Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,384 - $4,007
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
255
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,384 - $4,007
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
255
Seats
5

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Nissan Maxima Models & Trims

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2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Reviews

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Last Year Maxima made in Japan

2003 Nissan Maxima GXE

I had a 94 Maxima and needed a newer one for travelling and got the 2003 in September 2002. What a difference in driving as 94 had 160 HP and this had 255 HP. No problem with passing on the highway, as many times when passing suddenly realized going 90 MPR with no effort. It came with great tires and replaced them 13 years later and still had tread at 133K. Great lights for night driving. Still driving it 17 years later 180K and only things done was two batteries, oxygen sensor, driver window motor, set of tires, wiper blades, alignment, set of brakes pads, fuel cap, many air filters and a throttle body module. Great gas mileage using regular leaded gas. Great on the highway for gas mileage. Mileage is 23 city and 34 highway and I believe it. Whenever I take it in for oil changes, people think it is a lot newer car as it looks so new. I got the silver metallic. Extremely happy with this car and as it was the last year to be made in Japan, probably why-quality built. The 94 had the 3.0 six engine and tops and now this one had the 3.5, another great engine. Have to be careful, blind spots like every other vehicle. Drove the 2018 Max and really liked it and the blind spot warning detection. No rust on vehicle although living in winter climate with salt on roads.

- colin

2003 Nissan maxima; luxurious to drive, although expensive to own.

2003 Nissan Maxima

I have owned my vehicle for about three years and so far the only adverse issues I have experienced is low gas mileage (about 23 mpg) which in this day and age is not very economical when gas costs more than three dollars a gallon and the car has a 17 gallon tank. The driver's seat adjustment forwards and backwards does not work, it broke and came off the track about a year after I got the car. And finally, the fuel pump gave out about 6 months ago and I replaced it with one I found in a junkyard for 150. 00 including labor. The amenities to this vehicle are many. The dual heated leather seats are great for me and my passenger, heated steering wheel, Bose stereo system, moonroof, spoiler, 17” tiger paw tires provide excellent traction in any road conditions, large trunk, and spacious back seat. All maintenance systems are easily accessible to check oil and other fluid levels, not to mention the huge washer fluid reservoir! Overall a very nice and comfortable vehicle to drive from errands to long trips.

- Debbie M

Cheap, fast, and practical

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

A lot of reviews call this a 4-door sports car, and it's fairly accurate. Steering and handling is nice and precise, and it goes fast enough where you can definitely surprise some people in their Chargers trying to cut you off coming up to a merge. It's practical and comfortable, and it doesn't look terrible, although I could do with a different front end design. I like the gated 4-speed automatic so that I can drive it like a pseudo-manual when I want to have fun and leave it in D when the weather's bad or I'm not feeling like going that fast. Sounds decent for an old V6 sedan. Had a few maintenance issues, mainly in finding parts, specifically the fuel pump and exhaust, but it's overall reliable. For the price, it's a great car.

- Joe O

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$24,899
$27,549

Horsepower

Horsepower
255 hp
255 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC SMPI 24
3.5L DOHC SMPI 24

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.9 in.
43.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.5 in.
40.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.2 in.
36.2 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.4 in.
37.4 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.1 cu. ft.
15.1 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/55HR16
P215/55HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
108.3 in.
108.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
40 ft.

Length

Length
191.5 in.
191.5 in.

Width

Width
70.3 in.
70.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3218 lbs.
3275 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
255 hp
255 hp

Torque

Torque
246 ft. lbs.
246 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
20 mpg
20 mpg

Highway

Highway
26 mpg
26 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

HID Headlights

HID Headlights

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety