Nissan Maxima



  • jim7689jim7689 Member Posts: 15
    I was leaning toward the White, but I will definately take a look at the Grey Lustre, I believe they have one called Sterling Mist which also looks nice.

    Thanks Again

  • sascuderisascuderi Member Posts: 73
    The max tends to have a stiff suspenision, so if you over inflate the tires you will feel a rough ride and will increase interior rattles.

    The tire place card is the reccomended tire pressure and it is what you should use. Try it and I bet the ride will improve. Also, check the pressure at least each month.

  • blackdog93blackdog93 Member Posts: 2
    I just bought a 2001 Maxima GLE yesterday.. picking it up tommorow. I know some of you are going to think I am crazy but I don't know if I made the right decision. I traded in a 1999 Grand Cherokee. Has anyone gone from a SUV to a Maxima? Do you miss your SUV? I live in New England and travel quite a bit for my job(averaging 25K+ miles a year). How is the Maxima in the snow? The Maxima I purchased came with the Meridian package.. I paid $25,700. I just get nervous when I spend all this $$$$ at one time!
  • chemical1chemical1 Member Posts: 1
    I know you guys probably see this question come up alot, but what is the best way to take care of my gray leather in my 2000 SE. It's pretty dirty (dusty) due to the winter season. What polishes should I use and etc. Also what is the best chemical to use on the floor mats (stained). Does Nissan sell something (reliable)at the car dealerships.

    Also what should I use to wash and eventually wax the outside.

  • oehrleinoehrlein Member Posts: 30
    Yes, for tire pressure follow the placard 33/30. My tires were also over inflated when I bought my 2000 Max.
    As for the noise (thundering sound), I had a noise too (not thundering) when I went over the curb entering our driveway, turning the wheels parking the car, and hitting some bumps.
    I took the Max in twice before the dealer fixed the problem. The Max had a bad front/left strut. The strut was replaced and the noise was gone. I think there's a Nissan Technical Service Bulletin (NTSB) for this problem.

    One more thing. I do not know why, but the strut noise was more pronounced when it was colder outside.

    Good Luck. Semper Fi.
  • tlc125tlc125 Member Posts: 14
    Congratulations blackdog - you'll love it. I have an '01 SE and a Chevy Blazer, and believe me, the Max blows the truck away in every category. The only thing is you'll have to get used to riding lower than all those SUV's out there(Can't see around them, if there are more than one around you on the highway you feel decidedly boxed in).

    There have been a few occasions where I drove the Blazer right after I drove the Maxima and I feel like there is zero horsepower in the thing and I wonder why I keep it. Actually it's been relegated to trips to the supermarket, Home Depot and other local errands. For anything else, we take the Max. My wife feels that way too!
  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94

    You should be very happy with your new Maxima compared to your 99 Grand Cherokee. I got rid of my 99 Grand Cherokee Limited 1 year ago through a buy back from Chrysler after repeated attempts at fixing all the problems that my Jeep was having.

    The Maxima engine is rated as being unquestionably the best revving V-6 engine ever by Wards Auto. They went on to say there isn't a better V-6 engine in all of automobiledom regardless of price. Enjoy the ride, here's the link to Wards Ten Best Engines.


  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94

    I have tried many different leather cleaners and conditioners over the years. The best that I have ever used is Zaino leather soft spray cleaner and leather in a bottle treatment and conditioner.

    1. It cleans and conditions your leather seats without leaving any residue on your seats.

    2. It contains the highest quality leather oil concentrate available on the market.

    3. After conditioning your seats they will feel and smell like brand new leather. Remember before you buy a leather conditioner in the store, open the bottle and see how the conditioner smells. This is how your entire car will smell after you get done using it. Zaino conditioners make your seats smell and feel like brand new leather without a chemical smell like other products. Here's the link to Zaino bros.

    BTW: Zaino show car polishes are one of the best on the market. They are so good that once you use them you will likely never go back to regular waxes. Here's another link to Edmunds Zaino Car care Experiences. Either all the people at this Zaino group are nuts or Zaino products are great.


  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94
    Here's a list of TSB's at my Photopoint web site.

    1. Bumper tsb (4 photos)

    2. Rattles tsb (24 photos)

    3. Rotor tsb (1 photo)

    4. TCM tsb (1 photo) Old version

    5. TCM tsb (6 photos) New version

  • gnlgnl Member Posts: 94
    Jim, Congrats! Are you seriously shopping now? Mine is Satin Blue Pearl with Grey Frost interior. I just like blue cars, they stand out a little bit from all the grey/silver/beige variations out there.

