All of the third generation Maximas
feature many standard options. The U.S. third generation Maxima
came in two models, the SE and GXE. The SE, targeted a sporty end
of the market while the GXE emphasized more luxury features. The
SE features stiffer springs, sway bars, struts, strut mounts, and
bushings. Also, from 1992 - 1994, the SE had a high output DOHC
engine with variable timing control. Here are some standard
features that both models share.
- Standard allow wheels- 6.5 inch on the SE, 6 inch on the GXE
- Four wheel independent suspension
- Power windows, locks
- Power/Comfort button for automatic transmissions
- Cruise Control
- Air conditioning
- Standard security system (ignition disable, doors, trunk, hood- no
- Rear window defrost
SE vs. GXE:
- Tighter suspension, thicker sway bars on SE, not GXE
- Dual tipped exhausts on SE versus a single tip on the GXE
- Black rear view mirrors on SE versus body colored Mirrors on GXE
- Rear disk brakes on SE, rear drums on the GXE
- 5 speed manual available on SE, automatic-only on GXE
- 6.5 inch rims on SE, 6 inch rims on GXE
- Driving lights standard on SE's, no driving lights on GXE
- Spoiler standard on SE, no spoiler standard on GXE
- White gauges standard on SE, black guages on the GXE with reduced
- Sport leather steering wheel on SE, standard steering wheel on GXE
- DOHC high output engine on 92 - 94 SE models, SOHC on all GXE's
- standard exterior door locks on SE, GXE's standard with keyless
1989-1991 SE specific
- VG30E SOHC engine generating 160 hp and 182 ft lbs of torque.
- Standard Moonroof
- Standard Bose Radio
- Black rear lenses
- Split front grill with a small "Nissan" sign
- Standard with H rated tires
- lever to open trunk left of driver's seat
1989 - 1991 SE & GXE specific
- hinged door under radio
- all speedometers at 1 25 mph
- all tachometers redline at 6000 rmps
- split grille with Nissan name
- New Bose stereo face design started
- chromed wheels started
- Extended mirrors on SE models
- An extendable bin under the radio
- OD light is different in that it is spelled out instead of a
separate light on the right
- SE's now have a button to open the trunk instead of the lever.
- stronger transmission for VG30E
- plastic bezel around the radio/climate control changed in that
there are no screws above the radio to remove.
- new steering wheels for each model.
- New mesh grille with Nissan logo.
- Black rear gone, SE's have read rear lenses with a slight lens
1992-1994 SE specific
- VE30DE DOHC engine generating 190 hp and 190 ft lbs of torque
- VLSD Viscous Limited Slip Differential) - if last letter on
transmission code = V.
- Red rear end
- Meshed front grill with Nissan logo in center.
- Heated side mirrors
- Came standard with V rated tires (up to 149 mph)
- speedometer to 145 mph, tachometer to 6700 rpm redline