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2010 Nissan Maxima

smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
The 2010 Maxima is due out sometime this month with some minor changes to colors, package options, and the wheels; there is suppose to be more standard tech on the SV and I wanted to know what everyone thinks about the changes, good or bad, and if there is anything people think Nissan missed that should be done for 2011? Below is a list from Nissan/Infiniti Newsroom of what is changing on the maxima for 2010 if you don't know it already!

2010 Nissan Maxima

The popular Nissan Maxima enters the second year of its seventh-generation design in 2010 with two new exterior colors and fine-tuning of available option packages. The “four-door sports car” is again offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV – each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.

Along with its breakthrough sports sedan styling, the 2010 Maxima’s sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit and ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® real-time traffic information and XM NavWeather® (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive. The 2010 Maxima goes on sale in August 2009.

Revisions for 2010 include:

* New wheel finishes for 18-inch (fine silver) and 19-inch (hyper silver) wheels
* iPod® connectivity is changed to USB connectivity
* XM® Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
* Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System is now standard on 3.5 S (also standard on 3.5 SV)
* 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod® net and 2GB Music Server added to new Monitor Package
* DVD playback capability, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and XM NavWeather® added to Technology Package (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
* Two new exterior colors added – Crimson Black and Ocean Gray


  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    since the 2010 max's have been out a few weeks now I thought a forum for both what people like about their car and any problems they have would be appropriate

    I just leased a 2010 Maxima SV (~$38k) super black exterior with cafe interior; overall I'm really happy with the car, how it performs, the interior layout and comfort and the technology in the car, especially the sound system and display screen for audio, climate controls, fuel econ, etc

    there are a couple of problems that have already cropped up such as the passenger front seat vibrating and shaking violently while driving when no one is sitting in it; brought it to my local dealer and they said there is a recall on the seat and that this was a known problem with the 2009 and that it looks like the 2010's will have it too; so the car has to go in for work next week to get that corrected

    the other thing I was surprised about it the amount of interior squeaks and rattles in the car right from the get go while driving the car; I'm hearing a buzzing/rattling sound in the driver door handle area, the armrest where the center console is, and a third noise coming either from the moonroof or rear ceiling somewhere; I would expect a car that cost ~$38k to not have sounds like that coming from pieces that are either loose or not fit together properly; luckily, the sound system is good enough that I just turn it up and drown out all the other noises; eventually I'll try to pinpoint them and have them looked at during a scheduled maintenance interval

    also I was a bit disappointed with the navigation system; my own street is not registered in the database so my own home address is unknown and there are a lot of locations or places missing from the database; for instance, the only fastfood joints listed in my in the database are KFC and Wendy's; its missing the McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Subway that are also in town, so I guess none of those food chains are listed anywhere; a lot of big name chain stores and restaurants are also missing from the nav database

    now don't get me wrong these are all minor issues in my opinion and they do not take away from the overall driving experience of the car and I feel the max drives, rides, and even handles better than the infiniti I previously leased; in fact I've gotten 3 complements from complete strangers in just the two weeks I have had the car how nice the body style looks

    look forward to hearing other peoples likes and dislikes/problems with their 2010 maxima
  • I am negotiating to purchase a new 201 Maxima loaded up and have read the above minor issues. Should I mention this prior to signing the paperwork to head off another trip to the dealer ?
  • After driving Cadillacs for 20 years, I switched to a 2010 Maxima SV with all of the premium upgrades.I really enjoy driving the car. However, I am having some problems learning the advanced phone/radio/navigation system
    When trying to download my address book to the phone's internal address book, I repeatedly get a message telling me it can't transfer the information because it can only accept 1000 entries, far more than I am trying to transfer.
    I have an Ipod which is supposed to work with a standard Ipod-USB cable cord. After buying 3 new cords, I can't get any input from the Ipod, and can't find a possible cure in any of the owner's manuals.Does anyone have any clues to address these problems, or am I faced with a defective radio?
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    while I don't have a Ipod I was unable to transfer my address book from my LG version phone into the car's phonebook; after playing around it for days I just gave up and manually entered each number into the vehicle phonebook, but of course that took about 45 minutes to an hour to do; I also am disappointed with the voice recognition for the phone/sat radio/navigation; it really gives me problems with the phone and navigation voice commands; it constantly doesn't recognize what I'm saying and half the time keep hearing "please say again" like 3-4 times until it does the command I want; even if the voice recognition recognizies what I'm saying with nav locatinos it lists something completely different on the screen; I've already complained to my service department about how inaccurate the voice recognition system is on the car; I even made sure I went through the practice so that the system could get to know the sound of my voice but it made no difference!! the whole point of the bluetooth is suppose to be so you don't take your hands off the steering wheel but the constant screwup and "please repeat commands" get me so fustrated that I just take my phone out and manual call; I also have a Acura TL with bluetooth and have had absolutely no problems with the voice recogniition on it so I use that as a comparison and the nissan's voice recognition is very inferior to the Acura
  • The new gen does nothing for me as far as the styling and I've been a fan of Maxima's since 1985 :cry:

