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  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    and thanks for the link!
  • eksterekster Posts: 22
    It's time for the 30,000 mile service on my 2K GXE. Any recommendations (or non)on service depts north of Boston.

  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    I don't think the ES had the rear spoiler, did it? But it did have the nice-looking SE alloys though.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I saw one ES model maxima once, and I thought it looked better than the SE because it didn't have the rear spoiler, which I didn't (and still don't for that matter) like.
  • warrenulwarrenul Posts: 50
    I noticed on the Courtsey webpage that the accelerator pedal is sold as an entire lever assembly. Has anyone installed one yet and how complicated is it?

    I saw aftermarket pedals and they all clamp on as with the 20 aniv. brake and clutch pedals. I am surprised that you need to swap out the entire assembly for only a pedal cover change. Thanks.

    Boy, am I envious, the 2002 model has so much neat stuff that I wished I would have waited, then again lets see what 2003 brings! Too bad I planned that to keep my 2K for 10 years, Hmmmm...
  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    The Canadian ES did actually have the SE suspension. As I said, in Canada the SE is the same as in the States but fully loaded. The ES was an SE without some of the options (like leather, sun roof, and as others pointed out, the rear spoiler). The ES had all the standard options that were included with the American SE including the suspension plus a few of the options.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Inasmuch as I am planning on purchasing this fall or early 2002, I'm glad to see the new 3.5 liter Maxima will be hitting showrooms in a few months. My 2 cents on a few items from past posts:

    One of my current cars is a 95 Maxima SE(5-speed). First year for that generation and engine. Not a single problem for 109,000 miles. I wouldn't be worried about buying a new model, although there were apparently some problems with the 2000/01 generation.

    Thanks to Nissan for increasing the displacement. My 95 with 190hp/205lbs definitely feels quicker than the 00/01 with 222 hp. Apparently you can only "tweak" 3.0 liters so much and the nominal increase in torque from 95 to 00/01 didn't make up for the increased weight. I'm relatively more impressed with the 246 ft-lbs of increased torque the new model will have than 260 hp. Perhaps if I lived in Germany and drove the Autobahn daily, I would feel differently.

    Even if the price goes up slightly, I respectfully disagree with a few posts suggesting the Maxima will lose relative value compared to the Acura TL or Infinity I35. Having owned an Acura and driven/riden in a TL extensively, even the TL "S" doesn't provide the handling feel and fun to drive factors of my 1995 Maxima. As for the I-35, it will only come with an automatic and softer suspension. No thanks. My personal purchase decision will likely come down to a 530i (sport)or a 2002 Maxima at $12-15k less. I have to say that, in spite of my preference for BMW handling, build quality and rear wheel drive, the last 6+ years of troubleproof Maxima experience doesn't make the decision any easier. Perhaps I should go with the Maxima and put the savings towards a "Z" car for weekend fun???

    Final note: The 2002 may be the Maxima year for driving enthusiasts. If I understand correctly, the body style redesign for 2003 will be larger and likely heavier. From my experience, that's not the direction I would want to go in.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    I know I am gonna get heat for this. I drive a 2k Maxima SE and it reminds me so much of parents's 80's BMW 525i. Granted the Beemer was more luxurious, but it was a headache. That is the real trade off with German cars, great fun, but when things go wrong get ready open up your wallet. Having said this, when my Maxima lease is up the new Audi A4 as well as the BMW 325 will be on my shopping list.
  • wilsontlwilsontl Posts: 3
    Looking to buy a new 01 max within a couple of weeks, was going to wait until next spring but a Tahoe rear ended me and took away that plan. Need to gather my info as I go in to shop for a new max so today I stopped by the edmunds forums to get the lates pricing and other rebate info. My ?'s are does anyone know the current rebates on the 2001's and if there is any specail finacing. Thanks
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
  • wilsontlwilsontl Posts: 3
    I've seen where most maxima's are selling below invoice just how much is my ? Should I start a couple of thousand below invoice or just quote the $500 below invoice. Plus what is the special financing.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    Yikes! They'll toss you out in a heartbeat!

    Try a few hundred below, if they say yes then tell them you expect to get the rebate also.

    My info shows 3.9% on 24 months, 3.9%-4.9% for 36 months and 3.9%-5.9% up to 60 months. It seems the rate varies according to credit.
  • wilsontlwilsontl Posts: 3
    Thousands pretty sneaky with the rebate that way. BOW my credit score is a 726 so I would think that would qualify me for the 3.9 for 60 months. Looks like I'll go fishing at the Nissan dealer and see what I hook. PS thanks for the info.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    I purchased a 2K Maxima in July 99. I love this car, however I have not been satisfied with the A/C since day one.

