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#567 of 4180 93 GXE - A variety of weird problems
Feb 08, 2002 (1:34 am)
I own a 1993 Maxima GXE with 75K miles. I am totally impressed with this car, it's options, and reliability. I have several minor problems that I would like advice on:
1. Noisy rear brakes.
Especially when cold I get excessive brake squeal. A Nissan mechanic told me this is normal for maxima's. Is this true? I believe the rear brakes are drum (the brake shoes were fine).
2. Windows going down (when pushing up on console)
This one is weird. I use the driver's console to raise any window other than my own, the window goes down further. BUT, the control on the door itself works and will take the window up. Is this a ground problem on my console? modules?
The problem is sporatic.
3. Lower(?) engine idle.
Air filter ok. Just changed the spark plugs, still no improvement. O2 sensor? Exhaust flow is not even (puff's irregularly), which lead me to replace the spark plugs.
4. Security system (don't know code)
(inherited the vehicle from wife's grandmother). Can a dealership reset the console? Or could I possibly do it myself?
5. Bose Stereo: No power to radio and display does not illuminate. I think this is a cracked circuit board, but I wanted to know if anyone has had similar problems.
6. Just today: Driver's side door will not unlock. It's stuck in the lock position and I have to crawl through the passenger side to get in.
Other than 6, which will be fixed ASAP, these problems are just annoyances. The car runs like a champ and is extremely reliable.
One more question. How does the outside temperature sensor in my car work? Where is the sensor located?
#568 of 4180 to address you're idle being low use a can
Feb 09, 2002 (8:21 am)
of throttle body clearner with a toothbrush and wipe clean you'll have to do this repeatedly yet it works quite well
#569 of 4180 Fan noise 2000 maxima
Feb 09, 2002 (8:35 am)
I have a 2000 Maxima with about 33,000 miles on it. For the past 18 months I have had a fluttering noise when my fan (or air conditioner or heat) is on low. It is a high pitched noise. It is a little louder when I turn the car to the left. Last year, the dealership replaced the fan motor. This year they claimed it was leaves in the fan motor, and cleaned it. The next quiet day, I heard the sound again. I am taking the car in in a few weeks to have it looked at again and I have contacted Nissan corporate to see if they can help. They will have a technician available for my local dealer to call. But, I am looking for ideas. Can the steering rub against the fan motor, causing a harmonic noise? Is it the fan motor? Any ideas?
#570 of 4180 Issomlai - Door stuck
Feb 09, 2002 (9:07 am)
The most likely problem is stuck door latch, requires dealer to break latch by inserting a screwdriver down window openning. He than must replace latch. I have same problem in passenger door. Estimate to fix $200-250
#571 of 4180 2000 Maxima Fan Noise
Feb 09, 2002 (12:46 pm)
I also have had the same problem with my 2000 SE. In my case, running the HVAC on the one fan blade made a high pitched noise that clearly stopped (you could hear it slow down and then stop) when you shut off the HVAC.
It was almost as if it was hitting something inside the motor (or the fan blade itself).
Dealer replaced the "blower motor and fan" part #27220-2Y900 at 47,964 miles.
The exact same thing happened at 76,722 miles and was replaced again by the dealer at no charge.
I think it's a defect in the design that is caused by the fact the over 98% of the time it's on, my fan is always on the one fan blade speed and it just wears out.
I'm up to 81,000 miles now and this is the only real issue I've had with the car.
#572 of 4180 Key problem on 95 GXE
Feb 11, 2002 (9:20 am)
I have begun to have difficulty with the ignition switch on my 95 GXE Max and I am interested if anyone else has experienced this. About 1 out of 4 times, the key will not work without jiggling
extensively. The dealer suggested replacing it ($350). Lubricant (liquid graphite) has not helped. I feel it may be related to the security interlock system (shifter, locks, etc). and an adjustment of some kind might do the job.
Also, although reliability has been superb overall, repairs in general seem to be expensive at the dealer. A friend with a Volvo (notoriously high) had an ignition switch replaced for $250. Comments?
#573 of 4180 Auto Tranny Sucks
Feb 12, 2002 (4:14 pm)
I've got a 2000 SE, loaded, auto, 28K miles. My one big complaint is the tranny. It sure seems to hunt for gears, especially when taking off slowly and then punching it. It's like it's already in 2nd gear when going like 5mph. You can be inching out from stop sign, or pulling out in front of somebody, you take a corner and put the pedal down and it's a full second of nothing, then it drops down to what feels like passing gear and goes like hell. This happen to others? Also, I've got a K&N filter in and it didn't seem to do anything. The car is lame off the start and needs to hit 3000 rpm's before it feels like it's got any kind of balls. I test drove an 02 Altima with the "auto stick" and this car would KILL my 00 Max. I know it's 240HP vs 222HP, but it wasn't even funny. I do like my car, but it's also got lots of creaks and rattles on the interior, especially in the center underneath the radio and in the rear deck lid area. My seat seems to have something loose on the inside too as it makes noise around corners, like something is shifting back and forth inside, butt warmer works good though.
#574 of 4180 ignition switch
Feb 12, 2002 (6:27 pm)
Is $350 real?
Where is this ? Manhattan??
#575 of 4180 Maxima 2002 GTSPEC!
Feb 13, 2002 (4:15 pm)
Hey I haven't gone to the dealer yet but I was wondering if i can go to any dealer I want near my house. That's because I bought my Maxima pretty far from my house. And I need wheel alignment. I can't believe that my new Maxima is not aligned... very disppointed. Anyway, I asked around people and asked them to touch and feel my steering wheel and they said it is normal. They said they can't feel the vibration- but I do. And they are saying since it's no Lexus, so I shouldn't expect a perfection. They don't think dealer will do anything.
Hey one last question, is the scheduled maintenance (i.e. 4000 mi.) free? Or do I have to pay? Because I rather get my wheel alignment during my scheduled maintenance if it is free. Thanks a lot! Sorry for not visiting the forum often!
#576 of 4180 Heater control lights.
Feb 13, 2002 (5:01 pm)
I have a question! On a 1995 Nissan Maxima SE, does anybody know if the ink on the buttons that say Auto, Econ, Def, Mode and the temprature up and down, do these buttons light up at night when you turn the lights on. My stereo lights do and the hazard lights do but the rear window defrost, and all the heater control lights will not light up. The LCD display for temprature and fan speed lights up fine and dim's with the dimmer, but the lights on buttons will not. If anybody has an answer to my question please write back.
Thanks in advance