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2013 and earlier Nissan Maxima Prices Paid and Buying Experience

flyinlowflyinlow Posts: 62
edited January 29 in Nissan
I bought a 2000 Maxima instead of a Passat in part because the nearest VW dealer is over 50 miles away and East Tennessee Nissan is less than 1 mile from my house. However, I'm not too impressed with them so far. There are rumors around (it's a small town) that the owner is a Yankee from Michigan who uses this and several other car dealerships to launder his drug money. But I digress: what I know is that the buying "experience" was the classic old-fashioned boiler room runaround job with a salesman, assistant manager/closer, sales manager and finance guy all trying to work us over. The service manager isn't very efficient or competent, either. But I like the car.
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  • gnlgnl Posts: 94
    Bought mine from Cole-Gilmore in Kalamazoo. The buying experience was very straight-forward and simple. I had been shopping around a lot and was debating between the Infiniti I-30 and the Maxima GLE. Cole-Gilmore didn't have much stock, but happened to have the exact car I wanted - Satin Blue Pearl GLE with Meridian seats, sunroof, traction control, etc. The Infiniti dealer didn't have an L with traction control, which was a deal breaker. The salesman at C-G was a young college kid, we came to terms on price very quickly, no run arounds with managers of any type. Now I'm living just outside of Wash. D.C., have only had scheduled maintenance and seems fine. For service we go to a dealer whose cars for sale did NOT have ADM and all that nonsense - just hedging our bets - figure a dealer who plays games on sales will also fool around with service.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    Bay ridge nissan...overall, they were trying to screw us in every angle. the worst thing is that, this was recommended by a friend who between him and our friends have bought or leased 5 cars from them. we agreed on a price after 2 trips to the dealership, then put us through the finance guy who tried to get another $500 out of us. then, just gave in at the end and have them install an extra alarm on top of the factory alarm for that 500bucks. all in all, i believe we paid invoice + the 500bucks, which we treated as dest charge cause we didn't get charged that + tax. no other charges such as doc fee or whatever else they could come up with. im sure i could've went to another dealership and came up with this price without all the hassle i went thru with Bay Ridge nissan. anyone have questions on buying a car, email me... i'm going thru buying another car, an 01 accord coupe for my girlfriend so u could call me an expert..lol..
    kyleknicks@aol.com
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I am in the position of choosing between an '01 or '02 Maxima. Could anyone here help me with information on how much depreciation the '01 will take as a 1 year old car now that the '02's are out. This will help a lot in the decission.

    Thanks
  • my beloved 93 s w/merely 106k miles went in for service last week--same dealership where i'd bought it used 4 years ago. verdict: neither roadworthy nor worth fixing. i knew it pulled to the right a bit & made a few mild noises, but i had no idea it was in this bad shape. exhaust, ball joints, possible valve job, brakes, & tires. they say they'll sell it to the wholesaler for a thousand or so. can this be for real? i can't believe it's not worth fixing. any coments?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,019
    So sorry to hear about your Maxima troubles. Have you looked at the Nissan Maxima Problems discussion in Maintenance & Repair? Perhaps some other owners there can offer you some support and advice.


    Good luck!


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  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    Checked Edmunds for a 1993 GXE list trade-in at 4396, retail $6,500. Could it be that the mechanic wants to be the purchaser at auction. I know this may sound like a Condit answer, but the dealer could be a cheat, or completely honest, a very good, careful mechanic, or one who wants to make a good deal for himself. See if you can find an independent Nissan specialist. Have him do a compression test on the engine, and any relevant tests to determine the health of your engine. If it can be repaired at a reasonable cost then consider the other repairs as well. . NONE of the other repairs merit junking the car.

    Tom and Ray of Cartalk.cars.com have calculated that every car (regardless of age) needs about 1200/year for maintenance and repairs. I took their advice about 3 years ago and have the appropriate amount deducted directly from my paycheck into a special auto account. This allows you to save up in easy years for those that are not so good. I generally purchase cars at 50-60K miles and my goal is to run them to 200,000. I’ve got a 1988 Dodge Aires to 170,000 miles. Let me relate this year’s experience with one of my vehicles.

