early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

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Old 05 Nov 2003, 06:31 am   #1 (permalink)
Mike Mason
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Default early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

I'm starting to shop for a replacement vehicle for our wrecked 92
Camry. I'm considering hunting for 92-96 Camry and same for Maxima.
I've done a little reading on a Nissan board and seems the maintenance
on a Maxima might be more expensive than Camry. Is this true? Do you
think a well maintained Maxima would be a good choice if I can't find
a Camry with the service records? TIA.
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Old 05 Nov 2003, 07:13 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

Since all Maximas had 6 cylinder motors
and only some camrys back then did then
maintenance would be higher for Maxima.
I dont think the Maxima held up that well
compared to Camry. Find a nice 96 model
if you can.
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Old 05 Nov 2003, 06:47 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

> Since all Maximas had 6 cylinder motors
> and only some camrys back then did then
> maintenance would be higher for Maxima.
> I dont think the Maxima held up that well
> compared to Camry. Find a nice 96 model
> if you can.


Are 92-96 Camrys basically the same vehicle? or are there subtle
differences/advatages to the later years?
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Old 05 Nov 2003, 07:40 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

The 4 cyl version of those years, aside from cosmetics, front/rear
treatments are the same. In 1994, the 3.0 L aluminum, 1MZ-FE V6 replaced
the iron block 3VZ-FE V6. OBD II diagnostics also came with this
version/year as well.

A Maxima of the same years will have many versions of the V6 according to
the trim line. Weakest would be the VG30E (timing belt), in the middle
VE30DE, and lastly the VQ30DE (chain). All 95 and 96 models came with the
VQ30DE.

Weak points for the Maxima has been fuel injectors, window motors, and
clutch for manual models. The one I owned was VERY solid, reliable, and well
built, but gas mileage was rather poor, at least with my 91 manual SE

"Mike Mason" <mikendebbie@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> > Since all Maximas had 6 cylinder motors
> > and only some camrys back then did then
> > maintenance would be higher for Maxima.
> > I dont think the Maxima held up that well
> > compared to Camry. Find a nice 96 model
> > if you can.

>
> Are 92-96 Camrys basically the same vehicle? or are there subtle
> differences/advatages to the later years?



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Old 05 Nov 2003, 07:52 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

>Are 92-96 Camrys basically the same vehicle? or are there subtle
>differences/advatages to the later years?


Subtle changes to the bodywork, about 1994 they added the
passenger airbag. By 1996 they ironed out any minor problems.
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Old 06 Nov 2003, 06:07 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

I had a 92 Max and a 91 Max. Other common problems were cracks in the
exhaust manifold, faulty door locks, crappy BOSE stereo systems, digital
instrument clusters would die, bad vehicle speed sensors...all these
problems happened in BOTH my Maximas. They rusted like hell too.

The only thing I liked better than my 92 Camry is that the VE30DE engine
just purred....

Stick with the Camry, I really like the newer Maximas but for the older
models, the Camry is more reliable.


"Platil" <sig220@insightbb.com> wrote in message
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> The 4 cyl version of those years, aside from cosmetics, front/rear
> treatments are the same. In 1994, the 3.0 L aluminum, 1MZ-FE V6 replaced
> the iron block 3VZ-FE V6. OBD II diagnostics also came with this
> version/year as well.
>
> A Maxima of the same years will have many versions of the V6 according to
> the trim line. Weakest would be the VG30E (timing belt), in the middle
> VE30DE, and lastly the VQ30DE (chain). All 95 and 96 models came with the
> VQ30DE.
>
> Weak points for the Maxima has been fuel injectors, window motors, and
> clutch for manual models. The one I owned was VERY solid, reliable, and

well
> built, but gas mileage was rather poor, at least with my 91 manual SE
>
> "Mike Mason" <mikendebbie@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:66f3d2ec.0311051647.7b05542f@posting.google.c om...
> > > Since all Maximas had 6 cylinder motors
> > > and only some camrys back then did then
> > > maintenance would be higher for Maxima.
> > > I dont think the Maxima held up that well
> > > compared to Camry. Find a nice 96 model
> > > if you can.

> >
> > Are 92-96 Camrys basically the same vehicle? or are there subtle
> > differences/advatages to the later years?

>
>



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Old 11 Dec 2003, 09:12 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: early 90's Camry vs Maxima?

In article <20031105205224.01596.00000260@mb-m29.aol.com>,
robmurr@aol.com (ROBMURR) wrote:

> >Are 92-96 Camrys basically the same vehicle? or are there subtle
> >differences/advatages to the later years?

>
> Subtle changes to the bodywork, about 1994 they added the
> passenger airbag. By 1996 they ironed out any minor problems.


These camrys... if you were so inclined (and adept), you could change
the oil filter w/ your feet. There's THAT much room for you. There's
also a fun little ECT switch by the driver selector (electronically
controlled transmission, a sports mode if you will). This is in addition
to the overdrive switch. Just pop in some cheap platinum sparkplugs and
you'll forget it's a 4-banger family sedan.

Besides the drive, the hood is held up by 2 hydraulic arms (in my 96
anyways).
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