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Nissan Maxima



  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    to tell you the accurate MPG. It's always off. I've been disappointed with the gas mileage I've been getting. I do mostly city driving and mostly short hop trips at that. Last week I got the worst yet... 19. Yet the trip computer said 23.5. I thought the gas mileage would be a lot better. I consistently got 23-25 in my Intrigue for city driving. (It had the same size 3.5L engine).
  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153
    I'll miss you and the others too! Goodluck with your '03, and yes...I'll pop in from time to time.
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Yes the trip computer doesnt seem to be very accurate in mY 03 max or my wifes 350, both are gass guzzlers! We knew this already, we get about 18mpg in the Max and the same in the Z with a Mix of 40% highway 60% street!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You have an 03 Max AND a 350 in the driveway?!? We all hate you now, go away.. :) Just kidding.
  • I just got an 03 SE and got a great deal. It was $19999, but when I got to the dealer, the color I wanted was a damaged car. After a lot of haggling, I got the one I wanted for $20999 with the 2.9% financing for five years.
  • i was thinking the same thing! a new max and a Z... i just want one of the 2
  • I am considering buying a Maxima SE and wanted to know where you bought it and what options you opted for. Thanks
  • eblumeblum Posts: 52
    My 2000 SE Auto gets about 24 mpg. Not to bad...

    johnnig, I think that that fuel consumption goes down the faster you are traveling, after a certain speed. If I remember correctly, you will get the best MPG in the 50-60 MPH range. I think doing 80 MPH causes too much wind resistance. Any thoughts?
  • im getting 24 to 25 mpg on my 2K Max GLE Auto. and that's based on driving 95% highway at average of 70mph (trips from Mass to NYC). i'm sure driving pass 60 doesn't help the mileage... and i do calcuation by hand..not by any computer.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I just returned from a business trip and got approximately 29 mpg on the 300 highway mile return leg at an average of 70-72 mph. I do not get better mileage at 55-60. For my car (1995 Maxima SE 5-speed), it seems that 65-70 produces the best mileage (using cruise control).

    I am sure there are a lot of factors that determine the best highway mileage, including gear ratios, type of roads (hilly vs. flat), temperature, etc. But for whatever reason, I have never had a car (all manual transmissions) that got its best milage at 55 (the former federal speed limit imposed during the gas crisis). For me, it's always been around 65, with my Honda S2000 getting it's best mileage at 75 mph (31.5 mpg on the same exact 300 mile trip).
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Yes we have them both bought them both on the same day and got a great deal due to that fact. We both enjoy driving and is never board driving despite which car we decide to drive. Are fuel bill is high because we both tend to have lead feet! The 3.5 just burns alot more fuel than the 3.0.
  • I bought my Max SE at Superior Nissan in the City of Industry in Los Angeles. It is the regular SE in Sheer Silver and Charcoal interior.
  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    You've been a good poster and I have appreciated
    having you on here. I think you've been here almost
    as long as I have.

    Anyhow, drop in occassionally and tell us about
    your new ride.

    Good luck!

  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153

    No problem, I will drop by and check you guys out occassionally. I still can't believe that I'm not in a max (for the 1st time in 11 years), however I love the Murano.

    Take care.

    PS (to everyone with 2002/2003 maximas): I think Nissan will fix that fuel economy over-estimation with the 2004 max. I filled up my Murano for the second time and my number (20.4) mpg was close to the trip computer (20.6).
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    photos in a write-up on the new Max (Autoweek?), and I want to know who thought of the longitudinal sunroof??? does it open, why do rear passengers need it when 90% of driving for many is just one or two folks in front???...but the Elite option with rear buckets is brilliant...
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,704
    the longitudinal panels do not open. They are just there for the view. There is an option of a normal moonroof that does open, but I assume you lose the glass rails.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • The "longitudinal sunroof" does not actually open, I just has a couple of covel panels you can slide open to let in extra light into the cabin, and it comes standard. You can still get an conventional opening moonroof as an option. It would have been nice if the "skyview roof" as Nissan calls it, would have been able to open. I agree that the elite package is a innovative option that gives the car a bit of uniqueness in the near luxury class.
  • Well, after a few months of shopping around we (the wife really) picked up a 2003 SE (w/ titanium pkg.) It's lots of fun to drive and all but I have a question about the "premium" sound system...
    It sounds like crap...We hadn't noticed until we had passengers in the back that said "is the radio even on?"

    sure enough, there is almost no sound in the back seat, and even in the front seat the only sound from the back is base. Now, i should probably read the owners manual, and I've already played around with fade/balance. Is there something else I'm missing?
    When we picked up the car, the dealer had forgot to insert the "storage" fuse (clock, radio presets, etc)
    Has anyone else had problems like this? or is this normal? should I just turn the radio up?

    any comments will be appreciated
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    The Bose system is far from "premium" because you can hardly adjust the tonal frequency range. The Bose in my older 97 GLE sounds much better.

