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SE Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20-21 City / 26-28 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.5L DOHC SMPI 24-valve V6 engine
  • Nissan direct ignition system (NDIS)
  • Silent timing chain & 2-stage acoustic variable induction system
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Sport tuned suspension-inc: larger front stabilizer bar, firmer springs/ struts/transverse link bushing
  • P225/50VR17 all-season SBR tires
  • 17" 6-spoke alloy wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist & electronic brake force distribution
  • 18.5 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Chrome-color side window moldings
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color body-side moldings & bumpers
  • Front fog lamps
  • Auto on/off Xenon headlamps
  • Dual adjustable body-color pwr mirrors
  • Solar-ray tinted glass w/dark upper windshield band
  • Side marker lights
  • Side-sill spoilers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Chrome tailpipe finisher

Interior Features

  • 5-passenger seating
  • 8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar support
  • Sport cloth seat trim
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat w/lock & fold-down center armrest
  • Height adjustable center console lid w/armrest
  • Coin box
  • Tilt steering column
  • Ignition immobilizer system
  • Analog speedometer, tachometer, LCD trip odometer, LCD trip computer, coolant temp gauge, fuel gauge
  • Titanium-tinted faced gauges w/reverse lighting
  • Pwr windows & door locks
  • Leather wrapped sport steering wheel & shift knob
  • Leather wrapped sport steering wheel & shift boot
  • Cruise control w/steering wheel mounted controls
  • Remote hood/trunk/fuel-filler door releases
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Vehicle security system
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • ETR AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette/CD player-inc: (6) speakers & steering wheel audio controls
  • In-glass diversity antenna
  • Cellular phone storage/sunglass holder
  • Front/rear dual cup holders
  • Front/rear aux pwr outlet
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/visor extensions
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Interior courtesy lamps-inc: glove box, trunk, ignition key, coin box, door marker
  • Dual overhead map lights
  • Dual rear coat hooks
  • Cargo net

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 3-point front outboard seat belts
  • 3-point rear seatbelts
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Trunk lid emergency release (inside trunk)

2003 Nissan Maxima Owner Reviews

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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

2003 SE Maxima titanium series always has that automatic sparkle to it

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE automatic 3.5. I've had it for 2 years and when it's running good runs great. Lately I've had some issues with trouble codes lately and can't pinpoint the issue somewhere in between the vss and catalytic converter.. other than the fact that the cat. Converter is probably stopped up and the excessive oil it burns I LOVE my car it's has automatic seat control leather seats sunroof Bose system titanium finish rims

- Crystal B

Good car: bad turning radius.

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

It runs very well and is extremely reliable. The major flaw is that it's turning circle awful. It gets good gas mileage and has a roomy interior. The engine is powerful and has a good initial acceleration. It does not handle very well in icy conditions. The trunk is very large and the backseat has ample room to sit 3. The ceilings are a tad low, a problem if you are 6ft 4in or taller.

- Colin O

Was probably a decent car when it first came out

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

My vehicle was good for about a year, and then the battery started dying for no reason. It is an issue with the breaks I believe. And the blower motor also needed replaced quickly after purchase. It has some major issues for sure. One other problem it has is that the stereo cuts in and out the bass shuts itself off and the front drivers side seat controls don't work.

- Whitney N

Great gas mileage, 32 miles to the gallon on open road.

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

Have had my car for 10 years now. Have not had any major problems. My master air flow sensor went bad which wasn't a major problem and didn't hit the wallet to hard when it came time to fix it. Gas mileage is awesome. On the open road when the car is tuned up I get 32 miles to the gallon.

- Angela S

The anti lock system won't let me in my car

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

It needs repairs at least once a month, is leaking oil, and only has 140,000 miles. It is rusted out. But the biggest problem I have is the anti theft system and since a new ignition was put in we can't reset the anti theft system so it won't let me start my car

- Michele W

It can go extremely fast on highway.

2003 Nissan Maxima SE

Ac does not work. Check engine light is on. Fender is bent. It constantly burns oil. Put oil in car frequently. Gas burns fast as well. It is a black Nissan it does go fast. Good speakers to listen to your music. No sunroof. It accepts a aux cord and CD.

- Chelsea F

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