97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

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97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by MaximaLove » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:01 pm

My car isn't the most beautiful car out there; paint is oxidized, no Nissan symbol in the front, the gear box doesn't have leather covering it. But on the inside she's a beauty. 3.0 liters of raw v6 power. Now that being said, I do get the business thrown around from time to time by friends.
One night I pulled into a parking lot to meet up with a bunch of guys I know to show off cars. Knowing my car is nothing special on the exterior, I stayed out of it a bit; looked at some cars, congratulated some guys on their new mods. But one guy I didn't even know started a little shit. Me and my girlfriend were sitting in my car just listening to music and the guy knocks on my window, and says "So what's up with this go-cart man? Going to get some groceries?". This struck a little nerve, so I calmly challenged him to a drag over on a road I know of near my house. He accepted with a smug laugh, and met me over on the spot.
Knowing my car, and how I can drive it, my friends all showed up to root for the underdog. We lined up, and I saw his car. v6, just like me with a little less displacement, but the main problem with his car versus mine was that his was an automatic. A four-speed automatic. I knew in my head that there was zero chance of his victory, so as soon as my girlfriend flagged us down I burned out into first. Revved up to about 6k, powershifted to second and he was already in the dust. I ended the drag with a 45 mph 180° turn to face him, and we stopped face to face. The guy was quite the unceremonious loser, as he called bullshit on the whole race and that my smoke blinded him. You don't need to see when you're traveling in a straight line, buddy. Nice try :)

Moral of the story: don't mess with a car based on looks. Sleepers come in all shapes and sizes.
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by charbs152 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:37 am

MaximaLove wrote:My car isn't the most beautiful car out there; paint is oxidized, no Nissan symbol in the front, the gear box doesn't have leather covering it. But on the inside she's a beauty. 3.0 liters of raw v6 power. Now that being said, I do get the business thrown around from time to time by friends.
One night I pulled into a parking lot to meet up with a bunch of guys I know to show off cars. Knowing my car is nothing special on the exterior, I stayed out of it a bit; looked at some cars, congratulated some guys on their new mods. But one guy I didn't even know started a little shit. Me and my girlfriend were sitting in my car just listening to music and the guy knocks on my window, and says "So what's up with this go-cart man? Going to get some groceries?". This struck a little nerve, so I calmly challenged him to a drag over on a road I know of near my house. He accepted with a smug laugh, and met me over on the spot.
Knowing my car, and how I can drive it, my friends all showed up to root for the underdog. We lined up, and I saw his car. v6, just like me with a little less displacement, but the main problem with his car versus mine was that his was an automatic. A four-speed automatic. I knew in my head that there was zero chance of his victory, so as soon as my girlfriend flagged us down I burned out into first. Revved up to about 6k, powershifted to second and he was already in the dust. I ended the drag with a 45 mph 180° turn to face him, and we stopped face to face. The guy was quite the unceremonious loser, as he called bullshit on the whole race and that my smoke blinded him. You don't need to see when you're traveling in a straight line, buddy. Nice try :)

Moral of the story: don't mess with a car based on looks. Sleepers come in all shapes and sizes.
i had a 2000 mazda 626 V6 5 speed, it hauled pretty good for what it was, but i wouldnt brag about it. it looked like a Grannie car but it could move pretty good. i loved that car
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by LHOswald » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:01 am

maximas aren't light, but i wouldn't call them heavy either. with a v6 im pretty sure they put down around 200 horse. not bad mated with a 5 speed. that dudes mazda with an automatic didn't stand a chance. great win, and good jab at the national douchebaggery of america.
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by vedran » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:51 pm

welcome to the forums. nice car :D

the 4gen is definitely no slouch, especially with a y-pipe :mrgreen:

are you a member on the big ORG (maxima.org)? most members there run mid 14s with just a y-pipe, and claim a mid 6 second 0-60, which isn't too shabby for a 13+ year old car. plus, the VQ sounds amazing with just an intake

be careful as the manual transmissions in the 4th gens are delicate as f**k due to improperly made shims from the factory. i'm having mine rebuilt as i post this :lol:

here is an old piece from motorvate.ca:
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I think the pre-load on the bearings was too much. The measurements that I took equaled a shim of .0456 of an inch. The shims that I removed were .0520 of an inch, .0064 too much preload! This means the bearing is being compressed .0064 of an inch too much, and it pounds the tapered rollers and the bearing races until they fail, and the surface flakes off.

This is called "spalling" Have a look at this bad bearing tech note from QuakerState Oil. Compare my bearing race to it. They look the same.

6.4 thousandths of an inch may not seem like a lot, but that is 4 shim sizes too tight. Every .0015 of an inch requires a different shim. Over 60,000 Km this excessive preload pounds the bearing, until it starts to fall apart. (Spalling)
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by potownrob » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:02 am

Welcome to the forums and nice ride (pics or ban :!: :o )! As Ved just said, the trannies on these cars are NOT bulletproof like those on some other cars. I change out the gear lube every 20-30k miles with synthetic gear lube (be sure to ONLY use a GL4 rated gear lube; do NOT believe anyone who says GL5 won't hurt your transmission!!), but they are not slouches and even stock can get out of their way and surprise other drivers with their quickness. 190 hp, 205 lb ft of torque and only around 3000 lbs (not much when you look at today's bloated cars) plus driver (haha, this driver is definitely not light :lol: :oops: ) to move and the car is so understated people think it's a grandpa's car, plus it has 4 doors and can hold 5 people and a couple of bodies in the trunk and probably their bags too. i like to drive conservatively and then, when the tailgaters get coy (is that a word anymore and what does it even mean??), I leave them in the dust :twisted:

P.S. Ved, I am very sorry I haven't sent you your present yet; it speaks volumes to my disorganization and forgetfulness (and laziness). I am going to make a stronger effort to remember to get things together and get it done. feel free to remind me again though... :lol:
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by eaglecatcher » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:12 am

NISSAN POWAH!


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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by DKaz » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:42 pm

Nice! Sleepers FTW.

I want a V6 manual. Maxima or 6/626, even an old Camry. Has to be a 3.0 or bigger tho, the IS250 is the only small displacement 6 banger I'd accept.
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Re: 97 Maxima vs. 03 Mazda 626

Post by jaydubb » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:28 pm

2002 Maxima 6-speed here.

Congrats on your victory. Now head over to Maxima.org and unite with other 4th Gen brethren...
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