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Nissan Maxima



  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    The order would have gone in the first week June, before the 7th. However, they did have to resubmit because it was kicked out intially because I ordered a 6spd., premium audio, and sunroof and Nissan was requiring the Sensory Package with that setup. It took into the next week for them to confirm the change with me and resubmit. The dealer said that the change wouldn't effect deliver, but maybe it did miss the cutoff.

    Anyway, it all works out because the dealer got the Maxima here in the Twin Cities for an Altima in trade. Better yet, its a week or two early.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    glad to hear it was corrected. if they re-submitted it after the 7th, then it wont be a valid order. they should have known this.
  • mparis1mparis1 Posts: 107
    what is going on. took my car in for service and all i been getting from the service people......"don't forget to fill -out the survey" bring it back to us oil nissan how much you liked us....thank changes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>WH- AT IS HAPPENING????? IS IT FOR NISSAN TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEALER OR HOW WE FEEL ABOUT NISSAN...and the xenon-stolen lights..the way they dealt with the 2002/2003 cars.....boy can't what to give them a pieceof my mind on their poor responses...
  • eampofoeampofo Posts: 3
    I live in the Washington D.C metro area. Of late I have seen a few Maxima's with custom grills and they look fantastic. There was one I saw that had a billet look to it, kinda titanium-ish. The other one I saw looked very bright indeed. It had a polished aluminum look to it. I hope Nissan is keeping an eye on these custom grills when they decide to replace the so called "corporate tooth" grill on the current vehicle.
    Personally I don't think Nissan would only replace the grill, it would have to be when the current vehicle is due for a makeover, whenever that is.
  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    Took delivery of my new 2004 Maxima SE 6spd last evening.

    All I can say is OUTSTANDING!!!

    This 4,000 RPM limit for the first 1,200 miles per the owners manual is going to kill me however.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    did you have a pre-2004 max too?
  • sydney4163sydney4163 Posts: 18
    Thanks for the info and link. I posted on RWV, but never heard back from Terry. In the end it didn't matter. I let this one go. Too much money for this car. I will be continuing my search and hopefully will have a Max soon. thanks!
  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    No, we have two Honda Accords (a 97-SE and 01-EX)

    This is my first Nissan. All is well, but I think I have the dreaded parcel shelf rattle.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    They are extremely rare here in Florida - in fact the other day I was searching website and found one 6 speed for maybe 300 automatic SE Maximas. Nobody drives manual in this country anymore?
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 375
    6 speeds are hard to find anywhere...

    but in Florida as p100 pointed out 6 speeds are even rarer, likely
    due to demographics(older retired folks that wont drive stick).
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    It is interesting that manual transmission Mazda 6 V6 models, for example, are much more common here in Florida than 6 speed Maximas. I even saw several 5 speed manual Mazda 6 wagons at our local Mazda dealership.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    IMO, Nissan dealers rarely order any manual transmissions in the Maxima, regardless of geographic location.

    The only new ones I've seen on a dealer's lot since 1994, (when I started following the Max)were orders for customers who backed out of the one they ordered after driving the vehicle when it arrived.

    Since the dealers never have available any for test drives, they end up having to leave the buyer an "out" in the sales agreement, contingent on driving the vehicle.

    It's almost as hard to find V-6 Altima's with the manual here in the Milwaukee area (we have 5 Nissan dealers).

    I think we may start to see a few more manuals just because of the higher gas prices and the slight mileage gain most makes seem to have with manual transmissions vs. automatics.

    I think this might show up more in the lower priced entry level cars like the Mazada 6's and Altima's, but then a V-6 Altima isn't exactly a lower priced vehicle.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Several years ago I rented a car in Rio deJaneiro, Brazil. They did not have a single vehicle with an auto transmission. Not even their VW vans had an auto transmission. Fortunately I drive manual transmission cars in the US so this was no problem for me. Not so for some other American tourists who could not drive a manual transmission car.