    Blackdog, interesting, you made the same switch I did! I had a 98 Grand Cherokee, and liked it a lot. But I was living overseas in a South American country where the roads weren't that great. I only had it for about 6 mos. in the U.S., although part of that was winter, had it two years overseas, sold it and came back and bought the Maxima.

    The Maxima is fine on snow - see my post above about driving in Michigan in the winter. Hope you got the traction control - really, for the low price of it, I don't see why anyone north of the Mason-Dixon line would even think twice about getting traction control.

    Once in a while I miss not having the Jeep, but 99% of the time a sedan is better for me. And one weird thing - my husband always used to get shocked when he got out of the Jeep, but that never happens now! I guess it's the difference between the fabric seats vs. the leather.

    Anyway, take the Max out on some nice long drives, on country roads and on the highways - you'll love it. Have fun.
  • mikemajestymikemajesty Member Posts: 99
    i am in the market for a new maxima se and am curious what some of you paid for that car
  • lofquistlofquist Member Posts: 281
    I'll be glad to help out with some Canadian dealers who have been selling to US people and have good prices and good reputations. But please email me so it doesn't look like advertising for them. Going to Canada gets better all the time - the exchange rate is way up. I've seen loaded GLE's and SE 20th Anniversary's go for under $23,000. I posted some more info at #29 above.
    (Bill, I did see your email)
  • 92drexel92drexel Member Posts: 153

    Which Zaino products do you use on your max, specifically? I have a black max which I assume is clear-coated. So that would be Z1 and Z2...then I could use Z6 if I wanted to spruce it up between waxes...right?

    Also, thanks for the tip on the leather treatment. I use Lexol (I think that's what its called) and I can't stand the smell! I thought all leather conditioners smelled the same.

    Please get back to me on the zaino products.
  • lsflsf Member Posts: 98
    I too have a black Max. I started using Zaino last fall with great results. I didn't get the leather cleaner/conditioner, so perhaps I'll do that soon. I haven't applied the stuff in a while since its been too cold here in Boston area so my numbers may be off but I think I used the #1 (pre-prep), #5 (course), #2 (fine) and the anti-static. The anti-static stuff is important because the static will attract dust!
  • max2001max2001 Member Posts: 63
    I was wondering what effect the two bars right behind the front grill have on the car? - I think they are stiffeners for the core support. The reason I ask is that it seems that these are for SE's only but Nissan in their wisdom has decided to leave these off 01 SE's. So wondering if I should have them installed?
  • jdimottajdimotta Member Posts: 55
    I've noticed while driving that the hood vibrates over bumpy roads...Am i seeing things??..or is this common for a thin hood.....has anyone else seen this???..let me know...Joe D.
  • max01max01 Member Posts: 1
    Hi guys,

    Was thinking of getting a new Max GLE and was wondering if Nissan will offer lower interest rate on a new Max? If yes, went?

  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94

    If you want the ultimate car finish, these are the steps:

    1. Wash your car using liquid dawn dishwashing liquid. (Dawn dishwashing liquid will remove your old waxes, oils, grease and dirt.)

    2. "Optional Step if you want the ultimate car finish" Claybar your car using Zaino Z-18 Claybar. Make sure you keep the surface of your car well lubricated while using the claybar. Use 1/2 capful of Zaino Z7 car wash mixed with 12 ounces of water in a spray bottle to lubricate your car while using the claybar. (Remember if you drop the claybar while claying your car don't reuse that claybar again. It will be contaminated with dirt which will scratch your car.)

    3. After claying your car rewash your car using Z7 car wash. Dry your car using 100% cotton towels.

    4. Apply a very thin coat of Zaino Z1 Polish Lok. Let haze, and apply Z5 polish for swirl marks on top of the Z1 Polish Lok. If your car does not have any swirl marks you should use Z2 Show car Polish on top of the Z1 Polish Lok. (These polishes do not stain your car's trim like most other waxes.)

    5. Let the Z5 or Z2 Polish dry for at least one hour or more. Use 100% cotton bath towels to remove the polish.

    6. Use Z6 Gloss Enhancer spray after removing the polish for the ultimate car finish. This will give your car an incredible mirror like finish. (I do not recommend using Z6 Gloss Enhancer between washes unless your car is clean and dust free. Remember any dirt that is on your car could scratch your car's finish.)

