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Nissan Maxima



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Standard equipment and optional equipment are both listed here. But if you found what you need, I'm glad to hear it! :-)
  • Hi……..has anyone had a problem with a wind noise leak on their Maxima?…………..I’ve got an 03 Maxima that makes a slight swishing and whistling from a rear side window when the speed reaches or exceeds 50mph………….any thoughts would be welcome…………..Thanks, jl
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I know an 01 Maxima owner who had the same problem. Had it fixed by a Nissan dealer under warranty. I believe that it involved replacement of the window rubber seal. I wonder if Nissan has a TSB on this problem.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    was on the 2000-2002 Nissan Maxima's.

    I know because I have one (2000 SE) and it was addressed through a TSB.

    The TSB number is Reference # NTB01-029A, issued April 16, 2002.

    If you'd like a copy (It's a six page .pdf file) let me have an e-mail address you'd like it sent to and I'll get it over to you.
  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    The fix seems to be fatter seals...Had mine done twice and the noise still comes and goes. Now that it's real cold I can actually feel the leak.
  • Thanks for this information. I thought it was just my car. You are right, now that it is cold, the noise is much worse. Hopefully, the first attempt to fix with take care of it...I can hope.
  • I am not sure the title fits. I would like comments on the following. I have a 2002 SE and for the last 13K miles (bought used with 20K) I have noticed that if I floor the gas peddle when going about 30-40 mph the car will accelarate like my old 130 hp accord. At any other speed, the car accelerates forcefully. Is this normal? BTW since I purchased the car, I have been using 91 octane - I know I may be throwing my money away - but..............
  • Thanks for this information. I thought it was just my car. You are right, now that it is cold, the noise is much worse. Hopefully, the first attempt to fix with take care of it...I can hope.
  • If anyone out there can help I would really appreciate it. I have a 1998 Nissan Maxima. A mechanic did faulty work that caused the transmission to completely deteriorate. The mechanic knows he performed the faulty repair, but will not pay for it. Does anyone have information on the reliability of Nissan Transmissions? This will help me extremely in small claims court. Thanks
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I believe the 1996-99 (aka 4th gen) tranny's were pretty good. Lots of trouble in 2000-01, not sure what differences are, just going by posts I've read here and other Max boards over last few years.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    do you have traction control? if so, that may be the answer. turn it off and see what happens.
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    Is not normal ! I had a vaguely similar problem
    with my '00 Max. It took 3 months for the SES light to come on. It turned out to be a bad MAF
    sensor ( replaced under warranty ). Now she's
    a rocket again.

    Try checking computer codes. I hear that AutoZone
    will do it either free or for a very minimal charge.

    BTW, you've got a Maxima....treat her right and give her the good stuff ...93 octane. Sometimes
    you can't always hear the pinging with the 87 & 91
  • Anybody here have cold weather bugs with the 6th generation car?

    People at Maxima.Org are complaining about poor heaters, the LCD display not working, CD skipping, etc.
  • Driving my 2000 SE (71,000 miles) tonight, the engine started running rough. When I restarted the car after being parked at a restaurant, the "SLIP" "TCS OFF" "SES" warning lights all lit up and the engine ran very rough. Help !!! What might be wrong ??
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    Virtually the exact same thing happened to my 00 Maxima SE at about 100,000 miles. I was able to limp to the dealer where they diagnosed a bad ignition coil.

    I had all six replaced (they just connect at the top of each spark plug). Coils were ~$75 each.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    There are a lot of complaints about the 2004 Maximas. Vibration in the steering wheel, mediocre Bose stereo (curiously the concensus is that the 4th generation Max Bose was the best), bubbles under seat fabric, bad brake rotors, etc. I have made up my mind - my next car is Infiniti G 35. For now, my 98 Max SE 5 speed is running great and no problems. .
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I too am concerned about the quality deterioration of the Maxima, not to mention its less than impressive interior. The G35, BMW 3 & 5 series and E320CDI will be on my list when my 95 Maxima dies. Curious, since we seem to have similar tastes and concerns, have you looked at the 2004 TL 6-speed?
  • but at $5000 more than the Maxima, I'm not sure I want to spend that much. Plus, the Maxima is bigger, which is also important given the car's role as our primary vehicle.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Unfortunately, there is no Acura dealership within 70 miles of my location. This is why I have not looked at this car. However, I read about it and it appears a good choice.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Judging how the 04 TL is beating the 04 Max in almost every aspect, I think my next car will probably be the TL, but that won't happen till three or more years later (because my 03 Max is only a year old). Nissan has a lot of catching up to do, if it wants to beat Acura in this hotly contested near luxury market. IMHO, and I believe many will agree, the current 04 Max just won't cut it.
  • Read at TOV how unhappy most Hondaphiles are with the TL, and then tell me how it beats the Max in "almost every respect"
  • I own a 2002 Maxima SE.. and the ABS light comes on.. The brakes get crunchy for a sec and thats it. Light stays on for a couple of starts and then gone. The dealer has no idea since it had not come on. It only comes on when I get the car washed.. Does this mean I need brakes is my abs messed up? How do I get results if it disapears so quickly..
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Sorry I don't know what "TOV" stands for, but from reading here on Edmunds the TL and TL comparo threads (including the thread on Near Luxury Performance Cars), it seems apparent that most, if not all, 04 TL owners are VERY happy with their cars. In fact, I don't think the TL is compared with the Max. Instead, the TL is compared with more upscale cars like the ES 330, BMW 3 series, Volve S60 and G35 etc. It is unfortunate (and disappointing) for Nissan that the 04 Max does not make the cut ... that much is clear from at least the standpoint of car buyers who are interested in the near luxury segment.
    IMHO, Nissan/Infiniti should re-examine the position of the Max in its line-up, unless it is its intention that the flagship Max should linger in obscurity, just like the flagship RL currently is in Honda/Acura.
  • ramped1ramped1 Posts: 159
    Excellent point. The Max in its present configuration and price point is doomed to obscurity a la the Acura RL. In fact, do you ever remember seeing an RL on the road? I know they must be out there, but I either haven't noticed or not recognized one. It is perhaps the most invisible car on the road.

