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Nissan Maxima



  • atuzaiatuzai Posts: 47
    I am looking for a used Max SE. Found the following two:

    99 SE,AT, 22K mi, bose, leather, sunroof for $15400
    2000 SE, AT,15K mi, bose, sunroof, for $17800.

    Which one is better? I heard 2k model belong to 5th Gen while 99 model belong to 4th Gen. What is the major different between the 4th and 5th? Thanks for any input!
  • whackowhacko Posts: 96
    In my humble opinion, I believe that you should go for the 99 model. I think it is a nicer body style than the 2000. I especially like the way Nissan designed the rear-end of the 95-99 Maxima. The fourth generation Max is the best out of all the five generations. Furthermore, the 99 is less expensive than the 2000 model.
  • I found this post on the "" website. I just went out and checked the gas tank on my 1 week old '01 E. Sure nub, sand in the gas cap well. Does anyone else have the same problem ?


    Other posts by RcticMax

    We've had quite a winter up here in the Northeast. Lots of snow and therefore lots of salt and sand. I just turned in my 98 Maxima DE off a lease and decided to buy a 2001 E.

    During my first fill up at the gas station, I noticed an awful lot of sand INSIDE the gas fill compartment and the inside of the door itself. Not wanting to risk getting sand down into the tank, I didn't put the cap in the holder.

    At the time, I just shrugged it off thinking that perhaps some slush got around the door so I cleaned it out. Every time I filled up the car, more sand. What the...? I never had this problem with my 98 so I'm thinking there must be a problem with the manufacturing quality, perhaps a gasket that needs to be around the door.

    I take my car to a dealer near my office, not the one where I purchased it, and the guy tells me he had two other complaints and that there's supposed to be a splash guard covering the gas tube assembly inside the rear-left wheel well. None on mine. He said he couldn't do anything for me since I didn't buy it there. Whatever. I wasn't in the mood for an argument.

    I call my dealer service center and he said he's never heard of that before but would look into it. Right. Never heard back from him. So I go in last week for my first oil change and "remind" him of the problem. He can't recall our first conversation about this but he'll look into it.

    While I'm waiting, I go into the show room and look inside the rear-left wheel well of an DE and sure enough, that car has them. I go back and get the service guy and he says "Hmmph, guess they're supposed to be in there, eh?" We go out and look at my car on the lift. Not only am I missing one on the left, but the mechanic working on the car says I'm supposed to have one on the right as well. Both missing! Somebody at the plant that built my car must have had a bad day. The service manager comes over and says about the same thing the other guy says after looking at the showroom model.

    What was happening was that the sand was splashing up through the vent hole underneath the mouth of the filler tube and sloshing around in there. What a bummer. I'm totally bummed at Nissan for this. I hope I don't hold this grudge when it comes time for my next car. I paid a pretty penny for this car and expected to at least have all the parts!

    I tell ya, if I have one problem with that engine, it's going to point right back to the probability that sand got past my fuel filter.

    Bottom line:

    What you want to look for is a black plastic shield that is contoured to the inside of the wheel well and covers the filler tube. If it's not there, you're probably seeing what I've seen unless you live down south. Whatever the case, you should take your car back to the dealer and have them install the splash guards if you find them missing.

    Good luck. I hope you don't have the same problem.
  • atuzaiatuzai Posts: 47
    I will go to see 99 SE tomorrow. Any suggestion what I should pay attention to when test the car?

  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    You'd be getting a MUCH better deal with the 2000. The newer model is much more rigid structure-wise, has 32 more HP, is larger, more sporty looking, and has many enhancements over the 99 model.

  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    I would check to make sure nothing else is missing. There should be a hard plastic filler tube cover, as you mentioned, in the LR wheelwell but, not on the right. I've never heard of anyone complaining of such a problem...although I've never checked so...I'll now keep my eyes open. Did it look as all like it may have been there at one time ? The reason I ask is's quite possible that piece was damaged on the car carrier by being cinched down. And never replaced...I hope that's the case may never know. In any event, that hole is simply an overflow port for spilled fuel, and although you're right....sand should NOT be in there, it would take some doing for it to make it into the tank. Thanks for the heads up.....everyone might want to check their cars for the same missing piece...Thanks !

  • If anyone is interested in seeing Edmunds review of the Maxima SE 20th AE, check out the link below under road tests.

  • ek01ek01 Posts: 37
    I have a 2000 SE and my power seat on the driver's seat does not go back and forth. However, it goes up and down and tilts. I'm taking it into the dealer tomorrow but does anyone have any idea what happened.

  • tony107tony107 Posts: 15
    Just bought GLE yesterday.....very nice (95) today i went down to, forgot what i was doing there, anyway...i sat down at the back of the seat and looked down, at that moment i hert a continiously ringing sound in the area around the middle back seat, as soon as my head came up, that sound was gone, but when i went down again, the sound was there, any idea what that sound might be, and by the way, the car wasn't even on. Thanks
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    You should first find out why the light is on. Your dealer will hook up the consult to it and tell you...takes 5 minutes. Other than that....if the problem is gone, it will shut off on it's own after a certain number of starts. The dealers consult, after checking the code, will reset the light.

  • someyaksomeyak Posts: 19
    Has anyone replaced the shifter with an after market shifter? After 2000 miles I thought I'd get used to it, but I haven't yet. Can anyone share their experience with after market shifters.

    Also I'm still getting about 17.5 mpg. It's proabaly not my driving, My wife get's the same results when she drives it... and we get about 28 mpg in mixed highway and suburban in our 5 speed (4 cyl) Passat. Any adjustments that could be made? Or should I wait till my first oil change to see if mpg improves? BTW this car has a big time fuel cut problem.
  • someyaksomeyak Posts: 19
    I did not purchase a 99 SE because it did not have ABS nor a fold down back seat. On the other hand I thought the 99 ride was less harsh than the 2K and the 99 is a little easier to park, because it's a little smaller. BTW does the 2K have 16 or 17 inch wheels?

