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Nissan Maxima Real World MPG

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Please post your Maxima actual MPG here.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • fido1fido1 Posts: 5
    Current mileage @ 3800, running Mobil 1 Full Syn - 5/30, Regular octane fuel, live in Massachusetts - mileage will avg. between 22.5 to 24.5 depending on ratio of hgwy to local driving. Highway trips avg. about 26.2 @ avg speeds 70-75 mph.
  • george2k5george2k5 Posts: 2
    Current mileage is about 1600. At last fill up Average was about 23.6 MPG calculated using actual miles driven and gallons pumped (about 23 according the on-board display). This is for mostly city and freeway commute mileage.
  • I have a 99 SE that I normally run on regular 87 octane. It consistently gets 24-26 mpg on long trips. Around local Atlanta traffic I get closer to 18 mpg.
  • What is the actual gas mileage (city and hwy) for either the 05 or 06 Maxima SL?
  • I use 93 octane and avg. 24-25 overall. Driving the speed limit 55-60 I recently got 32 mpg.
  • 93 octane fuel is recommended, how [non-permissible content removed] you folks are putting regular in your maxima's????
  • leirexleirex Posts: 50
    Current mileage is about 2300 miles. From the day I bought it, it averaged 24 or 25 city/freeway combined. This is calculated using actual miles driven and gallons pumped. Display reports 22.8. I use regular unleaded.
  • I'm looking into purchasing an '01 GLE - any experience with running regular as oppposed to super unleaded as recommended?
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    Average between 21-22MPG. This is not relying on the always wrong trip computer. Those of you relying on the trip computer need to manually calculate your gas mileage. The trip computers (even on the 6th Generation Maximas) are consistently wrong.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Average between 21-22MPG. This is not relying on the always wrong trip computer. Those of you relying on the trip computer need to manually calculate your gas mileage. The trip computers (even on the 6th Generation Maximas) are consistently wrong.

    Manual or auto?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    This oldie but goodie has been relegated to our second home. But at 155,000 miles it still gets 20-23 mpg around town and up to 28-30 mpg at 70 mph on the highway. Overall average since the day it was bought = 24.5 mpg. And it is still capable of 0-60 in about 6.6 seconds.

    They added a lot of do-dads, but I don't think Nissan made a much better car than this generation. And its fit, finish, paint, etc., are holding up quite well - due in part, I believe to being made in Japan.
  • Another 4th gen owner :)

    I generally get about 22 mpg in town, and on the highway I get:

    65-70 mph: 29 mpg
    65-70 mph while drafting trucks: 31 mpg
    75-80 mph: 27 mpg
    75-80 mph in cold weather: 25 mpg (higher drag)

    I can generally squeeze out about another 1mpg with regular fuel, but then the power around town stinks and the driveability is also poor with a lot of lagging and surging from the ignition timing getting pulled. If I'm about to do a lot of highway driving I might put in regular, and if I'm going to be doing a lot of city type driving I'll put in premium. On the highway the engine is always running with a very light load and the premium fuel isn't really needed.
  • When I purchased my 2000 SE in 10/03, the dealer had filled it with regular. You never heard anything ping as loud as that did any time accelerating. In good tune though, it doesn't need premium, runs ping free and performs just as well on mid grade.
  • I've got a 99' GLE and I drive around Cincinnati and in between Lexington, KY and Cincy. I've been averaging just over 26mpg, with about 97,000 miles
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    Auto. All the postings about the 3.0L gas mileages makes me wish I had a 2001 instead of 2002. I've never done better than 23 and that was hwy and premium.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Auto. All the postings about the 3.0L gas mileages makes me wish I had a 2001 instead of 2002. I've never done better than 23 and that was hwy and premium.

    Be happy, I average 15.5-17.5 depending on HVAC use.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I just bought an 06 Maxima SL and am wondering if anyone has done anything to boost MPG, such as high-end air filters, additives, special spark plugs, etc.

    Any proven suggestions out there?
  • Poodog, I have a 06 SE, I am not sute what it gets but I had an 04 Se w/35k that did get 33mpg on the interstate. I would fill up, get on the interstate and drive 300 miles. I had a free flow filter in it as well as a tornado in the throttle body. Total cost for the two was just over $100.00 but as to the 06 SE, I haven't really had it on the road with just myself in it. By the way, I used regualr gas.
  • Silverfox1,

    I have two 06's, they get about the same, i.e., in town between 17.9 - 19.0. On the road, if I can keep my toes out of the fuel injectors and set the cruise at 72, I can get right at 30 both both are new and not broke in well yet. My 04 Max SE got 33 on the interstate but I had a tornado in the throttle body and used a Hog air filter. The 04 also had 35 k on the speedo. Hope this is of help to you.
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    Hi, On my 2K Max GLE with 77L miles I get 28mpg on highway but I get around 13mpg in the city. I mostly drive in the city (NY) with constant stop and go and my trips are usually a few miles at a time. I put in Premium and had plenty of maintenance done on the car, so it's in good condition. How is my highway mpg pretty good while city mpg is way below average?
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    I have an '03, and average 24mpg 80/20 city/highway. I use 93 octane.

