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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair

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  • sglatorsglator Posts: 20
    I had all ignition coils replaced under extended warranty (see my post earlier).
    I also asked them how much it would cost me if I didn't have warranty. They said - $1K easily.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I have a 98 Maxima and because I heard about the coil problems (do not have problems with coils on my car so far) I called the local Nissan dealer and asked about the cost of one coil. It was $ 86.36 a piece. It is possible that they cost more for later models, but the 97 Maxima uses the same coils as 98. I believe that the problem with coils started with the 2000 year model.

    As far as labor for replacing the coils, it should be minimal because you simply disconnect the electrical connector and pull the coil off the spark plug. So unless the price of the ignition coils for 2000 and later models is much higher than for 95-99 models, I do not see how it would cost $ 1000 for a set.
  • ckone0814ckone0814 Posts: 71
    2003 GLE bought new. The car's rear suspension bottoms-out with a loud "clunk" going over modest dips at a reasonable speed. I can recreate the problem over speed bumps easily at a speed much lower than what I can in my 2001 Mazda 626. I took the car to the dealer and they found nothing and told me to go slower. Trust me, I am not flying over these obstacles! The springs just seem way to soft. With the way the car yaws over the road i feel like i'm in a cadillac! Any other similar experiences out there? Thanks.
  • ckone0814ckone0814 Posts: 71
    Ok, I've read a lot about the unusually harsh ride these cars have and I'm trying to accept it. I lowered the tire pressure to 31-32 and it helped but am considering a tire replacement as well. The choices however are limited. Any experience with tires? Thanks.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I would say that unless your car is loaded with 5 people who weigh 300 lbs each, this does not look normal to me.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I have had good experience with the following tires:

    Michelin Pilot, Michelin MXV(?), Toyo Proxess.

    Bad experience:

    Firestones, General tire, Bridgestone Potenzas, and the worst ones without any doubt were Continentals CH4s.
  • lorchanianlorchanian Posts: 12
    I have a 2003 Maxima GLE and experienced the same problem. Sounded like the exhaust was hitting the bottom of the car when I went over a dip or large speed bump. But as suddenly as it came it went away. I can't make the car do it any more. Didn't go to the dealer because it stopped. I guess I'll wait to see if it happens again.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    You're sure it's not the spare tire stuff clunking around in the trunk, right??
  • ckone0814ckone0814 Posts: 71
    Yeah. I removed everything from the trunk except the spare tire itself. Also locked down the jack hard. Still happens. The rear suspension just seems SOOO soft. Thanks.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Do you have a trailer hitch? On the early Pathfinders (2001) the exhaust pipe bangs on the hitch on some vehicles.
  • lorchanianlorchanian Posts: 12
    Now that I think of it my trunk was full when I first noticed the clunk. When the trunk was emptied, I had a couple of clunks, then it went away.
  • vijuviju Posts: 2
    i had to jumpstart my 95 maxima a couple odays ago,the airbag light has been flashing since anyone with similar problem help!
  • beanctrbeanctr Posts: 99
    There is a TSB out there for the rear suspension bottoming out. I copied (see below) this from Edmunds "Ownership" page. My 2002 does this as well, with only two average sized people in the back seat and no luggage in the trunk. As soon as I get time, my car is going in to have this fixed . . . and the dealer is going to get an ear full if he tells me its normal!!

    Component Description:
    15. SUSPENSION:SINGLE AXLE:REAR:LEAF SPRING ASSEMBLY NHTSA Number: SB633599
    Bulletin Number: NTB02056
    Bulletin Date: MAY 2002
     
    Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima
    Summary:
    SUBJECT REGARDING REAR SUSPENSION BOTTOMS OUT. *JG SUBJECT REGARDING REAR SUSPENSION BOTTOMS OUT. *JG
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    rear leaf spring assembly? What leaf springs?
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    HELLO ALL.
    THE BRAKE CALIPERS ON ALL 4 CORNERS OF MY 26,500 MILE SE HAVE SURFACE RUST. I HAVE CHECKED EVERY MAX I SEE INCLUDING DEALER LOTS AND HAVE NOT SEEN ONE WITH RUSTED BRAKE CALIPERS. I WILL TALK TO THE SERVICE MGR. BY PHONE, CHECK TO SEE THAT HE WILL IN FACT, BE THERE WHEN I COME OVER THERE TO SHOW HIM AND SET UP APPOINTMENT FOR REPLACEMENTS. I WILL GET REPLACEMENTS, RIGHT? THE RUST WARRANTY SHOULD APPLY HERE, I WOULD THINK. BY THE WAY, BRAKES ARE FINE BUT THE CALIPERS LOOK LIKE CRAP. DO YOU THINK I'VE GOT A CASE HERE?
    OH AND, I WASN'T YELLING - HAD THE CAPS LOCK ON. SORRY.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Many car manufacturers do not paint the brake calipers. These are metal castings and surface rust does not matter and will not harm the caliper. Other metal cast parts which are normally not painted are brake rotors, drums, and wheel hubs. Take one of your wheels off and see how rusty the wheel hub is.

    Most likely the dealer will tell you that a rusty caliper is normal. I would not worry about it at all because aside from esthetics standpoint, there is no issue. These will not rust through like sheet metal as they are thick cast parts.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    Thanks for the feedback P100 but why is my car the only one that I see with this problem? There must be some kind of treatment that is used during or after manufacturing that didn't take on mine. It really looks poor.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    In the days before spoke alloy wheels became popular on cars you could not see the calipers, rotors or brake drums. Almost without exceptions, these were not painted and got rusty really quick. I had quite a few GM and Ford cars and none of them had these parts painted.

    If the rust really bothers you on your calipers, you can paint them yourself. Wire brush as much rust as you can, then paint with a good quality engine enamel which is heat resistant to about 500deg F. Just mask off the areas you do not want to paint. And if you use a power drill with a small wire wheel to remove the surface rust, be careful so you do not damage the rubber parts or the brake line. The total cost of paint will be about $ 5. Pep Boys carries pretty good selection of engine paints.

    Some manufacturers do paint castings. For example, water cooled manifolds and risers for boat engines come painted from the factory. And they are heavy cast iron items that would not be damaged by surface rust.

    Of course, you can still pursue the argument with the dealer. If they give you new painted calipers under warranty, good for you. However, this is not worth loosing your sleep over.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    Thanks P - appriciate your input.
  • pghmaxpghmax Posts: 7
    I have a 2001 GLE has anyone had the rear pads wear out before the front?. This happened at 18,000 miles.
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