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Old 01-17-2019, 07:25 AM
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Who still has their 7th gen....?

Hi. I'm the original owner of a 2011. Bought new in Oct. 2010. I've hung onto the car because I still like it. Would be interesting to see how others are faring with their 7th gens. I'll start by saying that my SES light has been on for the last 3 winters. Goes off in the summers. Although Nissan has a TSB about this which recommends a reflash of the computer/software, they told me to bring it to a dealer for evaluation. I have no relationship/trust built up with a dealer, so I live with what Nissan knows is a problem. I replaced the MAF and have an emmisions test print-out from my trusted mechanic showing that emissions are fine. I'm keeping the car. Won't be another Nissan in my garage.

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Old 01-17-2019, 09:50 AM
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I still have my 09 SV and have not had problems in 8 years. Had a couple of recalls done but has been extremely dependable. What codes are registered when the SES light comes on?
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:43 AM
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Glad to hear you're doing well with the car. I am too actually. The car runs like new (75k miles). MPG is right in the average range that I read about in this forum. Drops somewhat in winter, but that's normal. The SES light is from a P0101 code. The very code that Nissan has a TSB on which suggests a reflash of the CPU. I replaced the gas cap and the MAS. The warm weather results in the SES light going away.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:33 AM
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There are a number of things that will cause P0101 and I'm sure you looked at them, however I don't think it is temperature caused (summer) because the engine compartment heats up. What kind of air filter are you using and how often it is changed? If your SES light stays on year around then I would think a computer reflash is in order, however since the light comes and goes, something else is causing the problem

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Old 01-17-2019, 02:49 PM
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Did you replace with an aftermarket or OEM gas cap? I had nothing but problems with aftermarket and like you, tended to get the codes in the cooler days (here in FL that means 40s or GASP 30s!!!!) But a little silicon lube around the gasket and I haven't had the issue in years. Like Richard66, even after 407,000 miles on my 09 SV, a VERY reliable car with very few issues and none that were what I call unreasonable.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:39 PM
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Did you replace with an aftermarket or OEM gas cap? I had nothing but problems with aftermarket and like you, tended to get the codes in the cooler days (here in FL that means 40s or GASP 30s!!!!) But a little silicon lube around the gasket and I haven't had the issue in years. Like Richard66, even after 407,000 miles on my 09 SV, a VERY reliable car with very few issues and none that were what I call unreasonable.
LtLeary what is the max RPM you launch your car at? Let's say in average conditions and car warmed up with no AC and level tarmac? Interested to see how did you manage this long life of the CVT! I know you drain and refill frequently.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:26 PM
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Sadly, or not, my '09 Max with 100+k miles is sitting in the garage of someone else. Absolutely no issues but just wanted a new one.


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Old 01-17-2019, 07:45 PM
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I don't think I've been over 4k except during the break-in period. So normally, it stays around 2500 rpm in daily driving. A little lower first thing in the am. 40 mph from the house to Starbucks (1 mile) 35 mph limit from Starbucks to the first toll way (1/2 mile) and then 70 mph or so for 60 miles until I get to the town I work at and try to time the lights. So between 2K and 2.5K is pretty standard. I have had to punch it a few times during accident avoidance maneuvers over the years (I blame my years in Italy for learning the accelerator sometimes works better than the brakes) but I was too busy driving to see how high it went! It will go to 3500 often under deceleration as I use the paddles to brake on the off ramps but not much higher. Also, adhere to your maintenance plan. I set mine at every 5K for Mobil 1 oil/filter changes, and change the air filter as needed (about 3 times a year) Is it overkill to change the oil that frequently? Maybe but it still burns no oil and the tailpipes are completely carbon free. I think I posted pictures on the forum as I dropped the CVT pan around 250K to see how everything looked. https://maxima.org/forums/7th-genera...ore-after.html

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Old 01-18-2019, 03:10 AM
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There are a number of things that will cause P0101 and I'm sure you looked at them, however I don't think it is temperature caused (summer) because the engine compartment heats up. What kind of air filter are you using and how often it is changed? If your SES light stays on year around then I would think a computer reflash is in order, however since the light comes and goes, something else is causing the problem
I've used Wix and Delco air filters. I change the filter once a year. Supposedly, the reflash opens up the parameters in the software so the SES isn't triggered when there really isn't anything wrong with the car. Nissan has lost a customer due to their lack of support. They know it's an issue, yet they want me to rely on the service department of a dealership to resolve this. Why not do the reflash, which they know is an issue, and see if it helps. I've provided Nissan with the results of the cars emissions scan, which shows there are no emissions issues.

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Old 01-18-2019, 03:12 AM
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Did you replace with an aftermarket or OEM gas cap? I had nothing but problems with aftermarket and like you, tended to get the codes in the cooler days (here in FL that means 40s or GASP 30s!!!!) But a little silicon lube around the gasket and I haven't had the issue in years. Like Richard66, even after 407,000 miles on my 09 SV, a VERY reliable car with very few issues and none that were what I call unreasonable.
The replacement gas cap is a new Nissan cap. I like the idea of a little lube around the seal. I'm going to give that a try and will report back.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:11 PM
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Hello everyone ,, i picked mine up last sept. i really love this premium sv, will keep it and get a 9th gen
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:32 AM
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I bought mine (2010) new in Nov of 09. I now have 90K miles on it. I drained and filled the CVT at 60K and just did it again at 90K. I did all the regular service when I was supposed to. I do oil changes every 5K. I've had almost no problems at all. I'm hoping to go to 200K. I did the rear brakes at 70K and am still on the OE front brakes. This is the first car I have ever had to do the rear brakes before the fronts.

My struts are just starting to show signs of leaking but they still work fine. My trunk release button works inconsistently and sometimes I have to push the dash button inside to get it to open. Meh, I'll live with it unless someone knows of an easy fix.

I drive it pretty easy but I do enjoy the occasional WOT getting onto the highway.

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Old 02-15-2019, 08:13 AM
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I drained and filled the CVT at 60K and just did it again at 90K.
Ever changed the external filter?

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Old 02-15-2019, 12:00 PM
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Still driving my 12, just had the tune up done at the dealer at 110K miles.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:56 PM
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Still going strong

Still have my 09 STS. 141k's on the clock and goes like new. It's my second Maxima and 4th Nissan in a row. Not looking forward to replacing it as they no longer sell the Maxima/Altima here in Oz. Although I did drive an Xtrail the other day and it wasn't too bad.
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:38 PM
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Got mines for a year and a half almost......180k, put like 13k on it since getting it...been good. Did pads, added refrigerant, changed tires,oil,air filter, added some coolant but scared to mess with CVT fluid though lol. I don't beat on it only once in a blue might see what its got lol....but scared to kill the CVT......so I treat it good.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:50 PM
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Still got my 2014 SV only 49,300 miles
yep, not a daily
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:04 AM
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I still have my 2010 Maxima SV that I bought as new. It has about 97k miles on it. I love driving this machine. So much hate on the CVT but I've yet to figure out why. Speaking of, can anyone recommend a good CVT fluid?
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:07 PM
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Nissan OEM CVT Fiuid NS1 I believe.
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Originally Posted by Bificus99 View Post
Nissan OEM CVT Fiuid NS1 I believe.
The correct fluid is NS2.

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Old 03-06-2019, 06:40 AM
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I still have my 2010 Maxima SV that I bought as new. It has about 97k miles on it. I love driving this machine. So much hate on the CVT but I've yet to figure out why. Speaking of, can anyone recommend a good CVT fluid?
Anything other than NS-2 (OEM) to save a few bucks, it will be a crap shoot whether you will kill your CVT.

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