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Old 07-01-2016, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by NmexMAX View Post
Pretty sure he's amde up his mind, that was 8 months ago.

In any case, my oil consumption slowed down a lot when I switched from Mobil 1 to Amsoil.

1qt / 3000-4000 miles now.
What is it that makes the Amsoil unique. U using 5-30 weight or something heavier?
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Old 11-01-2016, 03:36 PM
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I know this is a Maxima forum but if you're considering buying a 5-5.5 gen Maxima, you also might want to consider the '03/04 G35 sedans (assuming you need 4 doors) because the prices aren't far apart. And G35 owners tend to keep their cars up better than Maxima owners. Some of the same issues like oil consumption and cam/crank position sensors but the turning radius is a lot better, interior is nicer, styling to me is a wash (always liked the 5.5 gen Maxima's) and with the 6 speed, the shifter is significantly better.

Around here, you can find an 03/04 G35 sedan in the $3500-5000 range depending on mileage and condition. The selection of Maxima's is getting pretty bad, seen just one 6 speed car pop up in the last 4-5 months but several G35 sedans with the 6MT.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:37 PM
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This guy posted this maxima for sale saying that the radiator core support has been replaced (because they are notorious for rusting according to him) it has about 240K miles.

Worth buying still??? I'd like to get into maximas and familiarize with them

He also included a youtube video for the car

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Old 04-17-2017, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jolopocholo View Post
This guy posted this maxima for sale saying that the radiator core support has been replaced (because they are notorious for rusting according to him) it has about 240K miles.

Worth buying still??? I'd like to get into maximas and familiarize with them

He also included a youtube video for the car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2DntibsXh0
$1500 is most likely "blue book" on that one.
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:25 PM
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Opinions please!

I have the option to purchase a Maxima from a family friend for about $1,500. It has always been garaged. For half of its life it was in Colorado and the other in central Texas.

I am trying to figure out what questions to ask or information on what pitfalls I might encounter with a 2000 Maxima.

These are the details I know:

2000 Nissan Maxima SE, 3.0 liter, 24 valve, 5 speed manual
112,000 miles
No transmission issues
No check engine light
I do know that all 6 coils are new, one for each cylinder
New battery 8/20/2017

I am currently driving a 2000 Camry with 205,000 miles and know the car that I have. I am just tempted by a low cost, lower mileage vehicle.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-17-2017, 10:31 PM
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Is $3,900 a good price for a 2002









Hi I'm on the verge of buying a 2002 max with about 80k miles on it . I had it inspected by a mechanic and he says everything looks good to go but the guys selling it wants $3,900 and will not budge not sure if I should pay that much on a 15 year old car. Lemme know that you think
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:49 AM
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Ask for maintenance records but a $3900 price on an 80K well maintained and immaculate 5.5g is acceptable.

www.vehiclehistory.com .. run the VIN to see if there's any spots.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by csw3n View Post
I have the option to purchase a Maxima from a family friend for about $1,500. It has always been garaged. For half of its life it was in Colorado and the other in central Texas.

I am trying to figure out what questions to ask or information on what pitfalls I might encounter with a 2000 Maxima.

These are the details I know:

2000 Nissan Maxima SE, 3.0 liter, 24 valve, 5 speed manual
112,000 miles
No transmission issues
No check engine light
I do know that all 6 coils are new, one for each cylinder
New battery 8/20/2017

I am currently driving a 2000 Camry with 205,000 miles and know the car that I have. I am just tempted by a low cost, lower mileage vehicle.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Garaged <> well maintained. Ask for maintenance records for the vehicle. The VQ30DE is a pretty good platform and will last a good while.

www.vehiclehistory.com .. run the VIN to see if there's anything hiding.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:36 AM
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How to list a car for for sale

I have a pristine 2000 Max to sell but can't figure out how to list it.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:52 PM
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I have the option to buy a 2000 Maxima Se for 500 dollars but it has around 200k miles is it worth it?
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A lot more info than that will be needed to even begin to offer an opinion
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:46 AM
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Is there a mileage that Maximas just shouldn’t be expexted to run past?
im looking for an inexpensive car for my son in high school.
I drive a 2000 max, and owned a 1995 before that.

There’s a local 2002 maxima GLE that (pics alone) looks like it’s ok.
The seller says it runs rough (skips). Needs ignition coils.
If it’s just coils, plugs I’ll fix it.
What other high mileage problems should I look for?

Or should I NOT get a max with 290K miles?
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Old 03-31-2019, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Fred A Bunn View Post
Is there a mileage that Maximas just shouldnít be expexted to run past?
im looking for an inexpensive car for my son in high school.
I drive a 2000 max, and owned a 1995 before that.

Thereís a local 2002 maxima GLE that (pics alone) looks like itís ok.
The seller says it runs rough (skips). Needs ignition coils.
If itís just coils, plugs Iíll fix it.
What other high mileage problems should I look for?

Or should I NOT get a max with 290K miles?
I probably wouldn't , the first gen VQ35DE had oil burning issues and it may burn oil at that mileage
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:55 AM
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5speed to 6 speed

Just got a 00 max with 5 speed that needs a trans as 1/2 are not working. Having a rough time locating a trans for it and was wondering if anyone ever did a swap and knows how difficult it would be and if its possible to put the 6 speed trans in the vq30???

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Old 05-27-2019, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by wyche89 View Post
an 00-01 infiniti would be an I30 with the VQ30 3.0 liter engine, which is known to be a very solid engine, but the cars in general are older and other parts may be more worn than the alternative...

the 02-03 would be an infiniti I35 with a VQ35 3.5 liter engine, which is more powerful, but is more prone to having oil burning problems due to bad piston rings.. (by the way, maximas of these years have the same respective engines as the infinities).. most people (including myself) don't mind adding oil every now and then for the added performance you get with the 3.5.. so it's a trade off, but it's up to you what is more important.. an older car with higher mileage, you're taking a bigger chance on more parts being worn than a newer car of the same model.. however, some older cars have been well taken care of and are very reliable

i realized i pretty much just talked in a circle there, but.. lol.. in my opinion.. you should be safe with a 5th gen (00-01) with under 100k that is in good condition because they are pretty reliable cars.. but if you can afford it, then go with a newer one in good condition to decrease your chances of stuff going wrong.. if you need help with a problem, us maxima experts are always here!
I bought a 2003 about two months ago started off idle low when stopped at light .. I put the front three plugs in and coils have to put in back when I get home,putting on a chock idler.i guess it's called figured to get in back three then. But anyway it starts to surge at approx 2300 to 2400 rpms hard. Car ran fine parked it went to work for a month came home to this any ideas
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Old 06-29-2019, 03:52 AM
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For sale 2003 maxima

I'm doing the tune up and crank and cam sincor fuel pump, and filters , got a set rotors and brakes on the way asking 6000 no oil leaks or any leAks 105640 miles call 504 352 6638
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