    It seems to take at least two minutes before I get cool air. When I finally do it seems to warm slightly when I accelerate hard.

    I read some post at the New Q45 post with similar complaints.

    Is there a A/C issue with Nissan?
  • txcarbuyertxcarbuyer Posts: 19
    I purchased a 2001 GLE on May 26, 2001 & got abotu $50 < Edmunds TMV AND 3.9% financing for 60 months.

    You might call a few dealers and confirm if the financing is still good in June.

    Enjoy the ride. . .
  • gnlgnl Posts: 94
    The above complaint about the air conditioning is the first I've heard of any problems in that area. Mine (Y2K, bought July '00) works fine. In general, some people say that the new refrigerant is not as effective as the now-illegal freon, but I suspect the problem is more that your system was slightly under-charged. If it's been like that for two years, don't know if warranty still covers it, but I'd take it to an automotive a.c. specialist for evaluation.
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    our 2000 (bought in september) maxima's a/c works fine too...
  • koski1koski1 Posts: 4
    just got my 01 gle tinted. looks great,but at night, lights look like their reflecting off water out the rear window . its unbearably distracting. the defroster lines cause it . Did I get a bad tint job? anyone else have this, or not?
  • akuma1akuma1 Posts: 37
    My dad is looking for a car in the Maxima GLE price range. What is the best Canadian price you guys got?
  • jmaxejmaxe Posts: 198
    I have the same problem with numerous reflections off the defroster lines on my 01 GLE. I had the tint job done soon after purchase and I don't remember if there were abnormal reflections before the tint. I've gotten used to it and I don't notice it much now. Hopefully you'll do the same.
  • yaoxyaox Posts: 14
    I have bought a Maxima a couple of weeks ago. Now it has 650 mileage. It is said that oil change should be done in 1000 mileage. But I will have a long trip (more than 1000 mile) in this weekend. Do I need change oil now or after trip? Thanks for your advice.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    anyone taken their maxima's to the dealership because of a badly scraped bumper (to repaint)? some idiot took out my right corner of my bumper this weekend and normally, i wouldn't care, but my gle is so perfect other than that bumper corner. wondering if they could just paint the corner and if they could match the pearl white.

  • jimmie8jimmie8 Posts: 31
    I had the same problem. I bought a bottle of the touch up paint, and it worked fairly well on the scratches/chips on the hood of my car (steel). However, because the bumper is plastic, it appears to be a slightly different shade of blue in certain types of light...and because of that, the touch up paint looks really bad on the bumper (sometimes). However, white might be easier to work with. The dealer might also be a lot better at it than I was.
  • eclipsegseclipsegs Posts: 66
    Unless you know someone at the Nissan dealership, don't go there to get your car painted. They'll rip you off. As for your scrape, it depends on how deep and wide the scratches are and how perfect you want it to look. I had the same incident happen to me. In most cases about half of the bumper cover would be repainted. If the scratches are deep, sanding would be required. If not, you might be able to have it professionally buffed out. Good Luck!
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    has anyone done the AE chrome sill installation? was it easy? i heard that it was a tool-less job and all you had to do is snap it in. thanks
  • koski1koski1 Posts: 4
    thanx jmaxe .

    This is my page where I have 2 pictures of the next Maxima.

    My friend who gave me these said the next Maxima will now compete with the Avalon. It is much larger than the current one.

    She is also sending me a picture of the 2003 Pathfinder.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    that's about the smallest trunk opening for a Max that I've ever seen.... say it isn't so.
  • joeandcarol2joeandcarol2 Posts: 152
    I recently test drove a maxima with a 5 speed manual. With your feet off the pedals the clutch sits higher than the brake pedal. I have never encountered this before and the result is that everytime you use the clutch you feel like you have to unnaturally lift your left foot very high when releasing the clutch. Don't think I could live with that. Also for a "four door sports car" I found the shift linkage very high effort and long throw. Why does Nissan not pay much attention to this part of there otherwise wonderful auotmoble?
  • gnlgnl Posts: 94
    At first glance, can't say I like it much. But the Infiniti is even worse! Talk about weird taillight designs - looks like someone changed their mind in mid-design. Maybe it's their idea of being "edgy?" I don't think Infiniti customers particularly want "edgy," they want refinement and understated luxury.

    Neat site, vinceburlap, I like your thumbnail pics of all the cars.
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