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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Greg writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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3

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great pick up and gas mileage, comfortable interior

Cons

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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Matthew writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

power, looks, handling, build quality

Cons

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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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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Mark writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

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Comfortable ride, responsive performance, nice styling, decent features (when they work)

Cons

Waaaay too much time spent in the shop.  Problems Nissan knows are wrong with these cars that they won't fix.

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Buy The Extended Warranty! — Maybe I just got a bad one, but buying the extended warranty is the best thing I could have done. I've owned a Nissan previously and never had problems like this one. There's just too many electronics on it that needed more testing and development before they were put into the car. Since buying it, I've come to be on a first name basis with the service people at the dealership. Over the 3 years I've had it I've had: 3 radios put in 1 window motor replaced 1 window motor adjusted 3 times 1 O2 sensor replaced 1 CV Joint replaced 2 times 5 wheel studs replaced the air conditioner repaired 2 times And I currently need to get the window adjusted again and there's a loose wire in the sub-woofer that makes it come in and out. That's all I can think of off hand, but I'm sure there are other repairs I've had done. Anyway...as soon as this warranty runs out, this thing is outta here!

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Alex writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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4

Pros

Fast car that really puts off as a sleeper. Lives up to its 4dsc heritage.

Cons

Horrible torque steer and a transmission that shouldn't have ever existed (no overdrive or
sports mode).

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Fun Sedan To Drive Around With A Good Amount Of Power On Tap — A good car with enough horsepower to make anyone happy. The car overall is solid with mild torque steer when pushing the car at WOT. The car is very responsive, but the automatic transmission really holds it down. 0-60 time is typically 6.7 seconds. The handling of the car is similar to any other fwd car. The added bonus is sporty feel of the suspension.

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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.

Cons

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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Albert writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

Pros

Powerful, luxurious, heated steering wheel (for those of us in the Great White North, that's a huge feature!) - awesome value

Cons

I no longer have it.

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Great Value, Stupid Power, Ve!ry Luxurious — Great value for the money. Obscenely powerful, big, comfy and luxurious, even moderatly good on gas., tons of luxury and fun options. Gorgeous Interior! I wish I never got rid of it.

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Max writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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3

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Powerful engine, good sound system

Cons

Fuel economy, overall performance

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Decent Car — It only took one test drive to tell that this was not the car for me... While it does accelerate, brake, and handle decently for a mid-size car, it simply did not impress me like the numbers did. 265HP seems like a very impressive number, but the car just doesn't seem like its that powerful. Nice car, but did not meet up to my expectations.

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It's beautiful, love the interior, nice Bose system, comfortable, great on gas.

cybrtrader writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

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

Cons

Does not have AWD

cybrtrader
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My Third 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: Family transportation

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2010 Nissan Maxima Reviews

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