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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Feb 02, 2003 (5:06 pm)
I don't recall any specific problems about the 2000 Maxima's 5-speed transmission, but I recall hearing that the 2000 redesign had a fair number of bugs, TSB's and recalls. I myself have a 1995 SE 5-speed and the transmission - as well as the rest of the car - has been bullet proof. No sign of clutch wear and the engine runs strong and smooth at 135k miles. In 2000, Nissan "tweaked" the 3.0 liter engine from 190 to 222 hp, but I am not sure if they made any changes to the manual transmission.
Also, FWIW, in my own test drives as well as the reviews I read, the 1995 SE 5-speed with 190 hp is quicker than the 2000 SE 5-speed with 222 hp. So I certainly wouldn't pay any premium for the extra (hidden) horsepower. A nice 1999 which was the last year of that model would also be something to consider. The 1995-1999 model seems to be given higher marks than the 2000-2001 model by most of the posters in this forum.
#6295 of 8985 thanx, habitat1
Feb 02, 2003 (5:27 pm)
I saw in an earlier post this weekend a TSB about the brakes. I've generally loved my '92 SE, but it has had its share of brake rotor and electronic problems. It only has 109K on it, but it is starting to behave like an 11-year old car. Wish they built the 89-94 generation brand new again. Good looking rides.
Feb 03, 2003 (4:21 am)
Since the new 2004 Maximas will be on sale here starting next month, does this mean that production of the current Maxes has already stopped in Japan? I know that the new-gen car will be built in the States.
#6297 of 8985 ramped1, jrosamc
Feb 03, 2003 (6:08 am)
I was directed to the Maxima back in 1994 (1995 model) by a friend who had a 1989 SE 5-speed and loved it. He still has it, but with 130k miles on his and 135k miles on my 1995, he has had quite a few more repairs than me. Brakes, rotors, transmission, etc. I'm not sure the 1995-1999 model was built better, rather the difference is probably more related to the highway driving I do vs. his shorter trip mix. I didn't even replace my front brake pads until 90k miles. My Nissan dealer also sells BMW's and he mentioned that the new BMW maintenance computers/indicators use an algorithm based upon number of starts, ambient temperaturee, gear shifts, hours of operation, etc. more than miles driven. One 300 mile highway trip at 65 mph produces less "wear" than 5 3-mile cold start trips totalling only 15 miles. By this measure, I still have a relatively new car.
jrosamc - according to my dealer, the produciton of 2003 Maxima's is over. There are still some working their way to dealer lots, but that's about it.
#6298 of 8985 2000 GLE replacement tires
Feb 03, 2003 (7:37 am)
Am looking to replace my original Toyos on my maxima. I live in northern minnesota so I need tires that will handle a certain amount of snow and or ice. I would rather stay away from snow tires and go with a good all season tire. any ideas? thanks much!
#6299 of 8985 2000 Maxima GXE Tires
Feb 03, 2003 (8:44 am)
I want to replace the tires on my maxima which I recently bought. The manufacturer suggests using P205 as the standard tires for this class (i.e. GXE) but I noticed that the previous owner has P215 tires on. I assume P215 are a bit thicker and better, higher performance tires.
Can someone tell me what the difference is between using P205 and P215? Is the handling, performance, ride feel, comfort, and look a lot better with P215? Also, most importantly, is the gas mileage effected using a P215 tire which is optional on this kind of car and when P205 is standard?
I would greatly appreciate any feed back.
(P.S. Note to ahlin: I found Dunlop Tires 'SP Sport A2' as the best rated of all tires I searched on Tirerack.com. Here is the link "http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tire- Model=SP+Sport+A2". To get the best out of your tires, rotate them every 7-10,000 miles. If they wear out before the warranty, you can get them replaced with a new set at significantly lower price. Good luck)
#6300 of 8985 ikay99...
Feb 03, 2003 (11:21 am)
I know someone who got Dunlop Sport A2 tires for their Protege, and they were worn out at 25K miles even though the treadlife warranty is 50K miles. Be warned.
#6301 of 8985 Funny vocus ...
Feb 03, 2003 (11:53 am)
That was me, and I'm PREDICTING they'll wear out by the time they have 25,000 miles on them. They have about 19,000 on them right now.
You failed to mention that someone else on the Protege discussion has a set that appear WILL go 50,000 miles.
Don't spread gloom and doom too prematurely, my friend.
To the guy wondering about the Dunlops -- they're excellent tires both dry and wet. Phenomenal in the rain, and not bad in the snow either. And mine are "plus sized" from the stock 195/55-15 to 205/50-15. Minuscule speedo error, and a wider tire for better grip.
I advise you to check out the user reviews at Tirerack. Just keep in mind that many of the people posting reviews seem to be doing so just after purchasing the tire; I did too. But I went back last week and shared my experiences after a year with the tires. I haven't been back to see if anyone else followed suit; hopefully they will. Good luck with whatever you decide!
#6302 of 8985 Meade...
Feb 03, 2003 (1:36 pm)
I had forgotten about the other person on the board. Sorry about that.
You think maybe it was your particular set of tires (or a batch, maybe) that had something wrong with them that caused premature wear?
#6303 of 8985 Auto vs. Manual...
Feb 03, 2003 (1:52 pm)
I have been planning on buying a used 5-speed Maxima this summer. My new wife does not drive a stick and is bothering me about getting an automatic instead. I have come to realize that I like the Maxima more than just because it came with a stick and great engine. My question to the board is can anyone comment on having owned/driven both the stick and auto? Am I giving a lot up with the Max by going with the auto? As an additional arguement for the auto, there sure are a hell of a lot more of them than the stick and more volume and selection means better prices also. Thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.