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You are in the Nissan Maxima
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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
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Jun 10, 2003 (6:24 am)
Mazdas reliability problems stemmed from the AT Ford tranny in the 626 in 94. If you actually check the Mazda6 forums you'll see that ppl are not complaining about much, except Mazda's idiotic option packages in the US - we have much better packages in Canada. And much of the talk revolves at whether they should get the lip or raised spoiler...
The Mazda Protege, Miata, MPV are rated very well by CR and C+D. The 6 has won Car of the Year in many European countries, but is is struggling with the herd mentality that prefers Camrys and Accords.
Don't get me wrong, I like Maximas - I actually drive one. A 1991 GXE that I like a lot. But for driving fun, my Protege drives circles around it.
While Nissans are known for powerful engines, Mazdas are becoming synonymous with "smiles per miles".
#1369 of 4184 Protege over Maxima?
Jun 10, 2003 (8:43 am)
I'm amazed you like your Protege over the Maxima. I ditched my 95 Protege for a 98 Maxima. It was like going from roller skates to a jet.
Jun 10, 2003 (3:06 pm)
dinu01 - This is actually a MAXIMA PROBLEMS board
#1371 of 4184 Mazda vs Maxima
Jun 10, 2003 (5:00 pm)
I used to own a 1992 Protege LX with a DOHC 1.8 l engine and 5 speed manual . Now I own a 99 626 ES V6 and a 98 Maxima SE, both with a 5 speed manual. As you see, I buy the highest performance package combinations available in that vehicle lineup. I bought all of these vehicles new. Comparing either the Protege or the 626 to the Maxima is like comparing a Yugo to the Protege. Both Mazdas are uneconomical vehicles (26 MPG for Protege, 23 MPG for the 626 compared to 27 MPG for Maxima), while delivering less power, with a lot more engine noise. Both Mazdas require timing belt change at 60K miles (not required on Maxima because it has a timing chain). Both Mazdas had vibration problems in the front end, most likely caused by inferior quality CV joints (had all replaced on the 626 under warranty). It is not likely that I will buy another Mazda car.
#1372 of 4184 P100 - YMMV
Jun 11, 2003 (7:20 am)
So far my Protege has been outstanding, as expected in 62.000kms since July 2001. It's just that the PRO is WAY more fun to drive than my 91 GXE AND than a 99 Maxima SE 5spd I drove in March. The 99 SE felt choppy, worse than my PRO, and even though it had way more power, it still didn't do anything well besides 0-60 #s... I feel the suspension on the Protege, a cheapo car, is much much better than that found in pre 2004 Maximas.
The V6 Mazda6 I drove a few mths ago felt perfect to me in terms of refinement, built quality, and handling. The Maxi is just too big!
#1373 of 4184 2003 Maxima paint damage by rear wheel well
Jun 13, 2003 (2:29 pm)
I bought my 03 Maxima in August 2002 and currently have just under 14K miles on it. The plastic piece that runs from the front wheel well to the rear wheel well has considerable number of chips/dents in it. This is occurring on both sides of the car. Also, the rear passenger door paint has been chipped away and the body is rusting. I took it to the dealer and Nissan has agreed to a ONE TIME repair as a good will gesture. That will not fix the problem which my independent mechanic feels it is being caused by road debris coming from the front tires. Anyone else experiencing this problem? If so, what have you done to correct it? Have you gone to your dealer and have they offered any ideas or assistance? Thanks in advance.
#1374 of 4184 Maxima paint damage
Jun 14, 2003 (9:16 am)
Did you buy splash guards with your car? I install splash cars on every new car I buy (unless it already has them of course) and this way I avoid unnecessary paint damage from gravel and road debris.
I believe that most, if not all, manufacturers have been forced to switch to water base paint, which is not as chip resistant as the old oil based paints. However, this is no excuse. They have an option of using "gravel guard" , which is essentially layer of wax under the paint along lower body panel areas. GM has been using this for years - our 1980 Cadillac had it. The "gravel guard" prevents penetration of paint down to the metal, which then causes rust.
Another complaint of mine is - so what if the paint is not as durable? Why can't they apply more coats to make it thicker? Of course, I should not even ask that questionm - it costs more money.
#1375 of 4184 Crappy Paint
Jun 14, 2003 (9:25 pm)
I concur. The paint on my 03 Maxima is thiiiiiinnnnnn . Before the Max I had a Ford Contour which was the biggest piece of junk, BUT for the paint. It had such a thick coat of paint and a great clear coat finish, seemed like nothing could penetrate it. Only if that Contour were as reliable as its paint...
Anyway, love my Maxima, just wish it had better paint. Think if we complained enough NISSAN would repaint our cars? Yeah Right!
#1376 of 4184 2000 Maxima front arm rest wear
Jun 15, 2003 (1:47 pm)
I bought this car new and have had the finish wear off both front plastic arm rests. Has any one else experienced the same situation? Any idea what the replacement cost is?
Jun 15, 2003 (5:28 pm)
I have an 02 SE and 100% agree about the paint...especially my color-Majestic Blue. Other than the crappy paint-not much to complain about.
I'll toss this out again. Does anyone have an 02 or 03 that has the dimly lit SES light? Cant see it during the day but it is noticeable at night.
Someone posted awhile back the Nissan has issued a TSB just for this very problem...can anyone verify that?