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Old 04-24-2013, 07:21 AM
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Help Guide: Help! I need a VQ35! Which Ones Will Fit My Car?

The basis on fitment for this guide is the 02 Maxima, since that car has the most common compatibility over vehicles, the oil pan has the same bolt pattern as the 95-01 VQ30 Maximas, and even the same bolt pattern as the 350z/G35 Oil pans for RWD applications.

But just because the bolt pattern is the same... does NOT mean the oil pan is the same... You will see a few instances in the list below where I've confirmed the same bolt pattern but the part # changes so I do not know about the depth of the pan in regards to exhaust or crossmember clearance.
RWD VQ35 oil pans are the same bolt pattern but the depth is different...shallower in the RWD application vs the FWD application. This would cause issues with the oil sender (pickup?), which is also a slightly different design RWD vs FWD. Safe to say RWD oil pans are not compatible. (thanks Mreous)

I will not answer any questions along the lines of "I have an 02 maxima, will the 08 motor fit my car?" The answer is right in front of you.

but I will answer questions on how to use this guide, if you're having a hard time using it.

If you find any errors, please PM me so I can make corrections.

Now.....

The VQ35 block on any FWD/AWD Nissan badged vehicle is the same, the key differences between the years are the upper (big aluminum) oil pan, and the intake manifold. Short of that there is not a difference (well for the most part) in the motor. The reason why the quest has the lowest power #'s is because of the tune on the ECU, not because of the cams, valves or whatever BS you have been reading, same reason why the Z makes more power than the maximas, tune (and different exhaust and etc, but most of the power difference is the cam tuning).


Guide to use this chart:

-Full = Full 10 Bolt Pattern, the most common oil pan bolt pattern design, used on RWD applications also.

-5AT = 8 Bolt pattern used on the FWD 5speed Automatic Transmission equipped vehicles

-CVT = I have yet to fool with a CVT Maxima, but the oil pan is different from any other one.

-EGR = This motor is equipped with EGR

-Plastic = The VIAS assembly is made from composite materials instead of metal, the functions are exactly the same and can be used with the older solenoids.

-If left blank, then it's the same as the 02 maxima.

-Bottom: Meaning the crank position sensor is on the BOTTOM of the motor and not towards the front (radiator) as they are on earlier nissans.

Intake Manifold Compatibility:

Maxima
-02-03:
-04-06: EGR
-07-08: Plastic

Murano
-03-07:

Quest:
-04-06: EGR
-06?/07? (I do not know exactly when the cut off is)-09: EGR, Plastic

Altima:
-02-04:
-05-06: EGR

I35:
-02-04:

Oil Pan Compatibility:

Maxima:
02-03 6MT:
02-03 4AT:
04-05 4AT:
04-06 5AT: Bottom, 5AT
05-06 6MT:
07-08 CVT: Bottom, CVT

Altima:
02-04 4AT:
02-06 MT:
05-06 5AT: Bottom, 5AT

Quest:
04-06 4AT:
04-07 5AT: Bottom, 5AT
08-09 5AT: Different Part # as the 04-07's, no idea if it's the same pan or not, or exhaust clearance may be different.

Murano:
03-04:
05-06: Full pattern, but may have clearance issues w/ the exhaust ~not sure on this.

I35:
02-04 4AT:

So now armed with the knowledge of which oil pan and intake manifold fit on which car, everything else is the same (for the most part) on the motor.

It is also possible to change intake manifolds and oil pans to fit the application you need it for too, so if you have a very specific application like an 08 maxima you can use an 03 maxima engine if you change the oil pan.

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For what it's worth, before it's asked:

RWD VQ35 oil pans are the same bolt pattern but the depth is different...shallower in the RWD application vs the FWD application. This would cause issues with the oil sender (pickup?), which is also a slightly different design RWD vs FWD. Safe to say RWD oil pans are not compatible.
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Originally Posted by aackshun View Post
The basis on fitment for this guide is the 02 Maxima,

The block on any FWD/AWD Nissan Badged product is the same, the key differences between the years are the upper (big aluminum) oil pan, and the intake manifold. Short of that there is not a difference (well for the most part) in the motor. The reason why the quest has the lowest power #'s is because of the tune on the ECU, not because of the cams, valves or whatever BS you have been reading, same reason why the Z makes more power than the maximas, tune (and different exhaust and etc, but most of the power difference is the cam tuning).

