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2004 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan Auto

2004 Nissan Maxima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-Size
20 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy
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March 9, 2011, 4:59 pm

Michael A

Question: what type of fluids are the best to per oil and transmission for a 2010 maxima

Was just wanting to make sure and put good quality fluids in the car. Didn't know if Nissan recommends a certain kind.

March 10, 2011, 7:07 pm

Phil H

Hi Mike...... I have a 2010 Max 3.5SV premium pkg.... my Nissan mechanic said that ester oil was required.... when I inquired from Nissan North America, I got the following response:

In regards to your oil inquiry, as you had previously referenced from the 2010 Maxima Owner’s Manual, “Nissan recommends the use of an energy conserving oil in order to improve fuel economy. Select only engine oils that meet the American Petroleum Institute (API) certification or International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) certification and SAE viscosity standard. These oils have the API certification mark on the front of the container. Oils which do not have the specified quality label should not be used as they could cause engine damage."

The above referenced information is a recommendation, not a requirement. The engine oil viscosity or thickness changes with temperature choosing an oil viscosity other than that recommended could cause serious engine damage. If damage is caused to the engine due to using a viscosity which is not recommended, this would not be considered a warrantable failure, and I turn would not be covered.

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April 6, 2011, 5:25 am

Michael A

Thanks Philiph0826... Much appreciated

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