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Nissan Maxima



  • steevosteevo Posts: 330
    I was annoyed to find that you cant get the Burnt Orange Leather without the Elite Package. :mad:
  • blyonsblyons Posts: 3
    Several months ago I requested help in figuring out what the bumping sound I was get under the floor on the passenger side. Someone was kind enough to suggest it was the strut and he was right but I can't find that message on here. Well I did take it bck to the dealer in Roswell, Ga. and they said it was the rubber piece between the strut and body (bushing). As soon as I drove off the lot I notice that the noise was gone.I did cost me about $15. I just wanted everyone to know. This is a great forum for info. THANKS!
  • Hey,
    I just got a 01 Maxima GLE equipped with the Bose 7 speaker package. I am wondering if I can hook up a regular amp with Infiniti sub to the system. I have heard rumors about ohms or frequency being different. Does anyone know anything about this, or how to do it?
  • For the age of this car it's been running great! However....the check engine light in my '89 Maxima goes on and off intermittently (were talking like once every month or so). Also, VERY frequently (like 3 times per trip), the speedometer seems to stop working then start up again (I have been told this is probably a speed sensor, if anyone knows where that is located I would love to know so I can replace it). Anyway, on the infrequent occasions that the check engine light DOES go on, it coincides exactly with the speedometer not working. When the speedometer picks back up, the light goes off. I probably won't see it again for another month, but the speedometer problem is constant. What is up with that? If y'all have an answer, you are my heroes!

    Thanks in advance,

    Todd In Folsom CA
  • vonnyvoncevonnyvonce Posts: 128
    My son tells me his 2000 Maxima pulls left or right when braking. There is no rhyme or reason about when this might happen and in what direction this might happen. Dealer checked it out after thinking semi-frozen calipers and said no, it was not that.

    Any ideas????
  • mdashalimdashali Posts: 2
    I am looking to buy a 2k Max SE. This will be first Nissan after years of Mazdas and Toyotas. Its got 69K. What kind of problem should I be looking for in near futher with this kind of mileage? What type of maintenance should have been done during 60K service?

  • sschumersschumer Posts: 19
    Have never owned a Maxima before, interested in buying one. New to this forum. I have flexibility in terms of buying an '05 now or waiting 'till the Fall to buy an '06. Plan to keep for many years. Any suggestions on pros and cons of possibly waiting for the '06? If I knew there'd be no or minor changes, I'd buy now.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Most common problems are quirky stereos, O2 sensors, brakes/rotors, sometimes trannys and especially common is bad COILS. If you can afford to go up to a 2002 the power differences are extremely noticeable, like night and day in the automatic, and the trannys were beefed up.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Not sure on changes between 05 and 06, but from reading a lot, and being a current Nissan owner, I'd almost lean towards an 05 Avalon or TL instead. And that's coming from a Nissan fan. I just think the quality has slipped a bit in the last few years. Most would agree, even the diehards. Although there are still positives on the new Maxis.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    guess what folks... my 2000 maxima's driverside rear brakes (caliper) siezed up again while i was driving from NY to CT.... the reason i noticed it was because as i was driving on the highway, i noticed that my brake pressure was really really low, on certain braking attempts, the brake petal would go almost all the way to the floor when trying to brake..... now that's scary during bumper to bumper traffic..

    i pulled over to check the brake fluids which was fine...but noticed that the entire rear driverside was HOT... the wheel was hot to the touch... while the other 3 wheels were cool to the touch... i called Geico for a tow truck but in the mean time, i pumped the petal a few more times, and it seemed like the pressure was okay again.... i decided to take it slow and drove off.... i took a few stops to make sure it wasn't overheating... and paid attention to my brake petal.. which seemed to work again... and my wheel returned to normal temp... my next step is to completely change the rear caliper... if you have a 2000 or 2001, i would pay attention to the brakes..seems like its the one weak point on this car... brakes are scary when it doesn't work right................
  • Same thing happened to my 2000 Max a few weeks ago. Fried the pads, lots of smoke, lots of $$$ for new calipers, etc.

