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2013 and earlier Nissan Maxima Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • maxboundmaxbound Posts: 4
    I appreciate your input. I'm a newbie to the site so forgive me if I ask questions that have been answered several times. I'm downsizing from a SUV so I'm most concerned about the safety of a smaller car, decent gas mileage, reliability, and longevity. The max seems to have good features for the price. Can you tell me why it gets such poor (only 2 buttons) ratings for mechanical quality? Same ratings come up for the TL and G35. The Avalon is rated at 4 out of 5. The articles I've read seem to indicate that the engine is reliable and not problematic. I'm not sure how seriously to take the ratings I find.

    As for your Max, I'm impressed with the longevity! I'd keep it too.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My 1995 Maxima was the first year of the "generation 4" Maxima that ran from 1995-1999. It appears to have been one of the best versions of the Maxima from a mechanical quality / rliability standpoint. I know of others who purchased 2000-2002 models that had problems. Example: brakes. I have had the front disk pads replaced twice, the rears once in 153,000 miles. The original rotors are fine and have not needed to be replaced. There are reports of future Maxima models needing new rotors in as little as 30,000 miles. I did not have my first true significant "repair" on the Maxima until 110,000 miles, when I needed to replace the water pump. Some would even say this is a "maintenance" item.

    As for the TL's low rating, I think a lot of that may be due to the well known automatic transmission problems that Acura (and Honda) have had over the past several years. I bought a 6-speed. My limited (2.5 years, 18,000 miles) experience with a 2002 Honda S2000 was completely perfect, as far as mechanical quality. And the fit and finish of the car was the best I have ever seen, although it probably helps that the S2000 is hand built in limited quatities in Japan.

    It is unfortunate that the Maxima quality has slipped a bit since 1995, but I think it is still well above average compared to most cars. And, trust me, unless you have a severe case of insomnia, driving an Avalon for any period of time will make you wish it would break down so you can get something else. It is the perfectly built Buick. So is pretty much everything else in the sedan line from Toyota or Lexus.
  • i001987i001987 Posts: 1
    Hello. Had exactly the same reaction in Grand Rapids. Would suggest Dealers in Detroit if you can make it. I just purchased a car today to be delivered on Monday at Tamaroff. They whipped the pants off the deal, got the car, when above and beyond and made money.

    Have been trying to work the GR angle for 3 months - no success. They HAD a captive audience.
  • maxboundmaxbound Posts: 4
    Congrats! Smart move to purchase in Detroit. Must have been a good deal. I might consider that option. I hear Lansing isn't any better.
  • maxboundmaxbound Posts: 4
    Thanks for the info. I agree about the Avalon!
  • lindseylindsey Posts: 41
    I'm in the market for a Maxima. Anyone have any suggestions as to a good dealer in the Central Florida area? I'm actually in St. Pete (west coast) but will drive some for a deal. My last Max came from Bill Ray Nissan in Longwood, FL and I will contact them again. Unfortunately the sales associate I dealt with has moved on.

    Alas, my beloved '02 SE was stolen on Monday and promptly totaled by the thief. Dang those airbags! The thief walked away from the wreck and hasn't been seen since.

  • tke_dattke_dat Posts: 1
    I recently test drove a 2004 Max and liked what I saw. My question is what price should I be aiming for? I also like the TL, and G35; neither of which I have test drove yet. It will be between one of the three.

    Is anything under $30k a good deal?
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    There are way too many variables involved to help you decide what a good deal on a Maxima in your area is.

    However, you should easily get an SE with a few options for under 30K out the door. There is currently a $1K rebate being offered. Check the Edmunds TMV board here and that will give you an idea of what you should pay. If I was buying a Maxima, I don't think I would offer anything more than invoice minus the rebate (Or, more simply, $1K under invoice).
  • carzcarz Posts: 25
    See my post #53.It dpends on where you live and the number of dealers in the area. You should be able to get an 04 SE with DPP, Sunroof, VDC, floor mats and mudflaps for at least $200 under invoice plus the $1000 rebate. You will also have to decide is taking the 1.9 interest worth more then the $1000 rebate.
  • jrsinncjrsinnc Posts: 3
    Can anyone give me an idea what a fair price is for an SE with navigation? Thanks for the input.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    I would suggest that you check the TMV board here at Edmunds under the New Cars tab, and also carsdirect. That should give you an indication of what a good deal is in your area.
  • lwood03lwood03 Posts: 1
    We have 2K SE Max which overall has been a great car. My wife has put 52K on it since we bought it new (I get to drive it get its bath and home). I would like to get another SE but I am not a fan of the SkyView, I would like to hear from people who have purchased a Max in Calif, and if they felt they received fair deal. When I purchased the 2K I work with 3 different dealers to a price of 2% over invoice. Any input would be appreciated. One last question has anyone heard when the 05 Max might be offered? Everywhere I look I see nothing to state when Nissan will make it available.
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    Check out They have 3 04 Maxima's with Nav at between $29,118 to $29,668 which is from $4300-$4400 off MSRP, including the $1,000 rebate which puts you about $1290 below invoice.