    My wife (spotless driving record) slid on some ice in January in our 1991 Mazda. We thought that it just needed an alignment. We took it into the tire shop. They said it needed a new wheel. Purchased the wheel. They couldn't align the car. A lot of stuff was bent. Went to the Mazda specialist and not only did we need to replace steering components because of the accident, but many had to be replaced because they were worn out. We also had to replace suspension items on the side that was not harmed in the accident. So we replaced the both struts, both strut mounts, the steering a-arm, right control arm and right wheel bearing. I had to pay for the strut mounts, and left side strut myself.

    After that repair, the car still jerked and wobbled when it hit a bump. We needed new tires anyway. Went back to the tire shop. Couldn't align it again. This time the left side needed a power control arm, and a new ball joint. Frankly the car had vibrated since I bought it 3 years ago, and we’d ignored it since an alignment seemed to minimize the problem. But it was now much worse.

    Fixed, and the car drives like it's new. Quiet and beautiful. Total Cost about 3,400. Half paid by insurance. I'm jealous of my wife because her accident actually saved us a bundle. The 2 prior years, total maintenance and repairs was only about $300.00 a year. If I take off $750.00 for the repair that was only caused by the accident, my total costs for 3 years comes to $2650.00. Well within the maintenance amount. The car behaves like it's new. What's more important is that I know know exactly when these components were replaced. I'd rather have a vehicle where I know the repairs that have been done and need to be done.

    This has happened on other cars I have had before. There is one bad year, then it works with minimal repairs for 3-5 years.

    My view is that if the car still looks and if the engine is intact without a huge expense go after the repairs. Let's look at your repairs.

    Tires -- there are a maintenance item, replacing them and an alignment them will improve your ride.

    Exhaust. This is a little early for that kind of a repair, but generally the repair for this will be free replacement parts for as long as you own the car -- if you go for a muffler specialist. (I prefer a local specialist over a chain since I was cheated by a major chain. George, are you listening). This is because they generally won't have to replace them again. The first set lasted 100,000 miles, and the second should last at least as long. I would consider this an ordinary maintenance option.

    Brakes. Maintenance item. If you've gotten more than 60,000 miles on these in suburban driving, this is excellent. The brakes are due for a replacement as ordinary wear and tear items.

    Ball Joint. This is a fairly normal wear item, depending on how it has been driven. I would recommend taking it to a tire store with a good reputation, who has a very experienced mechanic on steering repairs. Let him see what needs to be repaired.

    Valve Job. Find another trusted Nissan engine specialist. Have them check on the valves, and do other engine quality checks.If it is really expensive, and requires a full overhaul, then it might be time to consider letting it go.

    You don’t have to fix everything at once. The valve job appears iffy at this point. Unless it is damaging the engine further it can be postponed. I would probably fix the brakes, ball joint, and replace tires at the same time as the first repair. Also check shocks control arms and other suspension units.

