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Nissan Maxima



  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Yes, rust on calipers is very common as many manufacturers do not even paint new calipers, which are made of cast metal (usually cast iron). Surface rust actually protects these calipers from further corrosion and does not degrade the caliper in any way. A similar brake component which often has rust on its surface is the master cylinder. Other components on cars which are castings and not painted and have surface rust are front wheel hub/knuckle assemblies. If you take your front wheels off, you will see that the hubs are covered with surface rust.

    So as long as the parts are castings, the surface rust does not matter.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Does anyone know where I can purchase a DC/AC converter that plugs into the car's cigarette lighter socket and converts it to house current so that I can run a laptop? I have seen a 125 volt outlet on the Avalon, and think that is a good feature. My Max has 2 lighter sockets and changing one to a 125 volt outlet will be useful. Kindly advise.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    Walmart-Kmart-Most auto parts stores. They're widely available in lots of locations, if you don't want to wait for an internet order.
  • jbouchebjboucheb Posts: 19
    Sorry to intrude like this folks, but does anyone know of a way to have these messages emailed to me? For example, whenever somebody posts something new or replys to somebody, I'd like to get an email to my Yahoo account.

    I honestly don't have time to log into each and every forum I subscribe to in order to read the messages. Can someone help me out?

  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Nissan recommends 5W30 weight oil for all around use in these cars. If you live in warm climate like Florida, where temperatures almost never dip below 32 F, 10W30 or 10W40 is preferable. Because summer is fast approaching, I would recommend 10W30 (or 10W40 for very hot climates like in Arizona). I use 10W30 in my 98 SE. I only use Castrol GTX oil.
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Habitat not trying to be mean but you seem to find the worst test for other year maximas and use the best for your paticular car. The 00 manual best was 6.7 sec to 60 and it had a higher trap speed than your 19595 it was 94 vs your 92 best both by Motor Trend.Well cool habitat but the 02 manual wast tested at 6 flat not 6.3 and actual owners have gotten better (you have to look at trap speeds which determine power 7-8 mph more for the 02 which is great. No need in comparing mag. stats go to and look at actaul timeslips and you will see that your 95 manual although quick cant run with the 02/03 auto and definatley not the manual. I prefer real world situations which speak for how most of us drive. Some of us prefer autos to manuals that doesnt make anyone more of an enthusiast. What do you think of these new front drivers that have times nearly identical to the best of the S2000 the Neon SRT-4?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Please be assured that I wasn't trying to stack the statistics deck in favor of my 1995 Maxima. We are in agreement that the 2002/3 6-speed Maxima was the quickest Maxima, regardless of by exactly how much. With regard to the rest, I also concede that my ability to directly control gear changes, especially down shifts, makes my Maxima seem more responsive than the automatic Maximas I've driven in many of my "real world" driving situations (e.g. like manuevering in and merging into beltway traffic). If your "real world" situation is doing all out 1/4 mile sprints at the track, I concede you may get entirely different results.

    Regrarding the Neon, I'm sure it is impressive in it's own way. But I'm not sure I'd want to be accelerating a 215 hp FWD Neon around a curve. At least not without increasing my life insurance.

