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#725 of 4184 1984 Nissan Maxima project car--Need help?
Jun 05, 2002 (12:45 pm)
Just purchased a 1984 Nissan Maxima station wagon from a retired school teacher that has 49K on the odometer. Car has been faithfully maintained at the dealership. Oil changes have been done every 3 months.
There is no rust on the outside of the vehicle and it looks as if the car has been under coated with Ziebart. Noticed the Ziebart sticker on the window. Also noted various holes where Ziebart has been applied on a yearly basis according to her records.
After checking all the records, I noticed that the car has had major tuneups at 18K, 30K and 42K. The last tuneup was done in 1999. Coolant has been changed every two years and belts every 3 years. Transmission fluid every 2 years. This woman was a stickler for service and maintained the car like it was off the showroom floor. She recently put Michelin X-Ones as tires on the car and even changed the spare underneath the car.
My question is, should I take the car in for another tune-up? Car seems to run like a charm. Also, I am wondering about the rear shocks and front struts. They seem to be original.
Any other areas that I should have checked out?
Jun 05, 2002 (1:59 pm)
Sounds like a gem to me. I'd be all over it if everything checks out and that's what you're in the market for. I heard those older Max's are great and that's what built their cult reputation for being an excellent car. Some of the older Max owners even say they like their old ones better than the new. Don't know myself, bought my 00 SE brand new in Oct 99. Had a couple squeak/rattle issues, but dealer fixed after multiple tries and she runs good now. Only thing I don't like is the Auto tranny, it doesn't "slip", but it gets confused easy when already moving and then punching it down. Besides that, she's solid.
Just my .02
#727 of 4184 Engine Mount in my 2001 SE
Jun 05, 2002 (7:15 pm)
Argie, I have a 2001 SE automatic. Since new, I've had a minor "thump" noise / sensation at moderate to hard acceleration or when goosing it while it's rolling. I asked service about it. They said I was not the only one and is inherant in these cars. I believe that the mounts in the SE are a little different than the other 2 models but not sure about that. I believe that they are electronically controled or something like that. Doesn't seem to affect performance at all. All in all, car drives so good but I don't get better than 23 MPG on avarage in mixed driving. Going to take a long trip in July and I should see good mileage then. Good luck.
#728 of 4184 To: Bigmoneymike Re: check engine light
Jun 05, 2002 (9:17 pm)
Mike - I have a 96' SE 5spd. Years ago maybe back in 98 or 99, my check engine light came on. Took it to the dealer and under warranty they fixed a defective Oxygen (O2) sensor. Later I think I remember getting something in the mail direct from Nissan saying that my car had a recall on it. It was the O2 sensor and another sensor. These are for the emissions system. Did you ever have them replaced? If not that might be something to check into with your dealer.
Also - I once had a quick-lube place not lock the air filter box down after they checked it. When I started the car to leave I noticed the check engine light was on. They found the problem w/ the air filter quick. But the light stayed on until it reset itself - which is like 50 or so starts. Check on the recall and I hope that's it and I would think Nissan would pay for it.
#729 of 4184 ccermak and your smell from May
Jun 05, 2002 (9:32 pm)
ccermak - I've been bad and have not be keeping up with the boards. Re: your smelly car. My only comment would be this. Do you get your oil changed by someone else or do you do it yourself? I have always had my 96 SE done by someone else (quick lube). Mine always smells after the oil is changed. I think oil from when the filter is taken off gets dripped on a part that gets hot. = smell. Just a thought.
#730 of 4184 vanbo57 - engine thump, argie - starting
Jun 06, 2002 (5:55 pm)
vanbo57 - FYI, I also get the thumping you describe with my 02 SE 6-spd. It's only during acceleration, and only when I quickly give it a lot of gas. If I gradually increase the gas it doesn't happen.
Seeing that you (and others, as your mechanic mentioned) are also experiencing this, I personally don't worry about it. I notice it when it happens, but it's not anything which is really annoying.
argie - thanks for sharing the story with your ignition problem. It's good to know it was something as simple as a key reprogramming. About a week ago I had the same starting problem (first time): the engine would crank but not start. I first did what the manual said, which was to hold the gas down while cranking, but that didn't help. At this point I was getting concerned, but then I remembered postings similar to yours in which the key was the potential source of the problem. So I took the key out of the ignition, waited a couple seconds, put it back it - started right up.
#731 of 4184 Re: check engine light
Jun 06, 2002 (6:47 pm)
Well, the check engine light did turn out to be the oxygen sensor. But yesterday, the car battery completely died on me and the car just stalled on the street. I had to have it towed to the local shop I go to. So they had to replace the battery & the O2 sensor, plus oil change and couple of other stuff. That's the last time I buy the cheaper battery from PepBoys - I think it barely lasted 2 years or so. Thanks to all for your help!
#732 of 4184 RE: dklanecky , vanbo57 , weltonw.
Jun 06, 2002 (9:02 pm)
dklanecky - Thanks for the info on Timing Chains. So far, my car has been running great. As mentioned before, the Engine Mounts noise is gone. So that's even better.
vanbo57 - The dealer service guy told me about the same thing regarding the Engine Mount noise problems with some nissans. This noise would not affect any performance with the car.
Yes, it is electronically controlled by the computer. Thus, it cannot be lubricated or fixed. They have to be replaced, but that's only if it begans to affect your driving.
weltonw - Luckly it was just a key reprogramming thing. May be Nissan should find better electronic chips for the keys. This is a simple problem that could be solved if they used a better device.
Jun 07, 2002 (7:40 pm)
argie, weltonw, thanks for the feedback on the mounts. With these past couple of notes, I feel better about it, not that it was much of an issue. The car has been flawless in all other respects but paint.
Jun 09, 2002 (6:56 pm)
I had an '84 5-speed sedan that I sold in '97 with 105k on it. The major problems that I encountered were 1. The AC compressor had a plate that would warp resulting in a freon leak. 2. The plastic mounts that surrounded the fuel injectors cracked with age and allowed a some gas to leak out around the fuel injectors.
The second of these, I would consider changing all the plastic surrounds if you ever remove the rail that feeds fuel to the injectors. The surrounds were about $4 each in '96, but it was about 2-3 hours labor to get to them.