So now armed with the knowledge of which oil pan and intake manifold fit on which car, everything else is the same (for the most part) on the motor.
Lol I appreciate the post and the information but I cant help but feel like my http://forums.maxima.org/5th-generat...me-engine.html thread fueled this post. Especially when you referred to the Nissan Quest, correct? But man GREAT write up. Hopefully it becomes a sticky. I added your thread in my OP. BTW would swapping engines affect my choice of which Cattman headers to get? like ->03....04->
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Originally Posted by MrEous View Post
For what it's worth, before it's asked:

RWD VQ35 oil pans are the same bolt pattern but the depth is different...shallower in the RWD application vs the FWD application. This would cause issues with the oil sender (pickup?), which is also a slightly different design RWD vs FWD. Safe to say RWD oil pans are not compatible.
Nice save, I will add that, some n00b will think, ZOMG I CAN USE THE Z OIL PAN

You can't use a RWD oil pan.

I mean you can... but if you even have to ask the question, you can't.


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Lol I appreciate the post and the information but I cant help but feel like my http://forums.maxima.org/5th-generat...me-engine.html thread fueled this post. Especially when you referred to the Nissan Quest, correct? But man GREAT write up. Hopefully it becomes a sticky. I added your thread in my OP. BTW would swapping engines affect my choice of which Cattman headers to get? like ->03....04->
I've posted this information countless times in many threads, yours was just the last straw, I can find post easier if I'm the OP and not just someone replying to a thread..... So the next n00b who refuses to search will get flamed w/ meme images and a link here

And well if it's the same upper oil pan then no issues what so ever, the only ones I question or don't know about are stated above in the list.

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The year that comes with the cvt is what i had picked up when i did my swap and the upper pan and sensor location and plug were different.the pan had a slight indent or curve in to it and also the lower pan had a different bolt pattern.
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^ Hrmm, I wonder how close it is to the 5AT pans then....
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So the next n00b who refuses to search will get flamed w/ meme images and a link here
You know the org well, dont' you?
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You know the org well, dont' you?
Well this thread and my thread have DIRECT answers sooooo......
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Is there a thread with the RWD version differences listed? Ie. What does it take to swap in the RWD version other than the obvious bell housing, lower oil pan, and intake manifold, are the short blocks the same?
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ok i have an 07 maxima engine going into my 4thgen and i dont see anything plastic about the intake maniflod,i dont get it
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ok i have an 07 maxima engine going into my 4thgen and i dont see anything plastic about the intake maniflod,i dont get it
If it is black=plastic.
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yes ,but since when did the 6.5gen come with black manifolds,black started on the 7thgen,and came out first on the 07 altima.(black).
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yes ,but since when did the 6.5gen come with black manifolds,black started on the 7thgen,and came out first on the 07 altima.(black).
Are you asking or telling?
I give up.
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Thanks!

Originally Posted by aackshun View Post
So now armed with the knowledge of which oil pan and intake manifold fit on which car, everything else is the same (for the most part) on the motor.
Thanks for putting all of this into one section, and to the members that helped build this knowledgebase. Helps me isolate swappable engines.

I can't even begin to list all the other VQ35 engine threads on here that were also helpful.

Wish I had SurraTT's ***** for an '09 swap.

I'm searching for an engine, and a garage to perform the work since I don't have space and it would be the biggest auto project I've taken. If I can find part/labor costs anywhere near what others are reporting, I'll be happy. So far, best I can find is mid-mileage engines for $1200, $200 shipping if not local, and labor for $1000. Need to get that down a little....
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Originally Posted by TunerMaxima3000 View Post
Is there a thread with the RWD version differences listed? Ie. What does it take to swap in the RWD version other than the obvious bell housing, lower oil pan, and intake manifold, are the short blocks the same?


^^ noooooob!!! It's in the stickies!!!
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Originally Posted by phi11yphan View Post
Thanks for putting all of this into one section, and to the members that helped build this knowledgebase. Helps me isolate swappable engines.

I can't even begin to list all the other VQ35 engine threads on here that were also helpful.

Wish I had SurraTT's ***** for an '09 swap.

I'm searching for an engine, and a garage to perform the work since I don't have space and it would be the biggest auto project I've taken. If I can find part/labor costs anywhere near what others are reporting, I'll be happy. So far, best I can find is mid-mileage engines for $1200, $200 shipping if not local, and labor for $1000. Need to get that down a little....
Well the above guide will help kill your engine cost if you use it properly, I can tell you now 1k is too much for a good mileage (70-90k) VQ, just depends on which car you get it out of.

Also I would like to ask that we keep chatter down to a minimum here, only things that are needed in this thread are helpful contributions to the OP. Thanks.
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Well the above guide will help kill your engine cost if you use it properly, I can tell you now 1k is too much for a good mileage (70-90k) VQ, just depends on which car you get it out of.

Also I would like to ask that we keep chatter down to a minimum here, only things that are needed in this thread are helpful contributions to the OP. Thanks.
no chatter just tryna tell u no plastic mani on 6.5gen only 7gen and 07 altima and up.
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no chatter just tryna tell u no plastic mani on 6.5gen only 7gen and 07 altima and up.
God. You... Idiot... Stop.... Ugh.

