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Nissan Maxima



  • sidwolfsidwolf Posts: 6
    I read in that Nissan's sales for the first seven months of this year are down 27% from the same period last year. I was ready to buy a new Max, but am concerned that the company will not be around in future years to support this car with parts and service.

    Does anyone have any information or thoughts on this issue?

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I recently drove a new Q45 and, although a very nice car, the performance was underwhelming given it's horsepower ratings by Infinity.

    I believe the Maxima offers one of the best values in the affordable sports sedan catagories. I will be interested to see how the new 2002 performs with a six-speed and (supposedly) 255 horsepower. Consider that the previous generation M3 managed mid 5 second 0-60 times with 15 LESS horsepower and comparable or greater vehicle weight.

    The Maxima is no M3, but I hope Nissan does not find itself in an Infinity Q45 situation trying to explain underachievement.
  • tgif888tgif888 Posts: 351
    Thanks. Actually I'm not in the market for the 02 Maxima. I just got an e-mail from the dealer and pass on the info. I was in the market for a new car back in May. I was going to get the 01 Maxima SE 20th Anniversary edition, but end up getting the I30t.

    Hey, someone had said the Maxima is going to have a redesign in 2003. =)
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Nissan not be around? Nissan will definetly be around, ever since Renault got Charles Ghosn to help Nissan out they've made the biggest turnaround in the car business for a while.

    Even if sales are down, Nissan's profits are still up. And you have to keep in mind last year was a record sales year, most cars ever sold...with this years economy problems sales have slid a lil (although still high). Yes I know some manufacturers' (Toyota) sales have actually risen over last years record...Nissan just isnt one of them.

    Who knows, maybe the car nuts out there know about all the good things Nissan will be turning out very soon (240 hp Altima, 260 hp 6spd Maxima, supercharged Xterra, Sentra SE-R Spec V, Infiniti G35, and the like) and are gonna wait the extra year to get the new Nissan products instead of buying now and regretting the purchase later.

    Unless some catastrophe occurs, Nissan will still be in the game...
  • jimmie8jimmie8 Posts: 31
    I read that same article...I also noticed how they criticized the 6-spd gearbox. I personally found it a LOT easier to shift the 6-spd than my current 5-speed box (97SE)...and I actually liked the "clunkiness" of the new gearbox. It feels comfortable to shift because there is a solid clunk as it goes into gear...but its not a heavy feeling at all (much lighter than my Max).

    Who knows, maybe they are comparing it to the 6-spd gearbox of a Modena, or something. In that case, of course it will look bad...
  • djp2cdjp2c Posts: 39
    Just saw the 2002 at Kingston Nissan on Sat Aug 4th.

    Not to much of a change when compared to the 01's on the lot.

    Mainly head and tail lights changed and the Rocker Panel but from the side it's the same.

    Dealer had a good supply of 0l's and he probably had to buy some to get the 02 early. Last week they said it would be September before the got one.

    Everything is secret?????????
  • JHermonJHermon Posts: 22
    I called 4 different dealers in metro Detroit last week and got 4 different answers about when the 2002s will be arriving. The answers ranged from 2 weeks to the end of September, beginning of October.

    It seems very strange that the release date would vary so dramatically from place to place. I can't help but wonder whether the dealers are deliberately saying they won't get the car until later so that they can get rid of the rest of their '01 inventory.

    Anyone have any better information about when we can expect to start seeing '02 Maximas in quantity on dealer lots?
  • jimmie8jimmie8 Posts: 31
    Has anyone seen ANY info on the 0-60 times and 1/4 mile times of the new Maxima? I've seen lots of road tests for the new Altima, but none of the car magazines seem to be testing the Maxima. I thought the embargos on road tests for these two vehicles were ended at approximately the same time. Is Nissan just making it harder for magazines to get ahold of the Maxima??
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Anyone in the LA area that wants to see an 02 Maxima can go to Glendale Nissan.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Not one 2002 Nissan Maxima was to be found. I even looked in the garage where they keep the new models, but no new ones, maybe I will try Carmax of Greenville this weekend.
  • p_g_00p_g_00 Posts: 34
    just graduated and moved to north west, am thinking to get a GXE, someone in this thread said invoice-1000 is a good deal a while back, is it still so? or should I expect more?
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    The price should be lower, wait a lil longer and itll drop more cause the dealerships are gonna have to get rid of 01 Maximas. It should also be easier to haggle the price down. 02s are coming out now.
  • ito2ito2 Posts: 2
    I know that may not make sence for some people. need to make a decision between a new 2001 max SE and a used 1997 BMW 528I w/ 49K miles. I can get the max for $24000 and the BMW for $25000. The BMW looks and rides like new. What do you guys think? Please help!!
  • nrl76nrl76 Posts: 30
    Went to Santa Monica Nissan during lunch. There was a 2002 Black SE, Bose, side airbags no leather. It looked better than the 2001 in terms of the rear and front. The wheels look about the same. There was a 2001 right next to it so it was a good comp.

    I was impressed with the stereo. Good amount of bass for a stock stereo.

    I did not drive it because I did not want to get the salesman all riled up and I was hungry.

    Here is the kicker. . .

    They had a $3,000 mark up listed on the sticker. I wanted to laugh at them out loud. That is ridiculous.

    I think this could be my next car. Just concerned about reliability, fit and finish over time. My '99 Solara SLE has 31K miles, is almost 3 years old and it is totally solid.

