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Nissan Maxima



  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    That's interesting, because all of the Maximas, at the dealer I bought my car, had the "optional"
    Halogen bulbs, except for the one's with driver's preferred package, those had HID's on'em.
    Oh well, that dealer is a jackass anyway. Like I said, G35 or 300C seem like a lot better choices right now. Even the new 2005 Mustang is starting to tickle me. If only my wife didn't want that damn SUV.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I may have misread your original comment (#8385). You used the word "manual" , but you obviously meant the owner's manual for the car. Do you have a manual or auto transmission in your car? My recommended oils and change interval are obviously for the manual transmission. Changing auto transmission oil and filter at 30K would not be out of line in my opinion, because auto transmissions are hydraulic devices and they can easily be damaged by overheating.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Finally traded my '92 Maxima SE on Thursday for a Mazda 6s sedan.

    I really hated to give up the SE. It was a great car for a long, long time. We've owned it since it was new and never left us stranded. Unfortunately, many things started going south not long after it turned 100K.

    Since the new Maxima is a little too far "out there" for what I need, and since it is almost impossible to find an Altima with ABS and side curtain airbags here in Florida, after a lot of consideration I went with the MZ6. To me, it is the closest thing on the market today to what the Maxima used to be: "The Four Door Sports Car."

    I'll always consider my SE to be one of the best cars I've owned. Hope I have as much luck with the Mazda.
  • Does anyone know where i can purchase a new remote for my 2000 Maxima for a reasonable price. Also does anyone know where I can get the programing instructions. Thanks for your help.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You could try eBay by clicking on a link on the left side of the page.
  • babe915babe915 Posts: 34
    I have a o5 max 3.5 booklet that says 87 octane may be used.
     dealer has no booklets for the 04 3.5 is the
    04 ok to use regular also.
  • babe915babe915 Posts: 34
    I have a o5 max 3.5 booklet that says 87 octane may be used.
     dealer has no booklets for the 04 3.5 is the
    04 ok to use regular also.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    If you use regular unleaded, you get lower performance and lower fuel economy. Using premium pays for itself, because even if it is about 20cents more per gallon, you may see 10% improvement in fuel economy.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    10% improved fuel economy?!?! in which universe did they change the laws of physics?!?!

    you would be lucky to get a whole mile to the gallon better. in many cases, people get worse mileage with premium.
  • That is true. My gas mileage went down when I switched to premium gas. I'm back to using regular gas, 87 Octane. No problems at all with this grade. I have 48,000 miles on my 02 GLE so far and still running great on regular gas.
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    Pls confirm that you've been using regular (87 octane) gas for most of 48000 miles with no problems? What is your fuel economy like? BTW, the onboard trip computer MPG on my 03 Max is off by 2-3 mpg consistently...
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    You are not alone regarding the onboard "trip" computer. Mine has never been right (02 SE with 37200+ miles).
  • When I purchased the car in March of 2002, I used regular gas for about 2 months and then switched to premium. This is when I noticed the difference between the two gas types. Ever since I have been using regular gas. I get around 25 - 27 mpg driving mostly in the city. I don't use the trip computer to get my mileage. I keep track each time I purchase gas to determine my mileage. The trip computer is good for checking outside temperature, not gas mileage.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Every vehicle I own gets better fuel mileage with premium gas. My 99 Mazda V6 gets about 10% better fuel economy with premium. And use of premium in this car is only recommended, not required. Even my 95 Nissan v6 pickup gets better fuel economy when using midgrade rather than regular. I also noticed markedly more sluggish performance with regular fuel in both vehicles. As for my 95 Nissan SE 5 speed I have always used premium fuel in this car, and the mileage is around 26-27 MPG combined with A/C on.

    Interestingly enough, I have never had any sensor go bad in any of the vehicles in almost 100K miles each, never had injectors cleaned in any of them (although I use Techron injector cleaner in fuel tanks on a regular basis), and engine check light never came on in any of the vehicles to date either. And I never have any pinging in any of the cars, and they all run great.

    I know a person who bought a used mint condition BMW 750 iL and used the cheapest available gas in it. Few months later, the engine needed fuel system related repairs to the tune of $ 4000. So being cheap is not always a good idea.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    you are comparing apples to oranges. the 750il requires premium fuel. period.

    other than the 350Z, nissan allows a person to make the choice without jeopardizing longevity.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    I have driven 3 Nissan VQ's (95 Maxima, 00 Maxima and 03 Murano) over the last 10 years for over 360,000 miles combined.

    85-90% of my miles are highway miles, and have been driven over roughly the same roads on the same trips over this time.

    I also buy gas from the same 3-4 gas stations over and over again. I am very careful in maintaing the vehicles (Dealer service on everything except oil changes and tire roatations) and I monitor my air pressure in the tires at least weekly. I also use Mobile one.

    Since I use my vehicles almost exclusively for business, I maintain riduclously detailed expense logs regarding each vehicle operating costs, including maintenance and repairs.

    Without a doubt, the VQ engines I'm familar with (3.0 and 3.5) both get better gas mileage with Premium (93 octane where I live) than with mid grade (89 octane). I don't get 10% better mileage with premium, more like 7-8%, but it is no doubt better.

    I have never tried regular in any of the three vehicles because I bought the Nissan(s) in the first place because I wanted better performance
    not lower operating costs.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    You missed my point. It is this: Yes, 1992 BMW 750iL probably requires premium fuel, but like all computer controlled cars, it has knock sensors that will cause the computer to retard ignition timing when low octane fuel is used to protect the engine. Using good quality regular unleaded would not have caused these problems. The real problem was that this person used the "CHEAPEST FUEL THAT COULD BE FOUND". This means buying gas from nondescript no-brand places. In the eighties and early nineties some gas stations illegally mixed large amounts of ethanol with gasoline, causing all kinds of problems. States have cracked down on these illegal practices, but I am convinced that some of this is still going on. In case of this BMW, injectors got damaged, so did both fuel pumps (yes this car has two of them and 12 injectors), as well as number of O2 sensors.

