I checked the service manual but found no info on whether the engine is interference or not. The dealer may well be right. I've never heard of any chain failures so I really don't know, I just assumed that most 4-valve/cyl, high-comp motors are interference.
I'm not aware of any people here that have replaced their chain as a preventative measure, only if there was a lot of chain noise (indicating a possible near-future failure). Very few have replaced them even in this case. Replacing the timing chain is very expensive. There's a lot of labor involved.
Used Maxima engines are cheap, on the order of $1000 or less for relatively low-mile motors.
95-up Maximas are VERY inexpensive cars to maintain, and very reliable. The only major problems I'm aware of are:
- Some internal bearing failures on 95-99 5speed transmissions
- Some alternator failures
In spite of the transmission failure on my 97 5speed (had to replace with a used one that cost me $450), I'm very happy with the reliability of my car.
Originally posted by BoostKreap
Thanks for the info! I talked to my dealer and they told me that the engine is a NON interference motor? I am so confused. Do people change their timing chains at all? I just don't want to have to shell out serious cash for an engine repair. How much do used engines for the Maxima go for?
I appreciate all your help. I'm a newbie to this. All the pics I see on the board of lowered maximas with the clear-sectioned lights and grills makes me want to pick this thing up RIGHT NOW Thanks again.