    I do like the side profile and the rear but not the face. It looks odd.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Couldn't disagree more on the face styling. I've owned a 2003 and currently own a 2006. The 2003 looked great from profile and from the front, but looked odd and perhaps even a bit "cheap" from behind. The 2006 nose design is far too mainstream for this car and the grill is ugly. It almost stopped me from buying the car, but the deal I got was too good to pass up. I think this is the first time that Nissan's got the entire design package right since around 2000.

    Oh, and before you finalize your opinion, make sure you see the interior. Phenomenal.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    yeah, I couldn't disagree more with 2000protege; the main reason why I got the 2010 was because the exterior body style, front, back, side is just absolutely phenomenal; if you look at the pics for the 2011 M it has a very similar exterior body style to the new max and really looks quite snazzy except it is going to be much larger and there are some minor styling differences!! so basically the max is going to turn into a baby M once the 2011 M comes out; also, I came to found out that pictures do not do the new max justice; it looks way better from every angle in person; the body style can't be that bad if people mistake it for a infiniti and infiniti themselves are using several of its styling cues on the new M; I've had several people all ready complement me at gas stations, banks etc how great the body style is and two people thought it was an infiniti; I also agree the interior is really nice on the max and it is comfortable

    you want to get a car with a ugly front end look at the new TL; that grill just screams ugly; that is why a lot of Acura dealers and outside body shops are offering to paint most of the grill the body color to hide the damn thing because it is so ugly!!
  • To see whether your phone is compatible (not all are), you can find out at:
    It appears that the 2010 Max isn't in the mix yet, but try the 2009 and see what it says.
    Regarding the iPod/usb issue - when you plug your iPod into the usb port, it should automatically be recognized by the car, and the Nissan logo should display on the iPod screen. You might need to cycle through the Disc-Aux button on the radio until you see iPod in the top left of the display, but it should do that automatically. If not, you should take it into service and have them look at it. It truly is plug-and-play. Here's a link to the Quick Reference Guide (go to page 10):
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Can the Dual Panel Moonroof be opened, or is it fixed? The web site says that the moon roof covers are powered, but makes no mention of the glass itself being able to be opened.
  • tracguytracguy Posts: 28
    The rear glass panel panel is fixed. When you press the switch the cover over both open and then the front glass only opens.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    THANKS! Just to verify, by open do you mean "tilt" or fully open similar to other standard moonroofs? Looking at the roof, I'm worried that you can't fully open the front glass because it doesn't look like there is anywhere for it to go.
  • The front panel of the dual moonroof does fully open. It slides up over the rear glass.
  • The sunroof does both. It opens (front half) overtop the back half. It also just tilts up to "vent". Very smart those designers.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    does anyone know why Nissan/Infiniti are one of the only US automakers that doesn't have daytime running lights on their vehicles? it just doesn't make sense to me because almost everyone else (Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus, GM, Audi, VW, BMW, Volvo, Subaru, Mercedes) has some sort of daytime running lights; in Canada, DRLs are required and Nissan/Infiniti has to wire those vehicles for DRL so why not just join with the rest of the US auto manufacturers and add them as standard? I really like the new LED DRLs Mercedes and Audi is putting on their lineups! what is your thinking and opinions on DRL and why Nissan/Infiniti vehicles don't have them?
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I've never found the benefits of DRL (improved visibility of oncoming vehicles during hazy conditions) to be worth the effort or the fact that those lamps will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. That said, they certainly are the last of the mohicans in this regard, especially given the Canadian requirements. In the end, it is surprising that they aren't standard, but at the same time I in no way miss having this feature on my Nissan.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    agreed, I don't miss not having DRLs on my Maxima but at the same time I ran into a problem with not having them; I live in NJ and its a state law to have your lights on when your wipers are on; I have an Acura with DRL so if its a cloudy rainy day I don't have to worry about putting lights on since I have the DRLs that are on all the time;

