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  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    We already paid $75 for the diagnostic test.

    So guess I'm looking at a repair bill something north of $300, then. Wonder if they'll cut me a break since I just bought my Z there a couple months ago.

    Oh well. The Maxima has not had anything wrong with it for the first five years. Then recently we replaced all the ignition coils, and now this. I guess for a six year old car we're still ahead of the game.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Is it me or does it seem strange for nissan to continue to use the 3.5l v6 in the maxima? Its in the altima and gives the altima almost as much horsepower as the max. IMO, nissan should have put the 4.0l v6 from the pathfinder suv into the maxima. It would have much more hp and torque and further the line between altima and maxima.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    I agree. I think the Maxima now occupies a sort of strange place in the line-up. It used to be "the 4 door sports car." Now they seem to be emphasizing luxury (which is fine, I guess), and the new "4 door sports car" is really the Infiniti G35.

    I see a LOT more newer Altimas on the road than I do new Maximas.

    I'd be curious to know where former Maxima owners are shopping now. Do they buy another Max, or figure to economize with the Altima that gives you 90% of what the Max does, or step up to the Infiniti? For those of you whose car is now 6 years old or older, what do you plan to do in the next few years - keep your current car until it falls apart, buy new Maxima when the time comes, or shop elsewhere?
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    i have a 2000 maxima gle which i bought in sept of 2000... im planning on driving this thing till it can't run anymore.. its got 59k miles on it... and still running great... the problems i've had on it were brake rotors..which i replaced all 4... and the exhaust pipe behind the muffler breaking into 2 pieces.. which was not too bad of a fix..... so i'm hoping for at least another 100k miles..

    given the new look of the maxima since 04... i wont be shopping for a new max any longer..... i'll probably wait for the current new 5 series in about 3 to 4 yrs..and pick up an used one... those are beautiful
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    You and I were on these boards that same summer. I bought my GLE in the summer of 2000 - this is the one that right now needs the oxygen sensor replaced.

    I agree with you that the body style of the 2000 - 2003 cars was more attractive than the current edition. I love the S-curve look around the tail lights, for instance - it's unique and attractive.

    The new ones just haven't grown on me. The back end looks slab-sided or something, large and ungainly.

    I'm with you, we're keeping ours until it just won't run anymore. Right now it has slightly upwards of 80,000 miles on it.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    I actually like the exterior of the current
    generation Maxima. It was the interior that
    I had a problem with. But it seems the 2007
    is going to address that, plus some minor
    front exterior freshening. The Maxima
    remains a car of interest to me due to my
    positive experience with my 2002 Max (present
    problems with the 02 sensors excluded) I am
    leasing my Max, so it will soon be time to
    make that plunge for something new. I'm
    really starting to like the new Lexus ES350
    more and more. I've been reading the
    Edmunds boards over there and the people that
    have purchased the Lexus are really happy.

    The Acura TL was at the top of my list, but
    one thing negative that's starting to come
    to my attention is that it doesn't seem like
    Acura treats the customers as well as Lexus
    and Infiniti. I don't know. I'm not getting
    a good vibe about Acura Customer treatment.

    I might even end up going with the 2007
    Altima, if I decide I like it better than the
    Max. It does seem as though the "sports car"
    mantra is pushing more towards the Altima
    these days. Time will tell.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Nissan uses that 3.5 in just about everything. They just tweak it for the specific models. No problems with my 02 SE so far. Had the 02 sensors replaced at about 35k, just before I was out of warranty. Just hit 60k miles and will need new tires soon. I still don't like the latest model. It just doesn't appeal to me.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    I'd be curious to know where former Maxima owners are shopping now. Do they buy another Max, or figure to economize with the Altima that gives you 90% of what the Max does, or step up to the Infiniti? For those of you whose car is now 6 years old or older, what do you plan to do in the next few years - keep your current car until it falls apart, buy new Maxima when the time comes, or shop elsewhere?

    I'll be sticking with my '03 SE for a couple more years, but if I totalled it out tonight and had to buy something this weekend, I'd test drive:

    1. Infiniti G35 Sedan
    2. Charger Daytona R/T
    3. Cadillac CTS
    4. '07 Maxima, if I can find one

    Since I live in Michigan, I'd have to get traction control. I think it's available on all 3 RWD cars.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,174
    I love my '01 GLE and hope it lasts forever. If I was looking to replace it, I guess I would hope that a newer generation of Maxima would be more like it than the current one, and if that isn't the case, I would probably look at the Acura TL or maybe even Honda Accord.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
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  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    only 2 of those are rear drive vehi.... Is a g35 rear dive car :confuse: ?? Hey add this to your list:image but I'm going to make you guess what it is but you'd have to be farsighted not to "see" it. Imo, its ergonomics are better than its twin the pontiac g6! Try among the best at gm! image

    If you are :confuse: as to what it is, its the SATURN AURA! :)
  • tobinaztobinaz Posts: 4
    AFTER I TRIED TO READ THE CODES FOR MY GXE MAXIMA 94 I COULDN'T PUT ECM BACK. I TRIED DISCONNECING THE BATTERY FOR A WEEK AND WENT BACK TO FLASHING IN INTERVALES 1,2,3,4,5 AND BACK AGAIN.

