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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Dec 11, 2003 (4:55 pm)
I guess everyone believes the car they drive is better in comparison to others. I admit I haven't spent much time in 97-99 series Maximas except for brief test drives, but I believe that the quality of the interior materials in the 89-94 series is the best that Nissan ever put into a Maxima. I prefer the interior of my '92 SE to that of a 2003 Max that I test drove last year. The seats in my car show no sign of wear after 11 years of use with two small children.
Also, the styling of the 89-94 series, even today, is distinctive. And, those cars had independent suspensions that makes highway cruising a pleasure while retaining excellent handling characteristics. Mine has 118K and still rides like it was new. I will be sorry when the day comes, probably soon, that I have to give it up.
But, I would never take anything away from any series of Maxima. It has always been the best all-around family sedan in my opinion. In fact, I will probably try to get a used 02 or 03 for my next car.
#7632 of 8984 Buying 2003 Maxima SE from Hertz Car Sales
Dec 11, 2003 (8:17 pm)
Is it safe to buy a used 2003 Maxima SE from Hertz Car Sales? The cars typically have about 25 to 30K miles on them. The prices are really good.
The only question that remains is this:
Could crazy ( prior ) rental drivers have screwed up the car so bad to affect its engine/transmission that the damage is not noticeable to the untrained eye?
Dec 11, 2003 (9:03 pm)
I agree with you that the 3rd gen (89-94) Max is a solidly built car with a graceful exterior. I had a 92 GXE and I sold it last year with about 70k miles. The buyer, who I occasionally run into because he lives near me, thanks me for the car every time he sees me.
The 92 Max was (and still is) a very reliable car and it never gave me trouble. Of course, it does not have the powerful VQ engine, nor does it have the modern day goodies such as ABS, TCS, 6-disc CD, heated seats and steering wheel, HIDs etc. But it has the 4 wheel independent suspension and computer keyless entry system, plus the bullet-proof reliability to boot. It is a true 4DSD (4 door sports sedan) that is fun to drive.
The 4th and 5th gen Maxs are not bad (I have the 97 and 03 GLE), but they don't have the rear independent suspension and their reliability seemed to have slipped a bit. Also, the materials used are of lesser quality, since they seem to wear out sooner. But overall speaking, they are very good cars and are comparatively inexpensive to own and maintain.
I have not driven the 04 Max, but from what I've heard, they have quite a few "first year" bugs that need to be fixed. Hopefully, they will be as reliability as their predecessors. I also agree that they are becoming more like Japanese Buicks with a souped up engine. That is ok if you like big cars and enjoy a somewhat dispassionate ride.
#7634 of 8984 3rd vs. 4th vs. 5th vs. 6th
Dec 12, 2003 (5:31 am)
I bought a 1995 Maxima SE (4th gen) based primarily on the positive comments and experiences of a couple of friends who owned 3rd generation Maxima's. One, an attorney who could easily afford a fleet of Mercedes, kept his 1989 Maxima SE (5-speed) until last year. His only complaint had been a transmission problem requiring replacement under warranty when the car was relatively new. Interestingly, he admires my 1995 for it's improved performance (lack of IRS notwithstanding) and I admired his 1989 for how well it aged over 13 years.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for my 1995 SE led a couuple of friends to buy 5th generation 2000-2003 Maximas. Their experience has still been generally favorable, but certainly not to the extent of mine. Brakes, rotors and automatic transmission issues have arisen.
At one point, my desire to upgrade led me to believe my 1995 Maxima would not make it to 2004 and I'd be driving a 530i by now. But the combination of BMW fixing what wasn't broken in the 5-series redesign, and me not wanting to do the same by selling the Maxima has me thinking that my 1995 will make it to its 10th anniversary or beyond.
Dec 12, 2003 (6:12 am)
That can happen with any used car however.
I think the odds of getting a seriously abused Maxima from a rental company are much higher than getting it from an original owner.
I know for a fact that the rental companies do not break in their cars according to the manufacturer's recomendations (I've driven a lot of rental cars with less than 300 miles on the odometer, several times as low as 100 miles).
Dec 12, 2003 (6:50 am)
According to autosite.com 2003 YTD sales are as follows:
Altima = 154,860 (-1%)
Maxima = 69,856 (-14%)
G35 = 27,724 (+29%)
Maxima sales are down compared to 2002, but they've met their stated sales goals for the new more expensive 6th generation.
#7637 of 8984 99 Maxima - Is it good for 100K miles?
Dec 12, 2003 (7:00 am)
I bought a 1999 Maxima GXE new in January 1999. Have had to change a few parts like the battery, pump, alternator and the ill-fitting rear middle seat belt - all under manufacturer's warranty and at different times. Minor irritations, but didn't cost me anything. After the manufacturer's warranty expired I got the ignition coils changed at 40K.
But the car looks new and runs extremely well now. I have not had any problems recently. I have about 50K miles on it. If this car can run another 50K miles may be I don't need to get another car now.
I have never owned any car for more than 4 years. This is the first. Will this car last 100K miles?
Dec 12, 2003 (7:35 am)
2000-2003 have a lot of changes for one Nissan Upgraded the brakes for 02 and they have larger rotors etc and arent as problematic as the 00/01's. The tranny issue was for 00 that Nissan had and with the 02/03 their hasnt been now where near the problems, the 95-99 isnt known for the best trannies out their lots of issues with them mainly the auto. Like I said many messages ago none of the gens can touch the 3rd gen in build quality an materials used, it was really the car that put the Maxima on the map. 2nd gen sort of started it but the 3rd really upped the anty, in 94 the cost cutting started an dit was apparent if you compared some 95 parts to 94 parts..
#7639 of 8984 Japanese Buick?
Dec 12, 2003 (7:44 am)
The person who called the Maxima a "Japanese Buick" obviously hasn't driven a Buick lately! I did as a rental this summer. It's a nice car inside but I had no sense of its relationship with the road -- to call it numb would be an understatement. That is not at all the case with my '01 Maxima.
And oddly, my younger son, who is 21, loves Buicks because of their interior size (he's 6'3") and me, the 52-year old, love the Max because of its handling. When we were car-shopping our comparison car wasn't the Accord or the Camry, but the Passat. Reliability concerns led me to the Maxima and I haven't been disappointed yet.
Dec 12, 2003 (9:35 am)
Actually, the SE series Maximas in 1992 had the VQ engines with timing chains and made 190 hp. Your GXE had the smaller V6 with a timing belt which made, I believe, about 160 hp.
The downside of the third gen Maximas were bad window regulators, substandard paint jobs and brake issues. I'll be going on my third set of rotors soon, and actually I probably should have had them replaced some time ago. I'm trying to decide whether to put a couple of thousand more into my car or just let it go. The paint job is really shot.
Bowke ... the people on the Altima board are wondering when the redesigned 05 Altima is coming out. They are guessing next spring. You may want to lend a hand if you know anything.