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Nissan Maxima



  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I have a 2000 Max SE that doesn't appear to have the "LATCH" system installed in the lower part of the seat. It does have anchors up top on the rear deck lid but not down below in the seat crease. It looks like I'm stuck using the shoulder belt to fasten down a rear-facing infant car seat base. Anybody put rear facing infant seat in their 00 Max?
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Are you positive they're not there? LATCH is an acronym for LOWER ANCHORS and TETHERS for CHILDREN. It would seem odd for your car to have the upper anchors and not the lower anchors. In my 02, they are difficult to get to but they are there.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I took the entire back seat out and I don't see any lower latch anchors. There are two anchors down there that the seat belt buckles are already attached / bolted to. In order to get anything to clip onto these anchors, I'd have to unbolt what looks like a 12 to 16mm bolt that the existing belts are fastened with. That can't be right??? Shouldn't there just be two anchors sitting right there with nothing connected to them?
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Then the 2000 SE doesn't have the "latch" system, at least the lower anchors. It may be because I have a very early edition 2000, built in 99. I only have the 16" wheels and a couple other very subtle differences between my 2000 and later 2000 releases.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Yeah that could be it. I don't think latch was required until 2001 anyway. I have a 2000 4runner that doesn't have them either.
  • Anyone know where I could find individual options and option packages that were offered on the 2003 Maxima? Thanks.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Follow the links from the blue Used Cars tab at the top of the page.
  • I have an '01 Maxima and am having problems with the steering wheel radio controls. They stick and don't work. I took it to the dealer and was told they don't fix anything having to do with the radio or controls. Does anyone have this problem, or know what I should tell the dealer?
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Tell the dealer that his service department is incompetent.

    Then go to another dealer that knows what it is doing.
  • Can someone tell me how easy or hard to change spark plugs of my '97 Maxima? and which type of spark plugs to use. i.e. OEM, Bosch platinum ??? I am told that I don't need to change mine for every 60K interval and I don't really know which type of spark plugs that I currently have. Thanks for your input.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    It takes about an hour to do this job because you need to remove individual coil over each spark plug first(I assume that the 97 model has individual ignition coils over each plug). Also, you need to remove a cover on the front valve cover to access the coils. You will need a rubber lined spark plug socket and about 12 inch extension to reach the plugs which are located in deep plug wells between the cams on each cylinder head.


    Before removing spark plugs, recommend blasting spark plug holes with compressed air to remove dirt and sand to prevent them from falling into the cylinders (assuming engine is cold when you do this). When installing new plugs, always screw them in by hand by turning the extension with your fingers. Only when you are sure the plugs are threaded correctly, use a ratchet to tighten them. Make sure you use recommended torque because overtightening can damage the aluminum threads in the cylinder head. You can also use small amount of antiseize paste on the plug threads.



    I recommend using the OEM plugs. They are pricey from Nissan dealers. The best price I found was from


    When removing the rear cylinder head coils, you will need to remove several brackets to access some coils. Make sure you do not drop any fasteners, which will be then hard to retrieve. Also, be carefull disconnecting the coil electrical connectors so you do not break them.
  • There's a good description with pictures here
  • Just Phil... Thanks for the information.Greatly appreciated
  • Reading through some posts regarding premium gas vs. regular reminds me of the posts on the motorcycle boards where I occasionally hang out. There, it's usually oil, not gas, but the theme is the same. Someone knows it all, someone else is anal, and someone else is a newbie (we call 'em "squids") who is going nuts about all the choices he/she is forced to make. After 15 years as a motorcyclist and 25 years as a motorist, mostly doing my own maintenance, I can say without a doubt....

    You absolutely MUST use Hess 93 octane and Mobil 1 5W30 or your engine will seize up and explode.

    There! I said it. Now go out and enjoy your car and quit sweating the small crap!
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Say what you want, but using brand name good fuel and oil and changing oil and filter every 3K miles works for me. I recently changed the timing belt on my 99 Mazda 626 V6 and replaced the valve cover gaskets. The engine at 101 K miles was absolutely clean, no sign of sludge in any of the visible cam journal bearing oil holes or anywhere else. I never replaced any oxygen sensors in any of my cars, and never had injectors professionally cleaned because they did not need it. And engine check light never comes on. I know a lot of people who use the cheapest 87 octane they can find, change oil once in a while, and spend hundreds of dollars annually on replacement of sensors, injector cleaning, etc. Anyway, 93 octane Chevron, Mobil, BP, etc, and Castrol GTX oil work for me.
  • Anyone know where I can find a stock grille for an '03 Maxima SE? Does it come with the Nissan emblem? How difficult to install? Thanks!
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 883
    I'm almost due for 45,000 mile service on my '01 GLE. I dread these 15,000 mile - jobs at the dealership because they seem so expensive. On the other hand, I've not had any repair jobs yet so maybe it works out. The sheet from my dealership estimates a cost of $342 for this service but Edmund's maintenance guide only estimates $78. Looks like the extras from the dealer are "replace air cleaner filter", "4 wheel alignment" and "engine flush". Are these necessary at 45,000 miles and would they account for the extra cost? I got new tires over the summer; wouldn't they be aligned correctly then?
  • depends if you're looking for OEM grill or not.. but on that site, i won't name it since you can't name sites on here, but the popular auction site, they have listings for new aftermarket grills for your maxima... most of them are brand new aftermarket parts.. alot cheaper than at the dealership..
  • I am looking for OEM grill. I looked on that other site and did not find OEM, and only a few aftermarket mesh styles. Any other ideas - other than a dealer?
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