    1. The more coats of Zaino you use the more mirror like your car's finish will become.

    2. You should switch to Z2 show Car Polish over Z5 Polish for swirl marks as soon as there are no more scratches or swirl marks on your finish. Z2 has higher optical properties then Z5, but Z5 will remove small swirl marks. Have fun!!

  • joenissanjoenissan Member Posts: 313
    There have been others with the same complaint. The two rubber hood-stops on both front edges of the hood just need to be re-adjusted.

    George... You have a black Max, and you use a claybar ? You know you're just asking for problems. Claybars ALWAYS scratch the top layer of clearcoat, and cause spider scratches. And on a black car...thet problem is magnified. This is why Nissan, and any good autobody shop will tell you to steer clear of the bars. I've seen a few customers cars who swear by those silly bars, I show them all those awful swirlmarks the bar leaves...especially in direct sunlight. And on black ?...has to look awful....unless Zainos' next step fills them all in, which will only become visible again, once the car is washed.

  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94
    Joe, I never said that I owned a black Maxima. I think you got me confused with 92drexel or lsf who both said they have black Maximas. As far as your claybar comments go, I personally have never encountered any swirl marks or scratches using Zaino Claybar. If you follow the instructions that come with the claybar the results will be outstanding. If you do not use the recommended lubricate while claying your car then anything could be possible. But that holds true with everything in life. Another source of information regarding Zaino claybars and products would be at Edmunds "Zaino Car Care Experiences Part 2 and part 1". You will clearly find if you want to read through thousands of responses that almost everyone who has used Zaino claybar and products has been more then a little bit happy with their outstanding results. Here's the link again if you care to read for your self.



  • 92drexel92drexel Member Posts: 153
    Thanks for the reply. I think I'll try zaino (I'll probably order it later this week).

    Another question for you...does zaino make a product that I can use between washes to remove light dirt? I always keep my 2000 max covered in my driveway when I'm not driving it (wish I had a garage but that'll be a priority w/ the next crib) and I usually don't drive it in foul weather (esp snow). So most of the dirt I get on it comes from bird droppings (every car lover's enemy), the occasional drive through a puddle, and fingerprints on the doors and hood (yes I'm a fanatic about keeping her clean). I use a California Car Duster to remove the dust that is especially visible on dark cars (that really works!)

    I'm looking for something that I can use to take off 'light' dirt (i.e. not dirty enough to warrant dragging out the water hose). Does the Z-6 also sub as a cleaner or is it for another pupose?

    Thanks again for the assistance.

    PS: Does zaino offer UV protection? Black cars (as you probably know) fair the worst against the sun. Thanks again!
  • george2kmaxgeorge2kmax Member Posts: 94

    The Z6 product description as stated by the manufacturer is the following:

    "This product dramatically boosts and intensifies all Show Car Polishes. Z6 contains seven optical clarifiers and our unique wet gloss enhancers to increase the wet looking mile deep show car polish shine. We highly recommend it for fast cleaning of dust, water spots and light soil painted surfaces, without scratching. Forms a tough molecular bond with show car polish to increase the depth of gloss, optical clarity, slickness, and durability and reinforce the UV(40) protection. Super anti-static formula reduces dust and dirt pickup by up to 60%. Z6 will not streak, smear, haze, dull or leave a film. A must for quick touch-ups and the show winning edge."

    The look you can achive using Z6 after polishing or washing your car is just incredible. But I would use caution using any product as a go between for washing your car, that's just my opinion.

