my3rdgen 89-94


Credit: kalebonline

Engine Oil SAE 5W-30, API SG, Energy Conserving Oil
With Oil Filter 4 1/8 qt
Without Oil Filter 3 3/4 qt
Tune Up
Spark Plugs * The VG30E, unlike the VE30DE, does NOT use platinum plugs.
Standard Type BKR6ES-11
Hot Type BKR5ES-11
Cold Type BKR7ES-11
Plug Gap 0.039 – 0.043 in (1.0 – 1.1 mm)
Ignition Timing 15º ± 2º BTDC (Before Top Dead Center)
Base Idle 700 ± 50 RPM
Curb Idle (target) 750 ± 50 RPM (Curb Idle means when it’s under a load I believe)
Idle Mixture Ratio Less than 8% CO
Valve Clearance
Intake 0.010 – 0.013 in (0.26 – 0.34 mm)
Exhaust 0.011 – 0.015 in (0.29 – 0.37 mm)
Throttle Position Sensor * (T/V means Throttle Valve) also abbreviated TPS
T/V Closed Approx. 1.0 kOHM
T/V Open Approx. 9.0 kOHM
T/V/S On RPM 250  150 RPM
Power Valve Actuator * Shortens the intake length inside the upper intake manifold
Initial Opening Vacuum -3.94 – -7.87 in/Hg (-100 – -200 mm/Hg)
P/V Butterfly Clearance 0.0118 (+0.0025 or -0.0008) in [0.30 mm (+0.06 or -0.02 mm)] * This makes no sense to me
Radiator Fill
Coolant Type Ethylene Glycol
Coolant Capacity 8 3/4 qt
Standard 173 psi
Minimum 128 psi
Diff Between Cylinders 14 psi
Fuel System
Fuel Pressure at Idle Vacuum applied at fuel pressure regulator – 34 psi
Vacuum released at pressure regulator – 43 psi
Fuel Pump Resistance 0.5 OHM
Fuel Pump Drop Resistance 0.9 OHM
Fuel Injector Resistance 10 – 14 OHM
Mass Air Flow Sensor * Abbreviated as MAF or MAFS
Supply Voltage 11 – 14 V
Output Voltage 1.0 – 1.3V
Mass Air Flow
At Idle 2.0 – 6.0 gm/sec
2500 RPM 7.0 – 20.0 gm/sec
Coolant Temp Sensor Resistance
68ºF (20ºC) 2.1 – 2.9 kOHM
122ºF (50ºC) 0.68 – 1.00 kOHM
176ºF (80ºC) 0.30 – 0.33 kOHM
Front O2 Sensor Heater
2.3 – 4.3 OHM * I really don’t know why they have two O2 Sensors listed here, there is only one. Oh well
Rear O2 Sensor Heater
2.3 – 4.3 OHM
EGR Temp Sensor Resistance
At 212ºF (100ºC) 85.3 ± 8.53 kOHM
IACV-AAC Valve Resistance Approx. 27 – 40 OHM * Means Idle Air Control Valve – Auxiliary Air Cut Valve
Electrical Ignition System
Firing Order 1-2-3-4-5-6 * Imagine that! :0)
Battery Specs Standard Optional
Type USA 55D23L 80D26L
Capacity (V/AH) 12 / 50 12 / 65
Type Canada 80D26L 95D31L
Capacity (V/AH) 12 / 65 12 / 80
Disc Current 150 Amps 195 Amps
Charging System
Alternator Type LR190-711
Nom. Rated Out 12V / 90A
Reg. Volt 14.1 – 14.7
Hot Output Amp (Amps/RPM) More than 23 / 1300
More than 63 / 2500
More than 84 / 5000


Credit: kalebonline

Here’s a quick list to determine your model/engine, etc.

1) Do your windows have chrome trim or black trim? If chrome, it’s a GXE. If black, it’s an SE.
Another way to tell: if your gauges are white text on black, you have a GXE. If they’re black on white, it’s an SE

2) If your Maxima is an 89-94 GXE, you have a SOHC, 160HP VG30E engine.

3) If your Maxima is a 89-91 SE, you have a SOHC, 160HP VG30E engine.

4) If your Maxima is a 92-94 SE, you have a DOHC, 190HP VE30DE engine.


Credit: crazy4maxima / kalebonline

Okay I am Seeing a lot of problems how to reset the keypad, Well my part of the write up is to help those with some pics of the location of the security unit. Get a flash light and move the passenger seat all the way back. and lay on your back facing up, head under the glove box where the passengers feet would be. now look up to your left… facing the door you will see a brass box with wires coming out of it.. locate the number starting with the letter “S” ex. S1329123..write those numbers down. IT SHOULD BE 7 DIGITS LONG!

