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Nissan Maxima



  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153
    Good luck. That's great stuff. I use the leather care stuff too and that is another great product. It's very long lasting without being greasy; and it smells great (unlike most leather care products). Just make sure you follow the instructions (for the all products) to a T and you'll be cool. Also, buy extra bottles of Z-6 because thats good to use between washes to keep the car looking good (without having to drag the hose out - esp during winter).

  • kimj1kimj1 Posts: 32
    I have a '01 GLE with about 14,000 miles on it. Lately when I turn on the AC (I live in TX and we have had a couple of warm days) I get this horrible odor that lasts for about 1 minute and then it is gone. This happens every time the car has been sitting for more than 45 minutes or so. The best way I can describe the smell is that it is a sour/moldy musty odor.

    We don't eat in the car. I also don't leave the windows open, so water has never gotten inside and no animals have been able to hide out inside.

    Could this be a problem with a filter or something? If so, is it easy to change?

    I know this is a strange problem, but it is really driving me nuts.

    Any help would be appreciated. Kim
  • I'm in the market for a 2002 Maxima GLE (Sterling Mist or Gray Lustre w/Black Leather) with all the options except the Navigation system. I believe the list price for this vehicle is $30,241 including freight. (Invoice is $27,054)I know there is a $1000 incentive until the end of the month. What are people paying under invoice? What kind of "marketing fee" are Nissan dealers charging? If anyone has purchased in the Washington, DC area what are you paying and where? Any information would be helpful. Also, does anyone know if there will be incentives next month and if so what are they?? Thank you for your responses!
  • when i open the vent, there seems to be a burnt smell coming into the cabin.... but when i turn on the AC... the smell last for a sec and then goes away. weird!
  • I get that every once and awhile on my 02 SE model. I think it has something to do with the In-Cabin Microfilter.

    Just my thoughts on the subject.
  • GXE's are now being advertised for $20,900 with Automatic. Do you think this is as low as they will go? $1000 rebate until 1/31/02. Seems like a good price for what you get, 255hp xenons, auto, power stuff, alloys and cd. What other mfr offers this much for this price?
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    I have never formally checked out US prices. I was only commenting on what I have read on people posting their buying prices. I'm sure there will be pockets of areas that are exceptions, but my "seat of the pants" impression is that many are getting below invoice, especially with those generous rebates that only seem to be offered to US market. So don't take my comment as the gospel truth.
  • first time poster, long time reader! could anyone help me with a problem I'm having with my 2001 Max. at 18K it started to have a metallic sounding rattle when i accelerated or first atred the car. I've only fed it high octane. What's up with the noise? Any help would be appreciated.
  • I'm looking at buying a Nissan Maxima for my son. This is a 1991 Nissan Maxima with 190k. Is this too much mileage? How many miles will these engines run for? Price is $3,500, in great condition. Owned by highway patrol officer.

    What do you think? I appreciate a quick answer - going to look at it on Wed.
  • pwitzpwitz Posts: 51
    I would take a pass on a '91 with 190k.
    From what I've heard, that is just about what you can expect Nissan to last for ....@ 200K..and then you look at $$ to make it run longer. Hondas seem to go deeper into the 200k territory.
    I know it is not even close to as sporty or fun to drive as a Max, but even something like a mid 90s Taurus is going to be a better value and a safer car around that price point. Using the Edmunds used car guide, it also seems like $3500 is on the high side..mileage adjustment should be -$1100.
  • I'm a TX resident as well, and am well acquainted with musty A/C odors. The microfilter may in fact have some mold growing on it, but the smell is more likely coming from the evaporator core. The core (and the plastic box it lives in) are always damp inside from the condensation created by the cold core, and it is a perfect place to grow mold, mildew, and fungus. There are powerful sprays available (the German Wurth company makes one) that you spray directly into the plenum intake to kill the nasties, and they will often get the worst of it. A severe case (no pun intended) may necessitate dismantling the evap case for a thorough disinfecting - a very expensive job. I've seen instances where the mold is so bad that the drain line from the evap case will clog, and cause the case to overflow, dumping water onto the floor of the interior - don't ask me how I know this :-(
  • tarchetarche Posts: 1
    I'm ever so close to getting a 2002 GLE. I know aboout the $1000 rebate but I can't find any info on the special financing rates other than the 0.9% I read in this forum. Can anyone please provide a breakdown of the rates and the period (i.e 0.9 for 36, ... 3.9 for 60). Also, do you think $4500 is a good trade for an average 95 GXE with 90650 miles? Thanks very much.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    I won't! There's always anecdotal evidence here about getting a great deal, below invoice, etc. But the below invoice deals are definitely rare "pockets of exception" in the US for the Max. Btw, I visit this site regularly the past 6 months or so and recall maybe a handful of folks getting the Max "below invoice". Obviously Nissan dealers would go out of business if it were the norm....
  • hrvathrvat Posts: 18
    Well, it's the 5th week I've had my 2002 SE and am happy that I made the right decision.