    I find it hard to believe that a Maxima at 100,000 is shot, but a Nissan specialist mechanic outside of the dealership can tell you that independently. He is not involved in car sales – even indirectly.
  • Hello all. Wanted to know if any of you have had the timing belt replaced, and if replaced included the water pump. I purchased a 1995 GLE and negotiated a price because the owner apparently never new to replace the timing belt. It has 114,000 miles on it and is gorgeous. From all indications it should have been replaced at 70,000 miles. I've been quoted 250.00 plus 80.00 for the seals which seems reasonable. Your response is appreciated.
  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    both the timing belt and the water pump. Save a possible expensive repair further down the road.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I'm pretty sure that the '95 Maxima uses a timing chain, not a belt. Not sure what the replacement schedule on that is, but it should last significantly longer than a timing belt.
  • gslevegsleve Posts: 183
    replacement is in the 200,000 mil if not more if it is a belt the price being quoted is pretty good given its a v6.
  • gslevegsleve Posts: 183
    no maxima is shot a 100k only if there was serious neglect these motors are rock solid have been considered as one of the most revered v6 motors in the industry well known for reliabilty and longevity get another opinion and fast
    seems dealer is pulling a fast one
  • Hello everyone, I have a 2000 Maxima SE. I noticed the small oil filter, (#15208 9e000) and am wondering if a larger oil filter will work. My other car is also a nissan 3.0v6 and its filter is larger and seems line up the same. Does anyone know if this can be done and/or what the nissan part # is??.
    Thanks,
    Tom.
  • You are paying too much. Here in Nashville you could buy an 2008 with no miles on it for less. Go to a different dealer if you need too, but they will go lower.
  • Well all to let you know I am a 89 SE Maxima owner and running with 153000 miles. Wished I had waited to purchase the '93 SE when they went to the chain drive system. It needs no replacement, as it is self lubricated and with regular oil changes should never give you any problems. I am about to change my belt for the second time but other than that, MAKE MINE A MAXIMA.
  • I have a 2000 SE and need to have my 30K mile service done. What should I expect to pay for this? I priced two dealers and both are pushing $500...this seems high to me. They are telling me they will give the car a tune up etc. Does a brand new car need a tune up at 30K miles??? Isn't that why I bought a Nissan?

    Any info can be posted or send to mwatermasysk@yahoo.com

    Thanks to all who reply!
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    Every 30K miles is pretty standard for tune-ups. Unfortunately, dealers are ridiculous when it comes to pricing a tune-up. I mean, for most of the items it's just a matter of the tech glancing at it to confirm it's okay.

    Basically, it needs to be done. Your only options are to either try another dealer or find an independant shop.
  • sglatorsglator Posts: 20
    Hi guys,

    Could anybody recommend a reputable service department at Nissan dealership in Northern, Central NJ or NYC area?

    Thanx
  • I have had my 2000 SE w/5 speed to 2 different dealerships in the Philadelphia area - Montgomeryville (where I purchased the car) and Thompson. Montgomeryville is the worst. Their service manager can look you in the face and tell you a lie, even knowing that you know its a lie. I went to Thompson, who discovered that service bulletins that described my problems were not used by Montgomeryville and performed numerous repairs (ignition coils, 1 strut, 2 steering racks, back then front brakes). Now I caught their service manager in a lie and potential fraud. They told me that they "cross rotated" my tires because of a pulling after a regular rotation and state inspection. The repair order stated this, as well. Upon inspection, they undid the rotation that I paid for in the 37500 service.

    Also, has anyone ever had a Nissan dealership actually be able to replicate a problem?

    Steve
  • rcmaxrcmax Posts: 11
    I have a 97'Maxima GXE with 75000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer as Nissan issued a recall on 97-98 Maximas for potential problem with the alternator.

    While waiting for the alernator to be replaced, the technician comes to me and says "Sir, the belt needs replacement as its quite cracked up. We will do it $90 instead of the usual $120 because we have already removed the alternator, replacing the belt will be easier." The alternator replacement was free for me as it was a manufacturer recall. But somehow I was not convinced of the "new" cracked belt problem the dealer discovered. I felt he just wanted to make an extra $90 for a lark. Ofcourse I did not get the belt changed.

    I still don't know if by "belt" he meant the timing belt or alternator belt. If its the alternator belt, has anyone of you had to replace it and if so after how many miles?

