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Nissan Maxima

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  • bcokbcok Posts: 2
    I am a first time car buyer. I contacted a dealer who gave me a price of $28,000 for the 2005 Maxima SL with the options listed below:

    Driver preferred Package, Traction control system, Vehicle dynamic control, power glass sunroof, colored splash guards, DVD navigation system

    Is this a good price or should I work him down some? Any helpful response would be greatly appreciated. Thanx
  • Hey everyone,

    I just picked up a 2000 Maxima GXE, and I'm trying to make the decision on whether or not to install a new stereo. I love the curves of the dash, and I'd hate to ruin it with a bulky neon stereo system and a cheap install kit. I'm wondering:
    A) Does the non-BOSE system have amp pre-outs I can connect an amplifier to?
    B) If not, does anyone have any good recommendations for a deck or install kit that fits well into the nicely shaped dash?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Nope no preouts.

    I found a cheap install kit from Circuit City. Course Crutchfield has one too. Which is better? Not sure but both are cheap and look ok to me. I have a '00 Maxima also.
  • al57al57 Posts: 67
    Bought car new just turned 30,000 miles,recently am hearing a sound like the electric fuel pump engaging will driving or some sort of electric sensor..have always heard the pump on ignition and when shutting car down but this electric noise is much more audible (sounds like wiper washer motor) and kicks on intermittenly..car runs fine//any thoughts???
  • walter7walter7 Posts: 2
    I am currently looking at the Nissan Maxima, and noticed that they currently are offering the $1500 cash back through September 6. I really would like to wait until around the first part of the holiday season, but don't know if there are any good deals around that time of year. Does anyone know if Nissan offers many deals around the Thanksgiving time frame. Thanks.
  • The Maxima comes std with solar reducing glass, does this effect the performance of my radar detector?

    Thx,
    Carlos.
  • ctl1ctl1 Posts: 18
    I am approaching 30K mi on my 04 Max. I've maintained the car following the owner's manual for level 1 since most of my driving is city stop&go driving. Essentially, this is an oil change every 3750 mi, tire rotation every 7500 mi, air filter every 15K mi. I've notice the premium level recommends a lot more than level 1 such as flushing the radiator every 2 yrs/30K mi, changing transmission fluid at 4 yrs/60K mi. The level 1 doesn't recommend flushing the radiator until 4yrs/60K mi, and only has "inspect" the transmission fluid at the various intervals. Any thoughts on which recommendation to follow would be appreciated.
  • For the 2005 Maxima, the manual describes the funcion of the steering wheel mode button as follows:

    MODE select switch
    Push the mode select switch to change the mode
    in the following sequence: Preset A, Preset B,
    Preset C, TAPE, CD and SAT (if so equipped).

    Mine doesn't go to SAT (I have Sirius). Is this a misprint?

    Thanks,
    Mark
  • bill1000bill1000 Posts: 38
    Sounds like your someone forgot to initiate the SAT radio. My mode select switch works fine with SAT, so I doubt it's the mode switch.
  • I have a 6 cy 3.0 92 Nissan maxima. i no longer have the manual but was wondering if I could tow a 1300 small trailer.
    I saw 1989 manual which said 1000 pounds max but maybe a few years made a difference. Any ideas?
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    any slower than this may lead to host deletion of this long venerated discussion :cry: .
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    We don't delete discussions for inactivity, but they will eventually move themselves into the archives if no one posts in a while.

    Why don't you give us something Maxima-related to talk about? ;)
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    It appears (at least to me) that Nissan has lost the game in the design of the 6 gen Maxima. As many of us may recall, Nissan designed the 6 gen Max to distant it from the Accord and Camry and move closer to the TL, Avalon, ES 330 and A4. As we all witnessed, these cars have outpaced the Max, and the Max remains only competitive with the Accord and Camry in terms of technology and class standing. Altima was supposed to do that, and now the Max seems no better than the Altima. Unless Nissan reinvents itself, its flagship Max may die a painful death :sick: Speaking from someone who has owned the 3rd, 4th and 5th gens Max, this is very unsettling :mad:
  • being a person that owns a 5th gen maxima... i would never even consider a 6th gen maxima... maybe its the size, maybe its the looks.. i cant pinpoint it, but all i know is, if i were to look for a car to replace my maxima.. and was looking for something that's in the same size as my maxima, as well as price, i would look at the mazda6 with the sport package..
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    Kyle, for about $2k more, you can get a fully loaded TL, which is just a bit smaller than the Max, but much better in terms of build quality and performance, not to mention gadgets galore! The Mazada6 is not a bad choice, but I keep hearing reliability issues with that car. If you prefer more luxury, the ES 330 will fill the bill, but not for a whole lot more than the Max.