    If ABS matters, you may want to look for a '99 I30. My brother just bought one in the price range you're in..
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    What's wrong with your shifter ? As for mileage, 17 sounds way too low. Even before break-in, you should be getting in the low 20's...and mid to upper 20's as the car breaks in...moreso with the 5 spd. Make sure your calculations are correct, judging it on an 18.5 gal tank. And ABS is standard on 2k+ Maximas. 15" wheels are standard on the GXE, 16's are standard on the SE and GLE, and 16's are optional on the GXE. 17" Tires are optional on the SE.

  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    To the host: Sorry, this is completely off topic, but I'm sure you'll get over it just this once! It may be a Maxima!

    Everyone, I need some help. I have to put one of my favorite cars in storage and need advise from my beloved Maxima friends.

    Please send advice for long term storage to include engine and chassis preservation. I will be storing my car for a little over three years and need to know the latest techniques on how to keep it in the best condition, inside and out.

    I have heard of a foam preservative to spray down into the cylinders through the plug holes and valves. Once the foam is in place the procedure is to turn the engine over to coat the inside of the cylinders.

    When the car is brought out of storage, the foam will burn out and the internal engine components, to include rings, gaskets, and seals are still good.

    I need the product name, as well as help from experienced people on any other storage tips.

    All help is appreciated. Thanks.
  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    I am not affiliated with this dealer, but have received good service from them. They will beat Courtesy Nissan on prices. I saved 22%, to include shipping, over my dealer price on spark plug wires for our Maxima, and other parts from them. I found them on-line.

    The web address is They are located in Bethany, Oklahoma and the phone number is (800)725-7911. Although Courtesy Nissan has all of your parts needs, they will not go as low as this dealer. They are Northwest Nissan. Play the two dealers against each other for the best price.
  • Hello all...long time no post for me. I'm looking for a good rim cleaner for my 00 SE w/17" wheels. I've used a couple differnent cleaners readily available from the auto stores, but still have not found anything to get the difficult dirt off. They all do fine with brake dust etc., but there is some stuff on the rims I cannot remove.



  • ojc1ojc1 Posts: 4

    I just broke in my 1k miles on my 01 SE/Z and I'm starting to see what 224horses will do for me. One thing I've notice is that when I approach speeds up to 70mph the hood shakes. Is this normal? I don't hear anything when it does it but I wonder in the back of my head, "is the hoods going to fly up"? - it's distracting as well.

    I've used "Mothers" rim polish on my old aluminum rimmed Firebird. It seemed to work pretty well.
    Almost any auto parts store carries that product.
    Due to the bad weather in MN this winter - and today - I haven't had a chance to detail anything on the Maxima yet. Good Luck!

  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    I had the same problem on my 2000SE. They had to replace the power drivers switch. It was a long drawn out process since the seat had to be removed to replace the switch but the seat was stuck too far forwards to easilly get at the anchor bolts.
  • eclipsegseclipsegs Posts: 66
    After reading an in depth article in Sport Compact Car about the new Z, I was amazed to hear about the new engine. A 260HP V6! SCC mentioned that this will be used in a "high performance Maxima". When? I'd love to see it. Maybe for 2002 model.
  • qx4qx4 Posts: 99
    the 260HP engine (i've heard upto 275) will go in the maxima this fall according to many sources.

    the Z will get about 280HP if not 300HP
    the number 260 was obtained by multiplying the HP per liter for the current maxima engine (VQ) by 3.5L. so its a theoratical figure and many believe it can be tuned for way more than that.

    you wanna hear something interesting the SE-R sentra has a 400Watt optioal sound system (check out so i wouldn't doubt if it becomes an option of other nissan cars sometime soon.
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    I can offer you the best price on spark plug wires for your Maxima...FREE !!! Why you ask ?....because there aren't any on the really...thank for the site...I'll have to check it out.

  • ek01ek01 Posts: 37
    Thanks Gerapau. That's exactly what my dealer told me today. I continuously find this forum useful and interesting.
  • launcherlauncher Posts: 4
    I love my Maxima.

    I think anyone who owns one understands me. I own a 1996 GXE and I recently started reading tuning magazines. A few days ago, I read about a 240SX that had swapped its engine with the Nissan Silvia. That's incredible. So, with that in mind, I was wondering if it is possible for a Nissan Skyline engine to fit into my hood because I really desire Nizmo power. Thanks.
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    No....the Maxima is FWD, and not enough room for an I6 in the engine bay. Want more power ?....Try the supercharger or Turbo set-up.

  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    The Maxima I have (old and dilapidated) does have plug wires. I replaced them at 107K miles. I do realize the new ones have more of a pick-up wire than spark plug wires. Why was that change made, do you think?
  • eclipsegseclipsegs Posts: 66
    Hey qx4, that rocks! Not to mention the supplier of that power...Rockford Fosgate.

    On another note, I'm waiting to see the new Altima and figure out expenses. From all of the data I've gathered, the new Altima almost looks like it could be developed from the Infiniti XVL concept model.
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    They've used direct coil ignition since the 95's. It's more reliable...nothing to change, and you get a hotter spark.

  • mikeg12mikeg12 Posts: 4
    I am having a problem with my gas milage as well.
    I am averaging 17-19 miles per gallon. My dealer and their regonal manager are looking into this problem. Now I know that I am not alone with this problem. Please let me know if anyone knows a solution to this problem, and it is not bad calculating either.
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