General & Misc


On February 22, 2022, all Nissan vehicles equipped with telematics hardware compatible for use with the 3G cellular network will be unable to access NissanConnect Services and NissanConnect EV features.

The NissanConnect Services and NissanConnect EV & Services telematics programs will be affected by AT&T’s decision to discontinue its 3G cellular network. On February 22, 2022, all Nissan vehicles equipped with telematics hardware compatible for use with the 3G cellular network will be unable to access NissanConnect Services and NissanConnect EV features. New enrollments for these vehicles will also no longer be allowed after June 1, 2021. After this point, customers who are not already enrolled in a telematics trial or subscription will be unable to access services for their vehicle. The decision to discontinue 3G network coverage was not made by Nissan and this change is not within Nissan’s control.

Community Member Credit: Onur Yaşa

As you know common issue for the second-gen FX/QX is the sunroof leak. That leak goes to the floor then kills the modules like the camera etc. The easy and best way to get rid of that leak is just to put another hose to the downside, drain holes in the engine bay.

In that way, you don’t need to break or put the risk of the trim pieces. I used a garden hose and got it to the cabin from the engine bay. when you look at the pics, you will understand. Tested in heavy rain, no issue anymore.

Community Member Credit: TBlueMax

I purchased this Tungsten Blue with Tan leather 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 6MT from Billy Ray Nissan in Longwood, FL back in 2002 and have driven it gently and kept it regularly serviced ever since. Recently replaced the battery January 2021, had a major service in May 2019 (spark plugs, coolant flush, A/C recharged, etc.), front/rear struts replaced, brake pads replaced, rotors resurfaced, fluid flushed in January 2015, and regular maintenance according to either time or miles.’

It’s a low mileage car at just over 71,562 miles these past 19 years and has been garage kept at home and work since new. Hand washed and waxed regularly and no drive-through machine washes. No drivetrain, suspension, or appearance mods.

In May 2018 I had the factory head unit swapped out for a Sony XAV-AX5000 7” Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Media Receiver with Bluetooth and have zero regrets as it’s worked really well and has been a welcome upgrade.


If you are considering upgrading your Nissan Maxima to a newer engine model, we recommend going with the 2016+ Gen3 VQ35DE Nissan. They have also come down in price and present a great option for a low mileage and newer engine. We’ve seen them as low as $850-$900 depending on mileage. There is also nothing wrong with considering a Gen2 VQ35DE (2009-2015) engine especially when you can get them at a much lower costs than Gen3. Ultimately, you make the decision on what is best, cost effective and convenient for you.

Overall, the 2016+ Gen3 engine has many new improvements over the previous 2009-2015 7thgen Generation Model Maxima. According to Nissan, the 2016+ engine has upgraded 61% over the previous engine. It also applies lessons learned and new technology from the legendary Nissan GT-R, such as sodium-filled valves.

Why it’s called Gen3 VQ35DE?

We’ve dubbed it the “Gen3 VQ35DE” to differentiate between the different years of the VQ35DE engine. When you hear Gen3, you know it’s an 8thgen 2016+ motor vs 7thgen.

  • 2002-2008 – 1st Generation VQ35DE (5thgen/6thgen)
  • 2009-2015 – 2nd Generation VQ35DE (7thgen)
  • 2016+ – 3rd Generation VQ35DE (8thgen)

Engine Specs:

Key Improvements Include:

  • Reduced Friction and Weights
  • New Upper Intake Manifold
  • Intake Runners Are Shorter and Wider for Improved Flow
  • Exhaust Valves Are Sodium-filled — Just like on the R35 Nissan GTR, and Other High-end Sports Cars
  • All New Part Numbers in the Cylinder Heads and Valvetrain, All-new and Reconfigured to Encourage a High Degree of Airflow
  • Timing Chains Driving the Valvetrain Are Redesigned with a Special Low-friction Design
  • Piston Skirts Are Anodized
  • Piston Rings Have a Diamond-like Coating Treatment, All to Reduce Friction
  • Oil Pump is Redesigned for Improved Flow
  • Oil Pan is Revised with Additional Ribbing to Reduce Noise Transmission
  • New High-flow Monolith Catalytic Converters That Reduce Exhaust Back Pressure

Swap Information:

The newer 2016+ 8thgen Motor has more solenoids than the previous 7thgen Motor. If you are putting this in an older Maxima, you need to hook up the solenoids noted in the photo.

2016+ Gen3 VQ35DE Swaps:

Notable Achievements on Gen3 VQ35DE

Altima SE-R – 521WHP GEN3 VQ35DE (UNOPENED), Tuned on UpRev by AdminTuning (No Cams or EVT)

Community Member Credit: Eddy

If you are having issues opening your trunk, you can use the emergency inside trunk release lever. It glows in the dark so you can easily find it.

How to Fix

You can try checking the wires shown below to see if any are broken. Many owners have resolved their issues by re-splicing any broken wires. This appears to be a common issue.

You can also try to check this button as well.

Community Member Credit: K Pazzo 6

Part Number Required: 28911-1E400
Price: $30.00



1) Open plastic cover from underneath the car, like you would do to change the passenger side fog light.

2) Now check to see if you see wire circled in the photo. This wire is needed to make the sensor work.

3) Now test-fit the sensor tube with wire.

4) Ok now to make sure it works. You need another person to help you with this step. Connect sensor tube. Now find a water bottle and cut the top off like the above pic, & fill it with water. Now turn the car on & dip the sensor tube in a bottle full of water. Now have another person check to see if your washer fluid warning light comes on your dash.

5) Now that you checked that it works. Have a bucket underneath & unplug the tube shown in the photo to drain any washer fluid in there.

6) Now look closely at the bottom left of the reservoir & you should see a sketched circle where the sensor tube should be.

7) Now take a 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch wood boring bit (I think that’s what it’s called) & drill a hole where the sketched circle is on the reservoir. Should look like the photo below.

8) As you can see in the photo I didn’t have a perfect circle. Because I believe the 1inch bit was too small but I just went round & round to make the hole bigger. *Don’t make it too big & test fit tube if need to. Should be a TIGHT fit for the sensor tube.*

9) Once the hole is big enough. Put on rubber around hole that came with sensor tube.

10) Now insert the sensor tube. Should be a tight fit!

11) Now with some silicone put it around the edges of the tube you inserted. This is just for extra protection that it won’t leak.

12) Now get wire & plug it into sensor tube & your DONE!!!

**To be safe I didn’t re-fill my washer fluid reservoir for a couple of days. Just to make sure the silicone completely dried.**