    I dislike the 6th gen Max mainly because of the torque steer, the interior fit and trim, and the overall quality, which seems to be on the decline when compared with previous gens of Max.
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    We will probably be trading our current car in the next couple of months. Both the Maxima and the Altima are on our "short list". I would like to solicit some opinions on what would be the respective advantage/disadvantage of these two models, especially since the pricing is so close. On paper, a Maxima seems to be only a couple thousand more than an Altima....it would seem that the Maxima would be the better value. Opinions anyone?
  • i too would love to know what consitute the $2k diff btw the maxima and the altima.. esp when the altima actually looks better ..

    now, the new Lexus IS is one good looking sports sedan...
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 950
    I have an '01 Max and also a Mazda6 wagon. I like the wagon; it's fun and practical, but nowhere in the same league as my Max. If I were looking for a replacement the TL seems the closest match. We're just hoping this Max lasts forever! The new Maximas don't do much for me either, and I also can't say exactly why. I like the interior of my current Maxima much better, that's for sure.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Back in late 1994, I went through the Altima vs. Maxima deliberation. A stripped Maxima SE 5-speed (only option was ABS at $1,000) was about $3,000 more than a well equiped Altima GXE. However, my decision to get the Maxima back then was a smart one, in that the Maxima is still in our household (albeit "retired" to our second home) at 11 years and 155k miles. A friend who went the Altima route at the same time dumped his 6 years ago at a price that is less than our Maxima is still worth today.

    However, times and things have changed. The 1995 Maxima (4th gen) was made in Japan and had the 3.0 liter V6. The 1995 Altima was made in the US and had the 4 cylinder engine. Back then, the build quality on my Maxima was on par or above Honda, Toyota and even Acura. Today, I am sorry to report, that's not the case. In an effort to compete on price, the Maxima has gone downscale in terms of build quality, IMO. We purchased a 2004 TL 6-speed last year and, in spite of my exceptionally good experience with a 1995 Maxima SE, didn't give the 2004/5 Maxima a second look. It seems to have become a big Altima or, worse, a Avalon competitor, and the interior looks like it was designed by committee. Back in 1995, the Maxima was the closest thing you could get to a BMW from Japan. Today, it has a lot more gadgets than in my old 1995 model, but is not as ergonomically or aesthetically attractive, IMO. Nor does the current model invoke the owner "passion" that the 4th and prior generations did. It seems to have morphed into mediocrity.

    Bottom line, I'm not sure whether the Maxima vs. Altima is as clear cut of a decision today as it was for me in 1994.
  • which mazda6 wagon do u have? i or s? and do you have a loaded 6? or somewhere in between?

    i would think a loaded 6s with all the options would be on par with a 2001 maxima se loaded in many aspects
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    Thanks for the tips. This is the kind of info I like to have before I walk into a dealership and start going thru the "gee-whiz" new car stuff. I want a responsive, comfortable car that I can drive for 700 miles in a day, and not feel like I need to take a week off to recuperate. Stuff like these onboard navigation systems, and satellite radio are of no importance to me.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Well, if you want to be able to drive 700 miles in a day, even the TL may not be the right car for you. The seats are better than the Maxima, but 2 rungs down from Volvo, Mercedes or BMW.

    Unfortunately, all of those good seats come in cars that cost a lot more than the Maxima, but if your budget permits it, you might want to try out the new 3 series. For whatever reason, Acura, Honda (except in the S2000), Infiniti, Nissan, Lexus and Toyota have not figured out the ergonomics of good supportive seat design.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 950
    I have the s; I don't think you can get the wagon in the 4 cyl. It has some features but not as many as on my Maxima (which is the GLE): leather seats, heaters, but not the power seat controls. Don't get me wrong; I like the Mazda fine, but it's definitely not in the class with the Max. The Maxima has
    -- better gas mileage
    -- more power and a smoother engine and transmission
    -- wider and more comfortable seats
    -- is wider generally inside; leg room about the same
    -- nicer, more ergonomically friendly interior
    -- quieter
    -- definitely more comfortable on long trips
    But the Mazda cost about $5000 less than the Maxima did new, so is a great second car, plus has the cargo room of the wagon. A great dog car also -- I would not allow my dogs in the Maxima!
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    I agree that some of the high end European cars have the best seats. I have often considered going to the BMW 5 series, but dealer proximity is also a factor for us. The closest BMW dealer is over 100 miles away. We live way out in the country in Central Missouri, and outside of Detroit iron, the only dealers within 50 miles are Nissan, Toyota and Honda. The people I know who own BMW's have gotten to know their dealers service managers on a first name basis. We drive out to Las Vegas...1475 miles...about 3 times a year, and always make it in two days. Years ago, I could do that in a Ford Escort, but I'm at the age where a bit more comfort behind the wheel is becoming more important. However, the way gas prices are headed, we may just start making our gambling trips to KC, or St. Louis or Tunica, Miss.
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    I can never get into a comfortable position with my 97 Max GLE no matter how I try. However, the ones on the 03 GLE are quite comfortable. Once I drove from New York to Williamburg, Virginia (a 350 mile trip, stopped once) and felt fine. I never owned a European car, but have driven an 02 Passat for several days. I did not find the VW seats much better than my 03 Max seats. Perhaps, the higher end European cars should have better seats, given the price they charge. Since the Swiss are supposed to be quite ergonomically minded, I wonder if the Volvo seats are better.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Nor does the current model invoke the owner "passion" that the 4th and prior generations did.

