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Nissan Maxima



  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Yes, rust on calipers is very common as many manufacturers do not even paint new calipers, which are made of cast metal (usually cast iron). Surface rust actually protects these calipers from further corrosion and does not degrade the caliper in any way. A similar brake component which often has rust on its surface is the master cylinder. Other components on cars which are castings and not painted and have surface rust are front wheel hub/knuckle assemblies. If you take your front wheels off, you will see that the hubs are covered with surface rust.

    So as long as the parts are castings, the surface rust does not matter.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Does anyone know where I can purchase a DC/AC converter that plugs into the car's cigarette lighter socket and converts it to house current so that I can run a laptop? I have seen a 125 volt outlet on the Avalon, and think that is a good feature. My Max has 2 lighter sockets and changing one to a 125 volt outlet will be useful. Kindly advise.
  • petrnycpetrnyc Posts: 47
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    Walmart-Kmart-Most auto parts stores. They're widely available in lots of locations, if you don't want to wait for an internet order.
  • jbouchebjboucheb Posts: 19
    Sorry to intrude like this folks, but does anyone know of a way to have these messages emailed to me? For example, whenever somebody posts something new or replys to somebody, I'd like to get an email to my Yahoo account.

    I honestly don't have time to log into each and every forum I subscribe to in order to read the messages. Can someone help me out?

  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Nissan recommends 5W30 weight oil for all around use in these cars. If you live in warm climate like Florida, where temperatures almost never dip below 32 F, 10W30 or 10W40 is preferable. Because summer is fast approaching, I would recommend 10W30 (or 10W40 for very hot climates like in Arizona). I use 10W30 in my 98 SE. I only use Castrol GTX oil.
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Habitat not trying to be mean but you seem to find the worst test for other year maximas and use the best for your paticular car. The 00 manual best was 6.7 sec to 60 and it had a higher trap speed than your 19595 it was 94 vs your 92 best both by Motor Trend.Well cool habitat but the 02 manual wast tested at 6 flat not 6.3 and actual owners have gotten better (you have to look at trap speeds which determine power 7-8 mph more for the 02 which is great. No need in comparing mag. stats go to and look at actaul timeslips and you will see that your 95 manual although quick cant run with the 02/03 auto and definatley not the manual. I prefer real world situations which speak for how most of us drive. Some of us prefer autos to manuals that doesnt make anyone more of an enthusiast. What do you think of these new front drivers that have times nearly identical to the best of the S2000 the Neon SRT-4?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Please be assured that I wasn't trying to stack the statistics deck in favor of my 1995 Maxima. We are in agreement that the 2002/3 6-speed Maxima was the quickest Maxima, regardless of by exactly how much. With regard to the rest, I also concede that my ability to directly control gear changes, especially down shifts, makes my Maxima seem more responsive than the automatic Maximas I've driven in many of my "real world" driving situations (e.g. like manuevering in and merging into beltway traffic). If your "real world" situation is doing all out 1/4 mile sprints at the track, I concede you may get entirely different results.

    Regrarding the Neon, I'm sure it is impressive in it's own way. But I'm not sure I'd want to be accelerating a 215 hp FWD Neon around a curve. At least not without increasing my life insurance.

    P.S. How's your wife's 350Z doing?
  • bahhumbugbahhumbug Posts: 5
    Hats off to warrenul for his description of removing the air filter. My 2001 GXE took 3 tries to remove it. The clips weren't the first operation but the last. For those of you attemtping this operation, DON'T GIVE UP. Got a mailer today from my Nissan Dealer, the filter price was $24.95. Not putting mine back in because of the improvement in the air conditioner. GREAT improvement. Worked good before NOW ITS GREAT. No glove box finisher on mine either. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    The 350 is doing fine it has 5,000 miles it is sort of broken in, we have had 2 probs with it so far. The HID went out on the drivers side and the grease streak on the windows when you roll them down otherwise we love it. We alternate frequently 3 times a week because she is one of those people that are as meticulous about her car as I am so I know she will take car of it.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    Update on my post #6898;
    The grinding / crunching noise that was coming from the car when brake pedal depressed 1/2 way after a few miles was - are ya ready - wheel bearings. Yes, at 23,000 miles. These things can happen. Cost me only time of course. What bugs me is that service tells me that the reason my rear brakes are wearing faster than the fronts is that the rear pads are smaller,(shorter) than the fronts so they will wear more evenly. What a load of crap but I guess that's whatit is.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    vanbo.. they told u that as the reason why your rear brakes are wearing faster than your front? what stealerships will make up to just give people an excuse not to fix the problem. My front brakes are wearing faster than my rear and i assume that's what other maxima owners experiences are too.... that's what suppose to happen... front brakes do most of the work..
  • tunefultuneful Posts: 35
    Hi folks,
    I’m shopping for a car and am considering 03 Altima vs. 03 Maxima vs. 04 Maxima.
    I’m looking for a tolerably smooth and quiet ride (tho I realize that these were designed as sport sedans – I know to avoid the SE model o f altima) and good seat position. Also want good build quality. I have seen a number of complaints about the latter in the owner reviews of Altima.
    Re the seat position, the telescopic steering on the 03 Alt and new Max is a real plus. But I just don’t know if the difference in these cars (power and price) would be worth it. I’m not a performance driver. I can get a pretty good position with an 8-way power seat.
    Also, I heard that 03 Maxs were built in Japan and the other 2 are not.
    Thanks for any advice!
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    From what you are describing, you may be happiest with a new 03 Maxima GLE. This is the top of the line Max model with standard leather seats, Bose stereo, auto climate control, and softer ride than the Max SE. It also has the highest resale value of any Max model (up to 03 model year of course), and it is built in Japan. You can buy a nice one for about $ 25K if you look around. There is still plenty of these left on dealers lots.