    Stock numbers 2287427, 2287766, 2162188. You'd of course have a bit of a road trip to bring it home, but perhaps you can use these numbers to help you at your local dealer?
  • cpa4ucpa4u Posts: 136
    I have been getting quotes on 04 maximas from several dealers. Most are offering $4,000 to $4,700 off MSRP. I would shoot for $5,000 off as it gets closer to the 05's being out (which I hear will be the end of August or early September).
  • I haven't seen any recent information about 2004 Maxima purchases so I'll add mine to possibly help someone else - or humiliate myself. On Tuesday I'm purchasing a base SE with mats for: $24,275 + $1,764.25 (RI sales tax + registration) + $60 processing fee for an out-the-door price of $26,099.25. I hope this helps someone else (and please don't tell me how badly I got screwed).
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    You didn't get screwed at all. You got an excellent, roomy sedan with plenty of power and safety equipment for about the same price of a Camry or Accord. You should be happy. Good luck wih it!
  • kennyg5kennyg5 Posts: 360
    I too think that is a good price, considering I paid $26.5k before tax and tags in Oct 02 for a fully loaded 03 Max GLE except Nav.
  • Hi--have never purchased used before--looking for help buying a Manufacturer Certified 2001 Maxima SE, 3.0L V6, leather interior, automatic. Car has 42K. Dealer is asking $17,962. I was thinking of offering $16K. Not sure what site to check other than KBB which I have found to be too high. Any thoughts?
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Way too much $$$ for that car. It's four model years old.

    You should be able to pick up an '02, maybe even an '03, for well under $18K. Plus, the '02s and '03s were considerably improved over the '01 models.
  • I bought a 2004 MAX SL 10 two weeks ago, here is the detail.

    2004 SL with power sun roof: $27000.00, which is about $1300.00 under invoice.
  • I've got 2 offers on the table (both at 200 dollars below invoice) Both are XE
    Offer 1: Driver's preferred pack, floor mats, navi, splash guards, XM, and skyview. W/ 2.0% financing- for 30593 -500 for college grad rebate= 30093 + ttl

    Offer 2: Driver's preferred pack, floor mats, sunroof, Traction Control Package w/ 2.0 % financing for 29051 + ttl

    Input would be greatly appreciated.

    -P.S. Is the Traction Control package really worth it? The car already has standard abs brakes..comments?
  • Depending on where you live and drive, I'd get the one with Nav if you think you'll deal with snow and ice rarely.

    If you live in Minnesota, well, you already know the answer.
  • Last Saturday I had a test drive on 2005 Maxima, 2005 Lexus ES330, 2004 Accura TL and 2004 Infiniti G35rwd. I like the performance and the roominess of the maxima, and the smooth,quiet ride and interior of ES330, so one of these two will be my final choice.

    Lexus dealer is willing to take off about$1,000 off the MSRP of 34,964, which I think is still a little bit high although this is only the third week the dealer got the ES330.

    I got a quote from a Nissan dealer: "In stock 2005 nissan max sl with sunroof, dpp. $29405+ttl not including rebate. Outside of inventory With Dpp and skyview, $28,725.00." I am not aware of any rebate for the 2005 Maxima, but I think this is an attractive offer. Any comments, advises?
  • Hi. I just purchased my 2002 Maxima SE which I have been leasing for the last 3 years. I'm interested in getting a Nissan Extended Warranty. I was quoted $877 for a 60mo/75K mile warranty from my local dealer. This seems a bit high to me, but maybe it's not.

    Has anyone gotten a good deal on an extended warranty, or can anyone recommend a dealer that has better warranty pricing?


  • Been looking to buy an 05 Maxima SE, with the following options 6sp Manual, Drivers Preferred, Moon Roof, Traction Control, floor mats. Based on the research I've done the invoice is 29751. What would think is a fair price to pay? I am thining Invoice + 200?
  • max05max05 Posts: 29
    I just picked up my 05 SL yesterday....and yes there is a $1,000 rebate, but there have been no ads at all in the Boston area papers for 05's yet, so i was fortunate to find an honest dealer...i went to buy an 04 SE at $6,200 off sticker (ad car), but I couldn't get enough for my trade and i didn't want 18" performance tires with the snow we get in New England, so i ended up going with the 05 SL with sunroof and driver preferred package...price was below invoice even before the rebate.
  • max05max05 Posts: 29
    Does the 6 speed manual transmission add to the cost of the car vs. the auto? The invoice on my car was $29,075 without traction control, which is only a $300 (retail) option...that still leaves about $400 at invoice to get to your number.
  • afalkafalk Posts: 1
    I just wanted some opinions on the deal I have right now. I am looking at a 2004 Max SE with DPP,sunroof,mats,splash guards. The MSRP on the car is $32,370. I can purchase the car for $27,200(which includes the rebate). I can now finance this car at 3.9% for 4 years. My total cost for this car after tax and interest will be $31,660 ($5500 down plus 48 pmts of $545). Is this a good deal???

    I appreciate all opinions on this deal.
  • Can any one tell me what is DPP ?
    And, would I be expecting to see a 5K-6K off the MSRP for the 04 models ?

    Any response are welcomed.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    DPP = Driver Preferred Package

    •Driver Memory Seat System w/Auto.•Heated Electric Folding Outside Mirrors .•Heated Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel .•Driver Seat Power Lumbar Support .•Includes compass in rearview mirror..
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