    I will appreciate your feedback. Thanks in advance.
  • I had an 2000 GLE. Had the brakes worked on ( replaced pads and turned rotors) by a Nissan dealer in my home town in South Georgia. Brakes ran well for around 200 miles, then stared making grinding noise when the wheels were wet or cold. After they warmed up the noise faded. Took the car to Gwinnett Nissan (Atlanta) where the service guy said " we don't warranty other Nissan dealer's workmanship" and I would have to take the car back ( 277 miles way ) to have the problem corrected. Needless to say I went to Gainesville Georgia to purchase my 2003 GLE. Other than that the car ran great.
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 376
    How many miles were on your 2000 GLE when the brakes were serviced? If it was under 1 year or 12k that is a factory warranty item that any Nissan dealer can service. If it is beyond 1 year or 12k, what he told you is correct. You would have to take the car back to the dealer that performed the original brake service.
  • I have a friend who just recently purchased a 99 Maxima SE limited from Sloane Nissan (just outside Philly) and we thought that the salesperson and sales manager was really nice but the service department has a lot to be desired. My friend is the kind of person who will find the smallest noise and want to have it looked at. About a month ago, he was having a problem with a ticking/knocking sound from the left front when he was braking and decided to have Sloane look at it. Well, we found that every time they road tested it to duplicate the problem, they of course said " we cannot hear the sound you have described", and we knew they wouldn't have been able to hear it because they had the air conditioning on level 3 and the windows closed. He even paid another dealer around $100 to do a 120 point check up, and they couldn't find the problem.

    Finally he went to Thompson Nissan in Doylestown, PA and they were immediately able to find the problem, and they had to install some kind of brake kit which cost around $250. Anthony, my friend , decided to call Nissan Customer Service to complain
    about the inept service at the other dealerships and his waste of over $200 to do inspections that didn't find the problem. Nissan was nice enough to pay for the service at Thompson as a one time customer service gesture.

    I think that the quality of dealer service depends on the area and type of customers that normally purchase vehicles from the dealer. Thompson is located in an area with higher incomes and Thompson also has Toyota, BMW, and Lexus dealerships within the area, and they are more likely to be more understanding of customer complaints so they can get repeated, higher spending customers. They even have valet service and wash your car after every service. We have never seen that before.
  • eblumeblum Posts: 52
    I think most dealers are crooks...but that is just my opinion...Nissan needs to get on the dealers asses about improving service. They have been ranked poorly over the past couple of years according to JD Power...no shock to me. I keep hearing good things about Thompson Nissan in Doylestown...maybe worth the trip over there...

    So far here is my experience with dealers:

    Acme Nissan - NJ
    Sales - Salesman, Fred Nass, was great! I would trust him with my life. No BS and no run-arounds. The Sales Manager, forgot his name, was a slime ball. Had the nerve to tell me I HAD to pay for the window etching that I did not want. Told him to take it off the invoice or I walk, which he did. Then he tells me that if I buy LoJack that my insurance would go down. Since I had LoJack in my current car, I knew all about it, and it was a lie. Even after telling him that it was a lie...he kept on going. What a jerkoff....do they think everyone is an idiot?

    Service-
    So far, just oil changes....pleased with them.

    Peruzzi Nissan- PA
    Service-
    Since I lived in PA I took it here for the first several years. If you like to be bent over...go visit the boys at Peruzzi. Their mechanics are a joke and their service manager stinks. Tells me that they design the car to ping. The gave the usual "can't find the problem" all the time. I even got my car back scratched and they wouldn't fix it. It was a nice big scratch and AFTER showing them the damage, the manager went to the back and brought out a "damage inspection" report showing the damage....yea...this guy should work for Enron. Had to replace all 4 wheels since their idiots don't know how to use an air wrench. They scratched the hell out of the lug wells. Don't let them touch your car!

    (non Nissan)
    Davis Pontiac - AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE! Car was a lemon....mechanics made it worse. They had the car for over 1 month and over $5000 in parts and still couldn't fix it...again, they treat you like you are an idiot.

    Norms Auto Glass - NJ
    Had my windshield replace on my Max...asked for a PPG window since that is the OEM. They did a nice job.

    Just my honest opinion....your results may vary...
  • like some others, I started taking my car to Thompson because the selling dealership (Montgomeryville) couldn't/wouldn't explain repairs and didn't perform needed repairs. All was going well until the repairs started to mount (all warranty) including one strut, steering rack (had to do it twice), ignition coils, etc.

