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I have an 01 Maxima which I have had for two years. It has about 240k miles and I change the oil and filter every 3000 miles. The automatic transmission is starting to act up. From a dead stop sometimes it seems like it's slipping then it will shift hard right into second. Anyway, the transmission is the least of my worries. The car has a really bad case of rust. So here's my question. I have found an 02 Maxima SE 6 speed with a blown motor. Would it be possible to swap the 3.0 out of my current car and drop it into the 02?
 

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Well, "anything is possible." But unless you are into swapping out the ECM and wiring harness among other things, then you probably won't want to get involved in such a swap. The VQ35DE of the 2002 with it's variable valve timing is quite a bit different than the VQ30DE of the 2001 Maxima. It'll certainly fit and bolt up to the transmission, it's just not a "drop it in and go" direct replacement swap.
 

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Well, "anything is possible." But unless you are into swapping out the ECM and wiring harness among other things, then you probably won't want to get involved in such a swap. The VQ35DE of the 2002 with it's variable valve timing is quite a bit different than the VQ30DE of the 2001 Maxima. It'll certainly fit and bolt up to the transmission, it's just not a "drop it in and go" direct replacement swap.
Well if money were no object, then sure.....but since I have a good running engine in search of a better body and transmission, I'm just trying to work with what I have....
 

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In that case, it's best to stick to 2000 and 2001 model years, but you can probably get it to drop into 95-99 models by swapping the intakes. Also, keep in mind there were some differences in California and Federal emission vehicles, so you may have to swap intakes even on 00-01 engine swaps.
 
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