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Unread 05-29-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default '01 or '02 Nissan Maxima

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The other day I made a post about getting a VW Jetta and thanks to everyone here I was convinced not to get it. So I spent my day yesterday and today looking at these two Nissan's. The first is an '01 Maxima 3.0L V6 5 speed manual and the second is the '02 Maxima 3.5 L V6 6 Speed both are the SE model. I was hoping I could get some advice on which one to get. There both in really nice cosmetic condition no scratches or dings or dents interiors are clean engine is clean and they both have a full carfax report with no accidents and all service was done at the dealer on both with oil changes done every 3-4 months and always passed inspection and emmisions. Hopefully I hear back soon enough before I buy one. Oh also both have brand new clutches and are just under 119,000 miles.

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A Maxima is a MUCH better choice than a VW.

Quality, comfort, performance, all around nice car.

I don't know any advantage to either car so I can't comment on that. Have any car you plan to buy inspected before you buy.

I use MSN auto to check for reliability and owner reviews.
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Yeah it just felt all around better. It drove smoother shifted smoother, was more comfortable and it looked cleaner and more streamline. Is it pretty much the same as edmunds?

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I find MSN easy to navigate and has the info I'm needing.
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It is a lot better then edmunds. Do you know anything about the ignition coils going bad? My truck from 1985 has never had new ignition coils in and every day its starts right up even in the cold weather, and yes it has a carb.

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I've heard about the coils but they are easy to replace and you have one for each cylinder, so your engine will still run in 5 until it's fixed.
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The '02 Maxima has a better engine reliability than the '01

http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Re...=93032#VIP_TAB

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Thanks again! I was just reading the reviews and didn't even see that. I will probably wind up getting the 02 now just got to take one more look. Thanks again for all of your help in this.

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Definitely '02 over '01 Maxima. VQ35DE vs VQ30DE-K...first is far better.
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