Interior, Exterior & Lighting


Member Credit: schmellyfart

Greetings everyone, today I will be showing you how to install MKIII MR2 (ZZW30) seats in your A32.

First off, the most important part – weight.
A32 ’97 SE Power Cloth Driver Seat = 44lbs
A32 (unknown year&trim) Manual Cloth Driver Seat = 40lbs
ZZW30 ’02 Spyder Manual Cloth Driver Seat = 34.8lbs

A32 ’97 SE Manual Cloth Passenger Seat = 36.2lbs
ZZW30 ’02 Spyder Manual Cloth Passenger Seat = 32.8lbs

My total weight savings: ~12lbs taking into account longer bolts and spacers.

All weights measured to the tenth were done with an AMW-TL440, The rest were done with a bathroom scale. I plan to update the old bathroom scale weights in the future.

What you will need per seat:

  • [1] ZZW30 Seat
  • [1] Longer bolt
  • [1] 1/8″ washer
  • [1] 3/8″ Spacer
  • [1] 3/4″ Spacer

The longer bolts I used were taken off of a precat from a 99 Cali Spec.
The 1/8″ washer I had laying around. The 3/8″ and 3/4″ spacers were salvaged from an aluminum 7th gen engine mounting bracket.

First order of business is to trim off these locating tabs near the front two bolt holes.

Next, bend the front two mounting ears down about ~70°. Don’t bend it too far, you can always bend it down more, but the more that the joint is bent back and forth, the weaker it will become – which can lead to premature failure.

Rear mounting points. The 1/8″ washer goes underneath the rear bolt hole nearest the door. This can be shimmed to your personal preference, but so far the seat feels pretty level.

Front mounting point, exhaust tunnel side gets a 3/8″ spacer.

Front mounting point, door side gets (2) 3/8″ spacers totaling 3/4″ and the longer bolt.

The least frustrating way to bolt the seats in is to get the two rear bolts a couple turns away from being snug, so that there is still a fair amount of wiggle room. Then insert the spacers on the front and get those bolts started. Tighten up the front bolts, then the rears.

The way I have attached these seats makes the slider mechanism a little sticky, so extra effort will be required to ensure that the slider is locked into position after moving the seat.

Lastly, these seats do sit a little lower than stock. And they make it feel more like a race car

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Member Credit: Adam Chevront

I know ill get roasted by some and that’s ok. If you really research the tools you have and how to use them then any job isn’t bad. This took me a few hours but I’m happy with the results. Morning drive this morning and intake and plenum didn’t even get warm. That’s what I’m talking about.

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This seems to be common on the 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima’s. Below is a procedure you can follow before going to the dealer.

Possible causes:

  • Faulty or not programmed ignition key
  • Faulty IMMU
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

This code is usually triggered when a not registered or damaged key is used to start the engine. When the starting operation is carried out five or more times consecutively with the same unregistered key, the system will lock. If the problem occurs try disconnecting the car battery for about 30 minutes and then try starting the engine with a known registered key. If the problem persists you have to have the dealer erase the code and reprogram the keys again. If problem persists after disconnecting the car battery, try the following:


1. Turn ignition switch OFF.
2. Turn ignition switch ON with registered key. (Do not start engine.) Wait 5 seconds.
3. Return the key to OFF position.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 twice (total of three cycles).
5. Start the engine.

When is the code detected?
When the starting operation is carried out five or more times consecutively with an unregistered ignition key or faulty key.

Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Engine would not start

P1610 Nissan Description
An immobilizer is an electronic device fitted to an automobile which prevents the engine from running unless the correct key is present. This prevents the car from being hotwired after entry has been achieved.

The microcircuit inside the key is activated by a small electromagnetic field which induces current to flow inside the key body, which in turn broadcasts a unique binary code which is read by the automobile’s Engine Control Module (ECM). When the ECM determines that the coded key is both current and valid, the ECM activates the fuel-injection sequence.

The immobilizer function of the Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System (IVIS) or Nissan Anti-Theft System (NATS) consists of the following:

– NATS ignition key
– NATS antenna amp. located in the ignition key cylinder
– Body control module (BCM) or (IMMU)
– Engine Control Module (ECM)
– Security indicator lamp

OBDII Code P1610 Nissan - Lock Mode - Engine-Codes.com

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Member Credit: Paul Hallquist aka nicelowz

Some of you may have seen this in a few other Maxima groups. I did a 350Z heated and power seat swap into my 2002 Maxima. I used the 350z seat rails and all. I cut the 350z mounts from the rails and bolted the rails to a set of aftermarket brackets. Used existing heated seat wiring in the Maxima. Also had to trim the side panels off the 350z seats. I gained around 2 inches of headroom. I love them. No more sliding around in the turns. That..and they look great.


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Member Credit: Sparky

This 2003 Nissan Maxima came in with the complaint that the passenger front window would go down on it’s own. What I determined was that when the window was raised up, it would automatically cycle down about six inches. If the glass, motor or regulator have been removed a relearn procedure is needed to restore proper operation.

The first step in this process it to remove the door panel. If you have already removed any of the listed parts you of course already know how to remove the door panel. Lift the screws cover in the door panel pull handle.

Then using a philip’s head screwdriver remove the single screw.

Lift and remove the switch trim panel.

There are retainers at both ends that have to be dealt with.

Remove the outer trim ring from the inside door handle.

You have to work along the inside edge of the ring to release the locking tabs.

Remove the screw cover at the front of the door panel.

Then the phillip’s headed screw.

I am pointing to the rest button on the power window motor.

To reset the upper and lower limits:

Make sure all switches are connected.

Turn the ignition switch on.

Raise the window fully. You may have to play with it to get it to stop at the full closed position.

Press and hold the reset switch.

While lowering the window fully. I am holding the switch with my unseen fingers. Kind of hard to hold the reset button, lower the window and take the picture all at the same time.

Release the reset switch. Make sure it pops back out.

Raise the window fully.

The limit switches are now reset.

Now the most important part of this procedure. If the door panel is already back on, the procedure can be done by only removing the switch cover and locating the reset switch button that I am pointing to with my screw driver. If you cannot reach the reset button with your fingers you should be able to with a large tipped common screwdriver.

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