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Nissan Maxima



  • My nissan maxima QX had a problem after buying fuel and it was taken to a garage and diagnose and later discovered that it was valve and two of it were changed and after that problem of starting came up sometime it will start and after it might not. what is the solution.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    "Would i be better off with a Lexus ir an Acura TL??"

    That depends upon what you want and, as kyleknicks noted, your budget. I went with a 2004 Acura TL 6-speed after having a great 150k mile experience with a 1995 Maxima SE 5-speed. I could comfortably afford the price difference in 2004, and found the TL 6-speed to be both more refined and better performing / sportier feeling. Being that I am a bit of a driving enthusiast, the Lexus ES had no appeal to me whatsoever, but for those favoring an dull-to-drive but nice looking, ultra reliable Japanese Buick, it is the king.

    As for resale value, I can still get $27,000+/- for my TL 6-speed w/ Nav that I paid $33.3k for in May 2004, after 20,000 miles. That's pretty good. But the prior TL's have taken quite a hit. I think Maxima depreciation has gone up recently, because the car is floundering and looking for it's place in the Nissan/Infiniti line-up and even among consumers. The 4th generation I had was produced for 5 years (1995-1999) with nominal changes. Prior to that, the third generation spanned 6 years, I believe (1989-1994). Since 1999, it seems that Nissan can't go more than 2-3 years without going back to the drawing board. Suggests they really don't know what they are doing.
  • letgigletgig Posts: 4
    Stay away from 2003 maximas or their HID headlights, had my 2003 maxima for literally 3 1/2 months, had HID headlight stolen within the first week, cost 1100, then 4 weeks later, airbags were stolen, cost 3700.00 it is a beautiful ride, but unless you can keep your eye on it every minute, trust me, i live in a good quiet area with surveillance cameras and it happend found out it's too hot a car....recently traded it for a pontiac G6 granted not the same, but not hot for unless you have a private garage and won't take it to many public lots or areas....get the 2005 or 2006 minus HID headlights.

    Good luck
  • chewy2chewy2 Posts: 19
    Re the sweet 2002 and 2003 Maximas: Do you know anything about front wheel shimmy at highway speeds? My boss had a 2003 and loved it, but traded it in when the dealer could not fix the shimmying. I'm interested in 2002 - 2003 because of the 6-speed manual.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    I have a 2001 Maxima approaching 105K miles. According to the manual the spark plugs must be replaced at 105K miles. I have no problems with the car. Should I change the plugs? Thanks!
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    Some metro areas of NY, NJ and CT had experienced thefts of Maxima HIDs, but that was a year or two ago. Since Nissan put the datadot system and installed a security bracket on the 5.5 gen Max, HID thefts have subsided significantly. If you don't live or drive in the tri-state area, HID theft is not really an issue unless someone holds a vendetta against you :cry:
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    The best Maximas EVER IMO.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I am sure you would get a few challenges from 4th generation (1995-1999) on that opinion.

    Out of curiosity, what has been your experience with brakes/rotors on the 02/03. I got 90k miles out of my front pads, 110k out of my rears, and at 155k miles have never had the original rotors touched. A freind who bought a 2000 Maxima had major brake problems within 25,000 miles requiring the rotors to be replaced and they were still problematic. She traded the car at 40,000 miles. Did they fix that problem for the 02/03.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 923
    I have an '01 GLE with 55000 miles, still original brakes and rotors. So I'm not sure it's a general problem, but maybe particular to a few cars. A fantastic car.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    02 SE, on original brakes and tires @ 52K. Tires are getting close to the end but the brakes are in great shape.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    And you'd be right about that. LOL

    I still love the 5.5 gen Maxima the most, sometimes more than I love my own Altima.
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    My 97 Max has 49k miles and the brakes (front and rear) have been changed once, but no rotor work whatsoever. I have done nothing to my 03 Max (currently at 13k miles) except for oil changes. Both cars have been very reliable (knock on wood). Not so sure about the 6 gen Max, as they are now made in the U.S.
  • well... i just replaced my passenger side rear caliper yesterday and my 2000 max's back to normal at 53k miles. So far, i've replaced all 4 rotors (i could've just changed the 2 front rotors, but seeing they weren't that expensive, i did them anyways and put brembo's on). and replaced the 2 rear calipers.. at $80 each... hopefully, there wont be anything else wrong with this car...
  • Hello:

    I am planning to buy 2001 Nissan Maxima GLE 4D Sedan w89k miles on it. Owner asking price is US$10,900. I did the drive test personally and I found that car is clean. What is the best price that I can offer? Do I need do any major maintenance work sooner or later?

    2001 Nissan Maxima GLE 4D Sedan:: Silver, Air Conditioning, Cruse control , Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power windows, AM/FM Sterol, Cassette, Tilt wheel, ABS (4-wheel) Alloy wheels, Single Compact Disc, Leather seats, Premium Sound, Dual Power Seats, Sliding Sun Roof, Dual Front Air Bags, Traction Control, Heated Front Seats, New Tires

    Any advice is very much appreciated!!!
  • I have a 3 month old 2005 Maxima. Now that it gets dark so early, I've noticed that the garage door opener buttons on the review mirror don't illuminate. I've read plenty about the steering wheel buttons, but not the review mirror buttons. Are they supposed to be illuminated?

  • gg2k2segg2k2se Posts: 109
    My wife and I started with a bright red 1990 SE, then a 2000 SE. When the 2002 came out, we broke our 10 year rule and traded up. The 6 speed, HID, 255 HP were well worth it.

    I too recommend the 02/03 model year. It's a great highway cruiser and also fun to shift and rev around town. I've never driven the latest generation so I can't comment on it.

    Quality has been great for 30k miles. Only problem area with my 2002 has been the Bose 6 disc player. I've replaced 3 of them under warranty. The first 2 lost left side power (a known TSB), then the 3rd one started skipping frequently. I'm hoping this 4th one lasts.
  • Future major maintenance will depend on what preventative maintenance has been done already.

    Ask the owner for his maintenance log. If dealer maintained, you should be able to get a maintenance printout from any Nissan dealer.

    Our 2001 GLE has 71k on it and to me it's worth more than $11k. Sounds like a decent deal if it's been maintained.
    Hope this helps. :)

  • Hi

    I am planning to buy a 05 Max wich has about 18300 miles on it.. What is the best price that I can pay for this car? I live in Northeast (CT). Please advice.

    Thanks in advance!
  • hi joe, im new on this thing and it seems like your very familiar with nissans so i was wondering if you might be able to shed some light on my subject-
    i have an 05 max i got last october, since last february ive had so many problems with this car,
    1. my cars smells like eggs when i accelerate hard
    2. there is a comm. problem with my power control mod. and something else--this causes my spedometer to not work most of the time
    i have taken my car to 2 nissan dealerships and no one will fix it
    i was wondering if you ever heard of anyone else with these problems on such a new car---if i had known i would encounter these problems i would have never purchased a 30K dollar car from nissan that they refuse to fix.
    also i had to replace my break pads and rotors all within the first year of having it--is any of this normal--do ya have any suggestions--thank you , lynn
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Lynn, sorry to learn that you are having problems with your 05 Max. I have an 03 GLE with 15k miles and never got a problem except for routine maintenance. Your car should still be under warranty, and there is absolutely no reason why Nissan dealers would refuse to repair it unless you have modded the car such that it voided the warranty. If you have any problem, call up Nissan's regional rep or write directly to Nissan corporate.
    Good luck.
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