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Nissan Maxima



  • I got mine at tischer Nissan in Laurel.
    The 1000 rebate is gone - but there's still a $500 rebate. If you get a Maxima from IN STOCK(i.e. they have it in the lot and don't have to get it from a different dealer), they should be willing to go upto $600 below invoice. Don't tell them that you want a cut of the holdback - simply say that you will only pay $600 below invoice. Don't forget to include the rebate, destination price, and the advertising fee.
    Good luck!
  • Hi, I have had my 02 SE for about one week. Everything is great except that there is a clicking noise once I release the brake padel. Is it normal? What is the problem? It will be greatly appreciated if someone can help me. Thanks.
  • j5575j5575 Posts: 1
    Hi Jon,

    I am interested in buying a car in Canada also. Could you please send me the details too?


  • On the 95 Maxima Automatic Temp Control unit does the ligts like where it says auto, econ, mode, ect. do those light up when you turn on the dash lights or is this just a minor detail nissan forgot to add to the car. It just seems strange that a car of this many options would not light up the heater controls. Just curious.
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Be glad to help out. I've customized the info I've written for provinces since each has slightly differing sales tax situations. Write me and let me know where you live or at least where you might go in Canada. Toronto and Vancouver are the best for prices and selection. I can probably also give a good contact or two to try.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    Kinetic energy has nothing to do with acceleration. It has more to do with how much damage there will be if a moving object crashes into somthing.

    Acceleration is a product of twisting force (torque). If you want to tie it with some energy - it is a product of potential energy of exploding gasoline/air mix.

    In an ideal world (no air, perfect traction, constant output of power by engine), it would take the same time to accelerate from 0-30 as from 60-90
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    and this has what to do with Maximas? Please...don't stir up the discussion on 0-60 speeds!
  • Sorry for not including your entire post. I thought I was providing a simple way to compare acceleration times to various speeds for reasonableness. I had no intent to offend but obviously failed.

    The Maxima was on my short list when I was car shopping last fall and I still enjoy following it. Please forgive my intrusion.
  • If anyone else is having paint chipping problems on their 2000-2002 Maxima,as I and many other 5th generation Maxima owners are, there may be help out there for us. I am a member of and have found a website for Maxima owners to register their paint problem complaints; the site is site is NOT a Nissan owned site it was started by a Maxima owner that is experiencing severe paint chipping and just got fed up with the problem. If there are enough complaints filed by Maxima owners maybe Nissan will provide repairs or reimbursement for paint problems that owners have paid for themselves.
    There are obviously no guarantee that Nissan will admit to this problem but if the consumer yells loud enough someone is bound to hear!! There is strength in numbers so if you are disgusted with an expensive car built by a manufacturer that makes claims about quality and reliability visit the site and fill out the form.
  • My dealer mentioned that i shouldn't put home recorded(burned) CD's into all six slots of the '02 in-dash cd-changer. It will get jammed and will be costly to get it out. Playing in just 1 or 2 slots is ok.
    He mentioned the reason they get stuck is that real audio CD's you buy from the store is thin, as opposed to CD's(CD-R's) that you burn copies on which are thick - thus the reason they jam the cd player. I checked the thickness of both at home, and to me they looked both the same. He recommended that if burning CD's, look for blank CD's with the "audio CD" label on the cover, not "recordable CD's"
    Can someone tell me if he's right or not - and what the difference is between "audio" and "recordable" CD's. Thanks.
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,711
    How good is the VQ30DE (3.0-liter) 24-valve V-6 engine when it comes to overall reliability and durability?
  • I just purchased a 2002 SE and when I went to fill it up with gas, I noticed dirt around the filler cap. I think I remember a discussion here in the past about a cover missing from the gas tank filler tube that allows dirt to get into this area. Nissan is apparently not installing this cover on 2000 - 2002 models. Does anyone remember the details of this disscussion? Does anyone know the part number for this filler tube cover?
  • ssn66ssn66 Posts: 6
    I don't know, that sounds fishy to me. I do know the paper sticker labels you can make and apply to burned cd's can shrink and get all wrinkled, causing the cd to get stuck. All of the CDR's I burned and labelled that I kept in my car got all wrinkled. I think it had to do with the large temperature and moisture variation that occurs in the car (I keep my car outside sometimes). So far I haven't had any problems with my CDRs in my system (knock on wood)
  • True. Current VVT engines have relatively flat torque curves over fairly broad RPM ranges, which supports your point for acceleration while in a given overall gear ratio. But did you consider that torque delivered at the axle/wheel will vary with each shift? (no response required)
  • p_g_00p_g_00 Posts: 34
    Audio CD-R is 80 min/700 MB one while recordable is 74 min/650 MB, there're no difference other than that. You can definitely use 74min CD to record music. I dont think CD-R is thicker than CD, but I am not sure.
  • I've heard that the Infiniti I30 has a very large turning circle, about 44 feet. Is this also true of the Maxima?
  • Expect something more like 40 feet.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    From their 11/01 comparison test using an I-35 with Sport Pkg & the bigger P225/50R17 Bridestone Potenza RE92, the turning circle is listed as 40.0 feet. The range for the other four cars tested was 35.3 (MB C320 w/P205/55HR16s) and 36.1 (Lexus ES300 w/P215/60VR16s). The Jag X-type at 35.7 feet and the Volvo S60 2.4T at 35.4 feet.

