Used Nissan Maxima 2000-2003 expert review

15 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Used Nissan Maxima 2000-2003 expert review
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Used Nissan Maxima review

2003 Nissan (photo: Nissan)

Nissan is a mid-size front-wheel drive sporty sedan with a V6 engine. It handles very and has a firm but quiet ride. The is spacious with upscale Front seats are comfortable.

features include a power seat with memory, audio system, auto-dimming mirror, heated steering trip computer, steering mounted audio controls and

2000 Nissan Maxima engine

Handling and performance: On the the Maxima handles well solid sporty feel. The V6 is very strong, with low-end torque and plenty of power. The ride is firm and quiet.

On the downside, you might torque steer on hard especially with the manual

Engine: The 2000 and 2001 were equipped with the 3.0L V6 DOHC (VQ30). For the Maxima received the 255-hp V6 (VQ35), which is to this day in many Nissan vehicles. if you look under the Nissan hood, its VR38 looks similar and uses the same design and some of the valvetrain as the VQ35.

Overall, both VQ30 and are strong solid engines. have a timing chain of a timing belt. However, engine needs to be maintained well to last, otherwise it be quite troublesome at high Timing chain issues are not

Replacing a timing chain is expensive. If you are buying a used Maxima, especially with mileage, watch out for whirring or noises from the timing area. A good engine be quiet.

Fuel Economy: The 2003 Maxima with an automatic is rated at 17/24 mpg or 13.8/9.8 km city/highway, which is below for a family sedan. To compare, the V6 Honda Accord automatic has the EPA of 19/27 mpg. However, the Maxima with a manual gets much better 19/26 mpg or 12.4/9.0 L/100 km.

Pros: Powerful V6, with a manual transmission, handling, roomy upscale standard ABS, available steering.

Cons: High maintenance and costs, torque steer on firm ride, expensive to

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