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2010 Nissan Maxima



  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I've come to a semi-similar conclusion as you have on the Maxima.

    Don't get we wrong, its a sharp looking, powerful car but the price tag and the stealership treatment just don't add up to the luxury divisions. If they are going to charge luxury divisions prices then they need to offer the same quality and customer service/experience or its just not worth the high price tag.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    You'd have to go to the 335i and then add a ton of options to get anywhere near the power and features of the $39k Maxima, and you can't get that for anywhere near $40k. Not to mention that you are far more likely to get a price near invoice (around $36k) on a Maxima than you are on any luxury-level product.

    It's not a fair criticism that the Maxima doesn't stand up to those brands unless you include a comparison of cost with similar equipment. Factor that in as well, and the stated deficiences still leave a good value in what is admittedly a "tweener" segment.

    Last comment: Living in SW PA, RWD is not an option for me. Few cars out there can provide this setup in FWD format.
  • robtroxelrobtroxel Posts: 103
    BMW i335 is a great car for 30=40K but not at 40=60 k for a 335 loaded. My last tune up on a 335 was 800 bucks. I'm very happy with the Maxima. My days going around a corner on 2 wheels are over. I'm getting 28-29 mpg on midgrade gas with my 2010 Max with all options and am very satisfied other than the mooing noise the exhaust makes
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    No you don't.

    You can get a fully loaded TL with tech package and a premium package loaded G37 for around 38-39k which it near the same price and performance power as the Max but your getting much better service and treatment from the Acura and Infiniti dealer then you are from Nissan. Heck, even a loaded ES350 can be had for 38-41k which is around the Max's price range.

    If you start talking about the German luxury makes then yes, loaded up similarly you are talking low to mid 40k's but not with the Japanese luxury makes.

    Like I said, its not really a issue with the car itself, its more of an issue with the manufacturer and what they are charging for it and their poor customer service treatment on an expensive vehicle.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    When you say "you can get", I assume you are talking about discounted prices from MSRP and not list price itself. By that logic, you can get a loaded Maxima for around $34k. That's a difference of $83 per month on a 60 month loan at 0%.
  • I have a 2010 SV with just monitor package. Once in a while I have staring problem. When I push the white button, it clicking but does not start. Warning signs brake, engine light, etc comes up and will not start. Then after few tries or after a while, it will start. It has been happening more now and I have only 3200 miles on it. Any one else has similar experience? :D
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Did you have the battery checked?
  • Hi,
    Have a 2010 Maxima. Very happy overall with the performance of the car and the price with 0 percent and low $30K range for the Premium Package it is hard to beat.

    I will say..some minor issues overall with design/fit/finish.

    I am having major problems however with the wear on the leather seats. Seems to have tiny "hairs" or pieces of leather coming out of the perferations. Had cover replaced to have them occur again. Nissan rep is now saying that it is "just the way the leather is".... while the dealer and rep agree it looks like crap escpecially on darker leather ..there is supposedly nothing to be done.

    As I said ...great car for the price but if the "fit and finish" are no there this car's interior will look like crap in 2yrs.

    Anyone else having issues with the seats in this way?

  • Call me crazy, but I have a weird issue. I have a brand new, 2010 Maxima S, 10,000 miles on it. About a week ago, i had my 2nd oil change done on it, brought it to the stealership (across from my house-had a service coupon)

    After getting my Maxima back after a convenient 2 hour oil change, i got in it.. and almost within seconds of driving home, I noticed it SOUNDED different. Almost like a new intake was installed, with a louder BUZZ coming from when I accelerate. Like it's stuck in 1st/2nd gear, RPMs aren't going higher than ~2500. I can't notice it's performing any different but it certainly SOUNDS different. I've had other new cars before but haven't noticed a significant change after a "break in" period.

    I plan on calling the dealer service dept.--but i expect, "oh that's normal." So i figured i'd reach out. My rationale is your car is like your body, you KNOW when something's up.

    Any help would be great. Thanks
    Again, I don't think I'm going crazy.
  • I have not noticed any major changes (mine has 14K mi on it). I do notice with the transmission that it seems to want to accelerate. (something not always bad!).

    I am happy with the engine maybe could be a bit better gas mileage.

    An update on the seat issue I am having. They replaced seat once already as I stated and now are saying it is "just the nature" of perforated leather that it is showing fabric coming out of the holes. Then they offered me a 2yr free maintenance program for my car. Nissan customer service is trying but the factory will not admit bad materials and they have seen it on many cars.

    I wonder what my seats will look like in 2-3yrs. My 2002 Volkswagon leather seats will probably look better than my Maxima at that point.

    I doubt I will by another Nissan product as the seats piss me off each and every day.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Not sure what model trims you guys have specifically, but I noticed that the base S and regular SV trims have cheap cloth and vinyl seats. The only high quality vinyl/leather is in the premium package which has a much higher quality look and feel to it and it much more comfortable to sit in.