    a few weeks ago, it was pouring rain here and I was out in my Max; it was raining pretty heavily but during the middle of the day its not dark enough outside to trigger the automatic headlamps so you would have to manually turn the stick to turn on your headlights; well of course, I forgot this and since the car has no DRLs I was driving with no lights on and sure enough I got pulled over by a NJ trooper and luckily he didn't give me a ticket but he reminded me to have lights on when its raining;

    being I have another car with DRLs and now one that doesn't have DRLs you can forget pretty easily to not turn your lights on when its raining; suffice it to say the state trooper was a nice reminded and I will never forget that again when it comes to the max!!!
  • mytemaxmytemax Posts: 10
    I just bought a new 2010 and must say it's a great car, I traded my 2004 SL in for it. The thing is, I miss the 6 pack cd player and the 60-40 back seat fold down,,another thing was the trunk cargo netting in the old one, they had plenty of choices. But all in all this 2010 is a real nice car, it turns better, not as much leaning in curves, no pulling at the steering wheel when powering up, a lot better looker too. I had a new grille installed and some painted pin stripes and moved the Maxima logo to under the rear tag, windows were tinted heavy in the back and light in the front. I bought the premiem Pkdg. on the SV model,,I didn't want the Nav. system because I can buy a cheaper portable unit and take it with me when I travel, and don't have to pay a dealer to upgrade it also, when the car is traded I keep it with me for the next maxima!! I also bought the new color "Crimson Black" which reminds me of the old Caddy's "Black Cherry". Now to buy a set of chrome wheels to set it all off would make this unit "CHERRY"!! :)
  • my wife is the owner but i love to drive the beast. took it to have her first oil change service manager tells me of the strut recall and that they would replace for free. ask and your service center will tell u the same. Now whats also missing is that u don't get to start the car outside the vehicle automatically. i belive the cd says it does but i can't find anything different in the manual. will go today and ask the dealership. Unless someone has any info on this subject,I'll let my wife know. Thanks. ;)
  • ezzelezzel Posts: 1
    Hi everyone.

    Is anyone experiencing (or hearing) a very noticeable wind noise on the passenger side of the windshield over 40 mph ? I have not yet removed the wiper blades or arms, but this appears to be the cause.

    Also, the phonebook connection will not stay connected with the car...the bluetooth is fine, but the phonebook goes in and out.

    Other than that, the car is awesome and I've only had it a week !
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited February 2010
    I was wandering if I'm not the only one, but I have a 10 Max SV and the car came with the mudguard accessories from the factory; does anyone else think they are the cheapest worse thing Nissan could do :mad: ? they aren't really even a mudflap/guard but nothing more then a cheap extra FLAT piece of body panel added to behind the front and rear wheels

    now that the winter has hit, I have rock chips and marks all over the side of my car because these lousy things do nothing to protect the sides of the car from stuff like that :sick: how could a 38k car have such a cheap worthless accessory, such as these mud guards, that do nothing to help protect and keep the car looking nice :confuse: ? I think the Altima has the same crappy mud guards as well for a option extra? what is up with Nissan :confuse: ??

    I am thinking of writing a letter to Nissan Consumer Affairs complaining about this and that they need to come up with better body colored mud flaps for the car that actually attach and extend down past the wheel well so that the sides of the car are protected!!
  • LASpursLASpurs Posts: 13
    I absolutely hate DRL's, they look ridiculous on a car. The lights on Audi's and Mercedes are more for show, not like the continously lit headlights on other cars.

    In CA there, thankfully, is no law regarding them (as far as I know), if a car had them I wouldn't buy it out of principle as I think they look absolutely zzhite!