    Agreed. Also agree with other recent posts about fit/finish, interior, sportiness, handling, etc. about current generation of Max vs 95-99 (gen 4?).

    Have a 97 SE with 171K miles and excellent reliability - it has essentially been bullitt proof. We have always had all service done at either of 2 Nissan dealers so I always wander around the showroom and look at latest offerings from Nissan. In my wanderings and observations, my opinion is that my 97 SE has better quality, fit and finish (including paint) and interior design than the current generation.

    In the autumn of 2000, wife and I test drove an 01 SE from two different dealerships. In the autumn of 2003, we test drove the 04 SE. In all test drives, we got to drive the car ourselves without a salesperson and drove the car on suburban roads as well as the rural twisties that we had very good familiarity. Since each of us had put on many thousands of miles on our 97 SE, we had a very substantial basis for comparison.

    The main thing I recall about the 01 model was that it did not handle as nimbly as our 97 and that it did not shift smoothly. On the 04 SE, the torque steer was noticable, the turning circle was too big and most of all, the car felt "ponderous".

    In both cases, autumn of 00 and 03, we took a pass on buying another Maxima and bought another brand both times. Of course, still have 97 SE.

    I too am wondering what will be the future of Maxima. Recall that Nissan had commercials on TV (early 90's?) where they tried to emphasize the sportiness of the car. Definitely could not do that today with a Max. Really don't know what Nissan is trying to accomplish with this generation.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Congratulations on your 171k bullet proof miles on your 97 SE.

    I think you hit the nail on the head with the term "ponderous" to describe where Nissan has taken the Maxima.

    Almost all cars have gotten bigger over the last 10-15 years. A Civic today is substantially larger than an Accord of the late 80's and early 90's. The latest 3 series by BMW offers nearly the same interior size as the pevious generation 5 series. And, to be fair, when I bought our 1995 Maxima, the decision was partly based upon the fact that it could comfortably carry 4-5 passengers.

    But somehow, as the 4th generation Maxima evolved from a 3,010 lb "4 door sports car" to the current 3,450 lb version, it lost a lot of the sportiness, both in nibleness and in looks. Other manufacturers, like BMW and Acura, have done their "upsizing" with more finesse. My 2004 TL 6-speed weighs 3,400+ lbs, but feels much more nimble and sporty than the "ponderous" Maxima. The 3 series of today weighs 600 lbs more than the 1990 version, but is still the classs leader in handling and performance.

    I will continue to defend my 1995 Maxima SE as the best balance of size, sportiness, and damn good build quality (as both of our cars attest). Whether or not Nissan can recapture some of that is questionable. The fact that a good portion of the market now cross shops the Maxima with the Buick (I mean Toyota) Avalon, is not a good sign. That would have been virtually unthinkable back when I bought my 1995 SE 5-speed.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    "The fact that a good portion of the market now cross shops the Maxima with the Buick (I mean Toyota) Avalon, is not a good sign."

    Guess you haven't seen the specs on the 2006 Avalon....nor the reviews....

    0-60 in 6.5....15 sec 1/4 mile.....280 HP......

    http://www.edmunds.com/new/2006/toyota/avalon/100577983/photos.html
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Recall that introduction of 95 Max SE got glowing reviews by the car magazines. I believe that it was introduced in Summer of 94. Think that Motor Trend named it Car of Year. All liked the power, smoothness and easy revving of the engine and appreciated the car's handling in spite of not having an irs. Magazine testers preferred irs of previous gen of Maxima, but said that setup on 95 worked fine. Some of the testers said that Max should have offered 16 inch wheels on the 95. Max did upgrade to 16 in 96.
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