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2003 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews

4.8
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Great Used Car

by from Nc on March 24, 2011

My wife and I went looking for a Nissan Maxima in used condition as a back up car. We had a 1996 model earlier that we put almost 300,000 miles on so this was our pick. Research indicated 2002-2003 to...
My wife and I went looking for a Nissan Maxima in used condition as a back up car. We had a 1996 model earlier that we put almost 300,000 miles on so this was our pick. Research indicated 2002-2003 to be the best years for Nissan Maxima so we searched for these years. We found a used 2003 but went a used 2002 that had an emasculate inside and the exterior was in much better shape. So far the car has performed well with 118,000 miles on it and we've had it about two months. The handling is very sporty and fast. The inside is roomy enough for our two sons. These cars hold value very well, especially the 02-03 models, so we should be able to sell it later and get back a lot of what we have in it.
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Heavenly

by from Denver CO on June 28, 2010

Just bought this car with 144k and I am amazed. The leather is perfect, transmission still shifts smoothly all electronics work great. Amazing price compared to what anything else offered.
Just bought this car with 144k and I am amazed. The leather is perfect, transmission still shifts smoothly all electronics work great. Amazing price compared to what anything else offered.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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2003 Maxima

by from Connecticut on November 11, 2009

I am currently in College and have owned the 2003 Maxima SE for about 6 years. The car is very well designed and has been on road trips throughout the East Coast. I have never been stuck anywhere and ...
I am currently in College and have owned the 2003 Maxima SE for about 6 years. The car is very well designed and has been on road trips throughout the East Coast. I have never been stuck anywhere and the car responds to anything that I have thrown at it. It was great cargo space and can withstand the challenge of holding skis or a bicycle. the car isn't great in the snow however with some added weight and knowing how to drive in the low gear it gets that job done. I would encourage anyone looking for a used car at this point to give it a look if you are looking for something sporty, reliable and fun. Everything works well on the car and it promises to be a blast to drive in beautiful weather.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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2003 Maxima Gle

by from Orlando, FL on January 13, 2008

I bought the '03 Maxima GLE in early '07. I've always loved the maxima, but i assure you my review is unbiased. I'll start by saying the model i got was affected by the recall, i had to faulty O2 sens...
I bought the '03 Maxima GLE in early '07. I've always loved the maxima, but i assure you my review is unbiased. I'll start by saying the model i got was affected by the recall, i had to faulty O2 sensors, NB. they overheated a few months after i got it (i drive very hard). They were replaced under my extended warranty. Now to it, the interior is very comfortable and spacious, my wife owns a 2005 accord, and she doesnt want to drive her car anymore. The handling is ok, but kudos goes to the engine 255 stock, i intend on doing slight modifications to it. the only thing i've done thus far was added a K&R air filter, a small change but noticable difference in response. It doesnt void your warranty either. I've outran SE chargers, Mustangs, Newer Nissans, an Audi A4, G35 sedan, only v8's and better have dominion lol. Also this is the last production maxima from Japan.
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One of the more reliable cars I've owned

by from Goldsboro, NC on May 11, 2011

'03 Nissan Maxima 6 sp Titanium Edition/Meridian edition. 255hp/237tq at the crank. Decent sounding Bose stereo with six speakers and an 8 inch subwoofer in rear deck. Heated seats are definitely a pl...
'03 Nissan Maxima 6 sp Titanium Edition/Meridian edition. 255hp/237tq at the crank. Decent sounding Bose stereo with six speakers and an 8 inch subwoofer in rear deck. Heated seats are definitely a plus. Heated steering wheel is to die for in winter months. LSD worked like it was supposed to. Trunk was a nice size also. Only thing I didn't like was that it was FWD. But for a family sedan, at the time you couldn't beat it. Fun factor is through the roof. Strong engine; torque for days it seems like. Very comfortable seats: front and back. Would definitely buy another.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Best Performance for the money

by from on October 23, 2009

i have a 2003 se and it is the best preforming car i have ever had. the suspension is super good around corners and the acceleration is great to. i cant wait to get another one
i have a 2003 se and it is the best preforming car i have ever had. the suspension is super good around corners and the acceleration is great to. i cant wait to get another one
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they should make it again