    PLEASE HELP
    :confuse:
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    ...cost us just under $300. Is that about what others have paid?

    I HOPE this is the last expensive thing we have to do to it for a while. $900 in extra expenses within the last year (coils and this).

    Still cheaper than replacing it, though.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Biancar, did they change out one sensor or
    two? I was told they would have to replace
    two 02 sensors. That could be why my quote
    was higher. Did you do it through the dealer?
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    The receipt says "Misc diagnostic check out confirms rear oxygen sensor failure bank 1....Replace rear oxygen sensor and reprogram ECM."

    Part was $150, labor was 160, and they gave us a $25 discount before taxes.

    Yes, we had it done at the dealer.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    Yeah, the Aura is a neat car, I'd have to see one in person. From the pictures, the exterior is really bland.

    The upcoming GM that interests me is the LaCrosse bearing the 5.3L chevy V8. Even so, they'd have a hard time talking me into it. Mechanically GM makes some good cars, but they're missing that X factor that makes my Maxima such a joy to drive. I had an Olds Intrigue, and Alero before that, and they were just dull cars. The Intrigue had a great exterior design that still holds up today, but driving that thing was just boring.
  • salilsalil Posts: 3
    Hello Friends,
    I wanted to know how much can the life expectancy of a Nissan Maxima 3.0L V6 engine be? I have been offered a 1999 maxima which has run 132k miles for $6k. I would say that it is in fair condition but has leather seats and sun roof. Do you guys think it is a good buy? KBB says that the car should be sold for $9k at a dealership. For how many more miles can I expect the maxima engine to last? What are the common problems I could face?
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Check the service records. If it has had the recommended oil changes and other maintenance done along the way, you should be able to hit 200k miles, maybe even more.

    What makes it in "fair" condition? Body dings or something more substantial? Which trim-line is it?

    At that mileage - or any mileage, really - you should have a good mechanic give it the once-over before you agree to buy. Then you'll have an objective opinion about this particular car, which is way better than our guesses and general statements here!

    The 1999 was the last year of that body style. FWIW, there are those who think that was the best of the recent editions.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    well..there was a guy on here ..habitat1? that had a 2000 maxima .. same as me... with the 3.0 engine and he was up at 200k miles.. the only thing is.. he drove long distances alot.... so the engine could certainly go up to 200k miles..and with a timing chain, u dont have to worry bout that.. just make sure u get to see the service records and have a mechanic check out the rest of the car...good luck
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    I wanted to know how much can the life expectancy of a Nissan Maxima 3.0L V6 engine be? I have been offered a 1999 maxima which has run 132k miles for $6k

    Service records and previous owner(s) driving habits are key. One of our vehicles is a 97 Max SE bought new and it has 176K miles. Besides usual maintenance items (tires, brakes, plugs, oil, coolant, belt, etc) main item that failed was one oxygen sensor at about 172K. Car runs strong and is in very good condition. Still a pleasure to drive with good power/acceleration and handling. Another big positive is visibility - good glass area. Body and paint is in excellent condition, no rust on body.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    I'd be curious to know where former Maxima owners are shopping now. Do they buy another Max, or figure to economize with the Altima that gives you 90% of what the Max does, or step up to the Infiniti? For those of you whose car is now 6 years old or older, what do you plan to do in the next few years - keep your current car until it falls apart, buy new Maxima when the time comes, or shop elsewhere?

    One of our vehicles is a 97 Max SE. In Oct 2003 we needed another sedan and we test drove both a 2004 Max SE and a 2004 Acura TL. We bought the Acura. Acura has better interior, styling, handles better. We thought that the Max was "ponderous" in handling and that the power was too much and was mismatched to the chasis. The Acura TL has about same HP as Max but has far better balance. Front end styling of Max is kind of odd, but profile and rear 3/4 look good. TL looks good from any angle.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Does anyone happen to know when the 2007
    Maxima is due to arrive on dealer lots?
  • blindmantooblindmantoo Posts: 139
    We just traded in our 2000 Maxima SE 5sp manual loaded w/ everything on a '07 Camry V6 SE. While the Maxima felt a bit sportier, the Camry blows it away. Faster, handles as well (had 17" Michelin Pilot Sport AS on the Max), quieter, has NAV, XM, bluetooth, a superior sounding JBL (vs Bose in Max), and many more safety features. The reason I didn't even test drive the new Max was reliability.

