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Old 10-28-2013, 07:32 AM
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:37 AM
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Def. source a 2nd hand diff from a salvage yard. That is step 1.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:34 AM
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Is this the end?

First step actually is I have an appointment Friday at a good Indy.

Spoke on the phone - he said very rare to have oil leaks where dealer said. Might just be from valve cover above.

Differential - he said very rare to fail here too. Could be bearing.

Anyway, I will take in Friday and get Eval done. Keeping my fingers crossed!

BTW he said X3 is a very reliable SUV and should not have these issues.

With my 7500 mile oil changes and 75000 mile diff fluid change, I have been doing the right things.

Will post update Friday.

In the meantime, new car shopping on hold!

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:18 AM
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Very good news! Keep us posted.

A leaking valve cover gasket and Oil Filter Housing gasket can make a huge mess - making locating the leak difficult. Hopefully those are the culprits.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:31 AM
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I'm not sold on AWD; seems like extra complexity and more problematic than just a simple set of snows. My next car will in all likelihood not be AWD.

I'm not knowledgeable about larger cars like Maxima or Taurus. However, the Ford Focus hatch is a terrific car, as is the Escape although that can get pricey. You can still get a VW Tiguan base with a manual gearbox, and then use the money you saved to retrofit (without too much difficulty) items like the uprated radio or xenon headlamps.
The new Escape should never be a car anyone here would ever consider. When I was looking for an SUV and had never driven one before and didn't know anything about them I test drove a fully loaded 2013 and the one reason I never considered it after was because of the interior noise while driving. It was worse than my 10 year old Taurus! Ford did a horrible job of insulating this vehicle. A few weeks later a sales rep drove a rental one a few hundred miles to my company and the first thing he said was " that car is terrible on a highway ride too much rode noise inside."
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:25 PM
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The new Escape should never be a car anyone here would ever consider. When I was looking for an SUV and had never driven one before and didn't know anything about them I test drove a fully loaded 2013 and the one reason I never considered it after was because of the interior noise while driving. It was worse than my 10 year old Taurus! Ford did a horrible job of insulating this vehicle. A few weeks later a sales rep drove a rental one a few hundred miles to my company and the first thing he said was " that car is terrible on a highway ride too much rode noise inside."
Go to the 2:50 minute mark, I told the world that its bad

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Old 10-28-2013, 01:11 PM
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Very good news! Keep us posted.

A leaking valve cover gasket and Oil Filter Housing gasket can make a huge mess - making locating the leak difficult. Hopefully those are the culprits.
Keeping my fingers crossed! I still hope I get 2 or more years out of the X3 (at minimal cost)!


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Old 10-28-2013, 01:38 PM
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i also have a 2007 X3, but w/only 42K miles and in excellent condition so i hope not to be car shopping anytime soon. i have had 2 maxima's in the past and they have been the most reliable cars i've ever owned (190K and 220K and sold both still running well). the nissan v6 is an excellent engine overall but the newer maxima's have grown a lot larger/heavier and less sporty -- not the same as the original "4 door sports car".

if you need 4WD, my personal advice would be to stay away from audi -- i had an a6 which was very high maintenance and not great in the snow either. but i still do have my old subaru forester (190K) -- can't kill it/keep it as a beater and actually a lot of fun to drive w/the manual.

sounds like you're looking for something very different than an X3....if you don't need an SUV and don't need 4WD, then you have a lot of options - can't really go wrong with a maxima but you might also want to take a look at the new mazda 6.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:50 PM
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ican't really go wrong with a maxima but you might also want to take a look at the new mazda 6.
How wrong can you go with way to expensive, ugly and boring?

Mazda 6 I agree, it is a must see!
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:57 PM
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I feel the OP's pain. My 2005 X3 2.5 became a bit expensive having hit 200,000kms. New drive shaft, new rear wiper motor among other little things.

I've owned two Maximas (1994 and 2000) and both were good cars. However in doing some tire kicking I didn't see much from Nissan that appealed to me including the current Maxima.

I live in a rural area so want AWD and prefer a small SUV. Nothing has quite said "take me home" just yet.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:48 AM
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I feel the OP's pain. My 2005 X3 2.5 became a bit expensive having hit 200,000kms. New drive shaft, new rear wiper motor among other little things.

