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Nissan Maxima



  • Same thing happened to my 2000 Max a few weeks ago. Fried the pads, lots of smoke, lots of $$$ for new calipers, etc.

    Other than that and a bad O2 sensor, the car has been fine.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Not to rub it in, but my 1995 Maxima SE with 153,000 miles has only needed new front brake pads twice, new rear pads once. The rotors have never been ground or replaced. I have heard numerous reports of peristent problems for 2000+ Maximas.

    Coincidentally, the 4th generation Maxima (1995-1999) was the last made in Japan. Although my 1995 certainly doesn't have the bells and whistles of my 2004 TL, I think its build quality is nearly as good. Which is to say two rungs up from the current Maxima.

    I am a "diehard" 1995 Maxima fan. But after owning a 2002 Honda S2000, 2004 Acura TL and 2005 Acura MDX, I don't think I'll return to the Nissan (or Infiniti) camp. Relatively speaking, I think Nissan/Infiniti have slipped in quality. They are still far superior to anything made in the US, but I would have put the quality of my 1995 up against anything comparable in the world, including the old TL, Accord, Camry, Avalon, etc.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,243
    I have a 2001 GLE with 47000 miles. Still original brakes, rotors, calipers, etc. I had a similar problem with what you describe on a Subaru, and it was never right; kept having recurring brake problems including calipers. I finally got rid of it.
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  • 5th Gen Max 2000-2003 was still made in Oppama, Japan. US-built Maxima started with the current generation.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My mistake re: Japan built 5th generation.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Hi all.

    I'm considering the purchase of a new Maxima and had some questions for present owners:

    1. How does the ride of the SE compare to the SL? Is the SE much firmer?

    2. Does the car develop any annoying rattles or buzzes in the cabin after a few thousand miles?

    3. How would you compare the quality of the Bose audio system to other high end audio systems in competing cars such as the Acura TL?

    4. How would you rate the Navigation system? How does it compare to systems from other automotive manufacturers, such as Acura?

    5. What has been your experience with dealer service quality?

    6. Are you overall satisfied with your Maxima and would you buy it again?

    Thanks very much.
  • tony58tony58 Posts: 7
    I have a 04 max, i went in for an oil change and tire rotation and was told i needed 4 new tires. They showed me the cracks on all 4 on the inner side walls. I am furious right now and bought the car brand new last May of 04. There are 27k on the car right now, they are going to call goodyear for me but they aren't reassuring about any credits towards new tires. Do you have any ideas?
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,243
    That happened to me with a Subaru at about the same mileage, and generally you're out of luck. Tire warranties are different from vehicle warranty. They may give you a credit toward replacing the same brand tire, but would you want another of the same kind of tire, given the premature wear? I just replaced the four tires with better ones and went on. Seems like OEM tires are often lousy; I don't think it's particular to Nissan.
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  • jinsatxjinsatx Posts: 5
    For all you wondering about purchasing an 05 Max they are great automobiles and I highly recommend them. Just recently, I bought two of them, one for the wife and one for me. They have both been super, no problems, other than a blown Bose speaker in mine, which the dealer found and replaced at delivery. I can't find one thing wrong with either one of these cars and I've looked and looked. No squeaks, no rattles, no buzzing, no nothing. Can't even find a part that's misaligned and believe me I've looked. Maybe I just got two good ones, but some how I just think that Nissan is building the 05's with better quality than the 04's which was the first year for this generation Max. I'm extremely happy with both of these and if I needed another car, I'd buy another one.

    SL versus SE debate. I bought two SE's. I like the "rougher ride" and stiffer handling of the SE versus the softer setup in the SL. Drive both cars, there really is a difference in ride and some road noise. SL tires are 55's with 17 inch rims and the SE's are 45's with 18 inch rims. As for me, I liked the SE over the SL, to each their own they say. Also, I hate fake woodgrain, like the brushed metal look of the SE better and the little lip spoiler at the back.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey jinsatx - pls check your email - thanks!
  • suttonj01suttonj01 Posts: 2
    Anyone have a good guess?
    I have a 99 Max with 95k. I just failed Ma emissions testing with three error codes. I looked the code descriptions up and wondering if anyone might have an idea of what I might be looking at. I knew I might have a problem before with my service engine soon light coming on.
    p0450 - EVAP system pressure sensor or circute failure
    p1444 EVAP canister purge volume control valve or circuit fault
    p1446 - EVAP canister vent control valve closed.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    someone wanted to install an infiniti basslink in their maxima?

