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      06-10-2019 08:12 AM #1
      What is the 5th gen Maxima like? I searching for a new commuter/part time family mover and came across one of these last night.





      This one is cheap, $1895! It has 138,000 with an auto trans and seems to be well taken care of. It does need a few things though, probably why the price is so low. Ad says it needs an exhaust, blower motor and ABS sensor. Parts seem to be inexpensive.

      I am still looking at buying a Saab wagon, but I might go and look at this one too.

      What do you guys think of these cars?

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      06-10-2019 08:23 AM #2
      Better choice than that Saab wagon, but I've heard 2nd hand these have catalytic converter issues ($$) and oil consumption issues, but I could be wrong.


      It's a good price, but not a steal. Offer 14-1500. It does look clean for the age.
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      06-10-2019 08:35 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      Better choice than that Saab wagon, but I've heard 2nd hand these have catalytic converter issues ($$) and oil consumption issues, but I could be wrong.


      It's a good price, but not a steal. Offer 14-1500. It does look clean for the age.
      I'll look into the those issues. I don't mind doing some driveway fixes, but I'm having a HELL of a time replacing the exhaust manifold on my 2001 Dodge Dakota and I don't want to repeat it with another car.

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      06-10-2019 08:35 AM #4
      Theyre pretty solid vehicles, and you CAN get a MANUAL trans in that generation!
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      06-10-2019 08:49 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by BonusParts View Post
      Theyre pretty solid vehicles, and you CAN get a MANUAL trans in that generation!
      This too. I also think the Maximas are slightly underrated cars, but Nissans also had rust problems at this time (the Altimas were notoriously bad) so even though it looks great in the pics, make sure there is no swiss cheese in the structural parts.
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      06-10-2019 08:59 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      This too. I also think the Maximas are slightly underrated cars, but Nissans also had rust problems at this time (the Altimas were notoriously bad) so even though it looks great in the pics, make sure there is no swiss cheese in the structural parts.
      I'll definitely try to get under it. I remember hearing about how bad the Altimas were.

      I know you said the Saab was not a great idea, but that car lived in Texas and North Carolina for most of it's life. It's pretty rust free for a 14 year old car. It's at least one good thing about that car.

    8. 06-10-2019 09:02 AM #7
      I’m not a Modern Nissan fan by any means outside of the GTR, but I’ve heard good things about those. That one looks clean for a 2002!

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      06-10-2019 09:29 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      Better choice than that Saab wagon, but I've heard 2nd hand these have catalytic converter issues ($$) and oil consumption issues, but I could be wrong.


      It's a good price, but not a steal. Offer 14-1500. It does look clean for the age.
      They go hand in hand. Basically the cat starts to disintegrate and sucks it into the engine, scoring the cylinder walls. This causes oil consumption issues. Honestly it's a much smaller issue than it sounds. It's not fatal whatsoever, just uses about a quart of oil per change.

      Valve covers also had leaks, but can be replaced with the 04 Infinity I35 valve cover.

      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      This too. I also think the Maximas are slightly underrated cars, but Nissans also had rust problems at this time (the Altimas were notoriously bad) so even though it looks great in the pics, make sure there is no swiss cheese in the structural parts.

      The Altima had issues with structural rust under the passenger floor. The Maxima really didn't that specific issue, but the rear wheels like to rust out BAD. The fact that this is clean means it's either been replaced or VERY well cared for.

      I had an 02/03? SE with the 6spd. Great car and very underrated. 255hp in that era was huge, sounded great, and drove really well.

      The auto trans is pretty darn stout, but there was issues with a 3rd gear flare occasionally. Again, nothing fatal.

      Overall really stout cars, still a pretty good aftermarket following. Parts are fairly cheap and plentiful.

      Just to think in 2002 you could get a "high powered" 6spd 4 door sedan with HID's, heated steering wheel, limited slip diff, etc is pretty wild. It was a heck of a car in it's day and it still holds up today IMO
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      06-10-2019 09:42 AM #9
      I'd finance it.
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      A staple on the BHPH lots around here.

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      06-10-2019 09:50 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Nealric View Post
      A staple on the BHPH lots around here.
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      I'd finance it.
      Yes, they do tend to draw a certain crowd...

