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Old 04-13-2008, 12:14 PM
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do you need the Titanium Edition?

if not, they are are exactly the same
What is the difference between the TE and the reg one? That is what i dont know, If it also makes a difference to which i would only want the TE then i will only look at 03's if its something i can live without, then i will focus on both 02 and 03's, also considering that I most likely will be getting the motor pulled out rebuilt and turbo, just wanting to weight out my options.
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The Titanium Edition Package

Maxima's new Titanium Edition Package is a new option available only on SE models. The Titanium Edition Package features a BoseŽ audio system with AM/FM in-dash 6-disc CD changer, front seat side-impact supplemental air bags, in-mirror compass, floor mats and stainless steel sill plates with Maxima logo. It also offers titanium-tint color accents on the center console, titanium-tint accent stitching on the steering wheel and shifter, and alloy wheels with bright wheel finish.
That is all.
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:10 PM
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That is all.
Um thank you very much for that, I dont need any of that lol. Now what about the HLSD, I seen something about that being able to be converted into one...
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:21 PM
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Looking to buy an '02

I'm looking to buy a 2002 Maxima and I was wondering what common problems or specific things I should be checking when I look at the car.

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Old 04-24-2008, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Puppetmaster
This is a thread for all those interested in buying a 5th or 5.5 Gen and are trying to do some research, so please look through this thread and/or post all questions you have in here.

Consequently, all other new threads on buying 5th/5.5 Gens will be locked or merged into this one.
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=559225
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:47 PM
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and if you really want to learn about problems...do some research....people usually come here for help with problems...95% of threads are about problems...find the info
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:19 PM
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2002 Sterling Mist\Black Maxima- 18" Gen 6 Wheels, Angel Eyes, Chrome Grille, 6000K HID Fog Lights
It looks like you already have a 2002?
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:39 PM
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No majors problems with my '02.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:59 AM
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Yeah I just bought one on Saturday came with 18's from the 6th Gen a chrome grille and aftermarket headlights with angel eyes and projectors.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:38 AM
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Good deal?

My friend just picked up a 2001 GXE 5-spd, black w/ black interior, SE taillights, OEM Spoiler, OEM foglights, aftermarket Black leather with 106k miles for $6500. It's in pretty good shape, not really any door dings or anything. Good deal or not?
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:44 AM
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Why don't you be the judge

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depending on where you live, that might be a good deal or not so good. too many variables involved to come up with a somewhat good answer (if there's such a thing for such a question).
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I thought it was a decent deal. It is really clean. He bought it in Dallas over the weekend. Here is a link to the craigslist add he found it on: http://dallas.craigslist.org/car/653123575.html
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:19 PM
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thats pretty good, my 2000 GLE with leather, sunroof, bose, new tires and new brakes and 86,000 miles ran me $8800
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:23 PM
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Sounds like a good deal to me.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:44 PM
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Guys I have tried to search but havent found much. What is the different trim models mean ie SE, TE and whatever other ones their are. Also is their one that is better than the other or are they just "trim" pieces. I want black leather interior with either a 5/6spd
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Gtpowered4.6l View Post
Guys I have tried to search but havent found much. What is the different trim models mean ie SE, TE and whatever other ones their are. Also is their one that is better than the other or are they just "trim" pieces. I want black leather interior with either a 5/6spd
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread....tanium+edition
No 5spd in TE
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need some help from those with 5.5gens...

hey guys.. well i totaled the car in my pic on a spin out on the high way.. im fine but the car wasnt.. ..i guess the good news is ive decided i loved it so much i want a 5.5 gen 6 speed.. im looking at a few and going to test drive one this sat... i was wondering if you guys could give me some avice on what to be aware of and what to look for.. if it was a 5th gen i would know everything.. coils maf cat all the commons.. well..i know about the burning oil but is there a way to find that out? ..also on the 6 speeds.. how do u know if it has the HLSD? Also.. (i already KBB and NADA'd it) lets say i found a 5.5 6speed loaded everything but nav with only 19K orig miles on it drivin by an older man who just went down the road and to the golf course.. would i be crazy to be interested in it if it was in the 14.5 K range? thanks for the help guys.. i appreciate all the past help and would rather get a 5.5gen then some other crap.. thanks
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look for things as you would any other car... its not superman you know.. it's just a maxima. also you should take it to a mechanic and let them check it out... their judgment should be better than any of ours.
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yeah good call.. and one of the cows is under the pass headlight in the reflection idk about the other lol... any one else.. how about knowing if its hlsd or not? something in the VIN?
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carfax helps, if you know about body work .. looking for welds.. listen to the gears and smell around if any fluid is burning or if anything is burning in that case. drive it slow, medium, fast..

check the air filter!!! if the person hasnt changed that and its dirty to all hell... need i say more.. carelessness. listen for knocking..

basically anything you can look for that will cause the price to drop really..

