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Nissan Maxima



  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You can't lock a thief out if they want something bad enough.

    On another front, I wonder how insurance agencies are viewing this HID theft thing? I wonder if they charge more to insure a car with HIDs?
  • Does anyone know what auto stores carry Zaino products. There are not any stores in Mississippi that sell their products. But, I will be up in Tennessee next week, and I'm hoping to try to find some there. But it would help if I knew what store names to be on the look out for.
  • vocus, all i was trying to do is point out to him that people who own maxima's should enjoy the car for it's driving attributes.. and not be so worried bout unlit cruise control buttons or other non issues... there's alot of worse things on this car such as the rear beam setup than worrying bout buttons on the steering wheel... know what i mean? another point - i wasn't jumping on his case because he was complaining... he's the one that wanted to insult me, and he could do that all he wants.. im not going to take offense. not a big deal.. i guess all first time owners of this car get spoiled with all it offers..and start noticing all kinds of little flaws...

    one other thing, i know you own a jetta. my gf has a jetta and the cruise control on that car is totally different.. i dont recall if it's on a stalk? but anyways.. it's not the buttons on the wheel.. with all due respect, i think if u owned a maxima (driving for more than a week or two), you would totally see where i was coming from saying that 95% of all maxima owners gets used to the buttons whether they are lit or not. like nissangirl's there so u could FEEL the buttons and engage cruise control..and not for you to look down to engage it... more talking bout unlit buttons k? this is my last comment on it until someone else insults me.. <=)

    Nissangirl - when you said u memorized the buttons on the dash, i had to laugh.. i think after 2 yrs of ownership, i could hit any button on my radio or climate control without looking down on the first try.

    I'm going to looking into getting a Front tower brace to stabilize how the car turns. you guys are lucky to get the 255hp stuck with the 222hp version for as long as i can.

  • nissangirl.. i dont think they carry that in stores.. go to and order yourself some from there.. the zanio products are made by these guys in new jersey and they tend to not distribute their products to auto stores... unless someone could correct me on that... i hear that their products are great.. dont know if it's hype or not...
  • No, I use the dash stereo buttons. Memorized? Not, I have a new car, '03 SE, and it's different from the '00 SE. I said my husband has memorized his steering wheel buttons. I have not, yet. I'm just use to the old fashioned, if you will, dash stereo operations, that do have lights. I need a little more time to say I've memorized these things on my new Max. Give me a little more time, I'll get there.

    On the Zaino side, I have never used their products either, I currently use Meguiars products, but after hearing all the praise about Zaino, I thought I may look for some while in another state.
  • Yeah! If you like replacing your transmission every 30,000 miles.

    No thanks!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Well then both of you need to stop fighting! :) Can't we all just get along?

    My Jetta is an 02 with Leather Pkg. With that pkg., the cruise control (all except on/off, which remains on the left stalk), and volume/seek for the radio are included on the wheel.

    I got used to hitting the buttons in the Maxima I rented, and I only drove it for about an hour or so. I said it would be more convenient for the buttons to be lighted though. A new "user" would get more easily acquainted if they were lighted, I think.
  • It's Friday! Yahoooooo! Anyone here play Spades at Yahoo? Or do you only play in your Maxima's???
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have to work, just posting here from time to time when I get a free second. :) Not allowed to play games at work though. :( Not if I wanna stay working, anyway...
  • It's Friday! Yahoooooo! Anyone here play Spades at Yahoo? Or do you only play in your Maxima's???
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Two places on the net that I've used for Zaino:

    Or, rather than having to mail order, you can use this supplier, and order it with credit card online. Same prices, same products, just from a Zaino supplier, and it's very well packaged. Shipping is also quite fast. It goes through PayPal, so you'll have to be registered to pay, but it only takes a minute or so.

  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    I installed the splashguards I ordered from Courtesy Nissan. Was a pretty simple thing.

    Replacing the in-cabin microfilter wasn't so easy but now that I've done it, it should go a lot faster next time. The little sticker on the glove box says it can just be washed, so I think I'll try that next time since it was $48.