  • segirl7segirl7 Member Posts: 14
    My husband and I just bought yesterday,2001 SE max
    sterling mist,moonroof,spoiler,C&C pkg,loaded short of leather seats,(I don't like leather seat's)We paid 24,872.I'm ok with the price but I
    have to say I was really upset by the game they play when it's time to purchase.We were told that the intrest was 6.9%,but lo and behold when the credit report came back we could only qualify for 8.9%,pretty funny because my husband just(the same day)got 2.9% for his mustang,because we had great credit.Needless to say we told them no way we were paying 8.9% and got up and walked out.I
    was at home last night and the phone rang,it was the dealer,guess what?We got 6.9%Then of course the sob story about how strings were pulled.(boo-hoo).Some one asked above about the rates with nissan right now,We were also told when we went back(at the time of the 8.9% bull)"great news because we waited the rates were actually 5.9%,you could try,but good luck,I think only god
    and Bill Gates qualify for 5.9%.Thanks for letting me blow my fuse....I'm happy I got the car I wanted,and will let all know if all goes well.We're picking it up today (3/27/01)
  • jdimottajdimotta Member Posts: 55
    Thanks for the reply Joe..Those rubber stops do the trick in the front of the hood??...I hate to have things messed with from the factory..but if it will do the's really annoying..
    Segril7 : does that 24872 price include the Bose system??..if so thats a great price...wayyy under cost....I got 7.95% financing for 6 stretchhhhhh it out...didnt mess with the dealer financing...another thing that pissed me off was 200 dollars for doc fees..WHAT A FRIGGIN JOKE...just pure profit there...Thanks again...Joe
  • shermaxshermax Member Posts: 31
    When the weather is warm, I wash my car nearly every weekend. You don't have to reapply Zaino after every wash. You can do the Zaino thing 3-4 times a year after the initial steps (which can be time consuming). I use a normal liquid car wash. Make sure you apply (and then remove) the Zaino in a vertical/ back and forth motion. Don't use circular polishings motion, you will get swirls! I would also exercise caution with claybar.
  • 92drexel92drexel Member Posts: 153
    Thanks for the info george & shermax.

    I used another company's paint sealant about 4-6 times per year (May - September) and in between I waxes, I use a combo waterless wash/spray wash to keep the shine. Stuff worked pretty good (I have a black car and absolutely NO swirls - one of my neighbors calls me Mr. Clean) But they stopped making that product so I leaning towards zaino. If the car is really filthy, then I'll hit it with soap and water or use a high pressure hose (quarter car wash) and dry it with a shamois.

    I don't like using soap and water too often because it seems to strip off a layer of wax (I always see more cobb-webbing and hazing after using soad and water...even using soaps that advertise "will not strip wax").

    I use the 2000 max as my second car so I rarely drive it in the bad weather (and I keep it covered when my using it). So the worst contaminants my car sees are bird crap, dust, and sunshine (which fades the paint).

    I think I'll give zaino a try, but I wanted to know if z6 can be used as a quicky wash. Esp in the winter (I'm in the Northeast). If we catch a 45 degree day in Jan or Feb, I'd like a quicky waterless cleaner to use instead of dragging the hose out and catching pneumonia (I had that a few years ago, not fun).

    Thanks for your help. I'll give it a try.
  • choosinuchoosinu Member Posts: 23
    I am trying to find out as much as I can about a problem I am having.

    Randomly, when making stops, driving rather fast, I hear a noise that is very loud, can be heard through radio noise. It sounds like the front end is grinding to a halt. I have been to the dealer several times since I purchased the car in Sept 00 and no noise when they drive it. Today I took off from work and had a service manager ride with me. We rode around 10 mins, no noise. Finally he asks if I can remember specific times that it occurred.
    Most often braking when coming fast down a hill. So he tells me where to drive where there is a hill and BINGO. Finally the noise. Horrible noise. He drives the car and same thing happens. He takes my car back and asks me to wait while he drives it with a service technician. They can reproduce the problem.

    He tells me he is going to talk to TSR about it and MAYBE he can get me a free brake job. He says that I have plenty of pad, so no explainable reason for the noise. He says that I am in no danger because the car stops well, just sounds like it is falling apart to do so. He says Nissan will consider brake job normal wear and tear, hence the MAYBE. My question though is , If I have plenty of brake pad, what is a break job going to do unless he is talking about something more than the brake pads being replaced. Is there some known problem that he is not telling me about. In the past I have searched for recall info and TSBs and found nothing. I just ran across someone who posted Tsbs on a site and there was something about Brake Judder. I don't know if that is what I have or not. The symptoms don't mention excruciating noise and I don't notice any steering wheel vibrations.

    I am 30K into my 36K warranty and would like help. This is my second Maxima. My 19 yr old is driving my 92 with 190K miles on it. I bought this one because I had had such good luck before. Was it only luck?
  • atuzaiatuzai Member Posts: 47
    find a 2k max GLE on newspaper. full loaded, 10k miles, ask $18900. Sounds a good deal to me. But I am wondering it is too good to be, last time I found a 99 Max Se, 22k, auto ask $15400. Also a good deal. But when I test drive it, it had a big problem with the engine. and the owner bought the car for only two months. This time I called the owner, he is the second owner too. he said he bought the car only for sell to make money. he doesn't have any service record for the car. is it safe to buy a car like that if test drive with no problem? does the factory warranty will works no matter what happened with the car before I buy it. I will go to see the car tomorrow, any suggestion what I should pay attention to when test drive the car? any other advise about buying a car like this one?

