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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#6297 of 8984 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 8984 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 8984 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 8984 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 8984 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 8984 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 8984 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.
#6304 of 8984 Bcohen...
Feb 03, 2003 (2:21 pm)
I think that the stick is more a personal thing to some people rather than a performance thing. It does help increase performance by reducing weight and giving you more engine control, but some people personally don't like stick shifts (like me). So it basically comes down to personal preference.
And I have never driven the Maxima in stick, but I would assume there isn't a huge difference between the two transmissions as far as power, because of the amount of torque the engine has.
#6305 of 8984 stick vs auto
Feb 03, 2003 (3:47 pm)
It really is night and day. I'll sum it up like this....Maxima with auto is a sedan...Maxima with stick is a SPORT sedan. I have an auto and every day I drive I wish I would've gotten the stick. If you're into performance AT ALL, get the stick if you're buying an 00-01. If you're getting an 02-03, the added power and tweak to the tranny make an auto easier to live with. Depends on how much rush hour etc, but if you like to have fun get the stick. Go drive both at a dealer, you'll end up with the stick.
#6306 of 8984 '04 maxima
Feb 03, 2003 (4:21 pm)
Is the new maxima using beam rear axle?