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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Jan 07, 2003 (6:35 am)
A few questions for the field:
1. The 2004 Maxima will be "Assembled for the first time in the United States at the award-winning Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant". Who gave the "award" and does anybody know of an independent source for rating the quality of manufacturing plants? I hear all the PR about how wonderful Nissan's Tennessee plant is, but I'd like to see some objective facts to back it up. BMW, Mercedes and others have had horrific problems maintaining quality - especially with new models (Z3, ML320 respectively) - at their US plants. I've tried to check J.D. Powers website, but nothing on plant ratings comes up. Did Nissan award themselves a prize in Tennessee? Or can they actually match Japanese production and fit and finish quality.
2. Any info on the weight of the new Maxima? With marginal increase in power over the 2003, it seems as though acceleration will be a wash and handling might be a bit better, but not if the wieght is up and the balance is more front end biased.
3. 92drexel: You mentioned in previous posts about Nissan initially overestimating horsepower for the (255hp) 02/03 models. Personally, I thought the 222hp 00/01 was the worst offender of reported power that didn't translate into performace. Where Nissan stuffed the extra 32 hp over my 190 hp 1995 SE 5-speed I'll never know. In any event, I believe that the 2003 255hp 6-speed Maxima is already close to the limits of what can be done with a FWD setup. I also agree that for those who need an automatic, a 5-speed is better than a 4-speed, but the big problem with Nissan (and most other Japanese/US automatics) is hesitant acceleration and slow shifting. I'm not a drag racer, but I could never get in and out of traffic with a Nissan automatic the way I can with a manual. Try out a Mercedes E500 or, better yet, any AMG product. They do automatics right.
#6148 of 8984 Nissan Manufacturing
Jan 07, 2003 (8:14 am)
My dealer told me that the engine and transmission in the new Maxima will continue to be built in Japan and shipped over here for final assembly.
He was pointing to content labels on an Altima at the time(less than 100% US origin). Can anyone else confirm this?
If true, this should help maintain quality initially at least in the critical components.
Now if we can get a dentist to take care of that giant tooth
#6149 of 8984 Problems with 03'
Jan 07, 2003 (10:24 am)
my temperature gage seems to be working fine this morning driving in to work mine went down to 28f seems to be ok. I too am noticing alot of wind noise from the rear passenger windows. I have taken my car to a car wash once but had no problems with a leak. But maybe I did not notice because I had my cover over the sunroof. How much water usually leaks in? I was having trouble with my memory seats but figured out that the parking brake had to be up for it to work correctly
Jan 07, 2003 (11:38 am)
How much can one expect to pay to have a new key made. My dealer has charged me 82.00 dollars to reprogram my original key. While picking my car up at the dealers, I decided to try both keys. One worked one did not. They then said oh it must be the transponder in the key you will need a new key in the amount of 85.00. The problem originally happened because I changed the battery. The service advisor also said that it could not have happened just by changing the battery. Anyone know what the cost of key should be?
Jan 07, 2003 (11:47 am)
They can be quite expensive to have remade. They also have to be reprogrammed as well.
Jan 07, 2003 (1:33 pm)
I have the same problem with my cds skipping. I'm thinking since I live in a cold-weather area and I leave the cds in overnight, that would probably be the cause of the skipping. No matter what, I can't see Nissan replacing a system for that reason...
Jan 07, 2003 (3:54 pm)
According to nissannews.com, the weight distribution of the '04 is a little better than the '03 (61%/39% front/rear versus 62/38). But the '04 weighs 200 lbs more (that's a lot of weight)!
That extra cog in the 5-speed auto tranny should more than make up for that difference. But, surprisingly, the '04 SL (aka the GLE) gets the 4-speed auto. Huh??? In these days of streamlining, why offer two auto trannies???
I'm dying to see the price. I agree with others that 34k is way too much. Nissan'll have to knock off 7 or 8k for me to bite.
A few on maxima.org dynoed their '02/03's and the results didn't jibe with an advertised 255 hp rating. In fact it was very similar to the rating of an altima (240-245hp). Someone also compared a '00/'01 to an '02/03 and the results indicated an 18-20 hp increase, not a 33 hp increase. Then the '03 altima claims a 5 hp increase over the '02 (245 vs 240). Very strange (I guess they had to one-up, er five-up the accord).
I heard those MB's have good trannies, but I don't plan to trade my crib on one anytime soon.
#6154 of 8984 Whining sound
Jan 07, 2003 (4:44 pm)
Has any body have whining sound as it revs up (from 1000rpm)? Even my 10 years old buick does not do that. I also feel that engine does not rev up smoothly. Should I suspect knocking? I have been using premium gas on '03 Max(SE auto with 2K miles) I'm going to see what dealer says about rattles (audio area and seatbelt?) and squeaks (cold-start break and shocks?) Thanks.
#6155 of 8984 Made in the U.S.A.
Jan 07, 2003 (7:26 pm)
While members of this Board have expressed some concerns about the 04 Max being made in the USA, members on the Maxima 2004 Design Board have taken the issue a couple of rungs higher. For those who are interested, read posts 195 and 206 on that Board, in particular. They are almost comical, as the writers took diametrically opposite views on substantially the same issue - i.e. UAW workers and their work product.
While I generally agree that Japanese made cars tend to be more trouble-free (possibly due to higher quality control), the trend seems to rebut that statement or presumption. For example, look at the Lexus ES300 (made in Japan) and the Acura TL (made in the US) with their transmission problems. Even the venerable Maxima, which has enjoyed years of praise for its reliability, is showing signs of weakness in the quality arena. I know this because I own 3rd, 4th and 5th generation Maximas, and I have noticed that the quality of materials used in the Maxima has deteriorated over the years. For instance, the sheet metal seems to get thinner, the paint seems to become cheaper, and when you slam the doors or the trunk, you no longer hear that solid "thump" from yester years. This may be attributable to the fact that Nissan is trying to pack more features and gadgets into the Max while keeping its price competitive.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the technology in the Max has improved, and the Max is still superior than comparable (or even higher) priced cars in terms of reliability. That is why I bought the 03 Max even though its quality has somewhat diminished.
Just my opinion ... others may think differently. I agree to disagree