Get out the max and and lock the doors. The Security light should come on the dash and then turn off. Press the St Button (last button to the left) Enter the digits you got from the box, after you enter it you hear beeping from the horn, at this time you must enter a new code with in 10 seconds. Pick a number that you can remember easily. The Code cannot be repeating

Below is an example:

Code consists in this pattern:

  • Keypad Button 1= 12
  • Keypad Button 2= 34
  • Keypad Button 3= 56
  • Keypad Button 4= 78
  • Keypad Button 5= 90

Pattern Notes:

  • Any combo of the keypad buttons 1,2,3,4,5
  • Cannot be repeated… 1 1 5 4 3
  • Good code is……… 1 4 2 4 1 numbers dont repeat back to back
    like the first one.
  • I think the code can be anywhere from 3-8 numbers.

I used this photo since my image station account no longer exists I Googled and found this pic from here on the org.

I had my Maxima since Sep 01.. and i was wondering the same thing on how to change my code… The dealership (stealership) wanted to charge me 100+ to take out the glove box and “Reprogram” the computer. B/S, and all it took me was 3 minutes…when you put your pass code you can open the window, open the trunk and or course open the doors.. the only thing you can close is the door.. the windows and the truck have to closed manually.


Credit: Matt93SE

To find the code, grab a flashlight, then look behind the glovebox, toward the right side tire.. you’ll see a gold colored box with a sticker on it. It has three numbers on it. the middle set (IIRC) is the correct number. it should be around 7 digits.

Now go back outside the car to the keypad. Hit the clear button, then punch that number into your keypad, then you’ll hear a long, sustained beep. While it’s sounding the beep, enter your NEW key code into it. It has to be at least 3 or 4 numbers, forget the total. When you’re done punching it in, just stop pushing buttons and let it sit for a few seconds.

When it gets done beeping, hit the clear button again and punch in the code you entered. It should unlock the doors if they’re locked. Hit the button with TRK on it and it’ll pop the trunk. Hit the WDW or whatever button and it will roll down the front windows.


Owner: Gustavo Castillo Jr

Year: 1993
Model: White
Color:  Custom
Engine: VE30DE
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Trim: SE

Its not a skyline by any means even if I did put the motor and transmission in it. It’s just a Maxima customized in a way others never attempted to do. I have no skyline badges on it as I had all badges shaved. To me my car is my baby Fantasma.

Mod List:

  • VE30DE Engine
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • OBX Headers
  • EGR Delete
  • eBay Cold Air Intake
  • 300ZX NA Catalytic Converter
  • Hayame DTX Muffler
  • Eibach Lowering Springs
  • Nissan Skyline GTR R34 Wheels w/ 235/45/R18 Ties
  • Slotted and Drilled Rotors
  • Premium Ceramic Brake Pads


This post is dedicated to Dan aka DanNY who passed away on February 18th, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.  It was very heartbreaking to receive the sad news from Harjit (a long time close friend of Dan’s). If you’ve ever visited MAXIMA.ORG, then of course you know of Dan. He was an active moderator who was truly passionate about the Maxima community and genuinely helping out others.

Dan was also very active on NYCMAXIMAS.ORG (bright and early every day). A true pioneer and legend in the Maxima game. We had the opportunity to meet him a few times in person ( he was very low key). Very nice guy and super knowledgeable. He was a 3rdgenner 4 life and had a beautiful 3rdgen! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. 

Hug your kids and families, reconnect with friends you lost touch with because tomorrow is never promised. Don’t sweat the small stuff in life….bc it’s just not worth it sometimes. – Dan aka DanNY


Daniel Kawai Mau born in Hong Kong, China in 1976, immigrated to America at the age 4 along with his parents and older brother. The family settled in Queens after moving from Elmont, Long Island in order to give their children the best opportunities.  Danny graduated from Hofstra University with a finance degree. After marrying the love of his life, he ultimately established his own family in Flushing.

Danny is survived by his wife, Danielle Alletto Mau, and their three beautiful children, Sophia (12), Olivia (9) and Isabella (17 months) his parents Yau Tai, and Man Chung Mau, brother James (Sharon), brother in laws Eugene, Keith (Ann Marie), sister in law Melissa (Vinny) and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother in law Michael and his in-laws Eugene and Linda Alletto.

Danny was known for his sense of humor, huge appetite, love of cooking, home improvement, working on cars and technical IT work.  His favorite pastime was his passion for supporting his friends and family, Danny was loved by many, and will be dearly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Danny Mau’s memory to the Glioblastoma Foundation:

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