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Nissan Maxima



  • But, they are out of my price range!

    Oh well, I'll take my Nissan as well. It has been an awesome car.

  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    And I think agree that it must be even more than 40ft. Now that someone mentioned it, it does seem like it takes an unusual amount of left to right movement to steer the car, especially in parking lots and tighter corners; certainly not a tight feeling. Perhaps this is why there's an amazing amount of torque steer too... just too much play in the wheel from left to right.
  • Hi All, sorry to say that I have finally met the third and most annoying problem with the '03 Max.....the leaky sunroof! I've met and fixed both the hood rattle and the faulty Bose stereo head unit (I hope!), but now I've encountered the leaky sunroof. I took my car into a touchless carwash (don't want to mess up my paint and Zaino coating!) the other day to get the winter road salt off my car and noticed upon exiting that my roof liner was wet, especially along the driver side. Boy, was I pi**ed!!! I'm hoping it was a fluke with the cold air temperature (-15 celcius) causing the rubber/vinyl seal around the sunroof to harden, thus making it easier to "move" under the high pressure of the sprayers(?). Anyway, has anyone else out there had a similar problem? What was the solution? Did the dealer have a good fix? Is there a TSB for it? I will contact my dealer this week for an appointment to have it looked at, but I would appreciate being "armed" before I go. One thing I find real frustrating in my area is how sleazy and dishonest the Nissan dealers are. I had a lot of trouble with them in the past with my '97 SE, so I'm not looking forward to another "fleecing". Thanks in advance.
  • hammer19: Yes, I have an '03 SE and the ONLY problem I've encounted SO FAR is the sunroof leaking when I went thru a car wash, it did not leak in the rain. But, my dealer fixed it. My service manager contacted a nissan engineer and they said that the glass needed an adjustment. I'm not sure if they took the glass entirely out, but whatever they did, it fixed my leak. After I picked it up I went straight to the same car wash, and it did not leak anywhere. So hopefully, you just need it adjusted like mine. Good Luck!

    So far, that is the only problem that I have had. I bought it back in Nov. and it only had 5 miles on it. It now has 1500 on it. I love the car, period.
  • al57al57 Posts: 67
    I am looking for some answers based on my Post 6205.Are the amount of posts based on the turning radius of the max so important? When you test drive isnt the turning ability or lack of evident right there? Lets entertain some possible waranty concerns of fellow max owners
  • bobfeldbobfeld Posts: 33
    is it okay to use regular unleaded fuel in the 03 maxima??
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    Thats fine. Premium is recommended for optimal performance, however.

    Thats one problem that I looked for based on whats been said leaks with my 02 SE.

    However...Half of the hood(drivers side) experiences the proverbial hood bounce, the other half is OK. According to the TSB(VIN range) my car is not supposed to be affected. Not really a big deal, but does anyone else have half-a-hood bounce?
  • bill_lbill_l Posts: 38
    I'm going to buy a 96' Maxima with 106K miles on it. I'm wondering 96' maxima uses a chain or a belt, and at what miles it should be replaced and how much it could be cost.
    Thanks a lot.
  • kvsm3kvsm3 Posts: 32
    dont worry, your maxima has a timing chain. I have a 96 and 99. All 4th gen, 5th gen and upcoming 6th gen maximas have timing chains. they all have the bulletproof VQ engine. :-) Timing chains do not need to be replaced.
  • The 2k-2k1 Maxima that came equipped with the 16" tires had a turning radius of 35.5' even though those models (GXE, GLE) have virtually the same front suspension as the SE model. I believe Nissan put some stops on the steering rod of the 17" wheel models to prevent tire rubbing. However, when you put the 17" OEM wheels on a GXE Maxima there is no rubbing. I have no idea why Nissan engineers decided to artificially increase the steering radius on the Maxima.
  • bill_lbill_l Posts: 38
    Thanks. It's a good news. Hope timing chains can last longer than engines. I did hear a couple of days ago a chain in a 96' Maxima was broken at ~90K miles and will cost over $1K to fix.
  • Ok Max lovers,

    We have an '01 Max SE. Love it...great car, nuff said. Our '90 Pathfinder needs replaced...and we are looking at '03 Altimas. However...dealers are trying to steer into another Maxima with GREAT prices. One dealer must have had 50 03's on his lot with another batch coming.

    1). For those of you who have bought an '03 in the last 60 days...what was your price OTD either purchase or lease?

    2) Is it weird to own two of the same car? While exciting...the thought of lifting my garage door and seeing two Maxes seems a bit odd.

    3) I honestly think (based on dealings this weekend) that you can get into a loaded SE/GLE at 30500 discounted to well below invoice and pay quite a bit lower than for a loaded 3.5 SE Altima pricing at 29000.

  • I bought my '03 SE w/Titanium Pkg., Leather back in November. Sticker was $29744, my cost was $26,400. I went thru Nissan on my financing.

    However, when I open my garage door, I see an '03 Maxima SE and an '02 Pathfinder LE. We have been very pleased with both purchases.

    Good Luck!
  • achadhaachadha Posts: 106
    Nice Nissangirl I have the same two cars as you when I open my garage. The wife drives an 02 Pathfinder SE I got the 03 Maxima :)...I know many people who have two maximas but they have two different generations a 92' GXE and a 98 GLE..I think if you have different generations it is ok two have 2. Maxima is a way better car then the Altima just take a look at the interiors of both and you will realize!
  • lmp180psulmp180psu Posts: 393
    Hello everyone, I am hoping to find a solution to a problem that my friend's Max has; one day last week he was driving at around 60 when the car decided to suddenly jump forward then back, but didn't shut off. Then later it did it again, and this time it decided to shut off with the CEL and battery light lights lit. He started the car again with no problems then a 1/4 mile later it shut off again. He was near empty( but no low fuel light) and went to get gas close. After that he drove it home a couple of miles never going over 40 mph making sure it wouldn't studder or shut off again. He had it towed to the dealer but of course they couldn't duplicate the problem and the diagnostic test brought up no codes. Has anyone had their car just shut off like this. I am wondering if it is an electrical problem, ignition coil, or maybe the fuel filter( or not enough gas?). any ideas would be helpful as he is picking up the car tomorrow. Thanks, Lou.
  • lmp180psulmp180psu Posts: 393
    My friend just got his Max back earlier and it seems to be running well now. Hopefully it was just something stupid like a combination of the very cold weather lately in the Philly area and a lack of gas( it was near E, but not low fuel light).
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The Maxima is better than the Altima on the inside. I think the advantage of the Maxima ends there. You can, however, get a nicely equipped Maxima for about the price of a loaded Altima. Beware of resale value though...
  • ikay99ikay99 Posts: 7

    I am considering buying a 2000 Nissan Maxima GXE. It has about 43000 miles on it. I haven't personally seen it or test drove it yet but planning to do that this weekend.

    Can anyone give me some tips what to check for when I test drive the car? Any problem areas? I am kinda nervous and just want to make sure it's a clean car and won't give me any problems for a long time. The dealer says it's very clean and in excellent condition. I have seen the picture online; looks good.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Check for maintenance records, make sure no warning lights on the dash are on. Also check the feel of the brakes for pulsating (rotor problem) and for the hood flutter.
  • ikay99ikay99 Posts: 7
    Thanks vocus. I appreciate your advice. I will make sure I check those things.


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