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" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"radio" 2 reviews

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Frédéric writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

Pros

Sweet engine, well equipped, operation cost is a little high..

Cons

Reliability could be better

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Good Luxury Car, Could Be More Reliable (on The Electric Side) — Sweet engine. Linear,smooth and plenty of power. The brakes are ok, handling is feeling a bit numb. I had two maxima like this and experience the same problem... oxygene sensor!!!! seems to be a problem that owner of this generation encounters frequently... But the the quality of the interior is really good and all the equipment you could think of in a luxury car is there (climate control, heated front seats, heated steering...) The maintenance and pieces of the maxima though is a bit expensive...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ashityug writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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Good quality built, reliable car. Service and parts not cheap, but this is a performance car, so It could not be cheap. I owned that car for 10 years, never had any major problem. Change Alternator once and Cam shaft sensor. That will be all repair for 10 years of daily driving in Southern California Extreme Hot condition.

Cons

MPG is not that great. Combined City/HWY I could get about 18-20 MPG, not even close to what Nissan Advertised. Using Cruise Control on Long Distance MPG come close to 21-22 MPG. But compare MPG with Performance and handling I don't mind that low MPG. Uses ONLY Premium Gas.

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Excellent Car, Perfect Handling And Performance. Smooth Ride. — Excellent Acceleration, Performance and response, comfortable ride. 0-60 MPH in under 4.9 seconds. Sharp breaks, using original Nissan pads never have any squeaking noise. Fun to drive. Car fills safe and stable on the road. It was the best car I ever owned.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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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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Maxime writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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4

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unique

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radio

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Titanium Edition — Great and fast car. Handle like a Go Kart. A lot of mods and never saw a quebec winter. Build quality is excellent. It is really fun to drive. Performance are really great but now need a tune-up. Interior is mint ! Black leather seats and carpet are as new.

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Jamie writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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The reliability

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nothing

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Great Commuter Car! — Great dependable family car. These things will go forever. After an accident I decided to go through the engine and refresh a few things. At 240000 miles the cylinder walls still had the hashmarks, and the timing chain guides looked new, and the chain wasnt stretched. I need to redo the suspension, it does have 1/4 million miles on it, but other than that its a great car. Plenty of power for daily driving and gets 22 mpg.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ed writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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it's a great car overall and has a solid engine.

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only avoid them if they are automatics.

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The Maxima — *performance: pulls great, the brakes could be better, and handles great when dropped on coilovers. *build quality: pretty good, just standard maintenance. *appearance: is in need of a lip kit. *cost: don't buy it if you cant afford it. *fun factor: it's a blast to drive.

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

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Phil writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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VQ35DE,    6spd

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you like hondas

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Love The Maxima — Brakes are bad. heard that's a common problem in the 2000-2004 maxima. planning on switching with new slotted brembos or equivalent. Hawk pads or maybe green stuff. Want to do a total N/A build. goal is 300-350 WHP

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Greg writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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3

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great pick up and gas mileage, comfortable interior

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torque steer from front wheel drive

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Maxima Driver — I bought this vehicle used, it had around 33K when purchased. I use it for a daily driver. It has been a great car, no complaints. Strong V6. MPG I average around 28 city and 33 hwy. Color is a charcoal metallic with a light gray leather interior. Good intro luxary car.

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Chris writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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Fun to drive, great soundsystem, bold lines.

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SUV like gas mileage if you drive like an asshole.

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Never One Mechanical Problem — Quick, light, and agile, while surprisingly spacious four door saloon that smacks the American competition clear across the face, best in its class, hands down.

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Josh writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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Power, performance, luxury, Bose stereo system, decent MPGs for a performance engine

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Factory stereo is finicky, needs a more aggressive stance - I can't afford lowering springs, styling's a bit awkward in areas.

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Underrated And Overlooked. I'm Sure Your Rsx Is Quick Though, I'm Sure. — 255 stock hp (about 265 right now w/mods) Sport Suspension Titanium Package Meridian Package I was never really into cars. Then I bought this in '06. Nissan's VQ is the best V6 on the market, dollars for horses. Period. I love the ride, the acceleration, and the handling. Wish there was a better aftermarket for it...

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