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Hello, My name is Steven. I live in Charlotte, NC. I have a 1999 Mercury Villager which has the same engine and drive train as the 1999 Nissan Maxima. The Transmission went six months ago, I am in the process of having it rebuilt. After that I am considering having the engine rebuilt (there are currently no problems with the engine). Prior to the transmission issues there were no problems with the vehicle, I was getting 425-435 miles on the highway and 325-335 miles driving around Charlotte on a weekly basis. I am a Realtor and drive a lot. My question is, is this a reasonable expense?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Steven, In my opinion there is not a need to rebuild an engine that gives out no current issues. I would begin with replacing valve cover seals, and routine maintenance such as; spark plugs, plug wires, fuel filter, maybe a coolant flush if need be. I feel there is not a need to endure the cost of a rebuilt if you are having no serious pressing issues with the condition and performance of your engine at this time. AJ Pierce

Donna Burmeister, Service Manager at Classic Nissan When overhauling the Nissan trans, you also have to replace the valve body and torque converter,along with other parts.It*s not cost effective. Parts are more than replacing it with a remanufactured that comes with a factory warranty. A remanufactured Nissan trans runs about $2800.00 plus installation and tax. If your engine was fine before the trans went,there would be no reason not to repair.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Steven, If you are happy with the current performance of the vehicle, you may not want to have the engine rebuilt. It seems this is an extra cost that is not necessary at this time. However, it is a personal decision. I always find it helpful to make a list of pros and cons. Suzanne

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