    P.S. How's your wife's 350Z doing?
  • bahhumbugbahhumbug Posts: 5
    Hats off to warrenul for his description of removing the air filter. My 2001 GXE took 3 tries to remove it. The clips weren't the first operation but the last. For those of you attemtping this operation, DON'T GIVE UP. Got a mailer today from my Nissan Dealer, the filter price was $24.95. Not putting mine back in because of the improvement in the air conditioner. GREAT improvement. Worked good before NOW ITS GREAT. No glove box finisher on mine either. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    The 350 is doing fine it has 5,000 miles it is sort of broken in, we have had 2 probs with it so far. The HID went out on the drivers side and the grease streak on the windows when you roll them down otherwise we love it. We alternate frequently 3 times a week because she is one of those people that are as meticulous about her car as I am so I know she will take car of it.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    Update on my post #6898;
    The grinding / crunching noise that was coming from the car when brake pedal depressed 1/2 way after a few miles was - are ya ready - wheel bearings. Yes, at 23,000 miles. These things can happen. Cost me only time of course. What bugs me is that service tells me that the reason my rear brakes are wearing faster than the fronts is that the rear pads are smaller,(shorter) than the fronts so they will wear more evenly. What a load of crap but I guess that's whatit is.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    vanbo.. they told u that as the reason why your rear brakes are wearing faster than your front? what stealerships will make up to just give people an excuse not to fix the problem. My front brakes are wearing faster than my rear and i assume that's what other maxima owners experiences are too.... that's what suppose to happen... front brakes do most of the work..
  • tunefultuneful Posts: 35
    Hi folks,
    I’m shopping for a car and am considering 03 Altima vs. 03 Maxima vs. 04 Maxima.
    I’m looking for a tolerably smooth and quiet ride (tho I realize that these were designed as sport sedans – I know to avoid the SE model o f altima) and good seat position. Also want good build quality. I have seen a number of complaints about the latter in the owner reviews of Altima.
    Re the seat position, the telescopic steering on the 03 Alt and new Max is a real plus. But I just don’t know if the difference in these cars (power and price) would be worth it. I’m not a performance driver. I can get a pretty good position with an 8-way power seat.
    Also, I heard that 03 Maxs were built in Japan and the other 2 are not.
    Thanks for any advice!
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    From what you are describing, you may be happiest with a new 03 Maxima GLE. This is the top of the line Max model with standard leather seats, Bose stereo, auto climate control, and softer ride than the Max SE. It also has the highest resale value of any Max model (up to 03 model year of course), and it is built in Japan. You can buy a nice one for about $ 25K if you look around. There is still plenty of these left on dealers lots.

    There is not enough data available on the new 04 Max model to know how problematic the car may be. I would be cautious about buying the first year model built in the US until they have time to work out the bugs. Also, the price increase on the 04 model is substantial. To get one equipped like the 03 GLE, you would have to spend at least $ 32K.

    Altima is a smaller, less plush vehicle than Max and carries a lower resale value. Its interior looks really cheap compared to a Maxima.
    A well equipped 03 model with a V6 3.5 liter engine retails for almost as much as the 03 Max GLE. The resale value will be much less, however.
  • blackstone3blackstone3 Posts: 29
    I have a 2K Maxima SE with 17 inch tires. Pep Boys has a replacement tire that is close to the original size. It is 225/55/17. Would the differance in 5mm in the height of the tire change the car's handling, spedometer, or overall look of the car? Thanks for any info.
  • twinstevetwinsteve Posts: 7
    blackstone3 -- yes, it makes a huge should always replace a tire with one of the EXACT SAME width and profile as the other tires on your car. "Close" isn't good enough.
  • prayerforprayerfor Posts: 161
    First, the 55 in 225/55/17 does not represent a sidewall height of 55mm. It represents that the sidewall height is 55% of the tread width.

    Second, you don't need to be exact if replacing all four tires. +/- 3% in total tire diameter is the generally-accepted threshold to maintain accurate speedo/odo readings and preserve correct functioning of other vehicle systems (traction control, ABS, etc). However if replacing just one tire, it is indeed quite important to match the diameter of the other three. It is for this reason that replacing all four tires together is recommended.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I agree with twinsteve if you are looking to only replace one tire - they should always be exactly the same width and profile as the others.

    However, if your question is regarding replacing all 4, the answer is "it depends". The increased height (radius) of the tire is 11.25mm not 5mm. You get that by multiplying the 225 mm width by the 50% vs. 55% aspect ratio for height. Overall tire diameter is increased from 25.9 inches to about 26.8 inches or roughly 3.5%. That would mean your spedo and odo would be reading too low (i.e. 60 mph on the spedo is really more like 62 mph). You could partially offset this error by dropping to a 215/55 size tire.

