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#8370 of 8981 After-market lights
Sep 23, 2004 (12:40 pm)
Potential buyers please take this as a good advise:
If you decide to by a new 2005 Maxima, make sure that you opt for the HID lights.
The stock maximas come with 55 W hi/lo 9012 bulbs that are unique to the Maxima.
They don't have any aftermarket replacements.
I tried to upgrade my bulbs to PIAA's or POLARGs, and no one has the 9012 equivalent. Needless to say, that the stock lights SUCK!!! They are so weak and can only be compared to the weak lights that my 2002 mercury cougar had. I swear, my stinger flashlight is more powerful. Even with high beams, the road is poorly illuminated. My 2003 had awesome HIDís and the road visibility at night was MUCH better. Esthetically, the car does not look as good during the night w/o the HIDís. The HID's produce 3 times as much light.
Nissan really dropped the ball on that one. 2003's were the best models.
Overall I am disappointed by the build quality and the customer service of Nissan. Last time I went to the dealership for an oil change, I got totally screwed by that lying jackass of a dealer! I watched the mechanic through the window as he raised the car, went away, and then came back, lowered the car and drove it into the pick up area.
No oil or filter change but I got a bill for $25. I spent 1 hour and changed it myself.
Needless to say, they will never get my business again. I will trade it in, for a 300C or a new G35 in 5 month, no more Nissans for me.
#8371 of 8981 Re: After-market lights [nd4spd]
Sep 23, 2004 (12:47 pm)
actually, the HID xenon lamps are STANDARD. you have to opt down to the halogens.
#8372 of 8981 Coolant system flush & change
Sep 24, 2004 (5:01 pm)
Need advice on proper procedure for changing antifreeze in 2000 maxima. The owners manual shows a drain plug on both sides of engine block. Accessing front plug is not bad but it looks like a very large plug that may require a special tool. Access to back plug looks impossible. Is it necessary to remove both plugs? Is it necessary to open any air vent plug on top of engine.
#8373 of 8981 Re: After-market lights [nd4spd]
Sep 25, 2004 (11:05 am)
Actually the 04 HIDs are rated higher than the 03. I have driven both and notice the 04 are in fact brighter with better coverage. The high beam does not make it brighter since the bi-xenon is one bulb. It simply removes the cut off allowing the beam to cover higher. The 2003 has halogen seperate high beams that supplement the HID giving you 2 different lights at once.
#8374 of 8981 Re: Coolant system flush & change [ghaunhorst]
Sep 27, 2004 (5:29 am)
I'll be glad to send you the two pages from the 00 Maxima Service manual via e-mail if you provide an e-mail address. Don't post it in the open here, mix in a few misc characters so that it doesn't get picked up by an e-mail robot harvesting e-mail addresses.
Mine for example is dklanREMOVEeckyearthlink.net, with the obvious need to REMOVE some letters.
Sep 27, 2004 (10:28 am)
Or better yet - make your email address public in your profile. That way only logged in TH members can access it.
If it's posted, anyone can get it. Yes, disguising it a bit protects it from the automated web crawlers, but theses pages are read by many, many more people than just members.
#8376 of 8981 Re: Maxima room [bowke28]
Sep 27, 2004 (2:34 pm)
Well Not quite in every dimension:
2003 Dimension: front head room 40.5 without sunroof 37.4 with it
2004 Dimension: front head room 40.1 without sunroof 37.3 with it
03 front leg room/rear: 43.9/36.2
04 front leg room/rear: 43.9/36.5
03 Hip room front/rear: 55.3/53.7
04 Hip room front/rear: 53.5/54.8 with 5 passenger
03 Shoulder room front/rear: 56.9/56.2
04 Shoulder room front/rear: 57.9/56.5
These stats are taken from the 03 brochure and the 04 brochure, the 03 is more comfortable in some areas and the 04 in others.
#8377 of 8981 naysayer?
Sep 28, 2004 (12:53 pm)
Trust me man, I've owned my '03 for a solid year and a half. I'm 6' on the button, and I find myself wishing for a just a *bit* more track on the driver's seat, and another inch or two on the headroom (I do have the sunroof though, that's what kills me).
The one thing that does genuinely bother me is the seat cushions are a bit too short. I need more support! My mom's new Quest is much better in this regard, however, it wouldn't surprise me if they fixed this in the US Maxes as well.
#8378 of 8981 Re: naysayer? [perna]
Sep 28, 2004 (12:55 pm)
the problem with seat cushions is that, if you extend it to comfort the 6'+ people, you make people that are 5'6" and under EXTREMELY uncomfortable.
Sep 28, 2004 (2:15 pm)
It's almost that time here in MN. I'm looking at Dunlop Wintersport M3's mounted on steel wheels. I'm looking at both Tirerack and Discount Tire. I've bought 2 sets of regular tires (Dunlop SPA2 for the Maxima and Arizonian's for wife's Corolla) from Discount Tire and I've been generally happy with their service. What's nice is they have lifetime free rotate and balance. I can get the whole set for $90 cheaper from Tirerack and they're mounted/balanced and delivered to my door. That means I have to put them on the car though, which I know is easy but I've never done it. I guess my question to people on the board is, anybody ever use these snows on their Max? Or any opinions on other snows or snows in general? Anybody use Tirerack before? Looking at $706 from Tirerack and $796 from Discount tire. Another thing, if I buy from Discount, they'll charge me $40 when it comes time to swap back to my stock rims/tires. I'm thinking I may just buy a torque wrench, I already have a hydraulic jack, and put them on myself.