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Nissan Maxima



  • luckylarluckylar Posts: 12
    In the Tampa Bay Area A Base Maxima SE auto. I have yet to find anyone going anywhere near $5000 under MSRP. What is the best price to buy one?
    $24000 with 3.9% is what they are offering.
  • rswaglerswagle Posts: 27
    I was wondering if someone could let me know when I can wash/wax my new Max? I just picked it up the last week and is already really dirty. I've heard that you should not wax a new car for the first 5-6 months. This can't be true?!
    Thanks in advance
  • gogrannygogogrannygo Posts: 4
    I have now driven the Maxima for 2 months and still find the seats too stiff, too much like sitting on cardboard. My brother just bought the 2002 Pathfinder and the FIRST thing I noticed when I got in it was how much more comfortable the seats were. I wouldn't trade the Maxima for the Pathfinder (can't hotrod that thing around like you can the Maxima) but the seat issue is irritating.
  • 90max90max Posts: 15
    If the seats don't feel right now, believe me, they don't get better over time. I've had my 02Se 7 months, almost 10k, and I have to agree -- the seats suck. Nissan is replacing the seat bottom (for some reason w/o replacing the seat back) on the driver's seat on mine under warranty, but I really don't think it's going to help much (I'll let you know).
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    If you compare a comparably optioned SE to a GLE you will pay
    about $500 more for the SE. , which may or may not be a big deal.

    I prefer the GLE with the white on black gauges and the color matched
    steering wheel / column ( black on SE , no matter what interior color ).

    Again, it's all a matter of personal preference. As far as ride quality
    goes, I thought the SE and GLE were not much different when driving
    normally. When pushed to the limit, I believe the SE would be better.
    I must point out that I'm in Maryland which has some of the best roads
    ( smooth ) on the east coast, imho. If your roads are poor , obviously,
    ride quality will suffer a little with either vehicle.

    Another voice heard from ;-)
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193

    Do you have a problem with the seats on short drives or long drives ?
    I'm curious because I'm considering the purchase of an ' 02.

    You said the seats " are like sitting on cardboard " . Does this mean you
    think they are too hard or too soft ?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I rented a Maxima from Budget for one day, drove it 141 miles in that day. I thought the seats were a little too hard for me on the backs. And that's really surprising, because I have a 2002 Jetta and it has the most firm seats I ever rode on. The seatback was not comfortable to me though, and I couldn't get the lumbar in the right adjustment either. A miserable ride for me.
  • bgongawarebgongaware Posts: 3
    FYI. There's a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) related to rotor problems for the 2000 Maxima (don't know if it applies for newer ones). The title is 2000 Maxima Brake Judder, reference NTB00-088, classification BR00-007, and dated 10/2000. A note on the bulletin says "the only way to eliminate brake judder caused by the front brakes is to turn the fron disc brake rotors using an on-car brake lathe (such as the Ammco model #705)". Another note says "repair is covered by the 3 year, 36000 mile warranty for these vehicles".

    Hope this is helpful.
  • tdubbwtdubbw Posts: 2
    I was shopping for an older Maxima and found an ad saying he had a 96 GLE with a 5 speed. It has a spoiler on it making me think it is an SE. I thought that all GLE's were automatic. The owner bought it used a few years ago, and said he specifically shopped for one with this option. I can't seem to find anything other than a GLE comes only in automatic. Also, was the SE the only car of the three GXE, GLE, and SE to come with a spoiler?