    So just keep in mind, if your like me that has the mid level SV, the seats are not as high of quality in material then the premium package seats. I do think though that is crappy of Nissan to do. When a car costs as much as the Max does in all of its trim, the premium package quality of vinyl/leather should be across the board in all trims!
  • :) :) my 2010 "Max" has 8500 Mi's. on it and I have no problems at all. It's the premium Pkg. SV. Black Crimsom with a cafe' seats, everyone who ever rode in it says, "it is a good car and looks great TOO!" I did put a new grille in it, and side moldings,,but would like to put on new chrome wheels but can't find any at a good price. I missed the back seat pass-thru that my old 04 "SL" had. I was going to buy a ES-350 but I was treated so badly by two dealers that we passed on the car,,the others,,"CC"by VW was to cramped and had lots of road sounds,,the Honda was really over rated,,as was the Acura TL,,dollar for dollar we keep coming back to Thee "MAX"!!
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    edited December 2010
    I've had my 2010 Maxima SV for 15 months now and enjoy every minute driving this car. Not only does it look sharp, but also it handles very well and the 290hp 3.5 liter is a real monster.

    I initially had some problems with the car, but Regal Nissan in Roswell, GA fixed them all. I cannot say enough good things about Regal. I had the following problems, that were fixed:

    1. Wind noise from lower left windshield area. Dealer discovered an improperly assembled rubber seal.
    2. Front strut noise. Dealer installed insulators.
    3. Vibration at speed. Fixed by replacing GY Eagle RS-A's with Michelin Primacys.
    4. Low speed CVT vibration. Fixed by TSB application.

    I was disappointed that a new car had so many initial quality problems, but thanks to Regal, they were all resolved.

    A note to Mikemaxima126: I discovered that the Maxima has a "sound generator" behind the rear intake. It is basically a pipe attached to the intake that resonates. Apparently Nissan installed this as an afterthought because they thought the engine was "too quiet". I have fiddled with it to see how easy it would be to remove because I'd prefer it to be as quiet as possible, and it doesn't seem to be very securely attached to the intake. It is possible that during your service, the sound generator was dislodged when the air filter was checked or changed, so it is either vibrating or not plugged in properly causing induction noise.
    I'd also check that the air filter is properly installed and the air filter cover is correctly in place, and the metal clips securing the filter cover are clicked in place. After opening, the filter cover is a bit tricky to put back together, and you may have some air leaks causing the noise.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    You are one lucky SOB man! I have been to three separate Nissan dealers in my area and none of them will replace the RS-A's with the Primacy's to get rid of all the damn vibrations!
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    Many new tire dealers will trade-in the RS-A's for Primacys. They may offer you $60 or $70 per tire depending on condition, and even though the Primacys are expensive, it may be worth it for you to pay the difference, and experience how the Maxima was designed to run. There is a huge improvement in ride, smoothness and quietness. Nissan should make them standard equipment even if they need to charge a few hundred`dollars more for each new Maxima.
    They have engineered such a phenomenal vehicle and then negate all that engineering effort with a crappy set of tires. You'd think that Nissan would be tired of all the warranty effort that goes into rebalancing and messing around with the RS-A's.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited December 2010
    Well, problem is, the car is leased and I have a bad buyout so it will definitely be going back at lease end so I don't want to spend a lot on tires. I'm currently working a deal out with Goodyear to get the RS-A's taken off and the Assurance Comfortred Touring's put on for practically next to nothing since I'd be staying with a Goodyear tire. So far, the reviews out of tirerack for it are pretty positive on the ride and noise department for that tire and I think if I can get an adjustment worked out it be cheaper with them then the Primacy's despite the fact I'd still prefer the Primacy's. Probably won't see if they'll honor the deal till after the holiday's though.

    You wouldn't by chance know of any national tire chains or dealers that are honoring that RS-A for Primacy swap do you? Mine have just over 15k on them and they are wearing really good (all four are at 9/32nds). I'd love to get rid of them.

    I couldn't agree with you more. It wouldn't cost Nissan that much considering they must already have a deal with Michelin for tires since the Altima 2.5SL comes standard with Primacy's. But I'm not holding my breath b/c Nissan is still advertising the Maxima as the true 4DSC and the new Juke has RS-As on it so I don't think Nissan will get rid of them even though they should!
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    edited December 2010
    I had Assurance ComforTreds on my Altima 3.5SL and they are a really nice riding, quiet tire, providing you get ones that don't have road force issues.
    3 out of 4 of the ComforTreds on the Altima had to be replaced under warranty to get the Altima vibration free.
    It seems that GoodYear have quality control problems with some of their tires. On the other hand, we just put GoodYear Forteras on our Honda Pilot and
    they are perfect.
    I know that Discount Tire do used tire trade-ins. If GoodYear are at a point where they will allow you a warranty return on the RS-A's they should give you an RMA or return authorization number.
    If you get a multiple-brand tire dealer like Discount Tire to handle the warranty for you, you won't have to apply the credit toward the ComforTreds.
    The way the process works is the tire dealer calls the tire manufacturer, gives them the RMA# and the manufacturer authorizes the tire return and credit to the tire dealer.
    The tire dealer orders a replacement set of tires through normal distribution, and applies the credit toward the replacement tires.

