Used 2003 Nissan Maxima

2003 Nissan Maxima
List price
2003 Nissan Maxima


  • Impressively powerful V6 engine, sports car moves, availability of premium features, plenty of room for five adults.


  • High price, rough ride quality with SE suspension.
Nissan Maxima years

Used 2003 Nissan Maxima for Sale

Nissan Maxima 2003 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Used 2003
Nissan Maxima
Ellas Auto Outlet Inc
62.4 mi away
Est.Loan: $51/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
WARRANTY++PRICED BELOW KBB VALUE--We are 2016 VIADA QUALITY DEALER RECIPIENT--WE STAND BEHIND OUR PRODUCT AND SERVICES WITH A 6 MONTH6000 MILE WARRANTY ON ALL VEHICLES--PERFCET SECONDCOMMUTER CAR OR 1ST CAR BURGUNDY exterior and BLACK  Leather interior .Features include: 3.5L DOHC SMPI 24-valve V6 engine--Nissan direct ignition system (NDIS)--Sport tuned suspension-inc: larger front stabilizer bar firmer springs strutstransverse link bushing--Pwr rack & pinion steering--Silent timing chain & 2-stage acoustic variable induction system--Cruise control wsteering wheel mounted controls--power seat--heated seats--CD player--power sunroof--power window--power doorlock--keyless entry--alarm--AC--Heat--ready to go price includes 6 month6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or 540-582-8151

Get more for your trade-in

Edmunds shoppers get on average $235 more for their trade-in.

Receive offers from our dealer partners fast.

See your car's value

Edmunds' Expert Review

An excellent choice as a well-equipped family sedan or as a cheaper alternative to an entry-level luxury sedan.

vehicle overview

Since the mid- to late '80s, the Nissan Maxima has been a favorite choice of those who wanted a V6 sedan that offered a lot of bang for the buck in terms of standard features, performance and reliability. Last year, Nissan upped the ante by offering the most powerful and most luxurious Maxima ever. For 2003, this flagship car can be equipped to be anything from a nicely equipped family car to an affordable sport sedan.

2003 Nissan Maxima configurations

The Maxima is offered in three trim levels -- base GXE, sporting SE and luxury GLE. There is plenty of standard equipment on the GXE and SE, including cloth seating; a power driver seat; air conditioning; cruise control; HID headlights; power windows, locks and mirrors; a CD player; Homelink and a trip computer with an outside temperature display. The main difference between the two is on the outside, with the SE having 17-inch wheels and tires (the GXE has 16s), front foglights and a rear spoiler. The SE also has a sport-tuned suspension that includes firmer springs and shocks and a larger front stabilizer bar. Want to be pampered? Go with the GLE and enjoy its leather seating, premium audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer, power front passenger seat, driver-seat memory system, automatic climate control and 17-inch wheels and tires. In terms of optional equipment, the GLE and SE can be ordered with a power sunroof; a Meridian package that includes heated front seats, steering wheel and outside mirrors; a traction control system and a CD-based navigation system. There are also a couple option packages that allow an SE to be equipped similarly to a GLE.

2003 Highlights

Since the Maxima was updated last year and is scheduled for a redesign in 2004, there are no major changes in store for the family sedan in 2003. There's a Titanium Edition package available for the SE and side airbags are now standard on GLEs.

Performance & mpg

Last year, the Maxima received a new 3.5-liter V6 engine. Very similar to the V6 engine found in the Altima and Pathfinder, as well as Infiniti I35 and G35, this advanced power plant produces 255 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque. For the money, this is one of the most powerful sedans you can buy. A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is standard on SE models. The six-speed can also be ordered with a helical-type limited-slip front differential. Remaining models come equipped with a standard four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (optional on SE). In terms of acceleration, a manual-equipped SE can launch from 0-to-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.