  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    According to Edmunds, it comes standard with Auto. Go to the top of this page and click on the Used link, then select the make, model year and view specs...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Since the GLE model debuted in 1995, it has always come with standard automatic.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    Someone over at saw a prototype of the new Max and snapped some shots. Check them out here:
  • dabronxrdabronxr Posts: 73
    Just like Jolar! I was coming off off Rte 9. As you come off ramp it turns into 2 lanes, then a traffic light. As I came down ramp there was a late model Mustang GT. He was in right lane, so I pull up to left lane. At end of ramp was traffic light, it was red. I knew it was a long red, I take it every day. If this guy was making a right oky dokie. If he planned on going was I. If you go straight ther are 2 lanes that narrow to one in about a quarter mile. I played cool, didn't even look at him, or put my hands on the wheel. I tested him out, put my hands to the steering wheel and yup...he inched up. The light turned green, I chirped my wheels, he did same, but not quick enough. He gave up after about 200 feet. It felt NICE! Fhugeddaboudit!!!!
  • robertrrobertr Posts: 125
    I was on I-94 East last week in the second from the right lane about to move right for my exit when this Mustang GT convertible decides to pass me on the right. If I just let him pass I'll probably miss my exit so I downshifted to 3rd (2000 SE 5-speed) and floored it and left the Mustang way behind.

    After I had moved in front of him and was on the exit ramp I saw him going by on the expressway. It looked fast, but I don't know what it had in it or exactly how quick Mustangs are. My guess is they are probably a little quicker to 50 or 60 from a stop. I would also guess that a Maxima would probably take most Mustangs from a rolling start from 40mph or so to top end.

    Does someone know how the Maxima's acceleration and speed compares to a V-8 Mustang?
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    I have a 92 GXE and a 97 GLE. The driver seat in the 97 is not as comfortable (but not terrible) as the 92; I don't know about the passenger seat because I rarely sit there. Also, the range of seat (power) adjustments in the 97 is smaller.

    I have never, until now, heard of a GLE with a five speed. The GLE has (faux) wood trim, but I do not think the SE or GXE comes with such trim.
  • manimal79manimal79 Posts: 7
    Hi guys, thank you all for your inputs about the Maxima. They have been quite informative. I am planning on buying a car within the next month or so and i have come down to three choices, and one of them is the 2002 Maxima SE. I don't plan on getting any options with it cuz i think the 02 SE comes with A LOT of standard features.

    Anyway, I have some questions regarding the 02 SE:
    1) To the owners of the SE maximas: are you satisfied with them? Why or why not? Have you encountered any problems? how is the feel of the car? on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best, how would u rate it?

    2) How reliable are the Maximas?

    3) What is the resale value (residual) of the Maxima?

    Thanks in advance.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The Maxima's reliability is very good according to Consumer Reports.

    The resale value of the Maxima is about average, but I think it's going to lower because I am beginning to see Maximas in rental fleets. Also, when a manufacturer starts offering rebates, it lowers resale value.
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    Better buy an '02 or '03 before it's too late!
  • hmamontovhmamontov Posts: 10
    Yes, I agree. New Maxima will be totally different from current. And I think I don't like new one. BTW, how do you think, when it will be the best time to buy 03 Maxima? I'm planning to go for it maybe in winter. I hope at that time Nissan will start some discounts, rebates etc.
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    Has anyone seen any published 0-60 times
    for the 2k2 Max. automatic ? Somewhere I think I
    saw 6.5 secs. for the 5- speed so I'm guessing
    around 7.1 - 7.2 for the automatic.

    Seems like most of the automotive press is not
    that interested in the '02 even tho it has the
    larger engine.
  • letsrockletsrock Posts: 74
    For some reason, the 0 - 60 times for the Max don't drop measureably each time they boost the hp (for 2000 and again in 2002). I recall Car and Driver had the 190 hp '95 SE 5-speed at 6.7 seconds. 7 year and 65 hp later and it's only .2 seconds quicker?
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Well guys the 0-60 for the 2002 auto is faster than what you guys are claiming. Go to and some are running 6.5-6.7 to 60. I run 6.68 in my 02 auto consistently and remember guys "Car and Driver" tested the 02 heavier I35 a few months ago and got a 6.9 sec to 60 mph and the 02 Alti 3.5 Motor Trend last month 6.6 to 60. The 95 auto run about 7.3 sec to 60 according to Car and Driver May 1995. Some guys with the 6spds are running very low sixes and one guy broke into the high 5's.
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    Do you have a stock Max. ? Are your runs timed
    at a drag strip ?