    The only complaint I have is that the quality of the radio stinks. I'm sure I'm not a big music buff like most posters here, but even I can tell the difference of the poor sound quality. I've listened to $10 hand-held radios that have better sound quality.

    I wish I could remove the radio from my old 1986 Camaro, which is far superior than the one in the Maxima's. Ironically, it's one of the few parts of the car that I never had a problem with.

    It's a shame that they would install such a cheesy system on such a nice car. Anyone else have any comments on the radio?
  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153
    $3500 does seem a bit on the high side. Here is a link for you to check:

    Hit "Customized Appraisal" then punch in the options that the max has. It will take an excessive mileage hit of $1100 (so deduct that from the $3500)

    I personally wouldn't pay more than $2500. Also, the one thing I would absolutely, positively check is the last time the previous owner had the timing belt changed. Nissan required a 60,000 mile timing belt change for that engine...and the price can range from $350 to $650 to do that work. If that timing belt is old and breaks while your son is driving it (particularly highway speeds), then you'll spend >$1000 to get the engine rebuilt. So that's a definate must!

    If the car needs a timing belt soon, then I would deduct that from the price too. Goodluck!


    PS: Better yet, you may want to have a mechanic look it over before you buy (check the transmission, brakes, engine, etc, etc, etc)...if you're buying from a stranger.

  • My 01 SE Max also had the smell, I live in So. Cal. and do use the A/C in the winter. The dealer fixed the problem the first time and I do think they cleaned out the Evap. system. I have the Bose and don't like it, my sub rattles, have to bring it back for that, and it is tiring to play at loud volume, the radio reception stinks. The window antenna is horrible in comparision to the electric antenna on my 91 and 95 Max's with Bose.
    I rode in a 98 with the Bose and it sounded great, very natural. The new Bose is not Bi-amped like the old ones and it clips when you turn it up. The AM reception sucks too..the antenna thing again. Otherwise a typical Max...Great Car, fast and fun.
    My takes....Reaction???

  • bdlfebdlfe Posts: 21
    $3500 is a lot for the car, unless they have some serious modifications. If it is a regular run of the mill Maxima, sorry to say the depreciation is worst then the Camry or Accord, I would only pay in the $1000-$2000 range. Some used price guides quote prices in the $4000 range. However, in these guides there is negligible difference in the price between 100,000 miles ($4,300) and 200,000 miles ($4,100). Unless you are completely certain of the condition, I'd go find other Maxima's for sale with less miles. Or the price needs to drop some. Good luck.
  • ssn66ssn66 Posts: 6
    I'm in the market for a new 2002 Maxima SE 6-speed. I contacted a local dealer and they found a Maxima with the following options:

    Helical Limited Slip Differential
    Meridian Package

    They offered a price of $27,458 (destination charge included in price)

    What do you think of this offer??

