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Nissan Maxima



  • made in Japan. My VIN starts with "JN" not "1". All Infinitis are currently made in Japan. The new QX56 (Pathfinder Armada) will be (I think) the first Infiniti built in the US.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    actually, the G35 is split, but mostly built in tennessee...just like accords are 80/20.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Aversion is a pretty strong word regarding my opinion on U.S. built "imports". Perhaps prudently cautious would be a better description. I've heard both sides of the story. Here's my take:

    My 1995 Maxima appeared to have better fit and finish quality than the similar vintage US built Accords and Camrys. Although the Accord and Camry, having now been built in the US for a decade or more, seem to now be back up to par, the early US production ones were not.

    The BMW Z3 and Mercedes M-Class, both built in the US had horrific quality problems relative to their respective standards for German built cars. If I'm not mistaken, the M-Class was recently rated by JD Powers as the second worst vehicle in initial quality out of about 100+ vehicles tested. Coincidental or linked?

    On the other hand, I have not heard much either way about Nissan quality with respect to the Altima and may have even heard that the plant received some awards. Would I rather the Maxima be built in Japan at a plant of the same world renowned quality as my Honda S2000 was produced at? Sure. But perhaps I should give the new Maxima another 4-6 months to see how it fares.

    So I'm not anti-American, just pocket-book prudent.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i was going to bring up the accord...from selling hondas for almost 2 years, and 2 different body styles of accords, i can say without doubt that the US accords are AT LEAST as good as the japanese built versions.
  • Are you sure about that. I always thought it was built in Japan, just like the Pathfinder and q45.

    I know the Altima/Maxima are built in Tenn.

    Why would they build the G35 in Tenn with the Maxima and Altima. They aren't even built on the same platform.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    G35, altima, maxima, are all on the same platform. i was, however, mistaken...some are built in TN...the 80/20 is really a 90/10 in favor of japan. sorree..
  • ....nor is it on the same platform as the Maxima etc.

    Built in the US on the FF-L platform: Altima, Maxima, Murano.

    Built on the FM platform (couple of variations) in Japan: 350Z, G35 sedan and coupe, FX35/45.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    how can you say the FX35/45 are on a different platform than the murano? its the same darn vehicle, man! fact is, the platforms have different nomenclature for the [non-permissible content removed]/US versions. they are ALL based on the same platform.
  • I have 2 months and 2000 miles on my new car. I have a loud clucking noise in my front end.Anytime I go over small bumps I hear and feel the bumps. This is very disturbing for me as this is a new car.
  • Today I had finally made up my mind after much reasearch and a few test drives that I was going to purchase a Nissan Maxima. I went into a dealership in the Washington DC Area on 450 and let me tell you if this is customer/dealer service I would be looking for another car. Since I have my heart set on a Maxima I'm going to give it another shot.

    Does anyone know of any decent dealerships in the Washington, DC area were they know the meaning of customer service?
  • Have you tried the Carmax Nissan franchise in Baltimore? You can check inventory and prices online. I almost bought a 02 Maxima from the Kenosha, WI Carmax before they sold their Nissan franchise. They didn't have the color I wanted, so I went somewhere else and paid more.
  • I have a question for you 2004 Maxima owners, but if it's been covered earlier, maybe someone could refer me back to those posts. This car is on my radar screen for purchase, but the way Car & Driver slammed it for torque steer has me wondering.

    In your experience, is this something you notice on a regular basis? On moderate acceleration? Mainly when cornering? Do you have to drive it "all out" as if you were a C&D test driver to notice it? I'm actually a fairly steady driver, but just like to have a decent handling car for those times when you feel like pushing it a little.

    My purchase date is still a little in the future, so I haven't driven this car yet. When the time comes, I'll drive it and see for myself. But, test drives are somewhat limited, and I would really appreciate your real world take on this issue. I did drive the previous version, the 2003, and liked it except for the lack of independent rear suspension.

    Thanks for any insights you can offer.
  • Sheehy Nissan in Annapolis down the street from Annapolis Mall. I bought an 02 SE from them. They had better prices than CarMax at the time. I'd check them out.
  • Austinman7....

    Been driving mine for about 2 months now. With no problems as of yet. I haven't really pushed it around the corners like I do the police cruiser I drive, but I love the feel of it. I haven't felt the front-drive torque pull on cornering if that is what you are talking about. Guess I am afraid to really push this new baby like I do the crusier. But, I can tell its going to handle a lot better than that heavy duty crown vic.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Torque steer is most pronounced when accelerating hard from a stop going straight ahead. If you do not hold the steering wheel firmly and stomp on the gas you can loose the control of the car momentarily. It is particularly unpleasant if you have a manual transmission car, and pop the clutch after revving up the engine. The solution is: if you do this, anticipate what will happen and hold the steering wheel firmly.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,350
    Infiniti G35 is made only in Japan. Platform is the same as the FX35/35, also made in Japan.

    Altima and new Maxima are the same basic platform, and made in the US. Prior Max was Japan. I35 Infiniti is still on the prior Max platform, and built in Japan.

    Murano is on the Altima platform also, but I'm not sure where it is made. Murano has nothing to do with the FX, other than vaguely similar style.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • First, let me correct something I posted earlier. The Murano is based off the FF-L platform but is built in Japan, not the US.

    The FF-L platform is a front-wheel drive platform, with and AWD option on the Murano.

    The FM platform is a rear-wheel drive platform, with AWD on the FX and the G35 sedan optional.

