About 2000 Maxima

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    Engine and Transmission

    • The 2000 Maxima came with a 3.0L V6. This engine produced 222 horsepower at 6,400 rpm; it produced 217 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, when mated with the automatic transmission. When mated with the manual transmission, it's rated at 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

      A four-speed automatic transmission was optional on GXE and SE models. It was standard on the GLE model. A five-speed manual was standard on GXE and SE models, but unavailable on the GLE model.

    Standard Equipment

    • Typical convenience features such as power windows and locks were standard on the base-model 2000 Maxima, as was a cassette player, cruise control and keyless entry. Many notable safety features were standard, including antilock brakes and dual airbags; 15-inch alloy wheels, rather than wheel covers, were also standard.

    Optional Equipment

    • Most of the 2000 Maxima's optional equipment was available on the two highest trim levels: the SE and the GLE. On these trim levels, options such as a power moon roof, leather seating, heated-outside mirrors and a rear spoiler were available. A single CD player replaced the cassette player on the top two trim levels, but a Bose stereo was available for an extra charge.


    • The 2000 Maxima's reliability has been flawless is some areas, but spotty in others. According to Edmunds, all vehicle systems and components have minimal instances of problems, except for the engine. A common problem results from MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor failure; the ignition coils are also prone to failure, leading to check-engine lights.

      J.D. Power and Associates rates the 2000 Maxima at four out of five for mechanical quality.


    • The 2000 Nissan Maxima is by no means a high-maintenance vehicle. Nissan recommends changing the 2000 Maxima's oil and filter every 3,800 miles. The tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles. The engine-air filter requires replacement every 30,000 miles. The Maxima's engine coolant should be replaced at 60,000 miles, and every 30,000 miles thereafter. New spark plugs are required at 105,000 miles.

      Unlike many other Nissan vehicles, the 2000 Maxima does not have a timing belt; no maintenance is required to the timing system.

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