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Nissan Maxima 2000 Starting

banzibanzi Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Nissan
I recently brought a Maxima 2000. I notice that
when starting the car, it takes a little longer, a
couple of extra second or so, before it starts.
Occassionally, I have to turn the key a second time
to get it to start. Is this typical of Nissan
Maxima or should I be concerned?


  • dunn3dunn3 Posts: 29
    I had a '90 Maxima a while ago, and I had the same problem. It is not common for the car, and there is a part that they have to replace. My dealer did not believe me, and I had to take it there 3 times before they realized what it was and fixed it. It was not the battery, or alternator, but another component (don't remember the name though-sorry). Hope that helps
  • My mother owns a '97 Maxima SE and experiences the same problem. I once read that other Nissan products, like the Altima, are notorious for this problem. She has never taken the car to the dealer to find out what is wrong. Maybe if you're not using premium fuel, the car won't start right away--I'm not sure though. It might be something else.
  • It is not typical for me. I just gave my 92 Maxima tomy son and bought the 2000, because I had had no problems with my car. I was not the best in maintenance either. The first time the start up problem occurred, I kinda overlooked it. Thought I hadn't turned it long enough...who knows. When it happened again I said okay now this is not right. Now I read your comment, so I am going to begin logging the incidents. I hope people keep addressing problems here.
  • I have a '96 Maxima as well as a 2000. We have a sloping driveway and when parked for more than a hour at an incline, neither car starts immediately. This is the only instance where the engine will crank longer than usual before starting. I don't see this as a problem, just an idiosyncrasy.
  • mdaryamdarya Posts: 11
    Just bought a 2000 SE, Sunlit Sand, with all the options. Car has some pinstiping that I am not crazy about. Anyone know an easy way to remove the pinstriping without damaging the paint/finish?

    Car is a rocket. Also, spoke witht the maintenance chief at the dealer. He said that the 55 mph limit for the first 1000 miles isn't correct. He stated that the car develops its personality (his word) during the first 1000 miles and if you want it to perform well, drive aggressively during the first 1000 miles. Any recommendations.
  • I agree that the 55 mph rule is a bit conservative, but I do not agree with the mechanic's "aggressive break-in" theory. The car really doesn't develop a psyche during this time. The purpose of the break in is to get all the moving parts familiar with each other. During the first 1000 miles, there's a lot of internal metal grinding going on that smooths out all the burrs and imperfections of the machining process. I would advise sticking to the 4000 rpm rule and keep the engine demand reasonably low.
  • I'm looking at buying a new car, and test drove a 2000 Maxima GXE this afternoon. It seemed to perform okay, and with only a few options I think it would make a decent car. My question to you Maxima owners: If you had it to do over, would you buy one again, or would you get something else based on what you know now?
    Thanks (in advance) for your opinions.
  • I just replaced my 97 Infiniti I30 with a 2000 Maxima GLE. I loved the I30, but the new Maxima is even better. The handling is extremely tight and the ride seems a bit smoother than the I30. The car is extremely well made--real quality throughout. You can't go wrong with the Maxima.
  • madhamadha Posts: 1
    I just finished buying a 2000 GLE and really like it so far. We were actually Infiniti shopping and ended up at a CarMax/Nissan dealer.We all ready have an Altima that we like and is paid for, so we checked out the Maximas' while looking. I drove a Infiniti G20t, I30t, Q45 and the Maxima. The G20 is stylish looking, but really lacks horsepower. Besides, I'd swear that it's interior is smaller than our Altima! The Q45 is nice but, pricey. Although they had a clearance on a 99 Q45t for 40k. Not bad. The I30 and the Maxima are practically twins! Different badging, but much alike. I liked the Maxima every bit as much as the I30, and we got it for 6500 less.It's a strong driving car with good interior room (I'm 6'4 and have a family)and the trunk is large. So far, we're happy.
  • We just purchased our first new non-American car. We were sports car shopping and test drove the Maxima at the salesman's request. It was love at first site. Very well engineered. Smooth engine. The whole experience has been a pleasure. We have owned more than a dozen GM, Chrysler, and Ford vehicles. The Maxima is a great balance of sports and luxury. I am 6'3" and this is the first car that I can put the seat too far back. It's great.
  • dszbjdszbj Posts: 3
    mhillgartner - about two weeks ago I purchased 2000 Maxima GXE. I know it has been only 2 weeks but we (wife and I ) are happy with it.
    I looked at VW Passat, Honda Accord Toyota Camry and Subaru Legacy, and I still think that Maxima feels most luxurious of them all, has most power and "behaves properly on the road".
    I was not to crazy on stiling, however I am getting used to it. We were looking for 5spd and it was hard to get with other cars.
  • If there's any question about what car to buy, you can make no mistakes by buying a nissan maxima. i've owned two of these cars (in addition to a nissan 280z, pathfinder and a little 60's silver datsun convertible with a rollbar). all the nissan vehicles i've owned are amazingly built. the maximas are my favorites. they are fast, sexy and most reliable. for the money, you'll get the an awesome value in a maxima.
  • We bought the 2000 Maxima GLE and love it. Only complaints are the body design is kinda of strange, and the 200 watt stereo doesn't sound as good as the 150 watt one in our Infiniti Qx4. They are both BOSE systems so they should sound alike. Other then that we felt it was a good buy. Its perfect for those who need the family car, but don't want to feel like your driving a family car.
  • Has anyone had valve noise at startup with the maxima infiniti V6? I have one, I purchased new with 6000 miles on it now and on one occassion the valves all rattled a lot for 10 seconds at startup after an overnite sit in 45 degree weather. Has not done it since. I changed the oil filter thinking it was a failure of the NIssan filter's anti drain back valve. I put in a purolator pure one which has a silicone valve. The dealer said "yeah they sometimes do it but very infrequent"

