Maximum Sunday: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 6-Spd

Maximum Sunday continues with this next Nissan Maxima, this time a fifth generation example offered at a decent price.  The fifth generation Maxima is a few horsepower down from the next generation, but it is a few tenths quicker to 60mph and might be a better car.  Find this 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 6-Spd offered for $3,500 in Lawrenceville, GA via craigslist.

I had initially found and settled on this one, a 2000 5-speed offered for $1,100 or best offer, but someone pulled the trigger and purchased it before Maximum Sunday rolled around. The 2002 version might cost a few more bucks, but it features the upgraded VQ35DE V6 mated to a 6-speed manual instead of the VQ30DE-K and 5-speed.

The VQ35DE is rated at 255 horsepower and 246 ft-lbs of torque — which is more than enough to overwhelm the front tires and cause some intense torque steer — but in a good/fun way.  The SE is available with an optional helical Torsen limited-slip-diff from the factory, no word if this car has it.

If the black SE 6-speed isn’t something that catches your fancy, or is located on the wrong side of the country, you could instead pickup this white 2002 Maxima 6-speed with only 102k miles on the odo offered for $5999 in Ontario, CA.  It sits on upgraded “premium” wheels and TEIN coilovers, but looks pretty good.

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