  • segirl7segirl7 Member Posts: 14
    jdimotta,no bose,no leather,everything else is there,picked it up just a little while ago.
    LOOOOOVVVEEE it!!!!!!!!!!!!My husband bought himself a mustang,funny how he keeps asking me to let him drive mine.HHHMMM????all went well at dealership,financial guy was a little pissy with us but I don't care,we got the 6.9%.I'm happy!!!
  • la_maxla_max Member Posts: 9
    1) What would be the minimum drive-off on a 2001 Maxima SE?

    2) If I were to pay just the minimum drive-off for an SE with the following options, what should the maximum payment be on a 36 month, 36,000 mile lease?

    - Comfort & Convenience
    - Cloth Seats
    - BOSE
    - Air filter, mats, guards

  • joenissanjoenissan Member Posts: 313
    That's a VERY common way for a dealer to screw the customer. I'm sure you were offered the 6.9% buy the bank or NMAC...the dealer tells you it;s higher, and pockets the profit. The news program 20/20 even did a story on such practices. The easy way to know for sure is.....the dealer calls you back...just as they did with you. They figured they'd try, it didn't work so careful, they'll probably try and throw in other charges to make up for some of the extra % rate they'll now lose. wasn't just luck. Maximas are very reliable cars, always have been. It sounds like the pads have gotten glazed. Maybe from a recent hard panic stop..etc. As long as the rotors are ok, meaning they're not out of round, cracked...a simple pad replacement should cure the noise.

    La_max.....If you put down roughly $1000 to $1500, a 3/36 lease should be in the neighborhood of $345 to $360....Maybe less if you can talk them down in price BEFORE telling them you want to lease....which is how you should do it. THEN , after you get the rock-bottom price, find out how much to lease it at that price. Good luck

  • segirl7segirl7 Member Posts: 14
    joe,it's funny you should mention they would try to throw in other fee's.I gotta tell you I really did my homework on this one.I checked out first,and knew what should be there and what should'nt.The dealer seemed a little upset that I wasn't going for any of the yada-yada crap,and my husband was very impressed and backed me up so they really got nowhere with us.
    In the end I paid for nothing extra but destination fee,because they did have to find my car and have it brought in.I'm now a VERY HAPPY max owner.
  • joenissanjoenissan Member Posts: 313
    Great !...Best of luck.

  • pennstaterodpennstaterod Member Posts: 12

    I'm seriously considering purchasing a 2001 Nissan Maxima SE. I looking at a FULLY loaded, with every option but 6-Disc changer. $26,200

    Is this a good price? Can I do better?

    I want to hear from those of you who have this car and tell me what you think of it. Other cars I looked at are BMW 325, Volvo s40, Passat. But for my money I keep coming back to the Maxima.

    The only other question is the color. Sterlin Mist or Grey Luster?
  • lsflsf Member Posts: 98
    You're finding the same thing most of us Max buyers have found: that for the money, you can't beat the Max. The car delivers excellent performance and reliability at the right price! In terms of price, check the price (invoice) of all the options etc. to see where you stand. Sounds okay. Good luck.
  • kimj1kimj1 Member Posts: 32
    My husband and I are currently in the market for a new car. We have looked at quite a few cars We set a monthly budget and the only two cars (of the ones that we liked) remaining are the BMW 325i and the Nissan Maxima GLE. I know many people laugh when I tell them this because they think there is no comparison. Well, I am not comparing these 2 cars against each other, they are both very different cars. We like both of them for different reasons. We had decided to go with the BMW, then things changed. My husband's company allows him to purchase a Nissan through a special purchase plan. We checked into it and found that the price that we can get the Maxima for is great. The price difference between paying MSRP and the price through the purchase plan is $4700. This is making us lean more towards the Maxima. I would love to hear from any of you who can tell me aside from price why I should go for the Maxima. We are looking at the GLE fully loaded with everything.

    This decision is much harder than it looks. They are both great cars.

