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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#5339 of 8984 bartalk2 - Interesting observation
Aug 26, 2002 (3:31 am)
Back when I bought a 1995 Maxima SE in September 1994, the automotive press gave the car high accolades but jumped all over the rear end design. Which to me, even 8 years later, is not all that bad looking. A little "heavy", but not that much different than the 5-series. The rest of the car was preety clean and uncluttered, including the body color modling and "shadowline" window trim.
Now, it seems, the newer Nissan's and Infiniti's seemed designed by committee and, IMO, the G35 sedan makes the rear end of the 1995 Maxima look beautiful by comparison. Infiniti just e-mailed me information about the new M45 sport sedan. It may have a lot going for it, but the exterior and interior looks are an absolute non-starter for me. The Altima and Maxima appear to be designed to look like they were modified BEFORE leaving the factory. Not my style - I'll take a 530i sport 5-speed, thank you very much.
I hadn't thought about the Pontiac comparison, but that's probably a good analogy. And I have never and would never own one.
#5340 of 8984 NISSAN PONTIAC
Aug 26, 2002 (8:19 am)
To differentiate the forthcoming '04 Maxima from the Altima, Nissan will probably increase the horsepower even more, possibly to 280, which is clearly overkill and excessive for this car. The big 17-inch wheels also mean a wider and more cumbersome turning circle, etc. Nissan: don't abandon function and engineering for styling overkill, boy racer design, and gee whiz looks.
#5341 of 8984 '03 v. '04
Aug 26, 2002 (11:55 am)
You guys have touched on some issues which have
had me in a quandry for the last couple of months.
Own a '00 SE and will trade on either a '03 or '04.
There lies the quandry which will probably boil down to a value judgement this coming year.
Do I trade for the '03 which is still made in Japan
or trade for the '04 which is rumored to have rwd,
and fully independent suspension but made in the
USA with "maybe questionable build quality."
I do have issues with the beam rear suspension. I
find it does tend to fishtail under the circumstan-
ces described above by others. Accordingly, I think
fully independent suspension would be a blessing
with negligible impact on flat steering response.
I do believe that the biggest doubt I'll have to
wrestle with between the '03 and '04 will continue
to be the country of origin. I can't help but be-
lieve others will share this concern.
Possibly some input from others who share this
board will help with my decision!!
#5342 of 8984 Sidebar to last entry
Aug 26, 2002 (12:03 pm)
I seriously doubt that Nissan will downgrade the
interior of the '04 Max to the cheesy, cheap looking FoMoCo look of the Altima. The Max is their
flagship model and the interior is part of the "total look" of the
Maxima. Warning to Nissan: Downgrade the interior
of the Max and I'll be in a Acura showroom looking
at a TL "Type S"
#5343 of 8984 Berbel...
Aug 26, 2002 (12:38 pm)
You might be in the Acura showroom looking at a TL, but you will be in the repair shop with it in about 2K miles, having the tranny replaced. It seems to be a very common problem. A couple of people on the TL-S board have had their trannies replaced already, one at 2K miles.
#5344 of 8984 COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Aug 26, 2002 (12:40 pm)
Accords and Camrys have been built in this country for years, with superb reliabiliity records. The current suspension is the car's achilles heel, and I would certainly wait for the '04s on that basis. However, I think the next Maxima will be considerably more expensive (to distinguish it from the Altima), bigger, more powerful (unnecessarily so perhaps), etc. And if the picture I saw is accurate, with atrocious blind spots to the rear. Wait until March and you will have your choice between the new one and the leftover old one.
Aug 26, 2002 (6:08 pm)
Popular Mechanics, Sept. issue, has a picture and description of the '04 Max. Will have 260hp, with the SE more. Possible AWD. Debuts in February. Will retain FWD, built on the Altima platform.
Aug 26, 2002 (7:23 pm)
WHY IS 280HP OVERKILL?
Aug 27, 2002 (9:48 am)
Berbel - I think if you're shopping in the $22-25k range, you should get an '03 because I have a feeling that the '04 will be more expensive. If you're in the $25-30K range, I'd wait to see what the '04 has to offer. Personally, I'm not as bothered about the "Japanese-made vs. American-made" issue as I am about the "first model year" issue. By November they'll be giving us info on the '04 and if you don't like what you hear there'll still be plenty of '03s.
#5348 of 8984 Multi-link Beam Suspension Upgrade
Aug 27, 2002 (9:49 am)
The multi-link beam suspension, inferior as it may be, was at least refined in 2002 through the use of thicker front and rear stabilizer bars, the adoption of larger and softer trailing link bushings and the relocation of the system's lateral link to behind the rear beam.