    You will not find a single vehicle with a manual transmission at any rental outfit in the US.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I want to change the oil in my 98 5 speed Maxima transaxle. I found the filler plug immediately, but I cannot readily identify the drain plug, which appears to be different from the fill plug. Nissan typically uses pipe plug type fill and drain plugs with internal square 14 mm opening. The drain plug appears to be a slotted smaller bolt on the bottom of the transaxle. Or it could be a hex head bolt that is located more toward the back of the transaxle. I have a Haynes manual for the car, but is does not show the drain plug. Which of these two bolts is the drain plug?
  • bkswardbksward Posts: 93
    You will not find a single vehicle with a manual transmission at any rental outfit in the US.

    Almost every major city has an outfit like this:
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    You know exactly what I meant: regular car rental agencies like Avis, Hertz, Alamo, etc. The outfit you mentions caters to those who cannot afford exotic vehicles like Ferrris or Vipers and pay a hefty rental fee just to be able to drive one. Would you care to mention what their rental fees are a week for say a new Ferrari, and how affordable this may be for a middle class family?

    I am sure that you can rent a Mercedes 500 SEL (which comes only with an auto transmission) in Rio for a premium price too.
  • bkswardbksward Posts: 93
    You know exactly what I meant: regular car rental agencies like Avis, Hertz, Alamo, etc. The outfit you mentions caters to those who cannot afford exotic vehicles like Ferrris or Vipers and pay a hefty rental fee just to be able to drive one Would you care to mention what their rental fees are a week for say a new Ferrari, and how affordable this may be for a middle class family?

    But that isn't what you said. If you had said that you won't find manuals at any of the major or mainstream renters, that would have been fine.

    (I was also recently in Vegas and this gave me an excuse to look up what they wanted for the rentals...)

    The Ferraris are $500 a day for a 348 and $750 a day for the 355. You can rent a Viper for $400 a day. An S2000 is only $170/day.

    Sure its a lot of cash, but compare $270 to rent a Viper for 5 hours and driving out to Hoover Dam with buying a pair of good seats for a big-name Vegas show. Blue Man Group tickets are $70-$100 a pop.

    Whether either one would be considered a good use of money is up to the individual.

    Lots of people rent jet skis at $120 for 2-3 hours...
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Now that the argument about car rental agenies is settled, I will follow up on message # 8312. Nobody responded to my question, so I went to the local Nissan dealership and they asked their technician where the drain plug is and he did not know. Apparently, he does not own or read a shop manual for this car. There is a drain plug about 6 inches forward from the shift linkage entering the transaxle. The drain plug is a 12 mm heax head small bolt. The filler plug is a typical Nissan pipe plug type with an internal 13 mm square opening (no, it is not a 1/2 inch, although that is what they use at Nissan dealerships. Nissan does not use SAE sizes. 1/2 inch is exactly 12.7 mm, so this will work, but 13 mm is a better and more exact fit. I happened to find a special tool for these plugs after month of searching. Nissan supposedly does not sell any.)

    Anyway, I refilled the transaxle with MT-90 Redline synthetic GL-4 oil. Nissan specifies GL-4 oil in manual tranxles, so do not use GL-5 oil! GL-5 oils have suphur additives needed for extreme pressure conditions and are characterized by pungent odor. You can damage the brass transmission synchronizers if you use GL-5 oil. 98 Maxima 5 speed transaxle takes about 4.8 quarts of oil to refill. Interestingly enough, the 2002-on 6 speed manual transaxle oil capacity is supposedly only 2.8 quarts, so almost half of the 5 speed transaxle capacity! What is wrong with this picture? The less oil, the better the transmission? Especially one rated for more horsepower and torque? Somehow I have a feeling that the 5 speed version will last longer. Just how much money did Nissan save by making the oil capacity less on the new transaxles? I wonder if they pulled the same stunt with the auto transaxles too.
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    I just put the AirHog filter in and installed the Tornado Fuel Saver and what a difference.
    My 2004 Maxima is faster than ever. I hit 110 mph
    on the on-ramp the other day, ma previous record on the same ramp was 95 mph. So I know this works. The car sounds a lot better as well. All this only cost me $120 and took 15 min. to install. The next step is the INJEN cold air intake. Have fun.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    And the next step will be a $ 250 speeding ticket and mandatory appearance before a judge, if you are lucky that is. In some states exceeding 100 MPH is considered a felony and you can end up in jail. So you better check into that before you break anymore speed records on a public roadway.

