Oil Changes for 2003 Nissan Maxima

2003 Nissan Maxima Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 2003 Nissan Maxima? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 2003 Nissan Maxima Engine Oil

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 2003 Nissan Maxima? Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care! We are experts in car care — not just tires. We know all about motor oil, too. We couldn’t put it better than our technician, Brianna. She likes to explain to customers that, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

Nissan recommends having your 2003 Nissan Maxima’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. Check out mileage and month info for your Maxima in the above table. No matter the mileage, your Maxima may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knocking sounds coming from the engine, smell oil inside the vehicle, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Nissan recommends if you haul heavy loads, frequent dusty roads, enjoy off-roading, or go long distances at low speeds. Generally, getting more frequent oil changes won’t hurt your Nissan Maxima. Each oil change is actually another chance to check and resolve other car issues, such as worn brake pads or tire treads.

What’s the Right Type of Oil for 2003 Nissan Maxima?

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 2003 Nissan Maxima motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. Nissan has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the ideal engine oil for your 2003 Maxima. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, regulate engine temperature, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. During your oil change service, one of our techs will change your Maxima’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, inspect the rest of your car’s filters, top-off important fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your Maxima by considering your driving style, and odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for Nissans

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We stock outstanding motor oils because that's what your engine deserves. Consult Nissan's recommendations to select the right  2003 Maxima oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. There are plenty of motor oils on the market today, so why do we prefer these brands? They are champions. For instance, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] There's also Pennzoil. Pennzoil Synthetics feature the capabilities to advance with vehicle technology to offer complete protection for not only the engines of today, but also the engines of tomorrow. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's expressly designed for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver heightened performance in extreme temperatures, increased wear protection, and better oxidation resistance. For help picking the correct motor oil for your 2003 Nissan Maxima, refer to Nissan's recommendations first.

Where Can I Get a Nissan Maxima Oil Change

The next time your Nissan Maxima needs an oil change, you know where to turn. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has some of the best motor oil for Nissan Maximas. We’ll take care of you and your car at your convenience, with the right oil at the right price. Find out how much your Nissan Maxima oil change will cost by calling ahead. Make an appointment for an oil change service today and let the oil experts take care of your Maxima's engine. For your convenience, many of our stores are open late and on weekends!

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 2003 Nissan Maxima

  • Why check the motor oil level in my Nissan Maxima? Engine oil is a lubricant for the moving parts in your engine. If your oil runs low, engine parts can grind together, generate too much heat, and cause your Maxima’s engine to fail. That’s why you should check your oil and get it changed regularly.
  • How hard is it to change Nissan Maxima oil at home? First off, changing your own oil isn’t as easy as you’d think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also with your vehicle down the road.
  • Why is my Nissan Maxima spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, damaged piston rings, or worn cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Nissan Maxima

Give your Maxima’s engine a little TLC with routine oil changes. Schedule your next appointment today.