    Although we loved the Max (Black w/ beige leather), it was never reliable from day one. If you look at Consumer Reports long term reliability reports, it doesn't inspire much confidence in their newer line up. We had a very reliable Pathfinder and Quest, and then a very unreliable Maxima & '01 Quest. Traded in the Quest on an Odyssey last year.

    Nissan makes great looking cars & trucks w/ awesome features. I just wish they worked reliably - I'd prefer them over Honda & Toyota.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Although we loved the Max (Black w/ beige leather), it was never reliable from day one. If you look at Consumer Reports long term reliability reports, it doesn't inspire much confidence in their newer line up.

    Our 97 Max SE has been an especially reliable car. Our "reliability" benchmarks have been many Hondas and Acuras owned over the last 22 years. The interior and dash of current Max appears to be less quality than our 97. Wonder if Nissan engineering, accounting, parts procurement, etc. intentionally lowered standards to lower cost of assembled car. Did CEO Gohsn give edict to cut content, diminish some engineering to reduce costs?

    How were Michelin Pilot Sport AS in terms of handling, rain perf, noise and comfort?
  • cheerioboy26cheerioboy26 Posts: 412
    I think the 07s are out now. I saw on another forum where someone test drove one from his local dealer (in OR I think) and reported opinions.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    How were Michelin Pilot Sport AS in terms of handling, rain perf, noise and comfort?

    I have Michelin Pilot Sports on my new Z roadster, and so far (after 2 months) like them very much. Noise, handling, everything, is fine. Superior road handling in torrential rains (I've been driving it on the Outer Banks, where rain storms can be sudden and fierce). I felt very secure. These are NOT A/S, though, don't know if there's much difference between the two variations.

    Reliability of Maxima: Our car (2000 GLE) has been supremely reliable. Only issues have been the ignition coils last year, and just recently, one oxygen sensor. With nearly 90,000 miles on it now, I'm not complaining at all. Far as I know, Consumer Reports rates Maxima very highly for reliability. I think there was another Nissan product that they didn't like much (the Titan, maybe?), but Maxima and Altima both score full marks for CR praise.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Sorry about your past problems with your
    2000 Maxima. It may be that you got a
    first-year teething vehicle, due to that
    year being the first year for the fifth-gen
    Maxima. My 2002 has been pretty great so
    far, with the exception of those "silly"
    02 sensors. I have to say, I never dealt
    with an 02 sensor on any of my previous
    Nissans or Mazda. The cars that I've driven
    in the past 17 years have been an '88 RX-7,
    '95 Altima, '99 Pathfinder, and now, the
    '02 Maxima. All of these cars have been
    very reliable. Good luck with your new
    Camry! I'm sure it will be a very reliable
    car.
  • joefla70joefla70 Posts: 1
    I bought my 1997 Maxima from my brother a few years ago. It had 173K miles on when I got it from him. I bought it with the high miles knowing that he takes very good care of his cars and keeps up with all maintenance. He only used Mobil1 oil, and so do I. The maxima is currently at 246K miles and still running strong. The only things I had to buy (besides tires, brakes, plugs, filters, oil, etc.) was a starter and an altenator. In my experience, the 4th generation maximas are very reliable cars.
  • DAVID VS GOLIATH
    2002 NISSAN MAXIMA
    I’ve had my headlights stolen three times, the stolen headlights are only part of the problem the real problem is how easy it is to get into the Nissan Maxima. Due to the design of how the door handle is attached to the door, with a flat head screwdriver the thieves pop out the driver side door handle to get to the electronics which allows them to lower your windows, unlock your doors and disarm the factory alarm so they can get into your vehicle and pop open the hood to get to the headlights without damaging them and taking what ever else you may have in your vehicle. This is more then a headlight problem, it is a flaw in the design of this vehicle. And Nissan is unwilling to except responsibility. Shame on you Nissan, you have lost one more loyal customer.

    I urge everyone that has or had this problem to call Nissan and file a complaint 1-800-647-7261 and just don’t stop there file a complaint with the Consumer Reports www.consumerreports.org and the Better Business Burrow www.bbb.com anyone you think that can help us little guys with this problem. :mad:
  • bigtightbigtight Posts: 4
    I wanted to know how much can the life expectancy of a Nissan Maxima 3.0L V6 engine be? I have been offered a 1999 maxima which has run 132k miles for $6k.

    Just wanted to take a moment to boast on my fiance's 1995 Nissan Maxima SE. I just changed her oil on Sunday,(extremely easy oil and filter change) and she had over 372,000 miles. No engine or transmission problems just maintenance over the years. You cannot go wrong with a Nissan. Buy the vehicle. After having said that, she bought a 2007 Camry last month because of it reputation, quality and nice new body style, but less than price of today's Nissan Maxima's.
  • tristan1tristan1 Posts: 39
    Just wondering, what are the difference between 04,05 & 06 Maxima? :)
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