The exhaust pipe was rusted in places so had to be replaced within 6 months of getting the car. The engine was making a LOT of noise.
Brake pads were worn through, handbrake no longer works. The brake pads and brakes were replaced. Because of the cost, the left rear brake pad/brake was untouched. Basically, this is what is left that makes the parking brake still work- to the extent that the car will move if the parking brake is down, but it won't roll if you're parked. So it works half-way.
Essentially, when you press the accelerator, the car won't move any faster and in fact, starts slowing down instead. Its only when you press the gas ALL the way that the car jumps into speed. As well, when you're a stop light, the engine flutters pretty badly. This happened a week ago. Later on in the week, I had to stop driving it completely because the car was so irrational and so slow and jerky.
This latest problem is undiagnosed. I am so hoping someone will have been through it and will be able to make a suggestion. The mechanics have no clue what it is. I've had an engine diagnostic run and nothing was wrong. The air flow meter was found to be broken so we replaced it for $330 CDN. But that hasn't helped. The car is still jerking and not moving and shuddering. The "earth" of the car was also checked. It was fixed too. But to no avail. Help!
I love my Maxima. I adore it. Its comfortable, its big, it's a car that really feels like its taking care of you. I'm quite petite physically, so being in the Maxima with its roominess and sturdiness makes me feel 100 times more confident on the road, esp. in Canadian winters, than I ever felt in my Corolla. That car was written off after a collision. I bought my car for $4900 CDN too! Which is a steal. Definitely any and all future cars of mine will be Nissans.
I just wish this problem would resolve itself because its frustrating having to keep sinking money into it.