    The assumption may be that you will order the ComforTreds, however in your case you could apply the credit to the Primacys and GoodYear wouldn't know it one way or the other.
    Obviously you don't want to let GoodYear know this is your intention ahead of time because they do want to keep you as a customer.
    If you decide on the ComforTreds, and if they are in-spec, I'm sure you will be pleased with them. They really transformed the Altima.
    Unlike other tire companies, I have found that GoodYear are very good with warranty issues and customer satisfaction, so I'm sure they will do something for you with the RS-A's. It is a pity that they have QC problems though.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Alan, could you possibly tell me, does the Comfortred Tourings have a rim guard (meaning do they bulb out pass the rim like a Michelin or does a small lip of the tire curve around the outside of the rim like on some Bridgestone and the RS-As do?

    Reason I ask is, I have a set of Kumho's on another vehicle of mine that are flat as a pancake with no rim protection was so ever and I don't want any more tires that are like that since the rim is completely exposed.
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    Smarty666: I don't have the Altima anymore so I can't take another look at the ComforTreds. I don't think they would be comparable anyway because the Altima had 16"/60 sidewall aspect ratio tires and as you know, the Max has either 18"/45 or 19"/40 aspect ratio tires. You may want to go to a GoodYear dealer and take a look at a ComforTred with a similar aspect ratio to get an idea of their rim protection.

    These low profile tires have very stiff sidewalls with minimal "bulge", and therefore less rim protection than a 60 aspect ratio tire. The Primacys provide minimal rim protection at best, and the tire width is lower than all curbs, so the rims are really exposed. I think the current obsession with huge rims and very low profile tires is really silly. They have a harder ride, add unsprung weight, offer no rim protection and cost a fortune to replace. I don't think anything larger than 17" is necessary, but until this ridiculous fashion ends, we are stuck.
  • I have noticed that in the past 2 months my approx. 1 year old 2010 has a loud noise coming out of the rear suspension when I go over a speed bumb/curb or a dip in the road. I cannot duplicate it by bouncing on the car when it is parked. It almost sounds like something is scraping, as if you bottomed out the car....but it is not scraping. Could it be trailing arm bushings, strut problem or some type of interference in the suspension assembly? It gets worse in colder weather, FYI.
    Have not been to dealer yet, will advise.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I started having this when the cold weather hit back in November. Had creaking/groaning noises from the rear suspension going over speed bumps, dips, etc.

    Need to take it in and tell them about the noise and instruct them to clean and grease the rear suspension bushings. I had that done and the noise is gone. Apparently, Nissan used cheap crap in the rear suspension and the cold weather dries out the bushings resulting in the noises.
  • Thanks! I'll let you know how it works out!
    Pretty sad for a "new" car......
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Couldn't agree with you more! Pretty sad for a car that has an over $40k msrp on the window sticker now.
  • I just started having the same issue with my 2010 Nissan Maxima SV. It is extremely loud when I shut off the vehicle. The noise seems to be coming from the front wheel wells or under the front end of the car.

    My Maxima also has 8,000 miles on it. It is still under warranty. Before I bring it in for service to help resolve the issue. What was the end result of your problem? How was it resolved? What was causing the noise?

    Thanks for your time.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    It won't get resolved, mine hasn't either. It just the heat shield expanding and contracting which makes the knocking and pinging sound. I even told them that I have never had a car do this before WHILE the engine is running.

    I have had some cars in the past do this a little bit when cooling off in the garage but this car takes the cake. It is constantly loud and unrefined sounding. It really sounds like a popcorn maker. Just absolutely ridiculous that a $40k dollar car makes noises like this and Nissan says that is normal. They just don't get it!
  • Maxima 2009 - I purchased a new 2009 max and the seat cover look like it was 3 yrs old. The dealers said it would flatten out but never did. A year later, they replaced the seat cover with another one, which looked like it was 10 yrs old. Almost 1 1/2 yrs later, the dealer showed my a notice he received from Nissan acknowledging the defect. The dealer would not give me a copy but said he would call me in 30 days to repair it. 6 months later no call. I have contacted a Lemon Law attorney, maybe you should fo the same.
  • FINALLY brought it my 15K "service" mark (good thing it's a company car....$296 for oil/filter/wiper blades/rot/balance??) which was overdue, mentioned the "noise"...could not replicate as it was warmer/raining. Luckily, a tech took pity on me and found NTB011-007B which replaced rear stabilizer bushings.
    Don't lubricate the old ones, that is exactly what should NOT be done!
    Insist on this NTB fix, I was told that low speed, cold weather exacerbated the condition and I concur!
  • robtroxelrobtroxel Posts: 103
    Looks like they used the ultra high priced Ester Oil for your oil change. You will not invalidate your warantry if you opt for the regular mineral oil instead. Just tell the Service manager thats what you want. Thanks for the TSB report on the rear bushings!
  • tictac3tictac3 Posts: 78
    edited July 2011
    Our 2010 Max has about 9500 miles on it. I last changed the oil & filter at 8000 miles (every 4000 mi). Today while driving, the VID display showed an oil filter icon. It was not the oil pressure light! Could not find anything in the owner's manual. Any thoughts?
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