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      06-10-2019 09:51 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Nealric View Post
      A staple on the BHPH lots around here.
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      06-10-2019 09:53 AM #13
      I've had a few VQ equipped cars including some rear beam suspension Maximas (not this specific spec)

      For $2K it's a lot of car but it's far from perfect. Both transmissions are ****ty in their own ways. Reliable but not very enjoyable. That rear beam suspension makes itself known on crappy pavement, and the front suspension is pure economy grade stuff (which introduces a good bit of torque steer). They guzzle gas a good bit too. The VQ is awesome though as always, interior is nice, roomy and quiet, and overall it's a nice place to eat up miles. I think I'd rather look at a same vintage I35 just to get all the bells and whistles.

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      06-10-2019 09:53 AM #14
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      Yes, they do tend to draw a certain crowd...
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      06-10-2019 09:58 AM #15
      My mom had one, well a 2001? so the previous engine but a 5th gen. I remember it being quick for its size/time even with the 3.0 vs the 2002 3.5. Pretty comfortable, engine even sounded great stock.

      It was a nice car and don't think they had any problems with it but i think they only had it 2-3 years before she actually went to a Saab 9-5.


      As someone else said if you can offer/get down to 1500 or so seems like a lot of car for that price.

    17. 06-10-2019 12:04 PM #16
      stay away from the early years of the first gen 3.5. I think 2002-2006/7. A large number had ring gap issues and consumed alot of oil, google it. Look for a 98-2001 maxima. 3.0 v6. My dad put 200K miles on his 98 and never did anything with the engine just synthetic oil changes. Never consumed any oil between changes.....

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      06-10-2019 12:06 PM #17
      I had a 2001 (VQ30, not VQ35) and it's probably been the car I miss the most out of all my previous ones.

      I think I had an issue with the MAF sensor (it would idle high at times) but other than that it was faultless mechanically.

      By now, yes carefully check for rust around the wheel arches and rocker panels. Check the exhaust as well. If you hear a buzzing/rattling, it may the be heat shield -- the metal clamps can rust out and have it vibrate. You can remove or replace it -- if you find you don't need to replace the whole system somehow.
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      06-10-2019 12:47 PM #18
      Total sidebar- I find it pretty nutty that we are positively discussing a nearly 20 year old car as a daily driver. All the more reason I think the auto industry is due for major contraction IMO. If not for safety I'd probably have no issue dailying a 10-15 year old car either.

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      06-10-2019 07:54 PM #19
      These were great cars. You gotta get the manual.

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      06-10-2019 08:13 PM #20
      From a reliability standpoint, I'd so much rather search for a Camry V6 / ES300 of that same vintage.

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      06-10-2019 11:03 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by kickapoo View Post
      From a reliability standpoint, I'd so much rather search for a Camry V6 / ES300 of that same vintage.
      I've owned both, ES300 and Maxima of that generation.

      The ES300 was dead nuts perfect reliable, but the Maxima wasn't too far off.

      It required slightly more upkeep.

    23. 06-11-2019 04:33 AM #22
      Actually looks good with the oem wheels

      Most I see have ugly early 2000 pep boys wheels with peeling tint and various outdated stickers like HOT IMPORT NIGHTS



      I will say i do see more pre 3.5 , 3.0L 2000-2001 than MCI 3.5s

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      06-11-2019 07:00 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by JUSTAGL View Post
      Yes, they do tend to draw a certain crowd...
      That crowd seems to have moved on to dodge chargers for the most part. And base trim CTSs for some reason
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      06-11-2019 07:55 AM #24
      Unfortunately impossible to find ones in the northeast without either rear wheel well rot or illegal tint.

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      06-11-2019 08:53 AM #25
      Back when I washed/transported cars at Enterprise in college, I'd always look forward getting one of these. I haven't driven one since they were new, but I remember them being pretty fun and quick. It wasn't quite as good at burnouts as the Northstar DeVilles or the 4.7 Dodge Dakotas though. Anyway, for $1500, I'd give it a shot, assuming it's mostly solid.

      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      Total sidebar- I find it pretty nutty that we are positively discussing a nearly 20 year old car as a daily driver. All the more reason I think the auto industry is due for major contraction IMO. If not for safety I'd probably have no issue dailying a 10-15 year old car either.
      Yeah, modern cars are generally pretty good, assuming you use common sense. This was reinforced when I recently tried to replace my '07 G35. Nothing new was really any better.

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