I've owned two Maximas (1994 and 2000) and both were good cars. However in doing some tire kicking I didn't see much from Nissan that appealed to me including the current Maxima.

I live in a rural area so want AWD and prefer a small SUV. Nothing has quite said "take me home" just yet.
The Maxima is a nice car. One issue is it does not inspire me. I still get excited every day driving my BMWs!

A lot of the Japanese cars feel more like an appliance, albeit a dependable appliance!


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Old 10-29-2013, 08:12 AM
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The Maxima is a nice car. One issue is it does not inspire me. I still get excited every day driving my BMWs!

A lot of the Japanese cars feel more like an appliance, albeit a dependable appliance!


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Old 10-29-2013, 09:09 AM
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i miss my maximas VQ is a beast
It's just the CVT with the car. Does not equate to sportiness to me.


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Old 10-29-2013, 09:43 AM
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:32 PM
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yeah, but nissan makes the best ones at least. G37x is a great all around car and no CVT
I agree - it is amazing the levels of refinement (or lack of refinement in some cases) the CVTs have by manufacturer.

Might have to drive the Infinity if the Indy has the same conclusion.


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Suddently, the Mazda3 has shown up on my radar........I will wait for the 2,5s to be available with 3 pedals but want to give it whirl this weekend. Initial reviews have been very positive, and if VW is gonna drag its feet until mid-late next summer on the Golf, then they might lose a customer.

Plus, I'd prob aim for the fully-loaded version, with adaptive xenons, autonomous City braking, and Active Cruise Control. Doubt VW will offer those options in North America. With the i-ELOOP thingy, consumption and emissions fall within my requirements as well, even though it's a petrol. Transport Canada has it listed as 7,2/5,0 l/100km which is just better than my maximum fuel consumption, and although the 2,5 is not sold in Europe, the 2,0 emits 135 g/km so I'm guessing the 2,5 is about 150-160-ish for COČ.

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Old 10-29-2013, 07:18 PM
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:16 AM
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Well I decided to stick with the X3 for now. There is an oil pan leak for sure. Will be $1300 to repair. No crank seal leak seen but Indy will check when working on pan. Very minor leak on valve cover - not sure if I will address yet or not (may do myself in spring).

He is not convinced rear diff is bad. There is some noise/vibration at acceleration but could be front or rear drive shaft. If diff he recommended used at 1/2 the price. He said I should drive it until it gets worse for better diagnosis.

So keeping my fingers crossed! Trying to get to 200k miles or more with high expenditures!

I could not justify the Maxima right now. Payments would have been $400 per month. Can't do right now. Plus new depreciates so fast! Plus, not a BMW!


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madurodave,

My wife's e39 just took $3k in repairs at an indi. It only has about 80k on it as a 13 year old car. Our thinking process was: "where can we find a car for $3k that we believe we can get 80k miles out of".
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madurodave,

My wife's e39 just took $3k in repairs at an indi. It only has about 80k on it as a 13 year old car. Our thinking process was: "where can we find a car for $3k that we believe we can get 80k miles out of".
I know , I have been going through the same thoughts. The X3 still looks great and handles great.

I just can't get the same feeling from Japanese cars. I think I am spoiled now!

Anyway, leak, transfer case service and oil change (since dropping pan) will be done for around $1500 total.

Will just see how rest goes. If I go with used diff then that service would be about $1500 also if needed.

My wife, who drives half my distance , may start driving the X3. Then I would be putting a lot of miles on her 530, so not sure if I will do . As long as I get 2-3 more years out of the X3 I will be happy!


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My rule of thumb is when I have expensive repairs on high mileage cars:
Think like you are buying the car again for the $5k that the repairs will cost.
So would you buy the car for that kind of money or not, it's as easy as that
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My rule of thumb is when I have expensive repairs on high mileage cars:
Think like you are buying the car again for the $5k that the repairs will cost.
So would you buy the car for that kind of money or not, it's as easy as that
It depends on how often I have to "buy" it.
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It depends on how often I have to "buy" it.
Yup. At a certain point, one is going spend a lot of money fixing a few items, only to have other items break a few months later.
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Yup. At a certain point, one is going spend a lot of money fixing a few items, only to have other items break a few months later.
Yes. At that point, it is time to move on.

If I can get a couple of years, maybe the i3 is in my future!


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