    The handling differences are probably more dependent upon the manufacturer, speed rating and tread design of the replacement tire than a 1/2 step change in aspect ratio from 50 to 55. For example, the OEM "W" rated 205/55 & 225/50 Bridgestone Pole Position tires on my Honda S2000 are rated considerably better handling than a lot of the 40/45 series "V" or "Z" rated tires. Usually, however, the higher the sidewall, the worse the handling in hard corners.

    Hope this helps - also suggest you log on to for lots of usefull info and prices.
  • buzzard4buzzard4 Posts: 43
    I purchased a new '03 GLE last week. I noticed a vibration on the way home, like a wheel was out of balance. I returned it to the dealer, and they could not get the wheels to balance. They took it to another shop with more sensitive equipment, and they determined 3 of the 4 tires were out of spec. The dealer said that they have to get the tires from Nissan, and they would take over a week to arrive. Meanwhile, when they remounted the bad tires, the vibration got much worse, to the point that they agreed it was best not to drive it. I have been without the new Max for almost 2 weeks waiting for the new tires. Frustrating! Nissan customer assistance was no help in reaching a faster resolution, either.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Yes, I had a similar experience. Unlike you, I noticed this during test driving two 03 Maxima SE 6 speed brand new cars. One had a distinct steering wheel vibration at 60 MPH, the other had somehwat less vibration around 65 MPH and the hood shook violently up and down. I was very serious about buying one of these vehicles but this was really disappointing to me. Even if the problem turns out to be just tire balance, there is no reason why two vehicles should have the same vibration problem at the same speed if proper QC was in place. This smells of serious quality problems with Bridgestone tire manufacturing. If I am not mistaken, GLE models use Bridgstone Turanza tires as original equipment and SE use models use Bridgstone Potenzas.

    In your case the solution is obviously to replace all of the tires on the car. If I were you I would demand they go with a different brand tires as well. You cannot go wrong with Michelin Pilots, for example.

    I have read quite a few complaints about vibration problems with the new Maximas, most of them problably due to lousy tires. When one buys a new car, few people feel like spending $ 600 to replace all four tires. My 98 Maxima SE came with Toyo tires. They lasted almost 60K miles and I never had problems with them. They needed first rebalancing after about 25K miles due to natural wear. There is absolutely no reason why Nissan should use shoddy tires on their new vehicles. They already lost me as a repeat customer. You must ask yourself this question: if they do this with tires, what other car parts are of dubious quality as well?

    By the way, I believe that Nissan should have installed four good quality tires on your car after the discovery of defective tires and they could have purchased these in any local tire store. You would be better off with Michelins anyway. Why would they let you wait two weeks? This is unbelievable.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Here is a site that lets you plug in your old and new tire sizes and it tells you what the speed difference would be. I may have got it from someone on this board (Thanks) but I can't remember. Don't let the miata name throw you off. It works for all tires.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    I will most likely replace my Potensa's with the Michelin Pilot Sports, (I think that's the model) before next winter. I have read on Tirerack .com that these are the best I'm going to get for my '01 Max - there are a lot of reviews on that site. It will be very expensive, probably over a grand after ballance, align, etc, etc but from what I read and hear, these are the best - excellent wet as well as dry. Probably won't be "great" for snow but, either were the Potensas.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I installed four new Michelin Pilots on my 99 Mazda 626 ES V6. The tire size was P205-60 HR-15.

    The tires have been excellent so far, but the ride is very firm. Also, they wear rather quickly and you must rotate them frequently, about every 5K miles, or the front ones will wear out in half the time as the rear ones. I do not expect more than about 35K miles from mine, although Sears gave me 50K tread wear warranty on these.

    Expect less mileage for a V rated tire, and nobody will give you any tread wear warranty on that one.

