Layton “Seiran” Boyce
Auto Repair With Scotty Kilmer
Aug 17, 2017

Scotty, My girlfriend has a 2004 Nissan Maxima. The Cam sensor bank 1 went bad, so I told her I would replace B1B2 and the Crank.
She just moved in So I've never worked on her car,
But as you can see that I found the subframe on the drivers side with a big rust hole that goes through top and bottom of the beam.
Nissan sites say this is normal for that year,
Other sites say this type of thing is unrepairable and you have to have a body shop pull the front end engine, panels, etc and replace that front section.
I'm not letting her drive it , and I don't know if its even safe to drive to a dealer.
Is this part structural?
Or does it distribute the force of a crash as some have said?
Do I don't worry about it or scrap the car because its unsafe and get a new used one? Which we may not be able to afford. But I cant sell a potentially deadly car so someone. I would have to scrap it, But it runs GREAT!
Just need some good info ;0)
Thanks Scotty if you can help
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Anthony Zingale
Anthony Zingale

@Layton. Tell your girlfriend to get a used Toyota Prius. They hold their value, are super fuel efficient (44 MPG), and are as practical as some SUVs. Plus, SUVs are more popular than ever, which means that they'll cost more than something like a Prius. I've seen Prius's with 400,000 original miles on them and have had nothing done to them other than preventative maintenance and regular oil and filter changes.

Layton
Layton

@JDM_guy Thanks Ill point her in that direction! Have a great weekend

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

I recommend a Toyota RAV4 for city driving or for off-road purpose and get a 4wd Toyota 4Runner.

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

Tell you're girlfriend to stay away from Subarus. Scotty has mention in the past that they're problematic cars as they age. Now for your second question, I don't have an answer because I've never experienced a situation like that before. Is she specifically looking for an SUV?

Layton
Layton

Quick question, I live in an Apt so I cant strip it for parts any way of making more than scrap money off of it?

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