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#964 of 4184 brakes / rotors
Oct 15, 2002 (9:16 am)
I have a 00 SE Auto with rotors that are starting to shimmy slightly at 39K, more noticeable at high speed braking. I am babying them now and planning on getting a brake kit from a place called eatrice.com (need to search .org to find exact URL). The kit includes Stillen rotors, pads, stainless steal brake lines, good fluid, etc. Basically a kit to do your entire brakes all the way around for like $600. Then I'm paying a local garage to install them, paying them just labor. That is my plan of attack. I can't afford a different car at this time so I figure just get real good aftermarket performance brakes instead of Nissan or Midas. On a side note, I'm now getting the slip from 2nd to 3rd gear that there's a TSB for. Basically, Nissan's brakes and auto tranny's suck on these 5th gen cars. This is well known and documented by the .org members. Hopefully they'll correct this prob for the 04's. I probably won't buy another Nissan because of all the problems I've had, may buy an Infiniti though. I want a G35 coupe real bad. I bought this Maxima (coming from a 1990 Regal that was a nightmare) because I thought they were rock solid reliable and zero probs. If I had to do again I'd probably buy a used Lex or BMW for price of new Max. The $ I've spent on maintaining this Max I could be maintaining a BMW and have more fun driving it and more prestige.
Once again, just my .02
Oct 15, 2002 (12:35 pm)
Is there a difference between the 00-01 model and the 02-03 model Maxima's???
I have driven my 02 Maxima to 21,000 miles with not one problem. Brakes are fine, no rattles, no tranny problems, nothing (save for vibrations in the interior panels with the stereo on loud).
It has a very, VERY slight ping in the engine under hard acceleration in hot weather, but that is it. I also just got the thing aligned, so it is handling like a dream as well.
I just feel bad for some of you guys. It doesn't seem like these problems are very characteristic of the car.
#966 of 4184 Sunroof wind deflector marring paint
Oct 15, 2002 (6:49 pm)
Have any of you ever removed the sunroof wind deflector and found marks in the paint shaped like the rubber seal on the deflector. Mine is a Nissan deflector that has only been on since June 02. The paint must be extremely soft. If any of you are planning to install one or have recently done so, you may want to reconsider purchasing one or remove the one you installed.
Oct 15, 2002 (11:09 pm)
I had 96 toy 4runner and rotors warped at 25k miles,traded for 02 pathfinder, probaly same junk rotors. had a 65 corvette first year discs. drove like a maniac then, and never had rotors till i sold it at 65k miles. thats why i say most new cars use junk when they can!
#968 of 4184 Sunroof Wind Deflector
Oct 16, 2002 (4:48 am)
My 2000 SE came with the sunroof wind deflector. In my first wash/wax cycle (first week of ownership) I took the deflector off and discovered exactly what you describe. It appeared to me that the deflector was a port installed option and that they simply slapped it on on top of the crud that had accumulated from the ocean voyage. I was pretty disgusted when I found it.
#969 of 4184 response to #936
Oct 16, 2002 (7:55 am)
Maybe they figured out what was wrong with the 00-01 and corrected some of the probs for 02-03? Remember, 00 was the first year of the new 5th gen and they changed like 207 things, albeit most of them quite minor. They did change the dash, shift lever, body panels, etc. Not sure about tranny change for 00, but many of the 00-01 are having slippage between 1-2 and 2-3rd gears. Mine is only bad at > 1/2 throttle, don't notice when babying her around town. There is a well known TSB for this problem, tranny solenoid I believe. I'm at 39K so I'm waiting until around 50K to take in before warranty runs out. That way I'm sort of hoping it'll go for quite a while past warranty versus fixing now and then having it crap out at 65K. Many (.org)ers are having trannys poop out and/or slip before 5yr/60K. Some even getting total replacements. Gotta realize though, the guys on .org are usually performance freaks who drive their Maxes like they're sports cars versus sedans. They usually mod em too with intakes, exhaust, etc. Overall a good car, just poopy paint, bunk brakes, and toilet trannies, hmmmm wait, is it a good overall car then???
Oct 16, 2002 (10:49 am)
I've said it before and I'll say it again. With the '00 minima that I purchased, Nissan is definitely trying to become the Yugo of the new millenium.
Bad brakes & rotors, poor paint, fuel cutoff, gear slippage, bad coils, inability to maintain value, etc. Now, couple this with the Nissan standard response - "unable to replicate problem".
I'd have dumped mine a while ago except for not wanting to take a $4K hit on the car since the value has dropped almost 50% in 2 years.
I've taken the car to 3 different dealers. The 4th wouldn't do anything even though I left it with them for 4 days - including looking at a tire that keeps losing air. Now I have to fight with Cust Serv. to attempt a full refund of my extended warranty.
#971 of 4184 weltrow
Oct 16, 2002 (9:22 pm)
I worked for an integrated steel company as an engineer for 20 years. this means steel was made from scratch to a specefic formula. today almost all steel is made from scrap steel in electric furnaces to poorer quality steel. bottom line is to cut costs. if you don't beleive me just watch the stock market. if profits are down, they don,t improve quality, they cut costs !
#972 of 4184 00 Max Value
Oct 17, 2002 (3:09 am)
Talk about depreciation! I was looking at getting into another car until I found out how little my Maxima is worth....basically been offered 9500 for a 2 year old car that lists for well over 21K. Granted it has 70k on it but still....this is a Maxima, not a Buick Century...I've seen used Maximas with the same exact options as me and 10k more miles on the lot for 16-17k.
I'm probably going to go the route that CC went and order some decent brakes....maybe not.....my opinion on whether to keep this thing or get something else changes by the day