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#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?
#1378 of 4184 front arm rest wear
Jun 15, 2003 (6:28 pm)
These armrests are sprayed with vinyl paint when made and I bet it is just the paint that wore off. The problem is that Nissan does not ofer any vinyl paint for any interior pieces. I had a similar situation with my 95 Nissan truck glovebox door, which got scuffed, and which I could have repainted for $ 5 if Nissan offered the vinyl paint to match. Instead I had to buy the whole glovebox door for $ 50.
You can bet that your armrests will cost you more than $ 50 a piece to replace.
#1379 of 4184 6 Speed Manual Transmission Concern.....
Jun 17, 2003 (12:52 pm)
That is normal - it's the engine mounts allowing the engine/transmission to move. The new fluid filled mounts work very well re reducing noise and smoothing out on/off power lurching.
Jun 17, 2003 (1:26 pm)
I have a 03 Glacier Pearl SE. I noticed a chip at the front edge of the hood while washing it one day. I am definitely getting "stongard" for this vehicle.
#1381 of 4184 STOLEN HEADLIGHT
Jun 18, 2003 (8:34 pm)
I have a Nissan 2002 GLE which I loved dearly, but lately things are happening that I can't understand. My car was broken into last month and my two headlight were stolen despite the factory alarm system. The car was fixed by my insurance company. Again two night ago, they came again and removed the two headlight just three weeks apart. I'm beginning to have a second thought about maxima. Why are they after the headlight? What can be done to secure the light from theft? Am I the only with this problem? Please I desperately need an advice from someone. Please help out!
#1382 of 4184 stolen headlights
Jun 19, 2003 (9:24 am)
Do you live in NorthEast (NY, NJ, etc)?
There is an epidemy of HID headlights thefts on Maximas and Acura TLs in our region.