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Old 08-15-2011, 07:55 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Hello everyone. I just picked up a 04 6MT Max, already own a 97 as well as 01 Anniversary SE. The 04 has a hurt motor low compression, valvetrain noise as well as possible valve seals and HG. (Front Bank) Cyls 4.5.6. Its smoking oil big time upon startup and acceleration. Im going to drop in a JY low mileage VQ35de. My question is the following: whats the newest motor can I drop in my new Max thats plug and play. Can I put in an 06 or or can I go even 07? Also,I assume that I pull a motor out of a Automatic Tranny donnor car given that I swap the flywheel onto the newer motor prior installation.

The car has 130K and has been kept in good shape for the most part. Previous owner has taken care of suspension brakes and all, but I was told that once the timing chain tensioner went out, car was taken to a shop and it was never right after all. Instead of trying to figure out someone else's previous repairs and ripping motor all apart and possible finding other issues, Id rather just do R/R and enjoy my "Elite" package Max.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

-Dan
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i THINK the highest youd be able to go is an 06 motor... but im not really sure. you may be able to do an 07/08 motor but i dont know if because it has the CVT tranny that anything is different.

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I would pick up an 06 engine to be safe and go from there.
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Default Re: Engine Replacement

Thanks guys. The search for a used motor brings up another question...There is a lot of low mileage Nissan Quest motors. Are the VQ35's identical to the Max's motor or de-tuned in some way given that it powers a minivan???

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Same engine.
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yeah they are the same. i have a friend that took a quest engine and threw it in his 5th gen.
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Thank you guys. Much appreciated!
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You should be able to swap in one from an altima also.
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^^ Yup , that too.
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Originally Posted by Danski6MT View Post
Hello everyone. I just picked up a 04 6MT Max, already own a 97 as well as 01 Anniversary SE. The 04 has a hurt motor low compression, valvetrain noise as well as possible valve seals and HG. (Front Bank) Cyls 4.5.6. Its smoking oil big time upon startup and acceleration. Im going to drop in a JY low mileage VQ35de. My question is the following: whats the newest motor can I drop in my new Max thats plug and play. Can I put in an 06 or or can I go even 07? Also,I assume that I pull a motor out of a Automatic Tranny donnor car given that I swap the flywheel onto the newer motor prior installation.

The car has 130K and has been kept in good shape for the most part. Previous owner has taken care of suspension brakes and all, but I was told that once the timing chain tensioner went out, car was taken to a shop and it was never right after all. Instead of trying to figure out someone else's previous repairs and ripping motor all apart and possible finding other issues, Id rather just do R/R and enjoy my "Elite" package Max.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

-Dan
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2003-2008 Murano VQ35DE
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