    Swapping out the clear taillights for the red ones tomorrow.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    My mudguards were installed by the dealer. When I tried to clean them this week to remove the leaves there were stuck to the back of the front wheel wells, they felt loose as if a couple of screws are missing. But they don't cause any noise even if the car goes over rough roads. Is the "looseness" normal?

    How much does it cost to have the filter replaced by the dealer, since it seems to be a rather difficult job? Why can't they design it so that it is as easy to replace as the regular air filter? I do not live or drive in dusty areas, how often does the filter need to be replaced?
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    I cannot believe the 2002 Maxima is rated NUMBER ONE in front passenger seat room. (See Edmunds top 10 list). I do acknowledge there is ample space in the front, but how can a Maxima beat a Lincoln Town Car or LS 430 in space?

    I also cannot believe how active this Board has been in the past few days (not even counting the posts that were deleted by our HOST). Guys and Gals, if you keep this up for a month, the Maxima may become the most researched car of the month (assuming the rating depends on the number of posts).
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    I don't think swapping out the filter was overly difficult, it was just unfamiliar the first time out. Now that I've done it, I'm sure it'll be much easier the next time and I plan on washing it at least every six months (the manual recommends every 15K). I can't imagine paying a dealership any more than the cost of the filter itself if you're the least bit handy with a screwdriver.

    At the risk of again being told to shutup and enjoy my Maxima, I, too, cannot understand why they'd put the filter in such an odd place. My Intrigue's in cabin filter was accessible from just underneath the passenger's side windshield and much easier to replace.

    There are three screws/bolts holding each splash guard on (two on the fenders and one underneath). Just check to make sure they're all tight (and all there) but don't overtighten them. I bet you could break the plastic if you did that.

    Mine will need to go into the dealer tomorrow because of a highly odd incident that happened today. The detailer was driving my car back to the shop and stopped at a light. When the light turned green, the car would not move but it was on and idling. Very odd isn't it? Anyway, I was told he shut the car off, then came back in about ten minutes and was able to drive it. Very very odd. The car seems fine to me but the check engine soon light is on. Any ideas?
  • I'm thinking about changing out my clear tail lights on my '03 SE to the smokey ones that were on my '00 SE that I traded in. But will this de-value my '03? I love my '03, but I tend to like the smokey covers a bit better.

    Any opinions on this, and where to buy them and cost if I decide to do that?
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    JG 28 --
    Thanks for the prompt reply. I do not have any problem with my 03 GLE. The problem you described appears very odd. Did you look at the TSBs to see if there were similar complaints? My only complaint (minor) is that the car tends to hesitate for a split second when I try to accelerate from a stop light or after making a turn. I will take it to the dealer when I have a chance. My dealer told me that its new Saturday hours do not take in cars with "driveability" problems because it is staffed with less experienced people. So, I could (for the time being) only take the car in during weekdays.

    nissangirl --
    I do not have an answer for you, but I think the clear tail lights look ok on my sheer silver Max. In fact, the smoky lights will probably look less appealing on mine.

    window tinting --
    By the way, I have since some Maximas with completely tinted windows, including the front windows. I thought that is against state law. I can see a situation where the car owner does the tinting himself and is not aware of the law. However, one would think that a reputable detailing shop wouldn't knowlingly violate the law.
  • Hmmm, you are probably right on the tail lights. I have the darker, Gray (almost charcoal) I think I was just use to that look of the smokey tail lights on my older Max. It's just a change I probably need to get use to.

  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    My garage door opener (my 9 year old son) sometimes gets temperamental and I am thinking of replacing him with a mechanical opener. Does anyone have a good recommendation? My garage has limited top clearance, there is only about six inches of space between the ceiling of the garage and the door when it is in the open position. Any specific model recommendation? Obviously, it must be compatible with Homelink. Thanks.
  • kenny, i've had the openers from craftsman (sears) for quite a few years.. i would highly recommend those... just make sure u get one with enough power for your door type..
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