    email me.. i got the installation procedures for you.. email address is my username on here... and add
  • mdashalimdashali Posts: 2
    I test drove a car with 69K on it and I feel it had a long clutch travel. Is it nomral in Max or his clutch is failing?
  • I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE and I have been experiencing the same problems you had. Whenever I go over a bump on the right side of the car, there is a constant banging sound. I brought it into the dealership and they told me it was the front right side strut that needed replacing, which they did replace. But my car has been driving even worse ever since. Now whenever I go over a bump, the whole dashboard shakes and the steering wheel feels like it pulling away from me. After reading your message, I'm wondering if the rubber piece on my car needs replacing as well. Do you think that is my problem as well? Thanks for taking the time to read this. I could really use your help.
  • jinsatxjinsatx Posts: 5
    There is a known strut problem on some of the 2004 models. Take your car back to the dealership and have them properly fix it this time. They should know what to do as Nissan has issued a TSB on this problem.
  • bingmanbingman Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2001 Maxima GLE with 40,000 milers on it and the rear brakes started sticking and groaning after about a month. I had to have the rear calipers and pads replaced for $600. Not a happy experience, but I love my Maxima. It drives like a dream and I love having a real engine after owning an Altima for eleven years.

    The GLE comes with the standard speaker package, which is just ok. Does anybody know of a speaker upgrade package for the 01 Max?

  • tokra1tokra1 Posts: 2
    Gidday guys I have a pickle my 91 Nissan Maxima J30. I love her but i'm having trouble with body kits, here is the deal I have found a body kit that fits a 95 Nissan maxima A32 I'm wondering how different the 95 A32 is to my 91 J30 as fare as shape are they totaly different in shape or are they pritty close.

    If they are pritty close I can buy the kit and get it fitted and extra fibre glass added to it to fit snug but if the two models are totaly different then I'm back to square one.
    So if anyone could send me photos of their 95, pictures of the front back and side or give me an idea that would be great.
    Also engine upgrades (I want to install a turbo or in general give her more grunt) the guy localy in my home town said I would have to replace the entire motor and tansmission. Does anyone else out there say other wise or point me in the right direction.. or is he right in whitch case dame!! thanks hope to here from fellow Maxima lovers soon
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I have a 1995 Maxima SE. Unfortunately, it now resides at our second home, so I can't post pictures. However, sitting next to a neighbors former 1992 Maxima, it sure didn't look "pritty close" to the same body. The 1995 was a total redesign from the prior generation, both mechanically and relative to the interior/exterior design.

    As far as giving it more grunt, perhaps you should try to find a 1995+ to trade up to. Mine (with 153,000 miles) would have only been worth about $4,500 on a trade in, which is why we decided to keep it. It looks very good and runs like new. It "only" had 190 horsepower, but thanks to 205 ft lbs of torque and a relatively light 3,000 lb curb weight, it is nearly as quick as my 2004 Acura TL 6-speed with 270 horsepower (and 3,450 lbs).

    Good luck.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    from memory.... a J30 is totally different from a maxima in the body shape... the J30's got a weird back end of the car... unless i'm thinking something different.. it won't work with the body kit...

    600 bucks to replace the rear caliper on your 2001 max? holy smokes! did you get both sides replaced? with 2 new calipers and new pads?? labor must cost alot.... i just bought a new caliper the other day and plan on installing it with new pads on both sides one of these weekends....
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I thought the J30 was an Infiniti??? Back in the day Infiniti had G20, I30, J30, Q45. Am I wrong? Was the J30 the predecessor to the I30??
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Yep. And it was one ugly thing with it's wicked sloping rear end. I thought the I30's looked much better.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I always thought they were ugly too!! But I heard they were good solid reliable cars.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    They were (are) RWD with the 3.0 liter V6. Still very nice cars, but not a lot of them are seen any more.
  • danomdanom Posts: 1
    Not so lucky here. I found cracks on the inside of 3 out of 4 Goodyear RSA,s 245 45 18. This is on a Maxima with 15K. The dealer went to an unauthorized Goodyear wholesaler and somehow came up with a 62% proration rthat would have costed me $490! I called Goodyear customer service and got it knocked down to 25% to the tune of $195.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    and my conseulor from HS still has one...

    they are SOLID cars..but have crampped rear seating...

    I always thought they looked good many Jags are something...
  • papafredpapafred Posts: 2
    I'm about to sell my '96 Maxima that has A32 ( engine/model) in vin number. How do I figure out what model ( GXE/GLE/SE) it is? It has everything except heated seats and heated mirrors. Other wise it's loaded....spoiler, leather, bose, sunroof. It has white gauges. Thanks
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You might be able to figure it out by checking out the specs of each model from this page:

    Meanwhile, someone might come along who knows from what you've said here.
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    White gauges only came with SE. Other distinctive SE features include body colored door handles and front grill trim (no chrome), and a certain style of alloy wheels. Also the spoiler is standard on the SE, so there would be no center high mounted stop light, or the goofy looking cover that sometimes replaces the light if an aftermarket spoiler is installed.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    sounds like you have an SE... do you have the 5 spoke rims 16in rims? in addition to all the distinctions that just_phil has pointed out
  • papafredpapafred Posts: 2
    looks like it's an SE. Thanks allot for the info. Now at least I now how to price the sale. It's mint with only 65k miles, it should go pretty quick. thanks again !
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