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Nissan Maxima A32 A33 1993 2008 Haynes Service Repair Manual

About the Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is a full-size car manufactured by Nissan, marketed as the "four-door sports car". The Maxima debuted in July 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was spun into its own line in 1981, having been made continuously since then. Most pre-2004 Maximas were built in Oppama, Japan, until the current North American Maximas started being assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The Maxima models are also known as Nissan Cefiro or Nissan Laurel in various markets.

The car was redesigned again in 1995 as the A32. A new VQ30DE 190 hp (141 kW), 205 lb·ft (278 N·m) tq 3.0 L V6 was the only engine option for the North American market. The VQ30DE earned a first spot on the Ward's 10 Best Engines List, and the VQ has now been recognized consecutively for every year since its introduction (as of 2008, 14 years running). The independent rear suspension of the previous generation was replaced with a lighter and cheaper torsion bar solid axle system.

The Maxima's primary competitor, the Toyota Cressida, was discontinued after the 1992 model year, with Toyota touting the FWD Toyota Avalon, a stretched version of the Toyota Camry introduced in 1994, as its replacement.

The exterior was refreshed for 1997, with new 5-spoke alloy wheels, plastic (clear-lens) headlights vs. the previous glass headlights, a slightly different front and rear fascia with new redesigned tail-lights, the rear-facing part of the trunk was smoothed out to match the tail-lights, re-designed fog-lights and badge designs, and a chrome grille insert for GLE's (body color for SE models) was added. Among interior changes were a different steering wheel and CD player. Front seat-mounted side impact airbags were added as an option for 1998 and 1999 SE and GLE models. There were also structural modifications to improve crash worthiness for the 1997 to 1999 models. The 1999 Nissan Maxima also saw some minor changes: an Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer was standard using a chip in the ignition key, as well as the '99 Maxima actually had some minor body trims. The '99 Maxima was the only 4th Generation offered with optional traction control.

The 1999 Maxima SE was also available with a Limited Package which consisted of Titanium tinted SE-Limited emblems on the front doors, titanium tinted trunk emblems, and titanium tinted 16" alloy wheels. The interior gauge cluster was also titanium tinted and the optional leather seats were preforated and embossed with SE on the backrests. The front floor mats were also embossed with SE-Limited logos.

The North American 1995 Maxima included a Bose Sound System on the GLE (optional on the SE) which had a 6 speaker sound system, a Clarion system was also an option (non-Bose). The fourth generation Maxima was highly praised for its roomy interior.

This Maxima was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1995. The Maxima SE again made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1995 and 1996.

The 1995 VQ30DE (3.0 litre) engine produced 190 hp (142 kW) and 205 lb·ft (278 N·m) of torque. With the manual transmission 0-60 mph took 6.6 seconds with a quarter mile time of 15.2-seconds at 92.4-mph.

A top-of-the-line 1995 Maxima GLE equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission turned in a 7.6-second 0-60-mph run with a 15.8-second/88.6-mph quarter mile time.

The Maxima was one of the few 4 door, V6 cars at the time with an option for a manual transmission (as opposed to the automatic-only Toyota Avalon, Mazda Millenia, Chevrolet Lumina, Dodge Intrepid, etc.).

This particular generation was sold in Japan as the Nissan Cefiro A32, which previously had been its own higher specification model with rear-wheel drive car (see A31 Cefiro). For the Japanese market, a Cefiro-badged station wagon was also available. One version of the Cefiro (Brougham VIP spec) was sold in the US as the Infiniti I30, yet the Cefiro had subtle differences including different fog light arrangements, one-piece headlights and a few assorted engine options (VQ20/25/30DE).

This generation was also sold as the Maxima QX in Europe and other parts of the world, and was mostly identical to the Japanese Cefiro except for minor trim differences.
The 2000 Maxima (designated A33) was a refresh of the previous car, designed at Nissan's La Jolla, California design studio. Often associated with being the fastest years of the Maxima, the engine was a 222 hp (166 kW) (227 hp SE) 3.0 L VQ30DE V6. This variant of the VQ30DE was referred to the VQ30DE-K. In this variation, there were three models (GXE, GLE, and SE). The "GXE" was the base Maxima. The GLE was the "luxury" variant and had 16 inch wheels. This generation was used for the Infiniti I30, (JDM Nissan Cefiro).The 2001 Maxima is the special edition of the SE model which commemorates the 20th anniversary of this particular Nissan. In addition to the usual SE content, this car has the Infiniti I30’s engine, special side skirts (ground effects) all around the lower perimeter, and a few special touches to the interior. The last addition includes drilled metal “brushed metallic” pedals, a “brushed metallic” shifter, and stainless steel door sill plates that has the name Nissan Maxima. The optional leather is perforated, unlike that in the regular SE. Finally, the "SE Comfort and Convenience Package" which includes a sunroof, 17" wheels, and a few other things is standard. Since the 20th Anniversary Edition lists for ,149, which is ,300 more than the regular SE, you’re paying ,500 for the unique content the 20th Anniversary Edition has to offer the Nissan driving enthusiasts. The fifth-generation Maximas have a number of common problems: ignition coils, MAF sensor, TPS (Throttle position sensor) and IACV-AAC (Idle control valve). Users should be particularly aware of the IACV problem which can short out the ECM leading to a very costly repair. All of these faults trigger the check engine light.

In 2002, the engine was replaced for the whole lineup with a 3.5 L VQ35DE that produced 255 hp (190 kW) and 246 lb·ft (334 N·m) of torque. In addition, the model got a slight refresh with a larger grille opening, headlamps with high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams, a six-speed manual transmission with optional helical Torsen limited-slip differential, revised 17 inch six-spoke wheels on the SE models, new 17 inch seven spoke wheels on the GLE models, clear taillights, and some interior and exterior refinements over the 2000 to 2001 models. In 2003, there was a special package called the Titanium Edition with special wheels and interior treatment, as well as a Meridian Edition package which included heated seats and steering wheel (most of the time leather, although some were available with heated cloth), and a GPS navigation system. The Titanium Edition was available in all colors, but a new color was available only with the Titanium Edition (Polished Titanium). The last generation Maxima was the basis for the Infiniti I35. In Russia and Europe, the Maxima is being sold as Nissan Maxima QX.


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