    Any ideas out there?
  • Just a question for anyone who has bought their Nissan Maxima 2000. Any options that I should not get and ones I should get. Considering to get the Maxima in 6 months.
  • Just a question for anyone who has bought their Nissan Maxima 2000. Any options that I should not get and ones I should get. Considering to get the Maxima in 6 months.
  • projoprojo Posts: 1
    Depends on the model. If you buy a GLE, there are few options--Moon roof (mandatory option), traction control (not worth the money),splash guards (get em) and floor mats(buy after market),
    deluxe seating package (really nice). If you get an SE it will cost $1200 more to option it up to GLE level(but you do get a wing and expensive tires). And if you buy a GXE get a stripper and buy it under 20K. We got GLE and rather like it!!
  • lee65lee65 Posts: 1
    I bought a used 1996 GLE in April of 1998 and a friend bought a new 1998 SE. We were not aware of the 2000 coming out. We have talked to a sales man about trading ours in on a 2000 and we were told that we were so upside down on the cars that we would have to wait for a rebate to get one. CAN ANYONE HELP OR GIVE ADVISE TO GET WHAT WE WANT PLEASE.
  • Projo: Thanks for the reply. I am considering to getting the SE version of the Maxima 2000. I went to the Auto Show in Boston and the car looked great inside and outside. The wheels and the seats were nice. But, thanks for the opinion on the traction control. Some people have said the samething about it. I've looked at the options and I am planning for the convience package and the seating ones. I definitely want the 17" wheels! They look great! Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. And to owners of the 2000 maxima, any advice on the experience of owning one would be great!
  • gusr2gusr2 Posts: 1
    Dear Nissan lovers:
    I just purchased the Maxima Y2K SE and I'm in love again! My last car was a 1994 Chevy Camaro and regret the day I walked into the dealership. I learned that you don't buy on looks alone! The Camaro was pretty but lousy vehicle to drive and built like a soda can! The only concern I have with my Maxima is why do we have to use premium gas? Its only a 6 cyl. Can anyone answer! Will it affect performance and milage if I drop down to regular gas? Gas is very expensive in Upstate NY.
  • Gus,

    I have 2 Maximas (95 GLE) & (00 SE)and have driven the 95 over 167,000 miles with only normal maintenance. Read your owners manual for your 00 and follow the directions and I believe you can expect the kind of reliability I've experienced.

    imo, you'll seriously degrade the short term performance of the Max by using anything less than the gasoline suggested and you may be doing long term damage to the engine.

    Your call every time you fill up, but I'd rather spend a few dollars more on a regular basis then risk replacing an engine down the road, or worse yet not feeling the full power the engine is capable of delivering when fed properly.