Along with dual-stage front airbags, the Maxima comes standard with ABS-equipped brakes with BrakeAssist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution; active head restraints; ALR/ELR seatbelts and child-seat anchor points. GLE cars also come with front side airbags. In government crash testing, the Maxima has earned respectable scores with four stars (out of a possible five) in front- and side-impact tests. The IIHS has given the Maxima an "Acceptable" rating for front-offset crash test results.


Regardless of trim, the Maxima is an entertaining car to drive. The V6 provides plenty of forward thrust. Some people might find the SE to have overly firm ride quality because of the sport-tuned suspension, but it's never harsh. If you have about $30,000 to spend, the Maxima is a great choice as a well-equipped family sedan or as an alternative to an entry-level luxury sedan. If the Maxima no longer fits your budget, you might want to check out the Altima. It offers near identical performance and passenger space for a lower price tag.


As sedans go, the Maxima is well appointed with features and amenities. The backseat offers plenty of legroom and headroom, the trunk is big and the front seats are comfortable. The Maxima also features richer interior materials than its in-house competitor, the Altima.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Nissan Maxima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Reliable and fun to drive but noisy
I drove the SE model for almost 5 years. Much better built than my 1999 Camry. Good power and handling. The car was reliable but far from perfect. First it was one of the noisiest cars from the wind I have ever driven, wind leaked in from everywhere. Second was the 1 wheel drive. The front right tire drove the whole car. Third was the steering radius, the longest of any car made.premium unleaded is not necessary., no pinging with regular and the same gas mileage.
Maxima love.
No complaints except for the typical radio problems. Other then that I love this car, I have owned a few Nissan cars and trucks and this is bye far the best. Got my first Maxima 03 SE with 174,000 and its still like a new car. Love it. And not to mention only paid $1,800. Best deal ever.
Really great car
I've always liked the 5th gen Maxima. I finally had the chance to get one from California. Purchased August 2014 with 50,000 original miles from an elderly couple that took real good care of it. I live in Colorado and book the trip to Dublin CA. Drove the car back and got 32mpg, she did great! One issue the radio had to be replaced and the power coming from the engine...WOW! So far I've added 12,000 miles driving for work out of state and I'm happy I bought the car. This car was immaculate inside and out.
Style, Performance, Price
Jason in St. Louis,02/03/2007
I drove a '90 Maxima to 175k w/ no major issues. I currently drive an '06 Altima SE-R. I was confident that the purchase of a well maintained '03 Maxima GLE wouldn't disappoint. Boy was I right. Very handsome design, plenty of power under the hood, and very well appointed for a car in it's price range. The car just feels solid and well engineered. I am slightly biased, but it's a car I highly recommend based on past and present Nissan ownership.
Write a consumer review of your vehicle for a chance to WIN $100!

Features & Specs

17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
See all Used 2003 Nissan Maxima features & specs


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2003 Nissan Maxima
Used 2003 Nissan Maxima Overview

The Used 2003 Nissan Maxima is offered in the following submodels: Maxima Sedan. Available styles include GXE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), GLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Nissan Maxima?

Save up to $69 on one of 1 Used 2003 Nissan Maxima for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $2,496 as of12/11/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from2.5 to 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Nissan Maxima trim styles:

    Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

    Which used 2003 Nissan Maximas are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2003 Nissan Maxima for sale near. There are currently 1 used and CPO 2003 Maximas listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $2,496 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2003 Nissan Maxima. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $69 on a used or CPO 2003 Maxima available from a dealership near you.

    Can't find a used 2003 Nissan Maximas you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

    Find a used Nissan Maxima for sale - 10 great deals out of 11 listings starting at $18,178.

    Find a used Nissan for sale - 5 great deals out of 6 listings starting at $17,069.

    Find a used certified pre-owned Nissan Maxima for sale - 5 great deals out of 8 listings starting at $13,215.

    Find a used certified pre-owned Nissan for sale - 11 great deals out of 24 listings starting at $16,870.

    Compare prices on the Used Nissan Maxima for sale in Ashburn, VA to other major cities

    Should I lease or buy a 2003 Nissan Maxima?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

    Check out Nissan lease specials
    Check out Nissan Maxima lease specials