PAGE 1: EXTERIOR PICS
PAGE 2: ACCIDENT& HIWAY PICS
PAGE 3: INTERIOR PICS
PAGE 4: HI SPEEDOMETER PICS
PAGE 5: MY BROTHER'S 450HP RACETRUCK
PAGE 6: MY 95 MAXIMA AND 95 MUSTANG GTS (VERY RARE)
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This was my 98 Mercury Villager GS. I bought it in 2000 with 45,000 miles on it. I wanted a Nissan Maxima, but we have 4 kids, so I got this, since it has a Maxima engine. I now have 159,000 miles on it and it still runs like new. It has adequate power, decent handling, and enough space for the kids and our stuff. I like that it has a sporty look rather than the tall station wagon look of some of the other minivans.
This is the Nissan 150hp 3.0L SOHC V6 engine. It is great. In Oct.'03, the van started to misfire after being driven for 20 minutes. It would'nt shut off, but it ran badly.
I changed the plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor,& fuel filter to no avail.
A mechanic changed the knock sensor, both oxygen sensors, plugs, wires, cap,
rotor, and recommended a mass airflow sensor all for $1800 all to no avail. He called this van a no trouble code, mystery intermittent problem and
recommended a mass airflow sensor, ECU, coil, & coolant temp sensor. I took the
van to the dealer and they kept it for a week. They could not figure it out
either because the computer did not trigger the Check Engine light. They removed each injector and the disributor. The van ran well for 2 days and then started misfiring when warm
again. My options were,
1 Get a new engine -$3000
2 Change parts until fix -$?
3 Get"rid"of van -not paid 4
After 3 months and $2000, I decided to pick up a used ignition module $30 to no
avail. Then I figured 1 more try before I get rid of it and got a used distributor for $75 as opposed to the
dealer's $750 distributor.Had the mechanic put it in and I have put 15,000 miles on it with no misfiring. PROBLEM SOLVED! Hope this will prevent someone else from spending 2 grand on a
9-22-04: My timing belt broke. My fault because I should have changed it at 105,000 miles and I have 159,000. A good way to tell that the timing belt is worn is when you rev the engine and you hear the distributor rattling because the belt stretches. Good news is that these vans have a non-interference engine so I had no major internal engine damage, such as bent valves. My mechanic did not know this and he told me to buy a new engine! He replaced the belt,(after telling me that I was wasting time and money),and to his surprise the engine started right up! It always pays to do research and get other opinions after a mechanic diagnoses your car.