    There is not enough data available on the new 04 Max model to know how problematic the car may be. I would be cautious about buying the first year model built in the US until they have time to work out the bugs. Also, the price increase on the 04 model is substantial. To get one equipped like the 03 GLE, you would have to spend at least $ 32K.

    Altima is a smaller, less plush vehicle than Max and carries a lower resale value. Its interior looks really cheap compared to a Maxima.
    A well equipped 03 model with a V6 3.5 liter engine retails for almost as much as the 03 Max GLE. The resale value will be much less, however.
  • blackstone3blackstone3 Posts: 29
    I have a 2K Maxima SE with 17 inch tires. Pep Boys has a replacement tire that is close to the original size. It is 225/55/17. Would the differance in 5mm in the height of the tire change the car's handling, spedometer, or overall look of the car? Thanks for any info.
  • twinstevetwinsteve Posts: 7
    blackstone3 -- yes, it makes a huge should always replace a tire with one of the EXACT SAME width and profile as the other tires on your car. "Close" isn't good enough.
  • prayerforprayerfor Posts: 161
    First, the 55 in 225/55/17 does not represent a sidewall height of 55mm. It represents that the sidewall height is 55% of the tread width.

    Second, you don't need to be exact if replacing all four tires. +/- 3% in total tire diameter is the generally-accepted threshold to maintain accurate speedo/odo readings and preserve correct functioning of other vehicle systems (traction control, ABS, etc). However if replacing just one tire, it is indeed quite important to match the diameter of the other three. It is for this reason that replacing all four tires together is recommended.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I agree with twinsteve if you are looking to only replace one tire - they should always be exactly the same width and profile as the others.

    However, if your question is regarding replacing all 4, the answer is "it depends". The increased height (radius) of the tire is 11.25mm not 5mm. You get that by multiplying the 225 mm width by the 50% vs. 55% aspect ratio for height. Overall tire diameter is increased from 25.9 inches to about 26.8 inches or roughly 3.5%. That would mean your spedo and odo would be reading too low (i.e. 60 mph on the spedo is really more like 62 mph). You could partially offset this error by dropping to a 215/55 size tire.

    The handling differences are probably more dependent upon the manufacturer, speed rating and tread design of the replacement tire than a 1/2 step change in aspect ratio from 50 to 55. For example, the OEM "W" rated 205/55 & 225/50 Bridgestone Pole Position tires on my Honda S2000 are rated considerably better handling than a lot of the 40/45 series "V" or "Z" rated tires. Usually, however, the higher the sidewall, the worse the handling in hard corners.

    Hope this helps - also suggest you log on to for lots of usefull info and prices.
  • buzzard4buzzard4 Posts: 43
    I purchased a new '03 GLE last week. I noticed a vibration on the way home, like a wheel was out of balance. I returned it to the dealer, and they could not get the wheels to balance. They took it to another shop with more sensitive equipment, and they determined 3 of the 4 tires were out of spec. The dealer said that they have to get the tires from Nissan, and they would take over a week to arrive. Meanwhile, when they remounted the bad tires, the vibration got much worse, to the point that they agreed it was best not to drive it. I have been without the new Max for almost 2 weeks waiting for the new tires. Frustrating! Nissan customer assistance was no help in reaching a faster resolution, either.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Yes, I had a similar experience. Unlike you, I noticed this during test driving two 03 Maxima SE 6 speed brand new cars. One had a distinct steering wheel vibration at 60 MPH, the other had somehwat less vibration around 65 MPH and the hood shook violently up and down. I was very serious about buying one of these vehicles but this was really disappointing to me. Even if the problem turns out to be just tire balance, there is no reason why two vehicles should have the same vibration problem at the same speed if proper QC was in place. This smells of serious quality problems with Bridgestone tire manufacturing. If I am not mistaken, GLE models use Bridgstone Turanza tires as original equipment and SE use models use Bridgstone Potenzas.

    In your case the solution is obviously to replace all of the tires on the car. If I were you I would demand they go with a different brand tires as well. You cannot go wrong with Michelin Pilots, for example.

    I have read quite a few complaints about vibration problems with the new Maximas, most of them problably due to lousy tires. When one buys a new car, few people feel like spending $ 600 to replace all four tires. My 98 Maxima SE came with Toyo tires. They lasted almost 60K miles and I never had problems with them. They needed first rebalancing after about 25K miles due to natural wear. There is absolutely no reason why Nissan should use shoddy tires on their new vehicles. They already lost me as a repeat customer. You must ask yourself this question: if they do this with tires, what other car parts are of dubious quality as well?

    By the way, I believe that Nissan should have installed four good quality tires on your car after the discovery of defective tires and they could have purchased these in any local tire store. You would be better off with Michelins anyway. Why would they let you wait two weeks? This is unbelievable.
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