    I'm not sure what else to say. 195833.shtml

    "All FX45 models utilize an enhanced version of the FM (Front Mid-ship) platform." 011.shtml

    "The new Nissan Murano’s unique, modern design is made possible, in part, by the use of Nissan’s new FF-L (front engine, front-drive) platform, which it shares elements with the award-winning 2002 Altima. "
  • The G35 Sedan/Coupe, 350z, and Infiniti FX35/FX45 are based on the same platform. Rear-wheel drive. AWD is optional.

    The Altima, Maxima, Quest and Murano are based ont the same platform. Front wheel drive. AWD is optional on the Murano.

    They have different platforms because, well, One platform is front wheel drive, and the other is, ummm...rear wheel drive.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I can recommend VOB Nissan in Rockville Maryland. They offered to sell me a new Maxima at slightly ($200+/-) over invoice over the phone. I am a previous customer and have taken my 1995 Maxima back to them faithfully for service, but they have also treated my referrals very well.
  • On my 04 SL, torque steer is more pronounced during a turn with hard acceleration. I have in fact accelerated straight without holding onto the steering wheel as a test and it tracked straight ahead. Left turns seem to me to show off the torque steer problem... and again, you have to accelerate hard to notice this.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i drive different ones every day, and ALL have torque steer. this is not bad as long as you expect it. mostly, it is in a str8 line.
  • This is in response to austinman7. My 2004 maxima SL has 2000 miles on it and is two months old. The vibration and noise in the front end is terrible. On local roads the problem is when you are driving over small bumps on a straight drive.Increasing the speed such on highway's the car rides smoothly.
  • joecrash, p100, jbadams, bowke28, and langer3...

    Thanks so much for your input on torque steer and related handling issues. Sounds like something that would bother me, but I'll reserve final judgement until I drive it.

    Perplexing to me that Nissan engineers, as good as they are, let this get by them. I know torque steer is not unique to the 2004 Maxima, but it does seem to be more pronounced. I remember noticing this a little with a 96 Buick Regal I had, but not at all with my current '02 v6 Camry.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I wonder if defective front struts are not your problem. Or they could be poorly matched to the vehicle's front suspension. Personally, I am very disappointed with these problems with the new Maxima. I mentioned several times that I came very close to buying a new 03 SE but walked away when I noticed vibration around 60 MPH in two vehicles at two different dealerships. I realized that this was no coincidence and that Nissan has chronic problems with their Bridgestone tires. I will not even consider a new 04 until they work out the bugs, which I believe will take at least a year. As a rule, I do not buy first year redesigned models of any car, especially those made first year in the US, no matter how attractive the car or price.
  • This is a response to my message 7356. I took my car to the dealer's sevice dept and was taken for a road test.They said there was a problem with the front right stabilizer link. they have to order a part to replace. I am not sure what this means but it will be done next week. Stay tuned.
  • Hey all...

    36K on an 02 Max, and time to finally get rid of the stock tires. Since we all know the size is limited to only a couple of options for tires, has anyone gone Plus 0 to 235/50/17? Current size is 215/55/17. I've checked the differences in size and it is almost a perfect match. Anyone here upsized? I'm planning to get Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, which is a HUGE improvement from stock. Just curious if anyone else has.

  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Michelin Pilots are certainly great tires, but be prepared to replace them quickly - especially V and Z rated versions. I have P205-60HR15 size on my Mazda 626 and they are just about worn out after 30K miles. And I rotate my tires regularly. If I had not rotated them, the front ones would have been finished by 20K mile mark. Expect 25K or less miles for V or Z rated versions. Pilots are also rather noisy, but provide outstanding grip and handling potential.

    For comparison, the original Toyo Proxess tires on my 98 Maxima SE (size P215-55HR16 )lasted almost 60K miles. Because of low speed limits in this country I believe that V and Z rated tires are a waste of money. H rating is good for sustained 130 MPH driving. How many of us do that?
  • Michelin Pilot Sport A/S come in stock size 225/55/17. I don't remember but isn't the stock size 225/55/17 unless you have the GLE which is a different size? That's what my '02 SE has. I bought the Pilot Sport a/s and love them. Yes, they were pricey but the wet grip is outstanding. There's NO comparison between the original Potenzas and the Michelins.
  • Good timing on this subject as I bought a set of 4 of the Pilots yesterday. I own an '01 SE, (automatic) and could have gone up to winter with the Potenzas but they were getting scary in the rain - got 29,000 out of them after having rotated every 7,000 miles.
    I do not know where the noise issue comes from with the Pilots because I don't hear it. I read of a harsher ride as well but, man - the ride is soooo much smoother and comfortable than ever with the Potenzas. These tires look real serious as well. As I mentioned above I just bought them yesterday so I do not have much more feedback than that but they do seem more "responsive" to even a simple lane change on the highway than the OEMs. I can't wait till it rains as these are supposed to be about the best,(THE best in 225 50 17) that you're going to find.
    Expensive, yes but if rotated every 5,000 miles, 30,000 should not be a problem. They have a much higher treadwear rating than the Potenzas, something like 400 to 140.
    I have 36 psi in the front and 34 in the rear - I'll see how that goes for awhile.
    My total cost - $892.52 including 4 tires, ballance, valves, alignment, tax and a 5% discount for AAA membership. I negotiated $199.99 per tire.
    Yeah - hopefully they'll last.
    BTW - there is no warranty for the treadwear as these are "ultra high performance" tires.
  • ....if you buy 4 Michelins B4 9/27, you get a free JVC DVD player. Not bad.
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