  • I called Nissan and talked to my neighbor regarding the type of gas. (My neighbor owns a tire store and is a part-time race car driver. He knows cars!) They both said regular gas is OK. You will lose some performance, but it will NOT damage your car.
  • I have had a 98 SE for 18 months. The car is so perfect (with the exceptions of dash sqeaks and rattles and slightly inadequate driver legroom) that it gets boring. It is fast as blazes, and no one can outrun you unless they have a Z-28 or some Euro exoticar. One of the greatest pleasures I have is being flipped off by the nimrods here in Mass. who park in the far left lane and only do 60 to 65 mph and refuse to move over for faster cars. They will try to keep you from passing their 96 four cylinder Caravans by speeding up, but the scowl on their faces when you do pass is priceless. Acceleration is truly effortless.
    The valve tapping you hear at startup happens to me also, especially if the car has sat for 3 or 4 days. At 6000 miles I changed from a regular oil to Mobil-1 5W-30. This oil flows faster when cold, and my change intervals are at 5000. Also, I have never run anything but premium fuel. That is what the owner's manual calls for, and Nissan being the manufacturer knows more about their product than anybody's neighbor. Unless that neighbor is one of the Japanese engineers who designed the car.
    All this said, I am considering trading it for a VW with the TDI diesel engine. Why? Because I drive 55 miles one way to work, and I want 50 mpg rather than 30 (oh, I forgot to mention, when I don't drive like a bat out of hell I get roughly 31 mpg). I am becoming a tightwad now that I am 40, and want to keep more of my money. Gas is so expensive up here in the land of the Yankee, and I am not sure why. So, VW will probably get the nod.
    To you Maxima owners, take a little care of them and they will be great cars. Then you too can anger the thick lense wearing road hogs in your left lanes with the greatest of ease.
  • The 1998 Nissan Maxima Owner's Manual states the following is recommended: "Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 91 AKI (RON 96)." It also has a sidebar with this under the heading of "FUEL RECOMMENDATION": "Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 91 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) number (Research octane number 96). If unleaded premium gasoline is not available unleaded regular gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 AKI (Research octane number 91) can be used. However, for maximum vehicle performance, the use of unleaded premium gasoline is recommended." There it is, straight from the bible for Maxima ownership. If a person is such a tightwad that they do not want to take care of the car by using premium as the owner's manual suggests, why not buy a 4 cylinder Camry? It takes regular.

    Nope, use of regular won't fry the engine, but it will degrade the performance. Regardless of what some customer service phone person says. And besides, if people read their manuals they won't have to run up Nissan's phone bill by calling 1-800-anything to find out something that is in black and white right in front of their noses.
  • I just reread both owners manuals from my 95 GLE and '00 SE. BOTH have exactly the same quote in the fuel recommendation section that is referred to by Greg in post #25 for his '98. It certainly appears that Nissan has been consistent with their fuel specifics.

    I can understand saving a couple of dollars at every fillup by using lower octane gasoline but
    I can't understand why you'd want to use anything else in a car with the performance orientation of the Maxima.

    Especially knowing full well you're compromising the performance of an engine that has proven over the years to be one of if not the best 6 cylinders in the world as defined by years of reliability and performance.
  • Just a side note. We own 3 maxima's 94, 96, 99. We use only regular gasoline. No problems ever. I traded in my 89 GXE with 165,000 miles (Digital dash) for the 99. Never an issue with the fuel. Actually, I spoke to several Service managers and they said that Premium gas was just throwing the money out the door. Living in NY is brutal at the pump- so- I'll stick to Regular fuel. No problems passing, as I've had the 94 up to 115mph without a hesitation or knock. The Nissan 6 cyl are relentless and the best around.
  • Just bought the 2K Maxima SE and love it! I have every available option except the 17" wheels. Apparently they came with 16's in July. Oh well... The car handles excellent, and the Deluxe seating package is well worth the $. The Bose radio is not the same as in my Camry but does the job. And it is a great feeling to finally be able to pass somebody without redlining your engine! So far... so good!
  • I'm considering buying a 2000 Maxima GXE w/ comfort/conv. package & a rear spoiler. Price excluding tax & tags $22,300. Is this a good deal?
  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    The best place for discussions of "good deals" is in our Smart Shopper conference and our Sedans conference. If you use the Search feature at left, you will find lots of topics on the Maxima.

    Why not take a look at them, you should find lots of discussion on what folks are paying.

    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • I bought my daughter a 96 nissan maxima and she just loves the car;however, the wind noise and turbulence is terrible. My son has 95 mazda 626 that is almost as bad. I want to buy a new y2k maxima,but I cant tolerate this wind noise. How many of you have experienced this on new maximas. Someone told me the doors may need readjusting(tightened) to get a bette seal. I love the way this 96 maxima runs. Iam used to a z28, so I like high performance cars. Thanks Larry
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