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Nissan Maxima 2004 Redesign



  • I was looking forward to the new Max. The front
    grill looks likes a 20 year old oldsmobile.
    I guess after 3 Nissans I will have to go elsewhere.
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    It was designed in Japan. So, before, we had a car that was designed here (in LaJolla, CA) and built in Japan. Now we'll have a car that was apparently designed in Japan and built here. Go figure.
  • I like the back of the 04 maxima. (it's better than the altima) The side profile looks just like the altima (I'm looking to find pictures of each taken at the same angle, I can harly tell them apart)
    I think the roof thing is silly...that's all I'll say about that.
    I'm not a huge fan of the steering wheel (It looks better in the G35) and the orange gauges can go too. The center stack looks kinda empty...
    I don't like the Nissian "hood ornament" but they did need to change up the grill a little (the current max looks similar to my buick regal from the front)
    Most importantly, the ride, fit/finish, and price will make or break the car.

    It looks like an altima, (If it walks like a duck...) so they'll need to improve the road noise/ride. It's got to be put together better. and needs to be priced right...

    just my $.02
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    I thought the car looked pretty good from the exterior although the front was different. Probably needs getting used too. That's okay. Once you grow into liking the styling it sticks to you for a long time. The rear end and sides looked sexy.

    The interior looked fabilous with leather seating, guages, and steering wheel using the same accents as the Murano. The only thing I didn't like was the bottom half of the instument panel where it seems empty and out of place. The Murano does't do that.

    As for the drivetrain. The engine seemed good with its rated horsepower. The tranny looked excellent with its CVT/AT and six speed manual except NO AWD. Thats the biggest disappointment.
    This car could of been an Audi killer but it looks like it won't be. Although the 04 MAX offered dynamic wheel stability and tranction control it doesn't quite substitute with a vehicle with AWD. Besides the law in many states require chains if not equipped with 4-wheel drive. Even with the above features you still have to put the chains on. Big Bummer!!!

    So from that, this car will be off my radar until either the laws have been updated or the MAX gets an AWD.
  • alexxxalexxx Posts: 7
    As much as a love Max and respect Nissan there is no way I'll pay $28,000 to $34,000 for FWD - Japanese - US made car.
    If you are willing to spent that much money you can start looking in to some European cars or perhaps luxury brands like Infinity and Lexus.
    It is more fan and much better to have 220hp with RWD than 265hp with FWD

    p.s Maybe my problem is that I bought my Nissan Maxima 95 GXE for $18699 back in 1995
  • I think I'm on my last Max ('03 SE). I won't pay that much for an American made car either. I am thankful I had the courage to go trade my '00 SE in for my '03 SE - I just love it!!
  • achadhaachadha Posts: 106
    Nice Nissangirl you bought an 03 SE? did you get the 6speed? I traded in my 98 SE 5speed for the 03' SE 6speed Titanium polish color and black leather love it to death! Have u seen the titanium polish color I think it is the best color ever made by a car company!
  • andil1andil1 Posts: 97
    Go to

    and click on Nissan. There are pictures and a text article included. Interesting that Autoweek calls the new Nissan Maxima grille a "love it or leave it" feature.
  • My first thought when I saw the front end was 20 year old Olds Omega or Cutlass. It's certainly ugly. As for the rest of the styling I think it's just an iteration of the corporate look of the Altima and G35.

    I own a 2003 Altima and I'm impressed with its looks. The only thing I don't like are the clear tailights (most people feel differently).

    When a vehicle has a flaw somethimes it can be corrected or improved upon in the aftermarket. I significantly upgraded the Altima's cheap interior with an aftermarket leather package.

    I will also consider changing the tailight lenses (appears body colored or red lenses may be available in the aftermarket soon).

    On the other hand the Maxima grille is probably a love it or leave it situation.

    My suggestion would be upgrade an Altima interior or wait a year or so for Nissan to do it. Cheaper and more attractive choice than the Maxima. If you can live with the grille ( I think the rest of the car is ok) than it's just a question of how much a Maxima will set you back (Is it worth $30000 plus).

