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#6021 of 8984 Max SE TE deals / 2004 Maxima
Dec 08, 2002 (2:37 pm)
My local DC area dealer (VOB) indicated there are very few 2003 TE 6-speeds with all/most options except navigation within 200+ miles of DC. Best deal they can get me (as a previous customer who has made several referals) is probably invioce less the $1,000 rebate (i.e. net of $1k, not $2k under invoice) I don't think the supply situation will improve, as they and most other dealers are only getting 1 more shipment prior to the 2004 Maxima coming out. The loaded TE 6-speeds were never in very high supply.
I'm guessing I'll sit on my 1995 for another year, enjoy my S2000 another summer and see what the future brings. The new BMW 5-series appears to be as mixed a bag as the new Maxima. I'll need to see and drive both in person, before making any judgements.
Regarding the 2004 Maxima, it was my understanding that it was going to be rear wheel drive, correct?? I'm no engineer, but doesn't that pretty much mean a different platform than the FWD Altima. Also, the horsepower thing to me is getting Nissan into too much controversy. The 3.5 liter engine that is being used in everything from the Pathfinder, Altima, G35, I35, Maxima and 350Z (and a few others I probably forgot) is a gem of an engine, but the "tweaking" of it to get ratings of anywhere from 240 to 285+ horsepower appears to be more of a marketing ploy than an engineering one.
P.S. I like the spy photos of the 2004 Maxima. It looks a lot better than the G35 Sedan from the side and rear, IMHO.
Dec 08, 2002 (7:09 pm)
It is being built off the FF-L platform used in the Alty and the Murano. It may have AWD at soe point, esp. since that is already available on the Murano.
#6023 of 8984 Re: Max's handling winter roads
Dec 08, 2002 (8:10 pm)
This morning we had a mini snow storm here in central NY, and I took a little drive and was sliding quite a bit with the OEM potenza's. The ABS came on a few times, and with one turn where I thought I was taking it really easy the car started sliding towards the ditch. Kinda scary.
So this afternoon I finally mounted winter tires (Blizzak LM22's from tirerack) which I've had for a few weeks now. I mounted them myself - took about an hour - and it's the first time I've ever had dedicated winter tires. Early evening I then took my daughter across town for a swimming lesson (about 8 miles), and both going and returning the roads had a fair amount of snow.
All I want to say is: I was *very* impressed with how much better the car drove with the winter tires. Not once did the ABS come on, and not once did I notice the car sliding or the wheels spinning. And where I live there are lots of hills.
I'm not necessarily extolling the Blizzaks, just putting in a pitch for winter tires. If you can afford to get them and they make sense for your climate, then do so. It's a small price to pay for such a big improvement in safety.
Dec 08, 2002 (8:39 pm)
The Potenza's are excellent on dry pavement, water and snow is another issue though. My 03 with the Potenza's did so-so in the snow we received recently in southern Ohio. I'll stick with them for now (primarily due to dry handling) but when these start to wear down i'll probably due a little research and choose the best all season tire available.
#6025 of 8984 cheerioboy26 / FWD Maxima
Dec 09, 2002 (4:12 am)
Thanks for the info indicting the new 2004 Maxima will be FWD.
Unfortunately, that begs the next question. Many believe the 2002/3 Maxima with 255 hp 6-speed had exceeded the limits of what a FWD setup could/should be expected to handle as a "sports sedan".
While I have no doubt that the new Maxima will add more distance between itself and the FWD alternatives like the Accord, Camry and Passat, I question whether "350 Z comparable" horsepower numbers and the other suspension refinements aren't somewhat wasted on a FWD setup. I am sure it will handle a little better with IRS, but it still won't offer the overall balance and handling of the BMW 3/5 series or even it's own G35 sedan/coupe.
Now the good deals on leftover 2003's might be looking even better, the new design aesthetics notwithstanding.
#6026 of 8984 Tire recommendations - 01 SE (17")
Dec 09, 2002 (5:15 am)
Anyone have any tire recommendations for an '01 SE...the OEM Bridgestones only lasted 28K. Live in Atlanta, so don't need snow tires.
Did a little research and found a Goodyear Eagle RS-A ($159-Tire Rack)..or the Bridgestone ($180) or the Michelin Pilot ($225).
Lease is up next summer...so the thought of spending $600-$700 is more appealing then spending $1000.
#6027 of 8984 Potenzas?
Dec 09, 2002 (8:11 am)
Are they RE92s? If so, I know someone who slid into a car with those on, because they were almost bald at 28K miles.
Dec 09, 2002 (8:39 am)
Classic Nissan in Turnersville. You'll need to go the route of their internet sales dept. I'll post the link when I find it.
#6029 of 8984 Potenza's on my '03 SE
Dec 09, 2002 (9:21 am)
They are ok where I am (Southern Mississippi), if it snows down here, it will be on April Fool's Day.
However, I will probably have to change them out around 20-25k, just have a gut feeling that they will be bald around that time.
#6030 of 8984 Nissan...
Dec 09, 2002 (9:37 am)
I have Michelin Pilots Sports on my 02 Jetta. They have 27K on them now, and still have alot of tread left. One of them is a little lower than the rest though, because I drove on it for about 1000 miles after a flat was repaired, thinking the moron who fixed the tire filled it back up with air. He didn't, and it had 15lbs. of preesure in it. I hate to replace 2 tires when the other is fine, but I always heard you should do that on the same axle.