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Epic Fail - Goodbye To my 5th Gens

Old 01-05-2019, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by krismax View Post
That car is mint. I would drive that for 10 more years. Did you see my thread on my 01 rebuild? It looked way worse than that.
Yes I did, your skillset and private garage I don't have.
It was my mother's car, she's been gone 7 years now so it also has sentimental value.
It's just too many things, but it has a lot of great working parts so I'm torn about donating vs selling to a Maxhead that could put all the parts to good use.
That picture shows the sunroof up, so it was before the tree crushed the mechanics behind the glass - it no longer opens. Also rocker rot is much more advanced now.
It's the easiest car to drive, with great visibility and good power to pass. It's the Meridien package, has 5 more horsepower..lol

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Old 01-05-2019, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by L_U_D_I_AMaxima View Post
The real 5th gen cars were only made in 2000 and 2001. 02 and up everything wend to hell. The VQ30 maxima were the best build cars. All of the VQ35 we garbage.
I don't think so, the 00-01 vq30 were subject to the ecm being fried from coolant shorting out the iacv or the motor mounts. The most problem free Maxima was the 4th gen in most cases, it did not come with as many problem prone sensors, or problems like the 5 and 5.5 gen had. If I could find one with low miles and no rust, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by J P D View Post
Same setup?
My mistake, I forgot about the subtle differences between 5 and 5.5 gen!
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:55 PM
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My mistake, I forgot about the subtle differences between 5 and 5.5 gen!
It will work . climate control is pretty much the same.
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