by from Chicago on December 30, 2009

bought it used with 49K miles, was totaled @88K after 3.5 years of use and abuse by a school bus. In that time span only repairs were regular maintenance and front struts, one wheel bearing(hit a curb...
bought it used with 49K miles, was totaled @88K after 3.5 years of use and abuse by a school bus. In that time span only repairs were regular maintenance and front struts, one wheel bearing(hit a curb) and outer tie rods. This car is a blast to drive, has lots of space, very good for long trips or throwing it around corners, but change the oem rubber. in the end i'm buying the same identical car. If Nissan makes it again i will buy it, and i mean exactly the same outside.
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Uses car for Having fun

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2003 Nissan Maxima SE (automatic)

by from Naperville, IL on June 2, 2006

Drivetrain- The engine is very powerful and responsive. The automatic transmission is smooth and eager to downshift. It could benefit from another gear as the ratios are widely spaced. It is front whe...
Drivetrain- The engine is very powerful and responsive. The automatic transmission is smooth and eager to downshift. It could benefit from another gear as the ratios are widely spaced. It is front wheel drive so there is lots of torque steer due to the 255 horsepower engine. Interior- The interior comfort level is above average. I have a sensitive back and the seat contours are rather comfortable and supportive. The leather quality is okay but not special. Mine is black and is unbearable after sitting out in the sun for a while. The other interior materials are fine. There is lots room in the back seats for even tall people. Exterior- The fit and finish is consistent with the price. No complaints. I like the styling. Sporty yet practical. Ride/Handling- The ride is rather firm with the 17" wheels and low profile rubber. Some may feel that it is too firm but I like it. The handling is not very good as the car is very nose heavy and front wheel drive. The Altima is a better balanced FWD car that handles better. The factory tires aren't very grippy so a tire upgrade would help in the handling department significantly. Note- the turning radius is terrible. Cost of Ownership- The car is extremely reliable. 56K miles and no repairs. Only oil changes, brake pads (front and back), and a few other regular maintenance items. I never brought it in for a warranty issue. Gas mileage is fair. I average 18-19 in the city. Lately, it seems to be doing better on the freeway, getting over 26 mpg even at speeds over 80 mph. In the past, when I had a long commute of mixed freeway and city driving, I got about 21-22 mpg. Recap- The highlight of this car is the engine. It is used in many Nissans and Infinitis including 350Z's and G35's. This great engine is limited somewhat by the auto trans and the handling charateristics of a nose heavy front wheel drive car. This does not prevent the Maxima from being a great highway vehicle. It is very smooth even at high speeds and firmly grips the road. Gas Mileage is average on the highway and the interior is comfortable for long trips.
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Everything I ever wanted in one car.

by from Salisbury NC on September 29, 2008

I love to drive and wanted a sports car but I found most of them lacking in space, both for me and my stuff as i love to travel. I tried to find a four-door or a wagon with a manual transmission and t...
I love to drive and wanted a sports car but I found most of them lacking in space, both for me and my stuff as i love to travel. I tried to find a four-door or a wagon with a manual transmission and those that had one were, for the most part, underpowered and boring. When I test drove the Maxima SE with the 6-speed manual transmission, I quit looking. The car looked good, was roomy and comfortable, had plenty of options, a great sound system and had all the feel of a much sportier vehicle. A blast to drive on winding mountain roads and plenty of power for the straightaway. I think Nissan has made a serious mistake by not offering manuals in the Maxima any more. There's a manual shift mode, but anyone who really loves to drive a stick will understand why this is just a pointless toy. I can only hope that this car lasts forever because I don't know what could replace it adequately.
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great car

by from Florida,FL on October 1, 2011

I own a 2003 nissan maxima se model.It is so beautiful inside and out.Mines was loaded with heated seats,heated steering wheel,leather seats.automatic climate control and much more.I am the second own...
I own a 2003 nissan maxima se model.It is so beautiful inside and out.Mines was loaded with heated seats,heated steering wheel,leather seats.automatic climate control and much more.I am the second owner and it looks like it just came out of the dealers lot.The paint is still shiny and still has its gloss.the reliability is great never had a problem with it.I highly recomend this car to anyone!
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