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Nissan Maxima



  • My 2000 GXE has been virtually problem free for the past 4+ years. Interesting development - the fan works fine on the #3 or 4 setting. But on #1 or 2, it does not turn on at all. In fact, if I push the Recirc button when on #1 or 2, air inflow of any kind is completely blocked off.
    Any suggestions?

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    I believe there are seperate fuses that control 1/2 and 3/4.
  • mbjbmbjb Posts: 39
    I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on a few questions. I am in the market for a new 05 and I like the maxima se. I am 6'4" and was wondering how is the leg room and head room with a sunroof. I would appreciate your answers.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    You'll have to check it out for yourself, but I'm guessing you won't find it very comfortable. Nissans in general aren't really built for tall people; the seat cushions tend to be too short and the seats themselves don't quite back up far enough. Headroom shouldn't be a problem, though, if most of your height is in your torso you'll be fine. Post back and let us know what you find, you'll probably help someone else out.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the headroom in the maxima is the same whether you have a sunroof or not, because of the skyview. dont listen to the naysayer in post #8364. the maxima has TONS of room. ;-)
  • has TONS of room? sounds like a line a salesman used on me
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    from experience, i know that ive seen people taller than 6'4" fit quite nicely in the maxima, murano, altima...heck i even know a guy that is 6'4" that LOVES his sentra! lol
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,020
    My son is 6'3", generally only drives big Buicks, and he loves our Maxima, both as a passenger and especially driving it! I don't know if the redesign changed the interior dimenions, but the '01-'03 Maxes are very roomy inside. Lots of legroom particularly. The Sentra neither of my sons (the other is 6'2") could fit in well however!
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
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  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the new ones are bigger inside in every dimension. headroom, legroom, hiproom, etc...
  • Potential buyers please take this as a good advise:
    If you decide to by a new 2005 Maxima, make sure that you opt for the HID lights.
    The stock maximas come with 55 W hi/lo 9012 bulbs that are unique to the Maxima.
    They don't have any aftermarket replacements.
    I tried to upgrade my bulbs to PIAA's or POLARGs, and no one has the 9012 equivalent. Needless to say, that the stock lights SUCK!!! They are so weak and can only be compared to the weak lights that my 2002 mercury cougar had. I swear, my stinger flashlight is more powerful. Even with high beams, the road is poorly illuminated. My 2003 had awesome HID’s and the road visibility at night was MUCH better. Esthetically, the car does not look as good during the night w/o the HID’s. The HID's produce 3 times as much light.
    Nissan really dropped the ball on that one. 2003's were the best models.
    Overall I am disappointed by the build quality and the customer service of Nissan. Last time I went to the dealership for an oil change, I got totally screwed by that lying jackass of a dealer! I watched the mechanic through the window as he raised the car, went away, and then came back, lowered the car and drove it into the pick up area.
    No oil or filter change but I got a bill for $25. I spent 1 hour and changed it myself.
    Needless to say, they will never get my business again. I will trade it in, for a 300C or a new G35 in 5 month, no more Nissans for me.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    actually, the HID xenon lamps are STANDARD. you have to opt down to the halogens.
  • Need advice on proper procedure for changing antifreeze in 2000 maxima. The owners manual shows a drain plug on both sides of engine block. Accessing front plug is not bad but it looks like a very large plug that may require a special tool. Access to back plug looks impossible. Is it necessary to remove both plugs? Is it necessary to open any air vent plug on top of engine.
    Thanks! Greg
  • Actually the 04 HIDs are rated higher than the 03. I have driven both and notice the 04 are in fact brighter with better coverage. The high beam does not make it brighter since the bi-xenon is one bulb. It simply removes the cut off allowing the beam to cover higher. The 2003 has halogen seperate high beams that supplement the HID giving you 2 different lights at once.
  • I'll be glad to send you the two pages from the 00 Maxima Service manual via e-mail if you provide an e-mail address. Don't post it in the open here, mix in a few misc characters so that it doesn't get picked up by an e-mail robot harvesting e-mail addresses.

    Mine for example is, with the obvious need to REMOVE some letters.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Or better yet - make your email address public in your profile. That way only logged in TH members can access it.