    So my point is, you are always better off buying name brand gas from a gas station you know and trust, even if you use regular gas in your vehicle. And when you use name brand premium gas, you are not relying on knock sensors to retard your ignition timing, and potentially risking damage to your engine. Also, if your EGR valve quits working, rest assured that you will get engine pinging and knocking with regular unleaded, no matter what car you put it in.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Seems like a timeless topic on this board. Go back a few hundred posts and I'll bet this discussion has come up a dozen times.

    It is never resolved. Some are adamant that premium fuel is the only way to go; others are satisfied using regular.

    Anybody doing anything beside putting fuel in their Maximas? Like driving them or buying them maybe :^)
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I can only add this: If you spend $ 600 or more replacing several oxygen sensors because of using cheap contaminated fuel, you have just wiped out all the savings you may have accumulated over the years by using cheap fuel. And getting worse performance while using it.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    "States have cracked down on these illegal practices"


    is that why over 22000 fuel pumps had to be replaced at ashland/mobil's expense earlier this year?

    beleive it or not, 68% of the problems were with premium fuel.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    You are bringing up two different issues: the fuel octane rating, then contaminated fuel. Any fuel, no matter what its octane rating, can be "cheap and contaminated" depending upon how it is processed, delivered and stored.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    What state(s) was this in? I have not heard about this one. Maybe states are only not doing enough to stop these problems.
  • duke_waduke_wa Posts: 12
    I just purchased a 2000 model year Maxima "GXE?" and I noticed a huge difference when I filled up with 91 octane. Incredible engine performance! I think the dealer had used regular unleaded for test drives. My first impressions of this car is that it is fabulous!

    I have a question for knowledgeable 2000 Maxima owners. Buying this car used, it is very clean and all the features work perfectly, however, there was no owner's manual in the glove box, plus the model type designation is missing from the trunk. It was listed as a GXE model, but I'm starting to wonder.

    I've checked out MSN's used car site and noticed two important points when I read the available options for the GXE/SE/GLE models. The options list says that leather seats are "optional" on both the GXE and SE, plus, traction control is stated to be only available on the SE and GLE models. My Max has cloth seats (which are great), but it also has traction control, plus it has so many other extras like the power driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic climate control, ambient outdoor temperature button, apparent premium Bose stereo (no brand name listed), convenience lights everywhere, very solid sport handling etc., that it's hard to believe that this is the base GXE model.

    Can anyone please give me more information about how I can verify if the car is a GXE or SE? When I run the car's VIN number online, it just tells me that the car is "GXE/SE/GLE". Is what MSN autos web site stated correct? Is the traction control not available on GXEs? Thanks everyone for your help. I've enjoyed reading the posts on here.
  • gxe and gle's have the chrome door handles .. SE's have door handle colors that match the rest of the car...

    if it has climate control, i believe it's an SE or GLE and they just removed the lil GLE/SE logo on the trunk.. since climate control is not offered on the GXE.. it's an option on the SE and standard on the GLE

    if you have the BOSE system, it has the BOSE logo on the cassette door of the radio..if it doesn't, it's not BOSE.. that i dont think you could modify to hide it's a BOSE system
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    here in louisville, KY. ashland/mobil over-diluted their fuel with ethanol, and corroded the electrical connections to the fuel pumps/sending units.

    my ford focus was affected by regular gas, but most were affected by premium.

    it was causing gas gauges to fail and read full when it was empty, and hundreds of people got stranded on the side of roads with no gas.
  • duke_waduke_wa Posts: 12
    Thanks, Kyle, for your advice and comments. Given the following it's kind of difficult to be certain that my car is a GXE:

    -Exterior door handles are chrome;
    -No Bose markings on stereo, but it is a premium stereo integrated with the automatic climate control;
    -Car has the Traction Control feature;
    -Car has many upgraded convenience features.

    I think that we have to rely on the exterior door handle test. Therefore, it's probably just a GXE that's been optioned up like crazy to be very much close to what's included in an SE.

    Concerning the use of premium fuel and the amount that I drive per year, I've estimated that it's going to cost me about $130 a year (CAN$) more for the extra cost of 91 octane gasoline/petrol. Given the performance I've noticed from the engine using 91 octane, this is money well spent, whether or not it improves fuel efficiency!

    Again, having only owned this car for 2 1/2 days now, all I can say at this time is "WOW! GREAT CAR!"
  • duke_waduke_wa Posts: 12
    Can anyone provide more information about the 2005 Max interiors, including guages, instrument panel, etc.? Did Nissan decide to make interior improvements in the 2005 Maxima like the huge improvements that they made to the 2005 Altima? I thought the 2003 Max model interior was great, drooling over it when I went to a local dealership. But in my opinion, I think the Nissan Maxima interior regressed for that new 2004 model. Ugly!! Starting to look like Star Trek or something.

    Any other opinions on this?

    I formerly owned a '98 Altima and just bought a 2000 Max GXE. I thought that the Altima was a good value vehicle....well, the y2k Maxima is outstanding!! The quality is excellent and it is truly "loaded". Absolutely LOVE the engine!!!
  • woahhh, i just realized something, you're from Canada..and the canadian maxima come fully optioned out as i recall.. so auto climate control and TCS could very likely came on a GXE.. everything I'vd said prior on SE vs GXE do not apply since i was referring to maxima's in the US
  • carman4carman4 Posts: 15
    im looking at a 05 sl maxima any input from you out there will be appreciated tom
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