    Would be interesting to see the turning circles for the non-Sport Maximas/I-35s that use smaller tires.
  • Actually, i checked labels on both CD's that are 80min/700MB and 74min/650MB. Neither of them have the label "audio" anywhere on the CD. They both explicitly say "recordable". Thus, i still can't figure out the difference between the two, in terms of thickness.
    Question is can i load all six of the slots of teh in-dash cd player with audio/recordable CD-R's and not get jammed. Have others done this w/out problems.
  • I've seen the figure of 35.4 for the GXE Max.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    yep, that's why I wrote "in an ideal world" (no gears, no air resistance, perfect traction)
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    The basic difference is that there is a special code embedded in audio blanks that allows them to be used in standalone CD burners. Data CDR blanks don't have this code and thus can only be used in computer burners. There's no difference in thickness or quality between the two.

    Look here for a more thorough explanation:

  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398

    I am glad to try and help - I followed the missing shield discussion and noted the following part numbers:

    NI01553-09321 CLIP (need four)

    I haven't ordered these yet, so I am not absolutely sure if the numbers are correct. It is very likely they are correct, though, as they came from different sources.

    I will have to remember to order the shield before my next visit to the dealer - I always forget!

    I wouldn't put the gas cap in its holder while refueling - the holder is always full of sand/dirt. I always put the cap on top of the trunk.

    Hope this helps.
  • I bought a 02 SE about a month ago. I have about 1600 miles on it and the best gas milage I can seem to get is 22 MPG on the highway. I average about 20MPG each tank. I do a mix of driving and I dont romp on the gas. Even with the cruise set at 65 the milage does not improve. I have the 6 speed and try not to really get on it in any gear. Is anyone else having this problem? I realize that I may not hit the estimates but this still seems very low to me.
  • sgrd0q,

    Thanks for the help. I will get the dealer to order the parts and get them installed.
  • re: VQ30DE The maxima has a number of issues but the engine is not one of them. One common problem I have seen over (read about) the last few years is the rear 02 sensor failing. More recently (00-01) have had auto tranny problems reported. But the engine itself (for the last 6-7 years) has been very reliable.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282

    As I recall from my 1995 Maxima SE 5-speed, the gas milage didn't improve to its full potential until after the first oil change - which I did at about 2,000 miles. My early highway milage was in the low to mid 20's, and ultimately improved to 26-28 depending upon speed and temperature. January isn't the best month to test fuel efficiency, either.

    I have a 3 month old S2000 that, at 1,700 miles, is starting to feel noticably stronger in acceleration. Perhaps the newer engines just take a bit longer to achieve their full potential.

    Couple of suggestions: check the level and condition of your oil frequently. I have a friend who just bought an E320 and he burned through two quarts in the first 2,000 miles. Also, even though the owner's manual says its OK after 1,000 miles, I wouldn't use cruise control for extended trips until after 2,000. Last, change your oil at 2,000 miles. My guess is that you will see an improvement in the next month or so.

    However, I do find it a little difficult to believe that the 3.5 liter 255-hp engine is rated about the same as my 1995 3.0 liter 190 hp engine on a 200+ lb lighter car. I have averaged 24.1 mpg over 120,000 miles; I suspect you will average 1-2 mpg less.
  • I too went thru this fiasco....sgrd0q and volmax.......guys...NISSAN WILL NOT PAY FOR THOSE PARTS ...THEY WILL NOT COVER IT UNDER ANY will pay out of your own pocket..they supposedly did something else to the car like undercoating to save on parts and money according to my dealer...I was pissed...Joe D.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Have had an auto 2002 GLE for 4 months now (3200 miles, no oil change yet) - consistently get 27+ mpg.....
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