    The Maxima deserves a better fate. Nissan has to figure a way to make it a desirable alternative to the Altima SE. Right now, the main advantage of the Max is the total safety equipment package it offers (curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes), while most Altimas do not come equipped that way. I would hate for safety to be the primary difference between these cars, though. In my opinion, every car should have anti-locks and curtain air bags.

    The Maxima is going to be in an even more precarious position in a few months when the upgraded Altima comes out.
  • there should be computer codes generated if your abs light came on and went away...
  • TOV = Temple of VTEC, which is the #1 Hondaphile site. Check it out at

    I'd agree that the Max is streching to compete with the TL and ES300, especially given its a Nissan (opposed to Infiniti). However its hardly languishing. Nissan has modest sales goals of 70K for the Maxima, which YTD sales are ahead of. Further, most buyers seem satisfied too based on comments here at Edmunds, Maxima.Org and

    The Maxima has always been a strange product positioned above everyday Camri and Accords, but below the true near-luxury brands. This 6th Generation is more of the same.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Folks, if we want to compare the Max to the TL or any other vehicle, we need to set up (or join) an appropriate discussion on our Comparisons - Sedans vs. Sedans board. Feel free. :)

    Meanwhile, let's let this conversation get back to the Maxima.

  • strictly Maxima's and only Maxima's.. i'm afraid this board will die very quickly... Everyone's already witness the slowdown of post in the last year or so on this thread...

    i think talking about anything in the maxima world on this thread will make it more interesting and keep it alive
  • ramped1ramped1 Posts: 159
    "The Maxima has always been a strange product positioned above everyday Camri and Accords, but below the true near-luxury brands. This 6th Generation is more of the same."

    That may have been true in the past, but the family sedan market has changed dramatically since a decade ago.

    Then, Accords and Camrys were primarily 4-cylinder cars with little to offer in the way of driving excitement. Then, the Maxima was a clear and outstanding alternative with it's V-6 engine and 4-door sports car moniker. He had a clearly defined market segment.

    Today, Accords and Camrys each have excellent 6-cylinder engines and, though still not true sports sedans, they are reasonable alternatives. In my opinion, their interior material quality is superior to that of the 04 Maximas. That should unsettle Nissan execs who see the new Maxima as a near-luxury competitor.

    In addition, when the Altima was conceived its mission was to draw market share away from the Accord and Camry 4-cylinders. It did not cannibalize Maxima sales the way it has since the 2002 redesign and the 3.5 SE option.

    So, in essence, the 04 Maxima is pretty much fighting the entire sedan world - the premium model Accords and Camrys, it's own stablemate, the Altima, and also, given its price range, the near-luxury cars.

    Given its circumstances, Nissan is eventually going to realize that the only way to move this product is to deeply discount, which it is doing. Ads are running in my local paper for $24.9K stripper Maxes. And, at that price, it isn't a bad option.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    You have hit the nail on its head! Although Nissan would have liked to place the 04 Max in the near lux segment, it has failed to achieve its dreams. The competitors, such as the TL, have simply moved further upstream, and are able to realize the price/profit for the TRUE near lux market. Thus, like you have indicated, the only way Nissan can sell the 04 Max is to give deep discounts, and at $25k it is a viable option when compared with the Camcords.

    If Nissan really wants to make the Max a near lux competitor, it must greatly improve the interior materials and decor, cure the torque steer, put in a few more gadgets (especially a much better stereo instead of the mediocre Bose "premium" system which is getting worse since the 4th gen), get rid of the bugs (such as steering wheel shimmies), improve on quality control, and provide better service to those Max buyers who are willing to expend more than $30k on a car.
    A free car wash and a loaner car will help.
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