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wait since you totaled that car can i get your rims?
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by babyboyws6 View Post
its not superman you know.. it's just a maxima.
actually, maximas are synonymous with superman.. well mine is anyway
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:15 PM
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actually, maximas are synonymous with superman.. well mine is anyway
we all like to think we are... untill a muscle car pulls up next to us.. makes me say... shoulda stuck with my trans am
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heh.. yeah rims are gone with the car.. cut my losses.. cuz ins gave me 10K..one of them got literally and visably bent lol..good advice on slow med fast thing.. um.. anyone know yet on how to know if its HLSD besides dropping it at 3k.. jk.. lol
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LSD was an option but somewhat rare. It makes a big difference on these cars. The LSD cars had different pedals and it's coded in the VIN though I don't remember how. Someone here will know.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by mist max2000 View Post
heh.. yeah rims are gone with the car.. cut my losses.. cuz ins gave me 10K..one of them got literally and visably bent lol..good advice on slow med fast thing.. um.. anyone know yet on how to know if its HLSD besides dropping it at 3k.. jk.. lol
Tranny code RS6FS1H means it has HLSD. that can be located under the hood on the firewall. if it says RS6FS1A then it's an open diff.

Good luck...I paid 17.5K for my 2003 fully loaded titanium edition maxima (except navi) with 14,500 miles about 2 and a half years ago if that helps.
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sooner.. that thread is as good as deleated or just needs to be severly cleaned up lol .. i read all 3 pages front to back the other day and people bs'ing back and forth like arguing over the word interim lol... is in no way informative or helpful ...but thanks anyways..

derrick and burn thanks guys.. ill be sure to check the tranny code now and pray it has an H lol...
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burnurass gave the right info about finding out if it is HLSD, drilled pedals would also be a giveaway (unless someone put those on after the fact).

No real way to tell from a test drive/visual inspection if the car burns a substancial amount of oil, unless it is real bad and it visually puffs blue smoke when idling or getting on it. If you did actually find an 03 with under 20k miles and fully loaded for $14.5k I'd probably not have an issue with spending that much. Good luck with the search.
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Originally Posted by MintVQ35 View Post
burnurass gave the right info about finding out if it is HLSD, drilled pedals would also be a giveaway (unless someone put those on after the fact).
+1 I forgot to mention the pedals...the pedals is an EASY way to see it..but check the firewall to double check.
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i picked up a 2k3 titanium edition with 60k for 10 flat
best purchase ever
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timing chain, bose hv, valve cover
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i picked up a 2k3 titanium edition with 60k for 10 flat
best purchase ever
Wow that is a great pickup!
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an 03 TE with low miles is almost impossible to find, if you found one, go pick it up before someone else does.

p.s. can you post a link of that car you found?
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haha nope sorry i already have 100$ down to hold it.. and im going there this sat to purchase i think,..so im soon to join the 5.5 6spd family...thanks for the pedal advise.. so drilled pedals as opposed to metallic non drilled or are they just rubberish?...
timing chain- just listen for a clatter?
bose- sub cut out or prob's playing cds'? which one is bad on 5.5's?
and valve cover- any way to check this from a visual standpoint.. thanks for the oil burning/blue smoke inspection.....
any more advice
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OK, so I'm looking to replace my Pathfinder, and the Max is on my list. My wife has a '99 SE Limited, and I enjoy it immensely.

On AutoTrader, I've found two identical '00 GLEs. Same color (burgundy), same mileage (76K or so), same price ($8900 or so). I figure I can research reliability and stuff on my own, so no problems there.

My only question, more so for curiosity than anything else, is... what's the 0-60 time? They clocked the '99 at 6.6 (I've tested it... it checks out ). I would guess that the '02 would be faster with the VQ35, but what is it exactly?

EDIT: had the year wrong....

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by papilgee4evaeva View Post
OK, so I'm looking to replace my Pathfinder, and the Max is on my list. My wife has a '99 SE Limited, and I enjoy it immensely.

On AutoTrader, I've found two identical '00 GLEs. Same color (burgundy), same mileage (76K or so), same price ($8900 or so). I figure I can research reliability and stuff on my own, so no problems there.

My only question, more so for curiosity than anything else, is... what's the 0-60 time? They clocked the '99 at 6.6 (I've tested it... it checks out ). I would guess that the '02 would be faster with the VQ35, but what is it exactly?

EDIT: had the year wrong....
Magazine racing is

My auto did 6.2 @ 5600' elevation and a few mods.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:38 PM
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Magazine racing is

My auto did 6.2 @ 5600' elevation and a few mods.
LOL... I just like to have a "know what I can probably expect" figure handy, that's all.
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I bought a 2001 Maxima SE, 20th Anniversary Edition.

It's a five speed, 106k, and fabulous to drive.

I have one concern. The variable intake runners on the VQ30DE-K, I have been told to fail at around 80k miles, thereby causing a massive power loss. The previous owner, a middle-aged engineering manager, has maintained the car lovingly, but has said nothing about this problem, and a buddy of mine who drives an A32 informed me about it.

My question is: How/what happens when they fail? And what should I do to prevent/fix it?

Thanks,

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