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Nissan Maxima



  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Yep, that's what I have, a 2000 Icelandic Pearl colored SE Automatic with the stock black leather interior. It's loaded w/ all options that were available at the time. I bought in Oct/Nov of 1999 when the new design had just come out. I even have the stock 16" wheels instead of 17"ers.
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    The main problem with the new Maxima is that Nissan jacked up the price beyond the budget of a lot (or perhaps even most) of the current Maxima owners. So where are the current owner's to turn - the Altima, a car with a cheaper interior and less power than the retired Maxima? I think not.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    So where are the current owner's to turn - the Altima, a car with a cheaper interior and less power than the retired Maxima?

    Mazda6, Passat, Accord, GP-CompG would be my guess. If I wanted a coupe I'd check out that new Solara, has a really nice almost Lexus'ish interior. Funky looking on the outside though.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    nissan may lose a few previous maxima owners, but they will pick up alot more "others" dissatisfied owners of avalons, TLs, CTSs, LSs, etc...
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    With the exception of the CTS and it's usual GM tupperware, all those have a much better interior than the new Max. My humble opinion of course.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i disagree, but not by much...i think the max has a poorly thought out interior, but the materials are just fine to me.
  • fredleefredlee Posts: 3
    Correct me if I'm wrong. I saw posting here that MRSP for a fully loaded SE Auto is US$35K+-. However a fully loaded SE auto in Canada is listed at $37K (auto leather package)or $38K w/. sunroof. This give approx. USD equivalent of US$27K!

    I assume people in US usually get deeper discount while those in northern border don't.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    In the past month or so here in southern Delaware, I see more and more '04 Maximas everywhere! My favorite is a pearl white SE with beige leather and the power sunroof just down the road--every inch is absolutely gorgeous and I'd trade one of my current cars for one in a minute. A lot of others are SL's that look almost as nice, except for the too small 17" wheels.

    Actually, a lot of the "new" Nissans sell like crazy around here. '02+ Altimas are probably the most common, and best selling sedan. Muranos are becoming quite popular, too, and I just saw a sparkling new loaded silver '04 Quest and about two weeks ago, and loved it. I can see them doing very well, and should start seeing tons of them soon, maybe even as many as the new '04 Toyota Siennas.

    Just thought I'd add this little tidbit on Nissan popularity. The gorgeous styling of almost every model appears to be winning over the cheap interiors in some models, big time!
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    I like that tupperware comment. I'm still not sold on the '04 yet. I like it some days and other days I don't. That front end still bugs me. I've only briefly thought of trading in my 02 SE then I quickly dismiss that notion. I don't know what demo they're marketing to but I see mostly senior folks driving the new max here in MD.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    That due to pricing and/or interior quality some prospective Maxima buyers might venture towards a Solara or Pontiac. One drives like a Buick the other is built like one. As much as I would like to see Nissan get their interior styling act together, I hope prospective buyers don't go that far in the other direction.

    It still seems to me that among 4 door FWD sedans, the Maxima provides the best bang for the buck in terms of driving dynamics and performance. It's one of the few offered with a 6-speed. I'd keep my 1995 SE another 5 years before I'd go soft with a Camry Solara.

    Perhaps Nissan's designers will read this thread and make some changes before it's too late.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    The NEW Solara is tightened up for more sportier handling and the interior is mint looking. I read an article on it in a mag but can't remember which mag, Automobile I think. Supposed to be A LOT better than the previous model. I also looked at an 04 Altima 3.5 SE loaded and it seemed like the interior wasn't quite as bad as I remembered. One or two more iterations and refinements and I think it'll be where it needs to be to really crush the Camcords.

  • jbadamsjbadams Posts: 63
    I just purchased a 04 SL. I love the interior. I love the way the instrument cluster looks similar to the Z. I love the way the dash seems to "float" as it moves from door to door. I love the power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. I love the new sky view roof. The seats are very well designed. Don't confuse different with poor quality.

    I think what most are complaining about are the little buttons for the radio and air-conditioning. Could be bigger, but after driving the car for two weeks, I an quite used to them.
  • ramped1ramped1 Posts: 159
    quite a few 04 Maximas on the road over the past couple of weeks. It seems to be catching on, so even if previous Maxima owners may be a little disappointed with it, there obviously are others who find it appealing.

