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#4096 of 8984 Road & Track vs. Motortrend vs. Car and Driver
Jan 23, 2002 (7:49 pm)
I wouldn't advise cross comparing Motortrend and Road and Track performance test results. Motortrend seems to consistently quote faster times and higher skidpad ratings. Example - On the S2000, Road & Track's numbers are 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.1 and 0.90g skidpad. Motortrends are 5.2 seconds, 13.8 seconds and 0.96 g's respectively. I suspect that Road and Track is a little more reasonable in their testing procedures.
I made a mistake. The times I quoted above were from Car and Driver's (not Road and Track's) June 1994 issue with the 1995 Nissan Maxima SE on the cover. The full test results are:
0-30 2.4 seconds
0-40 3.6 " (shift to second at 38 mph)
0-50 5.0 "
0-60 6.7 "
0-70 9.0 " (shift to third at 67 mph)
0-80 11.5 "
0-90 14.9 "
0-100 20.6 " (shift to fourth at 98 mph)
0-110 26.2 "
0-120 39.0 " (shift to fifth at 131 mph)
1/4 mile - 15.3 sec 91 mph
Top speed - 135 mph
Lateral accel. - 0.78g
I think Car and Driver's numbers are more consistent with Road and Track's than Motortrends, but I still wouldn't compare them directly.
#4097 of 8984 Hood Flutter
Jan 24, 2002 (8:17 am)
Has anyone noticed that their hood flutters slightly when going over 70MPH. It occurs on the drivers side behind the front left wheelwell. My hood is properly closed and there are no gaps to suggest it is misaligned. Car is a 2k2 SE, are there any fixes for this.
Jan 24, 2002 (8:58 am)
I hear good things about Nitto tires (low cost, good performance, great treadwear). I almost bought a set last year (came really close).
I'd go for it. Just make sure you don't get catch in the snow with them because I don't think that they are rated as All-Season tires (I could be wrong though). Hi performance tires are great in the dry and rain, but are terrible in snow and ice.
You might even want to consider buying a 17" or 18" set of rims and fitting them with the Nittos. Then swapping them out for your original rims every winter (if you live in a cold climate).
#4099 of 8984 Raaizin..................
Jan 24, 2002 (1:11 pm)
Yes I do notice it and it peeves me off to no end...I've posted comments about this a couple of times....looks like we're not alone...I've been to the dealership and had them adjust the hood adjusters under the hood...however..it lowers the vibration but the adjustment widens the gap between your grille and hood noticeably. I had the dealer put it back the way it was and I live with the flutter,I couldnt stand that much gap.....Joe D.
Jan 24, 2002 (1:21 pm)
I have the same hood "flutter" on my 01 GXE. I also had this same problem on my 96 J30. I've learned to live with it, but it still bothers me. I'll see if the dealer can correct it on my next visit.
Jan 24, 2002 (3:09 pm)
when they adjust those hood adjusters, aside from widening the gap with the grille, would it also make the hood not level with the top of the fenders? That would bug me even more than the flutter.
#4102 of 8984 Rattling Subwoofer
Jan 24, 2002 (4:13 pm)
I have a 2002 SE with the Bose stereo. The subwoofer rattles. Has anyone else had this problem? Did you have it repaired, and if so, how was it done? I would appreciate any help.
#4103 of 8984 A good deal for 02 GLE -- all options but Nav?
Jan 24, 2002 (7:21 pm)
I am close to accepting an offer for an 02 Maxima GLE with all options but NAV.
Sterling Mist with black leather interior
- Sun Roof Wind Deflector
- Side air bags
- Traction Control
- Floor Mats
- Splash Guards
$500 marketing charge
$27583 ($400 over invoice).
Thinking of moving before 0.9 financing closes. The sense from the dealer is can't guaranty financing rate will be there in Feb -- they may emphasise Sentra or some other car.
A good deal?
Better deals to come as 2003 revised Max approaches?
Thx. -- Joe
#4104 of 8984 02 GLE....nowakj66
Jan 24, 2002 (8:54 pm)
A friend of mine just bought almost the exact same car for about $1100 less (26,400). I know she said that there was a $1000 rebate until the end of this month. You mentioned .9% finanacing, so probably that voids the cash rebate though.
#4105 of 8984 2002 SE 6 speed
Jan 24, 2002 (9:09 pm)
Went to the dealer here in S. Cal and tested out the new 6 speed. It was greaaat! it's definitely a fun, fun, fun car to drive, it handled very well, took couple of sharp curves at ~40mph, tire slides but hangs on.
On a straight road, if you redline each gear from the stop, tires spin at the end of 1st gear. sales person told me because there are so much torque on the car, that's why. I am not sure if it's true. But, felt the backend slipped a bit because of the tire spin. But then again, I don't normally redline every gear when i drive. So, may not be big deal.
mostly, there is no more lag or hesitation when you step on the gas as in the pre-2001 models.
the transmission was very smooth and easy to shift, I would definitly consider buying the car if i was in the market for a fun sedan that's got some power!
btw, on a endnote, I test drove the car pretty hard, and the sales person was 'demonstrating' the car for me, so he drove it quite hard also. I am curious if most new cars are treated in this way by majority of the dealers. In which case, i would make sure the car I want comes directly off the truck, and not one that's been on the lot and it's been 'practiced' by the sales staff.