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • jdimottajdimotta Member Posts: 55
    I've noticed something that could be improved upon for nite time driving.....Nissan should have lit the the controls on the steering wheel....if you want to use the cruise control at nite you are SOL....we have a Sienna mini-van and Toyota was gracious enuff to lite up these controls...BUTTT...all that said I'm lovin this car....Joe D.
  • sebbsebb Member Posts: 16
    Hey Rod,

    Just purchased that exact car ('01 SE with every option 'cept the 6 disc) about a month ago. We paid 26,430 for the car and felt very good about it sounds like you are right where you need to be on the price. Your price is about 700 under invoice so that is pretty good.

    What more can I say about the car. You will love it. The heated leather is wonderful in winter months...the BOSE is a very nice stereo...and the 17" tires look sooooooomuch better (in my opinion) than the 16".

    Although Sterling Mist is a beautiful gotta go with Grey Lustre. Here is why: Our local Nissan dealer had 7 Maxes on the lot. 4 were Mist, 2 were Sunlit sand, and the last was black. Had to have the Grey Lustre trucked in from the West Coast. Still have not seen a Grey Lustre SE since January on the road. Heck...when we got ours shipped was sitting on the lot while we did paperwork. When we came out to take it home...there were 2 families gathered around ours and nobody hanging around the Mist's. Grey Lustre is a very pretty color...and very unpopular on the road (along with Merlot and Majestic Blue (20th Anniv SE)). Good luck!
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Member Posts: 650
    Hey Joe,

    I also have a Toyota Sienna mini-van and a Maxima SE. If you had a green Sienna and a black Maxima like me it would be too freaky!.

    I have bigger bones to pick with Toyota. My radio buttons are falling off, my driver's side mirror is loose, the illuminated visor mirror fell on my head, the driver's seat belt sometimes doesn't latch. While my Maxima is built like a Swiss watch, my Sienna has been put together with silly puddy. Enough complaining, I drive the Maxima, wife drives the Sienna..eheheheh

  • tgif888tgif888 Member Posts: 351
    I had a 2000 Maxima GXE (Auto), the drive is great. And my other car use to be a 2000 BMW 323i. This car the handling of course is much more better than Maxima. But we just had it for the problems that we encountered in the frist year of ownership. The BMW keeps on having things broken-the moonroof rail is broken, passenger side window's motor is broken, ABS cover falled down for no reason. The check engine light keeps coming up time to time. Finally, we traded it in to an Acura 3.2 TL Type S. This car is great for $31K. You get a lot in the Acura. Hope this help.
  • gerhatgerhat Member Posts: 5
    I had written several months ago about the halloween-sounding creaking noise from my brakes. Same problem, only happened when the brakes were hot, like coming down a long hill or several quick stops. There is a TSB which involved lightly sanding the rotors to remove the glaze and new brake pads which supposedly are softer (true Joe?). My car expert buddy said metal to metal glazing is common if you brake hard and often, which I do. Does not affect safety, just noisy. He even sands his rotors every six months (oh the exciting life of a single guy).

    My 2000 SE with the works (except leather) continues to be fine after 12,000 miles. I had the brakes, TCM, and trunk-bumper scratch fixed. Everything else is perfect. I recommend the heated seats, traction control and snow tires in the winter (mid-state NY). Gas mileage ranges from 25-26 highway down to 18 in town with frequent stops.

    A blast to drive, great Bose, with room for your friends.
  • atuzaiatuzai Member Posts: 47
    Found a Max GLE 2k, 10k mi fully loaded , ask only $18900. Called the owner, he is the sencond owner and he said he bought the car just for selling to make money. Fully loaded 2k GLE for $18900, still can make money. Sounds too good to be. How can I make sure the car not a stolen one or has some serious problem?
    Helps needed, any thoughts ? Thanks!
  • ny972213ny972213 Member Posts: 7
    Any audio experts out there ?
    I want to addd a sub to my stock system. I'm undecided between the Bazooka RS 10AHP and the Infinity Basslink? Any suggestions? JoeNissan I know you added a sub to your max, what do you think (Both are 10 inch). I can get the Infinity for about $220 and the Bazooka for $315. Also, where is the best location ti unstall a sub in the trunk (to minimize the rattle).

    Also, any news yet on a compatable 12 disc changer for the 2001 stock radio?