    Just a few random thoughts.

    '99 Solara SLE
    - looking to buy one of the following in less than a year
    1. 2002 Maxima SE NAV 6 spd
    2. 2002 Altima 3.5 SE 5 spd
    3. 2002 TL type S
    4. 2002 IS 300 5 spd
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185

    Then click on new cars and look at maxima 2002 se or gle. (from freeze00 on

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282

    I assume that was an SE Automatic you saw?? I thought I saw where the 6-speed won't be out until October, but there seems to be a lot of misinformation around.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    if you dont need xtra backseat room, its definitely the hottest looking and probably best handling of the vehicles you just mentioned. plus, it sells in lower volumes, so you'll have a more unique car.
    good luck
  • tgif888tgif888 Posts: 351
    Cerritos Nissan had 2002, too.
  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    Frequently, I put a lot more faith in the impressions noted on this forum than I do in the
    opinions expressed by those employed by car maga-
    zines relative to the evaluation of any given vehicle. That guy from "Automobile" made what I
    thought was a huge issue concerning the "smooth-
    ness" of the '02 SE tranny. Your "down to earth"
    impressions would certainly impact my thinking
    more than again. I guess the
    best way to eval. that transmission is to go and
    drive it myself and I fully intend to do that!!

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Add the Infinity G35 to your list. According to an e-mail I just got from Nissan, it will be out in the spring of 2002 (as 2003 model) and it appears to have the credentials to be a good sports sedan. Estimated 280 horespower, RWD, 6-speed.

    And, if you want to go for Euro delivery, you can probably get a 3-series (325) for not a lot more money than the Acura. I had been considering a loaded 330i for about $35k using a dealer that discounts off BMW's ED pricing.
  • Hey, what's up with the rear suspension on the Max? I saw what looked to be a solid axle (beam) on one the other day as it passed me on the highway, So, I had to go find one that was parked so I could get a good look underneath...and yep! it's a solid axle! Now I know Nissan is excellent at building engines, but what happened with the wheel hanging guys? I mean we all know that (4) wheel independent is the only way to go, especially on a machine like the Max. I have an Accord V6 and it's rear suspension has all kinds of things going on, same with the front! Does anyone else notice this suspension shortcoming on the Nissan and or agree with me??
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Yeah solid beam axle, supposed to be the most advanced one ever designed. But no matter how advanced, its still a shortcoming. The handling is still good, and with some minor modifications (rear sway bar, etc.) it'll outhandle a lot of cars..
  • I am considering the purchase of a 2002 Maxima. Can someone tell me where I can find additional information about the rear suspension? Pictures and/or a drawing would be good also. Is this solid axle stuff a cost savings due to Nissan's financial troubles?

  • one_loveone_love Posts: 28
    I'm ready to start looking for a 2001 Maxima is this the right time or should I wait a little longer?

    I really would like to start now before they are all gone. What should I ask the dealers?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Nothing changes, it seems.

    I have a 1995 Maxima SE. Back in 1994, when I was shopping around, the Honda and Toyota sales persons were quick to point out that the Maxima didn't have "fully independent suspension". I listened, but also extensively test drove every car I was considering at the time. And, on a very challenging winding test drive that I set up, the Maxima handled hands down better than the Accord EX, Camry XLE-V6 and several others. Not to mention that the other's engines felt anemic next to the 5-speed equiped Maxima. Seven years and 111k miles later, I still really enjoy driving the car and it still handles better than almost any other mid-size sedan I've tried, short of a BMW 5 series and a couple of others.

    I don't have a master's in mechanical engineering. Therefore, I won't argue the academic side of this issue. But anybody that thinks that just because of a different suspension set-up, an Accord, Camry, Acura TL or other front wheel drive Japanese import should therefore handle better than a Maxima(SE) has either (a) not driven the Maxima or (b) has a different set of nerve endings in their posterior than I do. The former of which is ignorance, the latter of which is a perfectly acceptable difference of opinion. My point is, forget what you read, and test drive the hell out of your top choices.

    Funny, now that I'm in the market and considering going "upscale", I don't see similar posts "Hey, what's with this recirculating ball steering in the BMW M5, think they were just trying to save money over rack and pinion?".
  • warrenulwarrenul Posts: 50
    Does anyone know how effective the Nissan (McGard) locks are? I was unfortunate to just have my wheels ripped off.

    They just took the wheels, so the factory alarm never went off. Also, is there an easy way to add a motion sensor to the factory setup? I am surprised that the standard security system doesn't include this simple device.

    I bought two sets of wheel locks now, so I have two locks per wheel. What I didn't like was the fact that I found that although not a perfect fit, I think that the other key caught enough of the other lock to concievably loosen the lug, if someone tried real hard.

    Thanks for any input, I don't want a repeat of this tramatic experience, or see anyone of you others guys getiing ripped off.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Someone posted this in TH a while back as well.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    I was at Downers Grove Nissan (IL) and there were a couple on the lot.
  • p_g_00p_g_00 Posts: 34
    My friend said his dealer told him that they will get rewarded from the manufacturer; the more they sell, the more they will be rewarded. That's why they can sell cars around invoice price. True?

    Well, I know it's not going to knock down the price by knowing that, just curious.

    Any news for 01 Max price?
  • tgif888tgif888 Posts: 351
    Even the dealer sells the vehicle at inovice. It stills making profit on the hold back.

    I believe the 01 Max is selling $500 below invoice. Correct me if I am wrong.
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