You're just not worth it.

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According to the op's chart, to replace the engine in an 02 maxima, an 06 altima and an 08 quest would provide good donor engines with the transfer of manifolds/oil pans, etc...

After studying the fsm's for all three engines, the 02 max has a compression ratio of 10.3:1, but the 06 altima and 08 quest have 10.0:1. Would this attribute to some of the lower hp numbers for those motors?

It looks like the 07/08 Maxima engine would be the best bet, same 10.3 compression ratio. Does the plastic intake provide any upgrades over the 02 setup? Are throttle bodies interchangable or do I need to make certain the junkyard motor from an 07/08 comes with a throttle body?

Thanks for all the help this site has given me so far...
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Originally Posted by ablackformula View Post
According to the op's chart, to replace the engine in an 02 maxima, an 06 altima and an 08 quest would provide good donor engines with the transfer of manifolds/oil pans, etc...

After studying the fsm's for all three engines, the 02 max has a compression ratio of 10.3:1, but the 06 altima and 08 quest have 10.0:1. Would this attribute to some of the lower hp numbers for those motors?

It looks like the 07/08 Maxima engine would be the best bet, same 10.3 compression ratio. Does the plastic intake provide any upgrades over the 02 setup? Are throttle bodies interchangable or do I need to make certain the junkyard motor from an 07/08 comes with a throttle body?

Thanks for all the help this site has given me so far...
Go back and read the key about the identifier, "plastic".
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"-Plastic = The VIAS assembly is made from composite materials instead of metal, the functions are exactly the same and can be used with the older solenoids."

This really only mentions the vias function of the intake and does not talk about whether or not the throttle bodies are interchangeable. The throttle body gaskets for an 08 maxima and 02 maxima are different part numbers when looked up on nissanpartszone.com. This leads me to further questions... will the 02 throttle body fit to the 08 plastic intake, and if not, will the 08 throttle body work with the 02 ecu (same connectors, programming, etc?)

I will spend more time reading in the all motor section, but believe me I've already invested quite some time in searching this forum and fsm's and parts sites..
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The tb will interchange, it is only the vias assembly that is different.
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"-Plastic = The VIAS assembly is made from composite materials instead of metal, the functions are exactly the same and can be used with the older solenoids."

This really only mentions the vias function of the intake and does not talk about whether or not the throttle bodies are interchangeable. The throttle body gaskets for an 08 maxima and 02 maxima are different part numbers when looked up on nissanpartszone.com. This leads me to further questions... will the 02 throttle body fit to the 08 plastic intake, and if not, will the 08 throttle body work with the 02 ecu (same connectors, programming, etc?)

I will spend more time reading in the all motor section, but believe me I've already invested quite some time in searching this forum and fsm's and parts sites..
Hey it seems like you're really trying here and everyone can appreciate someone doing some great footwork on their own trying to arm themselves with knowledge and all but....

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I will not answer any questions along the lines of "I have an 02 maxima, will the 08 motor fit my car?" The answer is right in front of you.

but I will answer questions on how to use this guide, if you're having a hard time using it.

If you find any errors, please PM me so I can make corrections.

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Hello All.

2 questions on the compatibility chart.

So if the newer donor engine (04-06 5AT) has the CPS located at bottom, but its going into a vehicle where the CPS is located in the front (by radiator) (like on an 02 4AT), how are people dealing with the mis-matched location ? Are they just making a half-circle cut into the bottom of transaxle bell-housing to make a place for the CPS to fit ?

ERG is mentioned a few times for the intake. What is the significance ? Does ERG impact the fitment on an older vehicle.
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Hello All.

2 questions on the compatibility chart.

So if the newer donor engine (04-06 5AT) has the CPS located at bottom, but its going into a vehicle where the CPS is located in the front (by radiator) (like on an 02 4AT), how are people dealing with the mis-matched location ? Are they just making a half-circle cut into the bottom of transaxle bell-housing to make a place for the CPS to fit ?

ERG is mentioned a few times for the intake. What is the significance ? Does ERG impact the fitment on an older vehicle.
1.swap oil pan

2. Egr is useless get rid of it
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Thank you Nestorlugo. This makes perfect sense. I originally thought that CPS sensor hole was part of the block. But now that I looked closer at it I see that it is part of the oil pan. Hence swapping the oil pan solves the problem.

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Thank you very much aackshun for putting this information together and also Nestorlugo for your feedback. I bought a used VQ35 from a 2007 Maxima and dropped it into a 2002 Maxima. Runs well and everything works. As you directed in the fitment guide the main change was to swap the upper oil pan and intake manifolds from the old motor. In addition to that was a few small brackets and one sensor (the one underneath the lower intake manifold) that required swapping. Everything else fit perfectly. This is a great informative posting.
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