1995 Maxima SE (222890 + miles)
Ok where to start. I bought the car about a month ago (taxes) as is. I knew it had a few issues like needs new tires, oil check stuff like that BUT when I start the car in the cold i have to give it a llittle gas to get the the engine running. (*cold starts are hard without giving at least 5% gas) then once the idle levels off at .5 we are good to go. After driving for apx 20 minutes when the temperature gage is at 50% (i guess normal all day running temp) it starts
the car will stall when i slow down or attempt to go at red light , giving it a lot of gas or just a little it would stall... I would have to put it in neutral just to keep the idle at 1 or 1.5 for a minute then let go of the gas. When the idle is steady at .5 and I put it in drive (with brakes still engaged) the car would die. I start up again (like a cold start) and get the idle to .5 then put it in reverse it would stall.. Finally after trying several times (being in the middle of an intersection!) she would move but struggle until we are over 30mph then we are good to go... that is... until the next red light.
This behavior would only happen once the engine is warmed up. The CEL stays on. the 1st mechanic's diagnostic test yielded the KS (ghost), and the O2 sensor. He was perplexed about the issue and finally ruled that its the ECM $400 and that I would need a new one. Yarning for a second opinion I just put a H on my chest and handeled it by going to a local Nissan dealership (always expensive). They told me I need a new MAF and that's what's causing the engine to stall and hesitate during acceleration and deceleration. Now I trust their assessment being that its the dealership but I have done some research and a lot of people told me they've replaced the MAF and it did not correct the issue. The dealership told me if the issue comes up I can just take it back (hopefully)
Other than that I have not had any issues with the vehicle. It rides smooth, accelerates (when she behaves) very fast and can corner better than my old Beretta. The rear defroster works better than my wifes 07 Cobalt SS. The heater/air blower is messed up a bit and I think its from the previous owner or something but it will not work on 1,2, or 3 speed only 4. The heat/air works fine, but sometimes it gets hot on max and I have to turn down the heat dial to make it conferable rather than just turning down the speed (missing that).
The horn is weak (not dominate)
the trunk and gas release latch works like a charm. All the windows roll up and down just fine accept sometimes when its cold the driver window will take a bit longer to completely come down. The power seat is still working.
I would still recommend Maxima's to friends but only if they have had their proper maintenance especially if its 200000+ miles.
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