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Nissan Maxima, Lights
Jan 04, 2004 (9:49 am)
After hearing horror stories from other 2002/2003 Maxima owners AND having my hood,grille,and front fender damaged AFTER I had DataDots installed on my 2003 SE...I went to my Nissan dealer for a possible trade. They are unsympathetic and not willing to come down substantially on a new model Maxima or Altima. The sales manager suggested I call NissanUSA in California and speak to a customer service rep. She was very nice and sympathetic but claims the headlight issue is not a nationwide problem. She offered me $200 towards a new Maxima...$200! This is an outrage. As soon as I get my 2003 back from the body shop I am heading right over to Toyota for an Avalon or a Solara. I owned 3 Nissans and they just lost a loyal customer. PS..I saw 9 other 02002/2003 Maximas on dealer's lot missing headlights with body damage yet Nissan continues to ignore the problem. I feel sorry for those stuck in long term leases.
#97 of 229 Nothing you can do!!!
Jan 04, 2004 (9:57 am)
Even if you replace your lights with non-xenon, they still will mess with it thinking there are xenons in there. Just get rid of the car or don't drive anywhere. LOL!
Jan 04, 2004 (11:10 am)
Syms, I am sympathetic. Look at this way, at least they could not steal your HIDs this time. Having said that, however, Nissan should have used the same installation (metal brackets around the housing) when it first designed the 02/03 Maximas, instead of the cheap plastic which can be readily ripped off by thugs. It goes to show that car makers can sometimes be penny wise but pound foolish, which in the long run, will drive their customers away.
If Datadots are more widely known to thieves (such as Nissan running public notices and ads), the number of potential thefts will likely decrease. Of course, nothing is theft proof, but Nissan should be doing something more, and adding datadots and metal brackets is a good start.
If you sell your Max now, you will lose substantial $$. If the thefts/damages to your car happen at night when you parked on the street, try renting a garage and hopefully, in the next 6 months, the HID crime wave will subside in light of the Datadots program. Replacing your HIDs with non-xenons is also a viable alternative.
#99 of 229 I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP--wavi99/bobfuran/elldogg 1999 by mparis1
Jan 05, 2004 (6:44 am)
I may be able to help. write to my e-mail address. the 2001 maxima lights are totally different looking than the 2002/2003. Thieves will be wasting their time for the "cheap"2001/2000 lights. I agree NIssan has left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel sorry for all the guys who OWN their cars.No body is going to buy them in the north east. Have to go cross country to sell these cars. Who in this area will buy these cars? Stupidos.
Jan 06, 2004 (1:21 pm)
tjohns said: Even if you replace your lights with non-xenon, they still will mess with it thinking there are xenons in there.
No. They look totally different. No thief will bother the 2000/2001 lights.
#101 of 229 Across the U.S.A. -- Maxima Value Crashing
Jan 07, 2004 (6:01 pm)
*** Nissan Maxima '02 / '03 headlight theft will spread all over the U.S. ***
Due to the defective design of these cars, their value will plummet over the next 12 months -- EVERYWHERE.
Nissan's "patch", DataDots and harness change, are not effective -- thieves continue to try, causing thousands of dollars of body damage.
If you own a 2002 or 2003 Nissan Maxima, you should expect to incur substantial, serious financial losses, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE.
*** Nissan has chosen to ignore this problem -- they think customers will "forgive and forget". ***
Please see my other statements (#77 and #88) for additional background.
Jan 10, 2004 (12:04 am)
"Due to the defective design of these cars, their value will plummet over the next 12 months -- EVERYWHERE."
Is that a fact or just your "unbiased" opinion?
#103 of 229 BYE BYE MAXIMA
Jan 11, 2004 (3:27 am)
JUST TRADED IN THE 2003 MAXIMA SE AFTER GETTING IT BACK FROM DEALER BODY SHOP. TOTAL REPAIR WAS $4100 WITHOUT THE THIEVES TAKING THE HEADLIGHTS. I HAD DATA DOTS AT THE TIME OF THE VANDALISM. NISSAN OFFERED ME $17,OOO TRADE IN VALUE TOWARD A NEW MAXIMA. MY 2003 MAXIMA WAS IN PERFECT CONDITION WITH 14K MILES. THE NEW CAR THAT I BOUGHT IN APRIL 2003 AND ANOTHER $12,000 WOULD HAVE BOUGHT A NEW 2004 MAXIMA SL. AND WHO IS TO SAY THEY WON'T GO AFTER THOSE XENONS? THE DEALER SAYS ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE NEW XENONS OUT BUT WHEN THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY. I BOUGHT A 2004 TOYOTA SOLARA SLE FULLY LOADED WITH A 3.3 6 CYLINDER LEXUS ENGINE FOR THE MAXIMA PLUS $7,000. SMOOTHER AND JUST AS POWERFUL AS MAXIMA AND NO XENONS. TOYOTA GAVE ME $18,800 ON THE TRADE. MAXIMA RESALE VALUES WILL PLUMMET BY AT LEAST 25% WHEN THE GENERAL PUBLIC LEARNS ABOUT THE HEADLIGHT MESS. TOYOTA WANTS THE BUSINESS AND UNLIKE NISSAN IS GOING AFTER IT. I GUESS NISSAN WILL RETURN TO THE UNPROFITABLE, LOW RATED CUSTOMER SERVICE COMPANY IT WAS JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO. BYE-BYE MAXIMA! BYE-BYE NISSAN! MY INSURANCE AGENT SAYS COUNT ON YOUR MAXIMA RATES ALSO GOING THROUGH THE ROOF. THE INSURANCE SYMBOLS AFFECTING YOUR RATES ARE BEING RAISED ON MAXIMAS BY 2 POINTS! GET RID OF THEM NOW!
Jan 11, 2004 (7:12 pm)
While you're at it, get rid of the caps too. Way too hard to read.
Better luck with the Solara!
#105 of 229 Just saw on the news
Jan 13, 2004 (7:57 am)
Here in south florida people are stealing the headlights off of Porsche for the HID bulbs. Thought it was kind of interesting that they didnt mention the Maxima at all.