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Nissan Maxima



  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Carmax in Baltimore has maximas, armadas and the brand new 05 altima at below invoice. The Z of course is above invoice but not by much.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    VOB Nissan (Rockville) - very good
    Sheehy Honda (Alexandria) - very good
    Chevy Chase Acura - poor

    I agree with bowke and kyle - 75% of my service experience is dealer specific. I know that Lexus has a generally very good reputation for customer service, but I don't think either Acura or Infiniti is as much of a "premium" brand across all dealerships as Lexus.

    Still, my preference is for a vehicle that doesn't need a lot of service, hence my decision to get an S2000 over a Boxster S a couple of years ago. I'm sure the Porsche dealership (HBL) would treat me well, just too often!
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    A number of Nissan dealers in my area (NYC and Long Island) are bad to very bad. For my next service I may actually try one of the Infiniti dealers (as the I30 is very similar to my 2001 Maxima).

    Acura - I have been using the same Acura dealer for a number of years and two cars - an old Integra that we no longer have, and the new RSX-S. Pretty good service overall - never thought of going elsewhere.

    My 2 cents only. Not indicative of dealers in your area.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    Koeppel Nissan (queens NY)- service and sales departments were both below average. Service - let me first say, i felt like i walked into a mob operation..everyone had gold chains, suits and slick back hair. boy, was i uncomfortable in there, i didnt even want to tell them why i was there. then they proceed to charge me $50 for an inspection on my brakes because i didn't think i needed full brake work like they said i did.

    Sales - when i was buying a Max back in 2000, i walked into this same dealership, (no greaseball attitude in the sales dept), the gentlemen was quite nice in going out and showing me his inventory... to make a long story short, they wanted to sell me a max with a older production date (which had older GLE wheels) and it was the color i didn't want... after an hour, i started to leave and this gentlemen got very angry and slammed the chair i was sitting at against the desk... not very professional at all... he called me to come back a week later and tried to sell me a silver GLE but at $1000 over invoice claiming this is how much it's worth, i laughed and said i would go to another dealership, which i did.

    BayRidge Nissan (Brooklyn NY)- Sales (Average)Service(no experience) this dealership was refered to me by a friend who leases from them at least 6 cars the last 3 yrs... so I went in and asked to pay invoice, they agreed after alot of negotiation, so they decided to put me thru the finance manager and fleece me for $500 for an alarm that cost $100 if not less... by the time i went into his office, i was exhausted so we just gave in....

    Jerry Rome Nissan (Springfld, Mass) - Service dept (above average) - fixed my rotors and brakes under warranty after i showed them the TSB's.. called when they said they would, very courteous and even drove me back to work and picked me up. Sales (very little experience here) - although i've never bought a car from them, one of the times i took my max in for service, i walked in to look at the 03 max, the gentlemen asked if i wanted to drive it... he spent some time talking to me about new features and etc... (granted there was no one in the dealership at the time) i'm sure he could've been doing something else..

    Harte Nissan (Hartford CT) - Sales - i drove my maxima into their lot because my gf was looking to buy something... the sales person said..ohhh i ilke you guys, i'll talk to my manager and see what i could do for you... granted, he seem new, he came back with $200 under MSRP.... my gf said.. i thought u liked us..LOL.. needless to say, i knew what was invoice and the manager said i couldn't buy a max near that in CT... oh well, she bought a 1.8T jetta instead of a maxima SE.

    i think when buying a car, they put you thru a wringer to squeeze as much profit as they can from you... first from the sales person, then the sales manager and then from the finanace guy... what a joke! but in addition to having different experiences with different dealerships, i'm sure you also have diff experiences with diff sales people too.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    In my experience, it's purely the local owners that dictate the level of service (repair and sales).

    In the Milwaukee Wisconsin area, we have 5 Nissan and 5 Honda dealers. There are 2 excellent Nissan dealers and 2 excellent Honda dealers, when it comes to service. The other 6 are nothing short of just poorly managed, bad businesses.

    In the sales arena, the Nissan dealers are far better than the Honda dealers as far as pricing (Honda just says MSRP+ while Nissans are readily available near invoice) but you get better treatment at the Honda dealers in general when buying.

    For an inexperienced buyer, your chances of getting hurt (as defined as paying more than you could) are higher at the Nissan dealers than at the Honda dealers.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    Are you sure the brand new 05 Altima is already selling below invoice? Although I never priced an Altima (due to lack of interest), it is surprising to learn that Nissan's newly minted 4DSC (ostensibly replacing the Max and is suppposedly better fitted and finished) can be had at such a low price so early. Are the 05 Camcords being heavily discounted by Toyota and Honda, which could be the cause of Nissan's sales strategy?

    As to the 04 Max with the elite package, I doubt there are many of them in production, because I guess most Max owners prefer the roomy five passenger seating configuration and the fold down rear seats. Moreover, I don't think Nissan correctly priced this package. If you find an elite packaged Max at a dealer, it probably has been sitting in the lot for quite time (due to lack of demand), and you should be able to negotiate a very good price for it.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    dont have rebates, and never got below 2.9%. honda has never had rebates.

    regarding the altima, i just sold one at invoice, and another at MSRP this week, so its a deal-by-deal scenario.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    Kenny, below is a cut-n-paste from @ 9:50 pm today. They are a no-haggle dealership so what you see is what you get. Their sales people are even told to walk away from customers who want to haggle over prices. That's walk away, not disrespect. Check them out. Just pick Baltimore/DC and you'll see it. I checked about 5 different models and they are all below invoice. I don't know how they are making any money.