    Other than that and a bad O2 sensor, the car has been fine.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Not to rub it in, but my 1995 Maxima SE with 153,000 miles has only needed new front brake pads twice, new rear pads once. The rotors have never been ground or replaced. I have heard numerous reports of peristent problems for 2000+ Maximas.

    Coincidentally, the 4th generation Maxima (1995-1999) was the last made in Japan. Although my 1995 certainly doesn't have the bells and whistles of my 2004 TL, I think its build quality is nearly as good. Which is to say two rungs up from the current Maxima.

    I am a "diehard" 1995 Maxima fan. But after owning a 2002 Honda S2000, 2004 Acura TL and 2005 Acura MDX, I don't think I'll return to the Nissan (or Infiniti) camp. Relatively speaking, I think Nissan/Infiniti have slipped in quality. They are still far superior to anything made in the US, but I would have put the quality of my 1995 up against anything comparable in the world, including the old TL, Accord, Camry, Avalon, etc.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 878
    I have a 2001 GLE with 47000 miles. Still original brakes, rotors, calipers, etc. I had a similar problem with what you describe on a Subaru, and it was never right; kept having recurring brake problems including calipers. I finally got rid of it.
  • 5th Gen Max 2000-2003 was still made in Oppama, Japan. US-built Maxima started with the current generation.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My mistake re: Japan built 5th generation.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 643
    Hi all.

    I'm considering the purchase of a new Maxima and had some questions for present owners:

    1. How does the ride of the SE compare to the SL? Is the SE much firmer?

    2. Does the car develop any annoying rattles or buzzes in the cabin after a few thousand miles?

    3. How would you compare the quality of the Bose audio system to other high end audio systems in competing cars such as the Acura TL?

    4. How would you rate the Navigation system? How does it compare to systems from other automotive manufacturers, such as Acura?

    5. What has been your experience with dealer service quality?

    6. Are you overall satisfied with your Maxima and would you buy it again?

    Thanks very much.
  • tony58tony58 Posts: 5
    I have a 04 max, i went in for an oil change and tire rotation and was told i needed 4 new tires. They showed me the cracks on all 4 on the inner side walls. I am furious right now and bought the car brand new last May of 04. There are 27k on the car right now, they are going to call goodyear for me but they aren't reassuring about any credits towards new tires. Do you have any ideas?
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 878
    That happened to me with a Subaru at about the same mileage, and generally you're out of luck. Tire warranties are different from vehicle warranty. They may give you a credit toward replacing the same brand tire, but would you want another of the same kind of tire, given the premature wear? I just replaced the four tires with better ones and went on. Seems like OEM tires are often lousy; I don't think it's particular to Nissan.
  • jinsatxjinsatx Posts: 5
    For all you wondering about purchasing an 05 Max they are great automobiles and I highly recommend them. Just recently, I bought two of them, one for the wife and one for me. They have both been super, no problems, other than a blown Bose speaker in mine, which the dealer found and replaced at delivery. I can't find one thing wrong with either one of these cars and I've looked and looked. No squeaks, no rattles, no buzzing, no nothing. Can't even find a part that's misaligned and believe me I've looked. Maybe I just got two good ones, but some how I just think that Nissan is building the 05's with better quality than the 04's which was the first year for this generation Max. I'm extremely happy with both of these and if I needed another car, I'd buy another one.

    SL versus SE debate. I bought two SE's. I like the "rougher ride" and stiffer handling of the SE versus the softer setup in the SL. Drive both cars, there really is a difference in ride and some road noise. SL tires are 55's with 17 inch rims and the SE's are 45's with 18 inch rims. As for me, I liked the SE over the SL, to each their own they say. Also, I hate fake woodgrain, like the brushed metal look of the SE better and the little lip spoiler at the back.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey jinsatx - pls check your email - thanks!
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