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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Dec 29, 2000 (10:40 am)
I tried posting a few weeks ago and it seems as though it was 'lost' in the upgrade. Let's try this again.
I am the current owner of a 2000 Maxima GXE. I currently have 25,000 mostly highway miles due to my Boston commute being 130 miles daily. Three of the last four cars that I have owned have been Nissan's so I have been pretty brand loyal. My last car was a 1998 Pathfinder SE.
The best part of the Maxima..the engine. That is one of the main reasons why I purchased it...my past Pathfinder and my Subaru before that we horribly underpowered so the Maxima is a true relief. That is where it ends.
Here are the problems that I would like to have people comment about it their opinions and experiences:
- The paint- After about 15,000 miles I started to get pits in the front of my car from the road. I thought it was the highway driving, but even when I place a light object on the hood...the paint scratches. I could expect this from a car costing a lot less..not a Maxima.
- Engine knocking- With the exception of one time, I ALWAYS put in Super Unleaded and the engine occasionally knocks when picking up speed on the highway. The dealerships 'can not seem to make it happen for them'.
- The radio- every once in a while it decides not to work. Period. I don't have the Bose stereo..which if fine b/c I had replaced the one in my Pathfinder three times.
Overall...I really do like the car- the engine, the interior room...I am just wondering if I have a lemon and if it will last the long haul. I purchased it preparing to put at least 150,000 miles on the car in about 5 years.
#697 of 8985 pathtomax
Dec 29, 2000 (10:53 am)
Knocking, usually happens from firing too soon and from bador low octane gas. Try exxon, mobil or sunoco 93...see what happens.
Someone else has complained about pitting or poor paint. I haven't had a problem w/it. Is the paint scratching or is it the polished finish? When the weather warms (I know it'll be a while here in Boston), I recommend trying Zaino products (don't use claybar unless you know what you're doing.) Make sure you keep a good protective finish (polish) to protect your car's paint.
Where are you getting you car serviced?
#698 of 8985 Re: Will It Last?
Dec 29, 2000 (11:46 am)
pathtomax - here is my 2c:
Paint is a problem on my black GLE also. I got a ~$2.95 touch-up paint stick from the Nissan dealer and keep touching up what I can. It is a tedious job if done by an amateur like me but it can be done. It is annoying, though, having such problem on an expensive car.
My Max does not knock at 8K miles but my other car does so I have done some research on it. Light knock when the engine gets stressed such as during acceleration is supposed to be OK. When the knocking gets persistent or heavy, there is a plethora of things that you need to check. Start with elimination of dirty (or low octane, as lsf pointed out) gas. Then check your oil level, per my local mechanic. Etc.
On your radio, it sure seems to be a loose connection. You need to trace your radio wiring to see if you can find it.
#699 of 8985 norbert444
Dec 29, 2000 (1:09 pm)
If your paint starts getting worse, you can always go to Earl Scheib and pay $399 for a new paint job for your Max. Also, you can always drive your car with a car cover on (just make sure you make cut outs for the windows so you can see). I hear that driving with a car cover on is a great way to protect your paint.
#700 of 8985 in the words of the wizard
Dec 29, 2000 (2:29 pm)
Ignore that man behind the curtain. Actually, i think he's pretty funny, but some people take him seriously and get into some long winded rebuttals. It's obvious from his posts that he is trying to get people upset so he can laugh at the great lengths they will go to defend their Max.
Dec 29, 2000 (4:09 pm)
I test drove the SE a few days ago. Looks great, but had a couple of concerns:
the biggest is breaks. After hondas and my old mazda, feels like I have no control. Is it me and I simply need to get used to it, or somebody else had the same feeling?
Next, in 5speed, the shifter was realy bad and the clutch was too long. I've seen somebody mentioned aftermarket shifters, do they really help? did anybody try them?
What's a good price for SE in NYC area? Any good dealer sugestions?
Thanks for advice.
Dec 29, 2000 (9:01 pm)
Re: the 5spd. Yes the clutch is little long and it takes getting used to. As for the shifter, it usually very notchy until the car gets warmed up, especially when it real cold outside. Once warm, it's usally a lot smoother. As for aftermarket shifters, they may help a little, but don't expect a huge change. The brakes work well just need to get used to them.
hope this helps,
Dec 30, 2000 (7:01 am)
Beware of the gas you use, just because it says its 93 does not mean it is. I have had my max for a year and a half and have always bought gas from Amoco and the same station when possible. Twice I had to use a Texaco station near my work and twice my car pinged like crazy on acceleration. Yes there are bogus gas stations out there so if you have experienced knocking or pinging with 93 octane change gas brands!
Dec 30, 2000 (9:24 am)
Secretly, I love the Maxima. I just can't afford one. I love everything about it except the ugly rear-end.