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Continued starting trouble. Now dealer says

Continued starting trouble on 01 Maxima. Car starts ok but does not stay running when cold only. Now dealer says ECM computer needs to be replaced with AIC valve. $1500 job. is there an alternative? This car is getting expensive - time to trade at 115,000 kms?

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B4 that b.s. check basics and fuel pressur regulator sounds like ur nor holdin fuel pressure leaky injectors check for dtcs codes

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