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#8584 of 8984 Re: 6-speed responses [berbel]
Apr 07, 2005 (1:55 pm)
I recently purchased a 2004 Maxima SE with 6 speed and have problems with it grinding when shifting from 1st to 2nd (mostly when it is cold out). Nissan replaced the transmission but I still have the problem. They also replaced the fluid but also no help. Their field service rep says it is normal gear noise. I have had 3 other Nissans (all manual), 85 Chevy Celebrity and others with manuals and never experienced grinding like this. I do not buy that it is normal gear noise and would NOT recommend a 6 speed Maxima.
#8585 of 8984 Re: '02 , '03 Max owners. [roar1]
Apr 07, 2005 (2:57 pm)
I know you wrote this a couple of weeks ago but I thought I'd chime in.
My 02 SE had this minor recall done at one of my services. It was early on like maybe 15k. I only have 43k on it now. Anyway, ever since that recall was done, my car has had these vibrations at idle. It's weird because with idle problems, the tachometer usually fluctuates, but my tach doesn't move. It's been a minor annoyance. I didn't bother to check what the recall was at the time, and they just did the recall with my regular maint.
#8586 of 8984 Re: Nissan Maxima Stereo [bigmoneymike]
Apr 07, 2005 (5:11 pm)
well what needed to be done was for you to buy the bose adapter and get everything installed for free ! that is how it should be done, anything else is just them not knowing what they are doing.
#8587 of 8984 Picked up my 05 SL yesterday
Apr 10, 2005 (9:33 am)
Really compared to the Avalon but impossible to get now and we weren't treated well at all in the two Toyota Dealers we visited. Got a loaded SL with navigation for around $30,500 was treated great at the dealer and am thrilled. Not sure for the money you can do better because I have tried them all. We have looked at different cars for over a year to include the Toyota Avalon, Lincoln ls, Pontiac Bonneville, Buick Lacrosse, Lexus RS 330, and apples for apples a very nice car indeed. Should we go with synthetic oil the first oil change? Book says 3750 miles but am thinking of having the first oil change done around 2000 miles. Also does anyone have any experience with the black nose cover as far as does it damage the paint etc. Bugs are terrible here and thinking of getting one. Great forum...Thanks in advance...
#8588 of 8984 Re: Picked up my 05 SL yesterday [jara97]
Apr 10, 2005 (6:48 pm)
Congrats on your new SL. I have looked at the 05 Avalon and think the interior looks much better than the SL. However, Maxima is known for its great engine, which I can attest to because I have 03 and 97 GLEs, and they have been very reliable. What I don't like about the Maxima is its rear suspension, and I don't think the suspension in the new Max has improved much.
Also I believe Nissan's quality control has worsened in recent years because I hear a lot of people complain about fit and finish as well as rattles and squeaks. Heck, my 92 Max was perfect for more than 10 years. My neighbor's son bought it and he is very happy with it.
#8589 of 8984 Re: Picked up my 05 SL yesterday [jara97]
Apr 11, 2005 (4:10 am)
Vinyl nose masks can be a problem. Typically, dirt and grit get underneath and can scratch the paint. Also, over a period of time, it may fog the paint underneath.
I installed the 3M clearmask to the hood, bumper , mirrors. headlights and fog lights. So far I am very happy with the clearmask. It's costs a little more than a vinyl mask. It ran me about $300 to have it installed but it is really worth it imo.
ps. Congrats on your '05 !!
#8590 of 8984 Re: Picked up my 05 SL yesterday [jara97]
Apr 11, 2005 (7:03 pm)
Stay away from the mask. Bought one for my 05 SE from a local Nissan dealer, the mask will cause a severe vibration once you hit 65-70 mph.
#8591 of 8984 Re: Picked up my 05 SL yesterday [roar1]
Apr 11, 2005 (7:05 pm)
Tell me more about the clearmask. My vinyl one doesn't work with the vibrations that it causes.
#8592 of 8984 Re: Picked up my 05 SL yesterday [johnny2003]
Apr 12, 2005 (3:47 am)
There are places where you can buy the 3M clearmask online and install it yourself. IMO, I would definitely have this professionally installed.
This is not the kind of product to experiment with on a new Maxima.
I would start by asking several Nissan dealers who they use to install aftermarket products on their cars ( pin stripes, spoilers, etc. ). In particular, ask them WHO installs the" clearmask " film. Also, you can do a "google " search and possibly come up with some installers in your area.
I am extremely happy with this product, especially the film that goes over the headlights. The headlight film is twice as thick as the film for the paint.
I would also take a look at some cars that have the film already installed. This film is virtually 99.9% transparent but if you look hard you can see the film edge if you look for it. Some people think that the film line is objectionable, I don't. It's alot better than having a vinyl nose bra "flapping' around !!
p.s. Whoever you get to do the job, ask them how many cars they have done ?
The more, the better !!!!
#8593 of 8984 Nissan Maxima 2006
Apr 15, 2005 (3:06 pm)
I'm interested in purchasing a Nissan Maxima SL (in the Bronze color). Wondering what changes Nissan might make for the '06 model. My understanding is that the changes from '04 to '05 were very minor. Anyone know if we should expect same for '06? Also, any idea when '06s would likely start showing up -- late Summer? Fall? Later? Bottom line, is it worth waiting for the 06s for any reason, or would you recommend just buying an '05 right now?