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2003 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

2003 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 30 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"radio" 2 reviews

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smenes writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

Pros

Lots of features for a great price!

Cons

Handling is too soft for the kind of power the car has. I wish it was sturdier.

smenes
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Great — I love the inside design but i don't love the outside design as much, I think they made some improvements in looks in later models. It has lots of power and still has great gas mileage. Reliability is one of the best.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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François writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Excellent all around, no doubt

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none

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Best Of It's Class — VQ35DE 255 hp 246 ft/lb 1/4 mile : 14.7 avg 7L/100 km highway 9L/100 km city Find a 6 speed if you want to have fun with this car ! comfortable. heated steering and seats. Give the civic kids a sleeper attack they never thought

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M writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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everything

Cons

I sold it

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Great Car — Simply one of the best cars I ever owned. I sincerely regret the moment I sold it and I am currently looking for another one. Six speed manual, 260 hp, heated seats and steering wheel, bose, 30 mpg hwy, just pure driving nirvana.

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Keith writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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luxury

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speed

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Maxima — great reliable car. wasn't the fastest car I've ever driven but it definately gets the job done. no problems with the car over the 8 year period that we have had the car. Gets you from a to b efficiently

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Varun writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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excellent steering wheel ratio when you drive it you really feel connected to the road.
great power along the entire power band.
very reliable
brakes are also very good for a stock setup
interior room is enormous, i have loaded as much stuff as my dads old jeep some how things just always fit. i have fun bumpers 10 feet pipes 8 foot ladders and the rear seat comes down with a huge hole to the trunk so thats how its all possible.
for an everyday daily driver its a very surprising car.

Cons

Suspension setup is not so great.... the rear end is semi-independent so not the best handling car in its class but with just a shock upgrade pretty nice.
of course understeer  
horrible turning radius

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It Has 255 Horses For A 2003 Model Enough Said.... — basically for the price its a very good car. it has way more power then the others for a 2003 model. the engine is amazing the transmission (auto) isnt too bad either. the car doesn't have a great suspension set up with with lowering springs and tokiko shocks it was superb however too bumpy so i went with stock shocks and tokiko's and now its just right. the car does 130 without a struggle. i think you have to drive this car daily to appreciate it. i didn't like it at first and now as i have driven other cars in the same class i appreciate it that much more.

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JunisLLC writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

One of the best engineering designed vehicle from Nissan

Cons

the style is not your most elegant look

JunisLLC
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Rare 6 Speed Manual Maxima — This is not a common combination in a Maxima. We see 5 speed manual all over the place, but having a 6 speed stick shift and leather interior. This car's got power, it's a sports car in disguise, you can race a BMW any day and chance to have it eat your dust.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Matthew writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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power, looks, handling, build quality

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FWD, kinda scary in the snow, but stock it went like a champ

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Best Foreign Car Ever. — Owned it since 4/05 never had a problem, and I have taken it all over the country, as well as drag race, and auto-cross it. It's been modified w/a intake, modified manifold, chip, grounding kit, S/AFC tuned, custom-fabbed subframe braces and strut bars, rear anti-roll bar, Brembo front brakes. Dyno'd @ 292hp @ the flywheel 32mpg highway / 25 city 13.95 1/4mile

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cybrtrader writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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Drives nice, good acceleration and comfortable ride.  A true 4 door sports sedan.

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Could be better in the snow especially when turning.  Seems like the engine generated too much torque.

cybrtrader
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My Third Maxima — I love the Nissan Maxima. This is my third Nissan Maxima SE. All of my maximas were reliable and fun to drive. The 03 Maxima has a lot of miles 204K mainly because I was driving between Boston and Atlanta so put a lot of highway miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RDent903 writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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3

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Runs well, lots of power when I need it.  Comfortable for long trips, I spend a lot of time in my car.

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Naggging problems, electrical issues.  Maintenance maintenance maintenance.

RDent903
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Good, Don't Keep It Too Long Like I Did. — The longer I have had this car the more it annoys me. Electrical switches, replaced muffler 2x, battery 2x, just one nagging thing after another for awhile. Has 180 thou on it right now, and the motor still delivers when I ask it to.

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nissan4evr writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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Motor-extremely strong, reliable and quite.
Interior-comfortable, roomy
Ride Quality-excellent

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Has an issue with the radio-Bose system works awesome when the radio is on but when you put in cd's the speaker in the front drivers side goes in and out.

nissan4evr
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Would Recommend This Car To Anyone — This is my 2nd 2003 maxima, after owning my first se model back in 03 i fell in love with the max. absolutely fun to drive pretty good on gas for a car that is like a rocket out of the hole. only issues i had with the se were it went thru brakes and tires fairly quickly(2 complete sets of brakes within 60k and it ate up the factory tires by 30k)i enjoyed the car but didn't beat it to bad. had to replace the front struts by 65k, all of these issues i learned from other owners were common. this car never left me stranded, was great in the snow and was just plain solid. ended up getting rid of that car going to volkswagon(allowed my sisters to talk me into it at the time) and after a golf and a jetta went back to the max. funny thing now is my sisters both own nissans pathfinder and max and love them. i liked the new max's but wasn't feeling a $40k loan so i researched and looked for a good used 03, after alot of looking i stumbled on an 03 gle that was traded in the night before i found it, one owner and thinking to myself after looking at the carfax i pulled, the person that owned this purchased it in 03 and spent $28-$30k for it chances are it wasn't a kid and after driving it and seeing the interior(which you could eat off of)and since i worked at an auto auction for 10 yrs and never seen a car 10 yrs old with a 140k miles this clean and still had the factory plastic on the floors and the little tags like are on clothes were still in the carpet to hold the floor mats, unheard of. the gle now with 150k on it runs as good if not better that my se. keep your fluids checked and routine maintaince performed and the max will not let you down. nissan owner for life here, no more straying.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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