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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#3475 of 8985 trying to decide
Oct 28, 2001 (10:32 am)
I have driven the Altima 2.5 S. and the Maxima se (think). I have read lots of comments on the Altima(mainly about the interior), and several on the Maxima. I can afford to wait until next year to purchase but am still unsure which to purchase. It is hard to make up your mind only driving both for short trips. I currently drive a 1996 Intrepid, and have never owned a Nissan. I liked the looks of interior of the Maxima better, ride wise seemed similar, although Altima seemed to have more legroom.
I have also driven a Passat. We also own a Jetta and the Passat was similar in ride to the Jetta, so have pretty much ruled it out.
Basically I am looking for a dependable fun ride
with not too much sports car, but more then the Camry, which I also drove. Have owned a 89 Firebird in past and don't want that rough of a ride again. Are the 01 & 02 Maxima's similar?
Thought I could possibly get a better deal on the Maxima? Any advice ridewise, etc would be apprecated. Sorry this was so lengthy.
Also, could someone explain torque steering?
I see this mentioned and do not know what it is.
#3476 of 8985 Thanks g159
Oct 28, 2001 (11:20 am)
#3477 of 8985 Torque Steering
Oct 28, 2001 (1:24 pm)
An example: From a stoplight, while intending to go down the street in a perfectly straight line, you floor the engine. The car starts pulling to one side or the other. Forces you to have to "fight" the unintended steering off to the side by using the steering wheel to re-center the car's direction. If you were to leave the steering wheel alone, the car would veer off in one direction or other, but not keep straight line.
If you think of torque as the twisting power of the engine, think of torque steering as the twisting power of the wheels affecting one side or the other as you give the engine lots of power. This usually only afflicts FWD cars. FWDers have the drive wheels and steering wheels the same. (RWDers have steering up front and drive wheels in back.) Usually happens when there is a lot of power going to the front wheels. FWDers with unequal half-shafts are prime suspects, but too much power can pretty much cause it in any FWDer.
#3478 of 8985 New Max 02 GLE Smooth Sailing
Oct 28, 2001 (4:26 pm)
I just picked up my '02 Max GLE last week. I got all options except Nav.sys for about $27,900. Mine is grey with black interior. I finally found where the heated steering wheel was and used it last nite and it was right on time. Is there a special button for the heated mirrors? I have gotten alot of stares in this car. One guy asked me if it was an Infinity. I laughed and so did he. I'm so pumped about my purchase never felt this way about my nice but ho hum '99 Accord V6.
#3479 of 8985 Bought New GLE for $22.200.
Oct 28, 2001 (5:31 pm)
I can't help but wonder about the price of Maxima's in the USA.
My 02 GLE with every option(the only way it is sold in Canada) to which I added a Rear Spoiler, a
Bug and Sunroof Deflector, Front Mud Guards (not in yet) and Window Tinting cost me $36,070. not including taxes which in Canada is 15% plus air tax and gas tax $175.00.
The freight was $966.00.
Are there taxes in the prices you are listing on cars purchased in the US? If so how much?
So, if I had US dollars, I could buy the GLE Loaded, with everything but the Nav System for $26,400. US Dollars. (including the spoiler etc.)
Any comments or observations?
Oct 28, 2001 (8:07 pm)
Where did you come up with the 26,400 USD?
#3481 of 8985 riez - Definition of Torque Steering
Oct 29, 2001 (3:40 am)
I always thought "torque steering" was the tendency for the front wheels to attempt to either pull harder or straighten out when you intended to turn under power (i.e. forcing you to counteract the torque force). You seem to indicate that it occurs when you intend to go in a straight line. Is it both conditions, or am I incorrect?
#3482 of 8985 djp2c - Canadian Maxima pricing
Oct 29, 2001 (3:54 am)
I just started looking at this based upon a previous post suggesting it makes sense for US buyers to purchase in Canada.
Here is what I've found: Maxima SE 6-speed, fully equiped except for Navigation system. US list $30,002, US Invoice $26,895 (both include destination, but no taxes). Canadian list $36,900 + 966 dest. = $37,866 Canadian. I have found dealer willing to knock off $2,000 Canadian for sale price of $35,866 +/- Canadian. Current exchange rate 1.575 Canadian to 1.00 US. Equivalent US price for fully loaded Maxima SE = $22,700 +/-. There is a 2.5% duty to bring back to US, plus a couple of other little taxes/fees, making the final number $23,400 +/- (not including sales tax).
It is my understanding that the 15% Canadian sales tax must be paid upon purchase, but is refunded by mail upon confirmation that the car has been exported. The buyer must then pay whatever his/her local sales taxes are in the states.
The net-net of this is, that if one is willing to go through the hassle, one could get a Maxima SE with a US invoice price of $26,900 +/- for about $3,500 (U.S.) cheaper in Canada. This assumes you could buy the Maxima in the states at invoice, which is probably aggressive, at least for a 6-speed SE. Assuming $500 over invoice is more likely, then the savings are $4,000. Not bad. Still haven't looked into how you change the odometer to read miles.
Oct 29, 2001 (5:43 am)
Both of you are correct...torque steer is exhibited both when you are accelerating in a straight line (the car tends to pull to one side) as well as when you are accelerating in a turn (the tires tend to want to straighten out instead of following the path of the turn). I think the term "torque steer" can be used properly in both situations.
#3484 of 8985 re: Canadian Maxima pricing by habitat1
Oct 29, 2001 (6:12 am)
You're right on all counts! Yes, a brand new SE for $23,400. I know I keep mentioning this, but the US dollar just keeps getting stronger against the Canadian dollar. Which means prices keep getting lower for us. I went to Toronto to get mine (Vancouver is also real good on prices). If you want the odo changed to miles, a speedometer shop can do it - I have some contacts on that too.