  • What do you mean Nissans are only good for 200,000 miles. I guy I work with traded in a 1989 Z with 265,000 trouble free miles!!
  • I finally bought a Grey Lustre with charcloal interior '02 GLE yesterday. And the car looks awesome. Unlike some peoples complaints here, i think the premium stereo sounds awesome. A little too basy, but still top-notch.
    Just a piece of advice:
    I see people here and at Fresh alloy quoting prices paid for Maximas that seem kinda high to me. Heres what i paid for my GLE (base GLE with only the spoiler, floor mats, and mud guards) in the DC area.
    $25,500 - $1000 rebate = $24,500 before TTL
    With TTL = $25,865 (out the door)!! Basically i paid 200 below invoice before TTL. The dealer was more than willing to give me a cut of the holdback without much haggling! So make sure you bargain hard. Tell them Maxima sales are down 25%.

    Before i go for now, thanks again for all the veterans here for all their answers and inputs.
  • gg2k2segg2k2se Posts: 109
    I've had a 2000 SE Bose and now a 2002 SE with Bose. I think the stereo sounds great in both vehicles, but I mostly listen to CD, not radio. I am not a high end audiophile (I hope that means what I think it means), but am a serious listener of diverse, loud music. I hear no rattling, clipping or boominess.

    As for price, I think it best to do your homework and get the invoice price from edmunds. I paid $300 over invoice (invoice included a $460 marketing fee) and I could have gotten straight invoice price from another, less desirable dealer. So my opinion is within $300 of invoice is a good price (NOT INCLUDING the rebate, the $1000 rebate should get you well below invoice, but I took the .9% financing instead of the rebate). If you can negotiate better, then great, but always use invoice as your baseline to avoid the confusion that salesmen use to their advantage.
  • I am also a first time poster - However, I used plenty of the advice I received here to secure my 2002 GLE (Gray Lustre/Black) in November. However, I must report that my sub also "rattles" - more so when listening to talk, but also certain music. It is driving me crazy, but my dealer (N.E.Ohio) said nothing is wrong. This is my first "premium" stereo and first with a sub, but this cannot be normal.

    Has anyone had success in finding out what the problem is/having it fixed?
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    >> They offered a price of $27,458 (destination charge included in price)
    >> What do you think of this offer??

    Looks pretty good when compared to dealer invoice. But instead of that, how does $23,000 sound? That's what it would sell for in Canada at the best dealers. Go up there and get one. I know I post on this alot, but if you are anywhere close to Toronto or Vancouver you can get that price. Real easy to do - over 60 of us have done it. As usual I'm glad to help out anyone. Just write.
  • hey jon,

    can you email me with the details of buying in canada? one of my friends would love to buy one up in toronto..

    thanks, kyle
  • otoluvaotoluva Posts: 158
    Just out of curiosity,why do cars sell for alot less in canada?
  • I'm also in the market for a 2002 GLE in the Washington DC area. Where did you get that quote from? I've had many a dealer say they would not touch the "dealers holdback for any reason." I know the $1000 rebate ends today, but I've heard from others that they usually extend it (it might be a dealership thing) for the first few days of the following month to close out deals. Thanks!
  • I am surprised you did not listen to the radio on your selected Max before you bought it ;-) Most of us here are quite happy with its radio - be it non-Bose or Bose.

    Did you try to claim it as a warranty problem? You might be in for a radio fix, cost free.
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    kyleknicks. Will send off info today.

    otoluva, there are multiple influences on why most cars are so much less in Canada right now, but the main reason is the exchange rate. The US dollar just keeps getting stronger. The Canadian dollar is now only worth 63 cents US. Years and years ago they were about the same and even just as recently as '98 it was 71 cents. The Canadians are not making any more money, so no one can just raise prices. But our US money goes a lot further. Not just on cars, but everything. Canada is a great vacation bargin right now. And you'll meet lots of friendly people.

    rwclifton, I'll add your name in here too. I know of at least 7 or 8 people from the DC area who've gone to Toronto. A quick flight up; short drive back. Loaded GLE for $3900 under US dealer invoice (about $22,700).

  • kbm13kbm13 Posts: 1
    I have had my 02 SE for one week and it's great.
    I paid $500 below invoice and got the $1000 rebate
    in S.Cal. I got the sunroof, splash guards. floor mats and auto.
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