    After a state inspection and tire rotation, the car started to pull hard to the right. I took the car back and the service manager told me that they were going to "cross rotate" the tires. The repair order stated this, as well. However, due to simply dumb luck on my part, I noticed that all that they did was "unrotate" the tires. The only explanation of the service manager was that he misunderstood what the tech told him (a flat out lie) and then took offense with me for questioning the work.

    Then, without looking at the tires, said that they would gladly sell me new tires; the current tires were one year old with 15K miles.

    So, don't be overly infatuated with Thompson. Also, they don't know how to handle coupons. Their definition of repair and service somehow differ.

    As a parting comment, if Nissan continues to make cars that need excessive repairs (at least mine has), the least that they could do is have some form of quality mechanics to fix them. I have heard too often now that they "could not replicate the problem". I think they issued a TSB on it.

    Steve
  • I am shopping for a 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE. I am living in San Francisco Bay Area. Could any one please give me your newly purchased specs, price, dealer's name and the sale person's name?

    Thanks.
  • I have not been thrilled at all with the two nissan dealerships that have performed service on my car. I am not surprised that the JD power surveys on nissan dealer service were bad.

    My 2002 SE Maxima was purchased at Quirk Nissan in MA. I moved to NY and took my car to Koeppel Nissan where I had the oil changed. After they changed the oil, I noticed that the car was leaking oil. I was back in MA for the holidays and took it to Quirk to have it looked at. They indicated that the Koeppel mechanic did not tighten the necessary pieces (where the oil is drained off) and that I could have done serious damage to my engine had I not brought the car to be looked at. Strike one.

    Prior to the repair, the Quirk Nissan consultant must have thought that I worked for him as well. He asked me to go outside to my car to put the repair tag # on my rearview mirror and report the mileage to him. Strike two.

    Quirk Nissan than convinced me that I needed some maintenance done (15,000 mi/1 year service), fuel injector cleaned, alignment and balance and an in cabin filter change. Cost me $500--all for a car that is less than a year old. (What can I say? I (did) like my car a lot.) They also gave me an unnecessary tire rotation (part of the 15k/1 yr service), even after I asked them to exclude that portion of the service. Koeppel Nissan had just rotated the tires when they performed the faulty oil change.

    After I picked up, my car from Quirk, I noticed that there was a plastic nut lying on my mat under the glove compartment. Probably from the in cabin filter change. I just shook my head. That's what $500 will get you these days. Strike three.

    I thought my car would be fine after that. Wrong. See Master Cylinder failure.

    To vent (which I am still doing if you could not tell) I decided to call Nissan to complain. In all fairness, they have promised that if I can show them the repair invoices they will reimburse me for the faulty oil change and unnecessary tire rotation. I recognize that Dealer Service is something they probably don't have a lot of control over.

    In summary, I think my relationship with Nissan cars will be very short lived.
  • tafizmetafizme Posts: 1
    Hi All,
    I'm just about to buy a used 96 SE manual for $6600. Its got the leather package and is in great condition. Dealer will let me take it to the local Nissan dealership for complete check.
    Current miles is 111,150. Still not sure if the price is right though both Edmund and kbb.com suggest the retail to be higher. What d y'll think?
    Much appreciate.
  • ocuihsocuihs Posts: 138
    Go to NissanUSA.com under "Buying" => "Dealer Locator" => enter just your home state.

    For example FL has 57 dealers, then select only those with the logo of "Nissan 2003 Owner First Award of Excellence".

    Click here for Edmunds.com's "Dealer versus Aftermarket: The Service Arena

  • topcuttopcut Posts: 54
    Anyone thinking of purchasing this car,,,,Don;t until you check the Freshair vent...It blow hot air right off the engine that feels like you are in the desert....after several call to Nissan I was told that this was basically a design flaw and there is nothing they can do about it,,,Isn't that just great....NO MORE Nissans for me....!!!
  • I just picked up my new 2004 Maxima SE this evening and paid 308$ over invoice. Car included Power sunroof, premium audio, floor mats, splash guards and spoiler.
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