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My 2001 Maxima makes a sound like a rocking chair as it travels. Is it Bushings? Is it suspension? I have over 200K kilimeters on the car.

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Yes, maybe, who knows, anythings possible, some cars that went 200,000 actually went 400 and some 100, we have no clue to the type of driver and neglect a vehicle has seen.

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