2011 (8:19 pm)
I would say defective starter solenoid or defective ignition switch. This presumes that when you say "nothing happens" you mean that the starter motor doesn't even crank...you just get dashboard lights but no reaction from the starter motor.
#4141 of 4180 Re: Trouble starting my '97 Maxima [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 08, 2011 (8:46 pm)
Thanks for the quick response. Yes, when I say nothing happens I mean that the starter motor doesn't crank at all. How can I tell which one it is (starter solenoid or defective ignition switch) and would this be caused by changing the radiator? There were no symptoms of this type prior to that repair being done. Thanks again.
#4142 of 4180 Re: Trouble starting my '97 Maxima [imnotaplayaa]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 09, 2011 (7:45 am)
Well I have no idea what the connection is to the radiator but I'd ignore that for the moment and get to the diagnosis of the problem at hand.
What you (or someone) can do would be to locate the ignition switch wire that attaches to the starter solenoid (on the starter). In other words, when you turn the key to start, a signal is sent along that wire to the starter solenoid. So you should be able to read that signal with a simple test light at the starter motor solenoid "tab" (usually a pull-off connector). The test light should come one and off as you turn the key to start, and then release it.
If there IS a signal, then the starter solenoid or starter motor must be at fault. If there is no signal, then the ignition switch, or the wiring or connectors attached to it, must be at fault.
Another idea from left field is something flakey in your anti-theft system.