    Some time ago there was a story in the news about a guy who got caught doing 145 MPH on his motorcycle in a 45 MPH zone. He was arrested, fined $ 10,000, his license was suspended for a considerable period, and I am sure that his insurance premium went up considerably.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    The OEM all season Bridgestone Turanza EL 42 tires (17 inch) on my 03 Max GLE is not very good for the snow and I am thinking of getting winter tires. I visited Tirerack but there are "no tires" that would provide a perfect match. So, I called Tirerack and they recommended Dunlop Glaspic SP2. However, I can't even find that tire on Tirerack's website (they only list SP1). Does anyone have any experience with that tire? Are there better all season tires out there other than the Bridgestone that would fit the Max?
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Is it not true that Nissan provides an 8 years or 80k miles warranty for electronic emissions part? Is that warranty period nationwide or is it state specific?
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    Thanks for the warning, don't get so worked up about this, at least you know what your car can do now. I don't do this very often, and not when there are other cars around.
    If you think I drive unsafely, check out GA, and FL drivers during rain: These idiots fly on I-95 at 75 mph in a rainstorm, the result is: 8 car pileup. I have witnessed myself last Sunday. A lot has to do with people not understanding the basic laws of physics => wet surface = no traction and long braking distances. As a result 8+ people were injured and 8 cars were totaled.
    I feel their pain but at the same time, they had it coming.
    Best regards.
    As for your concern about my driving, don't worry; be happy, life's too short to get worked up because of this.
  • '02 MAX with 3.5. I've seen references to smelly exhaust at start-up in this forum, but no one seemed to know what was going on or what was cuasing it. Has anyone discovered the cure?
  • getzgetz Posts: 24
    Going to have to call bs on the two aforementioned performance mods, as the only real benefit in acceleration you will see would be attributable to your carrying a lighter wallet. For your maxima to have improved form a quarter mile time of 95 mph to 110 mph would be equivalent to a gain of approximately 100 hp. Unless you bolted on a 100 shot of nitrous in series to that air hog and tornado, along with racing slicks, I'm most certain that you didn't pick up that type of power.
  • chadrappchadrapp Posts: 35
    Does anyone know what the maintenance schedule is for the timing belt/chain? is. The car has 67000 miles and I'm wondering how soon it will need maintenance.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    scheduled maintenance on a timing belt on a Maxima = when it breaks ;-)
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I should've said timing chain, not belt. I think the real answer to that question is never, meaning that it's supposed to last the life of the engine. P100 or somebody help me out. Maybe it is 100 or 150k.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    It was (and is) life of the vehicle.

    Mine was still fine at 192,xxx miles on my 95 GLE when my son totaled it last summer.

    My 00 Maxima has 142,xx on it as well. (Original timing chain.)

    Matter of fact, I don't recall anyone ever saying they changed one and the VQ with the timing chain was introduced in Summer 1994 in the 95 Maxima, so there's lot of miles on a lot of them by now.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    There is no recommended replacement interval for the timing chain, but chains do stretch and over period of time they can stretch to the point where the chain jumps a few teeth on the crankshaft or camshaft sprockets and will leave you stranded. This happened to me in 1977 on a '70 Chrysler Newport with 85K miles at that time. Years ago US manufacturers used cheap plastic timing chain cam sprocket, so the sprocket generally wore out before the chain did. I found these plastic sprockets in Chryslers, Fords, and GM vehicles. I have never seen plastic sprockets supplied in any timing chain replacement sets, so apparently they are not good to use, only cheap.

    In some case timing chains have been known to break: for example Mercedes Benz recommends replacement of timing chains on their 5 cylinder OHC diesel engines around 150K miles because a broken timing chain will surely cause serious damage to an interference type engine.

    My recommendation on the Maxima would be to check the timing chain(s) at 150K for signs of excessive wear and stretch, check the cam and crankshaft sprockets for tooth wear or damage and go from there. Personally I would replace the timing chain(s) at 200K miles in any case.

    Timing chain kits with timing chain, and metal crankshaft and cam sprockets, are ridiculously cheap for the old V8 engines. I recently replaced the timing chain in my '67 T bird with original 62 K miles. It too had a plastic cam sprocket and the sprocket was already cracked in several places. I paid about $ 25 for the timing chain kit for this car. I am sure that the timing chains for the Maxima are not so cheap and the labor involved is considerable.
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