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" 7 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews

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Rob writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

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For the money I paid it is a great car 15k taxes in

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it uses premium fuel

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I'd Like To Be Buried In It. — I bought this car in the summer of 07 with 58k . It's big, comfortable, fast, and adequate on fuel . Its not cheap to own with the synthetic oil changes and premium fuel; however every time I get behind the wheel all my cares and worries disappear. Its classified as a sport sedan but it doesn't handle very sporty the ride is not stiff more like a cloud . accelleration is great either from a stand still or passing a slower vehicle ,the 3.5 VQ series motor really sings.Its pretty good in the winter as long as you are running winter rubber, the heated seats and excellent defrosting capabilities are great, the traction control is also helpful. I've invested about 2600 into it since i bought it (front and rear rotors and synthetic oil chgs) New summer tires are on the way next summer ; oh yeah also equipped it with mich x-ice on steeles for the winter

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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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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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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)

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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

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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.

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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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Albert writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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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

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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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Frédéric writes:
2003 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

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

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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.

ashityug
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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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