  • jdimottajdimotta Member Posts: 55
    Sebb:have to disagree on the color sir..i know..i know its opinion....but..I've seen a Grey Lustre SE dirty and let me tell you it looks no different than a dirty Black SE..I had to actually walk up on the car to see what color it was...a silver color will not show dirt nor scratches...and will not retain the heat in the summer....the Grey is pretty no doubt...but also has some disadvantages.
    YO SPEED: What are you doing to that poor Sienna...LOL....we have the Beige color Sienna and a Silver Max...nice to see you have good taste in autos....looked at an Odyssey...way too much money...but thats another forum...the Siennas not holding up for you eh??..let me know..Joe D.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Member Posts: 650
    Hey Joe,

    I have a '98 Sienna (wife mobile), I got it when it first came out. Paid full MSRP just to be one of the first to drive it. I guess I got a first production run, they had not worked all the kinks out is otherwise a very nice van..very confortable, but they dropped the ball putting it together. I got my Max when it first came out as well, it will be 2 years old this summer, and it has been perfect. Go figure, Sienna made in the USA...Maxima made in Japan, I rest my case!


  • lsflsf Member Posts: 98
    You will be quite happy with the GLE. It is quite comfortable inside, roomier than the 325, the Bose will impress, and the performance is excellent. As you know, it's an auto tranny. If I were buying a stick, I'd strongly consider the BMW. In terms of size, the Max is more comparable to the 5 series than the 3 series. No it doesn't have the cachet of the BMW, but it's a fine automobile and quite reliable. The BMW may offer more gadgettry, but the compromises are small, IMHO.
  • gnlgnl Member Posts: 94
    Atuzai, check out the VIN number on For free, they will tell you if the car is on the lemon list. For a small fee, I think around $20, you get a more complete report that will tell you who owned the car and what the sales history is. Well worth the investment.

    For kimj1, the Maxima is a better deal all around. (You were expecting to hear something else???) I briefly considered a BMW also, but look at the size of the trunk - the Max. is very spacious, the Bimmer is tiny. Since my husband and I like to take long trips, that alone ruled out the Bimmer for us. Then consider the cost of insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc. No comparison. And by getting the fully loaded GLE (which is what we have also) I can't see that you're giving up a thing. Really, it comes down to what you want out of a car and what you feel most comfortable driving, defining "comfort" in any way you choose. For us, the Max was the clear winner of about 10 cars we test drove.

    Rod - I have to agree with the vote for Sterling Mist. A much prettier color. The Grey Lustre looks great for half an hour after it's washed, and then terrible after it's driven once around the block. Plus it can get hot, so depends where you live if that's an issue. Of course my own favorite is Satin Blue Pearl, so you can see I like the lighter colors better!

    Interesting, the only colors I don't see much of around here (Washington D.C. area) are Sherwood Green and that brownish-reddish color - Mahogany? I see fair amounts of just about everything else. I just wish Nissan would do a nice, clear true red, with a beige interior - that would have been my first choice in a heartbeat!
  • joenissanjoenissan Member Posts: 313
    AMEN !! I've been saying that about the steering wheels controls for years. Even the seat heater controls should be lit (other than the light that illuminates when they're in use)....oh well...something else for "yo chow hang" to conger up.
    By the way...if you want a color that's both sporty and classy, easy to keep clean, and shows no MUST look into the Islandic pearl (white). No other color on the Maxima has it's class.

    NY.....Either will do. Just be sure you get AT LEAST 100 watts. and place it sideways up against the rear seats.

    G...I'll have to check but, I'm unaware of any TSB pertaining to brake glazing. But you are correct. Hard stops will eventually glaze the pads. Switching to a softer pad will help...also wear out a bit quicker.

    Kim....Right...the two cars are very different. If you want to spend more for a car that's quite a bit smaller, slower, less reliable, and rougher riding but has that "Hey ! Look at me" factor (not that that's a bad, then go with the 325.
    If you want a fun, powerful, and fairly large-ish sedan, with very high quality...the Maxima is the right choice. Only you can decide which you'd prefer.

  • 92drexel92drexel Member Posts: 153

    Can you confirm that the super black max is clear-coated? I'm 99.9% sure it is, but I need a confirmation (if you wouldn't mind).

  • jdimottajdimotta Member Posts: 55
    I understand about the first year production woes...I used to be in the car I knew to stay away from 1st year production cars...however...The foriegn makers have always been better at testing and retesting before throwing them on the market...unlike our domestic buddies who dont dont even come close and play the numbers game..the addage: you throw enuff "s--t on the wall, some of it will stik"...we have a 2000 Sienna...and it has had some little bugs but nothing Max on the other hand..the words not in yet...for kicks i had the auto-dimming mirror switched out for the one with the compass... i like my toys...Joe D.
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