    The subwoofer at the rear panel is too strong, especially when you tune in a rock station, and the bass sounds "thumpy" rather than "solid". The two rear speakers are not as strong as the ones in the front, but they should be in working condition. You may have to fiddle more with the fader and balance buttons to get "optimal" sound.

    I can't believe Edmund's editor gave the system a quality rating, but come to think about it, the editor said his 14 year old daughter thought the Bose is better than the stereo in her bedroom, which may not be much of a compliment at all. If you only use the Bose to play CDs, it sounds decent, but the radio is "crap".

    I read in the car mags that the 04 Max has a 300 watt system, while the 03 only has 200 watts. Apparently, it must be a new system. Did Maxima steal it from the Q45?

    I had thought about putting in an aftermarket system, but I was warned by Bose that it would void the warranty.
  • vicheviche Posts: 30
    I'm looking into buying a used Maxima.

    Does anyone have access to Carfax or Autocheck who would be willing to run a vin# for me? I'd also be willing to sign up for an Autocheck or Carfax subscription and trade for the opposite with someone.

    Let me know if you're interested or if you can help. I need to make a decision soon.

    Thanks so much in advance
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Just go to and get the subscription. It's only $20, and you can run as many cars as you want in 3 months. It's totally worth it.
  • jcw915jcw915 Posts: 31
    Dear fellow 02-03 Maxima owners,

    Has anyone ever been able to fill up 18.5 gallons of fuel in their maxima? The most I can ever get is 16.8, just wondering if anyone has put 18.5 in there before. Nissan says it's an 18.5 gallon tank...
  • vicheviche Posts: 30
    Yeah, I probably should, but I've been in the habit of casually checking about a car a month, so those fees could add up. I also wanted to check Autocheck as well since it tells me that there are 5 records for the car I was looking at whereas carfax says there are only 3. I'd be willing to sign up for one and trade service with someone who signs up for the other. If anyone is interested, let me know.

    Also, anyone know why one service would have 2 more records than the other?

    Thanks again,
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    I never tried putting 18.5 gallons into my tank, but I believe the tank can hold such amount. My understanding is that the tank always holds a bit of residual gas (about a gallon) even if the refuel light is on. This is to give advance warning to the driver so that he or she knows the car needs to be refueld very soon. Happy motoring, but don't try to drive until the car is absolutely out of gas to test how much the tank can really hold :-)
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    I've been down to completely empty (and have driven around on empty) and have only got 16 point something in there. Perhaps this has something to do with why the trip computer is so off.
  • gpagpagpagpa Posts: 55
    I filled up the tank on my 95 Maxima and did not turn the cap tight. Then the check engine light came on. I was looking for previous posts on how to rememdy this, and need some help. I tightened the cap a couple days ago and the light is still on. How long will this take to work? Also considering disconecting the battery, is there the right way to do it?
  • The system checks for the same error condition each time the cars starts. After a certain number of times not finding the fault, it will reset itself.
  • It holds the advertised 18.5 gallons.

    I drive a lot of highway miles (>120k already) so I purposely drove it to see just how far I could go at highway speeds after the low fuel light came on.

    I had a spare gallon in the back seat just for the test.

    I went 65 miles at about 70 miles per hour after the low fuel light first came on. I wasn't out of gas yet when I filled it but I just chickened out. It took 18.539 (no it wasn't empty yet) and another time I got 18.384.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My experience with my 1995 Maxima was that the check engine light did not go off by itself. After 3 months, I had the dealer reset it. Of course, they wanted to do a diagnostic check just to make sure there was nothing else wrong, so it cost me $65.

    I've now had the same experience with the airbag light. On two occassions it stayed on. In the first, they simply reset it after finding no problems. On the second occassion, I left it on for at least 6 monhts. When the car was in for service the dealer claimed I needed a new airbag control unit at nearly $1,000. I told them no thanks, and when I picked up the car the light was out and hasn't come back on in the 6 months since.

    I am convinced that these diagnostic lights are very sensitive and tend to give a lot of false readings, but I do not believe they reset themselves. If dklanecky has other information, please enlighten me.
  • Description of On-Board Diagnostics


    System Description
    The diagnosis sensor unit has the capability to display through the CONSULT-II three malfunction modes:

    A. SELF-DIAG [CURRENT]: These are real time malfunctions, items that are malfunctioning at present time and require repair.
    B. SELF-DIAG [PAST]: These are malfunctions that have been detected and stored in the self-diagnostic memory. They may be intermittent malfunctions that are not malfunctioning at present time. Malfunctions that have been repaired will remain stored in PAST memory until erase procedure has been performed.
    C. TROUBLE DIAG RECORD: All malfunctions that have been detected by the diagnosis sensor unit are stored and can be displayed. Erase procedure does not erase malfunctions stored in TROUBLE DIAG RECORD.

    My error!
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