    Maybe a monochromatic grill would help the front. In any event, I hope the car is a success because the Maxima has always been a reliable alternative to the boring family haulers that we otherwise would have to choose from.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the reason those canadian prices look so cheap is because the maxima SE actually STARTS at $27k USD. it ranges up in excess of $36k USD as well. the SL model falls in between. ($29k-$31k USD)
  • blh7068blh7068 Posts: 375
    As an owner of an 02 SE...gotta say I like the interior much better in my car than the 04's. Especially the dashboard layout/backlighting.
  • fredleefredlee Posts: 3
    It still puzzles me. A fully loaded SE AT 5 seats (only option not included is NAV, which cost Cdn$3K), the MRSP is Cdn$38K, compares to US$36K in US. Even if we pay MRSP, it's still 40% cheaper!
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    Well, car manufacturers price cars differently depending on the market. Also, the exchange rates move up and down, and the prices, obviously, are not adjusted every day. So as a result you get this discrepancy between Canadian and US prices.

    There are many people who have imported their cars from Canada; there are some people even on this board who have done this. If I remember correctly there was a guy who imported a Pathfinder some time ago.

    You may save a lot of money, but then there are some drawbacks - warranty work may (or may not) be denied in the US as manufacturers generally don't like this practice of importing cars to save money. Getting a bank to finance the loan may be problematic as you are buying a foreign car. Even if you get a loan the interest rate may not be competitive, thus negating some of the savings. If you have the cash though, it is not a problem. Also, the odometer is in KM. You may therefore have problems re-selling the car, and if you change the odometer to miles, again, you end up with problems explaining why the odometer was touched. Again, if you plan to keep the car for 10 years +, this is not a problem.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    this is also true about warranties. insurance premiums also rise significantly with a canadian car in the US. duty charges will also apply at an astronomical rate, especially at the detroit/windsor border. this charge could actually offset the price difference.

    one other factor, is that nissan knows that canadians have less disposable income after taxes than americans do, therefore, lowering the price on a few cars sold in canada may make the difference between selling 10000 and selling 1000.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    duty charges will also apply at an astronomical rate

    Not true. There is a 1.5% duty on cars imported from Canada. Small change, really.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i wasnt aware of the change...must have come with NAFTA. i moved away from detroit pre-NAFTA, and duty charges on cars were 4.5%.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    A few years ago 30 or more Pathfinders were purchased in Canada and taken to the US. The average bottom line saving was $4000+ US (on a $27,000 vehicle) including all taxes, duties, and other charges. Nissan put a stop to this by not allowing Canadian dealers to sell to people with US address' and not allowing warrenty etc. in the US on these vehicles. I would call this a "restrictive trade policy" personally, but that is how many large corps. work.
  • Recently bought a 04 Maxima, metallic blue, in Atlanta. After getting it detailed and home, I noticed some little white spots on the hood. It is in the paint and not a chip in the paint. I went back to the dealer and looked at a couple of the black maximas on the lot and they had this same defect. Anyone else experience this? Also, Nissan is charging $999.99 for environmental paint protection. This gripes me that this is not an option.
  • eblumeblum Posts: 52
    I too have noticed the board is not as active as it used to be...sorta strange considering a brand new version of the Max was released. Many people do not like the new Max. I like it. Haven't sat in it, but the exterior is way better than my 2000 SE. Nice to see a step forward and not backwards like some other brands have done (Toyota).

    Still can't decide if I like the Radiant Ember color...I like the similar LeMans Sunset on the 350Z...
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    nissan doesnt charge that, the dealer does. 3 months ago, there was a group of cars in smyrna, TN that were hail damaged. many dealers bought these cars. that could be the remnants of the repairs in the paint.
  • You are right, the dealer charges for the protective coating. The 04 Maxima I bought has a July 04 assemble date on the sticker. Yes this car was assembled in TN and I asked the dealer if this was a hail damaged car, they were positive that it wasn't. I am starting to have a problem with the fact that this dealer's service manager doesn't return our calls. I also sent NissanUSA and email and no response.
  • ocuihsocuihs Posts: 138
    The hail storm in TN happened the first week of May. If your last 7 digit of your VIN number is in the C825000 range, you have a damaged Maxima.

    It will be an "C" (11th position) from TN plant.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    they are all C's. all 2004 maximas are made in TN now.
  • The vin on the maxima in question is in the 840000 range which does show that it was probably assembled in July 03 as the sticker shows.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Our local Nissan dealership received a shipment of hail damaged Maximas. They fixed the less damaged ones. They replaced the hoods and trunk lids, but not the roofs (I assume they just filled in the dings with body filler). I looked at the asking price and they were discounting the cars only about $ 1500 off the MSRP!! Who are they kidding? Why in the world would somebody buy a hail damaged repaired car for more than they can buy a brand new undamaged car? I would expect at least $ 1500 below invoice, not MSRP.
  • Is it a requirement for dealers to disclose that a new car has been hail damaged or for that matter any kind of damage in order to sell it as new? Or does this vary by State? Even if they could replace/repair some of the damaged areas of the car. I know that Georgia has Motor Vehicle Warranty Rights Act (lemon law) that applies to new vehicles.
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