    It's a small price to pay for such a fun car to drive. I suspect Nissan hooked me for life with this car (it's my first).
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    The car never gets warmed up in your short city trips so the choke is on, idle speed up, etc. My wife's Highlander suffers from the same poor mileage due to her <3 mile commute.
  • moms_maxmoms_max Posts: 62
    Hi everyone... My "oldie but goodie" consistently gets 24-26 around town, and 28-29 highway. I've always used regular gas... and have lived in Southern Florida (both coasts), Colorado (western Slope), and now North Carolina. I l-o-v-e my car..... :)
  • azzankelazzankel Posts: 2
    A few months ago, I had a faulty coil in my 2000 Maxima SE 5 speed(52,000 miles). Had it replaced at a dealership, but "service eng soon" light came on a few days afterwards. Took it back in and they couldn't find a problem (car was running great)and reset the light. Few days later, light came on again...took it back in. They recommended that I replace remaining 5 coils. Since they could not find any problems, and car was running great, I decided to live with the light on rather than spend $700 more. Had always averaged 23-24 in town, and 29-31 on the hwy for the 5 1/2 yrs I've owned the car. In a few weeks, car started acting up and it was a rear coil. Had remaining 5 coils replaced at that point and car still runs great. Here is the highway miles now are 23-24, and my city miles are 21-22. Took it into the dealer and they can't find anything wrong. Everything is within acceptable parameters. Any ideas why I lost 100 miles per tank full on the highway, and 10% of my city mileage? Again.....this problem started right after I had remaining 5 coils replaced. Anyone have any ideas? Thx!!
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    if you had code P1320 and took your time to replace coils then your spark plugs or catalytic may have been affected. You may have detonation.
  • debatingdebating Posts: 14
    Purchased our 2000 Maxima SE used in '01, still have it. Still impressed with it. We had all the coils replaced a couple of years ago, and had a sensor replaced a short time later, thats all the problems encountered. We always burn premium by the way.

    Our first trip after purchasing was over 3000 miles, it impressed me with the highway mileage. One tank with 28 MPG, and the rest in the 26 MPG range. Averaged 70 to 80 MPH. Have never figured the city mileage, it's not as great however.

    From the long term reliability ratings I've seen lately, wonder if the newer Maxima's are still as reliable as ours has been. Plus with current gas prices and the forecasts if a four banger Toyota or similar for an eventual replacement, or even a diesel might not be a better choice? We owned a diesel escort in the mid 80's, those 40 plus MPG highway figures would sure be enjoyable today.

    But I dread reaching that point because I have sure enjoyed our time with the current Maxima.
  • Hi All
    I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE. In a turn hard to the left, I could hear a metal to metal rubbing sound.To make a long story short, I removed the right front hub and found the outer bearing cage broken in three places. Prior to hearing this sound, several months ago I felt a vibration in the front end. The axle nut was loose on the right. I re-torqued the nut to specs and even safety wired it too. Replacing the bearing is a job but it can be done with a press and a tool to remove the ball joints. Happy driving!! MJ9981
  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    I have 05 maxima SE.. On highway alone I get 33-35 mpg, now funny part,while driving @64 i save more than while driving @ 59. As an average I get 24-27 mpg with 10% city and 90 % highway ( this actually depends on a day of the week as I get stuck in traffic for 2-2.5 hr on almost every friday) I Use Gold from BP. Exxon mobil- i somehow get less by 1-2 mpg.
  • my 2000 maxima has 147,000 miles. I was getting 22-24 mpg until last week. It runs a little rough, but still has good pickup but my mpg went below 20 (highway). Can anybody help.
  • I have a 2003 Max SE with 44k miles. Luckily, zero mx problems so far, only routine oil changes and a new set of tires at 34k. MPG in the city is 18 and mixed city/hwy is 22. Open road highway driving for 500 miles i have gotten 26-28 mpg driving 70mph. Two points: (1) the trip computer mpg is always 2-3 mpg wrong (high) (2) I have experimented with regular and mid-grade gas and have always found that the mpg suffers by ~2 mpg plus performance is not as spirited (also get occasional knock). So while premium does cost more, the car does run better. FWIW, I find BP gas (93 octane) works well in my Max. Also FWIW, Shell V-power made it knock much worse than any other gas.
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