    2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4D Sedan
    Stock Number: 2287509
    Exterior Color: Mystic Emerald
    Interior Color: Blond

    No Haggle Price: $27,778*
    Destination Charges, Dealer Prep: $0
    MSRP: $31,130
    Factory Invoice: $28,582
    Savings from MSRP: $3,352
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    No Haggle Price: $27,778*

    Any clue?
  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    probably means plus tax and license.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    * Price honored through 5/13/2004 when purchased from the CarMax location below. Vehicle subject to prior sale. Price does not include tax, title, tags, and document processing fees.

    I guess their prices are from day to day.
  • lichtronimolichtronimo Posts: 212
    Anyone know when info is going to be available or when Job1 is?

    I wonder if they won't revise the rear to provide two exausts (instead of the current four chrome finishers) consistent with the 350Z, Murano and now Altima...
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    I'd like to see them spruce up the interior like they're doing for the Altima. With Alti getting better interior why buy a Maxima??? Was only thing better about Max.
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    Along with a better interior, Nissan needs to redesign the front
    of the car which would include doing away with the now infamous
    " corporate tooth ".

    It's almost as if there were two different design teams. One
    for the front and one for the back , and neither knew what the other was doing. It's probably the same two teams that did the 5th. gen. Max. and screwed up the rear on that car. ( rear looks like a Neon....Oh my God!!).

    Maybe they will get it right on the 7 th generation Max., but by that time I'll probably have a TL.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Agreed. TL is car to buy now. Or on lower end is Mazda 6. G35 AWD is an option for me being in MN. 6 more payments on my 2000 Max, going to milk it a while yet, save some $, and see what comes out in next couple years. I actually like the big 300C Hemi, maybe once that goes AWD I'll test drive it. Not sure if get AWD (aka 4matic) with Hemi or just V6 though.
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    Does anyone know, when Nismo will release the cold air intake kit for the 2004 Maxima?
    They have it for the Altima and the 350Z, but not for Maxima…
    Did anyone put a cold air intake on his or her Maxima yet? If yes, how is it working for you? Personally, I do not agree with statements that Nissan screwed up the exterior of Maxima. The rear end looks great, it looks like a solid, and powerful car. My car gets a lot of appreciation and people always stop and look at it. I live in the area, where I don’t see a lot of Maximas, so it works for my advantage. I had a 2003 max, and while it was a very nice car, it looks ridiculously outdated next to the 2004. Plus, the 2004 handles a lot better, the body roll is almost non-existent, and thanks to the 245/45R18 Goodyears, this car sticks to the road a lot better then the 2003 Max did.
    BTW, if you don’t like the front end, especially the grill, you can have an aftermarket chrome grill put on, makes the car look a lot better. I saw a black 2004 maxima with the aftermarket grill – it made me want one too, looks really sharp!
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    Right now Nissan has a special financing on 2004 maximas, I traded my 2003 and without down payment, got myself a 2004, SE, with sunroof for a $30 more a month, not sure exactly, what my total is, as they manipulated the numbers so much. But the thing about it is that I did not loose much money on my trade in. provided I had 42,000 miles on my 2003 max, it also needed new windshield, new brakes, new paint job and tires. So instead of spending $1500 on maintenance, I bought a new car and hardly paid any extra.
    Now if I wanted to buy a G35, or the TL, like most of the people on this board, well – it would have made my payments go up by $250 a month, I don’t know about you, but this, plus the outrageous gas prices (2.15 / gallon) is enough for me to look away from the Infiniti/Accura dealerships.
    As far as the 300C is concerned, good luck getting one right now, they are hard to find, and I hear that the owners are already complaining about the numerous issues with it. Maybe in 2 years, after DC will work all of the issues with the 300C out, and make sure that their MDS system really works (Chrysler’s below average reliability is well known).
    But then again, in 2 years someone will have even a better car out there. Just look art what infiniti and accura are cooking.
  • gerapaugerapau Posts: 211
    So what you are saying is that you are only paying $30 more per month for the same period? I.E. if you only had 2 years to go on the 2003 then you still only have 2 years to go and are only paying $30 more per month. Or did they refinance you for another 4 or 5 years?
  • nd4spdnd4spd Posts: 23
    I wish it was only for 2 years! Nope, I had to refinance it for another 5 Years @ 1.9 %.
    But, I never keep my cars for more then 2 years, as you can see I traded my 2003 maxima a year after I bought it. I cannot lease because, no one will lease a car with no mileage restriction. In my case I drive a lot, almost too much. I’ll trade this 2004 Max next year, maybe for another max or maybe for a 300C.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    you REALLY should be leasing, dude.

    you said you put qabout 30k miles per year? well, guess can do that with nissan. do a 3 year with 30k per year, and you should be able to beat the payment you have.
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