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#443 of 4184 Update - 2000 Maxima GLE
Oct 23, 2001 (6:29 pm)
In August 1999, I purchased a new 2000 GLE for $26,300. I thought it might be helpful to post an update for those of you considering the Maxima. I now have 37,000 miles on my Maxima.
The car drives like a gem. I love the car. I have encountered 3 problems with the car.
1. During the first year, the automatic AC never seemed to get very cold regardless of how low I set the temperature. This seemed to be very noticable during my first summer of ownership. The dealer checked it twice and said it was normal. During the second year, it seemed fine. I guess, after constant use, the AC became more effective. During this last year, I have never since felt that the car did not cool down fast enough even on the hottest days.
2. My car has traction control and on occasion the TCS light would come on and stay on until I turned the car off and restarted it. Of course, the dealer could never duplicate this situation since it only occurred on rare occasions. This is no longer a problem. It has not happened for at least 5 months. It seems to have self corrected itself or gone away.
3. The paint chips very easily. Despite Nissan's claim that they test the chip worthiness of the Maxima's paint by shooting diamonds at the paint, it chips much too easily. I have never owned a car whose paint came off so easily. It's not a huge problem, but it does require frequent application of touch up paint. Stone chips often show bare metal. My 1988 Honda Accord has a much more durable paint job. Nissan's paint seems cheap and very thin.
Otherwise this car has been great. I would definitely buy it again. I plan on keeping it for many years.
Hope this helps.
#444 of 4184 noisy Toyo tires
Oct 23, 2001 (9:09 pm)
Driving my new 2001 GLE, I hear Toyo A05 tire noise in the passenger compartment. It's especially noticible on the semi-rough concrete roadways in Dallas, Tx. I'm thinking of switching them to a BFG touring radial or similar. Any experiences or advice you can share with the group please?
#445 of 4184 oehrlein and gtspec
Oct 24, 2001 (9:13 am)
This is the infamous "Fuel Line protector" issue. It happenes in the 01 Max and I30. 01 Max owners had the dealer do the installation under warranty. Go ask your dealer to do it.
#446 of 4184 Motor mounts?
Oct 24, 2001 (7:41 pm)
Hello All. A while back I posted a question as to whether anyone with a 2001 or 2000 Maxima SE has a "thump" noise / sensation up front during maderate to hard acceleration. It feels like motor mounts. Not real "violent" really but I am wondering if this is normal - as the service manager said. Does not seem to affect anything. I've got 2K on the car and it runs great ('01). Otherwise, not a sqeak, rattle or anything unusual. The car is fast, handles great with those 17 inchers and the brakes are real good. Car had 2 miles on it when I drove it from the dealership. Thanks for any feedback.
#447 of 4184 2000 Max 5speed Cruise Jerky
Oct 25, 2001 (10:09 am)
I have a 00 SE 5 speed loaded up and we love the car. I do have a question, I got the computer update for the fuel cut problem which now allows some fuel to engine below 1800rpms for smoother driving with a 5 speed. I don't use cruise much, but I did notice the other day that because of the engine running over 1800rpm at cruising speed (could use a 6th gear), it seems the cruise operation is somewhat jerky on 65mph flat roads where the throttle is barely open...a "on-off-on" sort of thing that is going to yeild less fuel economy and not be as comfortable as when I drive it manually.
Has anyone else noticed this behavior, and is there a fix like the fuel cut?
Thanks in advance.
#448 of 4184 5 speed drivability CWMAXIMA
Oct 25, 2001 (10:30 am)
CWMaxima - Just a quick note. The Max is a bit harder to drive smoothly if you have not done the 2000+ model computer upgrade that eliminates the fuel cut below 1800rpm. Prior to this fix, the engine would go from full compression braking (throttle closed) to slight power (barely cracked open throttle), which in traffic and such made for herky jerky driving.
We got the fix and now the car is great. Yea, the shifter is not very sweet and the motor mounts allow a lot of transaxle movement that is transferred to the shifter, but the motor is buttery smooth and sometimes we forget to shift gears it revs so well. Never seen a car motor like it before.
There are many message on maxima 5-speed problems in archived discussions, as this problem was solved by the TSB computer upgrade.
Also, a trick to lower gear smooth shifts is to slighly use more throttle than you were using right before the shift, disengage clutch and let off the power, shift and keep going. The slight push before the shift carries you smoother into the next gear. Blip the throttle on downshifts and take it easy on the transmission. I don't get warm fuzzies about it feeling really bulletproof, but I just guessing at the feel of it. FYI My first car had a Hurst shifter and a Muncie M-21 tranny, so maybe I'm just used to more solid feel than this thing has!
#449 of 4184 Stoned Maxima
Oct 25, 2001 (12:41 pm)
Just a little note: My 2001 Maxima SE took a hit from an arrow-shaped bluestone thrown from a distant dump truck on I-95 in D.C.. It passed safely through the bottom opening of the front grill and into the air conditioner condensor (a soft aluminum radiator-size thing). Dealer charged $680 to replace it since it was road hazard damage. I might just put some rabbit wire in front of the new one, cause it will surely happen again!
Oct 25, 2001 (6:08 pm)
dirkdaddy, in your note (#433) you mention "motor mounts allow a lot of transaxle movement". Do you think that perhaps that is the "thump" feeling I get during moderate to hard acceleration in my '01 SE automatic? (see note #431 above).
#451 of 4184 vanbo57 - thumping
Oct 25, 2001 (8:38 pm)
I have a 5 speed and no thumping even under accl., but I'd guess that the soft motor mounts might be an issue. I've never seen a shifter move that much but then again the car is very well isolated from the engine. The only way you could check is to have someone you trust behind the wheel, parked, hood open foot FIRMLY on brake, stand to side and have them load the motor a bit in Drive and see if you can recreate the noise. I have not done this but figure you see the motor move like 3-4" front to back. you can have dealer also check the exhaust and stuff to see if its banging on something when the motor moves, that's a good chance too.
We got our car with 200miles on it, more than I usually would take but it still had nubs on the tires so I figured it hadn't been on any bonzi runs like I did in a similar car with a buddy on a test drive. They let me take home to htink about it and figure someone did that and had second thoughts.
fyi - we looked seriously at the olds intrigue, but the rear seat was at a odd layed back angle, was not as sporty, and the headliner and interior fit and finish was lacking. Motor 3.5 was fantastic, about 3x the usable torque of the 3.0 nissan motor I'd guess ( I know it doesn't measure that way but it really jumps off the line and revs nearly as good. saw on boards problems with alternators and front end. Our nissan has been flawless except for the computer upgrade and the soft paint on plastic.
Oct 29, 2001 (11:12 am)
I've discovered a great teflon grease (white), which I purchased at a Marine Chandlery. It's waterproof, stainproof, and lasts a long time. Powerwindows sticky problems will be zippity do da!
Can't remember the brand name, but should be available at any Marine store.