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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#3586 of 8984 To otis12: Dealership in NJ
Nov 06, 2001 (11:37 am)
I bought my new 1999 SE a few years ago from Warnock Nissan in Morristown, NJ (Rt 287). Went thru edmunds.com online dealer-referring service and they sent me there. No issues whatsoever - bought my Maxima at invoice minus the rebate that was in effect at that time.
The whole transaction - from filling out form at Edmunds to picking up my Maxima - was complete in a day. They even beat my financing I got from carfinance.com.
Never been to their service department though so can't comment on that.
#3587 of 8984 Regular vs Premium
Nov 06, 2001 (1:26 pm)
This topic has been brought up many times on this forum over the past couple years. Car and Driver (I think) recently did a comparison of 87 vs 93 and the results are exactly what I'd expect. With the exception of the M3, none of the other cars had any real detectable performance differences between 87 and 93. In fact, some cars that require 93 actually performed a little better on 87, and vice versa, some American cars that claim 87 is best performed better using 93. The bottom line: unless you have an engine that is running at the limits of its capacity (ie a 333hp engine with only 3.2L displacement), you will see no difference.
Even though this is the case, I still use 93 because I get more than 1 mpg better gas mileage than with 87, and as habitat1 indicated, this increase in fuel efficiency pays for itself assuming you get 2 mpg better (which I do).
Obi-are you sure you heard the engine knocking? My 97 has never knocked before (even when I used to use 87)....its not supposed to be able to because of the anti-knock measures.
#3588 of 8984 stupid sales guy tried to pull this one...
Nov 06, 2001 (2:30 pm)
went car shopping for the wife last night and went to look at the new altima and the maxima.
while talking to two sales guys (a sales manager and a normal sales guy)...I tried to get them to explain to me why i would buy an altima when after it's optioned out the way i want, the price is already close to the maxima's ...and the maxima is so much of a better car. The sales manager said stuff like...oh, there's a huge price difference....you're talking like a 10 thousand dollar difference! I replied in fake astonishment...You've gotta be kidding! ....sales manager... nope, new maxima is around 35k! I then got pissed for some reason and blurted out.. If I was gonna spend 35k on a car, why the hell am i buying a nissan, I'd be shopping for and infiniti, or an audi or lexus or benz!...the sales manager just stared at me and replied...uhm...I don't know how to answer that.
what the hell was he thinking..trying to tell my a maxima is gonna cost 35k. I bought a brand new 2000 Maxima SE for 25k a year and a half ago.
anyway...just wanted to share my story of stupid sales people. Oh....and after the sales manager left, the sale guy we were talking to said...oh..don't worry about the price he said..that's MSRP ...we work from there.
hehe...nice try buddy...a fully loaded GLE is only 32k MSRP
#3589 of 8984 RE: Regular vs Premium
Nov 06, 2001 (5:02 pm)
This is taken directly from Car and Driver, "Cheapskates burning regular in cars designed to run on premium fuel can expect to trim performance by about the same percent they save at the pump. If the car is sufficiently new and sophisticated, it may not suffer any ill effects, but all such skinflints should be ready to switch back to premium at the first sign of knock or other drivability woes."
The article also said, "Our tests confirm that for most cars there is no compelling reason to buy more expensive fuel than the factory recommends, as any performance gain realized will surely be far less than the percentage hike in price"
So, the rule is to use the grade of fuel that is recommended in the manual.
#3590 of 8984 raazin on pricing
Nov 06, 2001 (7:30 pm)
Sorry I'm slow getting back,been busy.The car was new,only been off the truck for 2 days and had 3 miles on the odometer.Darcars had been running an add on 2001's every Saturday with great prices,but they were selling the cars within hours of opening.I had planned on getting a 2001 for the clearance pricing and low financing,but the next Saturday they had a 2002 for $19985 + $540.Went in and took it for a test drive and bought it for $$20503.I don't know how they sold it that cheap, I had called at least 15 dealers and couldn't get a 2001 for that price. They have not run an add for another one at that price since. They have been running an add for 2002 SE's for around $23.5.If you live near D.C. check out the Washington Post.
#3591 of 8984 Advice on used Maximas
Nov 07, 2001 (8:04 am)
I haven't been here yet, but was hoping some of you could give your opinions. I'm looking at buying a used, '90 to '93, Maxima for reliable driving until I purchase new truck next Fall.
Anyone who owns one in that range, I'd appreciate your comments about the car's merits and faults...
#3592 of 8984 Premium vs Regular
Nov 07, 2001 (8:43 am)
Here is the link to the Car and Driver article:
Basically they tested a few cars requiring regular unleaded (Mustang GT, Dodge Ram, Honda Accord) and compared them to cars requiring premium Saab Turbo and BMW M3. The ran all cars on regular, then on premium, and dynoed the cars to determine if there is a horsepower difference between grades of fuel.
I think they saw no real difference between grades in the Ram, Mustang, and Accord (so its a waste of money burning premium in these), the Saab produced more significantly more power burning premium (which is the recommended fuel for a Saab Turbo) and the M3 was inconclusive because the engine is regulated below redline when the drivewheels turn with the car not moving (i.e. the engine won't let the wheels spin in place on a treadmill).
Anyway (sorry for the long post), the story concludes that running an engine requiring premium (i.e. the Maxima) on regular diminishes your gas mileage to the point where you're not saving any money by running the cheap stuff. Make sense???
#3593 of 8984 Maxima's Rear Suspension
Nov 07, 2001 (8:47 am)
Anyone see the December issue of Car and Driver? They test drove the upcoming Nissan 350Z, apparently Nissan is using a front and rear multilink suspension set-up.
Nov 07, 2001 (11:33 am)
I asked this question before. The 2002 maxima says regular unleaded, the 135 says premium.
for those of you who have a 2002 maxima, what does the car say? I would assume premium, but if not, how can these two supposedly identical engines require different fuels?
#3595 of 8984 reply jhunterbob
Nov 07, 2001 (12:54 pm)
2002 Maxima recommends premium.