    One other tire I can recommend is Toyo Proxess. I also like Michelin MXVs which are softer riding than Pilots.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My 1995 Maxima SE came with Eagle RSA 215-60HR 15". I replaced them at 55k miles with the same tire and then at 110k miles with the Toyo Proxess in July 2001. After 30k miles on the Toyos, they seem to be wearing about the same as the RSA's and offer comparable or slightly better handling. They cost me $361.40 for a set of four, including balancing and mounting ($79 per tire alone).

    Frankly, I believe anywhere near $1,000 for set of tires for a FWD Maxima (let alone with only 15" wheels) is a big waste of money. That's more than a set of top of the line "Y" rated S-03 Pole Position tires for my Honda S2000. That's also more than replacement tires for an M3 or 540i 6-speed.

    I love my Maxima, but a sports car it is not. There are very good tires out there that will run $400-$500 or less including balance and mounting. Putting a set of $1,000 tires on a Maxima isn't going to turn it into something it isn't.
  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    I recently purchased a set of these to replace the
    Potenza RE 92's which were OEM on my SE.

    Critique: These are ultra high performance tires
    which have proven to be excellent on wet roads
    even at interstate speed limits (and slightly above) They have a treadwear rating of 400 (which
    is great for this level of tire) and a heat rating
    of AA. If you choose a tire of this nature, expect
    tradeoffs. They do ride noticeably "harder" and they are "noisier" than I expected they would be.
    I have not had them on the Max long enough to truly
    assess how they are wearing. Would I buy this tire
    again? Probably not! In spite of their pluses, they
    are too noisey to suit me. I would more than likely
    go back to a "V" rated tire or a high quality "H"
    rated tire in lieu of these. Just my two cents....

  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I absolutely agree with habitat1 when it comes to spending a lot of money on ultra high performance tires for a Maxima. I chose a set of Toyo Proxes TPT tires as replacement for my 98 Maxima original Toyos and they provide good quiet ride and decent handling. As I mentioned in the post above, I have a set of Michelin Pilots on my Mazda 626 and they are a lot harsher riding tire than the Toyo, plus they wear out a lot quicker. I got 58K miles out of the original Toyos on my Maxima. Do not expect more than 35K miles out of the Michelins Pilots on the Mazda. The total cost of four Toyos (P215-55HR-16) was about $ 460 including mounting and balancing.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    i just recently put a set of Dunlop A2's on my 2000 maxima gle with the 16in wheels and paid exactly $502 ..which includes tires, balancing, stems and taxes. so far, i've only put 500 miles on them and am very happy with them... not that i put too much thought into the tires.. afterall, it's only tires.. i would never spend 1000 bucks for tires.. that's why i didn't look at the Pilot sports... hope that helps
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    I agree with Habitat as well but with odd size and availability of the tires for the 00-03 SE 17 inchers they are expensive. Stay away from the Potenza when its time to replace they are expensive and tend to have a balancing problem I too had that issue on my new 03 Max.
  • vanbo57vanbo57 Posts: 46
    Sorry all. I originaly posted my tire size as 225 50 15. I meant 17.
    Well, anyway, thanks s for the input. I have read that the ride is harsh with the Pilots which could be tough as the ride over bumps is already harsh - my Max is an SE. I've got just over 24K on the Potenzas now and, should make 30K. Never had a balance problem with them. Rotate and ballance every 6 - 7K. What I have read, (mostly on is that the Pilots do have a better wear rating than the Potenzas and I believe, the Goodyears as well. I'll have to see what my wallet tells me when the time comes. I know a grand is a lot for tires but the Pilots are really supposed to be a good and very safe tire in the wet as well as the aformentioned long wearing nature.
  • giant56giant56 Posts: 9
    I do notice that the Potenzas are a little choppy at 70-80 mph. I wonder if it is the air or lack of air that is in the tire(s). Should I follow the air pressure recommendation on the tire or the one located in my vehicle? My 98 Max SE w/16 Pirellis had a better ride and I am a little confused by this. Thanx in advance for any response.
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