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Nissan Maxima 2004 Redesign

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  • talon95talon95 Posts: 1,110
    "Some people are ready to kill a car after looking at one picture!"

    That's a fact of life... the same thing happened with the 2003 Accord.

    I'm not inclined to make a lot of judgments based on spy photos, but the best shot of the new Max is from Nissan itself, so I assume it's what they consider a good, representive photo. Didn't leave a very good first impression with me... we'll see if additional photos and/or seeing it in person changes that impression.
  • qguqgu Posts: 93
    Nissans do have the styling to attract young buyers. But it is my impression that Nissan is pricing younger buyers out. Look at Murano. With a starting price higher than Honda Pilot and a loaded close to Acura MDX or Lexus RX300, it is very hard to believe that Murano will be successful in terms of gaining SUV market shares from Honda or Toyota.

    Looks like 04 Max will be priced around $30K. Good luck, Nissan.
  • otoluvaotoluva Posts: 141
    I can't wait to see the official spec and price of the new Max.IMO it will not go over $30k,cus if it does anyone with minimum knowledge of cars would consider Acuras and Infinitis first.
  • qguqgu Posts: 93
    Nissans do have the styling to attract young buyers. But it is my impression that Nissan is pricing younger buyers out. Look at Murano. With a starting price higher than Honda Pilot and a loaded close to Acura MDX or Lexus RX300, it is very hard to believe that Murano will be successful in terms of gaining SUV market shares from Honda or Toyota.

    Looks like 04 Max will be priced around $30K. Good luck, Nissan.
  • The Altima is a PRIME example. The Altima is often more expensive than the Accord and Mazda6, and at times equal, but usually less expensive than the Camry. I think the Altima, SE models especially, are too expensive.
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    I saw the picture of Max 2004 and was very impressed with it. The nissan brand has turned around the company in regards to the newly designed vehicles. I certainly hope its quality be as equal to its Japanese peers.

    If the asthetics inside the new Max be like Murano as rumured then kutos to Nissan. The big question " Will it have AWD???". so, it can compete with the likes of the A6,A4, and 330IX. I hope so. The real anouncement won't be till Jan 5, 2002, I think at the LA auto show. Domo Arigato Nissan , nice job.
  • I must keep telling myself, "It's Ugly, Over Priced, and I Don't Want It!" Because I just bought an '03 SE. I also must refrain from running to my Nissan dealer when they arrive.
  • cfocfocfocfo Posts: 147
    You might feel like the folks that bought a 2001 Altima. But hey, you got a great price !
  • gg2k2segg2k2se Posts: 109
    Well, I've logged into the 2004 photo several times now and the design has grown on me. I think the rear is clean and somewhat conservative like many other luxury cars. I'm betting the front will have some 350, G35 flair which should set it apart. It looks good in the red color that I wish they had with my 2002. Kinda rounded profile like Passat and 300M.

    I believe Nissan has the whole package better than most; fast, roomy, luxury and not that expensive. Let's wait till January.
  • What if the 04 Max doesn't do as well as Nissan believes? Will they be sold at a lesser price by 06? And what about the Infiniti line! That G35 is incredible(except for the cheap looking dash). For the 30K and above, Acura, Lexus and used Mercedes come into play. In the US market I think Nissan is making a huge mistake! I am somewhat bias because I just picked up and 03 SE fully loaded about 3 weeks ago! What a pleasure!!
  • Isn't it fun to drive the '03. I've had mine almost 4 weeks now. Every time I get in it, it's a pleasure. It's my 4th. I'm hooked. I wanted the last make that was produced in Japan. Just hope I didn't make a mistake. But I sure do love my '03!!
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    ...why release an official preview photo of a new car, and only show the back of the car? Seems stupid. If Nissan is going to bother to release one photo (of the rear), why not throw caution to the wind and release a second photo showing the front of the car too!
  • For the same reason that several years ago Lexus never even showed their cars during their television ads and why Nissan showed only a partial rear quarter panel shot of the new Z before its introduction, marketing. They want/need to show enough to tease without giving away the farm. We already have an idea of the front from the spy pics that have been floating around the web, we just don't know the specifics. BTW, your frustration with not knowing what the front looks like will keep you, and others, coming back to find out more. Just what Nissan is hoping for, Marketing 101.
  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153
    Here are some new pics from maxima.org...


    http://www.maximafreak.com/2k4/dscn0003.jpg

  • Thanks for the pics 92drexel! The more you see it the more you like it.
  • At All.

    The side looks very good, the back resembles a Mercedes a little, but the front just doesn't work with the rest of the body. I think Nissan could have done better.

    Thanks for easing my mind about my recent '03 SE purchase. I feel much better now.
  • about the front end.

    At least from the picture, the grill looks too droopy, but otherwise the rest of the car looks very promising.
  • 92drexel92drexel Posts: 153
    ...about the front end. I'm now very seriously considering the '03. They seem to have the front Nissan logo covered, but the overall look of the front looks like a mitsu galant (but I love the rest of the car).

    I still think that, based on the price of the Murano, the price of a fully loaded SE will be 37k ish (with nav), 35k ish without. In a couple of years, heavy discounting will likely knock 5 or 6k from this price...29-30k for a car (plus taxes, title, and tags) is a lot of coin!

    Have you guys read from the Murano forum the people are paying sticker?!?!? I never would have thunk that folks would be paying $525-$550/month to lease a Nissan! That's a lease! Wow!
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    I generally like the look of it, though the front looks a lot like the G35 (not necessarily a bad thing). Given what the Maxima is going to cost, it's not far from the G35...how are the two going to be distinguished? (Also, will the Maxima be FWD, RWD, or AWD?)
  • What's wrong with the 2001 Altima?
  • Does anyone have an idea about the drivetrain config of the 2003 Maxima??
  • Does anybody know how much the prices of the redesigned 2004 Maxima will differ from the current one?
  • rumors are it will start in the high 20s to near 30K
  • mariner7mariner7 Posts: 509
    -- An international group of automotive
    journalists has selected the Mini Cooper, the Infiniti G35 and the Nissan 350Z
    as finalists for the 2003 North American Car of the Year while the Honda
    Element, HUMMER H2, Nissan Murano and Volvo XC90 are finalists for the 2003
    North American Truck of the Year.

    3 out of 7 are Nissan. Only one domesticated, the Hummer. No Toyota, no Accord. Next year belongs to the Max and FX, looks like Toyota & Honda will have to breathe Nissan fumes for a while. Yeah!
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