    If it's posted, anyone can get it. Yes, disguising it a bit protects it from the automated web crawlers, but theses pages are read by many, many more people than just members.
  • monte4monte4 Posts: 101
    Well Not quite in every dimension:

    2003 Dimension: front head room 40.5 without sunroof 37.4 with it
    2004 Dimension: front head room 40.1 without sunroof 37.3 with it

    03 front leg room/rear: 43.9/36.2
    04 front leg room/rear: 43.9/36.5

    03 Hip room front/rear: 55.3/53.7
    04 Hip room front/rear: 53.5/54.8 with 5 passenger

    03 Shoulder room front/rear: 56.9/56.2
    04 Shoulder room front/rear: 57.9/56.5

    These stats are taken from the 03 brochure and the 04 brochure, the 03 is more comfortable in some areas and the 04 in others.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    Trust me man, I've owned my '03 for a solid year and a half. I'm 6' on the button, and I find myself wishing for a just a *bit* more track on the driver's seat, and another inch or two on the headroom (I do have the sunroof though, that's what kills me).

    The one thing that does genuinely bother me is the seat cushions are a bit too short. I need more support! My mom's new Quest is much better in this regard, however, it wouldn't surprise me if they fixed this in the US Maxes as well.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the problem with seat cushions is that, if you extend it to comfort the 6'+ people, you make people that are 5'6" and under EXTREMELY uncomfortable.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    It's almost that time here in MN. I'm looking at Dunlop Wintersport M3's mounted on steel wheels. I'm looking at both Tirerack and Discount Tire. I've bought 2 sets of regular tires (Dunlop SPA2 for the Maxima and Arizonian's for wife's Corolla) from Discount Tire and I've been generally happy with their service. What's nice is they have lifetime free rotate and balance. I can get the whole set for $90 cheaper from Tirerack and they're mounted/balanced and delivered to my door. That means I have to put them on the car though, which I know is easy but I've never done it. I guess my question to people on the board is, anybody ever use these snows on their Max? Or any opinions on other snows or snows in general? Anybody use Tirerack before? Looking at $706 from Tirerack and $796 from Discount tire. Another thing, if I buy from Discount, they'll charge me $40 when it comes time to swap back to my stock rims/tires. I'm thinking I may just buy a torque wrench, I already have a hydraulic jack, and put them on myself.
  • I am considering purchasing a new Maxima and was curious if someone could tell me what the owners manual suggests the fuel octane should be. I currently own an '01 Pathfinder which requires 91 octane or premium fuel and I don't believe I want another car in the family which requires premium fuel. With gas prices the way they are one is enough. I believe my Pathfinder has virtually the same motor that the Maxima does, but I'm sure it is tuned differently.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    you need not worry about gas. regular is all you need.
  • Just wondering how you have 142k miles on your 02? That comes out to roughly 200 miles/day. I thought your was an 00 Max
  • You are correct, I have an 00 Maxima SE not an 02.

    I went back and found the post! I did type in 02 instead of 00. My mistake!

    Must have gotten carried away typing too fast.
  • dklanecky:
    Yes I would appreciate the pages from the 00 service manual. E-mail to
  • babe915babe915 Posts: 34
    I cannot find the milage to change the trans fluid in the manual. If you tow it says 30000
     but normal driving it does not say. the dealer
    wanted to change it at 30000 but i say it is not needed yet, does anyone know [ 02 maxima se ]
  • The lights for the switches come on, the fuse is good, but no heat comes from the seats. Anyone have any idea what could be wrong? Its already starting to get cold here, I would like to fix this problem without taking it to the stealership to get fixed. Thanks in advance.
  • 99 GLE if that makes any difference at all.
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    Since when did they become standard? Maybe in 05, the 04 models come standard with halogen NOT HID. – According to the user’s manual.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    that is wrong. the standard lights are the xenons. you can "optional delete" the xenons if you wish, but the one we had sat here on the lot and almost had a
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    There is no recommended manual transmission change interval for normal driving. I would not change it at 30K miles, but changing it at 60K is not a bad idea. However, be sure they use GL-4 gear oil, not GL-5 version which is more common. Some GL-5 gear oils contain extreme high pressure corrosive additives that may cause corrosion of manual transmission synchronizer parts. Nissan specifies GL-4 oil in their manual transaxles. GL-4 oil is somewhat hard to find but here are some suggestions: NAPA sells good quality mineral GL-4 oil for about $ 12 a gallon (AMSOIL?). The best oil to use in this application in my opinion is GL-4 Red Line MTU-90 synthetic gear oil. It sells for about $ 8 a quart.
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