    As for styling critiques, I saw the 2004 Malibu today and it was pathetic. I thought Lutz had kicked some butt in the styling department. This thing makes a Dodge Aspen look state of the art. What makes it even more absurd is that GM does a pretty good job styling trucks but just doesn't have a clue with cars (Impala, Saturn LS, etc.)
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    The Honda Accord beats the Maxima hands down in build quality (Edmunds calls the Accord quality "rock solid") and it's built in Ohio. Why are some of you so opposed to a US made vehicle? Foreign elitists?

    Agree about the Malibu. It looked promising at first (considering it's based on the Opel Vectra and on the same platform as Saab's 9-3) but the end result is, well, ugly. There are some promising things from Lutz and GM though, specifically the Pontiac G6 concept. Very handsome.
  • I agree. Nothing wrong with US made vehicles. I've owned 3 consecutive American made Japanese vehicles (Avalon, Galant, Altima) and have had almost no problems whatsoever with quality. There are people unfortunately who have this elitist attitude about foreign made cars.

    As for GM styling, its one thing to make a good looking concept and another to transfer it over to production vehicles. Until GM starts accomplishing that transition they'll remain mostly a truck seller.
  • I have no problems with the new Maxima being built in the states and I'm sure that Carlos G. is not going to let the build standards decline. I have not had a problem with any of the Nissans cars and I have owned three Nissan models in succession with my current car being a '01 Maxima GXE, which I love dearly. I choose this over a '02 Altima 2.5 SL only because the V-6 with minimum options was out of my price range and I already was in a four banger Altima and wanted to upgrade. I do not regret anything about my Maxima purchase. Althought the more I look at the profile of the '04 Maxima, the more it grows and grows on me.
  • My '03 SE is an automatic.....Dark Gray, Titanium Edition Pkg., w/leather. I just love it - such a joy to drive. My other Max that I traded was an '00 SE Sterling Mist, very pretty, but I wanted a change of color, so I went with the darker gray.
  • Was a rattle infested, mis-aligned body gap nightmare! And IT was built in the U.S.!! I will never buy another American made Honda because of it.

    So, when I say I don't trust American reliability, I have a reason.

  • alexxxalexxx Posts: 7
    I have nothing against US made Japanese cars. It is just a matter of how much I am willing to pay for them.
    Nissan moved Maxima production to US in order to cut costs (shipping, taxes, its.) But what the consumer will get out of it? $28,000 to $34,000 car?

    Would you pay Rolex price for Timex watch?
  • mariner7mariner7 Posts: 509
    Aren't US made Japanese cars demonstrably better made than German made German cars? Isn't that what the JD Power and other surveys are saying?
  • alexxxalexxx Posts: 7
    Did you mean better than Audi, BMW, Mercedes?

    Or regular everyday German cars like Opel, VW ?

    If second, than I agree US made Japanese cars are better.
  • mehuljmehulj Posts: 15
    Hello All,

    It seems the US made Japanese cars is becoming hot issue. I've driven Honda Odysee which was made in Canada and also driven new Honda Odysee which is made in Alabama. To be honest. I will not buy new Honda Odysee again. It has lost the touch what it had. My brother is trading it for Acura as Acura is still coming from Canada. The interior of new Honda Odysee sucks.
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    I see ... now an issue is raised regarding the quality and reliability of US vs. Canada made Japanes cars. That is an interesting switch.

    While most people get pretty passionate and opinionated about Japan vs. US made Japanese cars (probably due to the more diverse in culture between the Japanese and Americans as opposed to Canadians and Americans), I don't think there has been any empirical study or statistics comparing or validating the superiority of US vs. Canada made Japanese cars. If you know, please advise.

    On the other hand, I venture to guess that most people might agree that US made Japanese cars are better than Mexico made Japanese cars (unless you are Mexican). Funny how nationalism affects how one may perceive things even though there are no facts backing up the perception. Just my thoughts ... and I am not Japanese or Canadian :)
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    So a Rolex made in the USA instead of Switzerland automatically becomes a Timex? The BMW X5 I buy that was assembled in South Carolina is inferior to a BMW that was made in Germany?
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