    I love my 2009 SV with Sport and Tech Maxima. The best car I have ever owned (and I have owned 3 Altimas, 2 Maxima's, 2 Muranos and 1 G35 Coupe as I used to work for Nissan Corp).
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Wow, never head any one express an opinion on the look of DRL's before, let alone one this strong. I don't get it. What is it that bothers you so much. Just the whole idea of having lights on during the day? It's not like the car itself actually looks any different other than having the lights on. Most objections that I've heard in the past have more to do with replacement cost after burnout.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I'm with you on this one! Personally I like DRLs and I think Nissan and Infiniti would be smart to put some type of White LED DRLs on the front of the Max and the rest of their products which would go to complement the really cool RED LED tailight patterns they already have!!!

    Just My Two Cents!!!
  • LASpursLASpurs Posts: 13
    Hahaha I just hate them. I don't mind the small white LEDS on the Mercs and Audis. Having your headlights on during the day looks absolutely crap though. Where are we living, Sweden??!

    Many moons ago I almost bought a Volkswagen Passat, not knowing they had DRL's. I had pretty much worked out a deal to buy it when I found out about the continous lights. I cancelled it there and then. They offered to tinker with it so I could turn them off but that did me with the car.

    I got the Infiniti G35 Coupe instead, I was glad I did :P

    :) :) :)
  • swtnblkswtnblk Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    I purchased my Maxima about 2 weeks ago. While driving I hear a constant whistle sound that comes from either the window the sunroof or ? I took it to the dealer and they said it was wind turbulence WTH. I wouldnt think that a car like this would have so much exterior noise. Anyone have this problem? The other thing Ive found is the driver side seat vibrates alot while driving. Is that normal?

    :mad: :confuse: :(
  • swtnblkswtnblk Posts: 4
    OMG I thought I was the only person hearing this wind or some kind of whistle noise. I took it back to the dealer and they think its some kind of wind turbulence, what is that. I just posted the same thing if you find anything out please post.

    :mad: :confuse:
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    their is a TSB and recall on the driver seat rocking and moving so you need to have that taken in and fixed by your Nissan dealer!

    I'm surprised you are having problems with wind noise! I haven't heard that much wind noise in the car, but what I have heard a ton of noise with is road noise with the tires,etc! I have been told that is the RS-As and that they are a really noisy tire and seems to support this with the reviews I've read! can't wait for them to wear out so I can get a better handling and quieter tire put on the car, maybe a Michelin!!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Hi all, listen I was hoping someone can give me some information and opinions about what I should do! I have a 10 Maxima SV which is about 6 months old right now! When I first got the car, I noticed that the back part of the passenger front seat vibrated and shaked violently at times while driving and nobody was sitting in it! Usually it gets really bad on secondary road, especially ones with any kind of bumps, rough patches etc!

    last October, right after I got it, I brought it into the dealership and service advisor told me their was a TSB for the passenger seat just like for the driver seat in both the 09 and 10 Max and that they had to order new parts and detach the seat and reattach it with the new parts to tighten and fix it so that it didn't shake anymore!

    had the work done last October and it seemed to help a little bit, though I still noticed the shaking and vibrating still to a mild extent even after getting it back; now, after a few months, the seat is really beginning to shake and vibrate severely again, to the point that today when I was out for a Sunday drive, when ever I went over moderate to severe bumps on 2ndary road the seat has started to make a rattle/noise when it shakes!

    I don't know what to do? I'm at a lost because its been in already and its beginning to be quite annoying and distraction because the seat aligns right up with my peripheral vision when I'm looking forward and trying to drive and this seat shaking is becoming a distraction when I drive! What do you all suggest that I do? any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! I've never ever had this with a car before, and I have a FX35 which has a tremendously rougher/harsher ride then the Maxima and those seats don't vibrate!
  • swtnblkswtnblk Posts: 4
    I dont know what a TSB is. Also is there a TSB on the passenger seat? :confuse:
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    a TSB is short for technical service bulletin; it's basically a small report put out by each manufacturer each month listing a couple of possible problems with their vehicles and suggested or recommended ways to repair them by the dealership!

    the service advisor at my local Nissan dealership said their was a TSB for the driver and passenger front seats! my concern is, I've all ready had the repair work done to the seat and problem is getting worse and persisting so I don't know what else Nissan could do! this is pretty unacceptable for an almost 38k dollar vehicle!! I don't know what to do!
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