    Quite frankly, I'm a little amazed that the
    automotive journalists have'nt picked up
    on this car. If I were the editor of a magazine
    and a vehicle went from 3.0 litre/227 hp to
    3.5 litre/255 hp, this would certainly warrant
    a column !!! Call me crazy !! Have'nt they
    noticed that there is a horsepower war going
    on. Shades of 1968 ! ( Anybody remember muscle cars )

    I think I just gave away my age :-)
  • gogrannygogogrannygo Posts: 4
    Roar1 asked if I was unhappy with the '02 seats on long or short drives and were the seats too hard or too soft? I've had the car a little over 2 months so I haven't taken it on a long drive. Matter of fact, I was headed to Daytona Beach this weekend and we chose to take my pal's car because of the awful Maxima seats.
    I average about 35 mi/day on the car and I'm NEVER happy with those seats. The back, more than the actual seat, is the most uncomfortable. They have divided it into 2 or 3 "tufted" sections and I FEEL those division marks in my back. The back is too firm! Like someone else said, I can't get the lumbar adjustment comfy. The seats just plain suck. If you are considering an '02 Camry, the seat of that one is too short; won't reach back of your knees, thus no support for your legs.
    I should mention the Maxima is FUN to drive and I just LUV leaving those other drivers sitting in the dust. Get outta Granny's way!!!!
    Was hoping the new, improved Maxima might be the ticket for me in a few years but the spy photo indicates its gonna be even uglier than mine. Forgive me, but I think my Maxima is butt ugly. I bought it because of the way it DRIVES!
  • letsrockletsrock Posts: 74
    I love reading your posts. You must be the coolest granny around (if you really are a granny). Either that or you used to be a biker chick. :)
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    I believe that a persons physical make-up is
    more of a determining factor in whether a particular cars seat is comfortable for you
    or not. Agreed, some cars do just have BAD seats.

    For example, I desperately wanted to buy an Acura
    TL-Type S. I test drove a car and literally after
    " 5 MINUTES " my back was hurting. Sooo, I test drove 4 other cars. Same thing.

    Obviously, there's something about the curvature
    of my spine that does not conform to and is not
    compatible with Honda's seat design. That's life !
    Fortunately , I noticed this problem early in the test drives. Also, there are a heck of a lot of
    people who don't have any problems with the Acura
    seats because the cars are selling well.

    Last note. I ALWAYS test drive a car for a least
    25-30 mins.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    You are not even worth arguing with!

    Anyway, back to the Maximas.

    I looked at a few last night, and I think I like the spy shots of the 2004 model. I might just wait to see what they look like, although I am pretty sure that the new one will be too expensive for my teenage wallet. I'm really liking the Altima 2.5S fully loaded, but I do not want to deal with the interior. I am going to wait until the interior is redesigned before I cough out that kind of cash.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    fyi, maxamillion's "no thanks, you aren't even worth arguing with" is directed at a poster whose messages have been removed, not to the poster in the message just above his.
  • phyllisdphyllisd Posts: 3
    Manimal, since no one is answering your question - I purchased a 2002 SE in April. I really like this car, but I haven't driven any long distance yet. Planning to next week and will let you know. The only complaint I have is the bumps. I don't know if it's the sport suspension but bumps can be a little uncomfortable. Otherwise, you can't beat the options and overall quality. I will agree it's FAST!! Do the GLE's ride any better? I didn't even test ride them because of the price. The Altima was out because of the interior.
  • phyllisdphyllisd Posts: 3
    Talk about hard seats: My daughter has a 2001 Honda Civic and the seats are really hard. I also test drove a Toyota Camry - same thing. What are these car manufacturers thinking of???
    Cheap, cheap, cheap.
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